Saturday, October 31, 2009
So don't ask me how I found this...The short version is I was hunting for something else and stumbled on this really cool post from a fellow blogger.
I actually thought these were some kind of jewelry findings...check it out!
Oh, and Happy Halloween too!!!!
Friday, October 30, 2009
Don't know why.
Usually when a creative urge strikes like that I have to just go with it.
I realized I would need a small travel pencil sharpener and this is what I bought.One that would make me smile.
Isn't it pretty?
Sometimes it might be a tiny bit more expensive but I think it's nice when tools are inspiring too!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
It's ornate but has a earthy patina. It makes me happy to look at it hanging on the wall in our kitchen.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Inspired by the artwork of Marc Chagall
Monday, October 26, 2009
This is a candle that my cousin sent unexpectedly.
It makes me happy to look at and helps make a solitary profession less isolating.
My family and friends are essential to my creative spirit.
Remember to take time to incorporate yours into your studio/creative space.
It is very easy for artists to isolate themselves and get drained creatively.
I think having mementos around helps me to stay connected to my loved ones.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Not by any stretch of the imagination.
But I needed sturdy shelves on a budget.
This was my solution...a customizable fit with lots of options.
I purchased pre-cut, sanded, bull nosed particle-board shelves from a national home improvement store. They were a bit more expensive than plywood but I would have had to cut, sand and fill the plywood ones...which made the price difference worth it for me.
Then from the plumbing department of that same store I purchased metal pipe and the screw- in caps for them. The pipes are inexpensive and come in many widths and lengths.The width doesn't really matter just make sure that the cap is the right fit.
I went with thicker ones because I generally over-kill everything...I also knew there might be heavy items on the shelves...like art books.
Once you get everything home you can finish the shelves how you like...prime, paint, seal...decoupage...cover with fabric...pretty much anything you can think of. Me, being impatient...I didn't finish them. I went right into assembly.
And they are still unfinished to this day...I am embarrassed to tell you how many years ago I actually made them!
So for the assembly...a drill is helpful. Mark your holes, drill a small pilot hole, attach the cap, thread the pipe and attach the top cap...very simple. I don't recommend making it taller than table height unless you can anchor it to the wall.
As another option, I added some heavy duty casters to the bottom so I could wheel it around.
Over all they have been really useful. Through years as I have reorganized my studio I have cut them down...removed or added shelves...narrowed them and they still continue to work!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
But I was really excited when I discovered how to manipulate the colors of photographs.
Now I am not talking about color correction or fixing red-eye...I mean in a more artistic way.
I use a program called Picasa...made by Google, I believe...and it lets me do all kind of creative things to photographs without having to be ultra computer savvy. (and it's free)
Take the picture above...I was able to manipulate the colors of some of my daughter's artwork to suit a color scheme based on some desert photographs I took. The square flower jewelry tiles in the bottom left were the images I changed...see how they combine in a palette of my choosing? They all started as the same artwork...it was one piece but by adjusting the colors and fade I was able to mold it to suit my needs. Even the wash of color behind the flower was done with the computer!
It opens up a whole new world of options!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Paperclips - on their own...not too exciting.
Colorful, heart shaped paperclips - still not too exciting, but much nicer to look at!
Surround yourself with things that make you happy...especially the everyday, ordinary things.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Especially when it came to creative supplies!
My art exploration has always been eclectic so I never wanted to get rid of anything because "you never know when you're going to need it".
It doesn't help that more than a few times I have tried to reform myself by bulldozing my collection only to find myself in desperate need of some item I discarded or gave away just days before.
The problem is, that no matter how organized I make everything (which is a problem in itself) it is hard to find things when you need them or keep track of what you actually have. I find that it leads to excess spending, duplicating materials and wasting time organizing and reorganizing materials.
I have recently made huge changes to my creative space and while I am a bit uneasy because it's new...I feel slightly liberated from my "stuff".
I am sure there will be pictures and more details to come...
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Sometimes missing Steve zaps my creative energy...and sometimes my creative energy helps when I am missing Steve.
Right now the energy light is blinking low.
It will change...something will recharge me and fill me back up...but for now I just sit with it...and share it...and wait.
Logan and I will see him in two weeks from today. That isn't so long.
Till then...I will wait.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I happen to have two creative parents...each different but artistic in their own way.
My dad's talent is more obvious. His profession as a singer pretty much highlights his creative gift...and what a gift it is! Amazing. ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBLMiClALpI )
My mom's talent is more subtle but was still a huge influence on me. She is innately creative on a daily basis...doing anything from decorating their home, to setting the table, to tending her garden (the rose above), to choosing her wardrobe.
I have been incredibly blessed to have extremely creative role models and unlimited support for my art to grow!
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
My friend Debi passed on this catalog to me and showed me examples of these wonderful products...They are like a decal that can be added to all kinds of surfaces...walls, home accessories, etc...
They are really finely made and delicate. Beautiful designs including holiday motifs that can be added to items that can be saved from year to year.
Definitely something to check out.
You can contact her for more information
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
We have been so lucky this year... at my son's school we have a wonderful new Art teacher.
This is one of her first projects with the Upper Elementary class (4th, 5th and 6th graders)...beautiful New England fall trees with stems of black paint splattered with a straw.
So simple...they look beautiful together and I wanted to share them with you.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
They want something...I figure out how to make it happen...that's my joy.
So when Logan decided he wanted to be The Witch King from Lord of the Rings I said sure, no problem...then I saw the picture of the character!
What was I thinking?
Armor? Spikes? Metal?
Below is the picture of the actual guy...
Not something you can really fudge together...he is pretty distinct looking. (and scary)
and by the way, he has no face.
Below is what we have created so far...with an old Star Wars helmet from last Halloween, duct tape, tin foil and some paint!
Pretty cool, I think. He is happy which is the most important.
We used an old plastic sword and covered and painted it too...to make it look old and beat-up. We just kind of went for it and created as we went.
Below is the old helmet we started with...and when I say "we" I mean "me".
Monday, October 12, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
I was happy to be included in a feature about necklaces that "make a statement".
They used two of my pieces...both of which are available in my Etsy shop.
It's always nice to be recognized!
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Effortless, loose, quick.
A beautiful example of how a small detail can MAKE a space.
It provided a feeling, set a tone.
Ahhh...I can't remember the name of the restaurant. The Wooden Monkey maybe?
I do remember where it is located...Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
This little treasure was one among many in this special place.
...just wanted to share it.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I just wasn't sure how or where.
I donate a lot...to silent auctions, charities, organizations...etc...
But I have been wanting to share my work in a more intimate way.
(Which is kind of funny when you think of the word intimate and Internet together!)
But this is what I have decided to try.
A "Blog Give-Away"
My first item celebrates the Zodiac sign Scorpio.
Are you Scorpio...or do you need a gift for someone who is?
It is an adjustable vintage chain necklace with a small round Scorpio charm that was rescued from an old bracelet. I have chosen small Aquamarines as an accent. It is packaged with an information card about Scorpios.
How to enter:
* Simply leave a comment here (on this post) about something nice you did for yourself this week. (I hope you do lots of nice things for yourself...but one comment per person please)
* Make sure that you leave an accurate email address
* Comment between October 1, 2009 and October 15, 2009
The winner will be chosen by Random.com after October 15, 2009
You must be 18 yrs. old.
The winner will be notified by email.
If the email address is not accurate, or if the winner fails to respond to my email within 3 days from the time I send it, a new winner will be chosen.