Tuesday, December 18, 2007

'tis the season


So my limited edition Christmas cards are finally finished and out! This year I used a few of my favorite techniques. Sketching and scanning my idea, creating the original computer illustration, stamping, pulling the gocco print, embellishing it with some mixed media paper (that I help create at my first Colllage Sisthars meeting in November) then added the final touches with some copper doodles for the "strings" and outlines.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

sneak peek

Here are a few of the new pieces that I submitted to the Christmas Time at the Fine Line<. If you are in the St. Charles area, it's a wonderful members show and sale. I also teach Precious Metal Clay workshops. Stop in.


a new adventure with resin, PMC links, leather and beautiful beads.


Random Bliss - a combination of copper and sterling. Random funky, fun!


another piece from the "energy" series -- crimson energy.


Muted Poppy - with pearls and labradorite - another piece from the Poppy series


Finally, I finished the "finding love within" bracelet with PMC charms. I posted the collage frame a few weeks ago.

my child - born artist!


Okay, I know everyone's child is a genius in her own way. But my daughter amazes me. Not just that she draws beautiful circles and can play with pencil and paper for hours it seems. But she really watches and learns. Today I was taking pictures of some new pieces for Christmastime at the Fine Line show, and she was getting upset that she couldn't help. So I gave her one of my old bracelets, and she was styling it!!! Actually laying it out making sure the beads were straight and then said "cheese Mommy" -funniest thing. It took me twice as long to finish taking the pictures, but days like today, I'm truly grateful to watch her learn, think and grow.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

new art ::: avoidance ::: 7 seven habits




I absolutely love this challenge. With the week so far, if I didn't have this push, I wouldn't have anything accomplished. Here are some pics from my first experiment with resin. And I have to say, besides being smelly, toxic and a mess. I love it. The one that says "finding love within" will soon be part of a bracelet and the other three are magnets.

Avoidance.
So I'm really bad at confrontation and if you ignore something long enough, it will go away. Well, that doesn't happen. An incident came up today. And I'm glad it did, hopeful I'll get to resolve it shortly. And get paid ;) But I'm glad I took the initiative. And, in case anyone doesn't know, avoidance doesn't work, it's just makes you crazy.

Ironic.
Lastly, I started my 21 day journal in one of my many notebooks. but it just didn't seem right. So, I thought of this Journal I started to alter for a story for my daughter, perfect size, length. For once I'm glad I did procrastinate. It's perfect for this challenge. It's called the 7 habits journal (by Steven Covey of course) and was given to me a few years ago by someone I admire. But what's ironic is the first two quotes seem to fit so perfectly into what I'm doing. Here they are: "keeping a journal of your thoughts, experiences, insights and learning promotes clarity." -- Which is good because I have about 18 started -- maybe I just need a few more to be more "clear" -- but it does help.
The quote on the 2nd page is "you have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage- pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically - to say 'no' to other things" which for me is extremely hard to do. But I'm working on it.

Monday, September 17, 2007

We must be normal

As I set on my journey for Rhonna's 21 day challenge. I read some of the blogs of other artists in the challenge participants list and realized "wow, we must be normal." And although I could have choosen one of my many faults to work on for 21 days, and almost did change (another fault, staying focused). I'm making time for my personal creative career. Like many other artists, my passion gets put on the back burner a lot. With my work as a graphic designer, spending time with my daughter, getting the household somewhat together and helping my husband with his business - it's hard to find the time to create. Also create with a purpose, not just go into the studio to play with my beads, organize my embellishments or pet my brushes. I'm loving this challenge and I'll have some more art to show by Wednesday. But now I'm off to my studio, I think my cork clay is just about dry waiting for me to start my Precious Metal Clay collage creation.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

All is well. 21 day challenge



The idea behind the 21 day challenge is it takes 21 days to change a habit, it's great to be taking this challenge with the inspiration of Rhonna from Rhonnadesigns.com. So as for what I'd change : make time for my creations, trust my instincts and realized how truly blessed I am. Many people have heartships... I mean hardships much worse than I. And they seem to handle life and what's thrown at them with such grace. I should count my blessings and understand if everything in life happened as planned, what a boring existance that would be.
Here are a few designs that I "made" time for that will become notecards and parts of jewelry on my etsy shop , soon.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Mini art collage notecards.



I really never know what to say in times of crisis and great sadness. So I quietly work out the frustration and hopelessness of the situation with my hands, creating art. I felt like I needed to do something to heal, to help and to hope. So a few weeks prior to the benefit I mention in the post just before this one, I organized an day at my house for a few of my artist friends. With the foder of many clippings, paint, charcoal, pastel, paper and Sally Jean's book "Pretty Little Things", we created a series of cards for the silent auction. The cards turned out great and every artist thanked me for the inspiring day of collaging and fun. A special thanks to Renee, Suzanne, Wenday, Joyce and Kathy. Here is a picture of our creations.

Faith, courage, strength

Last night we attended a benefit event for my girlfriend's little girl. Besides the complications of being born at 21 weeks, she has a series of other diseases that require a lot of medical. The prognosis is not positive. But you would not of guess that when if you heard her speak last night. The room was packed with family and friends raising money for the cause. Along with the tear jerking slide presentation, the outpouring of donations for the silent auction, the laughter of friends, McKenna's Mom said a speech. In this statement of gratitude, she explained how she was blessed to be McKenna's Mom and if God himself came down and said of course I have a healthy baby for you, but I also have a sick baby that needs your love - she would choose McKenna.
The evening was a true inspiration.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

start of the rambling

Took Lauren to her "big-girl" class today. Not a tear, just waved bye-bye-- as I walked away, a tear welled up in my eye.
She is growing up way too fast. Looks like a little bean pole, just like Daddy.