Friday, February 29, 2008

Another Shrine

I did another shrine... this one for me and I followed the directions. Making these is fun but I'm a painter... and I haven't posted a painting yet. Next week...

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Handing out awards

I received this award from a wetcanvas buddy... Diahn Ott... and I'm giving it back to her because I treasure her friendship and I love her work... check it out .... Art by Diahn. I'm new to this blogging thing so I've been perusing other blogs for ideas about what to include and how to do it. I've run across some that are particularly well done and informative or that I just liked what they had to offer... In A Minute Ago has lots of useful information. Albedo is a fiber artist who offers many tips and techniques. Making A Mark is another one with bunch of useful information that she updates regularly. And finally, another wetcanvas friend whose work I love... Sharron "Shez" Marshall. If you haven't already seen their blogs do check them out. There are so many wonderful places to visit and learn... and so little time....

A Shrine for my sister

Most of my time this week was spent on this birthday present for my sister. It's the first I've ever done and it was great fun but I should have followed the directions... a bad habit of mine... read the directions through once... do the first step according to what it tells me to do and then wing it. This one is built out of foam core which I covered with Roclon blackout fabric... they suggested rice paper which would have been easier... which is why it took longer for me to do. The Roclon is white so I first painted it using acrylic paints, oil pastels and rubber stamps. Once it was all together I added images of what is most important to her.... her kids and grandkids... my brother and I are there too. The cards... she loves to play games... and the fish on either side, she's a Pisces.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Guardian Granny Doll

This week we've had snow and cold; I've done a lot of shoveling. However, in between I have gotten some artwork done. My major accomplishment is a guardian grannie doll for my nephew's new daughter. Actually she was born in December and I'm just getting to getting it done. It's not my own design, it's adapted from a Marcia Acker-Missall pattern.

The other art this week is photography. Yesterday was such a beautiful day... sunshine and a bit warmer so I set out with my camera thinking I would take photos of the wonderful shadows. Instead I became intriqued with the snow patterns on the trees and took a dozen photos of those. I'm only posting a couple of them. I haven't decide what to do with them... maybe they're just a jump start to somethin abstract. I don't know but it was fun.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Bird House, the finishing touch

The finish.... Browsing through some favorite blogs I saw Miz Smoochie Lips had a frayed flower made from lace.... just what the bird house needed to finish it off.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

A Birdhouse for Camp Bluebird

Camp Bluebird is a camp for adults with cancer. I've donated to this organization every year for the past several years.... the past couple years it has been in memory of my good friend Judy who lost her battle with cancer and two friends, Karen and Connie who, as I write this, are winning their battles. I've donated a painting for the auction... but the painting was done long ago so it can't count as my piece for the week. However, the birdhouse can. Every year the Board of the camp gives birdhouses to area artists to decorate. They're used as centerpieces and they're part of the auction. That's what I've been working on this week. I've been sorting fabric so using some of my lace just seemed appropriate. I call this one "There's an angel in the house." I've made a small angel using a couple different patterns, the interior is lined in hand dyed silk that has some stars on it and the angel is hanging inside. That photo is blurry because of the way the door opens... I couldn't get far enough away for the camera to focus.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

A mono print of rust

This weekend at the Wet Canvas Weekend Drawing event one of the images was a rusty old doorknob. I tweaked it a tad and printed it as a photograph, then spritzed the photograph with water and printed it on a piece of roclon fabric. Currently it's in a window being tested to see how well it stays. If the image holds up I'll use it in something wearable. I have no idea what yet; first have to see if it holds up.