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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

CREATIVE EVERY DAY AND WOYWW

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 I won't be near my work desk on Wednesday as many of you probably won't be browsing your computer that day either. Therefore I will show now what is on my artsy work desk as well as what is on my kitchen work space where most of us will probably be doing most of our creating for a couple of days.

 My famous pecan pie, that's p'cahn down here as opposed to pea can which I have found that most folks outside the Texas borders say.  
Front cover of my favorite recipe binder and the back cover.  The artists are my girls when they were prechoolers                                 

And on my art desk for this week... Wahine, my latest ATC card for the Ady Almanza card swap on the ATC For All site.   

 An artists' group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/1481396252137977/  chose the theme of imaginary friend for the November prompt. This is a painting is Evangeline, my imaginary friend from childhood.  She is now all grown up like myself.  She has moved to Hawaii and lives in a forest.  She has a lovely sailboat and rescues stray cats.  
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And, I can use this painting to make more ATC cards like these.


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HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL - WOYWW


TRADITIONS



 
Ahh fall.  Trees burst into gorgeous color, the temperature and humidity here in South Texas becomes downright pleasant.  Turkeys are sacrificed...and Thanksgiving cooking. Some love it, some don't. I fall into the latter category.  With our family so scattered, it is rare when we all get together.  Both daughters are married with traditions of their own. One even migrated backwards to the "frozen north" of Buffalo,  N.Y.  



Thus our celebrations are smaller and and quieter and I am relieved of cooking the whole big meal. (whew)  However my pecan pie is an item no none will let me drop by the wayside of time.  And I don't mind at all because it is so easy.  I usually make three or four each holiday. 


I keep my tried and true recipes in a binder.  Inside the front cover of the binder is a cook book made by my older daughter when she was in kindergarten.  See how she changed her mind about the spelling of cook. Our family joke is that she remembered who she was making it for and so changed her mind about the spelling.  Inside the back cover of the binder is a teapot that once held a tea bag. This one was made by my younger daughter in preschool I think.  

WOYWW
 I won't be near my work desk on Wednesday as many of you probably won't be browsing your computer that day either. Therefore I will show now what is on my artsy work desk as well as what is on my kitchen work space.  


My arting time has been pretty much consumed by ATC trading habit.  To feed my habit it is necessary to make a lot of little cards.  But, I broke out of the pattern and created this 8.5 x 10 mixed media.  I am very literal in my imagery and "borrowed" a composition and idea from another painter to make this piece I call "ImaginaryFriend". 

An artists' group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/1481396252137977/  chose the theme of imaginary friend for the November prompt. This is a painting is Evangeline, my imaginary friend from childhood.  She is now all grown up like myself.  She has moved to Hawaii and lives in a forest.  She has a lovely sailboat and rescues stray cats.  

This painting will serve a double purpose.  I had the joy of making and sharing this larger piece and I can still cut it into parts and make ATC cards to trade, like these.




  Still in a Hawaiian state of mind I also made another card for an Ady Almanza http://www.pinterest.com/dolldreams/doll-dreams-my-artwork/ doll dreams ATC card swap. 

Thanks for dropping by and have a very Happy Thanksgiving.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WOYWW and CREATIVE EVERY DAY/ART EVERY DAY


Tiny little cat tracks on someones journal many years ago

 WOYWW
Art Every Day 
As usual when I am working at my desk, what is on my desk are my little furry critters.  That is Gizzymoto in the box and sleek black Desdemona. Placing the box with a catnip scented blanket has helped to prevent them from sitting right in the middle where I need to work.  Do any of you have that problem?  It  seems to be a very old problem for humans...http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/03/130326-animals-medieval-manuscript-books-cats-history/

Art Every Day #16 and 17
The first thing that I made this week were a couple of portraits that I had promised to do way back right before I broke my right wrist while on vacation in August.  She wanted a caricature as well as a more realistic one. I do enjoy making portraits of friends and relatives but for fun, the more freedom in one's creations, the better.

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So next I made one more snowman for my snowman themed swap and a couple of "dream dolls" for a swap inspired by Ady Almanza. http://www.pinterest.com/jemica/muse-adriana-almanza/



I am sure there are some of you out there who are locked in by really bad winter weather.  Stay warm folks, and keep on painting, drawing, writing or crafting.
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

CREATIVE EVERY DAY /ART EVERY DAY


For the past couple of weeks, I have been focusing on portraits using my oil pastels.  This brings to mind a question.

If one makes a colored work using colored pencils or oil pastels or traditional pastels, what do you call it?  A drawing indicates to me an image that is not colored or done before color is added.  Is there another term to use?  Any suggestions? 

#12   Duck Duck Goose  


 I have had one set of oil pastels called Cra-pas  for a really long time but have not used them very much.  Recently I purchased a set of Pentel oil pastels.  I made one whimsical painting of a duck with them and then did not use them again right away. 

I have always wanted to draw or paint Vermeer's Girl With a Pearl Earring. I had a sheet of paper that I had painted using a gelli pad and I wanted to use it as a background.  I decided to give the oil pastels a try for this project and was so pleased with the result that I made a series of several more portraits. That middle one is my grand daughter.  So cute.



But I also love making magazine collage.  I have entered several  ATC swaps. For those of you who are not familiar with the term, a swap is a blind trade of any sort of artistic creation usually made to a given theme.  The pieces that one makes are then sent to the coordinator of the swap who then trades them out to the various participants.  Therefore you do not know what  you will receive in trade. It's always a fun surprise.  One swap that I joined is a snowman theme for 2.5 x 3.5 ATC cards. 

 # 13   Professor Snow
 Meet Professor Snow.  
The background was found in a magazine as well as the Professor's hat, face, bow  earmuffs and cane. The body is made of a page of print covered with gesso.  His buttons, the snowflakes and the pine tree are hand drawn.
Another snowman card I made today is Steampunk Snow Creature.  I really don't know about this one.  His hand gestures seem to indicate he is reading my mind. "No, no!  Please don't throw me away!"  He is really kind of creepy.

# 14  Steampunk Snow Creature




Another of my swaps is themed Alice in Wonderland.  This one turned out better than the Snow punk creature.  I must replace that writing though.  I envy those who can write on their art work and make it look nice.   When I try it always 
 ruins an otherwise decent piece. 

# 15 Go Ask Alice






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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

ART EVERY DAY AND WOYWDW


Creative Every Day
So this is what I have been working on this week.  Continuing with my portrait series, using a classic painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds as inspiration I made this one that I call Girl with Freckles.

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Another Snow Queen
Snow Queen 3


Number 10




 










Working in a series is supposed to be a good thing.  It does help to perfect a certain style or skill, so yes it is good but sometimes one gets the urge to jump out of it and do something different. 
Number 11
Snow Queen 4
... cartooney but still using the same materials




Or even something 
very silly.

Suncat Fish
Number 12





Thanks for looking.



And my work desk looks just about the same.

Friday, November 7, 2014

CREATIVE EVERY DAY and ART EVERY DAY





Creative Every Day http://creativeeveryday.com/creativeeveryday/2014/11/art-every-day-month-day-7-2.htm 
 is challenging artists to make some piece of art every day for a month.


         Number six was for yesterday.  I call this one  "Little Gypsy"                                                           




Number seven is my version of Vermeer's beautiful "Girl With a Pearl Earring"

 






For number eight, which puts me one day ahead, is one that I  started a while back and just finished. 
"Little Manx Cat".

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

WHAT'S ON MY WORKDESK THIS WEEK







This is my best, or my worst, critic.  Little Gizzy is closely contemplating the latest pieces that I have made.  I have been gone for several days so there is not very much to see on my desk.   

I spent a fun Halloween weekend with my grand kids.  The street where my daughter and her family live is a lively place at Halloween. It is like a block party.  Everyone decorates and dresses up in costume and the kids from all around come to trick or treat.  So much fun. 

This is my grand daughter dressed as Super Cute Kitty in a power girl pose.  Her little brother is dressed as Iron Man and I have no idea what that kind of pose that is. Four year old boy constant motion machine pose I guess.

It was a great week end in spite of some drizzly weather.  All day after I returned home, I suffered from "lag".  Jet lag, time zone change lag, day light savings time change lag, climate change lag (it was 40 in New York and 80 in Houston),  all day Tuesday I "lagged".  

We followed the sunset most of the way south. There were some really beautiful sunset views from the air plane window.  





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