Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Getting messy with my journals!

Yesterday afternoon the weather was nice so after picking up the girls from school and nini's we headed outside to play in our backyard.  We don't do that often because the clubhouse, which we plan to call our cottage from now on, isn't finished making it difficult for the girls to play in it.  Of course they want me to take all of the construction stuff out so they can come and go but that's just impossible unless I plan to work out there.  But this afternoon we decided to go play out there anyway.  At the last minute I grabbed my vintage suitcase of art supplies and other goodies and headed out to do some journaling on our broken down picnic table!  I should have taken a picture of the time.
The girls played well together, I only had to remind them once or twice to do so.  I rummaged through my stash of papers and came across this older picture of the girls and it fit so well considering the lovely afternoon and the girls playing in the background as I painted.
I was able to get a few quick color studies thrown down on the paper and the first one I actually finished.  The ones below I may add a photo to later but for now I loved the color combination I chose which was grabbing some bottles of cheap paint on the way out the door!  I checked the prompt from Get Messy and will execute that prompt the next time I sit down.  I have read the journal prompt several times and enjoyed the mental part of it but am really looking forward to executing the art prompt, it's been a long time since I did a self portrait!

I did some splattering of the black paint and Clarissa asked me at dinner did I plan on washing off the black spots on my face.  She doesn't miss anything.

Almost all of the colors I chose on the way out the door are old paints.  They were clumpy and slightly sticky but I love the different textures they created on the paper.

The sketchbook I chose was an old notepad of graph paper.  I didn't really incorporate the graph design on these studies but it was very inspirational and I plan to do that the next time. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

opening up my Etsy shop...

Okay after many sleepless nights ponding over different ways of selling my art I have decided to go (back) to Etsy.  I hate to give into the big names but after doing my research it is the better choice and what most creative peeps use.  It's not too expensive to list and they take only a small cut if you sell an item.  I have lots of ideas floating around in my head so hopefully soon I can get busy creating some new art to post.  Listed now are a few collage pieces I am in love with.  They are all paper collages framed in vintage frames.  They are somewhat small and look great on a tabletop in the living room, on your desk at work, on a bookshelf in your bedroom.  I hope when you look at them they make you happy and remind you of a mountain tops, far away places or simply a glass of milk! 

Visit my Etsy shop and see what you think!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Let's Get Messy!

I did it, I finally did it! 

I've been studying and watching and finally I decided to take the leap and join GET MESSY

Already I've experienced the community on Facebook and once you join the site it's awesome too!  I couldn't believe how much they had on the site to offer once I committed! 

I'm so excited and anxious to get started on my first prompt and share in the communities!

Come along on this journey with me...I believe this is a way to grow and explore in a way I've never thought of! 

Bring it on Get Messy!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Our first snow in 2017!

I can't believe it has snowed so early in the year!  During the fall there were so many acorns on the ground and so many people were saying that that was a sign of a long and hard winter.  Well, it has started that's for sure!  It is so cold outside, for the last few days since the snow it has been in the teens and low 20's!  It's COLD! 

We have all had a ball playing in the snow and sliding down the hill at the circle and in the backyard!  Fun times to remember!

This snow was good for snowballs but we just couldn't get it stick good enough for a snowman!  Next time! 

The weather got cold before we could get the clubhouse finished but I will say we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.  We just need some power and outside paint and then we are ready to start painting and decorating the inside!  It's going to be great!  Not sure who will enjoy more, me or the girls!

Clarissa really enjoyed eating the snow!

While Lula and I tried really hard to get it to stick for a snowman with not much luck...

It was definitely a beautiful fun time outside and really really cold!  I love how different it looks when the winter weather is upon us but I do miss the green leaves on the trees!