Saturday, December 16, 2017

IT'S SATURDAY AND THE SUN IS SHINING...

 Last night as the sun went down...








 TRULY INCREDIBLE!










Almost unbelievable!







 These are




 photos of our studio,
after we tore up the carpet and put down layers of felt.




 This is the flooring that
is going down.
We are hoping to finish in about 2 more days.
Especially me,
because I have a portion of cruddy
art supplies downstairs on the kitchen
table. 
Which I will need to cart back upstairs when we are through
with this project.
THIS
is why I haven't posted anything.




 Here is our fox...
well,
not ours.
He has been hanging around our house for a couple of weeks now.
He must have a den near by...
or 
she?
 And these guys have practically taken over
the neighborhood these last couple of years.





 I should mention here;
we live on 4 1/2 acres.
So officially most might say...
this really is "their" neighborhood.
Last night our nearest neighbors dog
got into a fight with one or more at midnight.
They had to take him in for emergency surgery.
They really have not been so cute I say.
They have become so brazen,
they scratch at our front door as if they'd like to come in and browse around.
Only took one time,
that I opened the door thinking it was our cat.
And there stood a raccoon standing straight up,
growling.
Ai yi yi




I had just started a class
of 
Misty Mawn's
Immigrants.
So I was only able to do one painting, boo hoo.
(Before we started tearing the rest of our house apart.
We have been remodeling upstairs for a year now.)

It has been bitter sweet looking up so many photos on the subject.
Then I started looking up photos
during the depression years, here in the states.
It has made me feel more than fortunate to have
been born after this time in history.

Have you taken a class lately?
This one is quite wonderful and affordable!


Monday, December 4, 2017

FROM START TO FINISH on a Monday...


Teal paint
collaged papers




Some black and white paint





These colors




and 
these colors



i was really not in the mood to do this
from the start.
But lots of times if i just dig in and paint
good things happen.
But not always.





 And 
then
it went
this way...




 And these very last 2 are in between
what the real finished product looks like...




It's almost always hard
but always
worth it,
i continue to learn.
i hope this helps someone else
looking in.


Sunday, December 3, 2017

IT'S A SUNDAY...

 I have a little clean up to do on her...
and she was so FUN!
I started with one of those free postcards and did up an enjoyable play time paint collage.
Then decided on a face 
as I spied the upper part that could fit
the bill for an
headdress!




 This was one of those year when we didn't get 
very many apples off our GRANNY SMITH tree.
But 
ENOUGH
for...




 an 
APPLE PIE
for
my 
FISHERMAN 
that will finally come home today,
after his 3 day excursion
with 6 other men...
napping in sleeping bags, 
eating what "they" decided to bring for meals, ha!
I bet I get the best smile ever!




family and friends.
It was such a beautiful day.
TREASURE
them all!

Now on to Christmas plans...

Not really that much...this is the time of year when I go absolutely nuts, painting away...

HAPPY SUNDAY ALL

Thursday, November 30, 2017

IT'S THE LAST DAY OF NOVEMBER, 2017. And my last little oringinal for this month, in the year...


We get stacks of little postcards in the mail so often.
They are small, slick, and free.
So I decided to paint some of them and collage over a portion of the ads.



I just love sharing.
And I 
LOVED
how the photos underneath the paint 
peeked through.
VOILA!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

 I found this for a $1.00
at a thrift store.
This is the back.




 This is the front.
It was a 
frame
around an ugly piece of flat tile.
Very sturdy...
Surely I can think of something to do with this!




 So I glued some tissue paper over the tile,
after painting it white.
Then some blue and mellow yellow
over the top of that.
Painted the frame black and then...




Then I scuffed up the frame,
collaged.
Not done yet.
I have to pull it together.
I did already sign it.

This is a photo of my dad,
at 18 yrs. old when he served in the navy.
While 
starting this yesterday,
I broke down crying off and on.
Looking at my young father,
a wonderful father and man.
Wondering just how many things i'll never know about him.
BUT
I treasure what I DO know about him,
to the fullest.
DONALD ALBERT HEBERT
XO

Friday, November 24, 2017

AUTUMN BEAUTY...

 Well now,
since previous post...
she made a few changes...




 She put on a paper undergarment...
Got out her cheesecloth apparel...
Her wings grew so that we could see them!
And she added flowers in her hair.
She may or may not hang with an exposed wire with beads or an unexposed wire on the back.




 This magical season of fall...




 continues to hang around...




This is what keeps me outside...
NO COMPLAINTS.
HAPPY FRIDAY!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

ALMOST THANKSGIVING DAY HERE in our neck of the woods...

 Listening to Christmas carols
tonight.
While painting on old wood to make a hanger for a gift.
LOVE
painting on old wood and how the cracks and imperfections show up!
Need to find her words and make a hanger 
that will go well with her look.




 I'm about midstream
with this one.
I am so good at playing...
ERGO



 My photo "thingy" that came with our computer,
updated itself yesterday.
So I played with it.
Seeing if i'd like to make the above painting into
flowers or the like.
Nah...don't think so.
But now I have a cute pic to glue on something for a gift.
is a 
close up of the abstract.
I have some ideas running through my head.
But I never know what
the end will bring.
STAY TUNED...
I promise to show you when I finish...
but...
I cannot promise "when",
not even for myself.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY
for those that celebrate with their 
family
and 
friends.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

IT'S ALREADY TUESDAY again...

 Prepping 




 UNFOLDING




 All the surprises begin




 And the magic starts...




 Churning
around in my brain...
Ready for explosions of...




Starting
new
pieces...

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

IT'S A TUESDAY, but i painted these faces YESTERDAY...and i only like one of them...

 something
I've
been
working on...
old music sheets (they smell old)
paint, words, and charcoal




 Some of these papers are so
old
they almost crinkle 
under my fingertips
before I can glue them down
I LOVE THEM




 Yesterday...
I painted so many blues and greens
all over so many different
papers!
I think it makes me feel like i'm 
swimming in beautiful water.





 I do not
like her eye placement.
But...
I like her "feel"
so she will
remain thus!




 I continue to attempt
to paint my faces so they don't all look
the same.
Maybe I am finally making strides?




This is it for today...sharing that is...

Friday, November 3, 2017

SERENDIPITY and JOYFUL SURPRISES...

 some newer news
and work...
WRITING WITH A 
FOUNTAIN PEN (I love)
on 
old black grungy paper
from and old grungy photo album
found at the Goodwill!




 Then I took lots of photos of these
I changed some on our "computer photography" thingy




 I was creating them for a specific few projects.
But like all good surprises,
I have already used them in other projects, before even reaching the intended ones.
LOVE
when that happens!
I'll try to dig up where I used them and show you later.




 I am hoping not to bore anyone to tears,
but...
in having to search for baby pics of our one and only...
I thought I'd post these few and then share a few things that happened while and after the search.

This is our Erin Lea.
We adopted her as a newborn. 
YEAH...miracles do happen.
She's going to be 34 when she has her own baby in January. 
That is the exact age I was when we adopted her.
I love serendipity!



.
 This is her backside and Bambi, whilst camping at Shasta Lake, California.
She has been an
absolute
JOY
in our entire family.



 An added tidbit:
After searching and sending the photos off to her friend, I painted this little face.
It looks nothing like her.
Though,
I am constantly amazed at how much we are influenced by our own selves, putting our heart and souls into our work, eh?
People talk about this all the time...and then 
BAM
there it is 
right in front of me.
LOVE
that!
When I finished this,
I
did
not
like
it 
one bit. 
When I found it by accident today...
LOVED 
it!
What the heck...I didn't even remember painting her, it was a couple of weeks ago.
And 
I
LOVE
that!

HAVE A BEAUTIFUL WEEKEND FRIENDS!