May 30, 2009

New Art

May 24, 2009

This was a little something I worked on for the 30 day challenge.  This is 9 x 12 on Canvas board.  The background is scrapbook paper.  The girl is painted with colored pencils and acrylics.  The flower is a 3-D silk flower and brad glued on to the image.   I want to live in that castle but I’d settle for having hair that looked this good. :)  I’m easy. 

I started another abstract but it's still sitting on my studio easel half finished. Maybe tomorrow night. 

May 23, 2009

More for the 30 day Challenge


May19-09  May18-09

The above are two ATC’s I made for both the 30 day challenge and a swap at ATC’s for all.



I think this is a unfinished.  I may come back to it later.

May 21, 2009

How to survive a bad news


These past 2 weeks have been very hard to deal with.  First we find out that my mother’s breast cancer may have returned and that it might include skin cancer from the radiation treatment from the last time she had it.  I don’t yet know the extent of the treatment she will go though because she has limited mobility and she doesn’t want radiation again.  I don’t blame her.  Unfortunately, she lives in New Mexico while I’m in California and, for reasons you’ll read in the next paragraph, I won’t be able to be with her as much as I should be and I feel terrible about that.

Now if that wasn’t bad enough, I learned today that due to the economy my husband will probably be taking a 20% pay cut to help cut costs and keep the company running.  He asked me what I thought about that and what can you say and stay supportive except that 80 %  is better than nothing.  To myself I say, that pay cut is going to put a real crimp in my being able to visit my mom.  This just couldn’t come at a worse time.  And yes I still blame Bush !!

So how have I been coping? Thanks to Gary Reef’s 30 day challenge, creating art has really helped me maintain some semblance of  calm.  I lose myself in painting for a few hours at a time. It’s helped tremendously. 

May 11 th

May 11-09

May 12th (and 13th and 14th actually)


May 13 th


May 14 th


This painting started out as some thing entirely different and morphed into some thing that helped me deal with my own sense of mortality.  It has a lonely, sad feel to me.

I wish I could post these more often but since my scanner has been on the fritz, I have to photograph them and then edit them and it’s taking more time than I have right now.   I need a scanner and I better get it before that pay cut goes into effect. I cheap one is all I need for now. 

Thanks for reading.

May 9, 2009

More from the 30 Day Challenge

Continuing on in the 30 day challenge:

May 5th: Copper Swirls 12 x 12 on wood

May 5-09 Copper Swirls

There is something about copper that calls to me.  Aged copper especially. There is a gorgeous building in Sacramento that has a copper roof with a verdigris patina that I love to look at every time I drive by.  This painting reminds me of that roof. OK so the roof doesn’t have swirls….. what can I say? :)


May 6th:  Silver Love (for lack of a better name) 6 X6 canvas

May 6-09 Silver love

The silver paint bubbled when I tried to blow dry it and I loved how it looked.


May 7th – In My Happy Place  12 X 9 Canvas Board.

May 7-09 In My Happy Place

The flower is 3-D paper flower that is replica of the one directly behind it on the canvas board.  My husband really loves this one.  He’s directed me to frame it!! He’s such a sweetie.

May 6, 2009

Trying to get out of my funk

I’m back to blogging after two weeks away.  As you know from my last post, I went to NM two weeks ago to visit my girl and her husband.  We had a really fun time and I really hated to leave.  If I hadn’t also missed my husband while I was gone, I might have extended my stay.  But since I’ve been back, I’ve been in a funk.  I felt like my heart is split in two, one part here in Cali with my husband and the other in NM with my girl.  sigh…..

It’s helped that we have spent our weekends working on the bedroom/bathroom remodel.  We now have two walls up, complete with sheetrock and another is almost stripped away so we can add the third.  (I meant to add some pictures today but they are still in the camera.) And yesterday we bought the most beautiful frosted glass door for the bathroom.  It’s gorgeous!!

I also signed up for the 30 Day Art Challenge on Gary Reef’s Mixed Media Arts site.  It started May 1st and the idea is to complete one piece per day. and we are not supposed to go back to the piece another day to finish it.

I’ve decided that the main focus for the 30 days will on abstract art.  I may need to vary from that sometime in the 30 days, as I have to make 3 ATCs before the end of the month, but so far I’m staying on track.   Now I’ve never created abstract art before but  I thought I’d give it a shot. As you’ll see in a bit, it’s quite a stretch for me.  Not sure I’ll get the hand of it but if  one turns out good I’ll be happy.  …..OK don’t laugh ( well at least not so loud that I’ll hear you), here is

May 1st:

May 1-09

May 2nd:  Falling into place

May 2-09 - Falling in to place

May 3rd: Going in Circles

May 3-09 - Going in Circles


How do you stay inspired?


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