Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Wonder Of Color

It's wonderful to be back making mosaics with Mitsy at Artmind. I noticed that now that the Christmas decorations are put away and all the greenery is gone, the turquoise in the house shows so much more. So my mosaic shows both turquoise and the newness of a new year. I'm turning over a new leaf and starting anew on old projects and happily beginning new projects. It's going to be a very good year, I can tell. :o)

1. playing, 2. Colored pencil drawing, 3. Kohlrabi leaf sktech, 4. Backtracked

If you'd like to see more mosaics, go to Artmind and peruse the list. Mitsy hosts a link party every Tuesday.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Lights, Camera... Action!

My sketchbook is on it's way to Brooklyn New York Library to be a part of  The Sketchbook Project 2011. At this moment, thousands of other artists across the world just did that same thing. They mailed off their own sketchbooks and crossed their fingers, preying the mail wouldn't get lost.

The Sketchbook Project 2011 (click the link to learn more) will start out in New York and tour the United States, showcasing thousands of hand made sketchbooks. The public will be allowed to view them all, just as you would a library book. At the end of the tour all the sketchbooks will be entered into the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Library. Cool, huh?

I took the time to video my sketchbook before sending it on it's perilous journey to New York. So, without further ado, here's the final bound edition of my beloved sketchbook. (oh, there is audio too so you may want to adjust your volume. )

Okie Dokie, Pokie. So you got to hear my voice, well that was just strange... Hehehe. I'll talk to y'all very soon with new art! Ohhh, exciting! 

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Thank You, My Friend

Well we all made it to another fresh new year. I always find a new year so exciting to start. Think of all the possibilities for growth and change throughout this upcoming twelve months. Last year was my most successful year for a long time. I proudly completed many of my resolutions, so in this new year I'm going to use that momentum as a spring board to success going forward. I'm planning to do more painting, promotion and networking in my city of Victoria. Hopefully I can bring to life my artistic dreams. I'd love to hear about all of your resolutions for 2011.

I want to send out a huge Thank You to my friend Kim at Kimminita. She sent me a wonderful Christmas present, she totally spoiled me! It started out when, earlier in the year, I commented on her blog about one of her beautiful mandalas. She commented back that she had a few postcards that she'd had made up with her mandalas on them and she'd send them to me. I was thrilled. Then a big problem occurred. Kim and her very cool sounding boyfriend decided to renovate the office in their home and the mandalas inadvertently got packed away with everything else in that room. Well, it's totally understandable that she couldn't put her hands on them for quite a while. I know what that's like, having no way of getting to something you want because it's packed and stored away.

Zoom forward several months, the office is done, it's gorgeous (yippee! Lucky girl!) and she will send them ASAP. Well now. I don't just receive three beautiful postcards with her mandalas. (here's my favorite mandala in a frame I received from another friend this Christmas)....

...but in the puffy envelope is also a hand made grocery tote made out of vintage fabric (so cool looking!) and this...

... a vintage book on flower painting AND this gorgeous paint brush holder in green vintage fabrics!! Holy COW! I mean, not only is green my very favorite color but this is totally perfect for my brushes. I can fill it with dozens of brushes then roll it up to keep them together and protected. Thank you so much, Kim. Not only do your sewing skills ROCK, your generosity is so appreciated. I absolutely love my present. Just so you all know, Kim decided to learn to sew this last year. You should check out both her blog and her Etsy store for some of the items she's made with her very skilled hands. She does beautifully clean work, as you can see from above. Sending hugs to you, Kim!

So, welcome to the beginning of a new year. It's gonna be great, I'm sure. I'm looking forward to sharing more of my art with you all, restarting Tuesday Mosaic with Artmind and bring you exciting artists I come across as I learn about what moves me. I can't wait to continue our conversation. I look forward to hearing from you all!

We'll talk very soon,

Happy Blogoversary to Me! I'll be doing a giveaway soon so keep your eyes peeled for the blog post announcing what you could win if you enter! Thanks to all my readers for their support this last year. It's been such a joy sharing with you all.


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