Tuesday, August 28, 2012

So, Whatcha Up To??

Just a very quick post to inform you that my first post with "When Artists Cook" is up on Dion Dior's blog. She made me blush with her kind words, thanks Dion. I'm so happy to be participating with her and other lovely and talented artists in this unique series conceived of by Dion. Please go on over and check it out, click here and it'll bring up all the When Artists Cook blog posts so far. :o)

Just to fill out this post a little, I thought I'd share what I did all yesterday. I played with colors! Nope, not art supplies or watercolor paint, but NAIL POLISH. If you've read me for a while you'll know my secret, I'm addicted to hazelnut coffee, chocolate and nail polish. I ordered a couple of new colors and also some nail spoons (I couldn't believe I found them!) to swatch all my colors. That's what I did all day, I got my Brother P-Touch label maker out, typed in ALL the funny nail polish names (a.k.a. "I'm Not Really A Waitress" or "Mrs. O'Leary's BBQ") then spent hours swatching all the puurrrtttyy colors. I thought you all just might want to see what I ended up with. Now, if only I had something like this for my watercolors!!

If any of you see a color you love just ask, I can send you it's name and brand. ;o) OOh, it just started raining, finally. Big fat raindrops that smell heavily like ozone. Wow, haven't had a thunderstorm here for such a long time! IT'S POURING!!!!!! HOLY COW!!! I Happy, happy!! Joy, joy!!


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Monday, August 27, 2012

Where Do You Find Inspiration?

Hiya. This week's APR theme is "Inspiration". What inspires you? I read about so many artists having a muse. I don't have a muse. (unless a Hosta plant can be a muse, lol. But that's another story.) I'm not even sure how you get a muse or what it does for you. I mean, do they talk to you, 'cause that would be cool! When I'm stuck in a rut it would be great to have some funky dressed fairy (or goblin, who knows) give me a nudge of where to go with my art. But I don't have any kind of helper like that so I rely on quotes to get me through when I'm in an artistic funk.

My very good friend Tracey wrote a blog post a month or so ago with an incredibly inspirational quote embedded in it. Trace admits that she doesn't remember where she found the quote but that it helps her grow in small but significant ways.

"Lean Into Discomfort"

I read this quote and Tracey's take on what it meant to her and found myself incredibly inspired. I've now pilfered her quote! It inspires me to push myself just a little farther than is comfortable. As Trace said...

"We all have moments of doubt
and trying to fit into different moulds & ideas
and finding our style and artistic identity and all that.
Moving outside our comfort zone
makes us feel wobbly and freaked out
and for me it is because I don't like the struggle and fight.
I am essentially lazy and so
it all just seems a bit like too much effort half the time.
But leaning into it,
that, I can do.
Just mosey on up and sort of recline up against it,
kind of like subtly invading the personal space of discomfort.
Not yelling at it to get out of the way
or giving it a big push and shove,
just giving it enough pressure that it feels uncomfortable enough
to move over a bit."

She explained the quote perfectly. We, as artists don't need to be aggressive with ourselves, pushing and pushing for new and different. We can just lean into discomfort, add just a little pressure and give ourselves the room to grow naturally. Think of it like exercise. Trainers say you should push until it hurts just a little, then as your muscles heal over the next day of rest before your next workout, they grow stronger for the push.

I love this quote and that's what I did my art about this week. The postcard sized piece sits in a little frame right next to my work desk where I can see it everyday and remember The Lean. Thanks Trace, for your wonderful friendship and for allowing me to steal your superlative quote. I truly appreciate it.

I added the Leaning Tower Of Pisa as a tongue-in-cheek visual

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Artist's Play Room #24

This last week brought a spectacular conglomeration of artwork. Last week's challenge was to "Illustrate a Word". I said you didn't have to actually use that word in your art but think of how your word makes you feel or what you think of when you think of your word. I'll be putting each person's word under their art this week with my comments (assuming you told me what word you were illustrating, lol.) Here we go, we got some great art this week...
My word was BELIEVE.
I love doing these tiny pieces of
art in lockets. It stretches my creativity.

Minn's word was TRANQUIL.
She so totally captured the feeling
of the word and I also love the
names of the boats. :o)
Darla's word was SWIMMING.
I think her zentangled little fish
is totally cute and I definitely
get the swimming vibe, lol.
Trace's word was a
play on song lyrics,
Wake Me Up B4U Cocoa.
This is just hilarious as is
her post about this cereal!
Laura's word was PAINT.
I love her tongue in cheek
approach to this challenge.
A painted paintbrush, lol.
Kim's word was DREAMER
I love how colorful this is,
it makes me dream of
Twinkletoes' word was GAMES
Her piece reminds me of my
childhood when playing
games with friends was so fun.
Andrea's word was LACE.
These rocks are really
beautiful and I can't wait
to try this myself!!
Rita's word was PLAY. Her
abstract piece is just beautiful
and reminds me that I should
play more with my art supplies
Bonnie's word was FLOWERS
This is just one pretty page
in a full journal, go check
out her blog post!
Vonny's word is HUMUTT.
She combined the word
human and mutt, and this
portrait is of Trace's cute
little mutt Mushu!!
Neesie's word was SUNLIGHT
This is so bright & cheerful,
Australia is finally warming
so I'm sure that inspired her!
Currie's word was BE.
She uses the word as a
touchstone to remember
to always be herself.
Sandee's word was ART.
So she totally glittered
and decorated a paint
brush. I think it's brilliant.
I'm guessing that Sunny's
word was EGYPT. She
did a take on Cleopatra
with an Egyptian theme.
Terrie's word was BALTIC.
She illustrated the place she
and her husband want to
cruise to. Sounds divine!

I'm not sure what Arnoldo's
word was, maybe BELIEF or
WORRY or even GOD. He
illustrated a bible passage.
If you haven't read the rules & guidelines, please go here. If you've landed here after this challenge has been completed but would like to participate in a current or future Artist's Play Room Challenge, just either click on the APR button in the sidebar or click here and you'll be taken to the latest APR Challenge!

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What's your inspiration? Do you have a favorite quote? A favorite piece of art? Are there other things that inspire your art? Show me what inspires you to create beautiful things. You can interpret this to mean "show me your muse", which may be your dog, lol. The theme could also be interpreted to mean "What keeps you going creatively?" or "What makes you WANT to create" or even "What helps you stay on the right path toward good artwork?". Go, have a coffee or a tea, relax and think about what inspiration means to you and what inspires you. Then go make art!

Things That Inspire Me:
Other People's ArtMy Artist's ToolsFlowers
COLOR!QuotesShape & Form
I'm sure I'll be back with fun stuff sometime this week, I just have NO idea what yet, lol. Hey, sue me, I'm a scatterbrained creative artist, ;o).
I'll be back soon with my entry this week, I have it DONE already, wow, I know!
Gotta go make a hazelnut coffee.. wish there were cookies to go with... sigh. Celery just doesn't cut it.


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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

When Artists Cook

A good friend of mine, Dion Dior,  has started a very cool new series called "When Artists Cook" (click the icon to read the series so far). It is a continuing series focusing on how five artists make both food and art. The question is, how does the fact that one is an artist affect how one is in the kitchen? This is what Dion had to say about what the series will be about...
"My vision for this (ongoing) series is intimate & personal, not a challenge-like process. I want the readers to find out about the contributing artists, their favorite recipes, a dialogue about their philosophy & approach to cooking, all with images of their culinary and related art (utensils, herbs, boxes of ingredients, fruit & vegetables & table settings with beautiful dishes etc.) I want to showcase the culinary art for the sake of the art itself with recipes, cooking tips and ideas as a bonus that the readers can take away and try."
There are already several installments of the series up and mine will go live early next week. The small group of contributing artist are:

Tracey Fletcher King
(her blog)
(WAC post)

Bethann Merkle
(her blog)
(WAC post)

Colleayn Klaibourne 
(her blog)
(WAC post)

Jennifer McLean
(you're on my blog, so you don't need that, lol) 
(WAC post)

Dion Dior
(her blog)
(WAC post 1 & 2)

So, go check out this fantastic new series. There will be a new "When Artists Cook" post up approximately every week on Dion's blog. There'll be cool ideas, recipes and always great art. Several of us have food sensitivities so there'll be interesting recipe tweaks for those of you who need them. I'll see you there!


If you were looking for this week's Artist's Play Room, just click here and you'll be taken to the latest challenge. I can't wait to see your art! :o) My submission for this week's challenge can be found here.

Sunday, August 19, 2012


I've been working diligently to make glass lockets for my Etsy shop. For a while I was remiss in keeping it up but now I'm a little more on the ball. This week's APR challenge theme is "illustrate a word" and I decided to take the opportunity to make another glass locket! Hey, any opportunity to combine things and cut down on time. The word I chose was BELIEVE.

Words have always meant a lot to me. There are a few very special books that I've read over the years that have changed me. Heinlein's "Time Enough For Love" and "Friday", Richard Bach's "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" and Zenna Henderson's "The Anything Box" and "Holding Wonder". In Holding Wonder one of the short stories is called The Believing Child. I loved that phrase, I was a believing child, I believed in the Universal good. I still use that as my most basic foundation. I thought I'd look up some of my favorite quotes about belief for you to enjoy...
"I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in being strong when everything seems wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles."
~Audrey Hepburn  
To believe in something,
and not to live it,
is dishonest.

~Mahatma Gandhi
When someone shows you who they are,
believe them the first time.

~Maya Angelou
When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.
~Walt Disney
Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.
~Henry Ford
Not sure what I'll be bringing you next this week but if you're looking for this week's APR just click here. I'll see you in a little bit, K? Yes? It's a deal!


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