Saturday, December 30, 2006
Liz and I decided to have an "let's play at home" day instead of wearing ourselves out shopping. We played around with some new Photoshop skills Rick taught this rank PS beginner the night before (and of course now I'm hooked!). We went into my studio and spent the day making Art Tags for Liz to take home. This was a new venture for Liz, for you usually catch her with a paint brush in her hand, painting another masterpiece to teach her students.
We laughed and talked and relaxed and made art. What more could you ask for between two best friends who can't see each other more frequently. It was a rarity. It was a perfect day.
Wanna see what we made?
Thursday, December 28, 2006
So, goals. Hmmm, I usually don't set much in the way of goals becuase I know how those things always go awry. But I actually do have a couple goals for this coming year. First, although it is always a goal of mine no matter the time of year, is to become a better artist.
Secondly my husband is retiring in a few months and I would like to help supplement our soon to be fixed income, with online sales of my work. In order to do that I have to find ways to better market myself online and find ways for self promotion. Those are difficult things for me to do. I know I'm not alone in this department. A lot of artists find it difficult to promote themselve. We'd rather just create and let someone else do the promoting!
I figure that's enough goals for me! :-)
Hapy New Year, Good Health and Prosperity to us all!
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
This week our blog topic is Favorite New or Inspirational Art book. Since I am a book and magazine addict, with no desire for a 12 step program, this is difficult for me. Then I received a new book the other day that I forgot I ordered. Yay.
I have been trying to teach myself soldering. I did some reading, bought the required tools and was excited about my first project. I had an idea for some soldered glass ornaments I wanted to sell on ebay for Christmas. Until I began the actual soldering. First I took a good look at the finished product... and then had a good laugh!
Yes I believe that soldering itself is not difficult but like most mediums it takes practice to do it and do it well. Of course that could be my aggravating perfectionism talking too. ;-) I mean I did successfully solder a few pieces. But no way could I put them on the market and sell them to unsuspecting customers!
But Avery's book gives me hope that with a bit more practice, I'll be OK. She gives good info and pictures on tools and the basic technique. The projects are up to date and wonderfully funky and inspiring. All projects have pictures, and some projects have technique pictures. This is not a large book, 35 pages, but for the $11.00 I paid for it I'd say I got my money's worth. But I feel what I really got was my inspirations worth! Maybe next Christmas you'll see some of my soldered ornaments up for sale. I mean, that gives me a year to practice, right?
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
So, this weeks topic is beads. My first dip into the bead world began a couple years ago. I was visiting my best friend Liz, in Raleigh, NC. Liz and I are die hard shoppers! We live four hours apart & when we get together our visits are a whirlwind of shopping. But, no malls for us.
We hit every antique store, thrift store, flea market, junk store, "interesting shops we've seen and put on our list to visit one day" kind of store we can find.
On this particular visit Liz told me about a recent new shop called she'd heard about, called Panopolie. As always, I'm game and said "let's go"! This is a store that oozes vintage charm with an extremely friendly and helpful staff. http://www.panopolie.com/
Having never been in a bead store before I found myself on sensory overload! Liz and I were soon buying beads and findings and heading back to her house to makes ourselves each a necklace.
What fun we had. We sat on her porch, talking and laughing and beading, enjoying our "best friends time", a time out of our usual shop til we drop days. And while my necklace wasn't perfect, my beads are beautiful.
Now I find myself actually buying beads when I'm out and about. Since I'm not much of a jewelry wearer I buy beads to add to my work. I love the additional dimension and color they give my work. I have found a seller on Etsy, Mamastaub, who makes some really cool and different handmade polymer beads I keep an eye on. http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=45262 Check out her noodle beads and handmade buttons!
So while I still don't know much about beads, I have fallen in love with them and buy them and enjoy using them! I figure all I have to know is.... do I like it?
Monday, December 11, 2006
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Saturday, December 9, 2006
Friday, December 8, 2006
And now I have to go. We're having a Welcome Home celebration for a man we love.
Wednesday, December 6, 2006
I am a mixed media and collage artist trying to build an online business and decided a Blog would be a step forward in the right direction.
If you visit my website you will see this collage on my Home Page. I did it to remind myself not to lose my inner child and to not forget to laugh.
So if you've stopped by to visit, please, check out my auctions on Ebay and my store at Etsy (where I'm fairly new and still need to add more inventory. And stop by my website, you can see pictures of my studio. Also my photo gallery, where I'm still adding photos of my work.
I guess you could say I'm an artist who is in a state of evolving. If you'd like to post a comment please do so...I like chatting with like minded people.