Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sketchbookery Class Fun

page from Sketchbookery class

page from Sketchbookery class

page from Sketchbookery class

And it has gotten away from me. These past few months, since March, have just slipped by.  And here we are now, July is half way over.  

But, I do love the slower pace of Summer…although really, our lives here do not change that much, but things just seem slower.  And since it is summer and slower,  I decided to take an on-line class, that started in July.

I'm taking Mary Ann Moss's Sketchbookery class and i LOVE it.  I'm such a huge fan of her style and they way her sketch books look.  And her teaching is laid back, easy peasy.  I highly recommend her on-line classes.  Such great fun.  A great boost to one's creativity!

Above a just a few pages from my sketch book from her class.  I'm now on Instagram if you want to see more yapping cat studio stuff.  Hoping you are enjoying every bit of summer too.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Keep doing what you love!


One of the many paybacks of creating custom work for people is that I get to meet some of the sweetest peeps.  And I'm always so honored that they like what I do.  


And then, that connection, with that person, who appreciates something that comes from not only my hands, but my heart, is just a real joy.


I was given the opportunity to create the paintings above for a lovely lady and her daughters.  What fun to create a full wall of work for these gals to enjoy!


And I love that creating a custom piece, will sometimes force me out of my own limitations.  Of everything that I created for her, the "whatever" and "beautiful" canvases were two of my personal favorites.  I took a chance on doing something different with these two canvases and I was really happy with the results.  


This was another custom piece that I was very happy with the way it turned out.  I wanted a beautiful sky and the customer wanted a rainbow of colors.  I was thrilled with the outcome, even though I'm not quite sure how I accomplished it.  


This is one of the first canvases that I painted.  Its fun to look back and see just how much my painting has evolved in just a little over a year.  

And the thing I'm learning is that even though its sometimes frustrating, keep working.  Keep painting.  Keep drawing.  Its like any thing in life, be it a sport, cooking, gardening…the more you do, the more you grow.  

Growing and changing is good.  


Monday, February 10, 2014

A good day to stay inside and paint


I seem to be gravitating towards blue lately. Well yesterday, anyways.




Been working on a little custom work.  I've really enjoyed doing more graphics and less writing.  



The need to create/paint has been really good lately.  I love it when my muse hangs around.  Today, she must be bundled up somewhere, trying to stay warm.  So all I seem to want to do today is to cook.  Huge breakfast taco's for breakfast, Ginger Molasses Cookies for our coffee break this afternoon.  



Trying to get my little space down at the Shop, all nice and full.



I think we are getting close.  :)



Been having fun with numbers.  Painting them to look vintage and grungy.  I think they would be so much fun on a gallery wall.  



I think these would be great little additions too.  Just the perfect little touch for a gallery wall.  


Friday, February 7, 2014

Waterlogue App



Well, I wish I could tell you that I painted the above.  But nope.  My phone did.  

Waterlogue is the coolest app I've found in awhile.  It takes your photographs and turns them into a wonderful watercolor.  Check it out here.


I ran one of my custom piece canvas pics through it.  I love it even more as a water color.    Wouldn't they make great notecards?  

Go check it out.  


Monday, February 3, 2014

Home Decor Wanna Be

Bookshelves in progress.  Adding more of my own art.  

As I mentioned the last day, I want to be more supportive of my artistic self, in an attempt to be my authentic self.  


I LOVE CUTE!!!!  No sophisticated rooms for me!  

One of the things that I have NEVER done, was to hang my own art in my own home.  Sure, Ive painted walls, canvases and things for other people.  But rarely do I keep anything for me.  And if I do, I keep it crammed in the Studio.  


Gallery wall layout ideas.  

Well no more.  



Home Decor.  I love so many styles.  And there in is the problem.  I love so many styles.  I envy people that can do one color scheme through out their entire home.  But that does not seem to be me.  AND Sweet Hub, always has to put his two cents in (this used to drive my Mom crazy).  


INSPIRATION!

Love the bright happy colors!  BH&G New Cottage Style book 
BH&G, Refresh, special interest publication.  Love the way a simple pillow color change makes it all different.

But he has agreed that I should use more of my artwork in our decor and that if "cottage" is my thing (its certainly not his), then he can live with it.  Looking forward to warmer days to be able to paint furniture.  Estate sale finds are gonna be the norm.  And my own artwork.  Lots of it!  









PS Other bloggers whose home decor inspires me:

http://www.jenniferrizzo.com
http://redshoesa2.blogspot.com
http://lifemadelovely-blog.com/tag/home-made-lovely/

Monday, January 27, 2014

Embraceable You…or rather Me


My little booth space at The Dove's Nest
Resolutions.  By now, most of mine have been tossed aside and kicked to the corner of the room, like Spanx at the end of a long day.  'Cept one.  The big one.

Happy Art

This year, I am striving to "embrace me".  All of me.  My authentic self.  My creative self.  

If, you know me personally, I'm sure that you think I already do that.  And I do, to a degree.  But not wholly.  

trying a new style

When I picked up my paint brushes (this time last year) and decided that I would give it another go, I had been moving forward one tiny, unsure step at a time.  

not me so much


And I've, happily, seen my skills change and grow.  And while I still feel like I have a LONG way to go, there is a small core of friends and family that are encouraging, embrace my art and actually buy my stuff!  :) 

I need to add more art to my space!  

God Bless Em!  I am so very grateful for their support and love.

Tiny, 3x3 canvases!

So where does the 100% come in?  By working more creativity into ALL aspects of my life, home, dress, and work. 

I want to "push the envelope" at work, with more creative displays of merchandise.  If I address an envelope, do it really pretty.  Set the table for dinner, yeah! (cause we usually eat in front of the TV).  Instead of going out in a tee, jeans and sneakers, add a scarf.  Or wear flats.  Stop worrying about what people will think if I decorate they way I REALLY want to.  Etc, etc, etc.  I want to be my best, most authentic self possible.  And that means embracing my artistic side, 100%.  No more tippy toes. I want to make my soul grow.  

So, with those words being basically thrown out into the universe, here we go! 







PS…."The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” 

― Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country


Monday, September 23, 2013

Fall is in the air, even in Texas

I've been painting pumpkins and making garlands

And painting more pumpkins!
Pumpkin overload.  And we are only a few days into Fall.  :)

Have you seen this?  I've had more fun with Jenn Rizzo's hot to paint a pumpkin tutorial.  Now I have assorted white pumpkin paintings all over the house.  As you can see by the above.

Even if you don't think you can paint, trust me, you can.  Super EASY tutorial that will have you churning out pumpkins in no time flat.  

Dallas Arboretum Pumpkin Village


Dallas Arboretum, but I wish my backyard looked like this.

Dallas Arboretum, he just made me smile!

Sweet Hub and I spent Saturday afternoon at the Dallas Arboretum.  With temps in the high 70's, it was a perfect day to walk and to be inspired by all things Fall that they had put out.  I could not help but smile at this guy.  

Yay for cooler temps, Fall, and of course, pumpkins!