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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Midnight Magic

Another witch is on auction, Midnight Magic. It is a quilted wall hanging 18" x 7" and has collaged elements and is painted in acrylic. Check my ebay auctions, this one is a short one, just three days.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Poppy Dance

On Tuesday I ventured out on an errand and I took my camera. I am trying to build up my collection of reference photos to paint from. I ran across the most gorgeous poppies! They were scarlet instead of the usual red-orange. I parked my car and took a lot a pictures.

Last night I painted from one of the reference photos. I used a 20" x 16" but wanted to impart the tissue paper characteristic of the poppy. So I collaged a white tissue paper with gold patterns onto the canvas. Then I printed up a quote by Lenore Mulets on vellum and collaged that.
"The poppies were dancing in their garden home. The morning breezes were their partners".

Once my textured surface was dried, I drew the poppies on in black charcoal pencil. I painted them in acrylic and then detailed the poppies with the charcoal pencil.

This painting is now on etsy.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Here are a couple of paintings that I recently painted in a workshop with Sterling Edwards. Unfortunately they don't resemble the technique he was teaching us at all! I tend to paint quite tightly with my watercolors and Sterling was all about getting the color down in very loose and free way. I just couldn't escape my old ways! I told Sterling I would practice. I think I will put these up on Etsy today.

The images are from photos I took while in San Diego. The first one is of a finger of the bay that went behind our hotel. The second one is Bird of Paradise that grew along the walkway in the same place.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Nibblefest Contest!

Each month I participate in a contest for ebay artists called Nibblefest. All auctions start at 99 cents. This month's theme is 'the Secret Life of Toys'. I thought about what to paint all day long. I came up with the idea of Barbie dating the Pillsbury Dough Boy. Last summer when my mom passed away, I inherited her collection of Pillsbury Dough Boys. She loved him! Especially in the commercial where someone sticks their finger in his tummy and he giggles. So I grabbed an old Barbie that I had and the 1971 version of the Pillsbury Dough Boy and took a picture of them together. I collaged a million dollar bill (not a real one) on the painting too and painted Barbie and Pills in acrylic. It was a lot of fun. Check my ebay auctions (link at the left) to see this auction.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A Quilted Sky

After much frolicking with the Utah Watercolor Society, I am finally back to my regular schedule! I have moved my studio downstairs and have so much stuff that I have committed myself to using the things that I have.

I am still working on little quilted wall hangings. I feel I am not finished exploring the posibilities of what I can do with them. I am enjoying doing mixed media on them, collage, and using charcoal, watercolor and acrylic painting on them along with machine sewing around the images.

Here is a sheepy one called A Quilted Sky. It is 6" x 6 1/2". and comes ready to hang. I will be listing it on ebay tonight for a one day auction.

Monday, May 04, 2009

I had to chuckle...

Tonight I started to make an entry on my blog titled 'Too Busy'. Then all of a sudden it published itself! I was typing and it just did it. Really! Anyway I had to chuckle because I looked at my blog and there was just that title and nothing else... that is really too busy if I don't have time to type an entry!

Yesterday I got home from a watercolor show in San Diego, just in time to go to dinner with an artist that has come to do a workshop for the Utah Watercolor Society. Then this morning the workshop began. The artist, Sterling Edwards is a wonderful instructor. I am very excited to be a student in this workshop.

Because of being in San Diego and now doing this workshop, I don't know if I will be getting much done for etsy or ebay.

Too busy

Friday, May 01, 2009

In San Diego

I am in San Diego today for the opening of the Western Federation of Watercolor Society show.

The reception is tonight. We will be coming home on Sunday. I am not at my computer much right now, we are busy playing tourist as well as doing watercolor business. Couldn't ask for a better combination! Last night the hosting society took us on a dinner cruise. It was great fun!