Monday, November 24, 2014

Teenie Ballerini

I have committed to two pastel paintings for the upcoming
Pastel Society of Central Florida's Winter Show.
This is my first painting for the show.
I have been in love with this photo ever since my daughter sent it to me.
 It's my granddaughter, Nora Kate, climbing some stairs at a local college.
I used Rembrandt Soft Pastels on some paper my friend, Wendy gave me.
She has been such an encouragement.

My wonderful husband, George has allowed me to adopt one of our spare rooms
as a studio.  It's an organized mess, but to me it's heaven. It's my own playroom!
Finished and framed, ready for the show.
Thanks to my friends Kathy and Mike for the beautiful mats and frames they gave me. This set up worked perfectly for my, "Teenie Ballerini."
Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Scarlett O'Hara at the Craft Show

My first craft show.  I wanted to get the word out about Scarlett O'Hara's Craft Room, which I opened last month in my community.

The response was amazing!  I will need to expand my class schedule, to include two sessions. I have over 25 people signed up.
The stars are made out of cereal boxes, so I put the work out to all my friends to round up all their boxes and get them to me. I will need 1 1/2 boxes per person...that's a lot of boxes.
The craft show was a great place to run into friends and acquaintances who I have not seen in awhile.
While teaching is my passion, art is my love.
Until we meet again,

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Crisp Apple Strudel

Our local theatre group is doing a production of,
The Sound of Music.
To celebrate the event, our center for the arts is having an exhibit of artist's interpretations of one of the lines from the song, "My Favorite Things".
I chose, "Crisp Apple Strudel".
Being fairly new to soft pastels, I only had a collection of odds and ends from the art cabinet in our art room here in the community where I live.  They were dirty and quite hard, actually.
However, I managed to come away with a satisfactory painting.
I have since ordered myself some Rembrandt Soft Pastels.  They are not the softest, but to begin, I want to stay with a more hard soft pastel...I don't want to make mud.
So today I have to wire this framed work for hanging and get it down to the center. It will hang in the collection for two months. I am with my painting. at the Reception.  I finally got to see it hanging up!

Enjoy your day, and until we meet again,

Monday, October 13, 2014

Crafty Ladies!

My very first,
"Scarlett O'Hara's Craft Room" class!
Everyone was so enthusiastic and energetic..we all made some new crafty friends.
Here's what we made...
It was a beautiful day, and we worked inside and out.

We even had a couple of visitors, who joined right in with the laughter.
Hope they'll join in next time!
My next class is in November. I'll post pictures of the upcoming projects soon.
Until we meet again,

More Pastels

I am in love...with pastels.
And George, of course!
So much color, so easily. 
This is what it looked like the week before, when I was halfway through...
Going from dark to light...then two hours later, DONE!
Being the perfectionist that I am, I probably would have fussed with this a bit more, but time restraints of the class brought an end to it.
Please leave me a comment...your thoughts are an important part of my process.
Until next time,

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A New Medium for Me...Pastels!

I took a class with a wonderful lady named Diane Oliva.  My friend Wendy said she would never take a class with anyone but Diane. 
Diane was very direct, which I appreciate. She never touched my art, which I also liked...teachers should be hands off...unless given permission. After's my art, not theirs!
Here is what I ended up with. Eh...but I'm a newbie, so that's my excuse!

I love the way we started with the background and with the darks.
So different from Watercolor!
Until next time,

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Pumpkins and Burlap

Autumn is coming up soon...and I have been working on my classes.  Here is a pumpkin we will be making in October...

More to come...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

ZIA Shoes for My Grandaughters

Aren't these cute? I was walking around in Hobby Lobby before my trip up north to see my daughter and her family, when I came across these white shoes on favorite way to shop!
Nora loves shoes, so I thought they would make a perfect gift for the two little girls.
I used Micron pens and extra fine Sharpies.  I tried to incorporate things they like...cats, ducks, lizards, get the idea.
This pair is Nora's  I especially like the way the lacy edge came out.
I also made a pair for my granddaughter Molly, who is six. Hers are lime green.  She put them on as soon as she got them.
This type of art is referred to as "ZIA".  It stands for, "Zentangle Inspired Art."
So much easy.
September is here...on to Fall!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Minding My Daughter's Own Business

My daughter Rebecca has her own business...and she is only 29! I made this collage for her by request. It shows several of the techniques and services she offers.
Cover Photo
I am such a proud mom!
I did the collage with Spectrum Noir Markers and Pencils. It is done on simple card stock.
Stay Creative,

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Unconventional Dimensionals Class

We are kids again!
I had 13 people take this class. We used a variety of materials to make "backgrounds". The neatest thing was that students were inspired to take what they learned and apply it to their art.
Ann using liquid starch to make suspension prints...

Margi making bubble backgrounds...

Helene' doing cleanup...
Lynda making a shaving cream print...
 Vonnie making a yarn print...
 More printing...
 A shot of the display board with samples...
Looking on...John and Donna
 Lynda's shaving cream print process...

Our work, drying...Carlene and Margi
Lots of space...
 Taking a break with cupcakes, and working on collage...
 Choosing collage materials...Bonnie
 John, me and Doris... 
 Helene's artsy capris...
 Margi's Collage...
 Bubble Art! On Yupo Paper
Lee and Helene'
A special, Thank-you to all the members of the class.
I look forward to seeing your future art projects.
On to another creative adventure,