Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Wanna see my hooters?

You naughty thing! I meant my owls, lol! Here are a couple of the ACEOs I've been working on, called my Holiday owls. They look better in person, but I give up, I can't seem to get good scans. So far I think I have done about 6 of them...and am working on some more penguins, and my little sugarbugs.
(For those asking, they are up on Ebay).

It feels nice to create something new, I was in a bit of a slump. Although I haven't made any angel or Christmas fairies yet, but they are coming soon. So are pendants once my supplies get in, yay!

Today a few of us went to see 'Disney's Christmas Carol' in 3-D which was great! You felt like you could reach out and touch Mr. Scrooge's face. They did an incredible job with the cinematography Some of the angles were clever. I especially enjoyed the scenes in the streets of London, I could almost pretend I was walking in Victorian England in the snow, with horse drawn carriages going by. I would recommend this to everyone, except small children.
They showed a preview of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland which comes out next March, and I can't wait! Johnny Depp is the Mad Hatter, and he looks fabulous! The best part is it is in 3-D as well!

I updated to the more advanced version of blogger, which
is supposed to make it easier to  for add photos, but I can't figure
out how to move them where I want them. If my page looks goofy, I apologize, I keep clicking and dragging, but they won't go where I
want. Until I press the 'publish' button, I won't know how it looks.

Last but not least, I want to say Happy Thanksgiving to my
American friends! May you all have a safe and happy holiday, filled with blessings.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Seasonal Art and an update

It's been a while since my last blog post! If I recall correctly, I was going to decorate my home that weekend...well, that did not happen. In fact I got up Saturday, looked around at all the things I had to remove to make way for the Christmas stuff, and couldn't get motivated. I may have gone shopping instead, lol!
I finally did make myself get it all done last week, and will share pictures, if the sun ever comes out! It's been gloomy out the last couple of days when I come home from work.

Artwise I haven't done much...only a few new ACEOs I'm working on, including a series of Christmas owls, yes you heard that correct, lol! I've found myself busy with other things, and it's just a matter of time before I sit down, and paint for several hours straight. I don't feel like I have been creative lately, and it bothers me every day that goes by without art. ( the painting you see here of my Snow girl was done earlier in the year).

Anyway, enough of that....is anyone watching the Vampire Diaries? How about Survivor? I love those shows, and look forward to my Thursday evenings.
The new Twilight movie -New Moon - is out tomorrow, can't wait to see it! Now you know I love Edward, but this Youtube clip is hilarious! I can't remember if I ever added it to my blog, but here it is, Buffy vs. Edward. Being a Buffy fan from way back, this one made me laugh...

Right now I am sitting here eating the last of the $10 package of Chocolate crunch that I bought at a craft show today. Damn chocolate! I can't eat just one piece, it is so irresistible!  Chocolate and sweets are my weakness. I say to myself if I eat it all now, I won't have any to tempt me tomorrow, is that not crazy??

I know I am late but I would like to take the time to thank Abi, a member of the  ArtDollsOnly blog for awarding me the Creaviv blogger award! I am truly thankful that you would include my wee blog :-)

This weekend I hope to work on a Christmas fairy painting, time is running out!

So what are your plans for the weekend?

Friday, November 6, 2009

Quick update

First off, I want to say thanks to all who commented on my previous post. It's nice to know you are not alone in feeling scattered when it comes to art. I love comments and appreciate you sharing your stories. Keep 'em coming :-)

Yesterday we had our first snow...but not the pretty fluffy kind. We had some crazy driving winds that almost knocked me over, and little ice pellets that were hitting your face,  making it difficult to walk. It did however, start me thinking about decorating,which is what I will be doing this weekend. I want it done as soon as possible, rather than a bit each night, which is what I normally do.  It should be interesting to see how long I last, lol, as it is a very exhausting process. I will post some photos.

The painting you see here was done early this year, after the holidays. It was too late for me to list it so I stored it away until now. 
I am working on some ideas for Christmas cards. I'd like to offer packages of cards, but it is not practical to do them myself. Does anyone have any advice? Do you print your own cards, or is there somewhere to send them?
There will also be pendants coming soon. I've wanted to make my own for a while, but haven't found the time yet.

Lastly, if you are looking to get some of your shopping done early, consider the ACEO bounty holiday sale, going on until Nov 22nd. There are 11 shops participating so far, and super deals. I even did a bit of shopping there myself tonight.  The link above takes you to the blog where you can see links to each Etsy shop.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Aimless Drifters Unite!

As you may know I love reading art blogs. I enjoy taking a peek at the person behind the art, and watching them grow artistically. It also feels like I am reading a letter from a friend, as that is how I see a lot of the art community here.

So I thought I'd offer a peek into this artist's mind. I have been thinking about my direction in art lately. I've always believed that learning new techniques is very important for growth. I love the thrill of learning something new, and especially the friendships found in workshops, and various Ning groups. However, I seem to be drifting from one thing to the next. I am pulled in many directions: art journaling, ACEOs, mixed media, illustration, folk art...on and on... The problem is, I love all them all, and refuse to pick one or two to focus on.

Reading some blogs today made me wish for a bit of direction. Some artists talk about how they feel guided on this path, and how things just fall into place for them. They say this is an exciting adventure, and feel they are growing spiritually as well as artistically.

Am I the only one who feels kind of left out? like where is my path? and why don't I have things falling into place to let me know I am where I should be? I don't feel like I am being guided in my 'journey'. It's just me and my paints, working late into the night, trying to make the image on paper reflect the vision in my mind. It sometimes gets lonely being an artist.

I do what I do because I love it, it brings me joy, and I can't imagine a world without creating...I like to think I am inspired to do so.
Maybe the problem is I love art too much, and let myself get frustrated over the fact that there is so much I want to do, but never enough time. After working full time, doing errands, and all the other stuff that needs to be done, sometimes you think: 'why bother'?

I hope this doesn't sound like I'm feeling sorry for myself, lol! The point of this post was to show people that I don't have it all together, that I am working through these issues one at a time. Things have never just magically fallen into place for me, I have to work for everything I get. It is determination, and a strong desire that keeps me going, even when I want to give up.
For those of you who can relate, just know that you don't need any outside guidance, or approval. You are enough. You have enough right now, where you are. There is no one, or nothing that can stop you but yourself. And it is your own soul, your own inner voice that will never let you down. Don't listen to the other voice that says 'its too late', or 'why bother'...that voice will paralyze you.

We're all in this together folks, so lets continue supporting each other.

*The painting above is one of my older works, before I discovered mixed media.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Time for a Sale

hi everyone, hope your Halloween was fun! I ended up dressing up as a witch and going to a restaurant with friends for a bit. Not too many kids came by our house, maybe it was due to the high winds, and fear of them blowing away, lol!

Or, perhaps the fact that we don't have front stairs at the moment :-)
Me or my sis would watch out the door for any kids coming by, and have to lean down and drop the chocolates in their bags.

Now that Halloween is over, it's time for me to think of Christmas art. Therefore, I am taking part in the Aceo Bounty Holiday Sale with some Etsy sellers. I'd like to clear out my shop a bit to make room for other art, so am offering all ACEO's for half price. If you don't know what an ACEO is, it is a miniature work of art, the size of a playing card.
Some original paintings are marked down too.
Please check out the blog for more details, you can see all other sellers participating as well.

I'm not sure what to work on next..In one week I will slowly start bringing out my Christmas decorations, which means my house will be a mess while I move non-Christmas items to the basement, and bring the decorations up. Lots of planning, and lots of headaches, I don't know why I put myself through this every year! but in the end it is always worth it. This would be a good week to work on some new ideas I have had, but as of yet, I've spent most of the day on my computer, getting caught up on my fave blogs.
I need a serious dose of motivation right about now, lol!