Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Have a lovely week of creativity and inspiration and wonderful times with those you love! We'll see y'all soon!
Monday, September 24, 2007
This week I will feature the makeover of our guest bathroom. It already had good bones and some basics in place (like a good shower curtain), but just needed some accessorizing in the worst way. The BEST part about this makeover was the price tag - approximately $8.00!!! Practically free!! (I LOVE decorating on the cheap!!) I gathered up stuff from here and there around the house and from my craft supplies (see below) and went from there...
I should mention here that my sweet-handy-hubby saw this cabinet in the trash and rescued/re-purposed it for the bathroom1! It had 3 cabinet doors and a blond/light oak finish - he cut it down to 2 cabinets, painted it glossy white, and hung it there as you see it. A nice blank canvas ready for me to embellish...
These were a pair of framed prints that I had bought about a year ago or so - they had been hanging, rather blandly, here for a while above the towel rack. I liked their size, but decided to completely re-do them, just keeping the frames and glass...
I bought 2 sage green hand towels ($2.44 each at WalMart) to use in the space - one of which I draped over my existing pink towel on the towel rack - I tied it off with a 6 inch scrap of ribbon (it's just pinned in the back) to tie it all together. I put the other hand towel through the little towel ring by the sink and embellished it with a stuffed quilt heart I already had...
Hubby and I finished off the rest of the room by hanging this china ivy platter above the door (china - its not just for the dining room anymore).
And one last little touch hung on the doorknob - a velvet pillow with ribbon embroidery given to me by a dear friend - with a nice thought that's a good promise to remember...
Sunday, September 23, 2007
- A- Acorns, apples, apple cider, antique-hunting, azure-blue skies
- B- Bales of hay, beauty berries, baking goodies, Bible reading on the back porch
- C- Candy corn, caramel apples, corduroy, chili and cornbread, crisp cool air, cozy nights
- D- Daylight savings time ends, deer, ducks, dogs, dunking for apples, drawing outdoors, dancing in the moonlight
- E- Extraordinary sunrises and sunsets, easy-going Sundays, espresso, extra covers on the bed
- F- Fall leaves, fires in the fireplace, football, flannel shirts, funnel cakes, flea markets, furry critters
- G- Grapevines, gourds, garage sales, good hair days
- H- Hay rides, horseback riding, hot chocolate, harvest moons
- I- Iris bulbs, Irish coffee, Indian corn
- J- Jellies and jams, jackets, jerseys, jeans, junk stores
- K- Kids laughing, kittens scampering, Kettle corn
- L- Logs on the fire, leaf piles, layering, lounging at a lake house
- M- Movie nights, mochachinos, marshmallows roasting on an open fire, making memories
- N- Nibbling on nuts, nests, naps on nippy afternoons
- O- Owls, oatmeal for breakfast, oldies on the radio, open windows at night
- P- Piles of pumpkins, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pretty flannel PJs, painting from nature
- Q- Quilts, quiet walks
- R- Riding a bike, raccoons, raking red leaves
- S- Sunflowers, scarecrows, s'mores, savory soups, school supplies, sweaters, star-gazing, state fairs, singing for no reason, snuggling on the sofa with my sweetie
- T- Tailgate parties, turtlenecks, tea for two, Thanksgiving, turkey and dressing
- U- long Underwear, undertaking new projects
- V- Vanilla extract, votive candles, voting
- W- Wheat, wagons, warm cinnamon rolls
- X- foXes, eXtra e-Bay boXes from Fed-eX
- Y- Yellow mums, yummy yams
- Z- fuZZy bunny slippers
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
And just for grins...
"A man in love is incomplete until he has married. Then he's finished." ~Zsa Zsa Gabor
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
And now to go WAY BACK, just for fun, here is a wedding-themed illustration I did circa 1981 when I was working for Christian Enterprises, a Christian gift manufacturer:
John & Becky Schultea
June 23rd, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
Love the little LSU hat! (Mommy Jill is a BIG LSU fan)
Here's a photo of Mommy Jill, Daddy Ryan and the big brothers taken at our wedding in June...good looking and very sweet family!
My dear hubby and I couldn't be more proud - can ya tell?? :o)
Thursday, September 13, 2007
IF submission for "Cats"
IF submission for "Sea"
The pros of this style/medium: 1) it's fairly unique, and 2) it's relatively quick and easy (and fun) to produce. The cons of this style/medium: 1) It's cutesy-ness limits it's appeal to the kid's market and maybe some parts of the women's/gift/craft market (but that's OK by me), and 2) it's"uniqueness" may somewhat limit it's wider appeal in general....hmmm. I have started doing some early experimentation with less cutesy - more modern "altered art" looking application of this technique - it's looking kinda promising...I hope to be able to share some finished pieces soon....stay tuned...
This was the staple for my artwork/illustration/product design since the early 80's when I first began my art career - to this day it is still more comfortable to me than digital, though the digital work is almost that comfortable to me now - (and the "undo" function is hard to resist!) My overall drawing style is what it is in all these pieces as well as my digital work -it's cute and whimsical and colorful. I have been heavily influenced by Mary Engelbreit over the years and still struggle to pull away from that and find my own voice - with varying degrees of success (You'll see black and white checks and dots showing up often :o)...
'95 concept for a Bunny series/greeting card line/whatever
IF submission for "Sports"
Pros of this style/medium - 1) Marketability? - at least in the women's/gift/greeting card market it still seems to be the most accepted, and 2) I still have better overall control in this medium. Cons - it takes longer, requires more space and is more messy. All this really speaks more to the medium though - what I really may be getting at here is; am I drawing/painting the wrong stuff...? Should I be doing more work like this still life I did for an auction in '02 - more realistic subjects...??
Painting for auction - watercolor and colored pencil
Digital - Realistic/Painterly
Mixed in with the digital cut out style, I created some IF pieces using digital media (Painter v9 still), but doing more realistic renderings...like:
IF submission for "Broken"
IF submission for "Red"
IF Submission for "Reflection" & "Moon"
I have thoroughly enjoyed creating these more painterly pieces - they allowed me to stretch my realistic "muscles" that needed some workout - they did take a while longer however - but still not as long as a traditional media piece of similar complexity. I think there is much more for me to explore here - might be the "best of both worlds" in some ways - the use of digital media to produce more traditional subject matter...??
Misc. - Mixed Media
Acrylic, colored pencil, ribbon, ric-rac, buttons and wire on cork board -
done as a swap with Holli Conger in '05
I LOVE doing this kind of piece - I love using fabrics, trims, etc. along with paint to make a textural collage-y treat - and there is even more that I would love to experiment with in this space (more "altered art" type of work - but with a bit of a whimsical twist). Here are a couple of artists that are doing this kind of work that I admire:
So, perhaps the real question should be - what am I trying to do with my artwork - what are my goals - what do I want to accomplish...? Here are a few goals/ideas (by the way, my over-arching goal in all I set out to do is to glorify God and encourage and bring joy - that is the primary driver behind all of this) :
- Create licensed designs for calendars, greeting cards, gift books and other items for the stationery/gift markets (like, ME, Susan Branch, Susan Winget, Marjolein Bastin, Karla Dornacher, Debbie Mumm, etc)
- I'd love to illustrate for the children's market (books, educational materials) - like many of my heroes I've "met: through blogging and IF ( Paula Becker, Holli Conger, Roz Fulcher, Paige Keiser, Jenny B. Harris, and many, many more - sorry if I didn't list you)
- Create multi-media work for art shows
- Create work for family and friends and for my own home
- Continually hone my craft, expand and improve my technique, and learn new techniques...
Too broad...?? Too scattered...?? Should I select one or two and just focus on those...?? Can I dabble in all of them - if so, will that be all I ever do - dabble...?? Is that OK....?? Some of these are just rhetorical questions - some I think I know the answer to, some I really am struggling with...
It was good for me to write through this - I forget sometimes that one of the great benefits of blogging (or any kind of journal-keeping) is being able to clarify your thoughts and work out your dilemmas and challenges. Thanks for the opportunity to do just that - and as I said before, your comments are always welcome and greatly appreciated....