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November 4, 2012

The Yellow House

Back in 1997 when I took my first college art class, my professor told me my drawing marks reminded her of Vincent Van Gogh.  I didn’t know the artist that well except for his painting of Starry Night.  I got a book of the letters he wrote to his brother Theo and read the whole thing for an art history class.  In 2001 I was able to see the painting at the MoMA on a trip to NYC with Di.  Many years have passed and my painting and drawing style have changed but Van Gogh’s yellow house in Arles was always on my mind.

After many years of saving, I was finally able to build my own little yellow house.  It’s out in the back yard, next the the prayer garden.  When I sit in my rocking chair, I can see the sun setting behind the gandures bushes in the evenings.  It’s such a relaxing place.

Of course if you like to create, don’t wait until you can have a studio.  Many times I have had to improvise and use a corner of a bedroom or the garage.  But do create a space of your own.  Decorate it with things that make you smile.  Make sure you take time to sit and relax in it everyday.  Make time to daydream…

December 14, 2011

Painted Glass Ornaments

OrnamentsAfter having a wonderful birthday filled with warm wishes from friends and family; it’s now time to put up Christmas decorations.  This year I’ve seen lots of pictures of friends homes and their lovely trees.  Not to mention the trees in the stores and especially our town bank.  So perfectly designed from the garland to the bows on the gifts under the tree.

My tree is not the most modern or coordinated in the world.  It’s a mix up of ornaments that DH and I feel brings back memories of our childhood.  There are also some homemade ornaments made in the past by me or Di.  So when we pull them out of their box and play music in the background, for a couple of hours we are transported to good times in the past and at the same time we create more good memories in the present time for the future.  It’s good to have a Charlie Brown Christmas tree.

For this project you will need:

* Clear glass ornaments with removable tops

* Paper cups

* Rubbing alcohol

* Pearl or glitter acrylic paint (I used Plaid Folk Art paints)

* Enamel acrylic paint (I used Plaid Folk Art enamel paints)

* Paint brushes

Instructions:

1. Remove cap and pour about a tablespoon of pearl or glitter paint inside of the ornament.  Slowly swirl the ornament until all of the inside surface is covered with paint.  Turn the ornament upside down into the paper cup and let the excess drip (I usually leave it for a week just to be sure).

2. Rub the outside of the glass with rubbing alcohol to remove oils and residue from handling.  Paint your chosen design with the enamel paint on the outside of the ornament. I’m sure stencils would work well also.  Let the ornament air dry for a couple of days.  It takes 21 days for it to dry to a permanent finish but if you’re sure no one will touch the ornaments while hanging on the tree, you should be able to display them 1 week after painting the outside.

So here is my question for you: With all the sights and sounds of the holiday season at home and in the community; which ones bring back memories of your childhood?

Linking to Transformation ThursdayEverybody’s Creative Endeavor and Inspiration Friday.

September 30, 2010

Making lemonade with my lemon.

HeladoOk…so I can actually live without my camera.  Now my sktechbook has taken it’s place.  The camera was so eager to capture all the juicy colors of life before me with just the click of a button.  Now I have to actually think about the placement of objects and color choices.  Thank goodness for journal prompts on my Twitter feed like this one from Sara Whitmire.  It’s like giving my imagination a morning cup of coffee.  Just enough umph to get ideas going.

August 21, 2009

Mandalas

MandalaCarl Young called mandalas “representation of the unconscious self”. Not having to think while I paint makes them an attractive project for me to do when I feel I’m just not inspired to paint anything new. I usually pick 3-4 attractive colors for the whole project. I pick a color and paint the first shape that comes to my mind, repeating the shape until I fill the circle working from the center outwards. I switch colors and/or shapes only when the thought to change comes to my mind. Nothing is planned or sketched ahead of time. I paint as I go.  The beautiful patterns are art pieces by themselves. I suggest keeping a journal of them. They produce great ideas that can be used for all sorts of craft projects. Mandalas are the lovely reflections of our inner muse.

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