Wednesday, December 31, 2008

RUBBISH: Papers flying everywhere!!

Ethan and I did some random playing and sketching yesterday.....I have so many paper scraps scattered "here and there".  Ethan enjoys drawing for about a minute then it's off for some other fun!  Well, after the new year, I will get down to the studio and do some painting!  

Today was spent moving most of my stuff out of the family room so Ethan has more room to play.  I am moving my digital piano up here over the weekend to start layin down some tracks for some compositions in the works and with a bit a magic from my mac and "garage band",  my "song sketches" will find their way to a recording.... and maybe my paper sketches will find their way to a canvas!:)  BIG DREAMS this year!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Wishing for Snow......

I love the holiday season, especially when it is sprinkled with sweet, white glitter!  Where is the snow here in western PA?  I am aching to get in my studio and hunker down to create some winter, magic fun!!  Here are some shots from years  past......  I have a whole book of sketches that I am trying to "bring to life".   :)

Radishes: Belated Holiday Post

I am still enjoying Christmas Vacation but I only wish for just a little snow!  This post of some of my vintage displays, is so "thrown together" this year and I am a little embarrassed.  I just don't have the "flair" of so many talented bloggers out there.   Now, I am still enjoying them, but I think it is partially because of the sentiments attached.  The snowman book my Dad (who passed away in July)  found for me at a thrift shop, the vintage snow couple Tim found in the basement of a rental property, the flocked ornaments from  my dear friend (and adopted cousin) Lani that belonged to her grandparents,  Tim's adopted great grandmother's vintage tabletop tree with bubble lights, the four foot goose feather tree from my mum......Ryan and Ellory's hand painted ornaments, Tim's paper chain he made in Kindergarden and the first snowman Tim ever gifted me when we were dating... and all the Christmas memories I hold dear in my heart.....this is what makes Christmas special to me. ...  And baby Ethan in his santa suit......watching him play with the train under our tree.....being thankful for all my heavenly Father provides us with....and the little things I can share with others......Blessed Christmas wishes and Happy Hanukkah to all my family treasured friends...and new family out here in "Bloggerland."

Friday, December 19, 2008

ROSES: Out and About

Every time I post, I just don't trust that it can really be this easy!:)  Yesterday while I was waiting for my almost 17 year old while he was at his bass lesson, I meandered my way down to one of the only neat shoppes I have found here in Johnstown.  Anyway, The Blacksmith's Exchange is predominately a knitting shoppe.  (I am a terrible knitter, but have found myself spending my pennies on their beautiful hand spun and dyed yarns.   They also have some wonderful vintage wares.... there are some really beautiful ornaments.  These are the candy containers I couldn't pass up.  What really caught my eye about a few of these was that they still had the "F. W. Woolworth price tag of  "10 cents" still attached.  (excuse my poor spelling and grammar.  Screaming baby in my ear is not helping.)  The illustrations on these just tore at my heartstrings as well as the glitter.  (you just don't see glitter like this anymore.)  They probably aren't worth much, but I will treasure these for years to come.    I am still working at trying to get some decorations up.  Yikes!!  A film crew will be at my house Monday to interview Tim on his new Christmas album.  (Laurel Mountain Christmas.  I was glad to do some instrumentals on this as well.)  Sooo...this has been motivation to TRY and clean.....will try to shoot more shots tommorrow.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

     The weather here is frightfully warm today.  It is around 57 degrees.  I LOVE snow this time of year, not dreary,wet, rain.  Well, here is a little snow house I made last year.  I absolutely LOVE mixed media.  I haven't done much at all in the past year and am aching to get back to it.  The little snowgirl is hand stitched.  I am CRAZY for paper.  My friend Kriss has also peaked my interest into rubber stamping and would like to dig those out as well.  I am going to try take pics of some decorating I have been doing.  While I am busy decorating, Ethan is busy "undecorating".  It has been a challenge.  The older kidz keep asking, "how many trees do you REALLY need mom?"hmmmm.....good question!!:)  Anyway, the little house was fun to make.  My fave part is the little antique button card I used on the roof.    I am in the long process of going through all my supplies and truely leaving out only what I will need (or think I need) .  I have very, VERY limited space upstairs, so I bought some organizers.  That which was in "cute" baskets or open bowls must now be stored away from "little hands."  Sooo...back to work!!!:)   

Monday, December 8, 2008

Learning as I go...

I I wanted to archive a work I did this past October.  I was one of three artists from the area asked to create a vessel for a silent auction to benefit the Ethnic Bottleworks in Johnstown, PA.  Since the Bottleworks was created in an old bottling company, we were asked to make a "bottle" on our speciallty area.  (The bottlesworks is an oranization formed here to preserve our rich, ethnic heritage of our town.)  My first thought was to create a piece telling a story from my family who owned another bottling company just down the street from the Bottleworks site.  My grandfather was one of thirteen children.  (A German immigrant family.)  The family horse also delivered the various sodas around town.  Her name was Dodie and was VERY protective of the children.  (From what I hear these kids where a wild bunch!!)  When my greatgrandmother would try to discipline the children (hollering to "settle down" etc.)  Dodie would go crazy and try to protect them!  Anyway, I just had a mind block about this and may address this story in a future work.  Instead I picked crows.  There are a kazillion neighborhood.  I was babysitting for my friend who has a 10 year old daughter.  She is very bright at 10 years old and very into animals.  She told me that she communicates with a crow that watches her in her back yard.  She recognizes this certain crow and feels as if it is kind of a "pet".  I told her of a lady who owned a store around where I grew up.  She took in a random crow and trained it to talk.  The crow lived at the store for many years.  I know that crows are very intelligent and although they can be a pain, I really think they a beautiful.  I still wanted to keep the idea of my bottle telling a story, but I wanted the viewer to interpret it in his or her own way.  The "story" becomes your own.  I liked the idea of the crows taking on human characteristics, kind of watching us from a distance.  I see them as gathering our "rubbish" and somehow using it in a thoughful way.  I built the piece from a vase I found.  If I had more time, I probably would have built the whole from paper.  I cheated!!:)  I used some vintage pieces from the area.  I pounded down some little molds, used buttons, stones, paper, and paints.   I was glad for this experience.  It has helped me grow some wings myself.:)

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Snowy Sunday

This is my first ever post in "blogland".  Yikes!  I am kind of skeptical that I can really do this...but I guess I will see.  I am busily trying to create some time to work on Holiday gifts and things for Etsy.  The sketches are taking longer than the actual paintings.  I am trying hard to transfer my ideas from my head, to the canvas.  I am STILL struggling with this.  I am trying for a more "sketchy" , "pencily" look if that makes sense. 
  I am getting over strep throat and sinus infection.  The only good part about the last week was fever induced ideas brewing in my head!!LOL....well, my ever-faithful assistant needs help with some stinky "paper work" to be done!:)