A mixed media artist and decorative artist, there is not a technique or surface that does not interest me! I should probably be a little more focused but diversity in mediums, surfaces and techniques has kept my interest and creative process expanding over the years.
Never one to sit still after art school I dabbled in glass etching in commercial buildings and residential homes. Until the birth of my first child, which way laid my art endeavors for nearly eleven years and I stumbled upon decorative painting. A way to channel my creative yearning even though I was too exhausted to actually "think". Following others drawing patterns and painting instructions decorative painting satisfied my muse until my children were older and I had more energy to devote to my art. Now with an empty nest and the down turn in the economy I have so much more time to entertain my muse with all sorts of creative energy! So stay tuned you never know what you find posted in my blog or for sale in the Etsy shop!
These are three new pieces I completed that are displayed at the Art and Antique Gallery in Eau Gallie for tonight’s First Friday, hopefully it will not be raining!
The first gourd is a cut leaf design that was drawn on a cleaned gourd, wood burned and then cut with my mini jig saw. I was not happy with the appearance of the inside of the gourd after sealing it with glue so I applied texture medium to the inside painted it with black gesso and I added a little battery powered votive. Looks cool to see the little bit of light shining through the leaf design. The outside of the gourd was then stained with acrylics and properly sealed.The second gourd is a simple flower design that I drew on the cleaned gourd and then wood burned, sanded again and then stained with acrylic and properly sealed. The inside of that gourd was also sanded, sealed and painted. The third gourd was started in a class but when I came home I disassembled it except for the painted faux beads added some wood burning and repainted all the faux beading with acrylic paint. The wood skewers were painted and glued in the gourd and then added a free form weaving and beads. Kind of a fun design.
Now for some wonderful news ! Just received notice that my gourd doll “Bountiful Harvest” will be featured in the autumn issue of Art Doll Quarterly !! Ü So excited to have one of my art dolls featured in the incredible magazine again. To be selected is truly an honor because some of the most talented and amazing doll artists have been featured in Art Doll Quarterly magazine and to have my work among them is just so special.
Well, that is all for now, leave a comment if you so desire – thanks for visiting at my site !!
Mandalas are all the rage lately, the one above I created many years ago. I may try and rework it just for the fun of it. I still have the original ink drawing and I painted the original with acrylics but it might be fun to rework it in watercolors and inks. I just ordered some new water pens and fine liner pens from Amazon and should receive them tomorrow. They are both made by Artistrove, a company I am not familiar with but who I follow on Instagram. I will primarily use both for some journaling with watercolors but also for some of the acrylic inks I have purchased recently., and I think it would be fun to rework this image with those new art tools.
Friday I met a friend for lunch at one of my favorite restaurants, Pineda Crossings in Palm Shores, at least I think it is in Palm Shores. I just love going there for lunch, had their house salad and it was so delicious, my favorite menu item. After lunch I went to the gallery to check on my items there, I really should have a better system of keeping track of what I have in the gallery but think I sold a few things – fingers crossed.
Yesterday we had a very cloudy day and I spent almost all day in the studio working on the Fishermen ornaments, and they are coming out so cute !! I think I like them better then the original ones, although I still like the originals. Four of them are already sold and I probably should make enough for both Christmas venues to have half a dozen for Christmas.
That is about all for now, thank you for visiting, have a great week .. comments are always welcome Ü
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