Saturday, November 30, 2013

Remember Me???

I'm going to try to get back to blogging. I'm not sure how long this computer will  last, and I never know when it's going to go bonkers. This is what happens...

I just have to leave it alone and eventually it restarts and goes back to the desktop.

The two trees in the last post just sold so I'm happy about that. I also have another tree painting that I finished earlier this month. Here it is...

I don't have it at the salon yet although I took it over for the boutique.

I've been busy making art but nothing I can show right now...shh, Christmas is coming! Okay, I'm going to make this short. I hope you all haven't forgotten me since I've been away. I've been missing you and hope to be able to visit some blogs before my computer melts down again!  

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Where to Begin...

Where to's been almost a month since my last post and at the time I was completely frustrated with computers (and still am!) My desktop, which is not even two years old, has been in the shop twice and may still have to go back again. But I'm trying to stay calm about it and just keep moving forward.

Art has been consuming my every waking hour because I've been invited to participate in a boutique at the hair salon where my art hangs. The only problem is the boutique is Nov 17th and I just got the invite a week ago. My studio is a complete creative mess even though I've organized it a couple of times over the past few days.

This is my most recent painting...or paintings 
this is actually two 12" x 12" canvases...

I'm keeping them as a set. And I have ideas for several more.

I can't promise to post something every day or even to visit you all every day but I hope to begin easing back into it over the next few weeks. The boutique will be my main focus for now so if you have any advice about things like that or any suggestions I'd appreciate hearing them. This is the first time I've ever done anything like this.

Also I had a piece of good son is coming to stay for the winter. He's usually not able to come two years in a row but somehow he worked it out. He will be here in early December. We're looking forward to that. And my art journaling class is doing great. More about that in another post.

I've missed you all and am anxious to get back to "normal" blogging.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Technology Wins...I Give Up

Due to some frustrating problems arising from the repairs done on my computer, I'm taking an extended leave from blogging. I currently have no program to edit photos...and please don't tell me how easy it is to use Gimp, Picasa, etc...I'm not techie at all. The program I had before the computer meltdown was simple~dimple but apparently it's no longer available. I have lots of photos sitting in my camera and no way to use them.

I'm frustrated, irritated, and depressed about technology and my lack of knowledge about it so I think it's best that I take some time away from the computer before I blow it up!!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Woe Is Me!!

Still no computer! I'm using HB's for this quickie post. Of course, a part had to be ordered so that's why it's taking so long. I'm so behind in visiting and emails and just about everything connected with my computer. I hope to be back in a few more days.

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Computer Problems!

My computer is having problems so I won't be able to post any photos for a few days. HB took the computer to a repair shop and it might be back by Monday...fingers crossed. Until then I will be using my laptop to answer emails and such. But I don't have any way to do my photos from here.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Some Art from My Class...

Today is the Senior Expo and my painting of the red flowers will be on display. I'll take pictures to share later but for now I'm going to show you a few pictures of the journal pages done in my class.

This page was done by Marie who just happens to be a friend of my daughter! She's also in our painting group which is how I met up with her again.

This one was the first page done by Vicki who thinks she can't do this! I think she did an amazing job since she did not have paints to work with that day.

Debbie, the painting instructor is working on this page.

This was done by Mary who is in our painting group, too.

And this page was done by Wes, one of the guys in my class.

I think they're all doing a good job. I have lots more pages to share but for now I'll save them for later. 

Monday, September 30, 2013

Now For Some Red Flowers...

Finally I have some art to show you. It's been a busy week but I had to get this painting finished because it's the one I'm putting in the art show at the Senior Expo this week.

Similar to my recent blue flowers, this one is on a smaller canvas...only 16 x 20.

I had a difficult time getting all the reds, oranges, and yellows to show in the photo. It looks flatter than it does in real life.

This one still doesn't pop off the page like the blue flowers I did but I think it turned out okay. There won't be any judging at the show but we can sell things if we want to although I'm not sure how many people will be there to buy art! It's mostly a health related thing with lots of free screenings for anyone over 65.

Now I'm off to prepare things for today's class. We're going to be doing layered backgrounds. That should be fun and messy!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Keeping Busy...

Busy, busy, busy!!! As if I don't already have enough to do, yesterday I signed up as a volunteer to help set up the library book sale which is beginning next week.

(image from Google Images ~ this is a spot where I could spend hours!)

So today I'll spend the morning at the library and then head over to Legacy Commons for the afternoon painting group. Tomorrow I'll do the reverse with painting in the morning and library in the afternoon. Saturday is a bit open for now but I'll most likely help out at least a couple of hours then, too. I also have to squeeze in a gift bag and greeting card class done by my friend Juanita.

I like supporting the library and it's only $2 to get a Friends of the Library card. Where we live I'm lucky to have two different libraries to choose from. I have cards for both. The one that's closest to us is a local library but the one where I'm volunteering is part of the Los Angeles Public Library system. I use that library all the time because I can request any book they have in the system and it will be brought to the library branch where we are. And believe me, I make good use of that service!

Now I only have to find a little bit of art time at home to finish up a new painting that will be in the art exhibit at the Senior Expo next week. I'll work on it during the painting group but I'm sure I won't finish it then.

I'll try to have some WIP photos for you next time.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Some Cake and Some Art...

Now that all the celebrating is over I can show you some art. But I have to share my cake with you first.

Of course it had purple decorations but inside it had fresh strawberries and whipped cream!

Open wide!

Come on over and I'll give you a piece of cake.
Now for some art...

I finally finished the flower painting I was working on. This canvas is 12" x 36". I took this to our painting group and everyone loved it. They said the flowers just seem to jump off the canvas.

Here's a bit of a close-up. 
HB likes this one so much he says I can't sell it!

And I started working on another painting...
One that has been sitting here for several months.

I did the background and then saw the eyes but didn't know how to do them. I want her to look as if she's coming out of the background. I finally just decided to jump in and start painting the eyes. I have a long way to go with this one but at least I've got a good start.

Now I'm off to Legacy Commons. Today they have their monthly birthday celebration for anyone who has a September birthday. And then it will be time for my journaling class. Today we're going to do tape transfers.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

I Am Truly Amazed...

I must say, it's not half bad turning 70! I have been completely overwhelmed by gifts, cards, emails and phone calls from everyone. I feel like a queen!

As promised I have another gift to share with you, and as it turns out I now have two beautiful gifts to share. Last week I received a package all the way from Norway!! Laila sent me a birthday gift. Actually she sent me two gifts! This is the first one...

A gorgeous, hand-knit, soft-as-a-cloud, perfect color gray shawl!

It's just the right color for me since I wear a lot of gray and black.
I love color but seem to keep my clothing more neutral.

Just look at the delicate design in this.
Isn't it beautiful?
And aren't I a lucky gal??

As if the shawl wasn't enough, Laila also included one of her mandalas.

All done by hand on hand-made paper!
I wish you could see both of these gifts in person
because they are truly amazing.

Thank you, Laila!!
I love it all.
Then on my birthday another package arrived. 
This time it was from Zorana

Just look at this beautiful PURPLE gift!!

If you go to Zorana's blog she has a video
showing how she created this bird.
It's so perfect. I love it.

And just look at that PURPLE moleskine journal
and the PURPLE pens, pencil, and crayon.
Does she know me or what?!!

And it was all wrapped up in this PURPLE paper!
Thank you, Zorana! 

Laila and Zorana, you make me feel like such a special person because of these lovely gifts. I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate your kindness and generosity. All in all this has been a memorable birthday. Thank you to Gail, too for the beautiful wall hanging I shared earlier...and to everyone who sent me wishes and cards. I'll remember this birthday for a looooong time.

Friday, September 20, 2013

An Evening Out...

Last night HB and I were out on the town. We went to an art reception that featured Debbie, the art instructor for our painting group. It was Debbie, her husband, Mike, and three other artists showing their work. Before I show you some of my photos from the evening I should tell you that the lighting was beautiful but not conducive for taking photos!

This is Debbie...she's such a fun person.
I just love her.

These are a few of Debbie's paintings.

I love these tigers!

Debbie teased me that this one should have been titled
Ode to Janet
because it was my influence that inspired her!

Debbie, Juanita, and Jeanette
with me and HB in the mirror.

Mike, Debbie, and George one of the artists from
our painting group.
Those are Mike's paintings in the background.

It was a lovely setting and the food was delicious.
I think everyone had a good time and we saw a lot of beautiful art.

Next time I'll share one more birthday gift with you...
actually it might be Sunday before I get the post up.
I'll be busy turning 70 tomorrow!!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Working in My Art Journals...

Thanks for all your comments and birthday wishes. I still have one more gift to share with you but for today I thought I better show you some art.

I've been working more in my art journals due to the class. 
Here are some recent spreads...

(click on pictures to view larger)
I love this quote!
Simple spread...
paint, images from books/magazines
and a quote.

I started this one in class on Monday...
finished it at home.
Again, very simple...
paint, flowers cut from book pages,
and stamped word.

I had a hard time getting a good photo of this one.
I saw something online that inspired me for this...
can't remember who or where though.
Paint and paint pens. 
It looks better in real life...
the colors don't show up very good here. 

That's about all I have for now.
I'm still working on the blue flower painting.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

My BFF Really Knows Me...

On Saturday I will be turning 70 years old!! It seems so odd to say that because I don't feel that old but those are the facts. I was born in 1943 and here it is 2013. I can't argue with the numbers.

You probably know that Gail and I have been friends since we were about nine years old. She is more like family to me rather than a friend, and she knows me so well. Look what she sent to me for my birthday...

This beautiful wall hanging all done in purples!

This is a close-up of the image she printed on the fabric.
Those are my maternal grandparents and that little
girl on the bike is me!

Gail always sends me handmade, personal gifts which I love.

Thank you, Gail! You're the BEST!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

My Second Day of Teaching...

Yesterday was my second class for Art Journaling 101 and we had a good turn out. There were a few people who were not there from the first class but they had already told me they wouldn't be available this week. One was out-of-town and a couple of others were in another class for a few weeks. They're doing a nutrition class this month and it overlaps with my class.

I did manage to get a couple of quick photos of some of the people. We had three tables set up but I only photographed one and part of another because I had some people who didn't want to be in the pictures...

This is one of the tables. 
Juanita was sitting at the end but was up when I took the picture.

This is Debbie and her husband, Mike. 
She is the instructor for our painting group.

Here's my friend, Jeanette at one of the other tables.

Sorry about the angle of this one...
this is Barbie and it was her first time at the class.

There were nine people for my second class. There were actually two men, Mike and Wes, but Wes was at one of the tables that didn't get photographed. I'm pleased with the turn out. I'm sure it will fluctuate as more people learn about it.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Journaling and Painting...

It's been 10 days since my last post! Where does the time go?? Tomorrow I'll have my second art journaling class and I haven't even told you about the first one.

It was so much fun. I had 12 people show up and was thrilled with that many. And I even have one man!! I had planned to take a lot of photos but I guess you know what happened...I got caught up in the class and completely forgot about photos. One of the women from the front office came in and took a few but now they can't find them. If they do I'll post them here, and I'll try to remember to take some tomorrow.

The first class was mostly about supplies and then we did a simple page, just scraped some paint onto the pages with an old credit card and then added images from magazines. I had some people who just jumped right in and started and then some who needed more guidance and encouragement. I enjoyed it and I think everyone else did, too. I know we laughed and had a lot of fun. I have several things lined up that I want to do so I don't think it will be tough for me to come up with ideas but if anyone out there wants to make suggestions please feel free. This is a beginners class so anything goes.

Here is another simple page I did...

That little section on the bottom left was a picture of a gate but when I turned it sideways I thought it would be a good place to journal.

And I've started another painting...

Just a couple of sneak peeks...

This canvas is about 12" x 36". I covered it with book pages and then brayered on some greens and blues. So far I'm happy with how it's going and I'll share it when it's finished.

Our painting group at Legacy Commons is going to have a booth at the local Senior Expo next month and we can each display one painting so I need to get busy and get something ready. The painting above is too big to go in the exhibit so I'll start something else very soon.

Lots has been going on and I've been super busy so once again my blogging has taken a back seat. I do have something beautiful to show you in the next couple of days...I got an early birthday present from my best friend, Gail. She always sends me such wonderful gifts. I'll share it soon.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

And Even More Journal Pages...

First of all, I must apologize for not responding to comments recently - either here on my blog or in emails. I'm sure you're tired of hearing this but it has been very hot and I just lose my energy when it's like this. Be assured I do read each and every comment and I appreciate them. I promise to do better when the weather cools off. The way it's going that should be sometime around November!
Now on to other things. I got out my old Gut Art book that I made when I took Mystele's very first Gut Art class. There are several pages that I never finished so I've been working on them (to use in my class) in the early mornings and late at night. Here they are...

 The page above had some old sandpaper on it so I thought the hand was perfect.

Sorry the cat page is so dark.
It really isn't in real life.

This page is quite small.
I think I used a postcard for the base of it.

Just a reminder!

And this one still needs some words.

I hope wherever you are that you have cool breezes and sunny days. And I hope you do something fun today. I'm spending the afternoon with the painting group and then going to the library this evening to learn how to download books to my e-reader. I love our library!!