Friday, December 16, 2016

Art from My Group of Artists

It's been quite some time since I've shared some of the art that the women in my art journal class have been doing. We have sort of morphed into more of a mixed media class than just strictly art journals. I have such an AMAZING group of talented artists in my class. There are times when they teach me as much or more than I teach them. Take a look at some of their art...

This is all done with the pouring technique...even the feathers in the vase. This woman is very good at this technique and has given a demo for the class. In person this piece is not quite so dark and the golds glimmer and sparkle. It's gorgeous!

This sweet little bird on the teapot is by a very talented artist in our group. She has done so many beautiful pieces.

I love this piece! The girl's face is from a magazine but the rest was all done by the artist. She chose this picture because the little girl looks very much like one of her granddaughters.

This is a piece in progress. The blue pond is all bits of paper. The yellow is fabric, and so are the flowers in the lower corner. This artist plans to add some trees into the upper left side and maybe some ducks swimming in the pond. I like the mixture of paper and fabric.

This piece is all collage. This woman does some incredible collages using a mixture of magazine pictures, images she manipulates on the printer, and any other kind of paper or fabric she has. She is very creative.

This piece is very dimensional and so much more beautiful in person than it shows here. This is the woman's granddaughter, a gorgeous young woman who is a school teacher. The artist used paper napkins as the background and added lots of silk flowers and other small items to the surrounding area. It will be a Christmas present for the young woman.

As you can see, each artist has their own style and we all learn from one another. I simply love my group.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas Around Here...

Good grief! I can't believe it's been so long since my last post. Things around here have gotten very merry with all the decorating HB and I have done. For the past few years we haven't done much but this year we decided to do it up!

Our tree always sits in the front window and you can see it's a tall, narrow tree. It doesn't look too pretty without the lights on so here so lets turn them on...

I always do this tree in gold ornaments. I didn't use them all this year...I got lazy! But I think it still looks pretty.

HB is in charge of the arch between the living room and dining room and the arched window in the dining room.

You can see both from this angle...I'm on the stairway. 

The dining room looks quite festive even though I simply "hate" my chandelier. I prettied it up with some red ribbons and ornaments...

Sorry about the glare from the window.

Since my china cabinet is on such a tall wall I decided to use some really big candle holders up there.
After I took this photo I added a glass bowl with red ornaments to the right side of the shelf to balance out the other red dish.

And this is our small tree and the fireplace area in our family room. This is where we spend most of our time in the evenings. It hasn't been cold enough to have a fire yet. We're still in the 60's most days and a couple of days ago it got into the low 70's. I know everyone who is buried in snow right now doesn't want to hear that!

I've been making some ornaments and other Christmasy things so I'll post them soon.