Monday, October 27, 2008

Its almost my weekend and I am so looking forward to it,I cant wait to create,I plan to do a bee's wax painting,more dolls and of course some illustrations for the book....

I purchased some more paper clay to work on the new dolls,hopefully I will have some images to post soon.

I am also working on some nice shadow boxes,hopefully I will have images of them soon as well.

I plan to do a craft how to in the near future,just some simple craft stuff to share with everyone.

Must have equipment ..a good camera and memory card.
Tip..keep different paint brushes for different paint.

Well its time to run out to my regular job and get normal for a while,see you all soon.

It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it

Thursday, October 23, 2008

I have been battling pain for two days now,I havent managed to create much of anything though I have the christmas ornies on the way to completion.
The pain has been merciless and crippling but I am determined to get through it and manage this thing that I have,I wont let it rule my life,I refuse to lay down and give in to it,so today I promise myself that I will begin each day with an exclamation of joy for the life that I have and the ability I have been given to create and to see the beauty that surrounds me,today I am determined to colour my world with strength and beauty,today I live anew.

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Christmas fun already!!!!!!!

Well its what,about 10 or so weeks to Christmas,Im going to get shopping done before December,I cant bear that last minute rush,its just to hot and hectic.
I'm working on the Christmas ornies already,Ive got 20 sitting half finished on my desk,hopefully they will be done by the weekend,Ive got about forty or fifty more to do,such sticky work....
Tomorrow and Friday will be spent on the book as well,Saturday night is a night out, a fund raiser,need to have some art work ready to donate,crazy times we live in...busy..busy.. busy!
My Etsy shop is up and running,I made my first sale last week,exciting,now I just have to get time to build my web site.
Ok well Im off to bed,I will post again on Sunday evening or Monday....

Love the moment. Flowers grow out of dark moments. Therefore, each moment is vital. It affects the whole. Life is a succession of such moments and to live each, is to succeed

Friday, October 17, 2008

Props and things.

Its been a hectic two weeks since I last blogged,I haven't achieved to much,Pain management has been my main focus but I'm back up and going for a while,so there will be no stopping me.
I spent the day working on my book today and managed to do quite a bit,I also managed to get an illustration done for the cat book I'm working on which is fantastic considering I was suffering a block with it but I'm now unblocked and heading in the right direction,yay!
Ive got a few more dolls half finished and will complete them this week,I'm getting rather excited about my progress,its all taking shape so nicely.
I have to make some more back ground props for the photos I need to take,I use heavy cardboard or foam core,paint my designs or collage or both,stencils are great to use for this with some texture paste,you put down your stencil,and trowel your texture paste over it,lift stencil and let paste dry,undercoat and paint away,brilliant for a variety of effects and moods.
Tomorrow is going to be spent on dolls and then a tattoo to do in the evening,so a creative day to be had all going well,so will update tomorrow evening with photos and news.
Oops almost forgot to say that the exhibition went off really well,a nice turn out,lots of people and a good time to catch up with fellow artists,very inspiring night and the art work was exceptional!

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Working it out....

The exhibition has arrived,set up yesterday and opening night on Friday,glad its done so I can now get on with other things,I want to get an Etsy shop up and running,work the books more and paint more.

I have been working with paper clay the past few days,finding it a bit of a challenge,I used plastic eyes for the face,which is looking cool,I managed to get about six heads sculpted and one full figure,I cant wait until they are dry enough to paint...

I made some cloth bunnies and used plastic dolls eyes on one,he looks so creepy and cool,I used pellets for stuffing this time around which has been good,it makes them sit better.

I am in the process of designing more dolls for the book,this is the slow part,working out how to put them together and to get them as they look in the illustration but it is worth it when a character rises from the page to be a real life looking doll,its very rewarding.
I remember the first time I designed a doll on paper and brought it to life,my son had asked for a pirate doll so I drew some designs had him pick the one he liked and made it,it was great,the doll came out just as it was on paper,I just wish I had recorded it,the doll has since died from over loving,I still have whats left of it and perhaps I should resurrect it.

I will be making some books soon,hand bound and hand made papers,this is something I do in summer,I usually start at the beginning of the season,also I will be firing up more often with the kilns to make pendants and jewelery bits so I don't think I will exhibit for some time,it is so time consuming and for me takes me away from the exploration that I so love,so I will keep the next few months free just to do my thang...

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.



tiny teeny portrait

tiny teeny portrait
watercolour miniature

something about Mary

something about Mary
just one of many..

leonardos lady

leonardos lady



sweet cakes and roses

sweet cakes and roses
yum yums

yet another Mary

yet another Mary

my id

my id