Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Inspiration

I read Nina Bagley's blog today. She really inspires me. She told of how she got her start in being an artist. I posted a comment and asked what she did before she was a full time artist. She sent me an email back and told me a little about her life. I admire her strength and her passion for what she does. Whenever I think of being a full time artist, I always think, can I afford it??? LOL I have a good job. It's taken me awhile to get where I am. I worked hard. But, what leads me to my frustration about my "job" is lack of control of my future. I put so much of myself into what I do that I tend to treat it as my own business and it isn't, so I get put in my place and I get frustrated! That is when I get fired up and say...why are you working for someone else...if you put this much passion into what you are doing then it will take off! But...always the but word...just call me chicken....

If you asked my sisters, they would tell you that I am brave... That I am not afraid to take risks...but I am..when it comes to certain things. I guess it is just all in my mind. I always seem to come out on top. My sister Susie always tells me I am lucky. I don't like to use the word lucky. I just happen to take advantage of opportunities that come my way. Some work and others don't and I have learned ALOT of hard lessons on the way. I have waited along time to start my journey and I am not stopping now. I will follow Nina's advice and I will work hard and be patient. Patience being the most difficult of all. I have little patience...I want it all NOW. That is why I started this blog, to journal about my progress in becoming a full time artist. Here's to another step.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Teaching

I went over to Jennifer's today and taught her how to solder. I actually think I am a pretty good teacher. I learned what to do and what not to do. Jen is a good student though. Even at work she picked up things quickly. Yes she works with me and I am her boss. LOL Maybe that's why she listened so well! We were just getting her ready for class next month with Sally Jean.


So then I came home and starting organizing my beads like I was supposed to yesterday until I got side tracked. That always seems to happen to me. It is amazing how much stuff you don't realize you have until you put it all together. I love my Swarovski crystals....so shiny and bright.


I am trying to reorganize my room because the layout, which can be seen in an older post, is not working for me. I need to find what is convenient for me. I am a girl of convenience.

I didn't work on my Blue Cruise Journal this weekend. Time got away from me and I just couldn't get going on it. I still haven't decided which direction to take so that is probably my problem. I should just do 2 of them. One in each style I am trying to combine! I guess that is what I shall do!

Sunday, May 27, 2007

necklace for my daughter

OK...so I didn't really finish cleaning. My daughter has been bugging me to make her a necklace from some of my many beads. So I did that. To her specifications. Here it is:and here is my daughter wearing it. I made her pose by the pool. She is so pretty. At least I think so. It matches her outfit which was a must! You know how teenage girls are. Everything has to be matched. Now that I look at the picture, she matches the pool too! LOL
And of course, we couldn't go outside without the company of Missy. The ultimate pigeon dog! The pigeons like to drink out of the pool. Not on Missy's watch though. She won't let them even sit on the fence without chasing them away. I wish my cats would chase them like the dog does.
I should be out floating in the pool, it is such a gorgoues day out. The water is still kinda chilly though. I guess I could turn on the heat for it, but it seems to foolish when it's 100 degrees outside! You would think the sun would warm it up!

Finished

So I have found out I need ALOT more practice putting the jump rings on my soldered items. It's harder than it seems. Here is my finished piece. It really is very cute. Of course it looks much better in person. I really like soldering too. Just not the jump rings. LOL

I am going to quit creating for the day and clean up my room! It is driving me nuts! I can barely walk. I bought a few items at the antique store recently and they are still in the bags and on the floor! I bought some really cool stuff though. And I am going to organize my beads and stuff. After that then I will do some creating again and of course I have to do the usual house cleaning, laundry, etc. So...now I am going to put this on Etsy and see if it sells.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Creating!

I just spent half of my day painting and soldering! And I only did one project and I am still not done with it! I was playing around and making backgrounds. I creating this and some others. Then I decided I would do a Sally jean thing. Use what I learned in class at Art & Soul. I have to say, I am getting better at my soldering. So I did my little collage and then taped up my glass and soldered the edges. Lessons were learned today. I find that the more I play, the more I learn. So here's to playing! Tomorrow, I will be finishing this piece and then I will put it up for sale on Etsy. I am going to make a wire hanger for it and solder it on to the top and then add another to the bottom for decoration.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

I wish everybody a safe and happy weekend. I am going to teach my friend Jen how to solder. Not that I am an expert, but we are taking Sally Jeans class next month in Utah and she should know the basics. So I am helping. It has forced me to clean up my room a little. Ever since I got back from Art & Soul it has been a pit! I am going to be working on the front cover for my Blue Cruise Journal/Scrapbook this weekend. I have no idea what I want to do so I am sure that it will take me FOREVER to figure it out. I want it a couple different ways and I am trying to decide how to blend the 2 styles together! Decisions, decisions....

To my lovely sisters...have fun painting! My sister Lynn just closed on her new home and my sister Sandy has come all the way from Istanbul to help her move and paint. Isn't she such a good sister? Maybe it's cause she has a whole basement full of stuff that she left at Lynn's! Ya think? LOL Sorry I can't be there... :) Love ya!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Helping Others

I was looking at Nina Bagley's blog tonight and she was asking for a favor. Actually she was asking for help for Gina of Joyful Purpose Blog. Gina is helping kids in need and they need supplies. Please see the link here if you can help. http://sweetsistergina.typepad.com/joyful_purpose/ I am helping. I was just looking at my stuff last night and thinking I didn't need all this stuff. I have so much it is overwhelming sometimes. I was planning on selling it on eBay, but I decided it would serve a better purpose going to help these kids. Art is a way to bring out what you are feeling and I think it is a powerful tool for children whose lives have not been easy.

On another note, I have decided that I am going to create a journal of my trip to Turkey and my sisters & my Blue Cruise on the Aegean Sea. It was such a life altering trip in many ways, I want to make something that I will treasure for a long time. I am inspired by the journal that Judy of Red Velvet Blog made for someone. So stay tuned as I will start making the pages and will post each page as it is done. I don't know how long it will take but I will enjoy the process because that was the greatest trip I have ever taken and creating the pages will bring me back... Sigh...

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Sick

I have been sick most of the weekend so no creating for me. I still feel pretty bad so I probably won't go to work tomorrow, which of course won't make my boss happy, but Cest' La Vie. I was supposed to be cleaning out my spare room this weekend for my sons pending arrival. I guess I will have to do that Memorial Day weekend. So no new art to post... :(

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Grateful

I have decided to start my day off with what I am grateful for...
I am grateful that the cop that stopped me this morning on my way to work didn't give me a ticket! LOL. I was going down the turning lane....OK it was not a turning lane when I went into it but it did turn into one...LOL He told me that they were warning people that you can only use that lane within 200ft of the light. Told me not to do it again, at which I promptly said yes officer. I will NEVER do it again. And then he let me go on my merry way. I was very GRATEFUL. I didn't need ANOTHER ticket. LOL Lord, my new car is getting me in lots of trouble. I am grateful that I have a wonderful husband and two great kids, and three great sisters, and I like my boss and my coworkers, and I live in a nice house and drive a nice car. I am grateful I am alive and well... It sure puts you in a different mood when you start to think about what you are grateful for.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Wishing I was on a Blue Cruise

Whenever I am feeling crappy, I just have to look at pictures from my sister trip to Turkey last September and I feel a sense of peace come over me. That trip was a life altering experience. I have never been so relaxed in my whole entire life! I really want to go back and do it again soon! My little sister lives in Istanbul with her husband and it was my first trip out of the USA except for Canada and that doesn't really count does it? We went to Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary. I didn't realize there was so much history in Turkey. The gullet (big sail boat) that we were on was fantastic. We were waited on hand and foot. All we had to do was get up, eat, swim, explore, eat, nap, eat, sleep, swim, LOL... Ahhhh....I wish I could go again......
Back to Reality:
I have been very tired the last few days. I just have so much to do sometimes it feels overwhelming. I want to sit down and create but then I feel guilty because there is housework to be done! My son is coming home, back to live with us for a few months. I am happy about that. I didn't like him so far away. He is in Omaha. But now I have to empty the spare room of all the crap that I shoved in there after our move. That has become my storage room. It is a forced clean out! Where am I to put all the stuff? I guess I need to weed out and get rid of. I am such a pack rat because you never know when that piece of something might make a great addition for your art! LOL So instead of creating this weekend, I shall be sorting. We should paint the room before he gets here but maybe not. The purple and yellow walls with little fairy wallpaper border (previous owners choice) might make him be more inclined to get back on his feet sooner! LOL Good idea...we are leaving the paint.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Very Excited!

My art was picked to be the homepage art for one of the yahoo groups I belong to. I was so happy. It is so nice to know that other people like what you create. Another step in my journey....next...

Monday, May 14, 2007

Feeling Special


I have to share because my heart is beaming. Here is the card my 15 year old daughter Megan gave me yesterday. It made me cry. I always vowed that I would have a better relationship with my children than I had with my parents. I try not to judge them and let them be who they are. I give my opinion, but I let them make their own decisions because they are the ones who have to deal with the consequences. Believe me there have been more than a few times that I said "I told you so". LOL. I have made more than my share of mistakes in parenting. I am not perfect but my children still love me! I feel very blessed that both of my children are growing up to be wonderful individuals. They have good hearts and I love them dearly.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Finished and Not 100% Happy

Here is my finished product. It's ok...but not GREAT! I think that I should always do a prototype first. Then I can learn what works and what doesn't work. Arrrgggghhhhhhh. I will not be submitting this one to Somerset Studio! I have until August 21 so there is plenty of time to make another one and this time I will know what NOT to do. Bummer.



On a happier note.. Happy Birthday dear sister Lynn. My creative sidekick. LOL I know you are gonna kill me for putting up this picture but I just love it. You were always such a wild dresser when you were younger. What happened? LOL Not to say that you are dull now, but you are more reserved!
Happy Mother's Day to all. I hope it is a wonderful day for everybody.
TTFN (Ta Ta For Now)

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Submission to Somerset Studio Magazine

I am making my first...yes my first ever piece of art to submit to a magazine. If I never try I will never know. The theme is Green. I would assume that this will be for an issue next year. We shall see. Here is a peek at the piece before it is finished. Its hard to see but the nest is made out of shredded fake money. I have decided to let this sit overnight. Something that I normally do not do... I am an inpatient person and I like to get things done NOW. But I want this to be really good so I am thinking on what my next element will be. I have ideas but I want to make sure it's right. Of course the piece is called "Nest Egg". I just wonder if this is "green" enough?
I hate the way my camera make things look. This looks so much better in person. I so want a new camera. Nina Bagley told me about the one she uses and I think I am probably gonna get that one. She asked me to take a picture of her and Olga in our class at Art & Soul and I was so impressed with the ease of use and how good the picture was. It has 10x optical zoom which I love! I did alot of research on cameras today just to make sure it is what I want. I guess we shall see if it makes a big difference in my art pictures.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Continuing my Journey as an Artist

Sometimes I feel like there isn't enough time for all I want to do. I have so many ideas in my brain from being at Art & Soul and not enough time to create them all NOW. I guess that is the impatient part of me. I want it all NOW. I need to learn to slow down and enjoy the ride! I will get there eventually. No wonder I just got a speeding ticket a few weeks ago! LOL I just wish someone would say...you have great talent and take me under their wing and be my mentor. I feel like I have so much to learn and it's so much harder when you have to figure things out by yourself! Part of my problem is not focusing on just one area! I am a craft slut! LOL I like to do to many things. Arrrggggghhhhhh. What to do???? I guess I shall figure that out. This weekend I will be working on some of my ideas. I am looking forward to that. I am also going to be working with Photoshop and playing around so I can use that as a tool for my art. Wish me luck....

Thursday, May 10, 2007

My Car...Finally

OK...I finally got around to taking a picture of my license plate. I just love it! Every time I get in it to drive I just feel so good! I feel good....na na na na na na... LOL You know now that song will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day!

I deleted the picture....sorry

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Art & Soul Hampton VA May 2007

Where do I begin??? Should it be my plane ride into VA? The snobby old people that were sitting next to me who were sooooooo rude??? No...let's not go there. LOL As soon as I got off the plane, things went much much better. I had the most fantastic time at Art & Soul. I met so many wonderful people.

Thursday:
My first class was with Sally Jean. Soldering for Virgins. Let me tell you....I needed help! LOL I had tried soldering before I went to class and I SUCKED! LOL Here are some pieces that I made in class.
Sally Jean is a great teacher and is very sweet. My first piece is a life saver that I put diamond glaze on and then I stuck it between 2 pieces of glass. My soldering job wasn't too good on this one as it was round and harder to do. I will get the hang of it though. I loved soldering. Very fun. I will be taking another class of hers soon.
Thursday Evening:

Next was Claudine Hellmuth Minding Your Own Business. Very informative. Of course I took that because I am on my journey to become a self supporting artist. I have a LONG ways to go...but hey. You have to start somewhere. A journey of 1000 miles starts with one step...I think that's how the saying goes.

Friday:

Claudine Hellmuth again. This time color theory. We learned how to mix our own colors from the primary colors. Very good to know. Then we did a fun project. Each person at the table got 4 tags to alter. We each had to create our own first with our color theme and then we passed them on to the next person so they could mix a color from our palette and make a card. Here are my cards. The top one I made and then the blue set is my sisters. My talented sister made the top card of hers! We had a blast. It was fun taking a class with my sister. We giggle all the time. By the time we were done with Claudine's class we were dead. Who's idea was it to take soooooo many classes in a row! We went and had dinner and then got ready for our next class.

Friday Eve:

Keith Lo Bue-Copy Machine Etching

We were so tired when we went in here...I only made one thing. It is a very interesting technique and I will try again sometime soon. I was just toooooooooo damn tired to do much. But here is my result. I added color to it using my favorite watercolors (Twinkling H20's) Keith is a very funny guy. A character.


We had Saturday off. No classes! Did we rest??? NO. We went to the antique district in Norfolk. It wasn't as good as I thought it would be. I did make a small purchase but that's about it. Then it was vendor night! What fun. It was so packed though. There are so many talented artists there and only so much money! After shopping, we went back to our room and relaxed.

Sunday:
Nina Bagley-Pocket Book of Parlor Questions.
I love Nina. She has such a great personality. Funny. And I loved the project. Here are my pictures of my book I made. This is not all of the pages. I still have to put in some of my questions.
Nina was so nice to me. She gave me a couple of tools that I didn't have. Well I had one but had to hang my head in shame at the condition of it...LOL Poor pitiful me. The next morning as I was having breakfast, she called me to her table to introduce me to Misty Mawn. I was so thrilled. I will be taking Misty's class in June in Utah.

Monday:
Pamela Huntington-Washday
Very fun project class. Here is what I made. Pamela is very nice.
All my teachers were wonderful. The trading was a blast. It was so much fun to see what everybody brought. I brought home a gallon size Ziploc baggie full of trades. I will be hanging them on my wall as treasures from my time at Art & Soul. You can bet I will be going again.

Home Again!

I am home from Art & Soul! What a great time. I will be posting some pics tonight so stay tuned!

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Leaving on a jet plane...

Ok...I am off to Art & Soul! Yeah! It's finally here... I hope my bags aren't too heavy! I don't want to pay the extra money for the extra weight! I might have to have 3 bags coming back just to split the weight evenly, cause...you know I am going shopping! LOL

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Packed and almost ready to go to Art & Soul!

I am soooooo exhausted right now. Everything is packed but all is not done! LOL I have a few more items to do and then I will be ready to leave tomorrow. I can't wait to get there. I look forward to seeing my sister and creating with her. We always have fun when we create!