Monday, August 27, 2007

Finding my artistic style and being true to myself

I decided that my first attempt at the Fat book page was too over the top and decided to do something more original. Although it is not 100% complete yet, I decided to post it cause Jen wanted to see it.The saying is "Life is a flower of which love is the honey." As I was creating these, I started to think about what I am drawn into doing. It seems that I really love outlining things and I have a more whimsical style. Whimsy plays a big part in my life. I like throwing in the unexpected into my decor. Like in my living room which is pretty formal looking, I have a little stuffed bunny, "a dust bunny" under the coffee table looking out at you. It's things like that, that bring a smile to my face. In my jewelry that I have been making, I am drawn to the fun in it. I already have made a bunch of button bracelets, with names like Cotton Candy, Cherry Limeade, and Candy Corn. I will post those in the future when I finish soldering them. But in your mind...can you conjure up the colors? Of course you can... So I have made one more step in my art life by deciding my direction...Whimsy...childlike fun. That's me. Take it or leave it. It's who I am and have always been, I am just finding her again. Gotta get...Halloween's fast approaching and it's my FAVORITE holiday! The ideas are rolling now...

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Life

This past few weeks has been...odd. It feels like the universe is out of sorts I guess. Things are happening to people all around me and I wish it would stop! Stop the madness, the heartbreak, all of these bad things. They say everything happens for a reason, which I do believe. I believe that whatever we go through in life makes us stronger. So tonight, although I am not the most religious person around, I will pray for those that I know in need.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Sadness

As I was reading blogs tonight, I stopped in my tracks. Rella of Faerieluna, posted that her sister was murdered. Please say a few prayers for her and her family. I would be devastated if I lost one of my sisters....just thinking about it brings tears to my eyes....

Friday, August 24, 2007

So excited!

I am so excited. I was selected to be an artist in the juried selection for First Friday! Yeah! Jen and I were just going to set up our stuff at the site where they let artists set up for free but it was kind of off the beaten path. Now we will be front and center! Here is where we will be:Yeah! This will be a first for me. I have never done a craft show or anything! I can't believe I was selected! Yippeeeeee....

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

My mojo is missing tonight

I came home from work today intending on working on some more jewelry items for our First Friday event.....and nothing...Everything I started to put together was just crap...so I stopped. That is the one reason why being an artist full time would probably kill me. Because when I don't have that feeling to create...when nothing just goes right I feel like a failure. Do all artists go thru that? It drives me insane. I never want to have to force it just to make a living. When I was younger, people always told me I was artistic, that I should do something with my talent and the only reason I never did was this feeling right here. In my day job, it's easy...numbers are numbers. They either add up and if they don't there is a reason why. You just have to find it. I can deal with that... So on my journey to find my artistic soul....I find myself stuck tonight. Like deep mud that you have sunk into and pull as you might, it just doesn't let go....until that one little bubble of air hits the right spot and sets you free. So I am waiting for my bubble to appear...till then..I will leave you with one of my favorite pictures I have taken. goodnight.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Am I the only one?

Do you ever have an idea in your mind of how you want something to be and it just doesn't work? It seems to happen to me alot these days. I don't know if it is a good thing or a bad thing. The necklace I was working on called "Lemonade" just didn't look like I wanted it to so I made another button bracelet with it.

I like this bracelet. I still need to solder the jump rings closed but that will be another day. I am going to make my things and then do all the soldering at once. I really need to set up stations in my studio. One jewelry, one for soldering, one for sewing, one for painting. That way everything I need is at a certain spot and I can just move down the line! Sounds like a good idea to me. I will have to think on that and see if I can work a plan.

Finished Paradise Found

This is my finished piece. It changed a little because I decided that I had too many strings hanging down, so I made earrings out of the 2 other dandles. The earrings are simple but will go with the necklace. I do like how it turned out. I might even wear it even though I am not much of a jewelry person myself! Funny isn't it? I like to create jewelry, but I am not a big wearer of it. I will wear it out but once I get home...it all comes off! Even my wedding ring. It all feels confining to me.


I also finished my sister's bracelet which I will be mailing to her tomorrow, along with the women are like teabags collage I did for her. She will be very happy to hear that! (I know Lynn...a little late but better late than never! :) ) LOL So does anyone think this will sell? I hope so. I think I am going to take it to First Friday with me to sell, and if it doesn't sell there I will list on Etsy. Or should it be the other way around?

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Paradise Found

Yesterday, without my partner in crime, Jen, to go to lunch with I decided to swing by the bead store. I know, I know...never a good idea! LOL I found these beautiful Apatite beads and had to have them. They were more than I usually spend on beads but they were calling my name! What could I do??? I knew I had to make something from them. Paradise found is what I thought of, so I starting creating last night in spite of my studio being a total disaster from all my purging activities in the last week. This is what I have done so far. Just a in process shot before the final product. I took some stained glass I had and cut it into slices which I then soldered. I also soldered my pieces to my lemonade necklace, but I screwed up on the last piece and got frustrated and decided to quit soldering for the evening! Then I wrapped the longest with wire and some seed beads as a focal point. Then I started on the little Apatite beads. Then are very delicate and I broke four of them during my wiring wrapping! By the end of the wrapping I was becoming quite good at handling those little suckers. I can't wait to get this finished! I want to stay home from work and finish it, but gotta pay the bills right? As it was I stayed up late working on it and I will pay for that today! Comments?

Monday, August 13, 2007

Changes

Life is funny. I have been thinking about life and what I want recently. We made a major decision this weekend not to buy this house we are in. We are going to downsize. I have decided that we don't want to have so much space. Space = more stuff, more money spent on filling the space, heating and cooling the space, cleaning the space. I want a more simple life. Don't get me wrong, I do like the nice things in life but it seems that we have gone into excess! As I look over the paper of new houses around the area, it seems like they are all 2300 square feet and bigger! It's hard to find a house under 2000 square feet. Isn't that insane??? So this weekend was spent, looking at possible new places to live. I also spent part of the weekend purging. My kids helped me. Every time I wanted to keep something, they said "What are you going to use that for?" and it helped me get rid of stuff. I ended up taking a truck (explorer size truck) load of stuff to Goodwill. I was going to try and sell stuff on eBay but then just decided that there are people in this world that need help and I am better off than alot of them, so I donated. I also threw out a ton of magazines! I am a hoarder of magazines. It was very tough for me to let go! But I did it. So now I shall be doing more purging because I am not moving the crap again! I am in search of a house that I can spend a LONG time in...that I can grow old in with my hubby. My goal is to do that with in the next year. Art took a backseat this past week and maybe even for the next week as I sort thru my life and STUFF to get down to what really matters to me and what I really want to live with. So that is where I have been.

And on a sad note, Jennifer's dad passed away today. Please say a prayer for her and her family. She will be out of the office for the rest of the week so I will be doing double duty. It will probably be a few days again before I post as it makes for very long days without her at work. She has a way of making me laugh and making the days seem shorter when she is there. TTFN (Ta Ta For Now)

Friday, August 10, 2007

Eeeeewwwwww

My husband has not cleaned the pool in a couple of days. And...at the bottom there was a creature! It looked like any other leaf at first....But on closer inspection....
Ewwww!!!! It is huge and it is NOT a tarantula! I HATE spiders and especially big ones!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

More Button Braclets

A couple people have requested I make some more button bracelets and here they are. They are not totally done yet:

My sister Lynn's. The pearls are a lovely purpley mauve color although it's had to tell with this picture. I am thinking this one needs something else, but my sister will let me know if she wants something different! I aim to please her! She is one of my biggest fans!
Then this one is for Kerri P., She wanted earthy tones. I hope this is ok Kerri...let me know if I should try different colors.
and then this one I made for me...which are blues but looks almost purple in the pic.
Then I starting working on a necklace titled "Lemonade" It will be sooooooo cute when I am done! Here are the beginnings of it.
I just didn't feel like soldering tonight as I am tired. So off to bed I go. I will be posting my self challenge art tomorrow. It's not anything big but it was a start!

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Button Braclet

Isn't this the cutest thing??? If I do say so for myself! I am working on things for Jen and My First Friday event. I wanted to make something quick so I could get in the mood to create and this is what I did. The beads are a candy cane jade. The colors in the jade are a pink, green and white. I am going to make a few more of these because my daughter wants one and I want one! LOL



Saturday, August 4, 2007

Self Challenge Week 1 - First Friday Part 1

Let me start by saying, I don't know what I was thinking was I decided to go out in August to an outdoor event! It goes against my mantra of hibernating in the summer! I suppose it wasn't too bad, but it was 105 degrees and it was HUMID. 31% to be exact! I know many of you are saying whoop te do but it was hot and sticky! Yuck! But I did not let that deter me. I set out on my journey at about 6:30pm. I boarded the trolley at the Holsum Lofts. I will tell you more about those at the end of my post. I didn't actually get on this trolley because I stood at the end of the line because I wanted to take a picture and by the time I got to in line it was full and I had to wait for the next one. The trolley's are free on First Fridays and they have many stops at different gallery's in the Art District. Down Town Las Vegas is going thru a revitalisation. Lots of buildings are being turned into lofts and Art Gallery's. My first stop was Commerce Street where they have Artist Tents and outdoor activities, food etc.
Here is a Las Vegas Poet doing the Vagina Monologue. You should have seen the men scurring by! LOL I had never heard any of it before so I stood and listened for awhile. I came towards the tale end of it and before I knew it, she was done and she introduced the next poet. I continued to travel down the road and check out all the artist tables. Seeing what they had to offer but also looking to see if there was anything like Jen and I will be bringing next month when we are sitting down there. One this street there are also little antique stores. I love going thru these when I come down for First Friday. I normally wouldn't venture into this neighborhood because it is...let's just say..."A little rough." These houses are old old Las Vegas! Very tiny but jam packed full of stuff. I did not buy anything but there were some old steamer trunks in one of the stores that I would have loved to have! But it is not to be...I have too much stuff already!
I love this old Hog Dog Stand that is located outside one of the shops. It has seen better days but I just love it. This store is painted such a bright yellow. It has a Wizard of Oz theme to it. A path outside says to follow the yellow brick road and winds thru an outdoor area filled with old doors, washers, large bird cages, and all kinds of large items that can deal with Las Vegas weather and only get better with age. The colors of this house draw me to it because I love yellows, reds and oranges. I did not go inside this one tonight because there was a line to get in. They only let about 10 people in at a time due to fire regulations. I continued my travels and walked to the Arts Factory a couple blocks away. I bought myself a frozen lemonade to cool me down. Walking around down here is quite the experience. There are all kinds of people to see. You have the artsy folk, the urban group, they call them Vurbs here in Vegas. V=Vegas and Urbs=Urbanites. They are the ones pushing this turn around of downtown. Trying to make it young and hip. I see the young punk crowds, getting the attention they want by wearing wild clothes and hair. It is a mix of all kinds and fun to see.
Music fill the air outside the Arts Factory. Just outside the gates you can hear protesters yelling about saving the earth. So many sounds and sights to see and hear. I make my way inside and check out all the artists work on the gallery walls. I watch some of the artists talking with people about their work. I started to get nervous just thinking about when and if I have to do that in the future. If I am on my quest to be an artist, can I do this? I am not ready to think about that. But I should...shouldn't I?
I leave the Art Factory. I am hot and sticky and do not like that feeling. I have not been to all of the Galleries, but I am done and decide to walk back to where I started my journey instead of waiting for the trolley. It's only a five minute walk to The Holsum Lofts. This is an old bread factory that was turned into lofts and Art Galleries. I think it one of the first project in the downtown revitalisation plan. It is a very cool place to go and one of my favorites during First Friday.













This is where one of my favorite local artists work is displayed. Leslie Rowland She alters furniture and I am so in love with all her work.
Here are some close ups of the drawers:

It says: I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house.

And this one:


It says: Husbands are like fires. They go out if unattended.

I would love to own a piece of her work. I have just not gotten past the point that it would cost me a pretty penny to own it. So that was my first adventure out into Las Vegas as a tourist. I will be using one of my pictures I took this week to create something. Don't know what yet. When I am done, I will post it. Next week, I think I am going to Paris! The Paris Hotel and Casino that is. I can travel the world here in Las Vegas. Stay tuned!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Self Challenge


As I was reading the Artful Blogging Magazine that came out last night, I saw a common theme among artists. And that is to challenge ourselves to think outside the box and also to just create. So I started thinking about what I could do that would be different and force me to goes outside my comfort zone. I thought about Misty's blog entry that she wrote yesterday and how she is exploring her new location. I love how she is seeing things from a new prospective. But what about people that have lived in the same old place for 10 years? That's when it hit me!
Here it is: I am starting my challenge tomorrow. Every week I will be venturing out into Las Vegas and looking at every thing from a tourists prospective. I will be bringing my camera with me and acting like a tourist although I loath looking like a tourist! I will then use one or some of my pictures I take that week to create a piece of art which will be posted on my blog. Las Vegas is a ever changing being. Casino's go up and they come down. Tomorrow,
I will be going to First Friday. A local Art Event downtown. This is what Jen and I are going to be participating in next month. So stay tuned for pictures of Las Vegas and the art that I create. I am actually very excited about starting this project. Wish me luck!