Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Well, almost wordless. Just a reminder to keep your pets inside and safe this Halloween.

Friday, October 26, 2012

A-Ha Moments

So I had an a-ha moment earlier this week. A few times a year I completely de-clutter, organize and clean my art studio. That's your art prompt this week by the way. It's a good one, because you just never know what you're going to unearth when you get organizing. I stumbled across a box of old hand made Christmas cards. A-ha! I had forgotten I had these tucked away, because I hadn't done a Christmas season art show in awhile.

"Mr. Claus Is Out For The Night"
This November, look for my Christmas art cards! If you are lucky enough to already have a completely organized studio, then try this instead: invite a group of friends over to make Christmas cards. A dear friend of mine did this every year, complete with a pot of mulled hot apple cider. Every one brought papers, paints, stamps and stickers to share. It was so much fun!
So now that I've had my a-ha moment for the week, and I'm burnt out, don't mind me as I make like Mrs. Claus and head for the nearest candle lit bubble bath.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

My Life Is A Three Ring Circus

All moms juggle and jump through hoops; we juggle our time and jump through project hoops like caffeine addled clowns. I'm a home-schooling mom, an artist, a gardener, an avid reader, a movie buff and lately... a dog trainer. And why not? Quite frankly hanging with dogs is cheap therapy. My life is a balancing act and, on crazy days, a three ring circus. And I can usually count on my circus dog to see me though.

"Circus Dog"
8" x 8"
This project started last week when I was thinking of a new art prompt: create a collection of embellishments to use in future projects. I decided to alter a collection of old dog tags.

I'd love to hear what your collection of embellishments are! I look forward to using these dog tags in future projects.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

"Size Laughter"
36" x 36" acrylic on canvas

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Haida Tux

I once had an art teacher tell me he hated Emily Carr. So this is where I put in a disclaimer stating that the opinions contained in this blog.... well, you get the idea. Regardless of how I feel about Emily Carr (I love her), this guy really got me thinking. This art teacher thought Emily Carr had no business painting abstract versions of totem poles, because The Haida people had already created perfect abstractions. So I began exploring Haida art and fell in love. Long before I married my beautiful Haida husband or began teaching my son the Haida language, I coveted button blankets, cedar hats, bentwood boxes and masks. And oh yes, what I wouldn't give for a totem pole representing my family in my garden. Here's my version of our cat Tuxedo, Haida style.

This week, explore a culture that is close to your heart and create an art piece inspired by that culture.