Wednesday, December 30, 2009

More from December

Just two for now.  I will be working a 72 hour shift starting in the morning and need to get some rest! It's amazing how many hours you can rack up during the holiday season.
This first spread is all about envelopes!  Yes envelopes.  I love envelopes for some reason.  I think they're very special because they can hold all kinds of suprises, like the keys to wonderful treasure, maps that mark the spot to untold monies and other valuable things.  They can carry good news and bad news.  Your cute little paycheck that you worked hard for or endless bills that you think now you should have known better.  But all my envelopes have gone to the dogs because all I ever get are bills and an occasional paycheck.  Thank the gods for email!

The second spread is a prompt from Sarah Whitmire's twitter prompts.  The first prompt asks us to use a card in the spread, of course I love the joker! I wanted to try a new color combination and ended up really liking the results. I also like the way the black pen wavy vertical lines worked out.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

New Stuff in November and December

These past couple of month have been a complete change from the past year.  I lost my 88 year old client to Alheimzers who lived 75 miles from me.  So my dear client and comute is over, which is sad in so many ways. In spite of the comute I was able to bring my computer and art supplies therefore stay active on the internet and keep creating for the three days I was there.

I have a new client who will be 90 years old in 2010, who is in good health and a joy in her own right.  She only lives 15 miles from me but alas, no internet connection or space for me to create art.

So I'm back to a very lopsided exsistance, 3 days with no internet or art and then 4 days off.  I'm having to deal with art and internet withdrawal!  And of course tis the season to be busy, busy, busy! 

All these pages are from my composition book that I got from Walmart for $1.29.  I love that I don't have to worry, just have fun and total paints....priceless fun!

I snagged some really old MS. (1973) magazines from the library free box.  I was amazed at the content of some of the articles, some of the issues are still the same.  I get the old saying the more things change the more they stay the same.  Beats me!

As always....having Gratitude!  A wonderful thing!  I was quite inspired by Melody Beattie when she said; "Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusioninto clarity.  It can turn a meal into feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sence of our past, and brings Peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow". This quote fit my background of a sunburst like center and worked with all the "turns" in the saying.

In an effort to keep on track and stay healthy I found a book entitled Stephen Biesty's Incredible Body.  The illustrations are whimical and quite detailed.  Based on the idea that we have these wonderful "teams" that make the body work.  I used the mouth to represent WHAT GOES IN!  I hope that you can see the wonderful artisry.
I have some backgrounds that I'm still working on and some that I've started to collage.  I also had this bright idea of date stamping the spread with all the dates that I've worked on a spread, still wondering about that!

I do have some more to post but need to adjust for vertical or landscape....see you later!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Raw Edge Quilt

Here's my latest project.  I saw this on CRAZY MOM QUILTS and so loved the raw edge aspect of it!  Thank you so much amandajean for giving such clear and easy instructions.  I'm having a ball doing this.  It was so easy to make this project mine. I have all the squares just a little off, like me! It's perfect.

Just wanted to let all of you know that I am having fun doing this blog too.  I've haven't been real good at getting around to posting here at artstudio49, but it was never my intention to stay to a rigid schedule, and this is proof!

I'm ready to start quilting.  The back is a white on white Hawaiian print of ferns and Hibiscus flowers with two uneven strips of a Navy Blue background fabric with the same type of flowery print. I hope you can see the pattern of the white because it looks fabulous with the navy blue. The other great thing about this quilt is that it is entirely made up of scraps that were in my closet just sitting there doing nothing.

So I would say I'm a quarter into this project and will keep you posted on how it's going.  I haven't quilted anything this big.  I don't know what kinds of problems if any I'll run into, but will let you know.  In the mean time I will post some of my Art Journaling.  I have a lot to post. See you soon.