Friday, 13 April 2018

Liberate Your Art Finale

 What a wonderful variety of art there is in the world! And, through the LYA Postcard Swap I get to see pieces from artists all over the world.
Each participant in the swap sends out 5 postcards and 6 return stamps so that when the final mail comes in we have all received 6 cards.  Many of us share photos of the cards on the Group FB page and it is so interesting to see how everyone showcases the cards.
My first card was from Sherry Harmes in Alaska. While some artists will add an interesting  quote , this year Sherry  added two: "Sometime you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory" - Dr. Suess; and "There are always flowers for those who want to see them" - Henry Matisse. Because of the flowers I displayed Sherry's card with the flowers, dragonflies and butterflies that I made with wire, glue and nail polish.
Next was this lovely view of the night sky which is part of a painting by Beverly Leeck from Edmonton Alberta, Canada. I thought the card went well with my pen & ink fridge magnet.
The message on this lovely pastel painting is "you will find it" - a very hopeful phrase and one that resonates with me. This is from Kate McGee of Corvallis, Oregon and I displayed it with my arrangement of dried grasses.
This super painting of the red barn surrounded by fields seemed to fit in well with one of my quilled paper roosters. I don't know anything about the medium used or about the artist as the only information was an email address for Lorraine Rush and the message "You are Loved".
My fifth card is a mixed media piece called "Susie" and the message on the back is "May we all speak our minds". Again, I know nothing about the artist - not even a name. The email address on the card was hard to read and the note I sent came back as undeliverable - sigh!

The six card is a wonderful photo manipulation by Kat and her message is "Creativity take courage" by Henri Matisse

These 6 paintings are on the cards I sent out this year, They are all watercolour and are based on scenes around where I live. So far I have only heard from two of the people who received my cards and I am somewhat disappointed. Did my cards get lost in the mail? Were they damaged so badly people were unable to read them?  Who knows?

This is my second year of participating in the LYA Postcard Swap organized by Kat Sloma. Although I have enjoyed seeing all the different art, my disappointment is making me hesitate about participating again next year - we will see.

I hope you will take the time to pop over to Kat's Blog where, over the next few days, you will find links to many of the blogs written by the artists involved in the LYA swap. You will also find a video of around 70 of the cards that were sent out and all of the stats about the participants.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

On Edge!

No, that is not a statement of my mental state. It is a comment about my latest quilling projects.

Last week my good friend Carrie gave me a bunch of quilling supplies that she is no longer able to use due to arthritis and other hand problems. As well as regular paper strips there were a whole bunch of 1/4" and 1/8" On Edge strips and a fringing tool.

A few months ago I ordered some On Edge strips from Little Circles but I haven't had time to work with them until recently. Getting more strips from Carrie made me itching to give them a try.
My first project was a Thank You card for my friend. I watched a few Youtube videos to get some ideas on how to use the strips. For the letter the glue was applied freehand and then the On Edge paper was added. The rest of the work was done adding the glue to the formed paper. The little flowers were made with the fringing tool and the big one with a crimping tool.

You know me - once I start something I just keep on going - lol.
I plan on doing a bunch of decorated letters  and I figure that by the time I am through the alphabet I should be pretty good at both the decorating and the letters. I don't know if these will sell but I plan to mount them 'shadow box' style with matting. This one with the matting will fit a 7 x 9 frame.

One last thing - a local artist friend is having a give-away on her blog. Win Dinn does some really cool stuff with mixed media and it is worth having a look, even if that media is not your style. -Win Dinn Art

Thanks so much for stopping by and I would love to see your thoughts on today's post.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Going Overboard - Again!

I think it must be a sickness. I get what I think is a really good idea and I go overboard and make lots of - whatever!
quilled house plant ornaments
I have had a request for some of these from the woman in charge of the gift shop at the Creston Museum so maybe I haven't made too many - lol. I have enjoyed making these except for the bumble bees. For some reason they seemed to be harder to make than any of the other designs.
As the weather improves, my thoughts are turning more to my garden and bedding plants than to art. I plan to slow down a bit and get back to basics so I am just going to focus on drawing for a while.

I picked up a fun book at a artist's book sale; Draw Medieval Fantasies by Damon J Reinagle. I think they should have added the word Cartoons but the drawings are fun and way outside my norm. I will work on these mostly when I go to the Art Club's painting days.

And finally, I have decided what to do with this painting.

I had a number of people respond to my call for help. The majority of the comments were to leave the painting alone because  - they liked it! A few artist friends made some very good suggestions and I tried them out on some mylar laid over the original. I also turned the painting sideways and studied it for a while. Nothing seemed to work and the more I looked at the piece the more I liked it as is. Now I have to come up with a title - sigh!

Thanks to all of you who helped with my decision - I really appreciate your comments and hope you will keep it up!

Monday, 19 March 2018


I am in a quandary. Since I started doing abstracts I have found that I have no sense of whether my paintings are good or not. I need HELP!

I finished this painting last night and, although I like the colours, I am not sure about the composition. Should I sign it or just paint over the thing? I would really appreciate your opinions.
12 x 16 acrylic
Maybe it is time to put the acrylics away and go back to something I am more comfortable doing - landscapes in watercolour!

I hope you will let me know what you think about this one.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, 16 March 2018

Just Playing Around

The other day on a FB quilling group I belong to, someone asked 'what do you do with your quilled projects?'

I make mine to keep my hands busy and, of course, to sell. I have found that my ornaments and cards sell pretty well but the question got me thinking. What else can I make that might sell too?
I decided to scale down a few of my regular ornaments and make 'ornaments for houseplants'. So far I have one pattern for a hummingbird, two patterns for butterflies and one for dragonflies. They are made with 1/8" paper and sealed with a heavy coat of gloss medium. The wire is threaded through before sealing so it is pretty sturdy.

I find I have to pick unnatural colours so that the ornaments show up against the green of the plants. I mean really,  a mauve and pink hummingbird? Any way, I think they are cute and that they will make a nice addition to any houseplant or artificial arrangement. I hope others think the same - lol
Here is a comparison photo of the dragonflies although I really should have  a coin in the picture to give a really good idea of sizes. I will be making more of these designs and I think I will have to come up with a bee pattern too!

I enjoy reading your comments so please leave one! Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Back in the Studio!

I took a few days off after the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge but it wasn't long before I was back in my studio. I figured I wouldn't want to do any more abstracts for a while but there was a canvas just sitting there crying out for some paint - what could I do?
#1097 - Day and Night - acrylic on 20 x 24 gallery wrap canvas
I really thought that after doing 30 abstracts for the challenge that I would have a better handle on how to do them. I have watched numerous videos - they make it look so easy - but I am still struggling. What really gets me is that in all the videos they say they don't use anything but water to thin and blend their paints. At any rate, this is my latest painting - let me know what you think.

I have also been doing a bit of quilling for a change of pace; nothing exciting or complicated, just for fun!
quilled paper lighthouse ornament

quilled paper fish ornament

Thanks for stopping by to visit; it is always great to hear from you!

Saturday, 3 March 2018

30 Paintings - Finale

The last week of the challenge I found myself slowing down with not much interest in painting. So what did I do last night? Painted, of course!
#1096 - Butterfly and flowers - 9 x 12 acrylic on watercolour paper
The background for this was more experimenting while I tried different techniques to make lines and runs with materials I have on hand. That wasn't very successful but I did like the colours so - I added a few things.

But, to get to the focus of this post. Here is the collage of my 30 paintings:
collage 2018
I had a bit of trouble with my collage this year. For some reason my computer wouldn't connect to the PicMonkey program I have used in the past so I used Canva, but I am not as familiar with that program and I had some problems. I tried putting my paintings in order but I kept bumping photos out of place. I am lucky I didn't end up with a bunch of duplicates.

As always it was a delight to see what other artists in the challenge did as the month passed. Our final job is to add our collages to Leslie's blog  -  take some time to check it out!

Thanks you for joining me on my challenge journey - I hope you enjoyed it!