I thought I was done. I really didn't want to put any more work and time into this piece but I couldn't help myself. I just wasn't satisfied that it was all that it could be. So, at midnight till 2AM I added little bits here and there. Look at the previous post and you'll see all the subtle, but (I think) improving touches.
What do you think? Liked it better before or now? Maybe she should be called "Flying in the Forest"?
Good day to you my friend!
-back to "real" work, still finishing up 2009 designs
It ended up looking NOTHING like how it started! Which I don't know if that's good or bad. This is quite a different style for me. I had fun but am having a hard time being happy with it. Maybe it's just that it's so far from my norm? Who knows... no time to dwell on it! Too many other things to do, right?
I wanted to do a quick post to show you the progress on this painting like I promised. I actually finished the smaller one (from the previous post) but I didn't get a pic yet so I'll have to post it later.
So far I'm liking it. I'm seeing a little Asian influence, must be cause I'm gearing up for my biannual trip to China in a few weeks.
My "to do" list for the day:
-finish new designs sketches (due last week!)
-fill out logistics co. application
-return emails-does some count?
-bike ride (cause the weather is amazing here!) ran instead
I have a few of these letters (E,N,R,I,S,T,G) left in my blog store. This is the one that I kept for myself for my someday "A wall". They are distressed with a vintage feel to them. They usually go for about $45 in the store. They were going to be used for my signage for a shop that I was going to open a few years ago. I've finally given up on that idea for now and need to clean out the clutter!
I'm so excited! I've wanted to do this for a long time. But, you know how things go, everything takes so long to implement! I did a ton of research on the best archival printer and paper for my needs. I ended up going with an Epson printer and Fabriano Artistico paper. The prints turn out AMAZING!
I just had to post a few pictures to show the details. The photograph is a picture of my great grandmother and my grandma. You can't tell in the picture but this piece is covered in warm, yummy beeswax! I'm loving this whole mixed media thing. Oh, if you look closely you can even see where I actually used some of the stamps that I've cut.
Okay, back to real work... I've got to get my 2009 China designs done by the end of the week. How many do I have done? NONE! bye!
For my mom's birthday present this year I took her to Portland for a workshop led by the uber talented Lisa Kaus. Lisa's studio was a fanciful wonderland of goodness, forcing us into inspiration!
This photo doesn't really show off the detail in our finished pieces. I'll have to take a few pics tomorrow showing the delicious detail. I'm sure my mom will have pictures on her blog too!
The night before the workshop I found out my friend Lani had just so happened to have also signed up for this workshop!
A couple of the other gals... I'm so bad with names!
This was such a great day. Everyone, about 9 of us, ended up with beautiful, finished, unique pieces of art ready to hang. Thanks Lisa for a great day and the yummy fajitas!
Since this is the second time I had to write this post (Safari ate the first one!) I'm out of time. Better get to bed to be able to start my Monday off on the right foot. This must be a PRODUCTIVE week for me. Lot's of deadlines! Maybe I should start that "eating better" thing too!
When asked what I wanted to do for my birthday (which was yesterday) all I really wanted to do was to chill out and relax with no agenda. No agenda EXCEPT to go golfing! My wonderful hubby surprised me with a tee time at my favorite public course in this area. Lewis River which is located in Woodland, WA. This course is majestic-set on a river, beautifully maintained and they have excellent customer service.
I just went on their site to try to pull some pics to give you an idea of how wonderful it is (my camera died!) and found out that they give you a FREE game of golf for your birthday! If you need someone to go with you... : )
For my birthday I also was spoiled by my friend Kim with a scrumptious lunch and some antique shopping. Did you know that Kalama, WA is a haven for antique shops?
And, guess what! My birthday's not over. I get to go to my parents for a bday dinner and on Sunday I'm going to workshop by artist Lisa Kaus! I'm SO excited!
Hope you have a great weekend yourself. Do something new, creative, adventurous! Our days are numbered. Make them count.
A few recently finished journal pages. People work in many different ways in their journals. I tend to sketch ahead in pencil. Sometimes I end up painting over them and other times I end up embellishing them. If you'll notice in the top picture I have an April journal entry and an October journal entry. I don't necessarily work in any kind of order. That would probably drive some of you crazy?
hi and welcome!!! i'm so glad you're here! my name is michelle. i'm blessed to be a wife (to gary) of 18 years and a mom of two girls; alexis(16) & jess(11). i've been a full time artist for 15 years. i made my start at Portland Sat. Mkt. and art fairs around the country, and then headed into wholesale shows when our oldest began school. i love ART-ing, art journaling, running, cycling and downing junk food!