Friday, February 27, 2015

My Messy Studio...

My studio is a frenzy of work right now. I have paintings and canvases everywhere as you can see in this photo...

Please, don't look at the dirty floor!
My studio floor doesn't get cleaned very often...
there's too much stuff in the way!
Thank goodness it's painted concrete.

I'll be sharing some of the finished pieces in the next few weeks but for now it's all a WIP.
Next Thursday evening Legacy Commons will be having a reception to showcase the art of many of the people who come to the painting group. I will have three paintings on display. It should be a fun evening and I'll share photos later next week.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

My Sad Art Journal for 2015

I'm back from my "big night at the Oscars"...and also from a very long blog break. I didn't plan to be away so long. It just happened. So many things going on right now.

My art journals have suffered lately. I got a book ready so I could begin a fresh journal for 2015, and I did start it...I just didn't get very far. Somehow the first of the year begs me to start some huge project which I enter into wholeheartedly. But I soon lose interest. I admire artists who can commit to doing 365 of something. I doubt if I'll ever accomplish that!

This is the first page of my "new" journal.
I used an old spiral bound book I already had.
Just glued the pages together to make them stronger.
I plan to do more doodles on this page,
 plus add "2015" on the large black area.

This was the first week of January...
when I was really sick.

Second week and I was still sick.
It's difficult to write anything interesting
when you feel like crap!

There are two more spreads that are finished but I didn't take pics of them yet. This journal has so much more personal writing than any of my other art journals. For years I kept written journals but ever since I've been doing art journals I've left out the writing. I may try to put more of it in this year.

Sadly, after January I quit working in this journal! I'll keep trying to add to it throughout the year. It's a big book even with the pages glued together. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Glitz and Glam...It's the Oscars!!

I'm late...I'm late...for a very important date! Tonight it's the Oscars and I'm really not ready. I wasn't even sure if I was going or not this year. I thought maybe you were getting tired of this but then I started getting emails asking me if I was going to do it again this late or not, here I am.

The dress was, of course the most important part of getting ready. These were my choices...

This rosy red dress is beautiful and I like the mermaid shape at the bottom.

Then there's this lovely plum colored dress...that's my color.

And this dress reminded me of some of my doodles.

But in the end I chose this one because it's so unusual. I like the broken glass look of it. I don't think anyone else will be wearing this dress.

Shoes were another matter. I kept finding the same thing over and over but finally I narrowed it down to these...

I think these might have worked with the black dress or the red, or the plum.

These would also work with those same dresses.

But these are the ones I chose. I know they're a little "busy" with my dress but no one will see them because the dress is long and full...and I simply love them. I couldn't resist!!

I'm not wearing a lot of jewelry since the dress is so unique...and I ran out of shopping time! Plus the same goes for my hair. It needs to be something simple so the dress will be the focus.

For one brief second I thought about doing something really crazy with my hair...
but then I came back to my senses!

Then I went too far the other way.
This one might be too simple.

This one is just right.
Simple but still some pizzazz!

Now if you'll excuse me I have to take a bubble bath, get my makeup and hair done and get into that beautiful dress.
Oh, yes, about my date. Are you wondering who it will be this year? I had so many requests this year that it was difficult to narrow it down. Of course, Johnny called but I've gone with him so many times. And George is off the list since he just got married. I doubt if his new wife would understand him running off to the Oscars with me. 

I considered accepting an invitation from...Bradley Cooper but since he's up for an award it might be too crazy. And I don't think he'll win so it could be a depressing evening.

So instead this is my date for the Oscars this year...

Are you surprised that I chose Jimmy Fallon? I did it because I'll be assured of a good time and lots of fun and laughs. Plus he knows so many people that I'm sure to meet everyone while I'm there. And he seems like a nice guy so I doubt if HB will have anything to worry about!

So let the party begin! 
If you don't already know about my little tradition of "going" to the Oscars each year you can read about previous years hereherehereherehereherehere, and here. I've been doing this for several years now and it's always fun.

Monday, January 05, 2015

Starting the new year...

The new year has come and gone and for the most part I have not been feeling so good. I caught some kind of bug and it won't let go...coughing, sore throat, lots of congestion...the usual ikky stuff.

So I'm going to take some time away (not that I haven't already!) and try to re-vamp my blog. It may be off-line for a bit while I work on it but I'll be back. And hopefully it will be much better and more interesting.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Thanksgiving...A Bit Late

Better late than never is my motto...I haven't had any time to post about our Thanksgiving so bear with me.

We had such beautiful weather that day. It was so warm we had the patio doors open most of the day. I think the temperature made it into the high 70's. I was actually hoping for chilly weather so we could have had a fire in the fireplace but no such luck.

The house was cleaned to within an inch of its life!!
HB helped me and it all looked so nice even if I do say so myself.
You can see the sun streaming in the front window.


The table was set and waiting for guests...
(I hate that chandelier!)

We had eight people including me and HB. Luckily my daughter and grandson were able to make it at the last minute. We thought they were going to have to work but they didn't. It was a fun day with lots of laughing, chatting, and mostly eating! HB cooked a 22 pound turkey and a spiral cut ham. We also had all the traditional side dishes. One of our guests brought homemade cranberry sauce which was very good. But my favorite part of the meal (any meal!!) was the desserts. I made a pumpkin pie and a turtle cheesecake. My guests brought a banana cream pie and some pumpkin bites. It was all yummy! The only food I managed to get a photo of was the cheesecake...please overlook the Christmas plate it's on. I didn't have any plate big enough except for that one. No one seemed to mind!

In case you would like to try it, the recipe for the cheesecake can be found here. It was soooo good!

Julie Balzar has a challenge going on this month, to carve a stamp each day. I love carving stamps so this is right up my alley. The only problem is I only had those small white erasers to carve on. So for my first day nothing too exciting...just my initials...

As you can see on my trial print, I tried two different "B" stamps but liked the one without the centers. Now I just have to get some carving blocks so I can do something a bit more exciting for the coming days. I'm not sure I'll make a stamp every single day but I will definitely make a few.