Saturday, March 27, 2010

CONTINUING WORK WITH PASTELS

The more I play with pastels, the more I like this media. It's funny how I was resisting it for so long and now I am ready to do so much more with it. Here's my latest greatest:)
Phew, 3 posts in one day? I'm on a roll today. Time to go shower:)

CATCHING UP

I framed my last cross stitch. Now the question is: where do I put a new hole in a wall.

A LITTLE UPDATE

Sorry Everybody for not having posted anything out here lately. I just simply have not had anything to post as far as my art is concerned. I went on a ski / snowboard trip from which I still haven't fully recovered. I have been job searching (I really need to get out from where I'm at right now), had a 4 hour interview yesterday and I'm waiting on an offer next week:)
I have made some new Stork Babies with some other country flags on them but I'm not going to post them up here again since everybody has seen them a million times. Let me know though if you're looking for a specific one that's not out there yet.
This weekend I'm planning on getting back with my artsy side and I'll post stuff here once I'm finished. That is if I don't get distracted by the absolutely gorgeous weather out there!!!
Have a wonderful weekend everybody.

Friday, March 19, 2010

AA PASTELS

Last night we had our second Artful Arses meeting. The theme this time was PASTELS. I had two ideas as far as what I was going to work on and I have even made sketches ahead of time to make it easier on myself during the meeting. But, of course, between trying to get out of the house on time yesterday morning, feeding the cat, fixing lunch, taking the recyclables out and everything else, I forgot to bring them with me. So then I had to improvise and come up with something, anything else to paint. Here's what I came up with:
This is just some flowers. Plants are kind of hard for me because I really don't like drawing still life too much. Plus this was my second time working with pastels ever.
My second drawing/painting was an attempt at my sister's portrait. Unfortunatelly it doesn't look much like her. I guess actually looking at her would have helped. Instead I had a great time indulding in drinking wine and enjoying getting my fingers dirty with pastel dust. Either way, here she is:
Now, off to a four day trip of skiing. You all enjoy your weekend, whatever you end up doing!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

CROSS STITCH WEEKEND A PARIS

I very much enjoy cross stitching. I usually do it while watching a movie at the same time. The only thing is, it takes forever and ever. I finally finished this one last night:
I started it some time last summer. So yeah, it took more than half a year and it is not big. Just about 5x7. It was a set that I got. They're really neat becasue they come with everything you'll need to complete the pattern. Now I just need to go get me a frame:)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

FLOWER TANK TOPS

I may have been slacking on my art but I've really busy sewing lately. I'm working on a dress for myself that I've redone about 15 times already. I've also learned how to make these flowers out of fabric. I think the "proper" name for them is yoyo's. And I've made these two tops with them:

Originally I meant to sell them on etsy but I really like how they came out and I'm keeping them. I'm getting one and my sister the other. My husband told me that if I continue keeping everything that I make that I like, I will never make any money and he's probably right but I just couldn't resist. I also have no idea what will happen with them in the wash and didn't want to dissapoint anybody. What do you think? Would you want to wear one of these too? I'm considering making more.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

OUT OF SKETCHBOOK

Monday Artday has a challenge called Circus. I really don't like Circus, especially the parts with the animals. However, I do love Cirque de Soleil. Those people do the craziest things with their bodies. So I've tried to capture one of the Allegria acts, but I'm not really sold on it. Here it is:
I did it with crayons that my fellow Artful Arse Rachel gave me for Christmas. They are pretty hard and you can't really layer one color on top of another. So I went back and tried to enhance colors with markers but that made it look too dramatic so I quit.
I haven't submit it on Monday Artday. I may try to start over and do better on the second attempt. I'll keep you posted.
A little off the topic, but still on circus. If you like reading "Water for Elephants" by Sarah Gruen is a very neat story about circus back in the early 1900's. It's somewhat sad but it's a good book.

HELLO 1000!

I don't know who you were but welcome 1000th visitor! Or at least 1000th since I'd installed the counter:) I know that this is not a big deal to some people because they get that much traffic daily but this is a big deal to me. So, welcome and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

MA SNOW GAMES

I just made my first Monday Artday posting. It's a watercolor pencil sketch. The topic was Snow Games.
Here's a true story: when I was a little girl and then a bigger girl there was this awesome Italian skier - Alberto Tomba. We used to watch him compete all the time. For years, Alpine skiing was my dream job. So here I am. Alpine skiing is still a dream. And maybe I'm not the next Tomba, but an avid skier for sure.
I'm actually hoping to hit the slopes this weekend. I'm sick at the moment, thus a quick sketch (no energy for a longer painting) and I just need to get back to bed to recover by the weekend.

MONDAY ARTDAY

I joined Monday Artday!!! It is a blog of over 500 members. A challenge is given each Monday for the members to illustrate and they post their work on the blog. There's a weekly winner too. I'm really excited to be a part of Monday Artday community. I've been following that blog for a while now and they have some awesome artists posting over there.
They have 2 challenges going at a time. Right now they are: winter games and circus. Hmmm..... where do I start?