Monday, September 30, 2013

Going Once, Going Twice, Sold?

Sometimes we starving artists have to take desperate measures to make ends meet. In my case, I'm offering up four of my original mixed media collages on the auction block. I figure getting some money for them is better than none at all and they may as well grace someone elses walls and give them pleasure. So, here are the four pieces I'm pushing with the links to their eBay auction sites. Thanks for taking a peek!

"Autumn Harvest"

"Autumn"

"Change of Seasons"

"Gingko Leaves"

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Procrastination



The good thing about an artist is that they see the world in such an interesting way. The bad thing about an artist is that they see the world in such an interesting way. This ability to see "more" often leads to time lost. The shoe rack which I so proudly installed in my closet 10 months ago has come undone under the weight of my footgear. In disgust, I tossed the resulting mess into the middle of the floor and then couldn't help but photograph it. 


Then, I just had to turn the photograph into interesting artistic images. And, of course, I had to tell the rest of the world about it.



As a result, time has passed, but the shoes are still in a big pile in the middle of the floor of my bedroom. But don't you just love the way the reflective materials in some of my walking shoes captured and returned the flash? I guess this is just another way to stop and smell the roses. (No, I didn't actually "smell" the shoes.)


Maybe tomorrow I'll have the problem fixed. 

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Just A Little Bit Further Along


Little by little this project is inching its way along. I even find myself working on it in the middle of the night when I've wakened momentarily. (The downside of keeping an art project alive in your bedroom!)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Taking a Break


Girls Night Out (or GNO) is always such a welcome event in my life. It's just fun to get dressed up and travel out with the girls and try new places, new foods and new drinks. Last night's event at Savannah's Jazz'd Tapas Bar was a lot of fun. I had excellent fish tacos made with fresh swordfish and a wonderful dry martini with blue cheese stuffed olives in it. The live music was provided by Trae Gurley (a very cute Michael BublĂ© sort with a lot of talent) and I had a great time and a welcome break from everything. 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Back to the Big Picture


You remember that large gray canvas that I toned and was preparing to work on, right? Or maybe you don't. Anyway, work has begun and it's going slowly, but it's addicting. As you can probably see, it's one huge Tangy Zoodle. The canvas is currently in my bedroom and is always calling to me. I'm loving the process.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Daffodils


Yes, I know. This photo is out of sync and out of season, but I couldn't help posting it. It's been in my Camera Uploads file since July and I thought it was time to do something about it. 

This past July, while visiting my cousin in Ohio, I looked over her collection of my artwork which she displays throughout her home. I'm truly honored to have her do that. This particular pastel was done ages ago and is one of my favorites. I just thought I'd share it.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Red Flower Design

This particular Tangy Zoodle, which I've come to call "Red Flower" is one of my all time favorites so I was inspired to use it on a few items in shop crabulous!

Below are the results.

This wooden coffee tray comes in two sizes.
"Red Flower" license plate for those who live in states that only require one state issued plate.

"Red Flower" license plate holder.

"Red Flower" throw pillow.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Poppy Heart T-Shirt

Short sleeved Poppy Heart T
I just love this cute little design which I created from my Poppy Fields mixed media collage. Who doesn't like poppies and who doesn't like hearts? OK, don't answer that. I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who don't, but my experience on Cafe Press via shop crabulous! is that there are a lot of people out there who do.

Something else I've discovered. The great maternity T-shirt design that Cafe Press is now using. Instead of the big tent design, it is now sleeker fitting with ruching along the sides. It doesn't just look great on expectant mothers, but also on women of a certain age with thicker waistlines, i.e. me! And the length of them makes them perfect with leggings. The maternity T's come in short sleeve, tank top and long sleeve versions and in a variety of colors. So, check it out!  Poppy Heart T's

Poppy Heart short sleeved maternity T

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Seahorse Throw Pillow

Seahorse Woven Throw Pillow from shop crabulous!
This image is a personal favorite of mine. I love the subject matter and the colors. I think I may have to get one of these for myself!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Cherries On Gray

Look familiar? I love this design so much, I couldn't resist adding it to a few "household" items in "shop crabulous!" Here's the link if you want to take a look: crabulous fun for your home

Friday, September 13, 2013

Vignettes from Bluffton

Earlier this week I made an excursion to Bluffton, SC, to take care of some business. Unfortunately, I needed to pull my paintings from a gallery there because they just weren't selling. It's all good, though, because those little paintings have become favorites of mine and I'm really not inclined to part with them.

Of course, I had to visit a few shops while I was there and enjoy a decadent lunch at The Cottage. I hope you'll enjoy the photos I took while there. Because the day was inclined to be rainy, most of my shots are interior scenes.








Thursday, September 12, 2013

Is Nothing Sacred?

Apparently, anything blank is fair game for me when it comes to Tangy Zoodling. At work I found a forgotten box of plain, white Christmas tree ball-shaped ornaments in the back room and I just began tangling them. I've pictured three of them here. There's still one more just waiting to be defaced.
This, of course, is a blank ball. The glass is frosted so it's not quite opaque and light shines through it.
This is my first attempt. Stars and glitter.
This is my second attempt; Christmas trees and stars and, of course, glitter.
My third attempt is a poinsettia-like flower with cherries and, wait for this... glitter!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

November Image

Because I'm so tickled with the new calendar images, I just have to share another one. Who knew that my Tangy Zoodles would blend so well with my Bomomos? I'm encouraged to have even more fun with them when I get a moment. 

"November" from the 2014 crabulous fine art wall calendar

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013

Another Peek At The Calendar

I have finished the images for the 2014 calendar, I just need to upload them to Cafe Press to make the calendar publishable. I probably won't be able to get to that until tomorrow, so I'm offering you another sneak peek. This time it's February.

Friday, September 6, 2013

2014 Calendar

As you know, I like to put together a wall calendar every year. Well, at least I've done it for the past two years so now I feel like it's a tradition. Although I would have like to have had next year's calendar finished in August, it just wasn't meant to be, so I'm working on it now. I'm having a great time with the new images, too. So, I thought I'd treat you to a sneak preview. This is the image that I think I'll be using for April.


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Throw Pillows

I've been having a lot of fun with the new and improved Cafe Press lately and I've discovered that they now have a throw pillow whose look I love! At least, from the photos. I have yet to see one in real life, but I intend to. I'm dying to order one with one of my designs. 

Anyway, these are the pillows I've created to date. And this is the link for all my home products:





Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Blank, But A Different Color

The canvas is still blank, but now it's gray. And the tools I intend to use are at the ready.



Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Blank Canvas... Again

When I first started painting at the ripe old age of 39, a blank canvas was something I feared. I was terrified to begin. What if I make a mistake? What if I don't like what I paint? Then I finally asked myself the best question of all, What's the worst that can happen? And the answer to that was, you just wipe it all out or cover it up with a coat of gesso, and start all over again.

After that, a blank canvas represented a new journey and I could face it with a sense of excitement. 

Currently, this blank canvas is the largest I've ever worked with. I typically work on small canvases, but this is a painting that my mother has commissioned and she has asked that it be 30" x 40".  So, this larger size has me super excited! 

I'll share with you the steps that I take to cover this canvas; even if it turns out to be something I don't like and I have to "erase" it and start all over again.