i had a lovely time today making christmas presents (yes, christmas 2008, why do you ask?)
tracy & i had agreed not to exchange gifts. but we forgot to mention that idea to caralea, carolyn & fay. fay sent awesome bookmarks that she made from austin, carolyn made us all these great fuzzy skinny scarf/featherless boas, and caralea brought a beautiful murano glass wine bottle stopper from italy. i wondered what can i do for my friends? they make such cool things that i always love to get, but i can never come up with anything.
oh, yeah- i do art that they like once in a while, maybe that will be ok (to quote bob "you're an iiiiiiii diot babe")
so i started playing this morning. this is the piece i started for caralea, who lost 2 dogs this year- one at 7 and one at 13. i ended up shelving it because i didn't like where it was at 3 pm, but i LOVE that the one place that the transfer didn't take is over the word dog in the earlier layer.
i will end up doing something with this. i want to incorporate the quote " It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are."
this is the photo that i gave caralea, which she really liked (pretty sure she did, anyway)
i made carolyn a smaller version of the flower transfers- am doing same for fay, mom & sis. carolyn & i enjoy gardening & have shared lots of plants over the years. she is usually single handedly responsible for us having tomato plants. this transfer worked really well. the caulk is still a bit milky in the photo below, but you can see how clean the transfer is.
for tracy, an open heart similar to this one.
and a work of art of a different sort..... a scarlet harlot- yummy!
we had a few drinks, and some food, and some laughs, and margie joined us, which was great.
then home and a need to doodle.
i also glued a few pages together & did some gessoing in an old social studies book to use as a journal. getting closer to actually starting that art journal rather than just thinking about it.
2009 is starting off just fine, thanks!