Thursday, April 30, 2009

artist trading cards

first, thanks tracy for reminding me that not everyone knows what atcs are. they are artist trading cards, 2.5x3.5 inches, that are mini pieces of art made to give away- either to trade with other artists or just to give away.

i thought that maybe i could give some away at the market.

aceos are art cards, editions and originals. basically atcs made with the intent to sell. same small artworks.

here's the start of this evening's play- lots of stuff out. i decided to just start messing around.

here they are in various stages of done.
this one is probably pretty close, and i like it quite a bit.
this one is also close. the rest will take more play....
and now off to bed. looking forward to the weekend.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

this n that

a quickie photoshop. this practice with layers & sizes & erasers is a good thing, even if it doesn't result in great art.

i need to find a way to better organize my images so that when i'm playing with this stuff it doesn't become such a treasure hunt. tho that can yield good things too, it just takes time...

anyway- part of a sunflower layered over a view thru the airplane window- gorgeous blues-

then i thought i should just try to make a damn atc. what am i so afraid of? i saw these cool inchies on marilyn's blog and decided to buck up & be brave. tho inchies, being square, could be easier for me...

anyway- started with these sheets of 140 lb wc paper with misc messes on them and got out the paper cutter.

and ended up with a nice pile of 2.5x3.5 cards......
pulled out some misc transparencies & brads & eyelets (bought cuz i knew they'd come in handy some day, never yet used)....
then we left to look at a cabinet for the kitchen in fairfield & shopped for sheets for said house when we got home (but at least shopping can be done with drink in hand in jammies these days- BIG improvement over driving around!), so that was the end of the atc experiment.
we don't want to rush these things..... maybe tomorrow night during gray's anatomy. seems to be a good time for mindless activity, which would be a good way for me to start on these.
here's the piece for seth apter's disintegration project. it started out like this
in february.

everyone participating in the project will post the "after" shots on their blogs on friday.

although this has been snowed on and rained on and had sun beating on it i don't see much disintegration. maybe when i take it apart the writing inside & the tissue paper will have bled onto the print paper.....

seth has a follow up project planned for august..... i may redo these sheets & give them more opportunity to weather.... stay tuned.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

trial aceo

one of the artist groups that i belong to is having an aceo contest. i've been thinking about playing with art cards anyway. thought i'd start playing in photoshop's what i came up with.

both fun starts i think- using some of the watercolor paper that i leave on my art table to pick up extra paint.
these could be fun- looking forward to working on some more small pieces. but now, bed. keep the flu at bay-

Monday, April 27, 2009

a little bit

feeling a bit funky, not much energy, but i played with markers some while watching dancing with the stars. (true, it's fun to watch).

these are looking like stained glass to me. there could be something coming with transparencies.
hoping i feel good enough to paint tomorrow night.... bedtime now-

Sunday, April 26, 2009

sunday evening

busy day, lots of running around, not much art done, but i did doodle a bit.

i could easily take next week off too..... but, alas, back to work.....

i will paint tuesday night, which i haven't done for a while. i

have 3 people who signed up for me to make them something, so i need to do that.

and decide what to enter in the art source juried show.

and paint zella's clapton & joplin.

then there's the yard work that has to be done. need to rip out vinca & obedient plant & divide echinacea & cut back the clematis.

and paint in fairfield next weekend.

sounds like time to get some rest-

Saturday, April 25, 2009

saturday april 25

first, a hike this morning, and a few photos-

then a nap, then a bit more work on these two pieces.
i added a few more transfers of birds on the cards on this one.
i haven't been happy with the framing element of this and i finally added copper leaf. much better.
and now, to bed......

Friday, April 24, 2009


i am so grateful that i was able to spend the past week with my parents. we had a nice visit and it was good to be able to hang out & enjoy each other's company. my dad was a good sport (as always) about tagging along on shopping expeditions. i was able to remember that it's ok to have down time- we all need it- and nap or hit the couch with a book when necessary.

i also doodled some, but i didn't do much art. so it was fun tonight to get back to it. after some real alone down time on the couch.

this is very close to done.
it's funny how much it helps me to look at things on the computer. i think i'm pretty good with it now, other than maybe knocking back the newest whites just a bit & getting it into the frame, then distressing said frame to work with the piece.
i do like it. steve said he felt it was sort of dark- as in occult- feeling. it has gone over more to a dream imagery for me than the graffiti feeling i had at first. what do you think?

i played with metal, stamps & embossing a tiny bit. this could be fun to incorporate into some future mm pieces.
yardwork to be done this weekend, but there will be time to play too...... stay tuned!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


i've been really busy and haven't been creating much, but i do have some doodles to post. i hope to get some paint under my fingernails tomorrow.

in the meantime-

i am also afraid that no one will take me up on my offer to make & send them something (post below), so please don't let me get blanked!
Brave People Make Things so get excited and make things….The first five (5) people to respond to this post will get something made by me.This offer does have some restrictions and limitations so please read carefully:

1. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make. Whatcha get is whatcha get.
2. What I create will be just for you, with love.
3. It’ll be done this year (2009).
4. I will not give you any clue what it’s going to be. It will be something made in the real world and not something cyber. It may be weird or beautiful. Or it may be monstrous and annoying. Heck, I might bake something for you and mail it to you. Who knows? Not you, that’s for sure!
5. I reserve the right to do something strange.
6. In return, all you need to do is post this text on your blog and make 5 things for the first 5 to respond to your blog post.
7. Send your mailing address - after I contact you.

IMPORTANT: This offer is null and void if I do not see you post your own blog to pay this forward.

This text was used from Diane's Mixed Art

Sunday, April 19, 2009

still here!

been busy with company.... took a nice walk this morning and ended up at an old homestead/dump full of photo opportunities...

making sure to use the camera before the yellowstone trip in a few weeks. these old cars were pretty cool. i had a hard time not taking out bits of cool rusted metal for mixed media stuff....but restrained myself. at least until we figure out who owns the land.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

photo interlude

been busy- house is clean, mom & dad are here, i can relax! not much time for art, but the light was so nice in the garden this morning i had to shoot these-

happy friday! more later-

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


i was lucky to have some time today in phoenix & went to the chihuly installation in the botanic garden. wow

i find desert landscapes & plants pretty clean and structural anyway. the addition of the glass objects just blew me away. what a perfect marriage. especially when you read that chihuly is all about light on glass...
you walk around a corner and see something that looks a bit unusual...

but of course everything worked incredibly well within the landscape. i have lots of photos to share, just wanted to do this quick post.
this was an amazing integration of art and landscape. i thought glass particularly fitting in the desert, but chihuly has done garden installations in london & chicago. he's about glass in an organic form.
i will have to see how those projects looked, because this seemed really suited for the plants & landscape.
anyway- bed. i was just so excited about that that i had to share!

Monday, April 13, 2009

donde esta marianna?

estoy aqui, en arizona- scottsdale to be exact....

palo verde tree- these trees have chlorophyll in their bark (which is green) so that they don't have to rely on their teeny tiny leaves for photosynthesis. bigger leaves lose more water and are not so suited for the desert.

palo verde are very cool trees. not sure what this tree is, but they are blooming everywhere & the yellow flowers are pretty. dinner at ra in scottsdale. yum yum. patio, misters, sake sangria.

there's art everywhere in old town, even biz signs.
love this !

more sculpture

and a nice big western sky.....