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Handing Out Awards!

This Kreativ Blogger Award was presented to me and I must award 7 other creative bloggers with it.In my previous post I did the required "7 things about me".I would like to pass this on to some bloggers whom I think are extremely creative.Some of them I have visited WITHOUT leaving comments so I apologize but nevertheless
I do enjoy your blog.I promise not to be in such a hurry that I don't comment on your lovely art in the future!
Here are the SEVEN:
wild at heart art, vintagepix, textileartand..., spirit dolls & mixed media assemblage,
Kim's Art By The Sea, Forever Jann,and Paper Paisleys.
Just remember--those of you receiving this should kindly award 7 other bloggers and post 7 things about yourself.
Thanks again for the award and for all the wonderful comments that you folks leave me!

My Lucky Week!

Wow! I received another Kreative Blog Award! Thank you Diane.You should check out Diane's blog- Artstanding Stranger She actually bestowed it upon me last Friday but I was missing in action most of last week. This award comes with the instructions to post 7 things about yourself and then award it to 7 more fascinating blogs. I will post 7 things NOW and will post the 7 blogs later today.
7 mostly UNfascinating things about ME:
1. Blogging has opened up my world and has made me want to delve a little deeper into my art
2. I love taking pictures of nature/animals. It always fascinates and inspires me.
3. In my past life (before child) I was a nurse, but art has always played a huge part of my life and I've ALWAYS wanted to be an artist (but nursing was a steady paycheck)
4. Although I'm a free spirited, fun loving Sagittarius, I can sometimes be very
shy and insular.
5. My husband is my bestest friend! And my daughter is definitely my best friend as well.
6. I love my step-childr…

Not My Idea of Spring!

I'm back in the land of blogging. I feel as though I was gone for a month!I posted last Tuesday but wasn't able to visit blogs like I normally do.
Had a great week with my daughter.Bittersweet since we had to deal with saying goodbye to her horse.
We did however, do just about everything together! She's definitely my buddy, my pal.
We went to see a movie, went shopping ALOT and went to the barn for her to ride Zinardi (the new horse).Although, she is very quick to point out the fact that
"WE HAVEN'T BOUGHT HIM-SO HE'S NOT REALLY MINE! Minor details...
We also made it to the barn where our old horse Dizzy now resides and she looks quite content where she is. She didn't act as though she was upset with us, which would've made it harder to walk away and leave her there.My daughter seemed to handle the whole situation quite well, probably better than me.
Dear Daughter is now back at college with only 7 weeks left in her freshman year.Amazing how fast this year…

Goodbye To Dizzy; Hello Zinardi

The above photo is my daughter (the college freshman who is home for springbreak).
She is riding her horse Dizzy; or rather it WAS her horse until yesterday. We sold her....
SAD... WE knew we should do it, but we love her alot! Even though she was a bit
crazy at times and she grew WAY TOO BIG for my 5'2" daughter. It was not the right horse for my daughter and we knew it, but we still hated to get rid of her.
WE had no idea she would sell so quickly. Just our luck...We moved last summer and our old house in GA STILL HAS NOT SOLD. We really need to sell that house. Didn't really HAVE to sell the horse right now BUT she sold in less than 2 weeks. AND just as my daughter comes home for springbreak. WITH nothing to do but hang out with her boring parents.
Hence, the reason I scheduled shopping trips, hair appointments and movies.
Luckily, there is another horse 'waiting in the wings' to be loved on by us!
His name is Zinardi and flew over from Holland back in November.
He&#…

Spring Has Sprung!

Yippy! Yee Hah! Woo Hoo! It's officially spring. This was my first winter in northern Illinois and I will have to say I wasn't sure I'd survive. There is nothing about me that loves winter except maybe watching the first snowfall safely indoors with a
roaring fire and a cup of hot tea. I don't like cold weather and I really hate it when the temperature dips below ZERO!
So even though the thermometer doesn't actually register anywhere near spring temperatures today, my calendar SAYS it's SPRING! That's good enough for me--for now.
I know that in a few months I'll probably be complaining of the heat. I was VERY surprised to learn last summer when we moved that the summers are MUCH hotter than I was expecting. So I know in my heart that warmer weather is definitely coming.
Since daffodils don't bloom as early here as when I lived in GA (they were usually in full bloom if not already done blooming by first day of spring)I just had to go out and buy a spri…

A bowl full of heads!

Today was my final wheel-thrown pottery class for this session. I plan to take the spring off and finish up some other projects that are in the works. I will start back to pottery class in late June. It was definitely a challenge. I tend to be a bit controlling with my artwork but THIS class was even more about control and applying a ton of patience. Patience is NOT my Virtue! But it was fun and I learned quite a bit.
The above photo shows some of the items I brought home today fresh out of the kiln.
Except for the hand (that is an old one that I thought would look cute in the picture
since it's a similar shade). The bowl holds a few of the heads I made for future projects. I plan to use them in some art dolls or possibly jewelry.
I thought it might be a good idea to even make a bunch and put them on etsy to sell.
What do you think? I really like the glaze on the pieces above. It's a weathered
patina look.

These pieces also just came out of the kiln today. I love this glaze also. It&…

Congratulations to the Winners!

I would like to thank all those who commented on the last post for the giveaway.
Sorry everyone couldn't win BUT I would like to congratulate the three women who did!
The first surprise I ship out will be to Marsha over at Tumblefish. She said she has been a lucky lady of late and here she goes winning again!
The second surprise package will go out to
Becky over at Whymsicalmusings.
The third and final surprise will go out to Terri over at Pringle Hill.
Congratulations to you all and I look forward to making something especially to ship out to you!
Remember you have to 'pay it forward' and create a blog giveaway of your own.
Great concept to spread some warmth and creativity around!
I am so thankful for all the wonderful new friends I've met~ CHEERS!

Surprise Giveaway...

I am the recipient of a giveaway from a new blogger Tammy Moynihan. I will receive a surprise from her sometime during the year. It may be an art doll or maybe one of her gorgeous paintings. I won't know until I open the box. The stipulation for receiving this prize is that I post a giveaway as well. This is a pretty cool idea I think.
SO my friends and fellow bloggers...
I will giveaway Three Surprises as well. I will come up with either a doll, collage,
piece of jewelry, piece of pottery or painting to three people. Tammy's giveaway was
to the first three people who posted on her blog, but I think I will mix it up a little by saying I will draw 3 names from a hat from all those who comment on this posting!I will close the giveaway on Tuesday St. Patty's Day at 6 pm.
Leave me a comment and I'll throw your name in the hat. You will receive a piece of
art in some form from MOI by September 1, 2009. I'm giving myself the summer to come up with 3 special pieces. (also i&#…

What If?

Happy Friday 13th! I used to be a little superstitious about Friday 13th, but 'knock on wood' I've never experienced anything on a Friday 13th that would scare me into thinking it was a day filled with BAD karma. I say go out and celebrate--it's FRIDAY!
Decided that Fridays' postings from here on out will not have art in them, just photos of family, home, nature. Glimpses into my normal life here on Chicago's north shore.
So today's photos: a peek at items in my studio. I keep that little card above that says 'What If?' propped up by my pens and pencils right in front of my face at my main work desk.


Love, love, love F.W. acrylic artists inks
it's great for using as a dye or paint for fabrics as well as using on canvas and watercolor paper. The link will take you to Discount Art supplies, they have great prices. They have every color in the world and the pearlescent colors are gorgeous!


This is only a SMALL selection of my threads. These are mainly…

Semi-Abstract?

By definition abstract means: 1.Considered apart from matter or from specific examples;not concrete. 2.Theoretical;ideal, as opposed to practical. 3.Abstruse:abstract thinking. 4.Considered or expressed without reference to particular example. 5.In art, generalized or universal, as opposed to concrete, specific, or representational;tending away from the realistic or literal.

SO, by that definition I'm not sure what I painted was abstract, BUT it is definitely not what I normally do. I tried really HARD to 'let loose' and have fun.
I DID have fun but feel like I was still trying too hard to control my painting
therefore it doesn't have a 'real' abstract feel to it. As soon as I saw the cactus
form emerging in the above picture I kept adding to it to make it feel more like a cactus. In essence I was being a bit of a control freak!My title for it is "Cactus Moon".

My second attempt below-- I really tried to loosen up.I used an old credit card to apply paint…

One of Those Days....

My plan...to go to pottery class, then I was going to spend at least 3 hours in my studio finishing some artwork. Didn't happen! Had some strange sensations in the upper abdomen which sent me to the doctor. Had an EKG which was fine,now I'm headed to radiology tomorrow for an ultrasound of the abdomen to check for an aneurysm!!!
Just checking as a precaution-the dr. isn't really worried so I'm TRYING NOT TO!
Major excitement! So didn't get to the pottery studio and I'm really bummed about that. BUT when I got home from the dr. and was feeling better I went in my studio and finally took photos of my daily tags. I'm behind on getting them photographed.
Then I worked on 2 abstract paintings that I'm playing around with.Very hard to make yourself 'lose control' and just put paint down on the canvas.It's a test for me since I tend to be a bit of a control freak!

After working on the abstracts and photographing my tags I finished the mixed media paint…

"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong." Joseph Pearce

(had trouble uploading originals so I re-sized...
you may need to enlarge to get a better view)

This is a piece I just 'found' hanging in the hall coat closet, squished in between all the winter coats we have. Funny how there are only 2 people living in this house and the coat closet is full. Probably because I now live north of Chicago and when I found out we were moving here I went out and bought several coats for various weather(snow, sleet, rain) and various temperatures.Mildy cold, cold, very cold and
FREEZING cold!So that's why my closet is full and I couldn't find this piece until I went in search of a medium weight raincoat yesterday.
Obviously I hung it in the closet thinking I might just hang the piece on the wall in the hallway that the closet is in?? Who knows? Moving in and trying to find a place for everything is frustrating at best but when you downsize your home but not your personal belongings it is VERY frustrating!I've gotten off point here, so...
Th…

What a Wonderful Surprise!

I awoke to a rather gray, ugly day. It is raining and has been for over 24 hours.
I went to my computer to check my blog and my wonderful new friend Becky over at whymsicalmusings awarded me with this fabulous award. I am flabbergasted!
I'm not sure I'm worthy of an award but I'll certainly accept it with smiles!
I began this blog just a couple of months ago not exactly sure what to expect out here in cyberspace. I have been pleasantly surprised by all the kind, creative spirits I have encountered. I feel like I have met so many wonderfully talented women in such a short period of time. It has truly opened up my world, creatively and spiritually.I feel like we are all on the same journey in life. We are all putting our hearts and souls out here through our art and through our writing. It's such a joy to know that there is such a grand fellowship of women who are so eager to open up and share not only their art, but their lives with one another.
I'm so new to this blogg…

The Ducks Are Back!

I have a pond behind my house and up until late November I had tons of ducks, geese and the occasional blue heron on the pond EVERYDAY. I live north of Chicago and it's been one of the coldest,snowiest winters in a LONG time. So the waterfowl disappeared when the pond froze over.
Well, TODAY they came back! AT least the mallards did.I was tickled to wake up to the honking and quacking of the ducks. Of course as you can see in the first photo the pond is still a bit frozen and they are standing on ice.There is a small area that has thawed along the shoreline. So they come flying in for a landing on the ice and slip and slide all over the place. It's quite hilarious. Then they stroll over to the area that has thawed and take a dip and check for food.
Is it my imagination or do the colors on the mallards heads and feet look very brilliant. I'm wondering if these are youngsters? The photos don't do it justice but the color of their heads is a striking green teal color. And …

"This is happiness;to be dissolved into something complete and great." Willa Cather

Love that quote! Found it on the bottom of a Celestial Seasonings tea box, back when they used to put quotes on them. Not that my art is great BUT I am truly HAPPY these days because I am dissolving myself into my artwork. It COMPLETES me. I become
so caught up in the act of making something that it's not about the end results as much as it is in the creating, or the journey of the process. I can't imagine not
being able to play around with my art supplies and my fabrics and beads.
I am truly blessed to be able to do this.
The above photo is the "Pair of Asian Pears" I finished last week. I was playing around with backgrounds and these were small 6" square, to I wasn't sure what to do with them. Then I cute out some pear shapes from an asian newspaper and glued them down, put washes of paint over them and VOILA! Asian pears! Of course I got carried away with the washes and shading and highlighting-so much so that you can barely make out the asian text beneath i…

This mess of mine...

I can't believe it's been a week and ONE day since I last posted on here. What have I been doing you ask? The photo above is my mess of a desk where I play around with art supplies. I also have another desk that I will post later mainly because it's even messier than this desk so I didn't photograph it. The other messier desk is where I have my sewing machine. Then I have a folding table set up with another mess of works in progress sitting on it. Along with a wire shelf unit holding canvases that are in the process of being collaged/painted on and are currently drying and awaiting more layers.
This mess of mine is what I've been up to since posting last. I've finished a couple of small canvases (a pair of pears) which I will post when I finally photograph them. I've also been working on some unmounted canvas journal pages (which I also have NOT photographed). I've been sewing on the journal pages as well as painting, writing, beading. I've also bee…