Wednesday, March 31, 2010

First Page

The theme for my sketchbook project is "This is where I live"

So here you go...

Monday, March 29, 2010

It's Arrived!

Remember when I told you about the Art House Co-op sketchbook project I signed up for?
(read about it here if you don't).

Well, It's arrived!

(it's only 3.5x5.5")

I'm super excited to see what I come up with. The theme is "This is where I live".
I'll be sure to post my work for your enjoyment!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Illustration Friday - Rescue

Someone needs to rescue these poor ballerinas.

I had started with this magazine collage just a few minutes before I got the new theme for the week. All it had was the boat and background. It was a perfect starting place! I completed it in, oh, probably about an hour and I'm really happy with how it turned out.  

Here's a detail of the dancers...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Work In Progress

Here's a painting I am working on for our bedroom. It's about 2'x4' in acrylic.

There's no telling how many times the colors will change!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Spring Break - Project #2

Our dog Lucy loves her pillow bed. But she also loves to chew. The original one we bought was ugly green colored fleece and just begged Lucy to chew it.  Like she couldn't help it. So we bought a thicker cotton and I made a new pillow cover for her that would be less tempting to chew on. And the cream/white color matches our place better.

Even though it's our dog bed, our cat Molly loves it too!

Isn't she so cute!

Here's Lucy...

Isn't she cute too! Look...she loves the pillow!

(Please ignore the stuff on the fireplace and the big yellow collar. She got spayed last week and started irritating the stitches. Why can't they make it clear?)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Spring Break - Project #1

 I love lists!
I love to make lists for my time off. 
I'm on Spring Break and have made a long list. 

Clean the house (I'll spare you the details)
paint (anything and several things)
re-caulk the tub
make a dog bed cover
pull weeds
plant herbs and summer flowers (is it time for this?)
deposit mulah
find a mat for under dog bowl
wash car
vacuum out car
watch recorded shows
hang out with friends

See...I told you it was long. I'm sure I've forgotten stuff too.
I've already crossed off a few things! One of which was make a necklace holder. I got this idea from a magazine (I think it was Real Simple  Found it!) years ago and this is the third version I've had. I had to limit my choices to just a few of my favorite pieces for the space I chose.

I chose an old frame (which I'll probably end up painting later) that is 11x14" and wrapped the backing in a purple scrap fabric I found at a craft store (for about a buck) and attached it with a glue gun to the cardboard in the frame. I removed the glass and used sewing pins to hang the jewelry.

It's such an easy way to display your beautiful jewelry! Give it a shot.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

In Love...

I have fallen in love with a new site I found.

The concept is G-E-N-I-U-S!

They create project for you to do and you mail it to them (in Brooklyn) and they have an exhibition with the work they receive. From all over! Sometimes they provide the supplies for a small fee and sometimes they are free. It's basically to allow for creativity through projects while building community based on art.

They have also created the Brooklyn Art Library.  Such a great idea! For a small fee they send you the sketchbook in the mail. You create artwork in it based on their chosen theme. You mail it back to them by the deadline. They cateorgorize it and barcode it and stick it in the library for all to see--just like a REAL library! I can't wait to go see it!
I've signed up for the March Sketchbook Monthlies and am anxiously awaiting it's arrival.

I have also chosen to participate in the Mail Me Something. Just a 4x6" piece mailed straight to them. No envelope or anything! Here's what I created today while my students were working on their self portraits.

I decided to sign it secretly with my blog too!

I used a scrap piece of mat board I had in the classroom.
Then I spiced up the back of it too.

This side was inspired by one of my students. Thanks Cole for th inspiration!