Thursday, February 18, 2010

A Thank You To Milliande And Others

So as I said before, at the end of next month, I have my first art show, and all of these art pieces that I've  been making are going with me.  But I need to build up my inventory, for lack of a better word.  And I've kind of been in a little slump.  So I've been watching Milliande's art journaling videos on utube, and she helped me make this piece this week--




One of her videos was on resists using crayons.  I was going to try it in my journal, but I figured I would just do it on canvas.  And of course, it didn't turn out like hers, so I ended up covering it all up.  But my polka-dot tulips and house are done with the Caran d'Ache Neocolor 1 crayons ( I love those-I love the way they look over acrylic).  My point is, is that she motivated me into doing something.  I take Dell (my laptop) all over the house with me--she's always by my side.  And I'll turn on Milliande's utube station, and start watching.  I love watching her.  Every once in a while, she'll look up at the camera and smile--you feel like she's in the room with you.  I really am grateful for all the time that she's taken to do all of these January art journaling videos.  She even has a link for each video of the supplies that she uses, and also if you have any questions--she's there to help you.  What a generous lady she is!  In one of the videos that I watched, she's making her journal page with her daughter Maya.  Her daughter is so cute, and is so proud of her artwork.  You just know that Milliande is encouraging her every step of the way, and at the end of the video, Maya has the biggest smile on her face--they both do!

Milliande encourages ME through these videos, and so has Mystele, Suzi, Sharon, and KC Willis.  And I'm sure by the end of the year, there will be more names added to this list.  I'm doing and learning things that I never thought that I would be able to do.  And it's through these very talented artists/teachers that I've been able to do this,  and I just wanted to say "Thank You"  to them.  And I also wanted to say thank you to all of you for your comments and support--they brighten my day up, and I need it especially at this time of year.

I really feel that my work has grown, and I'm really proud of that.  One reason, is because I received my response from an art show that I apply to every year.  If you do shows, then I'm sure that you're familiar with the "rejection letter" that you can  get when you apply.  This is the way it is--you'll never get into all of the good art shows.  Well, this year I was accepted!! And I know it's because my work is so much better than last year, so another reason to thank all of these ladies for encouraging me!

So today I'm off to the mall and one of my favorite food places (I love food :) Panera Bread.  Is that restaurant nation-wide?  I'm not sure.  All I know is that I love their soup and sandwiches, and of course I'll be bringing home one of my favorites there--a cinnamon crunch bagel!

26 comments:

Debby said...

This is just awesome. I love everything about it.
debby

Tara said...

That's so exciting about your show - I'll love hearing about that, especially as mine is in May! It's so great how you learn from all these artists but your work is always still very definitely your own. :)

Buffy said...

Diane,this is just beautiful,I always love the colors you use,so warm. And how exciting that you got accepted into that art show. I'm so happy for you,and it really takes courage to keep going after you get turned down.

Sherry said...

Diane - this is so beautiful. In my head, this is YOUR style - like the birds w/ the song behind them. It's a great look and unique. You'll do well at the show I'm sure. Make sure you have pics of everything before you leave.

Marilyn Rock said...

This is fantastic! I love it! Congrats on your first show; I know it will be a success because of you and your talent! Thinking of you.....Marilyn xxoo

Jonny said...

Hi Diane, First of all thats funny my husband and I just went to that same restaurant a couple of days ago and he brought home the same bagel you did.Second Congratulations on getting in your art show, your going to have fun making your art for it.Iknow about those rejection letters I got one when I was in my twenties they make you fill like crap. After that when I got my house I decided to host my own art fairs in my yard they did pretty good I had other crafters and artist come I remember my first weekend I painted on old chairs mailboxes and everything and I made 600 dollars that weekend it was fun everyone sold stuff I did it for about 4 summers. But anyway Thank you for sharing, your work is beautiful, My best wishes,Jonny

Janet Ghio said...

Oh Diane
We could just be such good friends if we lived near each other.--I think we have a lot in common. Love your new work influenced by Millande-her videos are great, aren't they. And KC and I have known each other for a long time--love her art and Panera's cinnamon crunch bagel-yum!! my favorite. Have you watched the latest episode of survivor yet? When is your art show??

Betzie said...

This is so exciting Diane! An art show??! WOW....have a wonderful time and I'm sure your art will be a huge hit!!! I will have to check out these videos, am not familiar with this lady. I wish I had more time to do art but my family and dogs keep me so so busy!
I love this new creation, just neat to look at and I so enjoy your work. Thanks for sharing who inspires you! Enjoy the day! betzie xo

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Wow, wow, wow. I haven't had time to check out Milliande's videos yet, but I have her blog bookmarked. I love her blog banner, so thanks for pointing me there.

This piece is simply awesome. I'm so impressed that you give credit to so many artists, but in the end, you were the one who created this simply gorgeous piece. It has your stamp of creativity all over it. I know your art show is going to be a success.

Janny said...

Fabulous!

joanna said...

Congratulations on your show Diane!! How exiting!! let us know when it is :)
You're gonna do great because your work is beautiful!
xoxox

tammy said...

Congratulations on your first show. I haven't done one yet, but that is one of my goals for the year. It takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there, you'll do well. It seems a lot of people get in a bit of a funk at the end of winter. I know I'm in one. It's great to have so many places to turn to for inspiration and learning. Great work.

ShabbyChicShaz said...

I loved this piece when I spied it on Milliande and what a wonderful thank you to her. So glad I've found your blog, so inspirational.

ShabbyChicShaz said...

PS And thank you for your comment on my blog!! :)

BlueRidgeLady said...

Love these pretty journal pages! I love the neo crayons tooo! I am so happy for you, and hope you have great success in the art show! I am so glad you shared the info about the journal videos, I am going to have to check them out! There is nothing quite like the cinnamon crunch bagel from Panera Bread...mmm..mmm..mmm I can taste it now! Have a great weekend!

PiecesofD said...

That piece is absolutely beautiful! Good luck at the show!

itsaworkofart said...

Hi Diane, love all your artwork!! and just wanna wish you all the best for your art show.
Luv : July

Emelie said...

What great interesting writing today, I read it twice, and of course the work is beautiful, and such an enjoyment to come to your blog to see, rad, feel inspired.

I also have made strides in a different look in my art. I am always thankful tho that I can be happy with some of it at the place where I am, if not I couldn't go on not ever being happy.

One thing I learned when I taught watercolor landscapes was that one never knows how much they know until they have to verbalize it to others.

So glad to know you. Emelie

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

How awesome!! Your own art show!
I can't wait to hear all about it!

I agree, I've learned tons from so many talented artists on youtube! It's a great way to watch and learn, especially for me as I'm a visual learner.

Your work is beautiful and I know you'll have great success at your show! Good luck Diane!

sharon said...

Diane...this is so fantastic..I think my favorite!! I love the depth you've created with the crayons over the acrylic, and the colors are so warm, flowers and hearts....happiness! I adoooore it!

Debbie said...

We have a Panera Bread too, and I love it! Great news about the show! You deserve it!

wanda miller said...

i hope you see this...thank you sooo much diane, you just brightened this gloomy, unsunshiny day for me with your comments! i too am taking a lot of class this last year and there are such wonderful persons giving them. yay, for the internet...for so many reasons, such as connecting with the likes of you and your warm lovely personality!...in perusing briefly, here, i am in love with your collage vases with flowers...EXTRAORDINARY...love your other work as well and Congrats on your show!!!!!! xoxo wanda

Pamela Holderman said...

yes we have Panera bread out west too. Yum! thanks for stopping by today. I just got Caran d'Ache so that is great to know about your method. I love your color combinations. Did you glaze over this piece with an umber? just beautiful!

Bobbi Lewin said...

how exciting to be having your first show! congratulations! everyone's going to love your work:)

you know Diane, 2 weeks in a row I've come looking for fattening friday and not a mac and cheese in sight! what's up with that? ;)

Cherry Runway said...

Congratz on your first show! That's so exciting!

Much luck to you!!

LiveArt said...

Awesome and brilliant!!!!

Linda

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