So this was a birthday present to myself--my birthday was in February, but better late than never--
I purchased this from the most talented Lisa Lectura. She posted it on her blog back in December, and as soon as I saw it, I knew that I wanted it for my little art room that I was making over. She has an Etsy store, and she customizes also, and if you're familiar with her work, you know she also paints wonderful angels, and other mixed media pieces. I love her very creative blog.
So speaking of my art room--I won't call it a studio--it's just too small. I wanted to show you around a little bit. First, this is where I do most of my work--
Believe me, this table is usually a happy mess, but I knew "company" was coming, so I cleaned it up. And see the paintings on the wall?-those are Julie Ann's amazing angels--if you go to her blog (just click on her name), at the top, it says free angel images that she is so generous in sharing, and that is where these came from. I just downloaded them and put them on canvases--thank you so much again, Julie! She's also opened up a new ning site--Whimsical Art Academy.
And then we have the other side of the room--keep in mind this is a very small room--
I love my collection of faces--I have them all over the house.
And this is my Elizabeth with color. Why am I not satisfied with this?! Two months ago, I would have been ecstatic--I guess this means that I'm pushing myself. This is a good thing--
And on this wall here is my ever-growing collection of art--
Some is mine, and the other pieces are from various artists. There are 2 reasons for this--the first one, of course is I just want to be surrounded by art, and the other reason is to cover up the cracks in the plaster. This poor room is in such need to be replastered. I complain about this house alot with all of its problems. And sometimes I feel that I live in a sardine can, because the houses are so close together (when I open up the windows in the summer, I can hear all the gossip going on from my neighbors who sit on their porches across the street--that's how close these houses are) but I could never leave it--it's part of the family .
We've lived here since 1981, and this room was a bedroom to one of my kids at one time or another. With 5 kids, it's hard to have your own room, but this room is so small, that only one could fit in it, so who ever had it--liked it alot!
And there's another reason why I'm so attached to this house. This is the house that I grew up in until I moved out when I was 19, and THIS was my bedroom the whole time that I lived here with my family. So if you would have told me 40 years ago, that I would be coming back, and raising a family here, and in the end, turn my bedroom into an ART ROOM?!--well, you would have knocked me over with a feather!!