Sunday, February 6, 2011

I'm Happy For 2 Reasons

Before  I  start  this  post--OWOH--amazing!!   I wish  this  wasn't  the  last  year--I am  blown  away  by  all  the  countless  numbers  of  creative  people  that  are  out  there,  that  I  never  would  have  met--amazing!!    And  I thank  everyone  for  visiting  me.   If  you  want  to  go  to  my  OWOH  post,  it's  directly  below  this  one  or  it's  at  the  top  of  my  sidebar.

Okay--now--the  first  reason  why  I'm  happy!   I  get  to  play  with  my  papers  that  I  painted    all  last  month.   Now  that  it's  February,  I  start  thinking  about  making  pieces  for  my  art  shows  this  year.  I  made  a  decision  to  cut  back  on  my  shows,  so  my  first  one  won't  be  until  the  summer,  which  I'm  very  happy  about.   Now  I  can  take  time  to  create  art  as  opposed  to  feeling   like  I  have to  produce  it  in  numbers--you  know,  just  enjoying  the  process  of  art-making.

And  I  have  so  many  papers  in  different  colors,  I  wasn't  sure  which  ones  to  use.  So  I  decided  to  go  with  colors  that  I  normally  don't  use.  

Deep  Blues,  Magenta,  Deep  Greens,  and  Golds--although  the  gold  or  yellow  ochre I  use  ALL  the time--I  just  love  the  way  these  turned  out!



















And  I  still  have  a  whole  bunch  of  papers  left  too!!

                                                        

And  the  2nd  reason  why  I'm  happy?   Well,  look  at  what       was  delivered  to  my  house  last  Monday--

                           Pam  Carriker's  new  book!  And  just  like  the  name  implies--that's  what  it's  main  purpose  is--how  to  fit   art  into  your  life  everyday  no matter  how  hectic  life  may  seem  to  be  at  times.  There  are  many  well-known  mixed  media  artists  featured  in  the  book,  and  not  only  do  they  show  step-by-step  instructions  of  their  art work--plus  Pam's  version of  their  art  also,  but  also  they  explain  how  they  make  art  fit   into  their  busy  lives  with  some  great  tips!   And  they  also  explain  how  their  art  helps  them  with  other  parts  of  their  life.   I  really  enjoy  knowing  about  my  favorite  artists--up  close  and  personal. 

So,  I  have  to  say  that  this  is  fast-becoming  one  of  my  favorite  art  books,  and  believe  me  I  have  alot---I  know  that  any  artist  would  love  this  book!

74 comments:

NEEDLEWINGS said...

Well I am happy for a 3rd reason! I see that you won on Lisa's Blogiversary. Lucky, lucky you! http://llcreations.blogspot.com/

Janine said...

Love what you have done with your papers! So when are you going to offer a class?

Brenda said...

I love this! Oh, and I have that book on my wish list on Amazon - sounds like a must have.

Ro Bruhn said...

Love your pieces of art, they're fabulous.

rachel awes said...

oh my goodness.
your singing IS tall,
like that bird.
& you are spreading
such sunshine.
a paper paradise.
~
& pam's book looks amazing.
oh diane, what a
beautiful life
you are making.
xox

Bren said...

These new creations are going to flying out the door! You've certainly made these colours work with your unique artistic flavour, love them.

Buffy said...

Beautiful Diane,love those colors. And I'm happy that you get to just relax and make art and not worry about how much art you make,that probably takes the fun out of it. Now I have to go and buy pams new book and make me happy.

Marlene said...

Amazing work, I love them all and the colors are terrific!

Terri said...

Loved it! Glad you ventured into colors you don't normally used. Really Terrific!

Janet Ghio said...

I love your new piece Dianne!!. OWOH is amazing. I am up to #401 and that's moving very fast. I wanted to try to get to all and then go back more slowly to really elook. I also received that book in the mail just yesterday!!

Diane Costanza said...

I'm loving the brighter colors! Your work is amazing. I love mixed media for the calm it produces in me. My more realistic art is more of a strain to get it right. Mixed media is about the process. I love it!

Diane

roc said...

what wonderful artwork!

Whimsical Folk Art Blog said...

These look great!

Rebecca Anthony said...

Good for you Diane, I can't wait to see more things you create. These are gorgeous!! Oh and that book is one I must find, I love Art Books!! I am happy for you!! Enjoy creating(O:

Juls said...

wow wow wow!!!!!!!!!! I do always love your work!!! this creation is gorgeous!!! I love the birght colours the images...and just the sheer gloss and shine!!! Love the lettering too!!!

enjoy reading and using your new book! Hugs Juls

Cathy Bueti said...

Diane I just bought this book a couple of days ago and it is great!!! I love it! I smiled when I scrolled down and saw it in your post! I know already it will be a great resource for me. The projects are great and it is filled with inspiration!

Love these new pieces! Beautiful work as always! Love the new colors you are using.

Thanks for your comment on my nyc pictures. I know what you mean. . . .I couldn't live in the city either! I am glad that i live in the suburbs and can drive in when I want. :)

Micki said...

I love your creations. I will have to get that book...It really looks great.
Micki

Luthien Thye said...

no one can use colors like you!! that piece is just fascinating ... i was just feasting on the colors!!! you're right ... sometimes ... you must make art for yourself ;)

Mike said...

Great colors Diane : ) Your stuff always makes me smile.

Dorthe said...

Dear Diane,
Love the art you made for yourself :) the big colours are so screaming: happiness- and they are all fantastic together.
I have been considering Pam`s book--and - !!!!!!!
Happy sunday evening dear Diane.
Hugs,Dorthe

Tammie Lee said...

sounds and looks as though you are having a wonderful time! Yea. your art is charming and lively. Have a wonderful time with your new found book.

Ellie said...

I love your new piece. It's beautiful and I love the colors you used!! Enjoy your new book, I'll need to check it out.

Tam Hess said...

Those are some really good reasons to be happy! I want that book, I want your art! The colors and compostion are amazing. You rock! :)

Patti said...

I love the pieces you've done - they are fabulous! The colors are so great together - it can be fun and surprising to use a new palette. I'd like to know more about how you paint paper... I layer sheets with textures and colors to cut out and use for petals, whatever, but I'm always interested in new processes. However you do it, it's amazing!

Poetic Artist said...

I just came across your blog..I love the colors you use and your work. Glad I found you and your blog.

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

So pretty. I LOVE you long legged birdie! And I can't wait to get my hands on Pam's book. :) Happy Sunday!!

Alexandriaweb said...

Oh wow, that is just so inspiring!

claire barone art said...

nesselysGOSH YOUR ART LOOKS LIKE SO MUCH FUN IT REALLY COMES ACROSS IN YOUR ART THAT YOU ARE HAPPY.... THAT BOOK LOOKS FANTASTIC WILL HAVE TO GET IT , KEEP HAVING FUN LOVE CLAIRE XX

Jacqueline said...

You are inspiring with all this lovely art!

Leila West said...

Well, for colors you don't normally use, you sure rocked them! I love what you've created, you are truly inspiring with your art :-))

Cameron said...

That piece is just beyond gorgeous!!
It makes me happy just looking at it!

So glad OWOH brought me here....so now I can come back and smile often :)

Theresa said...

Love!!! Got the "Pam" book too and am really enjoying it!

Marilyn Rock said...

Diane! Love, love, love your art with your beautiful papers! Luscious! Also; I received Pam's book, too, this week and scanned it and, going through it, front to back is on my agenda for later this week. It looks terrific! Enjoy it! xxoo

Lorraine said...

what a superb collaged canvas that is..love the colours on it..and that book looks great think I will have to add to the million and one mixed media books I have..lol

Nancy said...

Your pieces are gorgeous...love your new color pallet.....and glad you are going to be able to enjoy making your art with fewer shows on your schedule.....

I can't wait to get this book....looks great.

Lynn said...

Beautiful work...glad your life is going at a pace you are happy with. Enjoy the ride.

Kelly Berkey said...

hi diane,
first your papers are amazing, your color combinations are amazing, your art is amazing!
now that we got that out of the way, i need to come over and paint paper with you and figure out how you put such wonderful combinations together!
have a great week, glad to hear you are taking time off to create, though i think you are one of those women who never sleep! ha-ha.
xo kelly

Heather said...

I love these new pieces! Beautiful! I just ordered Pam's book last night on Amazon. I can't wait to get it!!

Jenny Lee Wentworth said...

I love your birdies and your papers are gorgeous! I Love Pam's portraits, can't wait to get this book! Happy Art Making my friend!
Much Love,
Jenny

Isabel said...

So LOVE your new art:O) And the colors are great!!!!:O) Have an awesome week

Erin Butson said...

Diane, These are gorgeous! You're making me want to make papers. I just got the email that my copy of Pam's book has shipped. I got so excited. Can't wait to see what else you will make...

Sue M said...

Just discovered your blog when I followed a link from your comment on Patti's blog. Glad to have found you - your work is amazing.

CreativSpirit said...

Hi Dianne, I am just here having a look around after coming via OWOH. I have only got to this post before I need to make another comment, I absolutely love this mosaic with the sun and bird. Now I'm off to look for your art journals.

Jenny Blair said...

oooh, I just love your birdies, especially the yellow one. Just gorgeous! Wonderful paper you have incorporated too..your pieces are always such a feast to the eyes :)x

Tara @ Aquamarine Art said...

I love the colours in that piece, and I have just bought that book too! Haven't got very far with it yet, but you can just tell when you're going to love I a book I think...

Betzie said...

Love your art Diane as always...so happy like you! Great colors too!!
I love art books...that looks like a great one! Will have to run over and check it out on Amazon! xo

Janny said...

I am waiting for the book to be diliverd;o) I really like your work and the colours you used, it's in harmony!

Katrina said...

Diane your pieces are beautiful!!

I always enjoy checking out your blog and I'll definitely check out that book, looks interesting.
All the best xx

kluless said...

I love these colors and the birdie (of course!). The book just went on my list. It sounds great!

sharon said...

Great pieces Diane, so lively and colorful!
Thanks for the book tip...looks great!

Michele from Pipi La La said...

Wow...you are SO very clever! Your imagination is huge!

I LOVE Pam's new book! So inspiring and just lovely to look at and read. ☺

Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog! ♥

Lovey said...

Oh happy days!!!

JoMo said...

In love with your new piece, delicious!
Cheers,
Jo

Valerie said...

Diane, The colors and patterns are fantastic, and the composition sings! I got a sneak peak of the book from Paulette. It is beautiful, a great how to with lots of good pictures.

Ophelia said...

Your piece is so gorgeous!!!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

This book looks amazing! And I love the art you've created this week! I LOVE OWOH and this is my 3rd year to participate! I've met so many amazing and creative people! ♥

Tammy said...

Ah these are beautiful! The new book sounds great too. I'll have to look for it next time I go to Barnes & Noble. Your art is always so inspirational.

Elizabeth Parsons said...

love your funky style and your color palatte! thanks for stopping by!
Elizabeth

joyfulploys said...

Diane...I love those deep colors, I call them jewel tones. Just doing art for the fun of it is best sometimes...I love where you have been going with your art...I dig that long-legged birdie!
Cheers,
Mary

Lesley said...

Beautiful art. I've just stumbled onto your blog and wanted to say just how wonderful and inspiring your work is.
Lesley

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Wow, Diane. You have really made my night. I know I'm late getting here, but I saw the first photo on my sidebar and the beauty of the papers just drew me here. I like what you are doing with these, too.


I hope to see that new Pam Carriker book soon. I've heard so much about it already. I can't wait to see how you apply it in your own schedule and your own art.

Teressa Thompson said...

Beautiful!

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Hi Diane, so happy to hear you're having so much fun with OWOH! That's great news. :) I absolutely love these creations - so cheery and very bright! I've been wanting that book, as well. It currently resides on my amazon wish list. :) Theresa

pammyjo said...

These pieces of art are creative jewels. Love love love the colors and they are wonderfully creative. :) Love stopping by.

Artist Terri Smith said...

Wow Diane..This Was One Of The Best Posts Ever! I'm Falling In Love With Your Work! It's Truly..Seriously Good! And Thanks For The HeadsUp On Pam Carriker's Book. I Love Exploring New Artists. And Girl..Since You Said You'd Be Visiting A Blick Arts Material Store Soon..You Best Get Ready To "Trance Out" In There. I Ended Up Spending Over Three Hours Wondering The Isles! It Was Like Christmas All Over Again! Hugs From The Peach State, Terri

Tumbleweed Trails said...

Ahh, your work is beautiful. I love all of the vibrant colors. Everything you mkae is irresistible. I'm glad your book arrived so you can enjoy what awaits within.
Jody

Marlynn said...

Your papers are scrumptious!! You know how to do "color" - ready for Survivor?? Boston Rob and Russell, my oh my!! LOL

An'Angelia Thompson said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! LOVE this post and the long, narrow format of your yummy artwork! Don't be a stranger :o)

Dawn said...

Your creations with your papers are heavenly Diane, they are so vibrant and fresh.

I too have got Art at the Speed of Life and cant wait to delve in to it - I gave it to a friend to read 1st as she is going through hard times at the moment and couldn't afford to buy it yet.

I agree that OWOH allow us to meet some wonderful people, hey without it I would not have met YOU!!!

Kathy said...

Hi Diane...these are beautiful!

Bright blessings,
Kathy

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

You've made this book sound soooo tempting! As you know, I just got a box full of books so this may be on my birthday list. Your new colors on the painting look just great! I love them.

Deb Harvey said...

I love your new pieces, Diane! Gorgeous color!!!

The book looks very interesting; I'm going to have to check it out. It's fun to read about other Artists.

Thank you for visiting! I hope you have an amazing Birthday!!!
Deb

Lesley said...

Stunning Art!
Lesley x

Tracy Verdugo said...

Hi Diane...I love this post and your work is so vibrant and beautiful and I think I discovered Pam's book and Youtube videos while browsing your blog the other day so thank you for that too! Now all I have to do today is be disciplined enough to sit down and write a 2500 word essay instead of playing with my paints!
hugs from Australia
Tracy x

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