Yes we've still been busy here on the go every day--had to hit the stores after Christmas (sales are too good to pass up), visiting family, and yesterday we were here--
in Cleveland at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We always go here every couple of years, and they're in the process of re-designing it, and the changes are good. I like the way they span over the years, (from the 50's till now), but mix them together to keep the interest of any age group. And they always have the top 2 floors (the peak part--it's so neat inside--picture taking, not allowed) dedicated to one artist for about 6 months or so. This time, as you can see, it's Bruce Springsteen--not a big fan of his--sorry. It's a very interesting place even if you're not a big rock and roll fan--but we are--so we love it!
BTW--look at the snow--hardly any--what's with that? I think they're the only place that didn't get that much.
BUT.....I've been able to make a little time for art. Here's a sneak peek--
And one more thing--a couple of people wanted to know more about the blog book. You can go here to find out more. I'm so glad that they offer this. It's so great to have an actual book to see all of the work that you put in to making your blog, and what a great item to pass down to your family.
First of all I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. We sure did, but I must say that I'm a bit exhausted.
And now let me talk about my favorite Christmas present. I've mentioned in passing ever since I first found about this, that I would really like it, but I didn't think that anyone was really listening.........but you know what? they were!
My Art Journal blog in a book.........published!!
And this is page 1--
And then when you turn the page, you'll come to the table of contents--
And it continues on for a total of 359 more pages.
Is this not the best!! I can flip through actual pages of a journal that was created by me and no one else. So although I did not make an actual art journal in 2010-- I really did! And now when I'm doing something in my room and want to re-create a technique that I did on my blog, I'll have this source of reference right at my fingertips. This is volume 1--it covers the first complete year of my blogging--here's hoping that there will be many more volumes to come. I would advise anyone to get this--it's great!!
And now that all of the gift giving has come to an end, I can show you a couple of presents that I gave to my daughter and son-in-law. I didn't want to put these on my blog before--just in case anyone in the family saw them.
The first one was created by Rebecca from Penny Lane Ink. If you're not familiar with her art, then you must go to her blog and view it!
This is Marc, Jen and of course---Bob! Along with her very cool art, she also does custom portraits in her very unique style. You can find out about it at her Etsy shop.
And speaking of Bob, look at what he gave his Mom for Christmas--
He contacted Kelly after he saw the beautiful pendants that she made me. He knew that his Mom would love this. Kelly will make these personalized pendants for anyone--and all you have to do is go to her Etsy shop as well. The wonders of today's technology--all I had to is email these photos to Rebecca and Kelly. So it goes without saying that Jen and Marc really loved their Christmas presents!
And there's one more thing that I wanted to talk about--Lovey! She was guest curator at Crescendoh.com this last week, and each day she featured 2 blogs. Well today, mine was one of the blogs that she featured. I just want to thank this special lady for including me with all of the other very creative blogs that she featured--seriously-- these are all wonderful artists. And I want to congratulate Lovey for being published in the latest issue of Sew Somerset--her art is as special as she is!
Yesterday we put up our Christmas tree!! We always wait about a week before to do this, mainly because we use a real tree (much under the protest of my husband, but sorry--majority rules), and I just like to wait--I love the feeling a Christmas tree brings, and I don't want to lose it by putting it up too soon.
And through the years, I've accumulated MANY ornaments with sentimental value to them, but there's no way that they'll all fit on one tree, so I have to just pick my favorites, and what else would that be, but the ones that my kids made for me when they were children in school. And out of this group, I have to choose which ones I want to hang. So let me formally introduce you to my kids from oldest to youngest.
This is Scott--
I'm not sure, but I think he was in 4th grade here. As you can see, he made this very clever wreath made out of yarn. : ) He's now 34.
And then there's Nick--
I'm pretty sure this is a reindeer face (see the red nose?) --so he's the reindeer. It's 1988 so this would put him in 4th grade. I've talked about Nick before on my blog--he's now 32.
And now, here's Lisa (the sassy one of the family)--
This cute little heart is from 1987-- would put her in first grade. And she's now 29.
And next is Jen--
On this Christmas tree!! And she is in Kindergarten here. She's now 27.
And finally, my favorite ornament on the whole tree--John's
So let me explain a little bit about this one. As you can see, this Kindergarten photo session was not a pleasant experience for him. (in the actual photo, his nose is red from the tears). But I didn't have the heart to make him go for a retake, because the first time was so traumatic for him. And to this day, we have no idea why, including John. So when Christmas time came around, the teacher got out all of the students' class photos so they could make their ornaments for their parents. And when he gave this to me on Christmas morning, he was so proud and happy of his present--his first one that he made all by himself and wrapped it too. And I was very proud and happy to hang it on the tree (and still am)! And this baby of the family is now 23!
So here they all are last year on Christmas Eve in front of their red felt stockings with their names in glitter that they each received the year they were born--
They would be so mad if I didn't hang these stockings every year. It's their favorite part of Christmas--yes Santa still fills them every Christmas.
I still can't believe that they let me take this Brady Bunch pic!!
Love this Santa and Angel--nice and tall--at least 12 inches high.
My husband is a longtime devoted Cleveland Brown fan!
So these are just the tip of the iceberg--there's more waiting to come out---yes, I'm still decorating my house. You see the problem is my house itself--its' been so neglected (I really feel bad for it) I'm trying to clean as I go, and that's what's taking me so long. I keep thinking--why clean it--it's just going to get dirty again--so it's taking me a looooong time.
But before I get back to my house, I want to make sure that I thank Theresa for adding me to her Etsy treasury--this is so cool Theresa!!
And also, you may have noticed on my sidebar the One World One Heart Event Button. I didn't participate last year, but I sure am this year--a wonderful way to meet bloggers all over the world, because this event is Huge. So go check it out here--2011 will be the last year for it.
So still no new art but I do have more art that I can share with you, just not my own . To start, I collect Santas, and every year I'll acquire a new one, and this year I found one from one of my favorite bloggers--Heather from Audrey Eclectic--
Don't you just love him?! I've been trying to get out my other Santas for the Holiday season, and at the rate I'm going, I'll be finished decorating sometime in January--maybe even February. I'll start decorating the house, and then I'll get side-tracked, but I'm working on it. Back to Heather's Santa---he most definitely belongs here, and when he meets the other Santas, he'll feel right at home. Make sure to go visit Heather--if you've never been to her blog, then you're in for a treat.
I've already framed it and this piece titled "Circus Day" is ready to be hung in my studio. I can't get over the talent and creativity that Sharon has! You can see more of her very unique artwork at All Norah's Art and also her Etsy shop, where she also offers digital collage sheets that she's made--pure eye candy.
And in my last post I showed you Mandy's piece that I won--the beautiful bird, which is a lino cut. Well, she's having another giveaway this month of one of her prints, and yes I'm entering again--her work is amazing--just take a look at her Etsy shop! And you can go here for her giveaway.
Plus, I've added a new item to my Etsy shop. Last week I had my first sale (thanks Debby!) It was my Hippie necklace, so I'm putting a new one in my store. This one's a bit different than the last one--
It's on a linked glass bead necklace that attaches in the front with a toggle clasp. This little Hippie girl and her friend on the reverse side sure are getting around. I can't wait until everything calms down so I can explore the jewelry -making world more. And remember--everything in my Etsy shop is 15% off--the code word is CHRISTMAS.
And one more thing.....Thank You Ansota for this....
I like this--I'm a Stylish Blogger--Cool!!
So I better get back to my decorating and wrapping presents, and hopefully a little art time too!
I really haven't had much time for art lately, and what little time that I do have has been going to a project that I'm working on. But I don't really want to talk about it until all is said and done.
However, I still wanted to share some art with you--other people's. I've actually won a couple more giveaways a while back, but I haven't had time to do anything with them yet......till now. And I feel that they need a little air time along with their creators.
This first one I won from Mandy from Bijou's Whimsy. This is an original, and it's so wonderful in person, and fits in so well in my art room.
I love the detail in this piece. Mandy is so talented--make sure you visit her blog to see more!
And the next one is so fun. It's from Gloria from Viva La Vida. This summer she challenged herself to create a face a day for 40 days straight. Women of the Unibrow (love it!) She's a big Frida fan. Each lady had a story and she related each of their story in first person. There were times when she was struggling a bit with this challenge, but she pushed on, and finished it (6 days early actually! And now she has this wonderful and colorful collection of lovely ladies, each with their own personality, but with one thing in common--their unibrow! So when she was finished, she gave away 8 (I believe) prints of them, and the winners had their choice. I chose Tween--I love her and her attitude!
So of course, you must go over and visit Gloria's blog, and see the rest of the ladies--just one thing----Gloria where are your ladies?! The other day when I was there, they were in a slide show on your sidebar, but now I can't find them : ( BTW, not only is she a talented artist, she also has a way with food--I know this by just the way she talks about her cooking. I want her to cook for me!
So now, these neglected pieces are finally in their home just hanging out with the rest of the art world that happens to be in my studio--
Look at how my wall of art is growing!!
Okay, now I have to talk about Zinnia again who started Roses On My Table. I talked about this ning group before--I can't recommend it enough, and the R.A.I.L. group there is excellent! Well Zinnia also has a you tube channel, where she is very generous in sharing her art techniques. The one she put up last week was all about sketching a face. But the way she breaks it down is so good. This is so perfect for the beginner or anyone for that matter. She starts out by saying that the human face is just a bunch of circles--it's magical how she transforms these circles! And check out how she shades with the paper stump and highlights with the kneaded eraser--I love it.
Thank you Zinnia for this video!!
P.S. There's also a Part 2 to this video--go check it out.
P.S. P.S. Oh yeah, and there's an added bonus--very cool music!
I want to thank everyone for helping me celebrate my first year anniversary by entering my giveaway--this is such a great community! I wish I could give you all something. I enjoy giving my art to people, and knowing that it's traveling to other parts of the country or even beyond, so....
It only took me 5 days longer than I thought it would, but I did it all by myself with a little help from the most wonderful Theresa from Faerie Moon Creations. Look Theresa--I did it and it was without my son telling me how to do it.
So right now it's a very small shop with only 5 items, but it's a start....right? I kind of forgot how busy this month can get. I've been Christmas shopping for the last 3 days straight--I gotta big list, but I really do enjoy this whole Christmas thing.
But I was able to make 2 new pieces for my shop (how cool--I have a shop now!) They're on 4 x 12 canvases, and I'm so happy with them--
I just had fun with painting faces and collaging papers and combining my two favorites--faces and houses with some hearts thrown in of course.
So to get to my Etsy shop all you have to do is go to my sidebar and you'll see the link. I'm so proud of that--Theresa told me what to do : )