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Friday, May 23, 2008

Happy Birthday, Sandy!!

My sister-in-law's birthday is this Sunday. She just loves her "fur baby". I made this 5x5 inch stretched canvas for her.
The base is Lumiere paint. "Casey" is stamped in white acrylic paint. The crown is grungeboard and painted with a silver Krylon pen and then I lightly rubbed the blue Lumiere paint over the swirls. The words and photo of Casey are laser print copies. I sealed the entire canvas with 3 light coats of Super Seal (aka PYMII) [this sealer is truly fabulous! UV protection, water protection, dirt and fingerprint protection!!] The frame is a mail-ordered canvas metal frame. They are awesome!!! Give the canvas such a finished look!!!
I think she'll get a kick out of it!! :)
Have a wonderful weekend!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

I made it in!!!

I'm so excited!! All 3 of the entries I submitted to our little local Art Show made it! :) :)
I made a last minute decision to replace one of the pieces with this one:

I submitted this print instead of the dark blue/purple one. (This photo stinks, too... but, you get the general idea..... at least I kept my hand out of this picture!!!!) The dark blue/purple print was just a little too dark..... I need to define the leaves more. The print above is much prettier in person. There is significant color shifting and shimmer when you walk by the piece. Maybe I need to take little mini video clips of these pieces instead of still photos???!!!


Anywho, just wanted to pass along the good news!
Yippie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Trying to Get 3 Pieces Into our Local Art Show

Here are 3 pieces that I'm trying to get into our local Art Show. I have to take them in to be juried on Saturday. The show is only 1 week and just for artists in our town. They are all framed 8x10 with a 5x7 opening.
I hesitated posting these because they photograph so HORRIBLY!!! If anyone out there has any tips for trying to photograph iridescent and two-tone mediums, I'd appreciate it!!
The flower piece has been shown here before unframed. It photographed well, I'm sure, because of the non-glare glass. The other 2 are covered in acrylic (extra glare) AND are very shimmery - double whammy.
They really are much prettier in person!
We'll see if any of them make it! :)
Flower prints. (Osteospurnum, to be exact) Canvas board with Color Mists and acrylic paint.
Grape leaf prints. Starburst Stains, Moon Glow Shadow Mists, and acrylic paint on watercolor paper.
Grape leaf prints. Starburst Stains, Color Mists, and Lumiere and "regular" acrylic paint.
Nice picture of me taking the picture......yes?!?? :)

11x14 Paper Collage on Stretched Canvas

She's aliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiive!!!!

Yes, I'm still here. It has been "Fast and Furious" lately. End of school is roaring towards us like an unmanned freight train! Whew!!
I have been able to sneak in some art here and there. I have had a couple of "play dates" with my Mom and her friend, Anita. We have had some fun acrylic paint sessions. Mom and Anita are watercolorists normally and have really been enjoying some of the "freedoms" of the acrylic medium! :)
I dabbled around with staining some papers (a la Carrie Burns Brown) and actually completed a collage piece. It is an 11x14 inch stretched canvas. Base layer of acrylic glazes and then 2 layers of the stained papers over that. Sealed with Satin Medium and Creative Imaginations Super Seal (aka PYMII). The diamond-shaped 3D embellishment is a UTEE tile that I made quite a while ago. [Yay! I used something I made!! :) :)]
I painted the wooden frame with 2 layers of acrylic paint. (custom color a la Susan) :)
If you have not seen any of Carrie Burns Brown's work, I highly recommend her DVD!!! She has a wonderful sense of color and composition.
I may enter this in the fair this year.......