Friday, February 18, 2011


I'm an old fashioned girl at heart...I have been reading Jane Eyre and watching the BBC version. I love the language, the clothes, the order of things. I often think I was born in the wrong time.
I'm swept away with it all.
In Misty Mawn's class she talked about finding what inspires you and painting it. That's what I've been trying to do lately. When I hear a song that touches me or a picture in a magazine, I'm writing it down/cutting it out and saving it for inspiration!
Jane Eyre is the inspiration for the painting I'm sharing here today.
I had so much fun playing with a larger canvas and the easel my husband gave me for Christmas!

I started out just layering images, transfers, and tissue paper.

I wanted to add text from the novel so I wrote a portion of the novel on tissue paper trying to emulate Charlotte Bronte's handwriting and adhered it to the canvas.

Next came Jane♥

Close up of some detail. Before I laid the color down I added some lace under the moth
It's hard to see but I like the way it makes the wings appear so delicate.

I made a miniature piece from a photo I took.

More closeups, I love these partial face pictures.

I really wanted a few photos with a part of me in them.

And here is the finished Jane! She's more vibrant in person, I didn't have good lighting for this one. After finally finishing this piece I felt a bit drained. I've been kind of a slug the last couple of days. Anyone else ever feel like that after finishing a piece of art? I'm trying to get back on track today, I've got to stop eating M&M's and exercise. It's pouring down rain here but I've got some good music playing to lift my mood.

Wishing you Happiness Today and Always!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

One World One Heart 2011 Winner!!!

Happy Day Fellow Bloggers! I really can't believe it's already February 17th, which means it's time to pick a winner for OWOH!!! I used the random number generator for the first time and the lucky lady is...(insert drumroll here)
Lezlei Ann Young, a mixed media artist and doll maker extraordinaire!
Thank you for being a part of this event Lezlei, I'm sending you an email to get
your address. :)

I did not have a chance to visit all the blogs since I've been crazy busy with Misty Mawn's class. The table and the floor where I've been working is a huge mess. I am a messy artist.
Today will be clean up day. I'm so looking forward to warmer weather so I can move my art mess back into my garage studio. It's just been too cold out there to play.

I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who came to visit me and follow my little blog during this wonderful event! Your visits and words of kindness bring me so much happiness!

I also want to say a big thank you to Micki Wilde, I'm the lucky winner of one of her OWOH giveaways! Totally made my day!

Much Love,

Monday, February 7, 2011

A painting from start to finish...

It's Monday night. Dinner's on the stove, kids are doing homework, and I'm winding down with a little computer time. To all who've come to visit me for OWOH I say, "Thank you!!!" I really love making new friends. I'm slowly trying to visit everyone without ignoring my family too much. It may take me til the 17th to make it around the world. :)
I thought it would be fun to share the progression of one my recent paintings. The original just sold to a lovely lady in Seattle! If you're interested in being entered in my giveaway to receive a print of this painting you can leave a comment on the previous post HERE.

She started out with pencil

Here comes some paint

I messed up her mouth, so I covered it and started again.

Adding details and color

Some written words

a button from my dear grandmother's collection and the
#8 on her blouse because it's my lucky number

I will miss her now that she's flying off to Seattle, but I know she will be loved
in her new home.

Sending you love from Oregon,