Thursday, April 28, 2011

Around here lately & a Giveaway!!!

i've been missing my blog is busy with baseball, leaving little time for the computer. We spent Easter weekend with my in laws just hanging out at their beautiful cabin home. i love it there!
Here's a little face I did while coloring with my son.

Of course we had to color eggs! I decided to make a humpty dumpty face.
Sadly, he was not put back together again...he was gobbled up with toast and jam.

I was able to squeeze in a little painting time and I really like how she's turning out.
I'm so excited too because I just got 4 new wood panels waiting to be drenched in color!

I was organizing my little studio space and clearing out things I'm not using anymore so I thought I'd pass them on to you! The last 2 photos are a pack of stickers and a stamp set that has never been used. Just leave a comment on this post and I'll pick a winner at random on May 6th!

Now off to put the kids to bed and hopefully watch Vampire Diaries! It's being recorded right now because my hubby is watching the Blazers playoff game.
Wishing you well and Happy!

Monday, April 18, 2011

An interview and one of the many reasons I love Blogging♥

Just one of the many reasons I LOVE blogging is the friendships with amazing people we might not otherwise have had the chance to meet. I was lucky to meet these lovely ladies last summer in London. We met through blogging and they were kind enough to meet up with me for dinner while I was visiting their town. If I had money to spare I would love to visit again. So many places to go and friends to meet. pictured left to right: Concetta, Amelia, and me

Today I want to introduce you to another friend and fellow artist/blogger I met through an online class, Trena Darby.

Trena is sweetheart and a talented artist. She recently asked if I'd be interested in doing an artist interview on her blog and of course I said yes! Thank you Trena for thinking of me!

You can read my interview HERE.

Wishing you all a Happy Week!


Sunday, April 10, 2011

in the stillness...

it's sunday night and the kiddos are asleep or at least they're supposed to be. any moment now one of them is bound to call out for a drink of water. we had a busy busy weekend with baseball for my son and prom night for my daughter. i was itching to paint and finally got a little time today! i've been fighting negative feelings lately about my work as an artist. i was a little stressed about a piece that i donated for a silent auction yesterday wondering if anyone would bid on it and what people would think of it. i knew i just needed to have some creative time and get over it already. a blog friend of mine has a birthday coming up so i decided to paint something for her. i wanted to do something with a bird and a little poem i wrote. i started out collaging bits of paper on a canvas board, then i added broken egg shells to the bottom. i wanted to add a ruffly detail so i cut off the edge of a ruffled blouse i don't wear anymore and adhered it with gel medium. i gessoed over it, added some color, bird, eggs, feather, and my poem. i wrote the words more than once trying not to slant the sentences but my writing always slopes to the left so that's how it will stay. i covered the piece with dorland's wax and left it to dry. i'm so happy i finished in one day! i hope the birthday girl likes it.
the poem reads:

in the stillness of morning
i hear the birds
and i know my voice

i also wanted to share with you these darling birdies that came in the mail the other day. my friend maki has made 1000 birds in an effort to raise funds for japan. if you would like to help maki help japan go HERE for more information.

thank you for visiting me, your comments lift me up and keep me smiling!
Much to love to you,

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Art, friends, and a brownie recipe...

Hello Friends! I have some beautiful local art to share with you!

My friends Judy, Ruth, and I went to an art demo in Portland the other day.

Pictured below is the work of Kristin Fritz. She makes these beautiful pieces using

brown paper grocery bags and walnut ink!

Here's one of her pieces in progress.

Next is the work of Tangie Belmore. Tangie works with collage, raw silk, and cement to create scrumptious textures. Her pieces are really large and it makes me wanna play with a giant canvas. This piece is silk and cement, even more beautiful in person. This is a collage process she was demonstrating. She buys gel medium by they gallon for the size of collage she does.
Here's Ruth, Me, and Judy. Not a very good photo(sorry)

I love spending time with these ladies! They are both Uber talented, fun,

and always inspiring! Be sure to check out their blogs.

Finally I want to share a yummy "semi healthy" brownie recipe!

Black Bean Brownies

1 package Ghiradelli Double Chocolate Brownie Mix(or any mix really)

1 can black beans rinsed and drained

Empty mix into bowl and set aside

Put the rinsed black beans back into the can

and fill it with water til it just covers the beans

pour beans/water into blender and puree

Add bean puree to brownie mix, stir and bake

according to package directions.

After brownies have cooled I like to frost them with homemade chocolate icing.

This may sound a little strange but I promise they are REALLY good and a little healthier than your average brownie. You won't be disappointed. :)

Wishing you all a happy art filled week!

Much Love,