Tuesday, August 31, 2010

My Somerset Studio COVER!

Here is the cover art I have been so excited to share with you! Available now on the Somerset website and in stores in a day or two. I wrote an article on my techniques and shared with the readers a little bit about me and my inspirations. I have a limited number of prints available to purchase CLICK hERE . These are professional mini prints, they will look great framed or maybe add to your fall art projects. I will scrapbook my print FOR SURE :)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Monday Morning update-

The weather is hot and sticky here, I'm ready for the cool breeze of fall. I worked on this fall piece Sunday. It is a large 12x24 wood piece. I did a run through of my setup for art in the park.....praying for nice weather....maybe a break in the heat???? This piece will go with me, It has a girl....who may end up an angel. I pieced pumpkins with print paper. The landscape is a combo of photo image paper, paint and stencil leaves. I will probably inscribe something on the hills, just not sure what as of right now.

We have a stray cat who has decided to make his home in my garage. I guess he likes the food that appears in his bowl every morning. He is very friendly, I think he must have been dumped in our neighborhood. I am going to neuter him and fix him up. Hopefully we can find him a good home. I have three lady cats, I'm sure they will not appreciate this Casanova invading their space.
I can't wait for the fall issue of Somerset Studio to hit the stands! I am still so excited about being on the cover! I ordered 5x5 prints (just a few) of my cover art. They will be available in my shops soon. I am still waiting on my original pieces to come back from CA. I'm not sure if I will offer those for sale. If you are interested, contact me and I will let you know when I decide.
I hope everyone has a great week!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Peace on Mother Earth

This week I finished an angel. It is an 11x14 hard canvas, encaustic. It started as a Christmas Angel but finished as more of an earth angel. Her banner reads "Peace on earth...Love to all" Long chestnut hair and brown eyes. This is a weathered blue, with creams and walnut distress. Her dress is grass green and bookprint leaves fall all around her. The paint circles are peace signs.

This piece will go to an art fair first and maybe a local gallery. If you are interested contact me thru ETSY or email....I'm easy to find :) Click here to find my ETSY store

Friday, August 27, 2010

On the COVER!!!

This has been a crazy week, but the hi light was going down to the mailbox and seeing this!!! (I was going to wait to show the cover until Somerset had it up on their website, but I have already seen other people posting it online. When they have it up I will take better pictures and show them.) The South-End Girls are now cover girls! I had no idea and it was a total shock! I submitted two pieces and wrote an article they are on page 48. I LOVE Halloween and to have my artwork on the cover of this incredible publication is a dream come true. I still can't believe it.
I want to thank everyone for the intrest in my "Hope is Faith" painting. It is sold ~~THank YoU~~

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Hope is FAITH

Because you asked, and I feel better about this piece, here is a full photo. It is a large 16x20 hard canvas with 1.5 inch painted sides. Lots of layers and texture. I started with layered print paper, tissue patterns and paint. The moon trees (that's what I call them) are print paper and vintage doilies. I distressed with paint ink and sanding. Buttons were added and I finished with a coat of beeswax. I have added the text by hand to the bottom. Quote reads "Hope is faith, holding out its hand in the dark" My paper doll was created and also collaged in this piece and covered with wax. Tons of distress. Tons of texture. A little dark, but aren't we all sometimes?

If you are interested in purchasing this piece please feel free to contact me. You can convo/contact me through ETSY. I will wait to list this after my fall art shows if I still have it available. Click here to go to my store.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Good Morning!

Just a quick post to say THANK YOU to Vickie over at Graceful Moments blog for featuring one of my favorite paintings "Dream" Thank you so much! This is available for purchase for just a short time, it is one of the pieces going to an art show with me the first week of September and after that.......it may be gone :0) I love her sock feet, it is my favorite part of this piece. Click here to grab her up and add her to your collection!
Thank you for the comments on my dreary post yesterday, I finished my troubled painting and covered it in beeswax. I won't say I love it, but I'm I'm glad its done, time to move on. Have a great day!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Hope is FAITH.....

Here is the painting I have been struggling with for weeks. Not my best, and not my favorite. I have re- painted this three or four times, and now I am just calling it quits. I wanted to do something dark, like night. I found this quote "Hope is faith holding it's hand out in the dark"....... I love it, I pictured a flower peeking out through the dark forest floor. Nothing was working so the next idea...... I thought about a butterfly, like a bit of color in a dark surrounding. Maybe..... I tried to work it without a girl.... with a girl. Girl stays- add a butterfly. Tried of trying. Sums up my summer. I am going to cover this in wax, its dark and dirty. My poor girl looks tired and ragged......looks like how I feel. Maybe if I finish this up and move on I will feel better :) UGH! Monday morning.
On a lighter note, I saw Eat, Pray Love, it was ok. I did not expect much. The movie never compares to the book. I was surprised of the change up in the stories. I liked it though.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

eat pray love

eat pray love
Originally uploaded by flickposter
I finished the book last night! I think we will see the movie tonight for our date night. I cant wait to see who plays the characters. That is always fun for me, to see who is the actor they chose to play the character, and how do they compare to my minds vision. Did you like the book? Let me know your thoughts, I am still deciding. I know there are several places I want to go back and re-read. Liz, has some very profound words, thoughts and paragraphs I need to write down, to keep in mind :)

Have a great weekend!

Friday, August 20, 2010


I'm trying to finish EAT, PRAY,LOVE so this will be quick.

I'm still working on the same piece that has stalled me :(
This painting may be going to the trash can soon. I felt I needed to create something dark and now I'm just stuck.

I listed more prints that I have just neglected to re-list for a while so they may be new to you. You can find them in my ETSY store. If you want free shipping grab the code and check out my Artfire store! Purchase an original in my ARTfire shop and you will get free U.S. shipping.....great deal! My new Halloween collages are in my shop until Sept 11. After that, I am doing an art show and they will go with me.

I hope you all have a great weekend! I'm trying to learn to meditate, I just finished India.......now on to Indonesia :)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Summer Wind...

The Summer Wind...
Originally uploaded by michaelab311
... came blowin in - from across the sea
It lingered there, so warm and fair - to walk with me
All summer long, we sang a song - and strolled on golden sand
Two sweethearts, and the summer wind...

My Flickr find for the day.

I have the windows open and crickets are singing. Hopefully I can get a few projects started. I have one that is still sitting......waiting.....

Monday, August 16, 2010

Monday Morning UPDATE

We had a fun weekend, I hope you did as well. The heat was nearly unbearable, we were scheduled to go to a Reds game and I have to say I was really dreading the HOT hot hot ballpark. Right as were were walking in, it turned dark and a downpour started. Normally this would really suck, but given the 90+ temp it was truly refreshing. After the rain..... it was nice and cool for the rest of night. Little miracles is all it takes sometimes :)

My artwork has slowed down, I guess I have an art block. I gessoed (is that a word?) over a large painting I wasn't happy with. I covered it again, three more times (I think) I have lost count. I am going to try to work it out today, if not..... the trash is waiting. That is Monday for you.

I started reading Eat Pray Love, I am usually a little behind on popular books. When I hear about the movie, I run out, get the book and try to catch up with everyone. So far, I really find it intriguing. Elizabeth's words are resonating with me. How can I find a spiritual advisor? I will go back to yoga today and maybe I would like to learn another language?? my thoughts for Monday morning.....Ciao!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Raspberry red

raspberry red
Originally uploaded by Regina (creative kismet)
This weeks color challenge is raspberry, I have to admit.... I am running late on everything this week. So my challenge project will be started later this weekend. I found some inspiration for the color in the group Flickr album, maybe this will help :)
We are heading out to the ballpark tonight, and have company on the way. It is going to be HOT! but should be fun :)
Have a great weekend! If you are staying in to keep cool, check out my new ARTFIRE shop. I have free gifts going out with purchases ALL WEEKEND :)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

ArtFIRE gifts!

My new ArtFire store is open, Check it out! I really like the site, there are some great items to look at. I packed my original Wonderland 8x10 series and sent them off to a buyer in Ireland yesterday :) Its so exciting to have my art fly off to a part of the world I would love to visit......maybe some day (day dreaming)

I just received a bunch of shiny new postcards from Moo, these are for an upcoming art show. They turned out beautiful :) They may just be the free gift that will be included in your purchase when you shop in my ArtFire store :) Purchase ANY original and I will include a FREE gift with your order! It will be a surprise but I promise it will be just lovely!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Good Morning!!!

I missed my Monday morning update, so here is a quick post just to say hello! No new art was created this week, I want to start a studio re- model. I'm cleaning out and organizing. I have an art fair at the beginning of September, so I have several new prints. They are all listed in my ETSY shop. I did finish a tiny 4x4 art block for the Creative Color Challenge, link to the challenge is on the right side bar. The color was YELLOW... I used a stamp for the words and was not real happy with the results. It was better before the stamp, oh well on to the next color. This week is raspberry!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Friends...Friends...and more FRIENDS

Everyone needs friends....to gather with, laugh with, smile at and just be happy with. This little collage celebrates friends.....like birds of a feather :)

I created these three mixed media paintings to remember our friends- the birds we like to fly with. Available here

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


Just listed three new Halloween designs. Here is a peek at one of them. They are all listed in my ETSY shop, click here to see her friends :) They are spooky cute, and will add a touch of whimsy to your fall decor. Each one unique and an individual, they are sure to be fun.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Inspired by yellow

This week I am joining the Creative Color Challenge hosted by Louise Gale. We will explore a different color each week in August. This week... YELLOW!!! I love the color.....but have rarely ever used it. So this will be a challenge. These are photos rom Flickr for inspiration..........I have until Sunday to complete my challenge, so if you are looking for a little artistic fun join me in the Creative Color Challenge!


Monday, August 2, 2010

Good MONDAY morning!

This is just a quick shop update, I just listed three new originals in my ETSY shop. These were made a few weeks ago and are still available from my gallery show last month. I will pick them up tomorrow, I just had time so I thought I would list them until the fall art shows. I want to thank everyone who came to see my things in the Creative Hands studio and supporting my art. It means so much to me to have the support of family and friends when you are venturing into new endeavors :).......next up- spooky fall girls! I am working on four new pieces, they should be done by the end of the week. Fan or friend me on facebook for up to the minute sneak peeks and listings. My Facebook badge in the right column.

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