Saturday, December 27, 2014

All the BIG EYEs fans....

I hope you all had/are having a wonderful holiday! We had a lovely time visiting family and eating sweets...non stop. I am going to pay for that next month, but that's another story. Today I wanted to tell you a little bit about my art. I have always been a dreamer, and loved to draw. As a child I would sit in my room for hours sketching. My favorite subject to draw was fashion models from magazines, so naturally I thought a fashion designer was my calling, not art. I grew up and went on to other things, but as an early "second act" in life I went back to art. I say early because I'm really too young to retire, but I left my 20 year job as a hair stylist and started a new career path.

About 5 years ago, I started selling pieces and doing art shows. At every show I would be asked by customers, Do I know who Margaret Keane is?.....or they would say this reminds me of...and so on. I had no clue. This got to be so common, that the last time I was asked this question I decided to "google" her. WOW. I was shocked. I looked at her art and it started to come back to me. I remembered a set of prints that hung on our bedroom wall. My little sister and I shared a room . I was maybe 6?? at the time. It was a sad big eyed alley kitten and sad big eyed alley puppy. Honestly, they were heart breaking and I hated them. Now, I'm still not sure if they were Keane prints or just a knock off of her style. We all know how that goes, but  I wonder if the big eyes were an influence from my childhood that I never knew about, or remembered.  It's funny how things happen, and the little touches in daily life can shape your future. I love to paint eyes, and I have always thought eyes are a window to your soul......the same thing Margaret Keane said about her sad waif children with the big eyes. I saw the movie last night, Big Eyes by Tim Burton. The story is incredible, and I am drawn to her work now,  more than ever. If you get a chance to see this film or read the story, it is an amazing tale. Once again, real life is greater than fiction.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A Winters Tale...

Its December, I can hardly believe it. I hope you all had a blessed and thankful holiday, I know I did. Now back to more holiday prep.

I love mixed media, and paper crafting, so if you haven't checked out Tim Holtz 12 tags of Christmas and his demo. Please do so.  He created a beautiful "winter look" tag that I adore. It was my current inspiration for my latest creation. I started with this piece of loose canvas, and just painted. I was hoping to create a Christmas angel, but as I continued to add color and wings, she just didn't "feel" like an angel. I thought she seemed sad, and maybe a little bit  heartbroken. Most of time I paint with the thought, " I need to sell this". I know if you are like me, selling on Etsy, in your retail shops and at art shows that is where your head is at when you start a painting. I think its good to just paint sometimes. Whatever comes out on the canvas is what it is, a part of your heart and soul. There is no need to please a customer, or just paint to paint. Art journals are great for this. We all need to create for ourselves, take a little time this month to paint for yourself. Give yourself a gift. Sit alone in the quiet, squeeze out the paint and see what happens. My favorites always happen this way. 

I'm nearly finished with this piece, Her wings are gone, and she holds on tight to her heart. I think the sadness I felt from her at first, has changed to hope. I sprayed glitter mist all over it, to give it a cold wintry look. Maybe she has lost her love? or searching in the night for Edward...{I know its all about Hunger Games now, but I miss Twlight :)}  To see more in progress paintings follow my Instagram- southendgirlart.


Monday, November 24, 2014

Don't miss your chance....

I have a few ornaments left! Visit my shop to get your very own southend girl for your tree. I always tie an ornament on all my packages and theses little cuties are perfect for that!

Want it personalized?? just add a note in the sellers box.

Friday, November 21, 2014

SALE for 24 HOURS!

Head over to facebook - LIKE my new page. You will find your 20% coupon code on the banner but only for the next 24 hours! I will leave it active until noon tomorrow! 

What are you waiting for?

Start shopping now!!

Before that sneaky elf takes the savings away!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

New Items listed!

Don't miss your chance to pick up one of my hand painted ornaments. These make great secret Santa gifts at $10 each. They are painted canvas, cut out and sewn together with felt and lightly scented. They are so cute! This is last batch  I will have this season, you may not even want to put it away after Christmas :)

PLUS!! More art coming soon, I am busy creating new pieces for my retail locations. If you are looking for something special let me know I may have it already waiting for you.
Follow my instagram Southendgirlart for work in progress updates.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Update! Give thanks with a Grateful Heart

I'm trying to get back into blog mode! So...  I am here with an update. First of all, local people- Go to FOUND in Union KY I have all new items there. Plus there are all sorts of local made candles, jewelry, vintage clothes, furniture!!! go shop now!

Louisville People!! Go to Block Party Handmade Great shop! All of my newest art can be found there, paintings, dolls, ornaments. They have wonderful local art, candy, jewelry, candles plus much more!

Cyber Customers! There are a few new pieces of art in my ETSY shop and I am planning on adding more for the holidays. Buy early if you outside of the USA. I ship all art Priority in the USA. The ornaments are so glittery, I will try to get a better photo. They are my favorite of all my new items!

If I do not get back here before Thanksgiving I would just like to thank all of you who have supported my art this year. I love painting part of my heart and sending it out into the world. Thank you so much-

Sunday, November 2, 2014


I have moved my facebook page to the link above, I will be working under SouthEnd girls completely now. PLEASE follow me there.

I am also in the process of updating this things are ahead. I will keep you posted.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Art in the Park

I will be at Bellevue Art in the Park this Saturday September 13 11-5

I will have all new art......Come see what I created with the scraps of wood from our summer deck project!

New angels! New cards! new prints!!!

Don't miss it!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


I've been cleaning out my art and I am overwhelmed with the amount of originals I have accumulated. Creating art for Penny Lane keeps me busy,  but its time to get rid of  all the original paintings waiting for a new home! I have started with Ebay auctions this week.......LOW LOW Prices!!!! Click here-

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Guest Blogger Carla Sonheim

I wanted to let you know about a wonderful new online class from artist Carla Sonheim, She is my guest blogger this month, so please check out her site!

I wanted to introduce you to Carla Sonheim, an illustrator and online art instructor known for using innovative exercises and techniques to help students of all levels embrace a more playful approach to creating art. She is the author of "Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun" and "The Art of Silliness: A Creativity Book for Everyone."

For the last three years her focus has been on creating engaging online art classes, where she teaches and also presents well-known guest artists. She made this Paper Doll tutorial in anticipation of her next online class, "2014: Year of the Fairy Tale," which begins January 20, 2014. You can find our more about Carla and her art and classes here:

Info for "Year of the Fairy Tale" Online Class:
Link to Carla's Other Online Classes:

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