Friday, March 27, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Isn't being an artist and a mom always a balancing act? Or being an artist and something else. Or being a mom and ... taking a shower. Today I was able to work on my new painting for an hour and 1/2 of bliss while the babies slept. I haven't really been able to do much work while Christophe has been in France, but today I decided to run for the studio and paint whatever inspired me. (I'm saving my first tiny portrait commission for when I have more uninterrupted time.) Once again proving that art can be a window onto the subconscious, I painted something to do with finding balance. Hopefully, I will be sharing the finished painting with you soon!
Monday, March 23, 2009
And I've been meaning to mention that I currently have a 'table' at the Poppytalk Handmade Marketplace this month for their "Green Pop" market. Come visit me there and check out the other wonderful artists!
I hope that everyone had a lovely weekend. My baby Nicolas has been sick, so I've been sleepless, but I'm hanging in there!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
And, speaking of Found Art Friday, I've had a few people ask me to explain what I mean by found art. To me, found art is 'art' that comes to you in an unexpected way. Maybe it arises through a dream, the subconscious or just plain luck. Maybe it is a surprisingly beautiful or artful moment that you are able to capture on film or a medium because you were in the right place at the right time -- or just because you had your eyes open to see it. But enough talking, I'll let the art speak for itself:
"Breakfast in the Garden" by Marisa Haedike of Creative Thursday. This is a beautiful sight Marisa "found" while breakfasting in her sunny California garden one morning.
"Carnation" by Alicia Hurst. Alicia found this beautiful flower when she was browsing through the flower market. She says that she usually goes there to photograph flowers but on that day she wasn't looking. The carnation found her so she bought it & brought it home.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
"Night Treat" by Christophe. This little beauty was created by my dear fiance using a digital camera and Photoshop. Can you guess the "treat" pictured here? He was very enamored of his dessert. And I was so pleased to see his enthusiasm for my found art project! :)
Just one little tidbit that I want to share about these 4 pieces. If you look at them horizontally, they all have a very similar composition. Even Jacqueline's photo seems to have a black object that looks like a blackbird in the right upper corner. Maybe we were all experiencing a little synchronicity here!
I want to thank all of the artists who participated in Found Art Friday. Not only did I have a great time seeing your submissions, but I love that it helps my blog readers get to know one another, too! And it's just plain fun -- especially on Friday the 13th. Wishing you all a day of serendipity and synchronicity.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Just finished the piece today, and I am so happy with the colors. It also has a "found art" bit of serendipity within it, too, because after I decided on the title "Coming Home," I noticed that the word "BACK" is written across the paper in one of the trees. So fun.
Speaking of fun, I am so excited to post the found art submissions I've received! I've decided to post them on Friday but make the submitting deadline Thursday night just to give myself enouch time to organize things. So there's more time left for you creative folks out there!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
This is my newest mixed media surfing piece. I really like the colors and addition of the lettered background paper because it has that sort of grunge surfer feeling that makes me think of Venice (which I miss). Hope you like it!!
And I want to say a special thank you to so many nice bloggers out there who blogged about my work yesterday. Something must have been in the air. Thank you to Jess Gonacha (who's art I LOVE), The Bunny Cage, and Blue Satin Sashes. I appreciate you all tremendously!
Speaking of appreciation, please don't be shy about sending in a pic of your "found art" project by this coming Thursday. It can be a drawing, photo, art piece or anything you'd like. I will post the image with a link to your site. I already have a few submissions but welcome more! Have a happy Tuesday!
Monday, March 9, 2009
I'm giving away a print of "Hello Friend" at the charming site, iLash Girls. To enter the drawing, just leave a comment on their site by midnight Thursday, March 12th. And, as a special bonus, the winner also recieves a beautiful piece of jewlery called a "True Friend Pendant" -- looks like a great combo for a friend's birthday. Enjoy!
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Oh, it has been such a busy, sun-filled weekend here in New York that I hardly had time to work. I took the children to the park, went jogging and even tried out the new baby backpack carrier with Nicolas (mixed results here -- kind of a challenge when grocery shopping). But between these outings, I also managed to join Twitter (oh help, now I really have no life) and come up with a new color scheme for my 3rd surfing painting. I'm so excited to get started. These are for a new surf shop opening up this summer and the "patron" is a lovely woman who purchased my two original surfing pieces at the Nahcotta Gallery's Enormous Tiny Art Show.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
A happy bluejay weathering the storm on our birdfeeder. Bluejays, by the way, are HUGE. I had never noticed this before, but it became abundantly clear when I saw this guy next to the cardinals and sparrows that also frequented our little house.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
She put all of these stickers on herself!! I wasn't there for the process, but her papa said she sat mesmerized by a pile of stickers at The American Girl Place for 40 minutes painstakingly applying these beauties. So I say to all you moms out there -- BUY STICKERS. Anything that can amuse a 2-year-old for 40 minutes is worth the investment. I am going to have to make a Michael's run this week. If only I'd gone yesterday. Before the snow...