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No Excuses

Hello there!  Yes, it’s true.  I haven’t blogged in two months!  What is up with that?  I think being retired has affected my productivity.  My husband’s retirement that is.  I have always been ‘retired’ so to speak.  He doesn’t stop me from blogging, that’s not what I’m implying.  But, having him home all day, I can find a lot of other things to do than blog.

My married son, who lives 90 miles away, tries to keep me focused on painting.  Painting is one of my favorite things to do.  He sends me texts periodically asking how my painting is coming along.  On that note, let me share about a painting that I completed last month.

I take photos of flowers whenever I am out and about traveling.  Since we have moved to Arizona, I find less flowers to my liking.  All of my paintings are done from my own photographs.

This is a white Rose of Sharon that I found someplace.  I begin by drawing onto the paper.  And I painted in the white flower first.

Beginnings of a watercolor painting.

After I had the flower basically painted in, I began to add in the darker areas.

Progress of a watercolor painting.

I don’t paint in any particular way.  If I get bored of an area, I move on to another spot, then go back later.  This particular painting I did without taping it to the board.

Progress of a watercolor painting.

I add washes of color as I go.  If an area is too light or dark, I make adjustments, painting what pleases my eye at the moment.

Progress of a watercolor painting.

One of the small corrections that I made, that is most visible to you, is the dark blemish on the bottom flower petal.  It is actually on the petal in the photo.  Painting true to the photo is not required, but I like the little spots and blemishes on flowers.  They add character to the painting.  However, in this case, I decided that it was too distracting.  I lightened it up and it looks better that way.  This is how it looks as a finished painting.

Painting of a white flower.

I do try paint everyday.  Being easily distracted, it’s not easy sitting next to a window with a beautiful view.  This particular day was gorgeous outside.  I had the window opened and a nice breeze was wafting in.  How can one control the imagination on a day made for dreaming?  I love my view.

View from a window.

Currently, I am working on a beautiful pink and yellow rose painting.  Hopefully, it will show up here soon!

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Glitter

I do like glitter and lots of it!  If it sparkles, it makes me happy.  So, today I made the time to paint my tennies with some holographic paint.

Yesterday, I bought some Extreme Glitter Acrylic Paint by FolkArt.  With no idea of what I would use it for, I bought it because it looked pretty.  Then, today, I was staring at my shoes and the paint came to mind.

It was easy peasy.  The paint is acrylic so it cleans up with soap and water.  I got a brush and set the shoes on a newspaper here at my desk.  I had one shoe done, before I remembered to snap a before photo.

Tennis shoe.This is how it looked before I began painting.  Last night, I sewed battenburg lace doilies onto the tongues.  Doesn’t it look cute?  This is a girlie thing, for any guys who are reading.

I opened the paint bottle and began painting just the saddle portion of the shoes.  I just painted one coat.  The instructions say to paint multiple coats until the desired effect is reached.  The paint cures in 24 hours.  There is no mention of whether or not it is waterproof, but it does say to clean it up with soap and water BEFORE it dries.

Tennis shoes painted with hologram glitter paint.

This is how they look in the sunshine.  The glitter has an aqua look to it.  I guess that’s good because aqua is my favorite color.  After studying them for a while, I am thinking that I may paint all of the canvas.  I’m going to wear them like this for a while to see how I like them.

Like I said above, I like anything that sparkles.  I have an aurora borealis crystal necklace.  I found it years ago at an antique store.  It is BEAUTIFUL.  When worn over a white blouse it is amazingly sparkly (if that’s a word).  I often wore it to church on Sundays and taught three year old Sunday school.  I told my little people that it reminded me of heaven when I looked at it.

Heaven is a beautiful place and each one of us, as a believer in Christ, has our own personal mansion.  “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJV  I am confident that all of heaven is brilliantly sparkly with Christ’s light. “The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.” Revelation 21:21 NKJV And I can only imagine how wonderful it will be.

Do you like to personalize your clothing and belongings?  I enjoy seeing other people’s creations.  Please post a comment, so I can stop by your blog!

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Where Women Create Take Two

Yesterday, I shared about the inspiring Spring Issue of Where Women Create and today I want to share a little about what, within it, made the most of impression upon me.  I did read every article and they are all filled with inspiration and sparks of encouragement.

The Business of the Studio is an article by Elizabeth Maxson that I believe to be well written and poetic.  She is a freelance entrepeneur whose photos and words spin a beautiful story.  She states, “I believe a good photograph either tells a story or invites the viewer to invent one, and it is very rare that a good story is told without delicious details. ”

Another was the very inspiring story of and by Kathy Davis with photography by Rachel Beck.  Kathy has a mission to Scatter Joy.  She began her journey while a newly single mom with a family to provide for as an added motivation.  Her success story is great and you would benefit by reading it.

The most intriguing article was about Rowann Wilkerson. I enjoyed her marvelously fun account of how she and her husband sold their farm and purchased a doctor’s office in a turn-of-the-century building.  I loved reading how they worked together to make a reality her dream to have her own shop.  If I’m ever in Lilburn, Georgia, I will make a bee-line to her cute shop Antiques in Old Town.

Lastly, I must tell you about the two quotes that captured my eye.  One was a sign that read “Glitter is my Prozac” found in the article about Joann Pearson.  I LOVE glitter!  The other was a direct quote from Beth Nicholls which read, “You are the most important element of your studio.  The rest is detail.”

Now that I’ve read and enjoyed Where Women Create, I am motivated and inspired to get to work creating in my own personal studio.

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Where Women Create

As I write this, I am sitting by my son’s sparkling pool enjoying the warm, Scottsdale sunshine.  It’s a nice change to the rather cold weather in north-central AZ where I live.

Several years ago, while perusing magazines at Barne’s and Noble in our local mall, I remember being enamored by a lovely ‘magazine’ about other women’s studios.  I knew it was something I would love to take home with me, but the price was more than I could justify at the time.  Being an artist with a studio, I found it MORE than interesting to read of others’ studios and their artistic journeys.

Where Women Create Magazine

Imagine my delight when I saw the latest edition of Where Women Create Spring 2013 Issue at my Costco!  Costco sells their magazines at a 30% or greater discount.  Perusing through this issue sparked the same desire to take it home with me.  It didn’t take long to remember that my birthday is VERY close.  “This would do well as a gift to myself,” thought I, and it found it’s way into my heart…er…cart!

The next day, with frapp in hand, I sat in my comfy chair and read it cover to cover including the ads.  Even the ads were beautiful and interesting.  Where Women Create, published by Stampington & Company, is a remarkably well written publication.  I find it difficult to refer to it as a magazine, as it is more like a book.

Each article contains a nice array of success stories, tips, and favorite quotes certain to encourage any artist who endeavors to read them.  The articles are accompanied by many beautiful and artsy photos.  The photographers do an exceptional job of capturing the essence of each studio.

Now that I’ve read an issue and have been inspired and encouraged, Where Women Create will forever find it’s way into my cart with each new issue.  Kudos to Stampington & Company for such a great publication.

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Zebra

I spent the morning painting on my notebook.  And I finished it!   Zebras are a beautiful creation and I am glad I made that choice.

notebookFinishedBack

When I painted the under coat for the larger zebra stripes, I gradated the color to make it more interesting.  What do you think?  Do you like the subject and color choices?

notebookFinishedFront

Yup the new looks much greater than the old!

before

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Progress

Today, I spent a few hours working on the design for my notebook project.  I thought awhile about what to paint on it.  Deciding on a zebra profile, I got out my Sharpie marker and sketched in a basic design.  I applied two coats of blue for the background allowing it to dry in between coats.  I am using Daler Rowney Titanium White, and Winsor & Newton Ultramarine Blue, with Delta Ceramcoat Textile Medium added. The medium keeps the paint flexible on fabric  after it dries.

zebra sketch

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Nail Art with Pens

I am at my daughter’s visiting and today we put up the Christmas tree!  After all of that fun, we decided to do our nails.  My daughter has very fun colors.  I picked an NYC metallic green for the base nail color, then added some fun french tips and Christmas tree designs with Migi Nail Art Pens!  Here is what my nails look like finished and dry.

nails

For the details we used this set of Magi Nail Pens.  They are a lot of fun and come in quite a variety of colors.  The pens are pretty easy to use and the set comes with a booklet with ideas and tips for painting your nails.  Each color has a brush so that you can use it like nail polish as a base coat and, also, a fine tip for doing small detail painting.

basicpens

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Friends and Frappuccinos

Last Saturday, three of my friends came over for the day.  They had asked me if I would teach them how to paint with watercolors.  They arrived at 10 am. I made some frappuccinos to enjoy while we painted.

First, we taped our paper to a board then mixed up a soft glaze of their choice of color.  We painted a light wash on our papers, then applied plastic wrap to the paper.  This creates a mottled design as a base.  We set those aside to dry.

Our next step was to learn a little about hard and soft edges while we painted some roses.  That was fun.  When we finished with that painting, we took a break for a lunch of potato soup and home baked bread.

After lunch, we removed the plastic wrap from our boards.  I passed out identical pictures to each lady and they spent a little time drawing the magnolia onto their paper.  Then I showed them techniques to use painting the flower.  Some expressed that watercolor was harder than they had anticipated.  We had a great day and are looking forward to getting together again in the future.

I have painted six times from the same photograph.  I never tire of it.  I think magnolias are beautiful.  Each time I paint this flower’s photo, the result is different.


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Callalily Painting

This is a recent painting I did from a photograph of one of my backyard calla lilies.  I no longer live in the home with all of the beautiful flowers.  But, I continue to paint from photos taken years past.  Please visit my Etsy shop for available paintings.   Cindy’s Country Mix Shop.


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Busyness

It seems that for several years, seven at least, I have been keeping myself too busy to do what I love best.  Paint.  How do we do that?  WHY do we do that?  Or am I the only one?

About 10 years ago, I painted this painting for a friend of her beloved horse, Dreamy.  It is done with watercolor and measures 17 x 19 inches.  Just last week, she called me and asked if I would paint portraits of two more horses.  “Of course”, said I. Prince and Tomahawk are now in the line-up now.  Also last week, a friend found out that I used to teach art classes to children and asked if I would teach ten students for the month of June.  “Of course”, said I again.  I am hoping these adventures will help me to eliminate all the ‘other’ busyness from my life as I focus in on what I enjoy most, art in all forms.