Aug 6, 2011

A Face A Day - Day 1

Day 1

My time in my journal is usually right before bed to wind down . Sometimes this can be very late , and sometimes even early into morning, but I have found it helps my brain unwind a bit. This is definitely one area that is outside of my comfort zone . I love folk art and whimsy, but I would like to find my own voice in it, and I want my hands to cooperate with that, LOL which is the issue . Practice Practice Practice and more Practice, is usually the key , so I am placing a practice-challenge on myself, for "A Face A Day" for 60 days. (I may have to lengthen this if little improvement is made LOL, however I have high hopes it will help at least some) . I am not trying realistic portraits here , but the mixed media folk art , sometimes whimsy, styles that I love. I will place the results here starting with day one today! I will also place them on a Flickr group here. If anyone would like to join me in this group "practice" on Flickr please do , and feel free to jump in at any time! The group is open to Anyone that would like to try this Face A Day practice with me. The purpose is "Growing" and finding "Your own Voice " so don't worry if you have never drawn before , it is for any level.
This was drawn today , after hearing of the horrible tragedy of our US Troops being killed in Afghanistan. My heart is with the Mother of every child on that helicopter. It is very hard knowing that this is what my own son is a candidate and training so hard for .

Aug 4, 2011

Here I am!

Here I Am!
Yes, here I am . I said July and here it is August 5! I had a wonderful summer enjoying my family . My wonderful Mother in Law came to us from California in June, My Dad came from California to be with us in Florida , where we got our Disney "fix" on for the year , and also took on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal . (The Butter Beer is AWESOME! :)We had Reagan's 10th birthday at a beautiful cabin in the Smokey Mountians, which was a first for us. The hiking was absolutely gorgeous! Sadly, do to a glitch in my computer I think all of the photos are lost for that trip! My last adventure this summer was a trip to visit my oldest son at the Navy base in Chicago, where he is currently a Navy Seal Candidate. He has a very long way to go , and, I was glad and grateful that I got to see him a couple of times this summer, before he leaves for Coronado California .
"Adventures in Paper Clay Jewelry" workshop at Stampaway Thursday August 11

I also did a whole lot of much needed purging,organizing, and all around catch up, to both house and studio. And, I designed a new workbench area in studio!!! (so excited about that! pics soon) , which I have been patiently waiting , and trying to save up to do for some time.
It was my birthday gift from DH!
I have been planning for so long to keep the metalwork area COMPLETELY away from dolls and painting . They are never stored near each other , but I lacked a separate work bench for them , and now I have one :). Little does DH know that I would like one more just like it for Christmas (to separate the fabric and dolls from painting ), and the studio will be finished! It will be just like going to different "Stations" in kindergarten class (the thought just makes me totally giddy!)

Next week I have 2 workshops at the Stampaway convention in Cincinnati. The Haunted little Houses class is full, but there are a few spaces left in the "Adventures in Paper Clay Jewelry" workshop pictured above. If you would like to join us you can sign up registration form here and see the other workshops being offered here. "Adventures in Paper Clay Jewelry " is Thursday Aug 11, 12:30-3:00pm
If you are already signed up for my workshops , we are going to have
A LOT OF FUN ! See you there :)

Right now on my paint bench:
Child's altered board book project

Right now in my Journal:
"Queen of Her Journey"

On my Metal bench:More Vintage Doll Cuffs in various stages of completion for Country Living Magazine show in Sept (YAY!) I have so much more to share with you , but don't want to overload this post. I am back now, and will be posting here weekly again , so plenty of time to share new things :)
What have you been up to?
Blessings ,