Thursday, April 30, 2009

Day #4 in the painting a day challenge. As you may know, the theme is color and I wanted to try some monochromatic colors in my painting's subject. I also wanted something that I could carry around with me - as sort of a walking advertizement for my store. I love purses - so I decided to do a cigar box purse. Since fairies are my favorite thing, there was really only one thing to do.
So I got everything ready on my dishwasher - paints, sponge, spray bottle, the box and most importantly - my coffee, and settled in for the 30 seconds it took to sponge paint the background.

I chose the colors that I thought would look feminine and soft in the end and smudged them on a wet sponge.

Wet down the box ....

and sponged away.

Someone needs to take this sponge away from me - I want to sponge paint everything now.

This was the result. I let it dry completely. Because it's acrylic paint - it only took about 5 minutes.

Then I went outside so Wes could dig in the dirt and the dog could get some fresh air. The lighting out here is much better. I got out the best and girliest color I could find - pink and blocked in a fairy shape.

I then played with Wes and the dog for a half hour and came back in the house. I started adding darker paint and lighter paint to areas that needed it.

I went to work, came home at 9:15, cleaned the house, ate dinner and finished.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Today is my forth day on the painting a day challenge (for some reason I feel like I just started some delicious healthy new diet) I am a little behind on keeping a blog of it though, so this is an entry of my second day doing the painting a day challenge.

I've always wanted to try sponge painting. However, because I am such a control freak, I never did. Well, the entire purpose of this challenge is to loosen up and become more skilled and creative. I had to try it.

Because this months theme in the Creative Everyday Challenge is color, I wanted to choose my palette carefully. I really like split comliments - so that's what I went with. I know this photo is blurry - but you get the point.

I grabbed the nearest thing to use as my pallette, because I just wanted to get started. My poor daughter can never use this Strawberry Shortcake plate again. I wanted to do some color searching (continuously changing the colors as you paint) so I made sure that I had a dark version and a light of each color.

Before I started with the paint I used a light colored pencil to sketch in a cartoonish dragonfly - not usually my style - but that's why I'm doing this - to experience new things. Then I got on with the painting. I thought that the colored pencil would show slightly through the paint, but what actually happened was the paint didn't stick well because of the wax, so it remained light. I was excited about this and knew I would have to use this in a future painting.

I started with the cool colors and did the background with a giant sponge. It took maybe ten seconds to do the whole thing and I was satisfied with the results. Hmmm - I like sponge painting.

I then used the darker colors to outline the dragonfly.

The green body went fairly quickly - I'm not so sure how much I like the green against the blues and purples - I wish I would've done a different color - but too late now.

The only real detail that I added were tiny dots of highlights on each section of the body and on the head.

I then completed the wings by throwing some white on the wings and randomly adding some of the same colors as the background.

Overall, I don't like this one as much as the ranibow fairy that I did on the first day, but I did a technique that I have been dying to try (sponge paint) and it only took about an hour - so it was a good day.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Air boat rides at Camp Holly

One of my favorite highlights of our Florida trip were the air boat rides at Camp Holly. Camp Holly is a place in the Florida Everglades. We wanted the kids to see the most beautiful parts of Florida, and you can't skip the Everglades! To my surprize when we got there we were able to order drinks form a small Karaoke bar right next to the air boats. The kids were actually allowed in the bar, which was interesting and there were games set up on the tables. Clay and I played a 'friendly' game of checkers. We were close the entire game, but he beat me in the end. The only real food that they served there (besides packaged ice cream) was alligator meat. We got in the air boats and the captain gave some warnings. He told us that there were life preservers in the front if we needed them, but we would be eaten before we could drown. We put them on the kids anyway.
The boats were loud and fast. The first alligator we came across was sitting so still I honestly though that it was fake. Then the real action began. There were alligators EVERYWHERE! Big alligators, baby alligators, alligators on the shore, in the water, 4 feet away from the boat.
The captain was absolutely right. There was no doubt that you would be eaten before you would drown. We came across an emergency shelter in the middle of no where - where no one would hear you scream. I think I'd rather brave the extreme weather than get off the boat here.
We had a blast, and I definately want to go again. The ride made me almost wish there were 'gators in RI, almost.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Now that I am back from my awesome vacation, I am ready to go full force. I have a lot of work to do and I am feeling renewed and refreshed. Even though Florida was so beautiful, there is a part of me that is very relieved to be home. I like my routine, and living out of suitcases and eating takeout food every night gets old after a while. Although I enjoyed not cooking or doing dishes. Today I plan on doing another painting, focusing on how I use color. I'll keep you updated!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

A Painting a Day

I have decided to take a challenge. I have been wanting to jump on the 'a painting a day', train for a long time now. I never thought that I could ever complete a painting in one day. I am a perfectionist. I want to loosen up and experiment. I want to improve my speed and skill. I think that this will help me to do both, so I decided to just dive in. I don't know how long it will last . I was given a website to check out called Creative Everyday:

I plan to participate in the theme of the month and blog my paintings as much as possible. This painting took me about four or five hours. It's not perfect, there are still some pencil lines visible, but I didn't want perfection, I wanted a learning experience.
It is for sale in my etsy store:

Sunday, April 19, 2009

The second night, at our first hotel in Florida, I decided to play a joke on my mom.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

I am having an unbelievable time at Florida. I have never had so much fun in all my life. We are going to the beach and pool almost everyday. We went to the first motel and met a man from South Carolina. We asked him if he had ever had coffee milk. He said no, so we gave him some. He told us to wait a minute and went into his room and came out with moonshine! I don't drink, but I had to try it. It tasted - not so good. I don't care, it was a once in a life time thing. Then we went in the pool and were swimming for about three hours. When we went to leave, my little Beanie asked,"Daddy, why does that sign say pool closed?"

Friday, April 10, 2009

Leaving for Florida first thing in the morning. I am so excited! I'll be blogging the trip from my dad's laptop!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

What is Intention Art?
Intention art is a wonderful way to declare your intentions to the world through visual art. Symbols and colors will help your psyche and spirit align with your desires. It is much like the normal Fantasy Portraits except for the specific intention is worked into the painting.
Have a clear idea in mind of your intention and send it to me. Be VERY specific. Ask yourself, What do I REALLY want? Then write it in a sentence or two. This picture below is an Intention Art painting that I did for myself. I used night time because the moon represents creativity and imagination and the full moon is symbolic of motherhood. Each of the symbols in the corners have meanings that I wanted to incorporate into my life. Of course, I painted myself a little thinner than I really am. The wings symbolize to me the freedom and ability to go where I want to go when I want to.

What is Intuitive Art?
Intuitive Art is more than just a painting. I have done hundreds of tarot readings and I work with dreams and other vehicles of intuition that I have found to be very effective and accurate. Intuitive art is perfect for you if you are seeking objective insight. An added benefit - you get a beautiful piece of original art for your home!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Store is having a HUGE vacation sale!

Astrological chart: $6.00 Relationship Chart: $7.00
Find out all about yourself and your relationships with others.

Complete and detailed tarot reading, was $15.00 is now $8.00!

Three card tarot reading was $8.00 is now $4.00!

Celtic Fairy: 5"x7: $3.00, 8"x10": $5.00 8"x10" with mat: $14.00 11"x14": $13.00 11"x14" with mat: $25.00

Intention and Intuitive portraits: was $75 now $50

Sunflower Fairy print: 5"x7: $3.00, 8"x10": $5.00 8"x10" with mat: $14.00 11"x14": $13.00 11"x14" with mat: $25.00

Custom Fantasy Portraits: They were $100 - now $75! For a size 9"x12".

Rune Fairy: 5"x7: $3.00, 8"x10": $5.00 8"x10" with mat: $14.00 11"x14": $13.00 11"x14" with mat: $25.00

Lucky Green Fairy: 5"x7: $3.00, 8"x10": $5.00 8"x10" with mat: $14.00 11"x14": $13.00 11"x14" with mat: $25.00

Pretty Purple Fairy: 5"x7: $3.00, 8"x10": $5.00 8"x10" with mat: $14.00 11"x14": $13.00 11"x14" with mat: $25.00

We are leaving for a two week vacation on April 11 at 3:00 am (are you kidding me?). My store is having a huge vacation sale - be sure to check it out:

You will not find better prices anywhere, that I can guarantee.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

I have excellent news! My work is now being sold at The Sage Cauldron in Coventry RI. First of all it is an adorable shop. They sell the most unique items, things that I haven't seen elsewhere. They even sell the old style trolls! I was so excited when I saw those - because you really can't get those anymore. Their prices are also excellent. I don't know how they do it, but the manage to keep prices very low, the lowest I've seen.
My prints come mated and are in two sizes for now, 8"x10" and 11"x14". The following mated prints are available there:

Go check it out, I'm telling you, you'll love that shop.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Writing on the Wall

My two year old has taken on the habit of writing everywhere there is a smooth surface. It doesn't matter if it is a pen, pencil, crayon, marker or chalk, that kid finds something to write with and goes to town. It takes him two seconds if he finds something to write with. When we catch hime he says, "I need paper."

So, because we kept catching him writing on the wall and taking away his marker or whatever, he stopped. YAY!!! ..... and then proceeded to write on the furniture:

He actually lifted up the sheet on the bed and wrote under it because he thought we wouldn't catch him. Are you frickin' kidding me!

I need help in figuring out how to improve my shop. I will choose three people randomly, to recieve a full tarot reading free, seen here: Answer the following questions honestly:

1.Describe in one sentence the following two items:

2. Briefly describe what you like about my shop.

3.Briefly describe what you do not like about my shop.

4. Why would you buy fantasy art?

5. Why wouldn't you buy fantasy art?

6. What improvements would you make to my store?

Thank you so much for your help.