Thursday, November 13, 2014

One down, one to go...

We're set up for the opening of the Holiday Festival of the Arts tomorrow, and I'm pooped. The show runs from November 14th through December 24th.
It's interesting how the set up works one way  at home in the "trial run" and another when actually setting up on location. :)

Here's a shot of the booth, which will morph after the show next weekend when more goodies will be moved over. Unless of course, I sell out next weekend. Ha!
And since I've been so busy getting ready for the two shows, I haven't done any regular artwork. Well, I guess I've worked on some ornaments, but it's too dark to get a photo now. I'll try to remember to do it tomorrow for posterity.

Happy Friday!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Holiday Festival of the Arts opens Friday!

The Holiday Festival of the Arts opens this coming Friday, November 14th and runs through December 24th!
We set up on Wednesday... and I'm nearly ready, but it's interesting the little things you realize aren't quite ready as you do the final set up run through. :)

If you're in the area, do stop by! You'll find a variety of art, both original and prints, greeting cards and ornaments in our booth and many lovely local artisans work to browse.

Happy Monday!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy Halloween!

I'm busy working on holiday ornaments, but took some time today to play with some friends on at the Halloween-a-thon. Here's a few Artist Trading Cards/Altered Playing cards I created....

Queen of Art

5 of Pumpkinhead

Cat with leaves

And with everything else, I'm also working on a custom order of this little beeswax collage ornament.

I hope you have a fun and safe Halloween! Happy, happy!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

What's in my studio

Besides a mess, I have tiny bird ornaments on my work desk - getting ready for the holiday shows!
I am so behind. EEK!
I also have some hearts in blue that will also become ornaments... although you can't see them. Just the one little red heart in the corner leftover from last week.  

The bird ornaments will be similar to these...

In other news, our internet modem went out yesterday late morning. After calling the Comcast "help desk", then their "specialist", it was determined we needed to go get a new one. Waited in a long line, and then when we got home it wouldn't stay connected. Reset, reset, and another call to Comcast. Most of my yesterday was working on that bugger, and getting all our devices connected to the new Wifi setup.  And then this morning we had to reset again to access internet. Sheesh! :)

Anyway, I'm feeling a bit behind today. One of these days I'll feel caught up. Really I will. :)

Sharing with Julia's Whats on Your Workdesk Wednesday. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Support Your Local Artist

"When you buy from an independent artist you are buying more than just a painting or a novel or a song. You are buying hundreds of hours of experimentation and thousands of failures. You are buying days, weeks, months, years of frustration and moments of pure joy. You are buying nights of worry about paying the rent, having enough money to eat, having enough money to feed the children, the birds, …the dog.
You aren't just buying a thing - you are buying a piece of heart, part of a soul, a private moment in someone’s life. Most importantly, you are buying that artist more time to do something they are truly passionate about; something that makes all of the above worth the fear and doubt; something that puts the life into living.” - Rebekah Joy Plett

Image from Jessilyn Park Art Studio.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Paper Quilt

Ah, the power of blogging and Google search. I had a random request from the Presbyterian Women Magazine for the use of this image that I posted on my blog in January 2012. They wanted to use it as part of the background in their Nov/Dec 2014 issue that focuses on Giving and Receiving Care. A bit of serendipity... considering I've been a caregiver for my developmentally disabled son for many years.  
This paper quilt was created in a class by Debi McManus-Plett in January 2012…. and it still isn't completed. There is a bit of decorative sewing I intended to finish and I didn't get back to it once I got home. I have found that if I don't finish artwork in class, I rarely finish it after. I'm odd that way. :) 

The "paper" is grunge board (Tim Holts/Ranger) embossed by running it through a die cut machine like the Sizzix Big Shot. We used layers of Distress Inks  by Ranger to color the grunge board. It all started out gray. Cool, isn't it, how the layers of colors work. Luckily, we were given all the pieces that fit within the 12 x 12 canvas board background so we just had to figure out our piecing and design our quilt. It was quite fun. I may have to revisit the technique again. 

And I just received the cover of the Presbyterian Women Issue. How fun to see my art used this way!

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