When I first saw this image I knew it would fit with the "Steampunk Debutante Collection" of Graphics 45 papers! One of my favorites to use in my art! The Image is from Vintage Photography, the metal gears and clock are from Tim Holtz. I have titled this piece "She had an idea" I think it worked!:)
The Holiday Season Has Begun. My home is decorated, inside and out for this wonderful season. The weekend plan is to get all the Christmas cards addressed and in the mail. In the middle of all the decorating, I took a little time in the studio to create my first holiday themed post card of 2012.
Lately I've been doing a lot of soul searching, with my art work. In the past I've done all the crafty shows that Michigan had to offer. I did quit well!
My art was totally different then, vary crafty and really appealed to anyone who decorated with a country touch. Hand painted gourds and furniture with a little whimsy, it worked and it sold! That was fine.
Things are different now, I'm doing what I love for Me!
This year I feel truly blessed, all of my children are back in Michigan! I have a new little grand-daughter, Miss Stella Mae Grace. She is so beautiful!
This past year I've been really successful in getting my art work out for all to see and hopefully enjoy! I love what I do, It keeps changing, that's a good thing! This past year I have been fortunate to be published four times. My latest is Somerset Studio Gallery winter 2013
It really is awesome when someone likes your work enough to commission a piece for a personal gift. I've been working on this canvas for the last couple of months, it's finally finished. They loved it and I'm so thrilled!
How fun is that! She has so many ideas and how to's to inspire the halloween spirit in all of us. I deceided to try my hand at my own apothecary shelf. After watching the tutorials she posted on her web site, here is my creation!
The base for my shelf is two photo boxes and their lids. Every time I went to the craft stores or scrapbook store I collected fun things to put into this project.
Crows, feathers and spiders! oh my!:)
Thanks Laura, I always go to your site for a little inspiration!!!!
This fall I joined in on a couple of ATC swaps. The group I belong to is a Vintage Photo Image ATC group on yahoo, we have a lot of really talented artists there, who all share alot of the same interests. I just love this group!!!! The first swap is a Gothic Arch with an Edgar Allen Poe theme, here I have three of the completed ones.
While working on these, Thom and I have other projects for our 2012 Halloween display! This year we have decieded to build a few of our own props! FUN!!!!!!
Here is what we came up with so far! hard to say what will be next!!!!!!!!
His Name is Mr. Grimm, the idea came from a halloween website!
He was alot of work, but alot of fun too! I will be posting more Halloween Fun photos soon!
While rummaging through a barn sale last fall, I came upon an old beat up clock. Oh wow! I can use the gears for a couple of projects! I saved the base too! It looked like something from the early sixties and had a interesting shape.
Here is my latest creation using that base.
This was made with all "Olde Curiosity Shoppe" papers by Graphics 45 and the charms are "Industrial Chic"
In this weeks "Take A Word Challenge" the word is "Tattered"
4X6 illustration board
I finished this piece a couple of months ago when Thom and I were on a camping trip. It happens to be one of my favorites. The title is "Tattered Angel" this piece is dedicated to the little ones that are so close to my heart!
I know what you're thinking. It's way too early for Halloween and you're probably right! But when I saw this new line of halloween papers by "Graphics 45", well, halloween came a little early for me this year!
I was born and raised in southern Michigan. I'm blessed with three children, two boys and a girl that range in age from 22-30. I've been married to a wonderful man for the last 24 years. He's been very supportive of my art and has always encourged my artistic pursuits. Even though I have a fine arts degree I still consider myself largely a self taught mixed media artist. Inspiration for my art comes from many different places. Old family photos, my children, pets, and especially our garden, it's a passion that both Thom and I share.