In my backyard, facing my neighbors house... the breeze that day...and those clouds...I felt like I needed to capture that moment forever...
Our beloved 2006 Chevy truck was photographed entering Mexico at 12:51 the day it was stolen... goodbye truck.. that really sucked.
What was great was me in the back of a fire engine..... and riding with the Chief.... during Comic Con... downtown.... gulp! My friend and I were so lucky to be able to ride with Station 1 and Station 4 one night earlier this month... MUCH respect for the men of the fire department!
The Fire Department AND Comic Con in one weekend....... Epic. (Confession...I like Star Wars...the first 3....kind of a lot.)
Pool parties.... Chewie's 7 months old now... and Kate here and there and everywhere... I might need a vacation from summer vacation... I guess that's called "Back to School", right? Holding on until August 24th..... Thanks for checking in with me.
I know that I get a lot of traffic on my site from San Diego...so this is worth a shot.. Our truck was stolen last Wednesday.... and it really sucks to have a car stolen in case you were wondering..
Problem is...they don't make these trucks anymore... and it is my husband's dream car... that's right... dream car.. we saved and spent 5 years searching for one to buy... and some punk stole it.
The insurance money doesn't make us warm and fuzzy... the truck does... so we are hoping that someone out there somewhere saw something...or even better... sees the truck! Calling all units... please keep your eyes peeled for us. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
"We Have Paris" is one of my favorite paintings...so rich and layered.. this painting was chosen by the jury to hang in the SDAI 2013 International Exhibition... out of 2700 entires, only 95 were chosen. You can own this original today...it's on sale now! Click here to see my collection.
Just a couple of friends and a light BBQ for us here at home... how about you?
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Kate's art teacher entered a painting that she had made during the year into the Del Mar Fair! It was pretty exciting to receive a free ticket... I had not been to the fair in about 15 years or so.... I'm not the type of person who eats a lot of junk food, so it wasn't the food that called to me.. but I have to tell you..the COLORS of the fair were pretty amazing! I was mesmerized by the menu boards.
I kept thinking to myself... man...the people behind the marketing of this stuff really hooked into me! The colors, typography...combined with the smells of it all... I'll admit, my mouth was totally watering. I ate one spiral cut potato thing on a stick and got the hell out of there..
What do you guys think? The colors? The smell? What gets you at the fair?
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The painting pictured above uses techniques explained/demonstrated in the Layer Love v2.0 online workshop.
Every summer I find myself on creative break... Every summer, I try to force myself out of the break.. I think that I need a change.. and that if I find a new direction, the creativity will flow back with gusto.. and every summer, I spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars going all in on the new exploration.. I'm on to myself.
I've realized that I know I can paint.. I know that if I take a painting break, painting will come back to me.. I know that in summer, I have to play the roll of enthusiastic cruise director for 8 weeks.. I kind of like it. A lot. So until then, I take breaks.... far and few between (cruise directing is exhausting!).. and do a little project here and there. Slap some paint around... sew something quick.. (super proud of myself for HEMMING my short wardrobe)... Plus...while helping students in our online mixed media network, it seems like I never have stopped painting.
Annnnd.....Here's Chewie! Weighing in at over 10 pounds now..he's doubled in size since Easter when we brought him home. He's doing AWESOME in obedience class.. and I think he's changing color.. I think he's turning more gold...which is pretty cool... we're having a great summer.
Feast your eyes on the beautiful works of sculptor El Anatsui, recently shown at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art:
"Gravity and Grace" responds to a long history of innovations in abstract art and performance, building upon cross-cultural exchange among Africa, Europe, and the Americas and presenting works in a wholly new African medium.
They're pretty big.... For reference, 9 year old Kate stands 4' 10" tall these days.
Much much inspiration...
The image above was my favorite.. Reminiscent of Millefiore Glass.... I can't take my eyes off this combination of color! The piece lends a totally different look from across the room (below):
Photos with permission from the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego.
"Stop Biting My Socks", overheard in my kitchen this morning.... #butheisreallycute
When creativity strikes....can you catch it?
Art journal plans for the summer... quick and easy exploration at my fingertips.
Gorgeous layered backgrounds are useful across all of my art and craft projects.. They are sophisticated, intriguing, and mysterious.. They take time to make, but to me it's worth the effort.
Learn gorgeous backgrounds and the best ways to layer acrylic paint in a variety of our online workshops. Layer Love v2.0, 8 Great Paintings, and more! Click here to see the line up..and know that whatever the class you choose... we're going to show you something really great.
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My breakfast... Sunday - Friday. Saturday is reserved for waffles.. (vegetable bread, avocado, Nespresso)
Puppies are cute..but they are so much work. When you have several days of great days...you can get caught off guard by a random behavioral set-back.... sometimes that makes me forget about the progress we've made.. I know that I shouldn't. Add to that the fact that I am so sad to leave him here at home while I run errands, etc.. makes for a really tired mom. Really tired.
My daughter will be leaving third grade this year....we are looking forward to 4th grade in the fall. The child is in school... but I always think I am too.. the study sessions and guidance do warrant a vacation for the parent(s) too...right? We've come a long way.. Is it easier to continue working or stay at home?
I've been slowly (and I do mean slowly) working in an art journal.. I made about 3 pages last month.. I have to keep reminding myself that it's not really my time to create right now.. and whereas there is absolutely no room for more paintings here in the house, the art journal is a distant substitute.. because pages are meant for quick excursions.... not thorough fine art paintings... and that is what I struggle with. The camera is my new friend.. I can take pictures where I go...edit them and keep them on file here until I print them.. satisfies the little craving for art... it isn't much... but it's something.
It's been a while since I have received a baby announcement...
I was so excited to find one in my mail box the other day.. I perfected my blanket embroidery skills.. I'm really happy with how this turned out.
The owl is made "on the hoop".. so fun!
Found these affordable labels on Etsy.. Love that dot - dash stitch too!
The blanket is about 34 x 34" square.. with the baby's name in one corner and "Sweet Dreams" in the opposite corner. Sew your label and embroidering onto one side first, and then sew the two pieces of fabric together, right sides facing each other. Sewing minky is a little tricky.. I was very careful to use a lot of pins (about every inch) and to avoid puckering, I pinned two sides, stitched them up and then pinned the other sides using a long, straight stitch. I sewed on the slowest setting. The decorative top stitch was added after I turned the blanket inside out.
Our book, Acrylic Solutions, mentions a whole bunch of techniques. In our workshops, you get to see us use them in real time! Look at all of this online workshop goodness:
Holiday weekend..that means big fat online workshop sale! Use the code DEALTEN and save $10 off every workshop we offer! You get handouts, great photography, excellent video.... BUT did you know you can come in and ask us questions about your art whenever you want AND for as long as you need to??? That's right! oh..I almost forgot... when you complete checkout? The material is emailed to you INSTANTLY. Boom.
Get in while the gettin's good! Click here to see the workshops.. and don't forget- DEALTEN will save you now through Monday! Happy holiday weekend!
I have 12 Photoshop layers of various art journal pages in this digital art. Can you spot them all?
The last two days have brought a lot of rain to San Diego! Measurable, luscious rain drops.. we hardly ever see it.
Cheers to falling asleep while listening to big fat rain drops... and to being cozy inside!
...and cheers to puppies who insist on drinking from puddles rather than their water dish..
Since we're indoors... why not make some art with us? This weekend only, save $10 off your purchase! Use the code SAVETEN at checkout! (I'm not a mathematician..but $10 off our classes makes most of them around $58... I assure you...you can't get a better online mixed media deal like this anywhere!)
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