To see more delicious contributions to this challenge, click on Nadine above to see the beautiful and interesting collection of visuals.Thanks for dropping in; I hope to see you soon, *smiles* Norma
Sunday, July 29, 2012
This week the theme is 'cross stitch' which was chosen by our friend and host, Nadine.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Hello! Hello! I see you are all here. It's time for the Mad Tea Party - 2012. This fantastic fete is hosted by the lovely Miss Vanessa of A Fanciful Twist and I am just one of many taking part in this magical event to celebrate all things Alice. I hope that you'll take some time to visit all the other party pals who have created magical posts just for you. Just click on to 'A Fanciful Twist' which is highlighted above and you will be directed to a list of players. There you just click away to your heart's content. Believe me, this is eye candy galore. See you there!!In honour of this whacky mad fun, I've made a brooch to give away to one player who has left a comment on this post. I'll be drawing from a hat (a mad hatter's hat) next Saturday. The brooch is painted on to primed canvas and edged in crochet cotton. I'll be attaching the clasp at the back, but for this photo I've only the front shot for you.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
On my desk today is watercolor, watercolor, and more watercolor. And flowers when I can get them. Today are some funny looking daisies. I've never seen these before; their petals are curled like crazy. They are awesome. this paper takes watercolor.
Thanks for dropping in today. To see more wonderful desks from a great group of folk who play along with the one and only Julia on her blog 'Stamping Ground' just click her name. See you soon I hope. *smiles* Norma
Sunday, July 22, 2012
My heart soars to learn that there are birds in this world called 'peeps' so I just had to draw one of them. I've started on 'Rufous-Necked Stint' who is in summer attire. Tag Tuesday fun as this week the theme was water birds, but I fear I may not complete this bird in time for a post there. We shall see. Here's a closer view. I've given it a very black beak indeed.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Every studio needs a fern I say (or at least something green and growing.) Here's mine: Where Bloggers Create 2012." I've not been paying close attention so just grabbed this event by the coattails. No time to clean. What you see is what you get. Here's my storage system for the important stuff: ironed and ready to go used tea bag paper, Chinese joss paper, Japanese origami paper and all of the bits and pieces that would otherwise get lost. They're all in the drawers. Used, thrown out, rusted, mismatched metal index card file drawers rock my world. The 'crew' which I won at auction watch me from their high perch as I work. KROMA. I couldn't live without these. Kim Henkel.
Friday, July 13, 2012
I knew immediately that I'd be headed for the acrylic paint drawer which is in my desk, and pulling out the "yellow iron oxide" jar first, followed close upon by "iridescent gold" and placing "iron violet" at the ready...when I read that our theme this week for the drawing challenge would be finger painting. Carole, our host for this one chose such a gloriously freeing exercise that I couldn't wait one second to get started. For some time now my head has been swimming with painting ideas done on used tea bag paper with acrylics using palette knives solely. I see organic shapes swimming by in my mind's eye and am just itching to get around to them. Well thanks to Carole, I have. Okay so I started with the finger painting. I'd dipped my finger right into the jar to capture blobs of saturated color, and applied the paint. Yellow first, then gold. But I just could not help myself. I had to use the palette knife and so I dipped that into "pearlescent white" and drew lines with the knife. Then did the same with gold. Then I stopped. I knew the painting was finished. But that I needed to encircle a few blob shapes with hand stitched gold metallic thread. I did that...and so here is the painting entitled "WHEN THE DUST SETTLES YOU'LL SEE THE GOLD"
For a few weeks now the song "Heart of Gold" by Neil Young has been weaving its magic through my thoughts. I hear the lyrics:
'It's these expressions I never give That keeps me searching for a heart of gold And I'm getting old.'And this has been the inspiration for this painting. The organic shapes have a cycle. They come up from below, ripen, age, pop, float, and sink back to below. Throughout this whole cycle there is gold in various forms. Just like life. Thanks for dropping in. I'll see you soon I hope! *smiles* Norma
Have a look at the delicious variety offered here in the drawing challenge. To see work for this week's theme of 'finger painting' click on to Carole which I've linked above. You'll have fun here. I've posted a day ahead of time this week so drop in to see the others' work during the weekend. Ciao!
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Welcome to Buried Treasure: an online, collaborative project that invites art bloggers to go into the depths of their blogs and dig for buried treasure. Each participant was asked to repost one (or more) or their favorite posts from their own blog. There are so many brilliant artists out there but so little time to explore all their work fully. This gives us all an opportunity to see highlights from posts we may have missed from so many of our favorite bloggers!
When I go back in time to view my body of work I cringe a little...but we all get better as we go along right? In the end, I decided to re-post this for the 'Buried Treasure' blog hop created by the one and only Seth.BE PROTECTED OF THE GODS We're nearing the end of one period of time and just about to enter a new period. I've been thinking of beginnings and how a different or 'new' attitude to a same thing, a thing known, can transform it into a new thing, a thing unknown. Like a new period of time, or a new life in fact.
This post inspired me very much this day and so I found myself digging out an egg I'd made years ago from papier mache (I made the mold from plaster of paris from a hand sculpted egg shape) and painted with a coating of gesso and then splattered with a toothbrush with acrylics in lilac, pale and dark brown and a whisper of grey. I'd applied lettering in a phrase in french which I've long forgotten the meaning of and so when I went to google for translation it gave me this: "Be protected of the Gods." So I'm going with that.
May all of you have a pretty fantastic New Years' celebration however you do it. Be safe. Be loved. See you in the new year!
Thanks for dropping by today; to see many more re-posts for this wonderful event, click on to Seth where he is highlighted above and you'll go to the list of linked artists participating.
See you soon I hope, *smiles* Norma
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Drawing Challenge: tree house This week our host is the fabulous Rachel who chose this wonderful theme. My offering is a paper cutting using Japanese hand made paper and origami paper, and Chinese joss paper in a silvered gold leaf. These are cut and mounted on to used tea bag paper. My glue stick is a gooey mess due to years of laying unused. So I could only tack it in places:
Thanks for dropping by and we'll see you at the tea party I hope. See you soon! *smiles* Norma