I finally painted something! Yeah. I have a lot to do today. I felt like crap the last couple days. My neck is jacked up because my spinal cord has a joint out of place. It's probably been like that for decades, but now that I am older well it bothers me ALL the time. Stiff and when it is real bad it gives me a headache. I cannot do much when I feel like that and it pretty much sucks. So, when I come off a couple days of that and I feel better, I always feel like I am catching up. Today is that day. I have a few loads of laundry, dishes (always dishes) vacuuming...the list goes on. Once I get that accomplished, I have to head out to the post office. I sure hope I can sew today. I've been putting that off forever.
This is a little trinket box I painted for my niece. As you can see I have been taking a little break from painting the last couple weeks. Now that Christmas is over and I have tons more free time to myself, I am going to start creating again soon.
Cold winter weather has been upon us all week. I have not had a winter like this in over 20 years. I always appreciated the 300 sunny days we had in Denver. Now I understand why they call it a "depressed" state. lol People need sunlight. The ground matches the sky most days here in Ohio. White! Oh well. I guess I should not complain. I like snow. I just don't like driving in it. And I am blessed to NOT have to drive in it day in and day out going to work. I can sit here in my PJ's and make crafts all day if I wish. That's the life I love! I would not have it any other way. :)
I am almost out of canvas, boxes, and other painting supplies. Once I run out I suppose I'll have to start working on something else. I declared that I would not purchase more supplies till I sold some of the art I made. That's fine. I have plenty of knitting and hook rug projects to finish this winter anyway. That will force me to work on them.
This hand painted notebook is so awesome. I love how it turned out. The crackle and antique finish makes it look almost leather like. It's so pretty, I could not dare write in it! lol I am debating on whether to offer it for sale. I know, I do this a lot. I make things I would want to purchase myself, then end up wanting to keep it. LOL Oh well. Maybe that is my way of not feeling bad that I am a "starving artist." Some day's I think about why I even bother...but, that does not last long because I love pretty things and I love making pretty things. Regardless if anyone else cares or not. Can you guess what I am using as my backdrop here? lmbo
This stool was really fun to paint. I actually did it over the summer, but I made some changes to her, today, which I think made her even lovelier than she was before. I have not listed this one because the colors are so pretty and it looks great in my bathroom. I know it is a weird place for a stool, but one thing these stools are good for are propping your feet up while your on the toilet. OMGosh, did I say that out loud? lol I really love snow. I mean, I am a ski fan, but it has not really stopped for days. lol I am not used to this. We'd get dumped on in Denver for a couple days, then it would stop...get sunny..then melt. This snow is slowly accumulating over time. Though, I am happy the roads have not been terribly bad. I am anticipating the days of getting snowed in.
I love th3e Victorian era. The gowns, the horse drawn carriages, the houses. Everything is awesome about the style of that time. This little painting is crackled and antiqued and it turned out real neat.
My newest little creation is up on Ebay this afternoon, starting at .99cents. Click on the image to go to the auction.
I made this grungy Echinacea box a few weeks ago. I put it on Ebay for .99 because I am crazy! Oh well, one lucky person may have themselves and awesome Christmas gift! lol Click on the picture to go the the auction.
Crackle definitely can tone bright colors down. I used to use black paint and water to antique (not thinking that I should be using burnt umber) If you look closely the it almost looks like leather. I love that.
It's snowing! Looks like winter is finally here. I am literally sitting here in my funny knitted hat that comes over my ears and has a ball on top. I found that when I have a headache, keeping a hat on helps. LOL What? I know, a bit weird...but whatever, right?
I finished my painting. I am fairly happy it turned out as cute as it did. I've never attempted a baby. Of course, here he is a little older. But, I do believe the first Christmas was not originally on the night of the babies birth. It took those wise men a while to get there. lol I would love to use this print on cards for Christmas, but I think it is a bit late for that. Maybe next year. I have not decided yet whether to offer this on Ebay or just donate it. We will see.
This is a little painting, only 4x6. I tell ya, they are a bit hard to do and my brushes are not the greatest, so it was pretty tiedious. I may offer this on Ebay starting at 99 cents, just to keep my name out there. I have not painted today(yet anyway) I was busy getting some feral cat houses and other things situated in my garage. I have a measly little rescue blog and I do what I can for any homeless kitties that are lucky enough to come across my path. I wish I could do more. If I had the means financially, I would already have a cage free sanctuary and adoption facility of my own. Some day....
This is another 5x7 on canvas board. She is real pretty. I love the combination of colors. She is available on ETSY. The gray hair even looks like it is shimmery in this photo, though it is not really. I like long silver hair on a woman. Heck I even like silver hair on a man. I suppose it is better than no hair. :(
I bought a few new colors at JoAnn's the other day. This light olive green and the coral I used on the flower and her lips. They are really pretty colors and I am very happy how this turned out. She is available on ETSY.
It's been raining a lot lately. It is weird because ya think we'd be getting snow. I should not complain though. Because I'd rather it rain than snow. I am sure we will have plenty of that soon enough! Time for me to get cleaned up and relax. I am tried!
Instead of working on something new, I decided to do more "tweaking". It really just started with the eyes, but I added more coats of paint to make the colors more vibrant. I have noticed that when I add eye color to these paintings, it gives them more life. So, that is what I have been doing with some of my older paintings.
Tucker is still hanging in the sun room. I bought a space heater for those chilly evenings. There's all glass back there and without that heater it would get pretty cold. I only keep it at mid 50's. It would run all hours if not. But, it is much better than spending those nights outdoors in 30 to 40 degrees. Plus, he stays out of trouble. He is actually quite affectionate, if not a bit rough at times. But, he does kill squirrels, so he's a mighty warrior..lol I try to go either play or pet him at least 5 to 10 times a day. Sometimes it feels like my job..taking care of all these kitties but I love to do it.
Well, here is an angel that looks a lot like me! hahaha. This is a larger painting than I have been doing lately. It is an 8x10 canvas board. I like her stringy hair. This one was really fun to paint. I wanted desperately to make something a little different and I think I achieve it here.
I thought I would never get around to painting today. But, as dinner was cooking in the oven, I took the opportunity to work on this. I love the colors. I was a bit apprehensive at first. I mean I doubt I would wear the color "green apple" but it is very pretty up against yellow, black and white. I started my first Frita painting. I have not gotten too far on her, but I think I will probably have her finished tomorrow. It's gotten quite chilly here. I left the house only once, to get the mail. lol What's it gonna be like when the snow comes. I might be cooped up for days.
I finished a box painting this morning, despite feeling a bit under the weather. I am hoping the headache does not come back, but I can still feel remnants of it, so I have to take it easy. I must be getting pretty good at paintings these lovelies, because this was pretty easy, despite my loopy condition. I kept her simple though, so that helped. Regardless of her simplicity, I think she is beautiful.
Not too much time to paint today, but I was able to get this little 4x5 finished. She will be listed on ETSY in the next day or so. I am not cooking for Thanksgiving this year. Instead I am going to Amish Country with my mother, brother and his kids. It will be nice not to have to clean, prepare food and do dishes that's for sure! I might even be able to do a little painting tomorrow. I already have two sketched out on boxes, so we will see.
I did a quick little update on a box I painted back in May. WOW..Color really brought it to life. I like it SOOOO much better now. The sides have large crackle, which is not easy to see in the photo. Anyway, this is going to my younger sister for her birthday & Christmas. She's one of the unlucky ones to have them fall close together. Not that I don't give her plenty of presents..lol She usually doesn't read my block, so this "should" be a surprise. She'll be getting all sorts of hand made's from me this year.
I just added more cards to Ebay. I wanted to lower the price, but Ebay charges me $1.40 per sale. WHAT? I am going to add these to ETSY as well. If you want to order them straight from me, I can discount the Ebay fees. Now, back to work!
Here is a fun and whimsical flower box I have placed on ETSY. The crackle finish on it is great and I love the colors. I am running out of room because of all this art I am making. lol I am using up all those canvas's and supplies I bought over the summer, though. It is good that I have a creative bug. It is keeping me occupied and enjoying myself.
Available Now on ETSY. I have 9 sets ready to ship for the holidays. I am offering mix and match on my sales blog. And soon will have My Island girls available. If you don't know what I am referring to then jet on over to my other blogs to find out!!
The 4th in "My Island Girl" series. She has an ethnic look about her, except for her stunning blue eyes. Hey, that could happen. Anyway, I have post her on my sales blog and am offering prints of all four together for a great price.
I finally got something created, today. This cute chunky painting was inspired by a little girl named Luci. She lives in Greece. I did a commissioned painting of her yesterday and wanted to make something a little more on the whimsical side. This is my last chunky canvas...that I have in stock that is. lol Trying to use up what I have before going to purchase any more.
Wouldn't it be nice to be able to walk around with flowers in your hair like this. I mean, you could if you want to pay to have it put up and pined in place, but then eventually the flowers would droop and well it just would not last. I love the dramatic look this has with the hot pink, black hair and Indian & Turquoise blue. I never like turquoise besides the jewelry, but wow I really love painting with it. Can you tell? It is just very stunning. The eyes are magical. She is available on in my ETSY shop.
I love the quickness of painting on a small canvas. I really enjoy being able to finish something within an hour. It's such great therapy for ADD. lol I am very thrilled that I got to create something today. I spent most of it running errands and just piddling around with Ebay and chatting on Facebook. Facebook is amazing. I can communicate with friends in Japan, Greece and all over the world for free.
Moses & Chin Chin, my two feral Siamese cats, are the inspiration behind this little 5x7 painting. If only I could hold them like this picture. But, I do believe that I will be able to in heaven. I have read the book of Enoch. Enoch is in the old testament, the grandfather of Noah. He was a prophet of the time and walked with God. Enoch did not die, according to the bible, but he was taken up with God. Enoch wrote about how the angels had jobs in heaven ( and on earth) among other things. So if Enoch was right, then I think I will be a kitty caretaker angel. As most would already say that I am. Therefore, one day in heaven I will hold and kiss these two feral kitties. They will understand that I gave them a good home away from the rough outdoors and all will be well.
I am sitting here debating on whether to paint today. I suppose it would be good to take the full day off of creating all together. I am just not sure I am capable. What else is there to do? Clean, watch TV? That sounds so dull. I'll probably puts around online and get inspired, I suppose. I painted this one because my sister said she liked the Raven Hair'd Box. So, I kept the color scheme similar. I kinda like the simplicity of this one. I also like that she can be hung immediately without a frame. I think it's neat that way. I'll be placing this on my sales blog tomorrow. But, today I get to put on the things that did not sell on Ebay. Most of which are going on my gift list to family. I suppose that having ten females on my list is a good thing, cuz everyone's getting something made!
Here is another re-worked painting. I added eye color is all. This one will make a great print for a card. That's enough of me today, don't you think? Not that anyone is reading this anyway. I don't care. As long as I am having fun, that is all that matters.
I reworked a painting that was just on Ebay. I added eye color and this cool tile effect background. This one is going to be going on my gift list. I cannot say who, incase she reads my blog. But, I think the colors will match her bedroom...hinthint. Lol