Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Another angel

Mother's Day was good, and bad. I received flowers, cards, and even a wonderful dinner,
however that was also the day my dear sweet mother went to the hospital with pneumonia.
She has spent 96 years and 11 months on this earth, cheering for the Indiana Pacers, keeping up with current events, and enjoying her family.  The Lord took her to heaven on May 22. I have many happy memories to think about, so I try not to be sad. Anna Catherine was tired and ready to see her husband and daughter in Heaven.Thanks to all our friends for the prayers and condolences. It means a lot to our family to know that she had so many friends.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms out there.
I am so thankful that I got to be a Mom to four great
kids, watching them grow up to become fine adults. each one contributing
to society in their own special way. We are certainly blessed by each one
of them and their families. Thank you kids for remembering me this weekend,
and for giving me the pleasure of being your Mom.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Cuff bracelet

This is something I made using the scraps from my fabric flowers that I made.
I painted canvas aqua (my favorite color), then backed it with some fabric
that resembles snake skin. I glued the small fabric flowers on and found a flower
button to keep it on, using a pony tail loop on the other end. It is about 3 inches wide
and seems to get a lot of attention.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Block printing my way

This past week Amy Guadagnoli, who makes wood block prints, spoke at the
Williamson County Art Guild meeting. She cuts her blocks, and prints each one by
hand, making a mono-print. I was so inspired that I decided to make my own print, on a much smaller
scale, using the Staedtler Master Carving Block. I cut a piece 31/2 X 61/2 and drew on the design.
These blocks are so easy to carve; it's like cutting butter! Having never carved anything quite this size,
it was a little challenging. I did not want it to be too perfect, but more organic looking, so I think it
worked out pretty well. I tend to make circles and curves when I make marks; this is what happened.
The connecting circles depict how everything is connected in the universe. The dove of peace flies in
the spiral sky above the rising sun, and the wheel is a sign of moving forward. I used some screen
printing inks on rice paper (this is the bright one). Lumiere paints were used on the black paper,
and black on the white rice paper. I'm sure I will be doing more of these because I love the unexpected, the surprises, that you get with the whole process.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Dove of Peace

Sonia, from Stinger Studio, has been leading some of us in different ways of doing things.
The dove was started with a very colorful background on heavy watercolor paper.
I then outlined the dove and painted white around it to leave the negative space of the dove.
It looked too white for me, so I sanded the background with sand paper until some of the background color
was peaking through. I like it better this way.