Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Why Can't I Find My Pencil?

I keep a sketch book handy for those moments of inspiration, but why can't I find my pencil? hmmmmm......looks like I better spend some time cleaning the studio. Doesn't look like its going to be an art week. sigh. With my stepson graduating from high school and my stepdaughter graduating from 8th grade, I'll be cooking and cleaning for the party on Sunday. Maybe I'll find my pencil and at least be able to sketch a few of these ideas swimming around in my head.
That Mountain Dew on the table is not mine! I really have to speak to the kids about picking up after themselves!

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Memorial Day Special!

Summer is finally here and I was in the mood to purge the studio! I've just listed this really outstanding ephemera and collage lot on ebay. These photos are just a taste of the fun! I've pulled the lot together from my personal stash of favorites. Stuff I love to create with every day. It all comes in a vintage file box with dividers to organize your collage ephemera AND as an added bonus I'm throwing in 10 extra items for every $10 increase in the bidding. Be sure to check the auction out quick before its over. 3 days only!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Meet Grace

This is Grace. She is the first in a series of art dolls I'll be creating over the next month. I bought these antique spools on ebay thinking how nice they would look sitting in my antique sewing basket, and they do. But like anything else that's not nailed down in this house, they couldn't sit for very long before I wanted to make something fun with them. My friend JoAnna of Moss Hill Studio (see her wonderfully artistic blog in my links section) had made some gorgeous art dolls from spools and they really inspired me to create a few with my own style. Now my head is spinning with ideas for other dolls so stay tuned for future installments!

Grace has double wings made from antique hardware and a frame draped with antique text. The text is from a pre-1900 book of poetry. She has an antique German doll head and arms. These heads and arms are really special. They were excavated from a ruined doll factory in Thuringia, Germany and probably date to the 1880s. I love to think of them laying there in the ground all those years and now finally being brought to life in the form of a doll as they were originally intended. Grace is standing on a base I created from an antique railroad signal light that has been embellished with an antique brass locker tag and clock key. The winning bidder will receive a handmade collaged paper tag with her name and the verse "Grace be with you all" from Hebrews 13:25.

Introducing Joy

Introducing Joy! She is my second in a series of art dolls I'll be making throughout the month. I am really excited about this series, it brings me back to my fledgling start selling my art on eBay. After discovering the fascinating world of mixed media and collage I began making paper dolls out of antique cabinet photos and boy did my sales and my life as an artist take off! I'll have to remember to write more about those paper dolls another day.

Joy was created from an antique textile bobbin with the original yarn still attached. She has an antique German doll head and arms. I created a hat for her from a whimsical paper mache cone given to me by my friend Becky of Bees in my bonnet. (See my links for Becky's website and wonderful art!) I've created her petal skirt from antique text over a wire frame. Rubbing this paper thin enough to drape nicely over the frame was a challenge! Hubby suggested I take a break more then a few times after rubbing holes through the paper. Grrr! But I managed to get enough for her skirt. The text comes from an 1874 St. Nicholas children's magazine and tells the story of "Catherine" similar to the "Little Matchbox Girl" story. Her hat has been embellished with the number 7 key from an antique musical instrument from India and an old clock key protrudes from her base giving the impression of mechanical wind up doll. The winning bidder will receive a handmade collaged paper tag with her name and the verse "Be joyful always." from 1 Thessalonians 5:16.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Waiting on the Lord and my batteries to charge...

Recently my husband and I have been going through a cycle of trials, big and small, that we have come to realize God is using to shake us out of our comfort zone, grow us up in our faith, and bring about potentially exciting life changes. As we have experienced one trial after another we have looked to the Lord to see what it is He is wanting to teach us. Today the message seems to be loud and clear, "Perseverance", otherwise known as patience or steadfastness.

James 1:2-4 says "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete , not lacking anything."

I've spent the day putting the finishing touches on a couple of altered art dolls that I am very excited about listing in my Ebay auctions. Its a race against the clock to get them done before the sun goes down. Natural light gives me the best results when I take pictures of my art and the sun is finally shining after weeks of rain, but after only a few pictures of the first doll my camera beeps that fatal "low battery" beep and shuts itself down! Ugh! So here I sit, patiently waiting for my batteries to charge.

Meanwhile I thought I'd share these pictures of my most recent piece sold on ebay. It started with an antique camera lense that I cut from the face of an old camera with my trusty new jewelers saw. I knew it was destined for a necklace, but little did I know that it would take me over 3 months to find just the right setting for it. As I ventured through the remains of an antique store going out of business one day, I ran across a pair of old Pince Nez antique folding glasses and Liberty was born.

This one was a hard one to list. I wore it several times and became very attached to it, but I can't put groceries on the table if I don't sell my work. I listed it with a reserve and in a flurry of last minute bidding it was sold. I couldn't bear to stick it in a card board box to send it away, so I've hung on to it a few extra days while creating a special little collaged box of its own. I hope the buyer likes it.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Finally! I'm venturing into the wide world of blog-Is this thing on?

Well here it is mid-May and I am finally creating my first post for the blog I started in October. I hope to get to know this process well enough to begin journaling about my art, both the process of creating, and the business of passing it on.

I'm keeping this first post short and sweet. As I said in the title, "Is this thing on?". I have no idea what I'm doing. Computers are not my friend! This is a picture of my cat, but its pretty much been my attitude towards keeping up with technology. lol! Okay now, no laughing while I'm learning. Be sure to check back soon.