Wednesday, August 29, 2012

She needs a name...

YES! It's a Blog Contest.  This character that I've been drawing needs a name.  She's spunky, and quirky, and batsh!t crazy.  She knows she's fabulous.  And she knows her truths.  She is the Ultimate Brave Girl.

But she needs a name.

Post your name ideas here, or on the facebook thread, and on Monday, Labor Day, I will choose the winning name. Also please post your name and email address in the comment portion.  

The winner will get a print of the character, their choice.

Here are the 6 I've done so far... put those thinking caps on and let's GO!

Monday, August 27, 2012


INKS.  lol  Got your attention?

I took an 8x10 canvas panel, spread some mod podge, smooshed (very technical term) a piece of tin foil on it and wrapped the rest around the edges. 

Then I grabbed 4 or 5 alcohol inks and went to town - used the applicator a little bit, and some blending solution... but this was the result.

I like it. 

Took all of about 5 minutes.  

Saturday, August 25, 2012

I'm seeing a pattern here...

this lady keeps coming out of me.  dressing her is half the fun.  coming up with a new fabulous quote is even MORE fun. 

I think I will hold a contest to 'name'  her. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Yes, yes I am...

vermont... art inspiring.

 Just got back from 5 days in Vermont.  We stayed at two different B&B's, both very different, both incredible in their own way.  We drove up past Lake George, and cut into Vermont close by Addison, where we stayed the first two nights at the Barsen House Inn.  Daphne and Peter Jensen were incredible hosts.  A few shots of The Barsen House.

There was a dog there, her name is Addison (yes, like the town!) and she is called "Addie".  Addie was a rescue mutt, part beagle, part bassett and about 4 years old.  SO cute.  VERY shy, but Daphne assured us that she would be our best friend by the end of our stay.  And she was.  Except that Addie would forget who we were if we weren't by her side - if we left the Inn for a few hours she would act like she was meeting us for the first time.  This is Addie:

We toured around Lake Champlaign, visited Middlebury (cute shops!!) and saw Vergennes more than a few times driving through. 

We hiked Mt Philo, which kicked my arse.  I have hiked at 10,000 feet in Colorado, so I know what altitude can do to a body.   Halfway up Mt Philo I felt like I was at 10,000 feet PLUS.  When we got to the summit, we discovered that we were at... ready for it?  968 feet.  I'm sorry, WHAT? I LIVE at 1,200 feet.  And 968 kicked my butt.  LOL  My only excuse was that it was very STEEP.  Believe me?

Here are some shots from Mt. Philo:

I'm holding up the mountain.  Seriously.

On our way to the second B&B which is just outside of Woodstock, we drove to Burlington, and then to Ben & Jerry's to take the tourist tour.  LOL  It was fun, and the ice cream was amazing. 

On to Barnard, to the Maple Leaf Inn.  Nancy & Peter were our hosts, and the Inn was spectacular.  I ran out of room on my camera by that point, and didn't have a card with me.

We met a great group of people, one of the things I love best about staying at a B&B.  In fact, our last night there, 8 of us went out for dinner together.  The only downside to a self-professed cell junkie was that I had NO cell service at the B&B.  Had to go almost 10 miles before my service kicked in... egads.  Hated being out of touch! LOL

Vermont was very artist friendly.  Lots of galleries showcasing local artists, and I toured every dang one of them, getting inspired at every turn.

Vermont was very hard hit by Hurricane Irene last year, and the devastation was still very evident.  Roads still closed, covered bridges washed away... homes destroyed, businesses empty. 

On our way home we stopped in East Dorset, Vermont.  East Dorset is home to the Bill Wilson House, the co-founder of AA.  Unfortunately, the house was CLOSED to visitors that day, (just my luck!!) but I got to take some photos.  I wasn't the only disappointed person, there was a guy there in the same boat I was.  We had a chance to talk, which was nice.  After asking the info center for directions to Bill W's gravesite, we walked around the old cemetery and finally found his grave marker.  You would know it was his before even reading his name, because of all the coins and pins left there... and I proudly added my latest 3 year coin. 

Very emotional and moving.  I said my silent thank you... 

My coin is the second from left. :-)  
NOW - more about ART.  So inspired, and so thankful that I brought my art journal with me - and that I had done a bit of prep work prior... some of these are still a W.I.P. (work in progress). 

Just started doing the watercolors on this one.

Still need to add color to this one.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

God Box

I gave my sponsee a God Box for her celebration this week. This is an altered Altoid Tin.

Covered in paper and dragonflies. I let her choose what she wanted the box to say and she chose "Let go, Let God"

Good choice.

It's sealed with a semi-gloss gel, thus the reason the photo is giving off a bit of shine. It's much more matte in real life.