Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

I had the awesome pleasure of visiting Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art this summer.  This Museum is located in Bentonville, Arkansas in the northwest part of the state.  The collection spans five centuries of American Art!
If you haven't been here yet, you must go!!!
As the sign says "YOU BELONG HERE."
The architecture of the building is amazing, designed by Moshe Safdie, and filled with layers and textures and yumminess, oh, my!
The inside and outside are filled with such wonderful finds, 
you won't believe that they are in the middle of the nation!  

Artful patios, walking trails, sprawling lawns, and beautiful gardens surround the building, making for an all-encompassing art experience!



You will also find a gathering space, an amazing restaurant, named Eleven, perfect for enjoying a full day of fun and a great view!

These are just two of my favorite art pieces in the recent exhibit.  Above, a Mary Cassatt piece, 1877, and below a piece by Will Barnet, 1965, showing one of my beloved pastimes!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Dina-fying it

I had the fortunate opportunity to take a class from the very talented artist
Dina Wakley this summer at My Heart's Fancy in Edmond, Oklahoma.
We learned so many techniques, my head was 
spinning after just a few hours of playing...
...stenciling... masking... portrait drawing...paint dripping...
...using Dina's face stamps...reverse masking...adding dresses and words...
...layering stencils and images, adding white for that extra finish...
...stamping on tags, scribble writing in white...
...more masking...stenciling...stamping using recycled circles...borders...
...texture stamping...positive space stencil masking...
...layers...layers...layers...
...using baby wipes to pull off color or to spread it around...
...collaging with thin stenciled papers...

.... pasteling and then collaging with Tim Holtz Found Relatives cards...
...stamping in a line to lead the eye...
...washi tape awesomeness...

These are just a few of the techniques we learned.

  I also used her book to find even more brilliant ideas for art journaling!
I would highly recommend this book and Dina's workshops too!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Art Unplugged 2014

I had a blast at this year's Art Unplugged at Mrs. O'Leary's in Wichita, KS. Catching up with old friends, making new ones, creating lots of art, being silly, and learning a lot of new techniques are just some of the antics that take place each year at this awesome week long event! 
Here are three of the Santos dolls that were created during this week.
 Joni, Debby, and Mary did a great job, don't you think?!
A few of my projects from the week...

This is a little soldered house with vintage photos inside.
The roof is hinged and opens to add trinkets.

One of my favorites. a little capsule made out of copper tubing, etched, cabochon/bezel added to the lid.  I then decided to make it into a necklace using dark chain and other copper embellishments. I love the contrast between the copper and the dark chain!
I was not brave enough to make a complete Santos with wings this time, but I did want to make the crown. I ran the cut copper through the embossing machine for texture, annealed it, and then added the stars with copper nail brads.
This is one of Joni's favorite tile bracelets that she has created in several themes.  I used the extra work time to hang with my buds and finally finish mine.  Special thanks to Faron for helping with the wire wrapping to relieve my tired fingers from all their work this week!
There was a bit of leftover clay from the Santos projects hanging around in the workshop.  I decided it would be fun to make a VanGogh ear. My friend Texas Mary helped perfect it. Then, I decided it would be great to make it into a charm to hang from a necklace with VanGogh inspired trinkets. This lead to deciding that this little fun-ness needed to go home with one of my fellow Art Unpluggers as an award for being the best listener as voted by all attendees. I had to make a traveling box for it, as well.  Next year, the previous recipient (yay Cecile) will bring it back with them, possibly adding a few more things to it, and it will be awarded again to the best listener...I know, super silly, huh?...Just another fun thing that happens at this great event every year!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

summer scrappin'

This summer I got to play "Scrappin" with some vintage photos, stamps from Artful Illusions, stencils, fun papers, and embellishments to create "Stamples" for Mrs. O'Leary's. Here are a few of my finished products and close-ups.








It was a fun challenge to layer all of these products, techniques, and photos to create a 12 by 12 composition.  I really love how these turned out!




You can see more of my 12 by 12 obsession herehere, and here.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Keep Calm...


That time of year again...a new bulletin board to inspire the lovelies to bring their pencils to art class!

Mona is helping give the stare down 
as students enter the art room, making sure they 
"keep calm and always carry a pencil to art!"

You can see more Mona inspirations hereherehere and here...

Monday, April 28, 2014

artful hearts

This month's challenge for my Altered Artists Group is to alter Dollar Store wooden boxes.  I decided to take the lids off and make shadow box projects from them.  I have also been wanting to use some glittered Styrofoam hearts, bird cages, and charms from my collections. 
This one is inspired by my Chunkie Junkies that
I made a while ago...you can see more here.

I just love that I found a use for
this little niche I got at Michael's.
I am loving how this series came out!
They all look great hanging together.

You can see another altered box project here.