It’s amazing how a little encouragement can get the artistic juices flowing. I recently made a birthday card for someone. She loved it so much that she wanted to see other cards, so I made her more of the same one and many others that I thought she might like. She told others about the cards and they love them, too. And so I’ve been a busy little studio bee creating cards this week. Here are just a few. I make each card one by one, but some of them are available to order as a reproduction on my RedBubble site.
I indulged my love of paper this weekend at Paper Connection International in Providence, R.I. The company mainly supplies commercial paper sellers, but opens its doors to the public three times a year. Saturday was one of those times. There were lots of lovely textured and patterned papers, many of them handcrafted. I created a greeting card using the paper I bought as well as a mixed media painting–acrylic paint on handmade bamboo paper with collaged pieces from handwritten letters. This piece was created for the “language” theme for the April Creative Every Day Challenge. Oh, how I love paper!
The guiding theme for this month’s Creative Every Day Challenge is “small.” Anyone who knows me knows that I like big and bold–big and bold jewelry, big and bold colors, big and bold laughter, drama…. You get the idea. So small is challenging for me. I’m realizing that this would be a good month to focus on creating little bits of art in the way of my handcrafted greeting cards, because I only have little bits of time lately.
I’m way behind on creating new ones. I usually gear up for the fall Open Studios in Dorchester, Mass., much sooner than this. But the tough winter, overload of work at the office, and some indescribable malaise has made me sluggish these past few months. Hopefully, quick bursts of art will help.
Here are my latest cards. Both are made from the remains of a failed art project that I blogged about here.
Thanksgiving and Christmas are truly artist holidays. Everyone turns into artists! We spent Thanksgiving in New Hampshire with some friends. There was a creative meal that was beautifully presented, a skillfully orchestrated cleanup in which everyone took part, and musical chairs as we all drifted from room to room in and out of conversation with each other. There were more than 30 people there! That makes the hostess who pulled this off my new superhero. Talk about a Wonder Woman! Fabulous.
I stayed electronically unplugged this weekend just to take a break and enjoy the moments. Here are some of my latest creations as I continue to make Christmas cards for the craft show at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. It will take place Thursday (yikes!) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. If any of you are in the area, please drop by.
I hope you all had an absolutely wonderful Thanksgiving. I have so much to be thankful for—my loving husband and wonderful son who constantly lift me up with their unconditional love; my amazing Alabama mama and daddy who worked hard to give me the best that they could through circumstances that were not always the best; and friends who support me and make me laugh.
I am so behind on my blogging this week! It’s Day 21 of Art Every Day Month. Hard to believe. I’ve been very busy with work, basketball practice, Zumba, life, etc., but I have also been busy working on Christmas cards. This is the first time I finally have time to post what I’ve been working on. Here they are. Each one lovingly handcrafted. Enjoy.
Tonight was basketball practice for my son. That’s where I get to quickly make art while sitting courtside dodging stray balls. Fun. I managed to make three new cards tonight in the one-hour session. YAY for me. Here they are for Art Every Day Month: Day 9. One of them is for Whimsical Wednesday, which I’ll post there also. Guess which one. Enjoy.
I love today–the Sunday after we turn the clocks back for Daylight Savings. Boy, it just seems like the day goes on forever. Such luxury. I just relaxed, made a lovely chili for dinner with my son, as well as whole grain muffins and brownies; worked on several greeting cards for Art Every Day Month; went to the Y to exercise and to take my son to swimming; watched a little TV. And the evening is still young. Loving it.
It’s a nice to end to a busy, productive and fun weekend in which I picked up one of my paintings that was on exhibit at a gallery in Boston, delivered a painting that my good friend Susan bought (thanks, Susan!), took my son out for a bite to eat, and then had some laughs with him as we watched Megamind.
Here are the cards I’ve been working on for the past few days. I’m finally finding time to post them, as I enjoy the comforting sounds of my husband watching football downstairs. (I don’t really watch football, but there is something that is very soothing about the background noise of it.) One of these handcrafted cards has taken me into a new 3D direction, which I like. Enjoy.
Busy. Busy. Today I multitasked at the barbershop, on the way to the Y to exercise. My son got a haircut for the REACH charity event where the plate I designed will be auctioned off tomorrow evening, and I got to do some sketches and design another handcrafted card. That reminds me…the scarf that I painted for a Boston charity event was auctioned tonight. Can’t wait to find out how things went. Enjoy today’s work for Art Every Day Month.