Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Sunflower and snakes...oh, my!

This is what it looks like through the light from the window. Pretty sweet. It would be really cool placed up against a light source.

Here is what it looks like just on a flat surface, still neat but not as cool as with light.

Snakes (as named by a three and a half year old) Acrylic on window. ($175)

Detail of sunflower, a commissioned piece for Kelly!

Sunflower. Acrylic/vintage music on antique window. (SOLD)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Home Sweet Home

There is a little reflection off of the glass...sorry!

Home Sweet Home. This is one funky nest. Reminds me of ketchup and mustard.
Acrylic/charcoal/vintage magazine and watercolor ($200)
Size: 32'' x 33'' and mighty heavy.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Art Q&A

What better way to celebrate this magnificently blustery day then to play a little Q&A session. Here goes.

Q: Where do you find your old windows?

A: A few places. 1. Freecycle 2. Street corners and garbage cans 3. My friends 4. I find out where people are renovating and then ask if I can, "take them off their hands." They usually are stoked. 5. Alice's Wonderland Antique Store in Mt.Vernon. She usually has a great stash for me once in a while. I clean her out. I have quite the stash now but will always take more, especially the small ones!

Q: What is your technique behind "watercolor magazine"

A: Exactly what it sounds like. I use old magazines (the ones that aren't coated in any gloss and take watercolor well) and use my good ole trusty Dick Blick watercolors and carbonate or charcoal pencil. Very tricky, I know.

Q: Where do you come up with the inspiration behind some of your art?

A: I often ask myself that very same question. Most of the time I see something on a website that will spark an idea, then I run into the kitchen.....pull out a window and go at it. I rarely sketch my ideas down. I like flying by the seat of my pants.

Q: Where do you get your vintage materials?

A: Usually antique stores (Polly Ann's in MV) They sell them very cheap if you can dig around. Garage and tag sales are good too. I go through my parents stash of old things once in a while.

Q: What is your art background?

A: God has graciously given me a little artistic talent and of course my mama. She encouraged creativity in all forms. I thank her for that. Ironically I didn't have time for an art class in high school because of music, but I majored in art and secondary education from Cornell College. Taught high school and middle school art for two years and hope to return someday when chillins are in school.

Got a question? Ask away in the comment section.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Tree Bird

Tissue paper on the bottom.

Tree Bird. Antique window/collage/acrylic/paint pen/paper birds (SOLD)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

New Art!!!

Happy Poppies. Acrylic on double paned antique window ($300)
This is taken outside in the bright sun so the yellow is not that bright! The camera does no justice to this one. I love it. The detail rocks.

Musical Poppy. Acrylic/collage with vintage music on window (SOLD)

I Heart You. Collage with water colored vintage magazines/acrylic on window. (SOLD)
The framing on this is a little more worn, but it can also be painted over.

Etude Pear. Small window with collage of vintage music/acrylic (SOLD)

Friday, April 10, 2009

An Art Event!


This blog and the artists are awesome. Here is their website and their email. SHOP LOCAL! (Iowa City!)


They are having their spring open house and since I can't go (boo) I'm passing on their invite to you! April 24th, desserts, art and free giveaways! Email them for more info and directions.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Garner Art

All three together. Truck, guitar and bottle caps.

Close up of the bottle caps.

Here they are (ta-da!)
Commissioned for their house and to be delivered today! Woo hoo!
They wanted a retro feel and I got lots of details into their lives to add to the paintings. I think they turned out pretty sweet, I hope they like them!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Hello Cupcake and Landscape

Hello, Cupcake! Smaller window (1.5 x 1.5) acrylic/fabric/collage ($100)
The camera does no justice to the cool colors in this. The bottom is a funky lime green and the top is candy pink. Mmmmm cupcakes. The actual cupcake parts are watercolor magazine...actually from 1908...pretty cool.
This window is very long. I haven't measured it yet but I'd venture a guess....maybe 3 feet long? I haven't named it yet...so we'll call it Iowa landscape, plain acrylic on glass (SOLD)

I like the clouds the best. Here is a detail shot of the clouds and sky.
Most of these will be on display (unless I sell them miraculously beforehand at Chalk the Walk)
See link: http://www.visitmvl.com/main/visitor-information/things-to-see-&-do/events/chalk-the-walk/details/

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Knee Deep In Daisies and Leaf me alone

Detail of Leaf me Alone.

Leaf Me Alone. Collage/Acrylic/Antique window 2x3'

2 x 3' (SOLD)

One side says Knee Deep the other says In Daisies (it's from an old song called Knee Deep in Daisies and head over heels in love) The music is from the sheet music to that song.
2.5 x 3' Antique window, Acrylic/collage (SOLD)
Knee Deep in Daisies


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