Monday, April 25, 2011

JIngle Bellas Christmas Card Challenge

Recently I was invited (Thank you Crafty Dawn) to join an online group titled, Bella Creations. Within this large group are sub-groups focusing on different artistic interests. For eample, I am in the Jingle Bellas. These group members makes Christmas art all year long. The team leader defines monthly art challenges. This is where the fun begins. April's challenge was to make four Christmas cards but they had to include a flower. I was chosen for the honor of la Creme du Bella of the week. (See the image on my sidebar) The judge said there was some awesome competition but she kept coming back to my art because it made her smile and isn't that what art is supposed to do? I love that my art has made someone smile. Visit Bella Creations to see some beautiful work and a lovely, positive group of artistic ladies.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Collage Epehemera

Hi. Collage ephemera has an entirely new meaning today. It's hotter than I thought. People give me magazines to use the text or portions of color from a page, even parts of a picture for my mixed-media collage pieces. Today I got this one given to does have good text and the visuals are great.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Skeletal Image/Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock

Skeletal Image

The days move along

in and out of my moods,

over and under the real me.

I've yet to be living

in a style that seems

to be peaceful to me.

One that sustains my breath

and nurtures the artist in me.

A constant wait.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Daniel Edmondson Painting Tips and Tricks

The facebook address I listed to reach Daniel's painting tips and tricks seems to be going on a direction of its own. To view his videos go to:

Friday, April 15, 2011

Daniel Edmondson Painting Tips and Tricks

This is an inspiring oil painting Blog to visit. Go there fto sign up for his free painting tips and tricks. He's a pro and knows what he's doing inside and out. (I think he could talk my dog in believing he could paint.) I'm considering taking his workshop and I haven't used oil paints for years. He's made me want to start again.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

OOps Wrong Big Bow Challenge

Uh, Oh, and Tra, La, La I missed the directions to the Big Bow Challenge. I was supposed to make 12 bows not one large bow. This is an April Challenge for Jingle Bellas in Bella Creations. I am a new member and I've already messed up. I put photos of my parents and grandparents on the bow. I used India Ink and ephemera. Had fun though and will probably use this bow on a Thanksgiving wreath. I am going to try to meet the challenge of making the 12 bows. I'll let you know....

Big Bow Challenge for Bella Creations

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Another Character Sketch

What do you think? I think I'll continue to draw theses characters for the picture story. They need to be fun and ornery boys....

Character Sketches

I'm working on some rough sketches/samples to develop characters for a picture story I wrote titled, "Hurry Up, Let's Go." I'm alrady a bit attached to these bird characters so I may have to further develop them and see if they'll make a go on the pages of that story. I am very comfortable with colored pencils, acrylic or oil, and mixed-media collage (which I'm practically having a love affair with lately) but I think I may challenge myself and work with watercolors.

Current Book I'm Reading and Recipe

I'm reading "Lunch in Paris" (A Love Story with Recipes) by Elizabeth Bard. I'm actually reading several books right now but I wanted to mention this one and include the recipe for Individual Molten Chocolate Cakes (Moelleux Chocolat "Kitu"). I also want to state that I'm especially posting this cake recipe for Crafty Dawn whom adores cake. So here it is Dawn: 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter 5 ounces dark chocolate (70 percent cocoa; the quality of the chocolate is essential-Valrhona or Green & Black's) A good pinch of course sea salt 2 eggs 2 egg yolks 1/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon flour Preheat the oven to 450*F. Melt butter and chocolate together in the top of a double boiler or in the microwave. Add sea salt. Meanwhile, beat together the eggs, egg yolks, and sugar with a whisk or an electric beater until light and slightly foamy. Add the egg mixture to the warm chocolate; whisk quickly to combine. Add flour and stir just to combine. The batter will be quite thick. The unmolding is the tricky part of these little cakes; the only foolproof solution is to use Reynolds foil cupcake liners (paper liners don't work, they stick). Use 5 or 6 liners stacked together so they're rigid enough to make a freestanding mold. Make 6 of these molds. (If you can't find the foil baking cups, use small ramekins, generously buttered.) Divide the batter evenly among the molds. Baking time will depend on your oven; start with 7 minutes for a thin outer shell with a completely molten interior, 8 minutes for a slightly thicker crust and gooey heart. Serves 6