Friday, September 19, 2008

Somerset "Workshop" Publication

"The object must act
powerfully on the imagination;
the artist's feeling
itself through the object
must make the object worthy
of interest;
it says only what it is
made to say."
- Henri Matisse
(The Good Eggs - L to R - My Mom, Uncle, Dad, and Grandma)
I can finally post some pictures of my artwork. It seems like everything I've been making is always for a publication, so then I'm not able to publish it. I received a phone call from Stampington & Company about a year and a half ago, asking me to be one of the artists' featured in "Workshop." The issue I'm featured in hits the newsstands on October 1.

(Surely You Jest! - Starring Otis, Mugsy, and Popeye, with Sophie as the Ushers)

I received my copy about a week and a half ago, so I thought it's time to post them on my blog.
They wanted me to do "Altered Images" for my portion of the publication. I came up with this technique a while back for one of my projects in "Inspirations" magazine. They really liked my style, so I came up with these for my projects and gallery.

(A close-up of the Boyz)

I used vintage family photographs, and jazzed them up with a little color and whimsy. For some of the pictures, I clipped out heads from family pictures, and pasted them over the existing heads in old CDV photographs. Examples of that are the picture of my sister and myself, my husband Mike and myself, and of course my 3 little "boyz"...the pugs.

(My Sister and Myself - The Evil Looking One!)

(My dad when he was 6 months old - He's 91 now)

(This is Mike and Myself)

My section is wayyyyyy in the back, and there is nothing of mine shown on the cover, so you probably wouldn't even know my artwork was in there unless you really looked through the magazine.

( This is My Grandma in the purple dress, with three of her friends)

They did use one of my pieces in their promotional advertisement for this upcoming issue in all of their other publications, though.

(The Picture I did for my Bio...with Otis, Popeye, and Mugsy)

So now I am busy working away on my charms and atc's for the upcoming swaps I'm participating in next month. Which, by the way, is quite unusual for me, because I am the queen of putting off working on anything until the very last minute.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

I've Been Busy, Busy, Busy!!!

"A friend is a person
with whom I may be sincere.
Before him (or her)
I may think aloud."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(I'm busy cutting out 43 sets of bird wings - UGH! It took me all afternoon to 'clip their wings!')
I have been busy in my studio for the past week, trying to pump out 43 pages for a chunky book swap which will take place at Kim Nugent's "RaeVn's Nest Art Retreat" in Cedarburg, Wisconsin next month. I knew about the swap for several months now but, true to form, put off doing my pages until the very last minute. Literally! I finally put the finishing touches on them this afternoon and sent them to the hostess of the swap with "overnight" delivery, so she has them on Saturday morning when she begins to assemble the books.

(Here are all the wing to attach onto my front page)

Kim came over 3 times in the past week for artist 'play-dates' with me down in my studio. She enjoys working down there with me, and the two of us have a lot of laughs while we're both working away on our own art projects. She brings a tote with her supplies, knowing that if she forgets something, I am certain to have what she needs.

(Kim is always so organized, and is much faster at getting her pages finished than I am!)

We both signed up for the swap, so she was working on her pages, while I worked on mine. Kim was an 'Artist-on-Call' for Stampington & Company's "Inspirations" magazine during the same time that I was also one of their 'Artist's-on-Call.' What we both find amusing about that, is that her oldest son and my son were good friends back then, while her and I didn't even know each other. I had called her one day back then about some 'Stampington stuff,' and her son happened to be within earshot of her. He must've said something to her, and she asked me, 'do you have a son named Joe??' When I said, 'yes...why??', she told me that he was friends with Aren. Then it clicked for me...I had heard Joe talking about him quite a bit in the past, but I never put two and two together. What a small world!!! (Another view of the wing pile...they will be going over the pin-up girl like a shawl)

Since that time, we became good friends. It is so nice that we live relatively close to each other, and both share a love of creating art. Plus, when we're having fun doing our art down in my studio, the time seems to just fly by.

(This is the back side of my page...I didn't take a picture of the front side, because I was so sick of making the pages!)

Kim had been thinking about organizing an art retreat for a long time, but this past year she began to make her dream a reality. I am looking forward to attending her retreat next month and meeting other 'artsy people,' and also to take several workshops again with Michael deMeng, and a workshop with Laurie Mika. Check out her website for the retreat at

Oh...I almost forgot....I DID get my jewelry piece finished for Opie and Linda O'Brien's book, and they received it this past Tuesday. I am happy to report they liked it! Now I just need to get my rear in gear and finish the written part for them....