Thursday, April 28, 2011

Assemblage - Angel Brody

Last weekend I spent an afternoon cutting a variety of house shapes out of wood and sanded them down. My intentions were to post them for sale in my Etsy shop for artists to use in their mixed media art work, and  they never made it to the shop. I started playing around with them in my studio and got really excited with what I was coming up with. Angel Brody is my first creation with these houses and I have a few waiting to be finished. I still need to post a few of the wooden shapes in my shop. 
Brody is available here

Monday, April 25, 2011

Mixed Media House Revisted

I was feeling a little nostalgic and wanted to share with you this house that was part of challenge back in 2008.  

All four sides were created separately and then sewn together.

The roof  is separate from the rest of the structure.

It was built to open up like a book.

The images on the inside are of my family.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Domino Angel 21

"Domino Angel 21"

We have had way too much rain, and the kids 5 day weekend turned into a 6 day weekend due a to power outage at school that was not fixed in time this morning. So, they were off today, but things went pretty well!
My Domino Angel 21's midsection is sporting some really cool fibers that's handspun wire core art yarn. Gotta love all those yarn people! The wings are treated brass and a blue glass heart  hangs in the hand.
Available here!

Friday, April 15, 2011

When Your Muse Goes Dormant!

Eos, by Evelyn De Morgan

As artists, we have our ups and downs in regards to our creativity. But, what do you do when your in the down cycle of creativity and you can't seem to rebound. Your muse has gone dormant and no matter how you try, she just refuses to awaken. What do you do? Thank God I haven't been to that point in my life and hope I never have to face that situation, but a fellow artist and friend is there and has decided to move on with her life without art. At first I couldn't believe what I was reading, because I just couldn't imagine not creating art. Her work is raw and very powerful, and to have such a talent come to complete halt! 
I know that she needs to move on with her life and the decision to take art out of the equation had to have been a very difficult one.
Her art will be missed, but not forgotten! Much success in her new journey and I will secretly be praying that her muse will awaken one day and she'll be creating art even more powerful and raw than ever before.
Once an artist, always an artist!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Birth of an Assemblage Artist


Back in 2009, Salvation was the very first assemblage piece I had created. I just wish I had kept for myself!!
I foolishly placed it on Etsy with what I thought was a high price tag, and that would thwart anyone from purchasing it. Well, I checked my e-mail and found out that someone had purchased!
I was shocked that someone had payed that price for it. This piece now resides in the home of Rosie O'Donnell. Yes, it is the actress/comedian! Even though I'm sad that it is gone, I'm still excited to think that she lives with a star! Anyway, that was my small claim to fame! Thanks Rosie!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Spring Break In The Land of Enchantment (New Mexico)!!

It had been two year since I was home to visit family and friends.
We usually visit every other year, but with my parents getting up in age I would like to visit more frequently. Every other year family comes to visit us as well.

Ten years ago my hubby proposed to me up on the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque, New Mex. and we hadn't been back up there since then. This time we had the kids with us, so we had a new venture to share with them.
We took the worlds longest tram (2.7 miles) to the top of the peak which is about 10,000 ft.
and the base is at 6,500 ft. It was a bit windy and cool.
My youngest one was ready to go back down as soon as we stepped off the tram car because it was pretty chilly.

We had purchased some property in Northern New Mexico for retirement and we try to visit the property when we're home visiting.
On the drive there, we pass Victory Ranch which is home to about 200 alpacas. The white dog laying in the foregound is a Great Pyrenes and they herd and care for the alpacas. The ranch has any where from 8-11 of these dogs working. They are a beautiful breed of dog!

Baby alpaca

This llama named "Spaghetti" helps in guarding the alpacas along with the dogs.

I think what I miss most about New Mexico besides family, is the beautiful blue skies and those breathtaking mountains.

A small lake nestled in the mountains and not far from our property.

We spent a day in Santa Fe just browsing through shops and galleries.

A visit to a cemetary my grandparents are buried. It is located up the road from mom and dad's house.

 My mom had placed two artificial X-Mas trees on my grandparents graves and they were stolen, so she planted two real pine trees and decorates them every year. I told her she needed to decorate them for every holiday season. She liked the idea.