I am Strong. I am Not Perfect. I am Willing to Try. I am Open-Minded. I am Flawed. I am Loved. I am Full of Potential. I am Gifted. I am Not Believing the Hype. I am Facinating. I am Woman.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Drawing Class Update

My colored pencil drawing for class is slowly progressing...My tomatoes still need a lot of work, but I decided to work in all the areas. Our still life set up sort of rotted and got trashed...but luckily, I have some good pics to work from!

Class Projects~

Very little progress on my still life piece. Sick again (ugh)... and only stayed in the studio at school for an hour yesterday. You can't tell by my photos, but the draped cloth has a lot of warm colors in it from the lights and objects around it. I am trying to get those painted in this layer of color. It will take several layers and lots of time to finish...and the bottle is awesome with all the color and light dancing in it. It will be a great challenge, and that is why I chose this composition.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Still Life~Class Project

Close up of a corner section of my still life painting for the new class painting project...this is the sepia tone oil wash and tomorow I will be starting the color...yippy yeh!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Self Portraits

I just can't get into my artwork for classes today...see the frustration in the color pic....I need to make an eye appointment..these glasses have to go...I need new contacts. I still have to wear readers with my contacts, there must be some new technology out now...okay, I know I am 50 going on 51 at the end of May...and my eyes are wearing out...OMG! did I just reveal that info...I must be feeling vulnerable as well as not creative today!!!

Pearl S. Buck Quote...

"the truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: a human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. to him... a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create - - - so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. he must create, must pour out creation. by some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.. "
Pearl Buck

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Thought for the day...

"It's never too late
to have a happy childhood."
~burke breathed

PinkyPooh and Sidny

My two long haired chihuahuas, the little red head in the back is Pinky Pooh, now 12 yrs. old. And the squirt in the front is Sidny, almost 3. Pinky wants to be covered in blankets and sleep all the time, except when she wakes up and gives me that popped out eye look, which in chihuahua means...I want a treat. Sidny goes with the flow and is my lap dog...literally. Oh ...and I am trying to break the habit they have that thinking cats are the enemy that they need to chase. And by the way, they are not yappy like people think.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Class Assignment

Yeah, this is one luscious grouping...but it is perishable, so I took a pic! We have to draw a section of this still life on illustration board. And I have not used colored pencils too much and we were told to lay the color down in strokes and then overlay more colors for the shades, shadows, dimension, light...UGH! I want to set mine on fire...It is so tedious and if the illustration were smaller, I would be fine with it...but this will take forever. And now my colors will not go over top the underneath colors....I guess you can tell what area I am working with. The only thing I like is my stems...
If anyone has any experience with colored pencils, I would love any advise. Actually, I think I will use my photo to do create a painting later on...hee hee!

Friday, January 22, 2010

My New Sketchbook

In my Drawing Class, we needed to get a sketchbook and keep it with us all the time and record our life, ideas, whatever. Great! I have wanted to start a sketchbook-journal-thing, I look at books and blogs with them and get so inspired, but when I attempt to start one, the blank page intimidates me...
Well, here are the first two spreads...had to be in pencil with marker, if we so chose...obviously I did add marker to mine...no color. Can't wait to add color!!!
The dog is Scooter, my Mom's son ...
The male image is just that...the words are from a song...I have been in a down mode but on my way out and into the new...and that is what that represents.


Peace still works,
Love is the answer,
...Follow your heart.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Feelin' Better

I have been watching Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band on cable and that is just what the Dr. ordered for one sick chick....I have seen them in concert many times and even took my 84 yr. old Mom to see them 3 times in the last 10 years...yeah, she was in her seventies and loves them!!! Our hearts go Pitter-Pat...she always thought he (Bruce) should have married me, that's an Italian Mamma for ya! Oh, and Little Steven stills sets my heart on fire, too!

...I got my sick ass off the couch and moved to his groove...Baby...I was born to run!
The pics are from me getting my camera and taking photos of them on TV!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Self Portrait-Exposed

Facing a new year...exposed and vulnerable at this moment. Not being in a good place right now, but knowing it is out there, that place, in my soul ...waiting for me to find my lost self. And then, I will shine again.


I spent the last week and New Year with my friends in FL. I just flew in yesterday (and boy are my arms tired) sorry, for the sucky humor, I am on meds....Any way, I was starting to cough the night before while my girlfriend and I were sitting in her studio having our last gab fest before I headed up north. Well, yesterday morning I felt fine, just had this deep cough, but my ears lost it when the planes would go up and descend back down, so I knew I was coming down with something. It took over 2 hours to drive from the airport in the freezing and snowy weather at night and all I could do was make it to the Dr and drugstore before I even stepped foot in my house. I got so sick in those few hours that I felt like I was getting pneumonia, which I am very familiar with.

Turns out, I have a very serious upper respiratory virus that will last from 3-5 weeks, if I am lucky and it does not travel to my lungs or heart. Really serious and a little scary. My immune system is run down taking care of my Mom, going to school, etc. So I am not surprised I got sick, but this is ridiculous...The coughing is the worst, like pneumonia, and I got all kinds of meds for this crazy invader that has wrecked my system. All I want to do is sleep, of course now I am up coughing at 4am, so I thought I'd go through my emails and see what I had been missing while away. I am supposed to start classes next week and may have to sit this semester out. Total bummer....

I had all the flu shots, thank goodness, but there isn't a cure all for this. And I am on some med for the virus and if I get more symptoms and need antibiotics, this virus loves that because it will feed on the antibiotics and get worse. So, I really need to adhere to what I was told to do and pray...

Hope everyone is safe and healthy and take care of yourself in this crazy winter weather. Cause some wicked bug could come along and bite you right in the ass.