Thursday, January 31, 2013

New Art 8x10 Mixed Media Canvas- The Owl Family

The first 2 photos are how this canvas started.
 So awful (in my opinion) but you have to go
thru the ugly phase to get to the end result. 


Below are the paper owls at the beginning,
cut out of patterned scrapbook  paper. 
I found templates online (Pinterest - love, love, love) 
for various Owls and modified them to make them my own.

Here are close-ups of the individual Owls.


And then the final piece.  Not my favorite piece but it was fun.


And of course I didn't realize the photos were
a tab blurry until uploading today, sorry.  You get the idea.  :)

Hugs,  Erin

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

My Babies are Young Men

December 25, 2012
My Gift from my Young Men - A current photo
Love you both so much!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

"You Make Me Smile" - New Art Work on Canvas

And finally, the last of my set of three new pieces. 
"You Make Me Smile" is listed for sale in my Etsy shop.
Lots more art in progress to show you soon.
Hugs, Erin

Monday, January 21, 2013

Polly Red Owl - New Art on Canvas

This is the second of the three new pieces I completed in December 2012. 
This one is called Polly Red Owl.  She is listed in my Etsy shop.
Check back tomorrow for more...
Hugs, Erin

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Melody Blue Owl - New Art on Canvas

 Happy 2013 Everyone!  I have taken a much needed break from doing too much over the last few months.  Work has been too busy, home life too busy and the holidays....well, you guessed it.  Too busy!!  I took a vacation from work and life to spend 2.5 weeks at home with my kids.  they are 15 and 18 yrs old now, they will be off on their own before I know it.  It was a lazy, sleep late, movie watching, book reading, game playing, shopping, organizing and crafting vacation.  Lots of quality time with the kids which was a just perfect.
One of the things I did was some new artwork.  This is the first in a set of 3 new pieces.
This one is called Melody Blue Owl.  She is listed for sale in my Etsy shop.
Check back tomorrow for more....
Hugs, Erin

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Holiday Eating live by

HOLIDAY EATING TIPS - To help us through the season!

1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the holiday spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door where they're serving rum balls.

2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. It's rare.. You cannot find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It's a treat.. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!

3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.

4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.

5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a holiday party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello?

6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.

7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.

8. Same for pies. Apple, Pumpkin, Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? LaborDay?

9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.

10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Re-read tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.

Hope this put a smile on your face.  Happy Tuesday!!  Hugs, Erin

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Mixed Media on Canvas - Paint on Waxed Paper

A new mixed media piece done on a 8x10 canvas.  This piece was inspired by yet another online class I'm taking with Junelle Jacobsen. 

Close up of my new piece

Acrylic paint in varying shade were painted on wax paper

Wax paper was then cut into flower petal shapes (and leaves, not shown)

Corrugated paper was cut into vase-type shapes

Vase shapes were adhered with glue; flower petals and leaves adhered with gel medium;
vases painted with blue acrylic paint
Close up of a flower - this was stamped with word text, button glued to the middle,
black pen lined the petals and leaves for dimension with white paint pen added for highlight

Final piece - No title yet

Hope everyone had a lovely November (while I was busy with teenagers and chaos)!
Check back for tomorrow.  Hugs,  Erin

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Stupid People are Amazing...

While reading two of my favorite blogs, written by the fabulous Amber, I watched this YouTube video about Deer Crossing signs.  Click on the video to hear the conversation.....I am shocked.

WOW - and I thought I had "blonde" moments periodically but this woman is either trying to be funny or is just plain stupid.  It is amazing to me that people like this survive, hold a job, manage to raise children, drive a vehicle, etc.

You can check out my friend Amber for other funny stories.
"Chronicals of Amber" (her personal musings - always makes me laugh)

Or for scrappy/crafty stuff, check her out below.
"Portrait of a Girl Who Scraps"( her crafty/scrapbooking fun - always inspirational)

Happy Monday!  Hugs,  Erin

Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Altered Brush Project by Donna Downey

For those that are familiar with Donna Downey and her awesome art, you might already know about her "Altered Brush Project".  She is allowing anyone to create a paint brush art piece that will be diplayed in her studio.  How awesome is that!!  Of course I jumped right on buying my brush and recently shipped it off to her.  And on her blog today, my piece is displayed here.

I'm so proud to be part of her art project.  You can be too, read the details below (directly from her site) or click over to her blog.

Enjoy your day and count your blessings!!
Hugs,  Erin
The Altered Brush Project
by Donna Downey
Display your creativity, market your skills, join the art collaboration and own a place in the studio.
US Artists $15      International Artists $20

1. Purchase one of our brushes & a spot on our wall. For your purchase you will receive one of our unfinished paintbrushes, space to display your altered brush and market yourself in the studio (price includes the cost of shipping).

2. Alter the brush anyway your creative spirit takes you. They can be as simple or elaborate as you like NOTE: do not obstruct the hole in the handle so that it can be hung on the wall

3. Sign and date the back of the brush giving it your artists’ signature!

4. Attach your personal calling card (business card size) with any information about yourself you feel comfortable sharing that hangs through the hole in the brush handle

5. Mail or return the brush to the studio:

Donna Downey Studios
501 S Old Statesville Rd.
Huntersville, NC 28078

Friday, October 26, 2012

TGIF - Falll Watercolor Postcards

I'm participating in an art swap with a group of ladies that have taken or are taking "The Art of Wild Abandonment" class by Junelle Jacobsen and Christy Tomlinson. LOVE THIS CLASS!!

The second postcard below is the one I sent off to a lovely woman in N. Carolina. The other cards were created just because I wanted to.  I still need to watercolor the last one. It was fun to work in a small size, 3.5x5 inches, which is much smaller than I'm used to.

I hope you are enjoying your week and the upcoming weekend!
Hugs, Erin

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Art Journal Watercolor - The Pantry

I am currently taking the online art class, "The Art of Wild Abandonment" with Christy Tomlinson and Junelle Jacobsen.  It is fabulous and Junelle does lots of sketching prior to working in her art journal or on canvas, etc.  I have been happily sketching lots of things and having so much fun.  I was inspired to sketch and then watercolor this detailed image of a kitchen pantry.

I hope you are spending some time creating.  It is a great "down-time" activity and something that is just for me.  I love to sketch in the evening after dinner while the kids do homework.

Happy Wednesday!
Hugs, Erin

Monday, October 8, 2012

Exciting Moments in this Chaotic Life

Hello friends- Life has been busy and chaotic here, to say the least.  Since I have been so busy, I haven't managed to craft some blog posts, so here's a bit of (stupid) facts about my chaotic (boring) life…

Since my last post, here are some of my exciting moments:
  • Number of days bank balance was below ZERO = 5
  • Number of trips to pick up youngest teenager from somewhere after work or over a weekend = 33 (seriously)
  • Maximum number of male teenagers in my vehicle at one time = 6
  • Number of drop off locations for said (6) teenagers at respective places = 3
  • Number of minutes spent in vehicle waiting for said teenagers = 60+
  • Number of Hours I Wished I Could Quit My Job and just work at home doing arts and crafts = 340
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches eaten for evening meal = 3
  • Bowl of Cereal eaten for evening meal = 2
  • Number of times I wished for a magic wand = 201
  • Said a swear word Out Loud = 17 
  • Said swear word In My Head = 157
  • Pages Read in “50 Shades of Gray” = All
  • Number of days it took to read 50 shades = 3
  • Orthodontist appointment to be scheduled = 1
  • Orthodontist appointment Scheduled =  0
  • Number of immunizations needed for teenagers = 7
  • Number of immunizations given = 7
  • Number of unhappy teenagers after immunizations = 2
  • Checked Kids Grades Online = 14
  • Number of teachers to be visited at parent/teacher conferences = 11 (for both boys)
  • Number of teachers actually visited = 4
  • Loads of Laundry Washed = 20
  • Loads of Laundry Dried = 20
  • Loads of Laundry Folded = 18
  • Days Until Said Laundry is Folded = 1 
  • Nights we've eaten take out = 1 (see bank balance above)
  • Number of pans, baking dishes, skillets, etc. washed = 31
  • Times I've planned ahead and used Slow Cooker for dinner = 2
  • Number of times I managed to spend time with My Man = 2
  • Number of times I wanted to spend time with My Man = 20+
CONCLUSION: I need more excitement that is fun and not domestic-related!!

Happy Monday!! Hope your life was less chaotic 
than mine (but I'm guessing it wasn't).  
Hugs, Erin

(This post was inspired by A Day in the Wife blog
written by Julie, go check her out. 
She always makes me laugh!)

Friday, September 28, 2012

Mixed Media on Canvas Panel - Art Table

My newest mixed media piece on a 6 x 8 canvas board.
This piece was inspired by my newest art class
"The Art of Wild Abandonment I"
by Junelle Jacobsen and Christy Tomlinson.
Here's the link if you are interested, AWESOME CLASS!!
I'm only at the end of week one with two more weeks to go.

Painted with an acrylic paints on the background. 
Molding paste was colored with acrylic paint and
then placed thru an awesome alphabet template.

The girl, art table, table accessories and books/journals
 were all created with paper pieces cut by hand and then painted. 

A close-up of the table top after the small pieces were painted
and glued down with gel medium.

And a close-up of the girl's skirt, after some pen doodling...

And a close up of the desk top....

This was so much fun.
Happy Friday Friends!!  Enjoy your weekend.

Hugs,  Erin

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Monday, September 24, 2012

Art Journal Watercolor - Sweet Bird on Branch

Happy Monday Bloggers!  Lots of time to do art this weekend with
the youngest son grounded (no priviledges).  I had free
labor all weekend (and the bonus - no complaining)
so lots of cleaning, laundry and re-arranging stuff. 
I also did crockpot cooking (bbq pork roast and chili)
and made Apple Crisp from the "6 ingredients or less" cookbook. 
One of my favorite fall desserts....Yummy!!
And here is my newest sketch done with Neocolor II
watercolor crayons
in my watercolor art journal .
"Sweet Bird on Apple Blossom Branch"
Hugs, Erin

Thursday, September 20, 2012

New Art Piece on Canvas- "Pink Lotus"

My New Art Piece on a 12x36 canvas called "Pink Lotus".  This was created as part of the Donna Downey "Canvas Create" workshop, which is a monthly art class for one year.  This was the session for August 2012.

This is the largest piece I've completed to date.  Most of the background was completed with Golden Fluid Acrylic Paint, Gesso and my fingers.   The black is Ink, drawn by hand with the dropper.  Probaby would be better to use a paint brush next time but oh well.

I absolutely love all I learned!

And the final piece!

Hope you are having a great week.  Tomorrow is Friday.........happy day!
Hugs,  Erin