Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Calligraph

The Society for Calligraphy puts out The Calligraph 4 times a year. This issue is on the journal for which I participated in. These are my pages....

My recent work

These are my Twinchies that got sent to the was a white on white and one free style.
This is part of my entry into Janet M.'s journal in my Round Robin Journal Adventure that I started with the SFC.

This is a original certificate I did for the Carl Jung Study Center. Been doing their certificates for several years now.

Entry in Dee's journal.

ATC for my Tree at Ten Women Gallery

Friday, March 20, 2009

So much

So much is happening in my life, artistically, it's hard to keep up. I am doing the best I can to manage it all and hope that it all works out in the end...
It seems that there is just not enough hours in the day to do all that I want and need to do. I go from doing calligraphy as my main source of income...forever. Then, to managing supplying the gallery (Ten Women) with art...This is Daisy, a new art doll........and new ornament ATC's for my ABC tree.

I'm also involved in a few other things such as a Round Robin Journal Adventure that I started and have a yahoo group to manage everything. An international journal exchange, the Society for Calligraphy endeavors to which I am deeply involved with and 2 art groups which I physically attend once a month to each. It is all about creating art.

It takes a lot of energy to create at the level that I jumped into. I am keeping up but it's exhausting at times especially that I have a very special man that I share my life with and grandchildren, children and friends whom I love spending special time with, etc.

I am so grateful that my life is so full and precious. Amen!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Enrichment Group

I am part of a group of 8 women calligraphers, that were hand picked by our trusty leader, Carrie Imai for our diversity and what we can bring to the group. We call ourselves the "Enrichment Group".
We had our second meeting a few weeks ago and brought to show our project for the month. This was mine....

Ten Women and my dolls

Last week, at the Ten Women monthly meeting, I took Molly and Abigail to be juried in so I could hopefully start selling them there. They were accepted...yeah!
When an artist is interviewed into the gallery, each artist that is accepted is with the work that they show at that initial interview. If you start doing other mediums you can't just bring it into your space to sell. The other artists have to approve. In light of the fact that 2 other artists sell art dolls I feel very fortunate that mine were accepted. I can't wait to get started creating what I envision in my mind.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Denise Bledsoe

Introducing The Jester by Denise Bledsoe

My friend Denise is one of the most talented doll makers out there. I've been collecting her dolls for a long time and I think I now have 14 or 15...I lost count. I cannot help myself, we are connected artistically. I just love her dolls and buy one for my birthday every year. It's my gift to me.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Molly and Abigail

I took an online class recently because I wanted to be inspired to make art dolls again. Nancye's Art Dolls are just adorable and I needed to try them.
I first purchased her book and downloaded it before the class begun and try one as per the instructions. Molly was born out of PaperClay air dry clay.
I was pleased with the results but made a few mistakes along the way. For me the most fun is outfitting the little characters. With a background in children's clothing design, this felt like old home week.

Then the class began and I got to see Nancye work, taking the mystery out of some of the kinks I ran into. Also, I knew I wanted to try Polymer clay again and that is what Nancye uses on her dolls. Because of my RA and limited mobility in my hands I was concerned with the polymer but using the pasta machine it turned out to be ok for me.
Drum roll, please....and here is Abigail.

Monday, March 2, 2009

My birthday

February 26th was my birthday and I had a fabulous day. It started with a big assortment of balloons that went from the floor to ceiling from my son, Sal, then stuffed french toast that my Honey favorite of his wonderful recipe's.
Then off to Ten Women Venice Gallery to do my shift where I sold 3 of my pieces and got to act like a celebrity by signing my art for very happy customers. It was just thrilling and really made my day.
For dinner my son, Sal and his girl friend, me and Jon went for Sushi and I got a wonderful gift certificate from Sal and a birthday cake at the end of the meal. A beautiful ending to an already wonderful day.
The day before my friends, Lisa and Xandra took me out to lunch and presented me with exciting gifts of books, art, and another gift certificate at my all time favorite store, Zinnia.
On Sunday, I had brunch with my grand babies and their parents and delighted in their delicious presence. Spent the remainder of the day in an art class which I look forward to every month.

Boy, for a day that I don't look forward to, it was grand.