Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Custom created birth announcement

For 20+ years I've been creating custom framed birth announcement keepsakes where I take the original birth announcement card and design a theme around it in a 3 dimensional collage fashion using my sculpted letters to create the baby's name and go from there.  Grandmothers are my best customers.  

Usually the baby's announcement has boats, teddy bears, toys, cribs, quilts and the like and I play with around with that theme.  This birth announcement was for twins and had no theme.  The only thing I had to go on was the colors of the babies room which is orange, green and yellow and the twins were not the same sex.  It took me a long time to design this keepsake.  It was quite a challenge for me. 

This was created for a 4 time return customer which I am very grateful for.  It is much larger being 18x20 as opposed to 14x16 that I'm accustomed to.  I'm just waiting on the plexiglass to arrive to complete the framing.  I use plexi because it's much safer being hung in a baby's room and it's lighter in weight for shipping. 

All in all, I totally enjoy creating these one of a kind keepsakes.

Monday, July 26, 2010

KC Willis

Last week end I took a workshop with KC Willis and had a great time.  It was a small class in the private home of Mikki in Sherman Oaks.  There were 5 of us including KC and I really liked the intimacy of a small group of gals verses a larger class at a hotel such as Art Unraveled.  Don't get me wrong...I enjoy going to the larger workshops offered by the art conventions where the energy is outrageously high and filling where you take several different classes and mix with a whole bunch of people.  As a matter of fact, I'm signed up for 5 classes at Art and Soul in Portland in October and I am very much looking forward to it.

But, I felt like I got so much out of KC class.  I'm a slow worker and creator and there was just enough time for me to feel comfortable enough to finish 2 pieces that are now hanging on my wall.  I also learned a bunch of new techniques that are very exciting and will incorporate them into my artwork that I create for the gallery. 

My first love was fabric as I started out as a childrens clothing designer in New York.  I designed Garanimals 4x6x, and started the infants and toddler line.  I also enjoy making cloth art dolls just for the designing of the outfits.  So, when the opportunity to take KC's class in L.A. became available, I jumped at the opportunity and I'm so happy I did.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Slide Show A Place to Bark Fundraiser Book

Finally...I'm so excited that the book is finished.  The next step will be to put it up for auction on ebay and  I hope to do that in the next day and will post a link and spread the word.

This has been an amazing journey so far and I am in such gratitude to have had the opportunity to create this amazing book of art.  It's truly been a privilege.  I am now in prayer that it brings in tons of money to help Bernie and our furry friends so please help spread the word.

I hope you like what I created....


Sunday, July 11, 2010

July Window at Ten Women Venice

I've been exhausted since the auction ended, mailing off the book to it's new owner, rushing to get new paintings finished and doing the window at the gallery for July.  It's been emotionally draining as well as physical but here it is 11 days later finally feeling a wee bit normal...and today I just sold the Gratitude painting (girl in pink dress) and she is off to live in London.  It does make it all worth it.

The theme for July window is "The F Word" Femininity (or France or ????).  I am sharing the window with Peggy, our wire artist so everything is about women.  Peggy makes incredible dresses, shoes, faces and figures
all by twisting thin colored wire into shape.  It's truly amazing but she doesn't have a website or blog unfortunately.  I'm going to have to bug her a bit more about that.  The French doll in the right hand corner I made about 5 years ago.  She is quite large and fits in the window so perfectly with the theme.  She is one doll I thoroughly enjoyed creating and I love the statement she makes being so large. 

My next project which I started working on is a printed version of the fundraiser book.  It will continue to pay it forward...

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Monty

Here's my new baby, Monty...a companion for Molly.  

Monty is a 2 year old Jack Russell Terrier mix adopted from the Lange Foundation in Los Angeles.  I saw his picture online and thought..."why not take a look".  After seeing him, Jon and I brought Molly over to meet him and the kisses were immediate.  They fell in love!  
This is a match made in Heaven.

I will have to take a short video of them in action because this photo is a seldom occurrence.  I happen to have my camera in my hand and caught their "what's that?" look where they took a minute to contemplate. Usually they romp all day.  I suppose they will get over that stage or at least I hope they get over.  I get exhausted watching them run back and forth chasing each other.  
Oh, and the kisses!  Have you ever had a tongue up your nose, in your eye and then your mouth?  Well, that's how I wake up in the morning.  

They are a terrific pair and I am blessed to have them in my life.