Saturday, December 29, 2012

All you need is love! New work...

I haven't painted an original piece of artwork it seems in months!  I know I painted tons of little 3 x 3 canvases for the ornaments I sold BUT they are so small and you can only fit so much on them.  I started back with an 8 x 10 and had a lot of fun just listening to music and painting. I'm gearing up for Valentine's day with sweet paintings to give to a daughter, friend, mom, etc... I am also bringing back my original paintings on blocks of wood...Hope your enjoying your day, it's spurting snow here in Tennessee. Click here to purchase this sweet painting.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Let's make a snowman outta yarn!!

Look what fun these are! My extended family came into town and I wanted to start a new tradition! These were more fun than I thought they would be, or rather let me rephrase..I KNEW it would be fun but didn't know if the kids would really get into it...Well let's just say we spent at least 4 hours on these snowman if not longer!  A great cold winters day project!
Which one do you think is mine?

you can paint the block of wood in chalkboard paint and then you can change the words!!

Joe Jumper from the Clay Pot hosts a project snowman every year, check out his page

Supplies you will need!

  • styrofoam balls are kinda expensive if you need a lot SO instead I used aluminum foil! Just shape it into a ball shape, the yarn will hide the imperfections
  • yarn in any color
  • bag of pom poms
  • bag of buttons
  • bag of pipe cleaners
  • blocks of wood or anything you can come up with as a platform
  • hot glue gun and plenty of glue-sticks
  • ribbon
  • glitter, paper,and jingle bells add whimsy but not necessary!
  • twigs from the yard
  • cotton balls for the snow effect:)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Art classes available during the long holiday break:)

 I'm hosting another fun art class! 

 Jan 3- 3rd-7th grade
 Jan 4- K-2nd grade 

 16 x 20 canvases 

 Place- Bachman Center

 Times- 1pm-4pm 
 Snack and drinks provided 

 Cost- $40 
 What better way to spend a cold winters day?? 


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Holiday workshop 2012- It's a wrap!

First workshop for 4 & 5 year olds...whew, they are busy! Not so much busy with art but busy socializing...these girls just wanna talk, laugh and have fun! But I tried to keep them focused:)


Kindergarten thru 2nd grade...more focused!! 

I thought they did a wonderful job on these ornaments!

3rd grade thru 7th...these girls were amazingly focused and I think they had some wonderful art!!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Starting my holiday decorating.....

Getting a late start to the holiday's hard to fit it in when you have your own business, but I had to find the time because my youngest daughter Meg wants it decorated to the hilt! And really it does look pretty so I am oh so happy to oblige...I started with the mantel...this took me awhile to figure out! After several tries, this is what I came up with...
cut garland to form the letters of Joy

added different sizes of votives and filled them with ornaments
Our Sweet little Christmas tree is wrapped in bulap in a galvanized tub, because we are planting it in the front yard when Christmas is over:) Smaller than normal but we love it so much cause it's gonna live! Added some fun blue lights so as to not take decorating so seriously...

a table in our living room...went outside and picked up sticks, threw them in a red metal pail, added lights and some sweet birds...simple but pretty.

I'm not even close to done!  I will show a holiday post part deux...until then, Happy Decorating!!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Getting creative....Fun day in the studio.

My mind will not rest.

I think of new ideas literally all day and when I sleep, I'm sure I dream of new ideas.
When is enough,enough? My husband would say about 20 ideas ago.
Here's my latest idea. Recyclable tags! Yes, they are made out of cardboard... I loooved coming up with the many possibilities. Birthdays, easter, Valentines Day....


Monday, November 12, 2012

December..what's going on...

December is going to be my busiest month yet!  Here's what's going on!

Dec 1 & 2- Holiday outdoor market @ Chattanooga Market- This is the last you will see me for the season, so please stop by! I would love to see you.
Dec 15- I'm doing a preschool workshop with 4 & 5 year olds...this should be quite the experience! Let's get messy? pretty sure we will!!
Dec 21- K-2nd grade workshop
Dec 22- 3rd-7th grade workshop
All workshops are $65 (Lunch & snack included)
10-2 @ Bachman Community Center on Signal Mtn.
We will make ornaments & a mixed media Christmas painting

Dec 4, 11,18- I will be teaching an after school workshop to the Montessori school in Chattanooga..I'm excited about this! Opportunities keep coming my way!!

I'm looking to add an adult workshop, I will try and finalize this week, be on the lookout for details!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Canvas ornaments

I wanted to combine what I love to do with something marketable for the holidays. Here is what I came up...3 x 3 Canvas ornaments! I love working on a small scale and painting little sweet Christmas scenes! I've finished them with a glossy finish and a coordinating ribbon. These will all come with a wire hanger as well. I think these will make wonderful gifts for people that love art. They are priced at $15. Here are the first 10 I painted, more to come!! I will be uploading these on to ETSY later today:)

Monday, October 29, 2012

Life is an adventure

I showed my latest painting to my husband, who by the way is a big supporter of what I do and critiques pretty much every piece..Sometimes I take his advice and other times not so much:) I will usually show my daughters my artwork as well, but they love it all so it's hard to get a good critique.
Anyways, back to the painting...Here's one of my latest pieces...
I love it!! He was like, "I don't get it?" A house on top of a cow's head? That doesn't make sense! Well, this is one time I didn't take his advice...I'm trying to stretch my imagination and make it even more whimsical. What do you think?