Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Here’s Caden in his Goblin costume again, this time with make up:

What a handsome Goblin he makes!

Have fun trick or treating tonight!
Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Goblin Costume!

I finally found out what the scary brown but friendly little monster was! Apparently Caden wanted to be a Goblin for Halloween!

Here are some of the Goblin inspiration pictures we found on-line:

Here is the Goblin costume sketch I came up with that met with Mr. C’s enthusiastic approval:

And here is Caden doing a test run in the Goblin costume that I just spent 6 very long days sewing; 2 yards of faux suede, ½ yard of faux fur, ½ yard of pleather, devil ears, jute, skull beads, 400 yards of thread and over 200 bronze beads later, I came up with this scary brown but friendly little monster:

Okay, so it’s not PERFECT, but in my defense, I might add that this was all hand sewn (I don’t own a sewing machine)! Good thing Halloween happens only once a year! For those of you wanting a closer look at the Goblin costume design, I do plan to take better photos when Caden is in make-up tomorrow! I’ll be torturing you with those soon.
By the way, if anyone’s interested, here’s a link to Caden’s Ghost costume from last Halloween.

So now that the costume sewing is finally over, I’m off to prepare my medallion display for Saturday’s Christmas Bazaar (at the Plainfield Town Hall Saturday November 1st, 9 AM – 3 PM). I’m really looking forward to a fun filled day! Hope to see you there!

In the meantime I just discovered that my beautiful and multi talented friend Cyndi is doing yet another one of her free Exalted Beauty Medallion giveaways
over at Jewelry and Beading! All you have to do is leave a comment for your chance to win a FREE Exalted Beauty Medallion! Stop by TODAY because the winner will be picked tomorrow! Good luck!

Have a Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Textured Poppies

I just completed this set of six Textured Poppy paintings:

Textured Poppy 1

Textured Poppy 2

Textured Poppy 3

Textured Poppy 4

Textured Poppy 5

Textured Poppy 6

Here is a closer look at some of the textural details:

All 6 Textured Poppy paintings measure 11” x 14” in size. The pieces were painted with Acrylic Paint (as well as some sand and glitter in the background spirals) on 140#, Acid Free, Archival Watercolor Paper.

I started the drawings for the Textured Poppies on October 10th, and spent an average of 10-12 hours a day working on them until last night. I’m not sure how I feel about the finished pieces just yet but I think it has been a worth while experiment/experience. I was inspired to create texture with purpose, with true *intent* based on some reviews of my work at the recent Cornish art exhibition. Comments tended to focus primarily on my textures and backgrounds (rather then the image content); one woman was so intrigued by my painting texture that she felt that my work had to have been embossed! Interesting, right? So in this set, I kept thinking about *embossing* and built each bump, swirl and petal with layers and layers of heavy paint as if creating a low relief sculpture, and then I completed the images using watered down stains and washes with the intention of the darkest shades layering deeply in the crevices. What do you think?

Anyway, the real NEWS is that I actually made the competition deadlines! I’m thrilled to announce that I have submitted two of these works to The National Association of Women Artists’ “120th Anniversary Exhibition” competition at the Hub-Robeson Galleries at Penn State University and two more were submitted to the “N.A.W.A. at 120” exhibition competition at The Noyes Museum of Art in New Jersey. I opted not to submit to the third N.A.W.A. competition and instead have chosen to submit the final two Textured Poppies to the upcoming holiday exhibition at our local AVA Gallery and Art Center on November 15th.

I will post more information about the AVA exhibition soon, but in the meantime I have a little boy in desperate need of a Halloween costume (as well as some Halloween crafts and domestic goodness). Caden has a big Halloween party and performance at his pre-school and I’ll be helping to get the kids costumed and ready, should be lots of fun. Later that evening we will be bringing the monster madness on tour with a visit to the fire house and some trick or treating.

The next morning will be back to business as I’ll be participating in the Blow-Me-Down Grange #234 Christmas Bazaar (Saturday November 1, 2008 9 AM -3 PM). My beautiful and hilarious cousin Shana will be amusing/assisting me for the day so you won’t want to miss out on that! I’ll post a reminder about the Plainfield Bazaar next week. And don’t forget that Lisa J’s medallion party is coming up on November 14th! The vivacious Julie B., the marvelous Nancy C., and the exquisite Julie L. all have potential medallion parties on the way before Christmas as well! Lots going on! I’ll keep you posted!

Monday, October 13, 2008

The Voyager Catalog!

Here are a few examples of the Exalted Beauty Voyager Medallions displayed against the rusty inspiration palette:

Click here to see the brand new Exalted Beauty Voyager Medallion Catalog!

Don’t forget to stop by to check out the recently released Exalted Beauty Oracle Medallion Catalog as well!

To see all of the Exalted Beauty Medallions go to the Exalted Beauty Catalog Index.

In Other News = I’ve just been invited to compete in three upcoming juried exhibitions hosted by The National Association of Women Artists celebrating their 120th year! The exhibitions will be at The Noyes Museum of Art (Oceanville, NJ), The Hub-Robeson Galleries at Penn State University (University Park, PA) and The Delaware County Community College (Media, PA). The Bad News = The postmark deadline for all three is a mere 10 days from now and I don’t happen to have any paintings lying around (in the right size requirements) that haven’t been previously exhibited! Oh my! This means that if I want to participate I have to complete at least 6 new competition worthy pieces, have them photographed and application paperwork completed before the mail in date of October 23rd! Needless to say I’m stressing! If you don't hear from me, that’s what I’ll be focusing on until the deadline. Please wish me luck! I'm going to need it!

Seed Heads

Textured Mushrooms