Friday, April 18, 2014

Why I Create

All my life, I've had a drive to create.

It has showed itself in different ways at different times.  When I was a child, it often showed itself in play.  Hours upon hours of story telling went on inside my head as I played outside, or inside with toys.  The stories weren't usually voiced, but they were always there.

Even when I wasn't playing, when I was doing chores, or walking to school, or doing any other task, my mind was usually not on what was going on right then, it was somewhere else.  In some other place, telling the story of some fictional person and their life and adventures.  Or, if I was focused on what was happening to me, my mind would play out the possibilities of how things might turn out.

Sometimes my creativity showed itself in writing, those stories I told in my head would sometimes spill out on the paper. Other times they would show in arts and crafts, clay, playdough, paper mache, finger painting, or even mud pies.

Trips to the beach yielded sand castles, and a vacation to Utah, provided the opportunity to cave designs in pieces of sandstone.  Hiking near my own California home, I discovered a shrub that when the bark was peeled back, yielded a soft, spongy middle that could easily be carved with a twig or stone.  It wasn't long before I had a whole collection of miniature "totem poles" to call my own.

As an adult, for many years it might have seemed as if my creativity was put behind me, but really, it was there all along, showing itself in more practical ways.  I sewed clothes for my first child, I crocheted blankets and booties for all my babies.  As a homeschooling mom I almost always made my own visual aids, and created some for sunday school as well.  I decorated birthday cakes, made pinatas, and sometimes wrote my own homeschool curriculum.

Then, one day I picked up a paint brush. It was as if I'd finally found the perfect outlet for that drive to create.  I longed to paint every day.  I looked forward to it.  I waited for the chance.

I haven't stopped since then.

I may never be famous or rich.  I may never see my paintings sell for enough to even "pay myself" minimum wage for my efforts.  But that doesn't matter, that isn't why I paint. That isn't why I create.

I paint because I love it.  I create because its who I am, and I cannot do otherwise.


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Monday, September 16, 2013

I'm back, and I have a Lot of New Work!

I haven't been posting as regularly as I should, and there are many reasons for this.  One of them is that I've been very busy actually creating art, and therefore taking less time to blog about it.

I've made a lot of new pieces, and I've been showing them every chance I can, here I is my stuff at a local Art Walk in August (that's my hubby sitting on the chair feeding his face!):



I know this blog needs to made a little more interesting, so soon I will be doing some video postings about art.  

Here are some of my new pieces:
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Monday, May 13, 2013

Walking Wine...

Just thought I'd pop in to share my latest work in progress.  The gallery owner requested wine related paintings for a "Wine Walk" that is coming up.  (For some reason I get a mental image of someone walking a bottle of wine on a leash like a dog...)

Anyway, here is my first of the paintings, it still needs a little touch up around the bottom of the bottle, and some color blending on the grapes, as well as needing to be photographed properly for prints... however, here is a quick snap shot of it.


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Friday, May 10, 2013

Every Day in May, May 10

Today's challenge was to draw something creepy.  Being the die-hard Whovian that I am... this is what I came up with!

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Every Day in May, Day 9

Today's EDiM challenge was simple.  Draw a lock.
Since it was simple, I decided to keep it that way and drew a very simple lock in a very dimple medium (graphite).


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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Every Day in May Days Four through Eight

Well, I fell way, way, behind in the Every Day in May Challenge, so tonight I made it all up in one night.

Here are the sketches:

May 4th

May 5th


May 6th

May 7th


May 8th


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Saturday, May 4, 2013

My Own Framing Shop!

If you've ever taken a piece of art into a framing shop, you know that custom frames will often cost more than you paid for the artwork.  So, I have been very hesitant to frame my artwork, however, I know it looks much better with a frame.

For a while I was toying with the idea of learning how to make my own frames, but I really didn't know where to start.  However, a friend of mine did have some experience with framing, and he offered to help me.  Soo, I bought a miter saw... and brought it home only to realize my work table in my shop would not work for it, it was too small and not sturdy enough.

So back to Home Depot again to get all of the supplies needed to build a suitable work station.

Today, my friend and I spent the entire day building my framing station together.  And this time, I actually did help considerably with the building.  Here are the results:



My friend also demonstrated how to make a frame from crown molding.  I didn't really do any of it though.  Next time I will,  this time I just watched and got lots of practice using the saw while we were building the work bench, (I put in a picnic table temporarily while we were building, and used for almost all the cutting.)

Anyway, the frame is basically put together, but the glue is drying still, so I don't have pictures of it.  I'll probably post them when I get done staining or painting it, whatever I decide to do.

My friend doesn't know yet, but the frame we (he) made today was for his favorite of my paintings.  I plan to give it to him as a gift when the frame is finished.  :-D

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