Sunday, January 30, 2011

Lots of little projects

I'm working on lots of little projects right now. That's probably a good thing, because big blocks of time aren't part of my life these days. It's easy for me to get frustrated about lack of time, and the phrase "I don't have time to do it" comes out of my mouth too often. But that's not the full truth. If I really want to do something, I make the time for it. Simple as that. I'm working to leave the complaints and the "can't"s behind.

Here's another valentine from repurposed materials - flower catalog photos and thin cardboard.

Flower heart valentine (side 1)

(side 1)

Flower heart valentine (side 2)

(side 2)

My church's celebration of the Season of Peace and Nonviolence started today.One of the projects we're planning is creating "peace rocks." We learned about the idea from our church association's magazine. One of our affiliated churches painted peace rocks and left them all over their town. We thought it was such a cool idea that our church is going to do the same thing this year. Below are a few samples that I made. The rocks are painted with acrylics. After the paint dried, I wrote on them with Sharpie markers.

Painted peace rocks

I did manage to carve out one big chuck of time this week: I took an all-day watercolor class for beginners at Corbin Art Center. It wasn't a fabulous class, but it was inexpensive, and I picked up some good pointers along the way. The students painted artificial flowers as an exercise. My flowers are impressionistic at best (ahem), but I sort of like the leaves.

Hydrangea watercolor

My other project - my eternal preoccupation, I guess - is picking up the camera and capturing the moment. It's as close to instant gratification as I can get, art-wise. I snapped this self-portrait as I walked down the street.

Self-portrait close-up with rust scarf

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Green 3-D valentine

I've been working on ideas for valentines made from repurposed materials. Yesterday I made a three-dimensional valentine from a cereal box and magazine and catalog pages.

I cut two hearts from the cereal box, then I created collages on both sides of each heart. I decided to make one heart full of "green" imagery, mostly plants and trees and landscape scenes.

Repurposed paper heart (green)

On the other heart, I used green article titles from a devotional magazine. I drew on top of the collage with a green Sharpie marker.

Repurposed paper heart - green (connect)

To connect the hearts, I scored, then folded each heart at the center. Then I punched a few holes with an awl on those center lines, and sewed the hearts together with some waxed linen thread.

Repurposed paper heart - green (love)

I punched a hole at the top of each piece of the heart (four holes total) and sewed more waxed linen thread to create the loop for hanging.

repurposed paper heart - green (gratitude)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Another scarf!

Yup, I made yet another scarf. This one is crocheted from more gorgeous yarn from Juaquetta at Garden Party Fibers. It's a gift for a friend.

Pink bitteroot scarf (close up)

Gus could NOT stay away from the scarf. I think he wanted to cuddle with it all night.

Pink (bitteroot) scarf - full length with Gus

Pink (bitteroot) scarf with Gus

"Aren't I cute?"

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Snowy trees

Always be on the lookout for beauty.

I trudged out to my car after work on Tuesday, and I was stunned at how beautiful the trees were in the new snow. The dramatic black of the winter night created a memorable background, and a simple parking lot lamp provided all the light I could ask for.

Snow covered trees at night

Snow-covered trees at night (closer)

Corazon Scarves

There are lots of scarves on my brain these days. . . . Shortly before Christmas, I met Debbie DuPey. She is a multitalented woman who has dedicated herself to helping Guatemalan women earn a fair wage by selling their beautiful scarves in the U.S. Our church bookstore has taken a few of her scarves to sell, but we don't have a great place to display them. Fortunately, the local newspaper ran an article about Debbie's venture. I cut it out and decided to give it a little oomph by drawing a background for it.

Corazon Scarves sign

Now the sign is hanging next to the scarves. I hope it draws attention to a good cause.