Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
This piece is an Original.
It is also a print.
I illustrated the characters first by hand
then, digitally colored the piece in Photoshop.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
We had two firetrucks and an ambulance parked in front of the house for well over an hour...she broke her ankle in two places:((
I'm not sure if she is going to have to have surgery or not...they have to wait a bit to find out.
Since I was in the middle of getting my shipping done, when the accident happened...I've been up all night working....I'm Exhausted!!!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
and it really is gorgeous in person.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
I post waaay more blogs than most of these authors do. Maybe they wait until they really have something to say, before they write.
Perhaps, I should try that. Heavens knows that I don't have the most exciting life...at least at this point in my life...to share with others. ( I sometimes feel sorry for my children, who sit and patiently listen to me go on and on about things like..why I think my left wrist has been hurting lately...or why I can't eat anything with garlic anymore. Wow...that bores me and I'm the subject of the 'conversation':(
Maybe I'm just boring....I think I'll try to work on that....I used to be interesting...once!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
I am going to do a series of Fairy Tale pieces...I've already sketched out 'Red Riding Hood' and part of 'Snow White.'
I am hoping to have this piece finished by the middle of the week.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
I am hard at work...on some new pieces for my CMZ Art etsy shop. (A sneek peek will be posted tomorrow.)
I'm doing something a bit different with these pieces...I'm working on illustrations that will be completed in PhotoShop. Usually, I work from completed paintings..digitals...or a combination of the two. This is the first time I am illustrating specifically for digital creation. We'll see how it works out:)
Friday, July 11, 2008
He's a cute little thing...I'll have to post a picture as soon as he settles down long enough for me to get one:)
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
I try to do it whenever I have some free time. I've worked so hard lately that I've 'had' to take a couple of days...just to re-coup. So..I read a few blogs.
I wanted to share a couple of my 'finds'...
I don't use other people's pics, without their permission...so I quickly put together this homely little illustration, to accompany this little 'find'.
Ever wondered what you could do with all of those plastic grocery bags that tend to accumulate, because you'd rather not overload the landfill with them?
I found several crafty ways to recycle these little gems...here.
And...Finally...I found a wealth of crafty 'how-tos' at this little site.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
(This is my Etsy bio...)
"I am a self-taught full time artist. I grew up in a very small community of 1,000 people. While we did have a public school...we didn't have art classes, girls sports, or a lot of other things most schools offer these days.
I 'dabbled' in art, whenever the opportunity presented itself, but I didn't get "serious" until I was confined to bed while carrying my fourth child.
My dear husband, sensing how boring it was to just lie there and look at the same old programs on TV, bought me an art set, some canvas paper and "set me free". I came as close as I could to the paintings on the backs of Reader's Digest magazines. Every member of my family got an original painting for Christmas the following year.
Thirty years have passed and I have been painting ever since.
Now I am alone, my husband (and best friend in the whole world) passed away in June of 2006. I paint to survive. It is what keeps me going..not to mention, it is my only income. I'm not old enough for social security..and it will be a while yet!
I do have six children (five of them live close by) and nine grandchildren (again, five live close by.)
They are my sources of inspiration...truly!
Most of the paintings I paint are directly inspired by them..and I include subtle references of them in most of my paintings..
It has been an extremely difficult two years, having to try to cope and adjust to life on my own.(it hasn't been pretty.)
My husband spoiled me to the point that, I don't think I made a dozen pots of coffee total in the course of thirty five years. He always made coffee and brought me a cup every morning when he woke me up. His very last day at home, even though he could hardly walk on his own...he made coffee and poured me a cup before he woke me up!
I wouldn't be painting today if it weren't for my husband. Not only did he buy my first set of paints...he encouraged me for thirty years to make art my career..it just took most of those years to convince me that it was possible.
I really do miss him...
and while my sadness is reflected in many of the paintings I have done the past two years...I have begun to mix in some 'lighter' pieces that reflect the gratitude I have for what I have been given."
It does rather sum up my life..in a nutshell.
I make my living from the internet...from Etsy..Zazzle..Art.com..and a few others. (Mostly Etsy!)
I paint, as often as I can...usually only one or two originals (per site) a week...sometimes less..sometimes more (depending on my schedule).
I create several digital 'paintings' each week..sometimes using bits and pieces of original paintings...sometimes photographs of some of my possessions..sometimes using vintage photos from public domain.
I try very hard to list, at least five new pieces...per site...each week. Sometimes I am able to list more....sometimes less.
I take care of my two youngest grandchildren weekday afternoons, so their parents can work. My daughter Jaime, also a self taught full time artist with two Etsy shops, helps me...little people can be a handful..so I'm thankful for her help.
I do my artwork late..late nights (usually until about 6 a.m.)...grab a few hours sleep, before the grandbabies arrive..watch a lot of cartoons...have backyard 'adventures'...do some crafts...study planets and the solar system (my youngest grandson is very interested in our universe)...do packing and shipping.
Most evenings are spent with several of my children, eating together...watching some TV best watched in groups...our current favs are...'So You Think You Can Dance'...(we think Mia Michaels is a choreograhic genius)..........'The Next Food Network Star'.....'Design Star'.....and we have 'Project Runway' coming soon!
Saturdays are MY days...I can spend them in the studio...cleaning my house...'chilling out'...or whatever! It rather depends on how my week has gone.
Sundays are 'family days'...
It's not nearly as boring as it sounds...usually:)
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
I decided to do that a while back. While I had to think about it at first, once I got started, I could have kept going.
The secret to my husband's recipe, so glad he showed me how to make it....it really is wonderful, is that one must use REAL Ricotta Cheese, NOT cottage cheese. Ricotta Cheese helps the lasagna to 'stand up straight on the plate' instead of running all over the place, like a melting ice cream cone. He always put the Ricotta into the ground beef and stirred them together, spooning the mixture into the different layers of noodles, sauce, and Romano, Parmesean and Mozzarella cheeses. And, always make enough sauce to pour over each piece of lasagna as it was served.
Whenever I get to 'pick' what we have for a family meal...I choose Lasagna...even if I have to make it myself:)