Friday, August 31, 2007

Bad Moon Rising

Halloween is a most favorite holiday and Margot and I wanted to do something special this year. I found a too cute Bobbie Takashima pattern at convention this year titled "7 Naughty Witches" and we decided to work together while creating our own "heirloom" pieces.

This style of painting is sooooo out of our comfort zone! We also never get to paint together just for the pleasure of it... usually we are working!!

Here is my little moon man. He is painted on canvas which was then cut down to size and glued into the tray bottom inside my trunk. It was easier to apply this way rather than trying to paint on the inside surface while struggling with the edges. He is painted in grayscale colors - the appearance of color on this photo is due to the flash. Color will be glazed on before he is complete!

What do you create just for the pleasure of creating?

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Travel Home

Traveling to far flung destinations is always enjoyable, but it is always good to return home. We have been away for a few days... the piles of laundry have been seen to and it's back to the daily routine. The big difference is bringing a fresher perspective to the creative process after a few days away. New vistas and experiences can't help but influence how we see the world and that is oftentimes reflected in what we choose to create. These experiences are added to our daily lives... sometimes in subtle ways... or not...

To me, one constant as a reminder of home has always been a magnolia. Being Southern born, the majesty of an old magnolia tree speaks to the heart. I created this design a number of years ago for a small trunk (the full design wraps all four sides as well as the top) but had the opportunity recently to rework the design a bit to fit a canvas for a private class I taught.

How does travel affect your creative process?

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Creative Sharing

After following quite a few blogs and being so inspired by all the wonderful creativity out there, this is a "dream space" for more of the same to share...