Thursday, July 31, 2008

Sometimes The Words Are Enough of A Picture

Your hands lie open in the long fresh grass,
The finger-points look through like rosy blooms:
Your eyes smile peace.

The pasture gleams and glooms 'Neath billowing skies
that scatter and amass.
All round our nest, far as the eye can pass,
Are golden kingcup-fields with silver edge
Where the cow-parsley skirts the hawthorn-hedge.

Tis visible silence, still as the hour-glass.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-82)

Friday, July 18, 2008

"Nudge, Nudge, Wink, Wink. Know What I Mean?"

The title of my blog has nothing to do with this post. We just watched Monty Python's Flying Circus on BBC America tonight and the sketches always stick in my brain for a long time afterwards. Kinda explains things, doesn't it?!

Anyways, as always, these scans must be looked at with one eye closed and the open one sort of blurry in order to see past the crusty scanner. ;) These pages (8x8 each) were done for Dorothy. I think they turned out pretty well. I liked the nice color combination (her choosing).

Obviously I liked this combo so much that I also did these pages for a round robin book belonging to the very talented Teresa Stebbins of OH:

They are oriented in the book just like you see them here (top and bottom). I liked working in this perspective, with the spine of the book horizontal. Although, it did take me a little while to get going on them. I really wanted the top page to be of the sky and the bottom to be of the earth so they would mesh together well. I would like to explore making something like this with painting.
So...if you are STILL here (bless you if you are, my friends!) then I have a surprise for you! While on my blue and brown kick I made THIS gothic arch:

Do you like it? Would you like to have it? Well, I am giving it away to a lucky reader who leaves a comment on this post! Yay! Or at least, I hope you are saying yay! Heh Heh! Just leave a comment about anything and I will put your name in a drawing next FRIDAY July 25th and pick the lucky winner! If you don't have a blog, please email me your email address ( so I can notify you if you win!
So that's all for tonight, my sweet poppets! I will leave you with a quote from another one of my favorite British comedies Thin Blue Line with Rowan Atkinson: "I once possessed a whoopie cushion. I never deployed it, of course, but the capacity was there."

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

For Michelle

I think it's definitely time to invest in a new scanner. The background is white and at the top of each page is a piece of torn white-decorated paper. The translation of the words is: Springtime in Paris...Fills my heart with flowers! Thank you Linda K. for the translation! Merci!!

I did something completely different for these pages, but I wasn't liking how it was turning out at all. So I just started playing with some torn paper and some flower stamps and this is what came out. I liked these a lot better - even if the scans make them look yuk. :(

Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Latest Buzzzzzzzzzzz

Are you having a BEE-utiful day? I hope so!

If you would like your day to be even more BEE-utiful, you should go check out the blog by my friend PATTI (click her name to go there!). She is having a BEE-lightful giveaway of some art she made! Of course, I know you don't really like those pesky bee's, so you don't have to enter! In fact, I think I heard a rumor that if you entered you would be chased by a swarm of angry bees all the way to the ends of the earth! So, you know, better to be safe than sorry, right?!! Besides, I'm going to win! Muwahahaha!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Shield Your Eyes & Call Ripley's Believe it Or Not!

I actually made some art this week! Yes, I know! I cannot believe it either! Heh! Unfortunantly the scans are HORRID! Ugh! But I will upload it in the hopes that all you wonderful artists will know that it is really much prettier in person. Or at least I HOPE it is! :)

The first two scans are of a gothic arch for the wonderful Debbie J. in Milwaukee! Her theme was "Shirley Temple Movies". I decided to do Little Miss Broadway because I love musicals. The words on the back are the song "Be Optimistic" from the movie. I chose to do it in pink because, well, Shirley just says little girl pink to me! The netting on the front is supposed to be representative of stage curtains. You get that, right? Right?? And I think I'm going to cover up the brad prongs on the back with shiny stars. But I'm too lazy to do it tonight and don't want to rescan. So you'll just have to use your imagination to figure out what it'll look like! :)

This second set of scans are book pages for the lovely Mama Peggy! Her theme was flowers and we got to alter a victorian style flower album, which was fun! I used pink because that was the colors of my pages to work on! Yes. You don't have to tell me I'm a sharp cookie - I am quite aware of that! Heh! And honestly, these scans do not do justice to these pages at all. I'm not saying they are the most amazing pieces of art ever - but they turned out very soft and sweet. The border around the pages is actually a pink glitter and looks very pretty. The angel wings also have glitter on them. I added some pink vellum flowers and a tiny white vellum butterfly to the pages as well. I felt guilty for not doing "more" to them. But since the carnations were already printed on the page, I really wanted to incorporate them into my design. So that meant keeping it somewhat simple. The words in the oval say "The flowers have their angels". It is a quote from around the 13th century that they found in an old manuscript of a writer. And actually, they say it is the first time the idea of flower meanings (which was very big in the victorian age!) was first written down. I hope you like your pages Ma P! The book will now come home to you! Yay!

Now children, I must go tuck myself into bed. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!