Published!

One of my mixed media paintings, “Autumn Haze”, has been published in the Autumn 2016 edition of Somerset Apprentice magazine.  I can’t begin to tell you how happy I was when I received a complimentary copy in the mail!  I absolutely love the Somerset magazines and was over the moon to have a piece of my art published in the Apprentice magazine.

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The magazine will be available on September 1st and it is full of wonderful, inspiring art that has step by step instructions showing each artist’s techniques.

Happy Friday!

Before the Storm

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This painting was created based on a Life Book 2016 lesson given by Gillian Lee Smith.  I love her paintings and really enjoyed learning her shading techniques and creating so much yummy texture using gesso.   My husband said it looked like a storm was coming, so I decided to name it “Before the Storm”.

I had recently splurged and bought myself some Arches watercolor paper.  It’s so expensive but I loved the way it took on all the wet media in this piece!  It didn’t buckle or pill.  Can’t wait to use it again!

Tag Art

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I had a bit of fun collaging, sketching and painting on a couple of tags.  These were inspired by watching youtube videos of Mystele Kirkeeng.  She adds so many layers to her art, especially her faces.  I love watching her create her wonder infused paintings.

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I had been working on a Life Book 2016 lesson that I was enjoying immensely but I got stuck on what I wanted to do with the background.  Watching Mystele’s videos and painting the tags were just the diversion I needed.   I have now decided how I want to finish up the Life Book lesson and hope to complete it soon.

I hope you all had a great weekend!

It’s Owl Good!

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Quite awhile ago, my granddaughter and I had been playing with the craft paints.  We created some marks on 8 x 10 canvases using stencils, brushes and our fingers.  I recently came across the canvas I had painted and decided to trace an owl shape on it using an owl stencil.  I then painted around the owl with some white fluid acrylic.  I added the words using some rubber letter stamps.   A quick, fun little project!

Pure Adventure

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Here is the newest character in my Character Journal.  I had sketched her out quite awhile ago, along with some other sketches that I’ll be adding to the journal.

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Here is a picture of the sketch along with the character prior to finishing up her dress and the background.  I scanned the sketch, re-sized it, and transferred it to the journal by printing onto transparency film and then rubbing it onto the journal page.

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I was trying to decide what to put on the opposite page and came across the quote by Maya Angelou.  I thought my character looked a little adventurous so I decided to use the quote.

I’m looking forward to a long 4 day weekend coming up and hope to get some more play time in!

Drifting Peacefully

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This past Sunday, my beautiful, sweet, and kindhearted mother passed away.  I loved her so much.  Mom had Alzheimer’s disease for the past 10 years.  Through it all, she never lost her sense of humor and even had us laughing the evening before she passed away, even though she wasn’t feeling well.  I already miss her so much I can’t stand it.

I don’t usually write anything personal on the blog but had to share this picture of my mom taken in 2011, along with a poem written by my sweet cousin, Kathy.

Kathy writes poems for her friends and family, especially in times when they need her beautiful words to help get them through something heartbreaking.  This is the beautiful poem she wrote for our family.

Drifting Peacefully
I have been drifting away it seems for so long
I’m sure sometimes you’ve felt, I was already gone
Though I’m finally at peace, feeling, I’m home at last!
I’m with many other loved ones, who have quietly passed
So try not to be sad, my loved ones who are still here
I love you so much and I will always be near
So think of me with happy thoughts, every now and then
I am always with you and I will see you again.
But until then just remember, I’ll always be near
And my love for you all, will always be here.
Drifting peacefully!
In Memory of
Bobbie Faye Widdows 1933-2016
Written with love by Kathy Widdows Adams

We will cherish it always.  Thank you Kathy!