Friday, August 28, 2009

A very mellow day...a play day!





The left is my interpretation of the Chinese goddess Qwan Yin. Many say she is both male and female and so I have added the veil. This was fun to work on as I first layered various papers onto a wood panel and then distressed the papers and added acrylic paint and Distress Inks. I then drew the face and shoulders of the goddess and then glued her onto the distressed papered panel. I then sand papered half of the face and neck, it became veil like and then water color was dripped and I have added rub ons, stamping and glitter glue, muslin and a leaf skeleton to the piece also some stars. I have yet to coat the whole thing with varnish.

The fun stuff on the right is the muslin book I am working on. I found the instructions and wonderful inspiration on Lynne Hoppe's blog, www.lynnehoppe.blogspot.com, she has the instructions on her blog you just have to click on older posts till you find it! This is so much fun. I also have to thank her for introducing me to Portfolio water soluable oil pastels! I have stained and tried to rust this piece of fabric (actually several pieces) I have abused it with paints, glue, gel bleach pen, stamps, and I glued an image on a bleaches area, etc. Now I have to sew some threads here and there. This is experimental and fun! This is my first panel. I will post as I go with other pieces.

All in a days work! You can click on the images for a better view.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Introducing Noonah the Reluctant Princess





Noonah is the youngest child of the King and Queen of Frost. She was ordered by her father to marry the Prince of the Northern Caves (a troll). She refused and her father cast her out into the wintery blizzard with nothing but the thin dress she wore. Heart broken her journey begins....

This is an original story by me not yet finished! Please if you wouldn't mind let me know what you think of her and her story so far. Click photo for closer view.

Noonah was penciled onto a wood panel (6" x 12"). I have used water color and acrylic paint,colored pencil, paperclay and glitter for her crown and snow, bleach gel pen (makes for great snow and adds texture).

I have put up some of my original and prints of my mixed media goddesses for sale on my etsy shop if anyone is interested my link is on the left hand side of this blog page under the title My Etsy Store.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Goddess and the Poet class lessons are over...




the class may be finished but I am not so there will be more!

I am feeling let down after all this painting and collaging. The class is over I knew it would end but why am I feeling this let down? Oh well, get over it now! Just keep painting and exploring! There will be other classes...oh yay! Mystele is going to be having a class this Fall! I can't wait, hmmm already my mood has lifted! A big smile here!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Welllll....what can I say?






I guess I am not Goddessed out afterall. I have a few more in the works too! Talk about OCD! This one was inspired by "The Bridesmaid" by Millais.







Writing reads, "She appeared in a dream. Her crystalline heart securly encased. She would never give her heart freely.

In the nicho, unfortunately you can't see it very well, is a crystal heart. The nicho opens. hmmm, let me add a pic of just the nicho...be right back. YAY! Click the pic to see the heart better if you like, still not the best photo but...

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Taking a Goddess break and finished this...






This "doll" is The Nursery Tree...I saw a huge and I believe the oldest tree in the Olympic Forest a few years ago and looking up about 12 feet up were some of its roots. On a root that looked like a branch was a fir tree about 10 ft tall on it's own on a branch! I do not have a picture of in unfortunately but that is why the tree was called a nursery tree. It is the mother of all the trees around it. That inspired this doll. Of course this one is holding baby fairies and a bird guarding it's nest of eggs. It is made of paperclay and cloth, floral wire and tape, silk leaves, acrylic paint and found lichen and moss on a wooden plaque. The other title is The Importance of Trees! Well now I need to finish up some old projects, find my block of beeswax and clean up my work shop! Getting ready for Goddess number ?? Sorry if the pics are a little dark...I just can't seem to get it right! You can click on the pics to get a better view!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Gaia...Goddess number ??




Here is the new Gaia sans the dragonfly. I like it better!


A verse in a song kept coming to mind while creating this piece..."tears are only rain to make love grow." Anyway, Gaia is made of colored pencil, graphite, acrylic paint and ink, water color ink, paperclay, tinted gauze, pearl powders, tinted gauze, collage and metal embelishments. Definitely mixed media! I suppose I meant it to show Gaia crying over all the things mankind has done to her. Crying for our ignorance and our indifference in some cases, etc. It is gloomy here in case you are wondering, lol! But I love the rain, finally some rain ...rain are tears to make things grow! winking here!

Friday, August 7, 2009

I forgot I had 2 more Goddess & the Poet lessons to go, soooo....






This is Meretseger, the name means She who loves silence! She is an ancient Goddess of Thebes a protector of crafstmen. She also was asked to cure cobra bites so in many Egyptian statues she is represented as a cobra with the head of a woman. Meretsger also is the guardian of the Valley of the Kings. I am sure there is more that I am forgetting to tell.

One more lesson to go.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

My last Goddess for awhile...




I need a change I am "goddessed" out! This one started out by following along with Jane DesRosier's class at www.SomethingToMake.com. I practiced her method of painting the face by layering color onto a piece of watercolor paper not using any water at all and only a pallette of four colors! It was challenging but worth it! I have so much respect for her method of painting and her artwork! I then collaged old scrapbook papers and old text to my piece and went over the face with colored pencils, stencils and clear gesso (I love clear gesso) it gave a rough tooth to the work and so on and on. It made it easier for the pencil to take hold. I distressed my page and then added my writing over it.

I am going to try making a muslin art journal using techniques by Lynne Hoppe a very generous and talented lady www.lynnehoppe.blogspot.com the instructions are there. You should see her work, I just love her style and am happy I stumbled upon her blog!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

My Goddess of Serenity...





This one was also "homework" for the Goddess & the Poet class. Colored pencil, collage, acrylic paint on wood. It is on a 5 1/2" x 12" piece of poplar. I am trying for the more whimsical, I think this one is getting there.

The writing is my version of the "Serenity Prayer." Here they are, Embrace what you cannot change. Serenity - Wisdom - Courage - Compassion.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Goddess of Dreams...revised






Another homework in Goddess & Poet class...so much talent in that group. Everytime I think I am tapped I get inspired by someone's art! It is a wonderful group! Amazing pieces!

The poem reads, "Daughter of night dream your dreams, hold them tight! Let not the dark bird steal the from you! Guard them well, they are your birthright!

Until next time. May be quite soon as my next "Goddess" is almost finished!

The moment waits for you....

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