Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Ponderings and Birthday Wishes

I hope this post finds you enjoying the Birthday celebration that is upon us!  Anyone who knows me at all, knows how much I love this time of year.  If you are too busy to enjoy the most precious Gift that has ever been given, you need to slow down, unload a few things, and check your spiritual thermostat.  God wants folks that are sold out and on fire for Him, so turn up the heat and join the Birthday Celebration for the King of Kings!

So, where have I been?

It is an annual event in my life - school starts, and it takes me until the Christmas decorations start coming out to get my life back!  

The worktable has been a happening place, though.  Several pumpkin heads and custom Christmas ornaments have passed through here over the last couple of months.  Clay just makes me happy!  Many of you have probably noticed that I dabble in all sorts of art mediums.  There's just a little piece of me that says, "Hey, we've got to try that!!"  That little voice packs a punch, too, because I usually give in without too much of a fight.  As of late, I am trying to learn digital painting.  Digital brushes will never replace my real ones, but it was driving me crazy that many of today's children's book illustrators work in nothing but digital art, and I don't know how.  That's how it starts....
The voice, "Hey, we could do that...." "Pssst, we should try that..." "Surely it can't be that hard..."
...and, in the blink of an eye, I have given in.  Anyone else have that annoying, little art bug in your ear?  
Before I knew it, a few of my pumpkin heads were sacrificed to purchase a little Wacom tablet, Photoshop's free trial was downloaded, and I was running blindly through the digital forest!!!
I've done lots of photo editing over the years but not true digital painting.  There is a HUGE learning curve!!!  I am shouting a big THANKS to all of the folks who have taken the time to put tutorials on YouTube... bless you for knowing that some clueless person (me) would come along and desperately need your advice!

Last night was the first time I actually sat down and tried out some of the tutorials which left me with a digitally painted tree -


and an ornament completely made through manipulating the photo I too during last year's snow!  It's not an added picture, but made from scratch!


Ok, ok, I know there are millions of folks doing much more fabulous things on Photoshop on a daily basis, but I'm not one of them...yet.  :)

I guess I'm just an art junkie.... Jacqueline of all trades.  Master of none.  But enjoying every minute of it!

What's on your worktable these days?  Leave us a comment!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Life at the Hall House

This time of year always finds us busy, but no so much so that we don't stop to see the gorgeous mornings that God paints for us each day.  The sun is slow to show its face this morning, and the air is so thick it could be sliced and served with strawberry jelly!



While everyone at the barn was munching their breakfast, I happened to notice an oddity...


Green grass.... in September....in West Texas....unbelievable!  Thank you, Lord!  This time of year, as most times of year around here, we are enjoying various shades of brown.  Incredible!

What else is happening, you asked?  Somebody out there had to have asked, right?
Gayland is buzzing along on the den addition, and the walls are getting closer to be muraled.  I think I just made that word up according to spell check...


It's also the weekend to drag out the fall decorations!  Ok, I cheated....I started last weekend with the tree in my craftroom...



and the pumpkin heads are still growing... I think they may be plotting against the Christmas decorations...


What's that, Santa?  You demand a mustache and hair?  
But it's fall decorating weekend...

I know you're feeling nekked.  

You say you'll incite an elf strike?  Really???

Well then, it seems Santa may just have to get a little hairdo this weekend, too.  I would hate to be the cause of an elven strike!


Just another beautiful day at the Hall House!  What's on your weekend planner?  Leave us a comment and share what's going on in your neck of the woods!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Pumpkin Heads Are Growing! 29 Faces Challenge 2, 3, 4,....7

Hallelujah!!  
I broke out the clay today.  When I don't sculpt for a time, I forget how much I love it.  I've been doodling and dabbling in cartoons, and digital art (clueless dabbling here) without much satisfaction.  On the way home from church today, I was counting the days until Fall...with Gayland just shaking his head... and had an itch to start the fall decor.  I have such a great husband!  When I asked him to drive the get-away truck while I clipped wild sunflowers along the road, he didn't even question my oddball request.  Come to think of it, he doesn't question much...he's come to expect the oddballness...is that a word?  After 21 years, he doesn't hardly even blink... :) 

Anyway, after getting my sunflowers arranged on the butcher block, I headed to the craft table with Pumpkin Heads dancing around my pumpkin head.  These little pumpkins just happen to fit perfectly into the 29 Faces September Challenge which I am playing.  Days 2 through 7 are sprouting nicely!  Here's a peek at one little Punkin -




May your week be filled with blessings!

Monday, September 1, 2014

29 Faces September Challenge - #1

It's that time again - The 29 Faces Challenge!  I just had a few minutes to get my first face onto paper this afternoon, so I thought I'd give you a little peek into my view of life...

This is how I see me...

(all credits go to DC Comics for this me)

And... from my comic sketch book...

This is likely how my students see me....



:)  Yep....


Finally a Little Rest and Some Time at the Art Table

I cannot believe it is already September 1st.  I see the last time I posted was in July...that is somewhat disheartening for me, as I had plans on sharing ideas with you throughout the year.  I know, however, that when it gets close to the beginning of the school year, I go AWOL from my blog.  I now have much of my dad's business handled after his passing, the first week of school under my belt (what an awesome group of students I have), and a day off from the regularly scheduled programs!

In searching information on mixed-media for some writing I'm doing, I ran across digi stamps.  I'm sure the rest of the world is much more up on this than me, but I wanted to know more.  I found a very helpful video on YouTube done by AJsArts, and I wanted to give it a try.  I'm not sure what I would use digi stamps for, but I could see sharing some of my doodles with others if I ever got the hang of it!  Here's my first attempt...



So, what can you do with digi stamps???  

Here's a little info I took from The Complete Guide to Digi Stamps by Kate Pullen:

Digital stamps, or digi stamps, are black and white digital images that are downloaded onto a computer where they can be manipulated before printing out. At their most basic, when they are printed out digital stamps are just like traditional rubber or clear stamped images. One of their attractions, however, is the fact that the images can be resized, flipped (create a mirror image) or manipulated in other ways before printing it out and colored in the same way that a rubber stamped image is colored. This gives a stamper a range of new design opportunities. The most significant difference between digital stamps and traditional stamps is that there is no physical stamp. A digital stamp is just the image.
Once they have been printed out, digital stamps are used in much the same way as traditional stamps. This means that they can be colored and embellished. The finished images can be cut out and incorporated into handmade cards, gift tags, scrapbooks and a whole wide range of other papercraft projects.

I have a long way to go in perfecting my digi stamp!  Maybe by next Halloween I'll get him right!

So, is anyone counting the days until we can put out the fall decorations?  I'm feeling the decorating bug coming on!  I'm really curious to see how digi stamps are being used in the creative world, so share ideas with us by leaving a comment.  

God bless.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Weekend Challenge

It has been awhile since we've had a weekend challenge! I have the watercolor pencils out again, and I'm working on a requested project.


This made me think of how people sometimes remark on the artwork that I've done... about how they really like something or how it reminds them of something in their lives.

Weekend Challenge:

Think of someone specific in your life. Create something that is a special sentiment just for them. Surprise that person with it for no particular reason!  Now, go be a blessing!

Project Update:


Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer Wrap Up...Being a Pirate and All That!

Although it is still a month until kiddos return to my classroom, I am wrapping up my summer break this week.  I am attending two weeks at a science camp, teaching a workshop the following one, and will begin getting my room back in order.  I was thinking about what I have accomplished this summer...hmmm....not too many things marked off the gigantic list I created at its start...just like the gigantic list last year...and...well, you get the picture.

I do have to say I have had a tremendous shift in thinking over the last few weeks.  I am a learner.  Always have been and always will be.  It's in me, and I can't help it.  That's perfectly alright, though, because I love it!  An odd combination of books I've been reading really came together for me - The War of Art, Do the Work, and Teach Like a Pirate.  The first two are about being an artist, and the third is an awesome book that reinforced the way I teach AND gave me knew ideas!

Without going into a long-winded explanation that no one cares to read, let me just say I have changed my thoughts on being an artist - the sculptor, painter, writer - to be more like the artist - the teacher.  Yes, the one that teaches like a pirate!  If I were to approach my art the same way I approach my teaching, it would completely change the way I make art!  I think that would be a great thing!

I know you are thinking, "What????"  This post is probably more for me than for anyone else.  One to fix my thoughts, to make the shift a reality, and to step out into new waters.  I guess that also means that others will just have to watch it play out from here!

All I can say is probably better said by WH Murray - Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!

All three books refer to the power of "shipping" - that committed end you are trying to reach.  I finally took the plunge today and sent my canvas to be scanned for prints...a real step in getting it out there to the public.  Whether the critics like it or not really doesn't matter anymore...I shipped!


Ah, you're thinking right now, "What's up with all this cryptic stuff?  Shipped where???  How does this relate to anyone?????"  Well, I guess you'll have to read the books!  Really...I'm not kidding.  You will be glad you did!  If you are an artist, I recommend you read the first two books.  If you are a teacher, I recommend you read all three!

23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for[a] you serve the Lord Christ.

Colossians 3:23-24




Saturday, June 21, 2014

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Weekend Challenge – Be Thankful

As I sit here in my quiet craft room waiting for a creative spark to strike, I guess the weekend challenge is more for me than anyone else. Even with the passing of my dad this past week, there were so many things for which I am grateful.



… For the silly smile in the picture one of my dad's good friends sent me. That was his smile... For our church family that pulled together and gave him an amazing service... For the condolences, flowers, food, prayers, support, and hugs of many friends and family members...For my amazing husband who puts up with me rain or shine...For our kids and grandkids just because I love them...
For each day that God gives me...
And a piece of advice for me to you… stick it out no matter how rough the road gets. You will be thankful you did.


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Weekend Challenge - Remember Those Who Have Fallen

God has blessed us with lots of rain!!  It has been wonderful!  On this Memorial Day Weekend, I ask you to remember those who have given their lives so that we might live in a free nation.


Borrowing words from Dave Meyer-


Let us not give away 
what these men and women died to protect.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Weekend Worktable

The school year is winding down, and, although my dad's health isn't really improving, the manic whirlwind has slowed for me.  I found myself with time today to break out a new canvas this morning!


I will keep you posted on what appears on it!  So, what's on you Worktable this weekend?

Some advice from the cute, little mints from Hobby Lobby -

Isaiah 40:31

New King James Version (NKJV)

31 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Are You Afraid of Monsters?

Do you ever need to do something just for the fun of it?  Something completely unproductive?  That's what happened on my last art journal page...
My question to myself was, "What am I thankful for today?"  ....and the answer...

   monsters...

Yes, today I am thankful for monsters!  The world is filled with monsters, but I don't let them scare me.  God handles the heavies - evil, sickness, and sorrow.  He leaves the light weights for me; although, I suspect He's really never far away from even the smallest of beasts.  I know you're wondering if I've lost my mind, and it is quite possible, but let me explain.
I love monsters that make me smile.  Closet Beasts and People Eaters, Under-the-Bed Monsters and Candy Bandits have long filled my imagination and my sketch pad.  Even the most fierce Purple People Eater was putty in my hands when I was a kid.  His wild locks swirled everywhere, and his eye never blinked.  He stood guard hour after hour.  Fearlessly, I stroked his purple locks to keep him under my spell.  Well, that's the way I remember it it, anyway!
The Purple People Eater and I have long since parted ways, but he still visits my sketch pad now and then as a reminder to smile and laugh out loud for no particular reason.  Sometimes we just need to create something silly!  I am thankful to God that He handles the heavies and leaves the little monsters of my imagination to make me laugh and smile.



Weekend Assignment

Create something silly!  That's it - that's your assignment.  I know your thinking we're supposed to be creating art to make a difference for God, and you are right.  So, once you're done, put it in a random place to make someone smile, or mail it to someone with no explanation.  Maybe you could write a story about your silly thing and share it with your kids, grandkids, nieces, or nephews.  Believe me, time spent with them is not wasted in God's eyes.  Go on now.  Make someone grin!

Proverbs 17:22


 A merry heart does good, like medicine,
But a broken spirit dries the bones.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Weekend Challenge - Art Journaling

My apologies for the silence here at Sherry's Cabin.  My dad is still in poor health, and I haven't had much leisure time.  I am currently working on some art projects for ladies going through cancer treatments.  God has had this on my heart for quite awhile now, and all of the details just haven't played out, yet.  I know they will in His timing.  This brings me to our Weekend Challenge in a round-about way!  I have journaled my entire life in one form or another...I should own stock in composition books!  There are those writers and artists who work page by page, like clockwork, to fill each journal....
   And then there are those people like me who start a journal, write awhile, put it on a shelf, find a new journal, dedicate it to some specific writing or drawing....forget what it's dedicated for and write the grocery list in it....get another journal....surely I'm not the only half-cocked journal junkie out there...am I?

One of the art lessons for the the workshop is on art journaling.  There are endless ways to creatively journal, and I don't even attempt to call myself an expert on art journaling; I do, however, know how to spend time with God and how to be thankful for blessings that rain down on me every day.   I know our art journey this year is to be "Movers and Shakers" for God's Kingdom.  Sometimes that requires us to spend some time on ourselves.  God never told you to ignore yourself, hate yourself, mistreat yourself - many of the things some do in trying to think and do for others.
To be on fire for God, you need some fuel - some time with Him.  This leads us to our challenge!

Weekend Challenge:

Begin a new Art Journal.  It can be a purchased journal, or loose pages you later bind together.  Dedicate this journal to thankfulness, blessings, and scriptures that speak to your heart.  There's no time-frame, no number of entries, and no artistic musts.  It's about spending time being appreciative of the blessings in your life - big and small.  Did you have running water for a shower today?  How about heat?  Did you eat?  Talk?

Getting the picture?  We are blessed.  Each page should capture your thoughts for the day - positive, thankful thoughts.  Keep the woe-is-me thoughts for another journal...or better yet, forget about them all together.  What a heart-warming lift this would be at the end of the year to see all of the wonders God worked in your life over the year - the grand and the everyday that we take for granted.

My Work-in-Progress:

The beginnings of my page here may seem quite odd at the moment - bald and faceless, but I've only just begun!


What are you thankful for?  
Share a journal page with us!  
We'd love to see what God is doing you your life!

Journal Page Update:



Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Watercolor pencils - A New Joy in my Life

I think God must have dropped watercolor pencils into my life.  In fact, the set I started using a couple of months ago had been in my pencil box for years without use.  They are a creative quick-fix!  With all that is needing my attention in life at the moment, the time spent in my craft room is short - no hours for sculpting or layering acrylics.
How are the watercolor pencils different, you ask?  You did ask, didn't you?  Well, they are fast and colorful.  They seem to be full of cheer without being caught up in minute details (which is, by the way, where I am entangled most of my life).
Yesterday I was able to scribble a flower with the pencils in the morning, left it without having to care for it, and splashed it with my brush last night to spill out the color.  I actually over-watered the flower and got it a bit muddied, but that's ok, too; as it's just a piece of paper with some pencil scribbles - nothing lost if the whole thing goes in File 13.


I've since bought a couple more boxes of pencils and some singles since I first started playing with them.  They are relatively cheap, too!  That's always a bonus.  I have found there are definite differences in the quality of different brands, but I'll save that for another post.
...and another great feature....I am absolutely clueless as to how they are supposed to be used, and I can still make art with them!  I am sure there are countless videos and lessons on how to use these little guys correctly, but why spoil the fun.  If you've not tried watercolor pencils, and you need a quick art fix, give them a try!

Thank you, Lord, for still allowing the art to escape from me while meeting life's present demands.  My God is an awesome God!   

So, what's on your work table this morning?  
We'd love to hear about it!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

The First Signs of Spring - Stop and Look Around!

As you move about this Saturday morning, I hope you are rested and enjoying the day.  What lens are you looking through this morning?  The one that is focused on your pile of problems?  The one that is focused on all of the things you have to do?  Well, I've got some words of wisdom for you...
REFOCUS!

I've looked through those other lenses lately, and they are worthless.  I may not be world-renowned, but I have an artist's heart.  God put it there, and I'm glad because I'm always watching for the new paintings He's creating on His canvas.  Refocus your lens today and look for the signs of spring that are popping up around us.  God has already started dripping dabs of color!  I snapped these this past week-



The vultures are back, too!  I'm supposing you never thought of that as a beautiful thing...or even thought of it, for that matter.  They showed up just down the road a few weeks ago, and it brought a smile to my face.  You see, as they show up on the scene, other signs of spring are sure to follow.  We're on the count down, folks...twelve days and counting!  

So, what lens are you going to spend your day looking through?  The one focused on your problems...or the one focused on God?  I'll give you a hint of which one I chose this morning - it comes with peace, joy, strength, and an amazing color palette!

Happy Saturday!

Leave us a comment, and let us know what is in your lens today.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Weekend Challenge- 29 Faces Finishes Up!

With my dad's health, I wasn't able to finish 29 faces in the challenge this month, but I was able to do a few. My challenge to you this weekend incorporates my last finished face. The scanner would not pick up the watercolor and acrylics in this mixed-media very well.


Challenge:

Choose a scripture that speaks to your heart.  A message that others need to hear, as well. Paint a picture that embodies the scripture, and incorporate the scripture into your painting. Send me an email with a photo, and we'll share your scripture here!

My little girl is a watercolor done from a photo of a homeless child.  We need to remember what we do for the least of these, we do for Him.  

What are you doing for Him today?

Be sure to share with us, and leave a comment!


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Weekend Challenge – 29 Faces Continues

I hope you have joined in on the 29 Faces of February Challenge!  It is a great way to stretch your creativity, and for those on a budget, it's virtually free to play!

Weekend Challenge

Find the brightest colors in your box… crayons, markers, paints, whatever you have... create a face for the challenge.

No holds barred – splash that color!  Think of all the colors of spring, and splash them on your page!  

Now of course here's the best part – think of a way to make someone else's day with your artwork!  Here's a little watercolor I splashed last night.

Come on, share with us. What's the most creative way you can brighten someone's day with this challenge piece?

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Weekend Challenge Takes on the 29 Faces Challenge for the Month of February!

It's late Sunday evening, and we've had a long weekend with my dad back in the hospital.  I know God has a plan for every moment of our lives, but it is so hard to watch him suffer.  Thanks to friends and family for the many prayers that are being prayed.

On the art side of things, I finally remembered the 29 Faces Art Challenge before the 28th day of the challenge!  If you're up for it, just tap on the button on the sidebar.  A face a day for the entire month of February.

Challenge:

Join us for the 29 Faces Challenge!  Now, of course, I must challenge you to use that to be fruitful!

  • Create a face a day this week!
  • Make at least one of the faces a drawing, painting, etc. - 2D
  • Scan your work.
  • Grab some notecard blanks, some decorative paper, and some ribbon.
  • Print some copies of your faces onto cardstock.
  • Think of inspirational words or scripture that would be uplifting to others.
  • Get busy and make some awesome cards!
Once you've done the work, now it's time to share.  You could write notes to friends and send the cards, or better yet, make a gift set of cards to give to someone just because...

So, how have my 29 Faces started?
I already started a little behind, as I forgot about the Challenge until today.  That's ok, though...I did a super, quick little 'toon sketch that really should have hit File 13 and did a pencil sketch of an Indian chief.  With time being short, I made a couple of rules for myself today - work quick and leave the eraser on the bench!  This is what came to be...


 And my "cheater" face to get caught up!!


May God's Word be a Lamp to your feet this week!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Artful Blogging - What Inspire's You?

As I was flipping through the latest Artful Blogging Magazine looking at all of the beautiful photos and blogs, I found myself once again wishing my photography looked like some of those.
 
I had to remind myself that God doesn't want us to compare ourselves to others.  Our value is found in Him, and Him alone.  Then I thought a little more about those exquisite photos...not one of them screamed my name.  As beautiful as they are, none of those photos would inspire me to change who I am.  I would not have captured a single one of them through my camera lens.
 
If you've followed this blog for any length of time, you've never seen a crisp white kitchen, girls in dresses running through fields, or richly colored berries pouring from a bowl.  Chances aren't likely you ever will!
 
What speaks to me is what will find it's way to my camera lens.  Those moments in time that whisper my name will eventually pour themselves onto my blog.
 
My book reads a little differently than the floral arrangements and the beach scenes, but, to me, it's an interesting read....
 
Through my lens....
 
It's well-worn...

Untouched...

And could tell many stories...

What is your story?  Share a glimpse with us!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Weekend Creative Challenge - Break Out the Camera

Are you creating with us?  Are you using your gifts to make a difference for God's Kingdom or to give Him glory?  If you haven't already joined our journey, it's not too late!  We kicked off at the New Year, so you have plenty of time to participate.  Let's have some fun with a new challenge this week!

Challenge:

  • Capture God's Beauty around you.
  • Break out the camera and put on your artistic eyeglasses!
  • Find something unique or interesting, or just plain beautiful, to photograph.
  • Take a bunch of pictures - zoomed, odd angles, zoomed pieces of the scene, etc.
  • Apply some photo apps or Photoshop to give the photo some pizzazz if needed!
  • Now, decide how you could use this photo artistically!  Mixed media, framed, sketched and painted, background paper, scrapbooking......
  • Bless someone with your new creation!
You don't always have to have a paintbrush in your hand to create art.  You might just need a camera lens!  The fact of the internet world is we must always be honing our photography skills because that's usually the only way folks see our work.  That's an area I REALLY need to work on, so why not make it a challenge!

Let's take a look at the photos I shot for this post!

First - junky background...slightly out of focus....and poor lighting...YUCK!

By the way, I am a master of bad photography!

...tried a filter...still YUCK!

...changed the angle, the filter, the background, and zoomed in...
 
 
That was the same poor lighting, but I was holding a piece of white paper to the right of the camera to reflect some light.  Still not amazing, but so much better!
 
I then took it several times with different filters -








Go ahead, give it a try, and share!!

What did you find that caught your eye around you?  Please share with us!  You can email the photo to me, and you might just be featured on the blog!  Be sure to share any techniques you used to enhance the photo, too!

May God Bless you with lots of beauty to behold!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Friday Finish - On Friday!! Watercolor Ladybug is Done! Give Away!!

I was happy to finish the little ladybug I was working on last night just in time to use for a little something for a friend!  Here she is -


I'm feeling spring in the air ( or maybe wishing), and I'm trying to get some of you up and creating....so, I'm feeling a Give-Away coming on!  I've been in the watercolor card making spirit, and I've designed several note card sets with my watercolor prints on the card front.

I'm giving away a set of the winner's choice!!!  So, how do you win?  Leave a comment on this blog telling us what you're creating.  That's it!  Your name is in the drawing!  If you participated in one of the challenges I've posted for the new year, email me a picture, and you're in again!  Tell us how you've used your art for God's glory in the new year, and you're in AGAIN!!  Who knows, I might even give away two sets!

So, what's on your worktable?  Did you have a Friday Finish?

Enjoy the Weekend!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Ladybugs and Blessings

First let me say it has been a fabulous birthday, and I am so blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life!

Now, let's get to the nitty-gritty....the blog world.  Yes, I'm a part of it, and yes, I love those blogs with gorgeous pictures, and those well-planned posts.  You know the ones - Tutorial Tuesday, Work Table Wednesday, Friday Freebies....and those posts always appear just as expected.  I was going to be that blog....really, I was...but it just doesn't play out that way.  So here's the deal - Friday Finish might be on Thursday or Sunday.  Tuesday Tutorial might be on Saturday afternoon....that's just the way I roll, so maybe catchy titles aren't a good thing for me!

That being said, I'm working on the work table tonight, and I'm playing with water colors again.  I'm not sure what the intrigue is.  Those that know me know how much I love the Christmas season, but when it's done, I'm ready for spring!  I'm in for skipping the rest of winter- just bring on the bugs and the sunshine!  

I have spring on my mind this evening, and started sketching and dabbing a little paint here and there on this ladybug-


I love ladybugs.  They are so strikingly beautiful against the more muted colors of the foliage.  I have to stop and admire each time I see one.  God really did create a stunning little creature!  Ladybugs remind me of people who are always blessings in my life.  No matter how many times they appear, how many blessings they bring to my life, I have to stop and admire them each time I see them.  They, too, are God's stunning creations, so to all the ladybugs in my life, thank you!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Watercolor Practice with a Purpose - Friday Finish...on Sunday..whoops!

Are you with me?  Have you been creating every day?  Let us hear from you!

So, I didn't get my Friday Finish done on time.  It's past my bedtime, but I wanted to share another pair of boots that I painted in watercolors with some added inked lines.  I am not a watercolor person, but they've been of interest to me lately.  I really don't think I'm using them correctly, but that's OK.  I'm staying under the radar of the paint police!


Our upcoming Cowgirls in Christ of West Texas Cowgirl Gatherin' is coming March 1st, 2014.  Can you guess the theme?


Weekend Challenge - Trash to Treasure...Reclaim It!

I hope you have enjoyed the weekend, and you will soon be on your way to worship the Lord this morning.  I hope you are creating every day!

The Challenge:


  • Find a piece of "trash" that really should have been thrown away, but you have hung on to it for some odd reason.
  • You are now on a rescue mission!
  • Decide how you will save this piece...will it become a doll piece, a candle holder, a component for mixed media, a wall hanging, a door stop, a canvas, a...?
  • If you don't have anything calling to you, head out to the Thrift Store.  
  • Get to it!  Turn that find into a reclaimed piece of art!
So what did I choose?  A find from CIA Thrift Store!  Normally I would wait for the 50% off sale, but I paid the full $3.99 for my treasure.  It's an old spice rack that is coming apart on one side and the top.


Mine is going to be more of a functional treasure than an artistic one, but, hey, we're making up the rules as we go!  

Be sure to leave us a comment sharing your rescue mission.  Now get to creating!  


Saturday, January 4, 2014

Saturday Challenge - It's OK to Color Outside the Lines!

I'm glad you've stopped by for the first challenge.  There's no backing out now!  If you've joined me for the art journey this year, here's your chance to break out of the box.

The Challenge:

  • Choose a medium that you've never tried, or one you've just dabbled in a little bit.
  • Check out some how-to videos.  There are so many great artists that are willing to share!
  • Pick a person to create for - this will give you some direction, and you'll bless someone at the same time!
  • Gather what you need, and, remember, you can make beautiful pieces on a budget.
  • Create ART!!!!
So, what did I choose?  Mixed media.  I am, by no means, a mixed media artist.  In fact, the one piece I've made is really just a painted canvas with a few pieces of paper stuck to it.  Jeanne Oliver creates beautiful mixed media art and has shared some wonderful videos.  If you've not found her site for artists, you should drop by!  One of her tutorials is on creating a vintage girl in mixed media.  I chose to go Victorian for a friend's sewing room.
Here's what I've found out about myself so far...
  • My art is precise - neat, square, and accurately detailed....not always a good thing.
  • I don't like to cover up my background after I've created it.
  • AND...I DON'T LIKE TO COLOR OUTSIDE THE LINES!!!!
Here's a peek at the work-in-progress-



So far, I've done a background of old sewing advertisements, covered it with sewing pattern paper, sketched and painted the vintage woman with acrylics, added some old thread labels, used some watercolor and charcoal pencils, and added some flowered paper.  
It's a far cry from the layers of beauty of true mixed media artists, but I'm forcing myself to keep adding.  I wish I had taken a picture of the first time I said, "Ok, I'm done."  I didn't realize how truly flat my first version was.  The more I color and dab stuff on, the more I'm liking her.
What I've learned....
     there's power in letting go of perfection.  I'll never achieve it anyway...
                  ...and the the art Nazis didn't show up when I colored outside the lines!

So, what will you choose?  Go ahead, leave us a comment!

Mixed Media UPDATE:
   Ok, I'm done...really, this time I'm done!

 

Friday, January 3, 2014

Friday Finish - That's the Goal Anyway!

Here we are in the new year.  Have you been creating every day?  If you haven't, it's not too late to start.  I will be releasing more info on our creative journey this weekend.  I have found I am not quite the video host I thought I was...oh well, you'll be the one that has to watch it!  :) 

So, I've been planning features for the blog, and Friday Finish seemed to have a ring to it.  My goal, you ask (you did, didn't you?), is to have a finished piece by Friday to share, and I would love to see your finished piece, too, so be sure to email it to Sherry's Cabin - the link is on the side-bar.  Who knows, you might even be featured for a Friday Finish!

I can't say she's completely finished because I want to frame her in wood strips, but the painting is done.  I toned down the sky with some antiquing, and I like her much more.  Here's the folk art angel that's been on the work table-


How can you bless someone today with your creativity?  Share a comment, and leave some awesome ideas!


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year! Are You Up for a Journey?

Welcome 2014!  It is the beginning of a fantastic year, and I hope you will join me on the journey.  It is going to be exciting and challenging.  Creating by God's Grace - that's what I do, and I would like you to join me this year.  Let's create every day....yes, every day!  Even if it's just a two minute doodle on a notepad.  Are you up for it?  I've been creating behind the scenes today, but I'm not quite ready to reveal it just yet.  I'll fill you in a little more in the coming days.  Who's willing to take the risk on an artistic adventure?