Sunday, September 26, 2010

Not much going on

I have really not had much artsy going on this week other than trying to get a tutorial finished to post soon. Hopefully I will have it done so that yall can make a few for gifts, (Hint: start saving the Subscription response cards from all your magazines).

 The Artsy thing that we did as a family this weekend was to visit the Booth Western Art Museum in Carterville, GA. It was a great museum and well worth the drive (one and a half hours). We used our Free Tickets from Smithsonian Magazines Museum Day Event and choose to visit this one. I am really glad that we did. The Ansel Adams : A Legacy event opened on Saturday and was a very thought provoking show. Click Here for more info. My nephew won 2nd place for his age group in their Cowboy Poetry Contest, Students can enter this and try to win. He wrote his about my husband who is very much a Coyboy at heart.

I  made the girls each a small sketch book to carry in their pockets with them on their visit to the museum. Shae my youngest (age 8) took the time to really look at the paintings and try to draw what she saw. I was very proud of her. They have an area in the museum, The Sagebrush Ranch, just for kids that is has stations all around the room to learn to draw different western icons, like a horse or buffalo. There was also a place to put together puzzles in the shapes of a gitar or a boot. The life size horse really caught my oldest daughter's attention, Anastasia (age 9) loved being able to climb up and sit on it. I have pictures but I have not had a chance to get them ready to post. You can clink on the Sagebrush link to see images of the exhibit. Here is the link to the online activities for your children. I hope you enjoy a visit to the Booth Museum as much as we did, please let me know if you have visited the museum or if you get to go leave a comment about your experience.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Burnie's BBQ and Cotton Mill Cakes

2021 Main St.
Porterdale, GA 30070
This resturant was started in August 2009 and is a fast favorite. Once you try it you'll go back for more. The make all their own sauces, jams, jellies, and the best Chow-Chow in the south. You can place orders on their site for most of their items and you will get a taste of the south no matter where you live. They are located in the Historic Mill Village of Porterdale, GA. Friendly service and great food, make a wonderful combination for dinner as well as the mail order service that they offer. With the holidays coming quickly our way, you might want to check out their fruitcakes. The recipe has been handed down and is a tradition in the area.It is a great way to visit a place that you have never been through culinary means. Give them a try and you will not be dissapointed.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New Blog Header and Design

I created two blog headers and I really did not know which one that I would end up using, I thought it would be best to use a photograph that I had taken myself. The first one is a photograph that I took when I was in NC last fall. I was riding in the back of a small train around the Santa Land Park ourside of Cherokee, NC. I thought the image looked like we were in the middle of the woods and in the middle of nowhere. I really like the way it turned out and I chose this one to be the new header of my blog. Number two was a mixture of differnt scrapbook papers that I have collected and I really did not like the way that the blog name blended with the patterns of the paper and did not stand out like I wanted it to. So I decided that the image of the trees would be better than this one and I like the way it turned out. I also added the same image to the background to make a more cohesive feel to the site. Please let me know what you think about it . I really would love to hear  what you think.  

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Work in Progress

This is my current painting, I painted the background with tube and liquid acrylics. I painted the large spirals and then while they were still wet. I used a handcut spiral block and pressed it into the wet paint and then stamped it randomly around the canvas.
The shoes are a mix of collage papers that I have layered onto a backround paper prior to placing them on the canvas. They have not been placed down for good yet. I might change the placement.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Anastasia's Bedroom Mural

I am painting a mural in my daughter's bedroom. She loves it, this is just the begining.


Saturday, September 4, 2010

Great techniques

I thought that this was a  very interesting video. It has some very good techniques for mixed media work. I found it via Cloth Paper Scissors.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Blank Canvases

Sometimes when I have a stack of blank canvases on my art table I feel like I have no ideas left in my head. I almost feel as if my brain is a blank as the canvases sitting there. I have so many ideas when I am out of things to paint. I just wish that they would stay there long enough to get them down. When I look at them I think about how white and think It would be almost like pure snow.

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