August 29, 2010

Goodbye, Helen!

Helen


Helen, one of my first assemblage dolls, has been sold! While I'm excited to have made the sale, it is a bittersweet one as she had become a family favorite during her stay with us. Now she's off to her new home in Illinois. She'll be missed, but not forgotten! 

However...by special request, I'm already gathering the materials to bring her sister into being. Stay tuned to this blog as I'll be posting progress reports!!!

Bundle News



Let's see...it's August 29th. Week 16 for this bundle, week 15 for the Barefoot Boy bundle. While they both show lots of signs of "decomposition", I had expected more by this time. Perhaps there's more going on in the inside of each of these bundles. I'll find out at the end of September! In any case, here's this week's photos of both bundles...


August 25, 2010

Two new paintings!

The Seasons

Two new paintings..."The Seasons" and "Promises". I've been enjoying working small and abstract. Seems fitting somehow.... Find these in my Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/clearerreflections

Promises




August 24, 2010

"The Four Seasons"



Something new in my Etsy shop! A set of four paintings entitled "The Four Seasons"....four different times of the year for one mythical tree. See more of this at:

August 22, 2010

Bundle News



Well...it's week 14 and 15 respectively for these bundles. They're certainly showing their age...and I know how that feels seeing as I just turned 57 several weeks ago! There's what? Five weeks left until the end of September and then they come down. What then? Could be interesting!!!


Humidity by BlueMonsoonStudios



My collection of Sanibel sunset greeting cards has been included in a wonderful Etsy treasury. My thanks to BlueMonsoonStudios for including this in the treasury, Humidity. Make sure you check this one out!

The Earl Grey Collection by LovelyTiffy



A big thank you to LovelyTiffy for including my watercolor painting, "Woods" in the Etsy treasury, The Earl Grey Collection. Make it a point to check this treasury out!!

August 19, 2010

Etsy Updates - Three new greeting cards



I've just added three new greeting cards to my Etsy shop: "La Sirena", "Palm Tree", and "Penguin". These are all hand pulled from linocuts I made. Their backgrounds are digitally printed dictionary pages featuring the definition of each subject. I also relisted two small collages. You can see all of these in my Etsy shop at:

August 15, 2010

Disco Bundle Updates



It's Week 14 for this bundle...and it's getting harder and harder to find a new angle or perspective to show everyone on this bundle. The heat and humidity is causing it to bend and warp more, but other than that there are only small changes going on. What is needed is some rain to soak it down!!!

The same can be said about the Barefoot Boy bundle (week 13 for it...). Although, it does get "watered" every time we water the garden so it's showing a little more in the way of changes. Only a short while longer for both the bundles as they come down at the end of September.

August 14, 2010

New Etsy Treasury: Gray and Whites by MissieRabdau


A big thanks  to MissieRabdau for including my photograph, "Jar and Books" in her new Treasury, "Gray and Whites". You can check out all the wonderful items and shops in this treasury at:

August 10, 2010

Altered Book - "Leaves"


Front cover

Taking up a challenge by "Cloth, Paper, Scissors", I created this altered book, "Leaves". A bit of steampunk influenced, the rest just happened as I worked on the book. In the end, I think I like what in became more than what I first imaged! Usually works that way...

"Leaves" started out life as a standard size sketch book. You know the type, black covers...lots of blank pages inside. Can be somewhat intimidating to many of us...  So...I first gutted the pages from the covers, then cut down the covers and the pages to 5.5" x 5.5"to meet the requirements of the challenge. Setting the pages aside, I started work on the covers.

The first thing I did was rivet sections of several recycled beer cans to the front and back covers and to its spine. This process was a little more involved than I thought it would be but once I got going, everything went smoothly. That done, I then applied the leaf patterns to the front and back covers using a  transfer gel I made from a lino block I had created earlier. Once these gels had dried, I then further distressed the covers with a acrylic wash.  Now for the pages!

Front and back covers...and spine

The pages were altered with some getting tattered edges, others windows cut into them, and still others had pockets of various types applied. I also created a "hidden space" using the back pages and back cover. Once all this tearing, cutting, and gluing was done, the pages also were distressed using the same type of acrylic wash as the covers. Needless to say...the pages now where a little too bulky to fit back into the covers! So I had to devise a floating cover arrangement to put them back into the covers which I like as it gave the whole book more dimensionality than I first imaged!

Inside front cover

Inside back cover



I haven't decided what come next for this book. I've submitted it to "Cloth, Paper, Scissors" so if it's accepted I'll have to ship it to them and will have to wait until it comes back. I have my fingers crossed that this will happen which will give me time to contemplate what's next for "Leaves"!


August 9, 2010

Bundle Updates: Week 13



Week 13 finds my original bundles looking crispy and tired from the heat. Just like me. These pictures aren't very "inspired" but I guess they are what they are at this point. More heat and humidity this week....August is not my favorite month....


August 4, 2010

August 3, 2010

Hot days of August

I'm not a fan of heat or humidity, so when the "dog days" of August set in...I'm inside! Perfect time to reorganize studios, Etsy shops, catch up on blog postings...things like that. Did some fine tuning of my Etsy shop today and even added a new watercolor painting. Check it out if you have a moment...and let me know what you think....

"Promised Land"

August 2, 2010

Disco Projects

It's week 12 for the "Disco" bundle, week 11 for "Barefoot Boy." Not much more to say this week...I'll let the pictures do that....