Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Tween Years

The tween years can be a confusing time for girls.  They want to be grown up so badly but at the same time they're still just little girls.  My daughter will be turning nine in a couple of months and I really wanted to capture an image of this internal conflict.  I shot the image below while on the beach during our recent trip up to Seattle, WA.

The background texture is from Jerry Jones at Shadowhouse Creations and the fabulous brushes are from TotallyWild Dezinez at DeviantScrap.  The thing I love about these brushes is that they not only come as separate .abr files but they also come as .png clusters.  This means that you can use them as standard brushes and add your own colors and create your own layers or you can use them as standard pre-made image layers.  This image was created using the On The Wall Cluster Brushes and the Butterfly Cluster Brushes.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

A Princess in a World of Dragons

I haven't participated in very many art challenges, mainly because I haven't been able to find the time, but when I saw the theme for this month's challenge at Creative Souls I just couldn't resist.

I'd like to thank candiesforeveryone @ DeviantArt for the fabulous vintage model, playingwithbrushes @ Flickr for the gorgeous texture, Holliewood Studios for the crown and trees, and last but not least, shoofly-stock @ DeviantArt for the amazing little dragons.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Lady of Shallot

Please see my Flickr  page for credits

Sunday, July 11, 2010

My New Studio!

After weeks of dealing with scammers and flakes on craigslist we were finally able to sell our extra couch to a really nice person.  Why is this important you ask?  Because, selling that couch opened up a huge amount of space in our house and allowed me to finally create my own art studio/office.  I'm so excited!!  I would like to thank my wonderful husband for agreeing that having a dining room was less important.  Besides, it's summer, we can eat outside, right?

Without further ado, here it is!  It's a little sparse and way too clean and organized but a few months of playing with paint should cure that.

I love that I get to be surrounded by some of my favorite things and I'll get to keep adding more as time goes on.  My computer desk was handmade by my grandfather in his woodshop class back in the 30s and I used to do my homework on it when I lived with my grandparents during my 7th grade year.  Sitting on top of my monitor is a little iron fairy.  She helps me to see the magic.  Above the desk is a panoramic photo of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco.  The Palace of Fine Arts, rebuilt and renovated many times, is the only thing still standing today.  In the corner is an antique dress form that I found on Ebay many years ago.  We call her "Betty".  My art table is our former dining room table and it has a leaf that flips up if I need more workspace.  Above the table is artwork created by my daughter.  It will be a revolving gallery as we continue to create new pieces.  And up in the right corner is a weathered sign that says "Follow Your Dreams".

Thank you to all the people who have encouraged me to follow mine.

Thursday, July 8, 2010


It's time to unleash your inner surrealist!  Stark by Holliewood Studios gives you all the tools you need.  Just add imagination!

Monday, July 5, 2010

The Little Mermaid

JW Waterhouse has been my favorite artist for as long as I can remember appreciating art. I love being able to give his wonderful creations new life.

Please see my Flickr page for credits
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