Thursday, April 29, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
I can solder !!!!! I have taken several soldering classes in the past and just could not get the hang of it!!! So I packed my tools, glass and ideas away and just accepted that that was not my thing , That isssssss..... Until Terri Brush insisted it was easy and she would show me how if I would just please be willing to try again and take a class from her. Well, I finally agreed and she was right! I was finally shown how very easy it is . Terri gave a simple sweet demo , provided all the right and best tools and it just flowed... I am hooked!! When a class I take is special like this one was to me. I like to make little frames for my pieces to remind me of the classes and the wonderful teachers that shared their talents with me. These 2 little peices are in honor of Terri and what she taught me and yes I can do Shabby Chic too!!!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Kim Caldwell created an artistic challenge for me when she asked me if I would teach a tiara class at her event this summer Artistic Affaire Les Sirens . HMMM I was stumped a bit .Those who know me know I am not the soldering type , I just never could get the hang of it and yet I have 2 years of College in fine metal smithing but the 2 styles are WAY different . So any way I thought why not a head band instead !!! Kind of something a 1920 mermaid would wear . So this is what I came up with . Kim's event will be July 15 - 17th at a sweet little beach town boutique hotel in Manhattan Beach CA . A town I once called
Saturday, April 10, 2010
I always forget to take my camera to my classes .So I hope you guys will pop over to the FrenzyStamper
And take a peek at the students work for my class last week called "Controlled Burn". Their work turned out so great !!! I was so proud of them !! Everyone had a lot of fun with this technique. If you want to take this class I will be teaching it again at Art and Soul in Portland It's new class name is My Paper Heart. Your creative juices will just flow as to how many uses you will have for this fun technique with its many layers and textures and you will get to play with a wood burning tool too. Now ain't that just an awesome thought!! I also have 2 other fun classes on this line up "walking Rusty" and
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Ok Maybe not so wordless wed. For those who know me .They know I do not do wordless very easily. I just wanted let eveyone know about the new Sommerset Magizine called Prim .It is one of my new favs. All about making things from a by gone era. Mostly dolls. I am so lucky to have a feature in it too. And it is perfect as I happen to be teaching the class on one of the dolls featured in my article .I will teach it at ART and SOUL May in Vriginia !!!Here is is
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: They try to have more things , or money in order to do more of what they want so they will be happier .The way it actually works is the reverse .You must first be who you really are, then , do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.
Friday, April 2, 2010
We as woman much more then men know the importance of supporting each other .It is a gift we are born with. As we entered the work force we were forced to compete with men and for years ,and maybe still our pay scales reflect that competition. I just read JULIE'S ART LIFE this morning commenting on how the paintings she created had been influenced by so many artist and she named them, how wonderfully thoughtful, yet her work was soooo her!! That is how art is created we SHARE and so grow. Never fear sharing it can only grow into something good!! She said it takes a village to create art TRUE!!. This in turn reminded me of my dear friend Jane Pollack She has a charity business that is called "Art takes a village" she gives creative workshops that help women with addictions . Now I have another friend Karen Valentine. Karen is very talented. She loves beauty, old things and knows how to but it all together in a very stylish, professional look. She recently lost her job and has creatively come up with a new plan to hopefully fill the need to make an income and to do what she loves -Blog design- and is she good at it !!!! Here is her site . Valentine Designs I have watched the followers just flock to Karen's own blog it is a warm , beautiful blog, filled with much sharing, beauty and love . My point is that we as women need to support each other, help each other grow and most of all share . I am asked about this when I teach art . At first when you learn something new like say when you take an art class , learn, a new technique from a self teach book, etc... it may feel like being a mimic or the dreaded work "copy" But that is how we learn it is the old and tried way and it works. We then over come our fears if we stay with the process and find our own artistic voice and this is done when the process continues by sharing. I always learn new things from my students and taking classes. I hope I am never to old to learn as I love to grow and learn and I need others to help me do so . Where would we be if no one ever supported each other and shared each others ideas and everyone just lived in isolation. I for one might have saddle sores or worse yet no saddle at all and be sitting in the dark. ( but I must say I would have loved no telephone. My how I hate that thing!) Think about it, we as woman can do so much for each other when we work together . So woman go forth create, share and support each other! United we stand and divided we fall. ! Look how far we have all come with just blogging and what we have done for each other with our blogs Way to go... keep up the good LOVE !!!! ALL my love and support to every one OF YOU !!!! Hugs Julie