Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Making Progress...but slow!

She's coming along nicely, don't you think? I haven't a notion why I started out with such a LARGE project. Maybe because I was working with the tags for a while, I needed a departure. Hmm...the next question is: where shall I hang it? There is suprising lack of wall space at our house. The next projects will be smaller...probably. I'll have to take a photo of the drawing by Sammy I had framed a few years ago....many of you haven't seen it. It's a horse done in Magic Marker! on plain old manila paper! Signed--SAM. The woman fussed (in a good way) about how brilliant it was, taking everyday elements to create art, and how we needed to preserve it. I'll share in the next few days. I also wanted to share this digital collage....I hope you can read the words: "Dreams are illustrations...from the book your soul is writing about you."

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Getting there....

I can't believe it's been a week since I last posted, oh, but on second thought, yes, I can believe it! Bible school wore me out last week, but I so enjoyed the kids this year. I did music with ages kindergarten through Jaron and Sierra's age--6th grade from 9:00 am-12:00 pm Monday-Friday, then I worked late into the afternoon. Now we are back to a fairly normal week. The above image was taken last week; I'm actually a little further along, but I'll keep you guessing until tomorrow or Thursday. I hope to work on it extensively on Thursday. Thanks for being patient with me!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Art in Everyday Things

This is my jewelry tray...I just think it's so beautiful. The mirrored tray was Mom's, and the fancy perfume bottle with the bracelets draped on it was Nanny's. The carved crystal bottle I found at an antique shop in Shiro, TX . I do think it's nice to look at our everyday things, and admire them, and even think of them as art. Anyway, it's just a beautiful, comforting thing that greets me every morning and every evening!

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Creative Process....Parts 1 & 2

This is a piece I am working on, actually inspired by one created by Misty Mawn in this month's Somerset Studio magazine. Again, stay tuned! I will post at least one more "creative process" and, of course the finished product! Happy Sunday! We've had a wonderful. restful day...although probably the calm before the storm. Vacation Bible School starts next week--I am doing the worship rally music, complete with sign language and music, it's lots of fun...my 3rd year to do music. It's actually the kids' last official year, since they are 6th graders. Chris, our youth minister uses this time to prepare them for Youth Group! They will work the puppets, they are pretty excited, and so am I!

Thursday, June 7, 2007

We gotta go Mom!

We stopped by the A&M Rec Center on our way to Austin to watch the kids practice at Swim Camp on Tuesday. They made a quick stop for a hug before jumping back on the bus! They are having fun, but also working hard--Jaron: "I'm making the hardest intervals!" Sierra: "I'm one of the leaders in the fastest lane!" They'll be back home on Friday...it sure is quiet here at home without them!

Monday, June 4, 2007

Desperate Squirrel Caught in the Act!

Ah-Ha! Busted! The look on his face...you should have seen it...Right before this shot, he looked me straight in the eye, then made a mad dash for it! It's amazing what you take pictures of when the kids are gone...they are at Aggie Swim Camp this week. This is their 3rd year, they are experienced. They will swim 3 times everyday, they are always exhausted when they get back on Friday...but, of course that just makes them stronger, right? Matt and I are off tomorrow for Austin for a couple of days to hear some live music at Cactus Cafe, and visit our favorite restaurants, like Gueros where they serve The most Awesome margaritas you've ever had! I can't wait!

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Easter 1960

I found some old photos Mom gave me a few years ago...I have a series of these taken this day. That's me, of course, the ornery dressed-up kid! Nanny's holding me (I think she made my dress), Deborah in the back-ground, and Sammy....A sweet time in the past...

Friday, June 1, 2007

Deuteronomy 31:8

I realize it's outrageous to post 2 times in one day...but, I wanted to share this latest tag I created....I have been doing some art journal tags digitally...this is the latest. The above "Grow" is one of a series of word tags that are posted at the Anywhere Studio Please check it out! I am now going to venture outside the digital art world somewhat and dabble a bit in stamping, collage, art journaling, and...I even bought some acrylic paints! I have several projects in mind. Stay tuned. And all you art folks in my family, please, I want to hear from you....See! I told you I was growing!

Cryin' in your beer song....

They begged me to do it....!! Honestly, I didn't feel "ready." I have been so crazy with all the kids' activities that I didn't think I could get a performable song ready in time for the talent show at work. Well, they made me do it anyway...And, they put me last in the line-up! The girl that went before me sang this beautiful gospel medley including "Amazing Grace" a Capella! So, here I come to finish things off with a "cryin' in your beer" song--a Dixie Chicks song called Cold Day in July. And yes, I did mention I like their music, but not their political views!! Anyway, I ended up with 2nd place and $75.00. Not bad, I guess...do you think there's a career in it?!