Monday, December 29, 2008

Etsy Bloggers Featured Artist

This months featured etsy blogger is Spotted Cow Soaps. Check out her amazing shop and sweet blog.

I love how friendly her shop is and all of the wonderful products offered, from soap and body scrubs to bath fizzes and guy friendly gifts. And Spotted Cow Soaps even offers gift baskets!

From the shop description: "All of our soaps are manufactured with Fragrance & Essential Oils that are phthalate free. Come on in and make yourself at home. We offer great homemade soap, crochet bath accessories, soy candles and more. All of our bars of soap, unless otherwise indicated, weigh no less than 4 ounces each."

I'm sold! Actually, as I type I'm drooling over some of these soaps and body scrubs! Seriously, can you believe how how yummy this?! I want to eat it!

Oh oh! Or check out this sparkling champagne body lotion parfait:

Monday, December 08, 2008

More characters

Well, this weekend I went nuts with the felting. It was super snowy and cold, so it was pleasant to cuddle up on the couch with the furrballs and my felting gear while watching movies with my favorite fellow.

I just love making up little stories to go along with these little sweeties. Click on the images below to find out more about my new friends.

Shelby the Giraffe


Seamus McBunnersons

Yin Yang Kitties 2, the sequel (I loved the first little guys so much I had to make another, only this couple are larger and brightly colored)

Friday, December 05, 2008

A pleasure to paint

I ventured into a local vintage store called Friendtique (all proceeds go to benefit area hospice and palliative care) yesterday and found a fabulous score of sewing and craft magazines from the 1960's. The illustrations, photographs and advertisements are just priceless. I was particularly drawn to the illustrations of the dresses for the patterns in each issue. Such a great style! I needed some inspiration and that was it.

Thus, I've begun a new series of paintings. I'm sort of starting my artistic new year's resolution early. I'm going to try to focus my work and develop a more cohesive style. I feel like I've just been all over the place since I've been back in the studio and not really feeling like I was pushing myself to grow and improve. Not that there won't be some oddballs now and again, but I just feel like taking a style and running with it. So here we go! I'm excited to see where this takes me and how I can refine and edit myself. It's not so easy to work in an artistic vacuum!

Here are the first three pieces:

Thursday, December 04, 2008

More felt action

Introducing 3 more felt creations...

Oscar the confused weiner dog:

Stan the Man:

And the Yin Yang Kitties:

And a quick peek behind the scenes! I just love all the beautiful colors of wool and the fact that such a simple raw material can be transformed into anything the imagination can conceive. Next time I'll give a little more background into needle felting as a technique and the process I follow with each creation.

Winter Flowers

Snow drop, watercolor, acrylic, ink and pencil, 2008

As the snow settles in and the ground freezes here in Ohio, flowers are hard to come by. I find myself painting more colorful compositions as the days become grayer. The above painting is actually from October, when there was still color to be found in the woods.

In addition to seeking color in my own work this time of year, I find myself drawn to colorful and vibrant work of other artists. The beautiful, meditative watercolor flowers of Karen Faulkner are a perfect example. They exhibit such beauty in simplicity and form with a sweet subtlety of color. I can almost feel her brushwork in each flower. Just lovely! Check out her blog and shop for a beautiful selection of flowers to brighten the gray days of winter. Here are a few of my current favorites!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Needle Felting Robert

Well, I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving and remembered to actually think about what you are thankful for! I took a few days off to recharge the battery and spend time with family. Now that I'm back to work, I wanted to share my sweet potato mouse with you all... Sam the Yam Mouse. Haha. See his little tail and pointy nose?

So I've been hitting the needle felting pretty hard. My husband came up with a great idea the other night when I asked, "what should I felt?" "Oh, you should make a little Robert Smith doll!"

Wow... what an epiphany! I've seriously always thought Robert would make an awesome stuffed animal, and needle felting the boy seemed like a great idea. Thus, I share with you my ode to the Cure cutie: