Friday, October 26, 2007
I called this one "Girls . . . Why All The Fuss?' because that might be what this little boy is saying. I used lots of the girlie elements in the kit to make it look sweet and little girl fussy.
Precious One below shows my grandson's baby sister, Inara Grace, when she was just 3 months old. Tiny, isn't she? She was 2 months pre-mature but is doing just great!
That's my grandmother, Lillian, standing beside her father, Herbert Owens Horton. Two of her brothers are shown: Raymond and Herbert. (Frame02 from Painted Pixels.) Papa Horton (as I called him) was still alive when I was a little girl. I believe his birthdate is around 1872 so he was in his nineties. He'd retired from Virginia Electric and Power where he was a streetcar conductor.
Monday, October 22, 2007
And just to give you some idea of other art work by April, here are photos of an altered book and a paper bag book she made:
Above: cover of paper bag book; below: inside of paper bag book.
Below: cover of altered book.
I asked April what sort of formal training she has had in art in general and in digital design in particular. She laughed and gave an answer I can really relate to. April has had no formal training and continuing, says: "[I] don't think I could. I know that sounds funny, but I get the most enjoyment figuring things out for myself. I'm a great self teacher!" Here on the east coast, I was nodding my head in agreement and smiling. There is a certain satisfaction that comes from doing it on your own. However, we all know that there are moments we get frustrated when trying to learn something new. So, I asked April what advice she would give to those trying to learn digital design on their own. She gave some very sound advice: "know your tools. Get to know what your programs do. And . . . play with everything. Push all the buttons and mess with all the controls; don't be scared." After all, she reminds us, you can use the "revert" action if you don't like the result.. Most of all, Have Fun! if it's becomes too much like work, it stops being fun and that's whats it's all about, having fun and being creative."
In closing, April would like to share with you a freebie from a new kit she's working on. No preview for you, but you'll love it. Don't forget to leave some love! Download here: http://www.4shared.com/dir/4291842/94475f1f/AMD_chatfreebie_OCT.html
Also, scroll down for Sunday's freebies.
For ScrapbookersPlayground, I was to create 2 layouts with AMB Designz kit, Traveler's Journal which can be found here:
I actually started by creating a layout for some photos of our honeymoon trip to Hoover Dam, as you'll see below, then decided the kit would work well for photos of the Monte Carlo where we stayed. One page lead into another so I ended up with a 2 page spread of the Monte Carlo as you see below.
Here are a couple vintage layouts created with Robin Ackler's kit, Vintage Keepsakes which can be found at Scrapbookersplayground:
Sunday, October 21, 2007
And here's another quickpage.
Download here: http://www.4shared.com/file/27085032/14f5329a/Happyqp.html
* A ribbon of sweat ran down his throat . . .
* On a dawn soft and gentle . . .
* I have tried to forget . . .
* There is no such thing as freedom of thought.
Another week has flown by. Tomorrow I've got errands to run: drive to Suffolk to deliver a gift to my neice, Kristina; take my father to the bank for an explanation of why he's been charged a $20 "Service fee" on an account which is supposed to be free of fees. Then the usual household stuff. If all goes well, I plan to post a lesson on clustering for those of you who may not have heard of this technique for breaking writer's block.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
The work of one of my favorite mixed media artist, Caryl Hoobler, exemplifies what is best in mixed media art. Whether she is creating ATCs, assemblage pieces, or altered books, Caryl is in tune with her muse. Throughout, you will see samples of Carol's work.
Married, mother to two daughters, grandmother to two grandchildren Caryl not only cares for her family but has worked full-time for 17 years for the Housing Authority. Those she encounters during her workday probably have little idea that the competent businesswoman is also a well known artist whose work brings pleasure to many.
Caryl has her own room devoted to art in the lovely Victorian home she shares with her husband and a cat named Kramer. Totally self-taught, Caryl began her artistic adventures by drawing. Her talent is such that she has been commissioned to do portraits. However, she found the precision, the exactitude necessary to create likenesses that please too confining. She ventured into mixed media art where she found the freedom her muse craves. It was a fortuitous step.
(above: pages Textbooks & textures pages from altered book)
Caryl's works speak to viewers on many levels as evidenced by the list of publications in which samples have appeared:
Artitude Zine, Somerset Studios, Stampington's Transparent Art, Take Ten, Stampers Sampler, Stamper's Sampler Catch Up Issue, Simply Sentiments, and Belle Armoire.
While this listing is impressive, nothing compares to viewing Caryl's art for yourself. Please visit her blog: http://carylsrealm.blogspot.com/ for her recent work. See also Caryl's Flickr album: http://www.flickr.com/photos/38189710@N00/
And you can read about Caryl as ArtChix studios featured artist here:
Can you take classes with Caryl? Not at this time but teaching is an idea Caryl entertains for the future. Would you like to purchase some of C's work? She has an etsy store: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=49353 where she normally has pieces for sale. However, her husband was seriously injured in an accident this past summer; she let the shop go empty will attending to his care. Thankfully, Caryl's husband is on the mend and that means that she'll have more opportunity to create works to fill the etsy store. So hold onto that address.
Below are some samples of Carol's art:
Left: one of her whimsical drawings.
Right: a beautiful ATC
Above left: an optical lens charm. Above right: a formica chip keychain.
Above left: one of a number of published ATCs. Above right: a beautiful Valentine collage.
Here's one of my favorite pieces. For an Art Chix Studios contest with a Paris theme, Caryl altered a wooden box which houses wonderful Paris souveniers - made by Caryl, of course! This easily won first place. Don't you love it?
And here is a copy of a page in Stampimgton's book, Transparent Art showing Caryl's art doll shrine:
While we are on the subject of shrines, I couldn't resist adding photos of one of her shrines, opened & closed:
Meanwhile, Caryl has some advice to all who would like to explore their creative abilities. She suggests you browse blogs and magazine to see what you are drawn to, then "[J]ust dive in! See something you like on a blog or in a magazine? Go for it!" She reminds us that one of the things she loves about mixed media is especially helpful to beginning artists: "It allows you a freedom to use any paint, image, texture, found element or ephemera that lands in you art space."
So, what are you waiting for? Go visit Caryl's blog, get inspired, gather whatever materials you have available, and see what you can come up with. Enjoy!
Download QP 1 (above) here: http://www.4shared.com/file/26487627/eee60acf/HalloweenTricksQP_copy.html
Doesn't this baby have the sweetest expression? Wistful, a bit sad maybe, or perhaps he's thinking? I decided to call it "Wistful."
Here I borrowed some flowers in contrasting colors from my stash and added the cute cardboard strip at the bottom,, which is from Tina Williams.
The background paper below suggested flower stems to me so I used Christine's Curves to cut a grass shape from another paper and PSE leaf shape to cut leaves for Robin's pretty flowers. The large flower was cut from two papers usiing a shape in PSE. Th center of the flower is a photo of my cousin Carol's youngest daughter, Jennifer.
Here I had fun using Janeal's Circular Fun template and more of Robin's pretty papers to scrap a cheerful layout for this vintage photo.
I tinted this photo of my Mom alittle to better go with the papers in Carol's kit.
I used Cari Lopez's beautiful kit, "Doctors", to scrap this dignified page. You can find the kit at Scrapbookersplayground:
Then, for fun, I did a humorous version with the same photo.