Monday, February 4, 2008

I Wuv You THIS Much...

(Advance apology for the long post)

I guess a lot of you remember the little statues that proclaimed their love with arms flung wide. This little girl reminds me of one of those. She is cutting her eyes at this cute pirate she just met on the Treasure Ship Cruise for Single Stuffies . The Gentleman Pirate seemed a little lonely, so I created Pinky for company, since one of the things I had planned on doing while on break was moving my sewing stuff downstairs to my studio, I thought I this would be a good way to get them together.

Her hair is an unusual "plastic-y" yarn that I got in a California yarn shop several years back, that I added lots of plastic pony beads to, and her face was natural muslin, that I "dyed" with my alcohol markers to coordinate with her body fabric. Her face is hand drawn, by your's truly. Being a lover of all things sparklie, I gave her some hair adornments, and beaded eye shadow, as well as a necklace and matching earrings. I haven't quite decided what to do with her arms yet. This is the same pattern that we used at the Altered Art group, so I may exhibit her at our art show this month.

One of the things I found out when I was sewing her, was that my machine needed service. So I took it in today, and they will keep it for a week . I have a really nice sewing/embroidery machine, that I plan on using a lot more. I see all this neat art that folks do with fabrics sewn onto their art. I have never done anything other than make apparel, or the occasional doll or toy, so I am making that one of of new mini goals. I may take some classes to get to know my machine better.

I was initially going to take a longer break from posting, as I felt I had lots to do here at the house. Unfortunately, we had an ice storm the next day, and the power kept going out. It's hard to do housework by candlelight. Cuddling with DH and Baby Milo while we watched movies on the laptop made the power outage worth it, though. Three days have passed and I really haven't gotten anything special done, except make a doll, and put together, and mail, my swap box. So I certainly cannot blame "blogging" for my lack of productivity. I loved reading your blogs, but felt like I was missing something. What was I missing, you might ask? Posting. There I've said it. I love all my new friends, reading their blogs and comments, but it wasn't enough. I missed posting. I may take a day or two off, here and there, but I just couldn't go cold turkey. I will be introducing my Rat on Wednesday, but will have a busy day (haircut and meeting) on Thursday, and Friday I hope to make time to clean up the studio, and get ready for lots of new art.

One of the local florist shop owners approached me about putting some of my art dolls and jewelry in her gift shop. I am thinking about doing that, but I am also thinking about an Etsy shop. I'm not sure what will be best for my art. I can't imagine anyone buying my art, but we will see.

Here is a piece that I did (wow, I can't believe it) 10 years ago and it is still one of my favorite family portraits. I love anything colorful and might incorporate this style into my work again. I did it with artist's acrylics on a 12 x 12 piece of thin Luan plywood. It's easy to handle, sand, etc. It comes in a rather large sheet, DH cut mine to size, but you may be able get it cut at the lumber store, if you don't have those type tools.

Well, I guess that's all for now, I am glad to be back and hope to have new art and fun stories to post soon. Ta, Ta, for now.

p.s. Thanks for the love.


Linda said...

Thanks for sharing Susan! I'm glad you posted sooner then you thought. ;) I am also working on my work area. What a job! BUT it's worth it when everything is in some sort of order.

Kims Art said...

I am so glag you are back! All the feelings you are having about blogging taking up time, I have also, but then on the flip side it keeps me motivated. I could talk all day about work spaces! I have moved my stuff around so much and I am still not in order. I have stuff in every room of my house. My dining table is full of sculpting stuff right now. I love all the color!!!! The Hair on your doll is very original and I think it is cool! You should do more of the paintings! It is wonderful! You have your own style and I just love that!

art and beautiful junk said...

Oh, I think that an Etsy store is a good idea. It is inexpensive and will get you used to putting stuff out there. The floral store is a good idea too. That is how I started out. I became very good friends with the owner and because of the exposure I got a card contract with a new york company that sold handmade cards. You just need to follow your heart. I love the colors in your painting and graphics are so in right now.
Oh the mess! You cannot believe what I have stored up. I would love to share some of it. I haven't had order in my space for years so I have now moved or should I say creeped into my house with my art. I paint at the island in the kitchen then I can still see whats going on in the house. Kinda like a guard. I have all my papers and doll making supplies in boxes stashed in corners in the living room. This spring, which I hope is soon, I am going to clean out my studio and really go in there to work.
Have a fun day.

Pocket Full of Prettys said...

Hi Susan, thanks for visiting my blog site. I love Pinky, she is adorable, & I think you should put some items for sell in the flower shop & etsy. You are very talented. I haven't finished my art piece as of today but hope to finish tomorrow. Look forward to visiting your blog.

Jenn said...

ooooh both!! Etsy and flower shop!!! I love Pinky and think that your sweet Pirate is a lovely catch for her:):)


Kim said...

She's a doll and I believe Gentleman Pirate will love having her around! Glad to see you back..breaks are nice though!

Melis said...

I think people would buy your art.

I know what you mean about too much time blogging. I think I am going to start setting time limits on the computer for myself.