Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Old memories leading the way to new creations!

One of my fondest childhood memories was spending time with my mother while watching one of her favorite Horror Movies (by today's standards, they would be more like comedies than considered to be scarey)... She loved them all; Dracula, Werewolf, Mummy, Invisible Man and of course, Frankenstein!! As we watched Dr. Frankenstein working in his laboratory, carefully assembling various bits & pieces of body parts for his creation, we sat on the edge of our seats waiting to see if he would really come to life and of course we weren't disappointed... the Monster was born!! He may not have been handsome or very popular in the village but he became a movie star with many sequels to his credits!! This was my first exposure to the Art of Assemblage and creating something from miscellaneous supplies on hand!

This flashback into my past sets the groundwork for today's Show & Tell... I recently joined a swap on AFA called Domino Dolls... the challenge here is to create dolls using Domino game pieces for their bodies and any other supplies needed to bring them to life! Just call me Dr. Janinastein... Below are photos of my creations (I won't call them Monsters... I may be bias, but I think they are too darn cute!) All of my dolls have a one-of-a-kind sculpted porcelain face, giving each one a unique personality!!

Brrrrrr - Bundle Up!!

Prom Date

Ballet Dancer

As always, I thank you for stopping by!
Until next time, Happy Creating!!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Spring has finally sprung!!

Tulips - Jacquard Dyes w/Ink on 140lb Watercolor Paper
Happy Spring!!
 For many, this marks the end of a very long and cold winter season. Spring always seems to come just in the nick of time. Almost instantly we start to see beautiful blooms as they pop their heads out of the recently frozen ground to fill our world with color and hope for new beginnings! 

As an artist, these seasonal lovelies cannot be overlooked...
pull out those pencils and paints, let your muse loose and enjoy your creative self!!

Spring Flowers - Jacquard Dyes w/Ink on 140lb Watercolor Paper
Thanks for stopping by once again...
 I am "on the mend" and I will be back to "Arting" full time very soon!
Blessings to You All!!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

No Ballroom Dancing for a while!!

I definitely have gotten behind in my planned schedule of posting at least one Show & Tell each week but I guess plans change when you least expect it! "Help... I've fallen and I can't get up to do my ART!!!" I will leave out all of the clumsy & gory details but I did have a small accident last week that has left me battered & bruised, thankfully I have been blessed and I have no broken bones other than one small toe (the little piggy having roast beef!)  The ugliest and most obvious sign of injury is a knee the size & color of a bowling ball, along with several other irritating contusions in various locations! I may not be a pretty sight with my scraped up nose and blackened eyes but trust me when I say it could have been worse, for that reason I am very grateful that it wasn't! My main inconvenience while being "down for the count" is having to keep my leg elevated... don't these doctors realize I can't draw or paint if I can't sit up?! Oh well, any day now I'll be back in action...at least I've been able to follow all of the happenings at AFA and add my two cents worth on occasion... my creative lifeline!!

Before this little happening, I was on a roll making Mail Art Postcards... soooo, today's Show & Tell will feature a few of them...just a little eye candy since I forced my tale of woe upon you!!

Marbled Paper w/Additions in Spectrum Noir Markers & Ink
Corrugated Cardboard w/ Acrylics & Hand Carved Stamps
Jacquard Dyes w/ Ink
Jacquard Dyes w/ Ink
Thank you for stopping by... I'll see you again soon!!
Until then, Blessings to All!!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Inspiration is blowing in the wind!

I thought we'd start this month off with a quickie Show & Tell... 

The month of March is most commonly associated with St. Patrick's Day... a day when everyone claims to have even a small percentage of an Irish heritage that requires them to celebrate with green beer as well as corned beef and cabbage... it's all about the green! 

For me, I have a different fondness for March... it's all about March Winds! Without them we wouldn't have April Showers or May Flowers!! After all, they wouldn't have written a song about them if they weren't extremely important?!  I also believe that Kahlil Gibran was probably thinking about the month of March in his famous quote... "Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair!" 

In honor of the March Winds, I was inspired to create a trio of lovelies with their wind friendly (or not) hairdo's!!

Until next time... Ciao!!