Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Proctor's 50th Wedding Anniversary

This past Sunday I enjoyed attending my dear friend's 50th wedding anniversary, Carla and Billy Proctor!  The party was held at the Snowden Vacation Home in Mississippi, a perfect venue for a celebration.
There is a rich history between Memphis and the Snowden family.

Snowden Home in Memphis

Snowden Home TN interior photos

Snowden Vacation Home in MS

Sunday, August 26, 2012

We all had a lovely time as guests at Opal's and Ellie's last evening.  She served handmade grilled pizzas, (we chose the toppings), and I discovered my new favorite, cheddar beer chips.  Desert consisted of delicious homemade lemon ice cream with almonds and pound cake with blueberries . (picked from her brother's house)  We felt so at home, relaxed, and delightfully full as laughter filled the rooms.   Thanks for the joy Opal, Nancy, Lisa, Bettye and Ellie!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

July - August 2012

This is me alright
Watercolor and India ink, inspired by Kate Crane

Art of Wild Abandonment

For my great niece Jordyn for Kindergarten memories
4th of July 2012

Saturday, August 18, 2012

My Story

Credit To:
Tim Holtz 
Christy Tomlinson
Junelle Jacobson
Kelly Barton

When I was little I loved to color.  I wasn't very good, or at least I did not think I was good enough.  At one point, instead of signing my first name to my coloring book pages, I began signing Chris, my younger brother's name. I thought they were good enough for him, he being three years younger than me, but, he saw what I had done and asked me to stop. So, what did I do?  I stopped coloring in my coloring books. When I doodled I would draw stick people, the house with a chimney, at tree, a couple of flowers, a sun, and birds flying over the house.  In my 30's I would draw my dog and cats on the inside of greeting cards I gave to my family.  You could barely tell what they were, but it was funny and it was the thought that counted, my fur family wanted to wish them a happy birthday too. In 2011 I was cruising through YouTube and came across a Tim Holtz  video. He caught my attention, not surprisingly, and I watched all his videos. I began to view other artist videos and decided I would give this art thing a try, just one more time.  I began with tags and distressed ink pads.  I purchased a Bigshot at Joannes online for a steal and off I went. I was so thrilled that I could create beyond my stick people and house scene and I caught the mixed media bug. First though, I created cards for friends, family and co-workers, trying out my new found techniques.  Tags were so helpful to me as well.  A small space so that I did not waste too many supplies if my art work project failed. I didn't really enjoy creating cards, although I still do make them, and created a whole lot of tags and gave them away in lieu of cards and referred to them as "bookmarks".  2011 Halloween and Christmas was a great time of discovery and delight as I began to explore different techniques and new supplies. Most importantly my confidence grew and I became proud to sign my name to my artwork for the first time in my life.  I have taken online classes with Christy Tomlinson, my new love, after finding Tim Holtz, and through her met Junelle Jacobson.  Through Face Book I have come in contact with so many magnificent artists, one being Kelly Barton, and dozen others.  What beautiful, talented, supportive souls they are and I thank them all from the bottom of my heart for their generosity.  These wonderful artists have changed my life for the better by giving me the courage to pick up the crayon and create art again.  Love to you all...

May - June 2012

Kelly Barton, I copied by sketching onto a 4x4 canvas, didn't think I could, so I tried, and I did it!

can you say "addicted to modeling paste?"

copied/inspired by Violette
The Art of Wild Abandonment Class - watercolor and inspired from an artist in the same class.

I was thrilled this sketch really looks like a shoe!

left- Julie Nutting inspired

watercolor on the left inspired by Pam Carriker

Spring 2012

The Art of Wild Abandonment, watercolor and inspired from an artist in the same class
The Art of Wild Abandonment, watercolor

The Art of Wild Abandonment

Sylvia chose the words and told me to make her something with them. lol
Junelle Jacobson inspired

Kelly Rae inspired the words.  I work for a non profit mental health counseling agency, so, this hit the spot!

She Art by Christy Tomlinson, Junelle Jacobson, inspired

Friday, August 17, 2012

2012 Winter - Spring

Your Living Canvas inspired, Junelle Jacobson

Your Living Canvas inspired, Christy Tomlinson

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Beginning, Fall 2011

Junelle Jacobson inspired, Christy Tomlinson 20113x3 canvas magnets
Junelle Jacobson inspired, Christy Tomlinson 2011  3x3 canvas magnets