Monday, February 28, 2011

Photography Prints Sale 20% off and Buy 2 Get 1 Free

"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way--things I had no words for" ~Georgia O'Keeffe.

I am having a 20% off sale in my photography shop and a Buy 2 Get 1 Free at the same time, so if you'd like pop over here. Just use this coupon code at checkout: TLS20OFF

Friday, February 25, 2011

Newest Painting...wonderful colors

Well here she is. Remember I told you I took a photo of a daffodil in front of a bright blue tarp. I took that image and played around with it on picnik and made my banner up above. I really loved the colors so today I painted it. I am listing it in my etsy shop and hopefully someone else will love the colors, too. I have 3 more canvases staring at me. I think I'll paint something else.

"Daffodils" (1804)

I WANDER'D lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine

And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretch'd in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they

Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed -- and gazed -- but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie

In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

By William Wordsworth (1770-1850).

It's funny how intimidating a blank canvas can be. You don't want to ruin a perfectly good canvas, after all you did pay a good penny for it, and you don't want to start painting one thing and then change your mind only to let it sit there for goodness knows how long. I still have this one below sitting around waiting for me to complete it. The cloud in the upper right hand corner was slopped on and leaves a lot to be desired. It's funny what you can learn on Youtube. You can type in "how to make---" and you'd be amazed at how many tutorials pop up.
The weather has been so fickle today. It was warm then rainy and cold and now the sun is shining and it sunny again. It's almost like Mother Nature is female or something. Fickle fickle. lol Enjoy your day my friends. I'm off to blog hop.
Happy Creating,

Thursday, February 17, 2011

OWOH winner!

I wish I could send all of you something, but unfortunately my pocket book would run away screaming. lol So each month I will be adding a Free calendar for you to right click and save to your computer. From time to time I also add images (textures, vintage and so on), to share with you. That way everyone will get something from me.

So without further adieu the OWOH winner... drum roll Shelinwa! Yay Shel! Out of 149 comments, the #5 came up in the Random Number Generator. I tried to do a screen shot but could not flippin' figure it out. Got frustrated after doing the step by step instructions I found on a website over and over again to no avail. Anyway, Congratulations Shel!

Lisa Swifka is planning a different but similar event in 2012. go here to read more about it. Thank you Lisa for coming up with this ingenious way to meet other artists from around the world! Goodbye OWOH. Hello OWOA (Our World Our Art)!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wednesday Word Challenge

"A photograph never grows old. You and I change, people change all through the months and years but a photograph always remains the same. How nice to look at a photograph of mother or father taken many years ago. You see them as you remember them. But as people live on, they change completely. That is why I think a photograph can be kind". - Albert Einstein

Challenge 1: The following are synonyms of this word. Your challenge is to tell me the word.
blissful, chuffed [British], delighted, gratified, joyful, joyous, pleased, satisfied, thankful, tickled, fluky, fortuitous, heaven-sent, lucky, providential

Challenge 2: The following are 2 meanings of this word. What is the word?

1. to fill with courage or strength of purpose
to draw out (something hidden, latent, or reserved)

Have a lovely day my friends. Hope this was fun.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Texture and Dreaming of Daffodils/Furry

The above image is a rusted boat trailer. I love how the paint has cracked and looks all chippy. This is a FREE background for you to use. I love the colors. Have fun with it.
I am dreaming of Daffodils. The first signs of spring. These are from my garden last year. I took them in front of a blue tarp that was on our boat. I love the way it made them pop. I made this collage in Picnik and then used the HDR ish effect. I think I will paint the one in the upper left hand corner. It reminds me of a ballerina twirling. I love the colors! They make me happy.

I have been itching to go out with my camera to get some more fun things downtown Charleston. It is so beautiful. What types of things do you enjoy photographing?
This sculpture was massive. It was at a putt putt in Florida. I could not help but be drawn to it. The hair is furry with plants, so this is my entry in this weeks Inspiration Avenue's challenge theme "furry".

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

What does this look like to you?

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you see the above photos? One of my associates brought this into work for me to see and photograph for him. He goes for walks in the woods and looks for interesting pieces of wood to carve. This one is a know from a Cypress tree. He cut it off, took it home and left it outside to dry out for a few months. He picked it up recently to carve and immediately realized that he could not carve it, because it was perfect just as it was. How funny that he never saw it when he cut it off. Everyone he has shown it to tells him what they see and every time it is the same thing. Cool, huh?.

I was the lucky winner of JunkinJulie's Giveaway! Yay! Just look at the beautiful items she sent me! Such loveliness was all bundled up in gold tissue paper. So fancy schmancy. She made a very pretty bracelet with vintage buttons, there was a gorgeous brown transferware Staffordshire soap dish, a vintage wrapped box, a wonderful image of two sisters, and some gorgeous buckles. Wow, how generous, huh? I was tickled when I saw it all in person. Julie has a couple of shops she sells through, as well as an etsy shop. Her blog and shop are always full of vintage and antique goodness. She lives on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and dreams of one day visiting Paris. She is a romantic. Have a look around her blog and you'll see what I mean.
Thank you, Julie! I love it all.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Pay It Forward

I have been blog hopping off an on today and came across this Pay It Forward posting and decided I wanted to partake in it. So the idea is to promise something handmade to the FIRST 5 people who leave a comment here. However, to be eligible, you must repost this status, offering something handmade to 5 other people. The rules are that it must be handmade (or homemade) by you and it must be sent to your 5 people some time in 2011.
I promise to send the first five people leaving a comment here, a hand made by me gift - No promises when, but soon, remember you have to do it too. I will check your blog before I make yours and if you have not paid it forward I shall move to the next person in the list that has commented. Don't you just love getting snail mail and pretty little packages?! This is going to be so much fun!