September 30, 2010

What's on your table?

As I was cropping pictures and have them ready to list on my shop, I went to check twitter, and I was admiring Gary Reef's MASKS which reminded me that in my past life (before I had kids and had to hide the clay) I used to make all kinds of free hand pots and masks. I think after all these years I only have one, that I am surprised it has survived all this moving from one city to the next without being fired.
Here it is:

This anguished little guy had more company.... but I have no idea what happened to them. All the negative feelings like anger, loneliness, etc... since I always make smiling people :oP
Hmmm Now that I think about it, there's another one much bigger but that one is fired, and tucked in in some mysterious box, next to my collection of skeleton keys.

It makes me feel so good to see more people that make such a variety of media and work. I know, some people say that to do something really good, to do ONE thing (Reminds me of the movie City Slickers) But there are some of us who love too many things and have this itch to learn and dig our hands in all kinds of different techniques, mediums, styles....

Last year I left a bunch of online groups to concentrate more on learning and doing, and it has been a good thing. My table is full of new projects, and I have been actively working on finishing the work I had left half done for months.
The only tricky thing for me is, when I come to the computer to crop pictures, list and check emails... I end up using up so much online time! XoD Because I love reading what others are doing, and love visiting blogs....
So I have to kind of do it fast. Therefore, I am gone for now my dear friends! But before I go, tell me what's on your table? Are you painting? Sculpting? Sewing?

Whatever you do, I hope you enjoy your day, and thanks for visiting!

September 27, 2010

My weekend

Well, this was quite a weekend I have to say. We went to the county fair on Saturday... walk like maniacs for 5 hours, but had fun. I have to go again because I could not go into the art exhibits! Usually that's where I start, and then all the crafts, food, crafts, plants... stuff, then at the end the rides. This year I was talked into start the rides first and we never got out of that LoL
Sunday we went to have dinner to a place we used to love. I won't say the name, but it was sad to see they just lost my business. The bread was burnt, the food was all wrong, (my plate was full of onion, and if you know me, you know I hate it LoL)  the soup and salad never arrived, so at the end, we were offered pie instead, which made the kids happy. That is the idea of pie... because we waited forever and the waitress never came back. We left to pay and there she comes with some boxes. Well, let me tell you, when we got home and opened the box we saw a sad, violently slapped, well destroyed slice of pie. Hmm... I wonder if the cook was having a bad case of PMS day? (Pie Murderer Syndrome)

As for art, I am having a 99 sale on a Mini Painting on ebay. I rarely recommend that, because if it sells for that I'll cry, but at the same time, in some cases the 99 cents are the ones that sell for a high price. Hard to tell, but I'm taking it as an experiment with a Kleenex next to me :oP

We made a few crafty projects to list in our other little shop (hats and magnets) but my daughter sold them all to her friends. That is great!! ... but if we ever want to open  that little new etsy shop, we better have something to list ;o)

Detail of: The last leave

Happy Spring for all my southern friends! And for those in the north hemisphere, enjoy the fall. We will have still hot weather in my area (39C /102F), but I know it is cold in some places.... hope whatever the weather, you can have a chance to enjoy it.
This reminds me of the poem: "weather the weather is mild, or weather the weather is not, we weather the weather, whatever the weather, weather we like it or not"

September 24, 2010

Illustration Friday "old-fashioned"

I love old fashion ways, old fashion gowns, in general, old fashion styles in most things...

September 22, 2010

Just a quick note, sort of...

I have been drawing and painting. I also have been playing in my mind with the idea of another Etsy shop that will hold all the other smaller unrelated things I like doing, but I have seen advise in why not to do it and why to do it... confusing! At the end, I decided to open it, I'll post the address when there's actually something listed there ;o)

Oh! I also have been clicking around my kitchen, trying to capture something fabulous and exotic for Gary's challenge, but frankly, my kitchen is a weird place, mostly undiscovered and unpopulated LoL

I used to paint there until we changed the rectangular table to a round table that I simply don't like for painting. I need corners to have all my stuff! Since it has very nice light I usually would end up with a canvas on the counter but... I have not been painting on a larger canvas for a long time... and although I cook every day, I am not in love with cooking, so I prepare the things, set the timer and walk from it till it's done. Not to mention that we are in the process of giving the poor stove an intense face lift, as one of the burners ended up completely discombobulated (No, it wasn't my cooking!) :oP
I think however, that I might have something for the challenge, reflecting light on the sink... I'll post it in the next one.

For now I'll show you a bit of what I have still in paper: One happy dreamy girl, and one sad and crying...

If you are seeing this from Ning and want to visit the blog click on the post title and it will bring you to the blog. I just discovered that :oP
Hasta la vista, baby!

September 20, 2010

Redanny's giveaway

There's an adorable little baby fairy in Red Anny's blog, as a giveaway. Just look at her, so cute!

Molto bella fata! :o) ...I just had to say that!

September 16, 2010

More ancestors

Here is one of my favorite pictures, mostly because that beautiful baby in the center grew up to be an amazing woman with the most wonderful giving heart.  This is my grandma in her christening day in 1920:

She gave me a wall in her house to make magic with a chalk. She gave me complete acceptance, inspiration, and all the patience my young parents didn't have for a very restless girl like me. She taught me how to climb on walls (to my poor mama's dismay), how to sew, how to make delicious  "buñuelos" like this:

She knew how to play the piano, violin, guitar. She could sing like the angels, and shoot a rifle like the best.

...and she celebrated any silly thing I made from the time I was born, till the time she went to heaven a month after she turned 81. I miss her dearly.

And to finish this post with a splash of color I'll show you a really cute picture of Panzón taken this morning, in one of his favorite spots.

I am working in new paintings and little sculptures, I will take pictures soon, keep an eye open!

September 13, 2010

Ancestors and a Listing today

I have been learning about my ancestry. It is such a wonderful thing! It all started when they asked my son in History class to gather information about his ancestors. From my mother in law they can trace all the way to the 1700's from the French and English people that made her family. From my part I can say I never was interested in digging in the past. I know my grandfather had some cousins in Spain. I got to meet 3 of my great grandmothers. So it didn't sound too much into the past to me hehehe
Anyway, I now have several generations pinpointed and have learn of their tragedies and triumphs. It is interesting to know I have bright teachers with a school to their names, a radio personality (before the TV existed) a priest, two politicians ....and a bandit who was smuggling spirits during the prohibition!! LoL Doesn't get any better than that!

I listed this little ACEO girl on ebay. I like her a lot and the inspiration came in part of Frida, one of my favorite painters, but also from a wonderful OLD picture of one of my ancestors.

See the picture and tell me what you think. She is the mother of my great grand father on my dad's side of the family. Isn't she a pretty girl?

In 1902 she became the mother of the man who 37 years later became the first Mayor in their little town.

September 11, 2010

They are going fast!

I was going to post about the new ACEO listings of Halloween/Dia de los muertos art, in my Etsy Shop but half of them got sold within hours. So THANK YOU Beautiful buyers!!
Here are the finished ACEOs before I mail them, I tried to have them kind of like in the past picture :o}

I will list on ebay too, so keep an eye opened.

September 7, 2010

Skellies, skulls and boney things

I have been merrily drawing Dia de los Muertos Art. I will paint soon, but so far the drawing muse is here so I have to hear the call or she will leave in a tantrum. :oP

What do you think? I personally feel happy so far. I can see every color I want for each.

Fortunately my internet service has been more reliable now, but since I couldn't be online I did more art... funny how that goes, huh? I re arranged the work space a bit too, not too much like last time, that I moved so many things, at the end I guess I packed my inspiration as well, because it took me a while to get back to painting or sculpting!

Hey, I am so thrilled to say, I won a giveaway from the super cool blog DAWG blog!
Can't wait to see my mail!