Saturday, March 29, 2008

Visiting Tucson

Since I am away from my art table and have no art to post, I thought I'd share this silly picture. Here I am standing in front of the famous suguaro cactus in Tucson, AZ. My sis says this is the only place they grow and it takes 100 years to grow an "arm". Not sure this is all true but it sounds good! I can see that I need to lay off the Mexican food....yikes! Anxious to get home and start creating something to add to my blog. I'm not a good traveler.....more of a homebody these days. Love being with my little sister but I'm ready to go back to California. Bye bye, Arizona!
PS: Click to enlarge....never mind, I'm "large" enough without! LOL
PS: Just found out that saguaros grow only in the Sonoro Desert....not just around Tucson.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Only 1 Mother 4 Me

I have neglected my blog for over a week. I have been playing with some different things but nothing worth posting. I made an ATC this morning for Altered StART's bi-weekly (does anyone know what that really means?) "mingle" which is our group swap. It was to be something with a number or numbers. It turned out to my liking and it has my beautiful mother's youthful photo as the focal point so I'm going to share it here. My mother has been gone for 5 years and spring never comes without me thinking about her bluebird houses and bedding plants. Jill asked me what the background was.....don't you hate it when you don't know how you made something? I did it awhile ago and put it away without keeping a record of what I did. I wish I could duplicate it because it truly is pretty. I probably found the technique in a book or online and can't take credit for anything more than just copying what I read. I do think that it's nice to have backgrounds made up....the whole thing only took me a little while simply because I didn't need to make the background before I ever started! Hope all of you are getting a little taste of spring. It's definitely arrived here in Northern California and it's always amazing to me to see nature spring back to life. Birds are flirty and I spend far too much time just watching their antics. We saw a couple building a nest in a BIG old birdhouse which was sitting on a lawn chair with a hole far too large. They worked so hard on it and then abandoned it even as he was bringing the last twig....I wonder if she said "This is way too much house for us...let's look for a smaller place". I need to get back to work!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Interestingly enough, I decided to take some much appreciated advice and add a couple of elements to help balance the collage. It will be interesting to see if it helped....I rather think it did! I also intensified the color with "levels autofix" which actually made it a bit more like the real thing -- except for the birds! They became lavender! What's up with that??? Here it is, for what it's new improved (?) collage baby.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

First Collage

Worked on a collage today and really enjoyed it. Composition is the thing and I'm not sure I got it right but for a first attempt, I like it! The color looks very washed out on here and I'm not sure why. The background was a pretty matt that I removed from a photo album. I gessoed it to dull the color. The peachy effect in the lower left is a piece of a chiffon scarf that has pretty soft flowers. It's laid over the background. Fortunately, the oval opening was already cut for me! The pretty robin's egg blue "ribbon" at the top is actually vintage silk bias tape wrapped around a piece of the original card. There is some German scrap, mother of pearl heart shaped buttons, heavy vintage antique lace inside the oval and some birds that I cut out and applied. The size is 7 1/4 by 9.....definitely not ATC size. I'm spreading my wings!
PS: The baby is a copy of a cabinet card. I tinted it a little to pick up the peach tone. As always, you can click on it to enlarge.