Monday, January 27, 2014

Art Girl paints her Self Portrait

After experiencing some success and positive feedback the day she took her work to the market, Art Girl decides to attempt what every artist does at one time or another: the self portrait.

Although she felt some budding confidence in her artistic ability, Art Girl feels that something might be off about her self portrait, but she isn't certain what.

Isn't that what she looks like?

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Space Clown Twinsations! - Take a Word Couple challenge

The challenge this week at Take a Word was couples.  I seemed to be stuck a bit in 
circus space mode but managed a couple of almost identical twin sisters!

 Admittedly, still a bit in space mode but definitely less clown!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Circus CIRCUS Circus in SPACE - Digitalmania challenge

Over at Digitalmania this week, our challenge involved inspiration from the art of Cathy Horner.  I immediately fell in love with her circus series.

She makes use of brilliant color and geometric shapes.  I definitely found the color and a little of shaping, but, as per usual, I took things in a whole new bizarre direction.

Behold, the Ringmaster Baboon in Space!

To be followed by, the Circus Bear in Space!

And, of course, the Circus Chihuahua in Space!

Just be warned, the next several pieces I will be posting all seem to involve space, and there might still be a hint of clown mania....

Family Adventures in the Glamor of Bowling

Ah, bowling, it's all about the glamor.  Well, the glamor and the shoes.

Also, the food.  The delicious, greasy, cardboard flavored pizza.  So really, the glamor, the shoes and the food.

Silly me.  I am forgetting the athletic challenge.  The panther like prowess with which one must approach the  lane while wearing the glamorous shoes of the bowling clown.

Also, competition, it's all about the sense of competition and the desire to achieve excellence.
Really, bowling is all about the excellence,.

Now that we've established how truly awesome bowling is, let me explain how it is a family adventure.  The weather channel predicted that the weather for the whole week would be either cold or rainy so instead of a truly epic outdoor adventure, we decided on an exciting indoor activity; thus, bowling.

Of course, as you can see from the clothing choices of the family, the weather ended up being about 70 degrees, but we went ahead with our initial plans.

The excitement begins with attention rapt on the scores of their competitors.

Again, and again, the fierce competitors chose their weapon and made their attack.

Each competitor is so focused, so determined.

Throw after mighty throw, never faltering...

 Finally, the glamor of final victory!

(We played two games.  I won the first and my daughter won the second, but I was most thrilled to have broken 100 in the second game.  Overall, we are not impressive bowlers, at all!)

Monday, January 20, 2014

Gallery Shuffle! Weekend at the Depot Gallery!

It's brand new year and time for the annual shuffling of the wall spaces at the Depot Gallery in Gonzales, Louisiana.

The Depot Gallery just recently opened in September so it was sort of exciting to go in and hope to get a lucky number!

In September, I drew the number 14 and this is what my wall space looked like on the day I moved in.

I opted for smaller pieces with rather unusual framing.  

So, this time I decided to try something different.  With my efficient daughter in tow, we went over to the gallery on the first day of the shuffle.  My daughter drew my number for the coming year (number 14, AGAIN!).

Still, I pulled down my old display and we completely re-hung.

We've got the whole covered and moved my bin box of prints back in.  To give an idea of the state of the gallery mid-shuffle, I did a 360 shoot.

The first corner section is nicely filled with paintings by LJ Myers, Kathy Boudreaux has some amazing fabric art, Betty Marks has beautiful painted pieces and one of our photographers has some spectacular pieces.

The next corner is looking a little empty, but hopefully our artists will come in with their pieces soon!

Here is our final stretch of wall.  Still some empty spaces but it is coming along nicely!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The High Priestess wears a Crescent Moon - TAW challenge

There is something delightful about that moment when an art challenge intersects perfectly with a personal project.  I challenged myself to create a version of the Major Arcana of the Tarot with some Louisianan flavor.

 I started working on the High Priestess card. This weeks challenge at Take A Work was the Moon.  In some versions, the High Priestess wears a Crescent Moon crown.  Serendipitous!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Beast Home - TAW Challenge

Beauty walks slowly toward the home of the Beast.

She feels a little uncertain about her growing affection for him....

Saturday, January 4, 2014