Sunday, December 19, 2010

Angel Anthology - Week Four - Finished!

Our final week of the online Angel Anthology class we added more color and any finishing touches…

This is Fleur de Lis Angel… Week Four….

I have had these great beaded pieces for ever… We were supposed to use items that we had collected… instead of leaving them in drawers and packed away we were actually urged to use them in this Anthology.

I did not want any paint on them so I had to work around everything and add them at the end.

This is the Angel of Love… Week Four…

I added her crown and some accents of color. I felt she needed something in her arms so I found these flowers and thought they looked appropriate.

Thank you to Crescendoh Creative Lab and to Pam Carriker... I enjoyed the class immensely. It pushed me to try different techniques than I am used to and I met some new online art friends in the process.

I hope you enjoyed watching the creation of my angels over the past month. I wish everyone a blessed and safe Christmas. Enjoy this time with the Angels in your life..


Another Check on the Bucket List....

In an earlier post I shared the Christmas stockings that my Mother had knit for my husband, myself and the "kids" (the 4 legged variety) we had at that time. When my daughter was born my Mom was in the the mid stages of Alzheimer's disease. There was no way that she was going to be able to knit stockings for our kids (the 2 legged variety).  I never really learned how to knit well so I had the brilliant idea that I would cross-stitch stockings. 

This is my Daughter's... 

It took me 4 years to finish...

When my son was born I had to complete the tradition that I had started. I really do not remember when I started to cross-stitch his. I think he was old enough to point in a book to which design he liked. Well, he is now 10 and I was determined to finish his stocking this year.

Ta Dah....
It is complete... I can cross this off my bucket list. Two kids... two stockings... When I was diagnosed  I worried about who I would ask to finish his stocking for me. Well that is one worry I can cross off... God knows I have a ton of others to take its place... but I can not wait for Santa to fill up His stocking... made by his Mom... with Love...

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Angel Anthology - Week Three

Week Three was hard for me… I do not particularly like to draw faces. I do not know why… maybe it is because I have to concentrate too much!

This is Fleur de Lis Angel… Week Three….

I drew my first face and then drew a few others. I ended up with my first one, but I just had to play around with the scale of her head. I added her arms. It was a little tricky because I have these beautiful beaded wings that I want to use but I do not want to paint over them so I had to create her arms but not really have the wings in front of her arms.

Next we were supposed to start adding some color. The modeling paste is a very different surface than I am used to working on. I do like how the color gets into the grooves of the modeling paste though. I darken up her dress and rubbed color into the “Fleur” and a slight whitewash over her face. I like when other artists whitewash their work to give it that shabby chic look, but it is not my usual style so I had a hard time with that.

This is the Angel of Love… Week Three…

I wanted this angel looking up, I asked my daughter to model for me so I could have a visual to draw from. After I took the picture I liked how the coloring worked with the dress. I asked her permission to use her in my piece. Hey it saved me from having to draw another face…arghhh…
In the photo, her hair was cut off abruptly, so I used another copy of the photo and cut more hair.

I started to add color… still no whitewash… but I used ecru and raw umber and some alizarin crimson to built up my color layers.

I have finished both angels and I will share them soon...

Friday, December 10, 2010

Angel Anthology - Week Two

This week we added the body and wings…
This is Fleur de Lis Angel… Week Two….

I wanted this angel to be facing toward the viewer. Her dress is this great paper that I have… but the paper was white so I made a cup of tea and dyed it to get this color. I loved the texture that it gives her dress. I used a small piece of bamboo reed for her neckline.

This is the Angel of Love… Week Two…

I wanted this angel to be sideways to the viewer. This was also some great textured paper that I have.. It was Kraft paper brown. I added of one my favorite colors… alizarin crimson as well as some ecru. I have a few boxes of “Tindra” that I purchased from IKEA long ago. When I pulled out the boxes the colors were perfect. I used these to create her wings and her arms.

I saved bits and pieces of old toys that were either broken or the kids did not play with anymore. Her collar or neckpiece is from GI Joe’s ammunition… I thought the juxtaposition of weapons and angels was interesting.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Past... Passed Down...

This weekend we decorated for Christmas. I love the Holidays and decorating for them. Sometimes I wish I was Bewitched and could just wiggle my nose and it would be done… it is a lot of work. But I love when I unpack the boxes and unwrap the various decorations… some old… very old and some new.

When my Mom died I inherited most of the decorations that were part of my Christmases growing up. There are antique ornaments, painted ornaments that she had a fellow teacher paint for each one of us. Tiny plastic angel ornaments that I can remember hanging on the tree when I was little. A fun little wooden “choir” that we would place on the built-in shelves in our living room.

There are so many memories in these old decorations.

My Mother and my Aunt RoRo were both very crafty… Aunt RoRo loved photography and ceramics, she had a kiln in her cellar. She made these ceramic trees… the year 1967 is engraved on the inside of the tree.

I used to love this little Santa. He is not homemade but I can remember loving to hold him when he came out of the box for the Holidays.

My Mom made this Barber Shop Quartet… out of Reader’s Digests!! It has to be over 40 years old which is pretty amazing that it has held up to the test of time and a cross country move.

My Mom also loved to knit and crochet… she was very talented in this area too. Many times she did not even need a pattern. She crocheted my sister’s wedding gown and all of the blouses that the bridesmaids wore.

When I got married she knit these stocking for us… and then for the dog and cat when they were added to the family…Duke was our first dog, so Mario gets to use his stocking… I am sure the Dog Therapists would have something to say about that but thankfully Mario can not read.

One of the decorations she made later in her life was this Noel Train. I am not sure if my Aunt made the ceramic forms and my Mom painted it but I know it is her painting. She could do a lot with paint. In fact when she was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s… before we really knew what was happening she had left something on the burner in her kitchen. I think grease had splattered on the wall behind her stove. One day I noticed these beautiful flowers were painted on the wall… when I questioned her she just said that she had to cover a few stains!!!

All of these decorations and ornaments will pass down to my children and hopefully they will remember the stories I tell about the decorations and the person behind them as we decorate each Holiday.

I have also made and purchased ornaments and decorations over the course of my life and I hope that they will think of me as time passes on too. My sister and one of my friends use to cross-stitch. I enjoyed crewel work but I never did needlepoint or cross-stitch. We used to go on vacation with this friend, so one year I bought a small kit and she taught me how to stitch. I really learned to enjoy stitching and especially on the perforated paper. I started making cross-stitch Santa’s. They were small and I would bring them with me as I would wait for my Daughter at dance class… or at the Doctor’s office etc.

I kind of went  a little overboard with the Santa‘s… 

I have made 51 to date as well as some elves, angels, snowmen. 

I know I still have a bunch of kits that I have not even started yet. I love these Santa’s. My hope is that we enjoy them now… my kids share them and enjoy them when I am gone and they pass them down to their children so they can share in the wonder of Christmas decorations, family, love and memories…

Friday, December 3, 2010

An Angel Anthology - Week One

Awhile back I blogged about Jenny Doh and the new venture that she left her Editor Post at Stampington & Company to start.  Well the company, Crescendoh, is formed, the website is up and now there is an additional benefit: Crescendoh Creative Lab. I joined the Creative Lab and signed up for my first online class with Pam Carriker. "An Angel’s Anthology". The class was four weeks long… in fact we just finished our last online lesson. I did pretty well up to week 3 and now I have fallen behind a bit… but I will finish.

I thought I would give a sneak peek over the next week or so… this may also help me to finish them up.

I have been working on finishing a cross-stitch Christmas stocking that I literally started about 9 years ago… I am so close… so close to finishing. But back to the Angels:

I chose to work on two at a time. I wanted one with more muted colors and then the other with more of my color palette.

The class is about creating with the ephemera that we as artists have collected over time… and actually using them in our art!

This is or will be... "Fleur de Lis Angel"… Week One:

This is or will be..."Angel of Love"… Week One:

Let me know what you think as I progress....


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