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So once again I have gotten completely off-track with posting on my blog. My goal was to post at least twice a month, so I suppose I can still achieve that for May…where has May gone anyway? Quite frankly, I feel like it’s still April. And it’s almost June. Time marches on, and I’m continually scrambling to keep up with it.

I recently purchased Tangie Baxter’s Photoshop for Mixed-Media & Art Journaling workshop from Scrapbookgraphics.com, in my continuing quest to learn Photoshop so I can create some decent digital art. As soon she introduced this workshop I knew I had to get it, and I’m so glad I did. I’ve almost completed the beginner’s workshop (I bought the bundled pack containing all three workshops – beginner, intermediate, and advanced), and I have learned so many helpful tips. I so enjoy working through the lessons – I really look forward to it, and once I start it’s hard to stop. I can’t wait to move on to the other two workshops. I consider myself an advanced beginner, so some of the stuff in the beginner workshop I already knew, but I wanted it anyway because there’s always more to learn.

I would love to try her Art Journal Caravan workshop. Since it runs for a year however I’m not sure I can make the commitment of time that would allow it to be reasonable to do. I may consider it for next year.

Thanks for stopping by!

Dawne

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kansas she said is the name of the star.

My Mom made me this awesome-beautiful Wizard of Oz quilt for me. A month ago or so she showed me this fabric she bought that had Wizard of Oz scenes printed on it in the most lovely, saturated colors. Seeing as how the Wizard of Oz is my favorite movie, I shamelessly begged her to make a quilt for me.

She wasn’t sure what to use for the background, so I suggested a neutral color so as not to distract from the panels, and she wanted to use blue, red, and green as the borders for the panels, which I thought was perfect. She ended using black fabric for the background, and it has sparkles in it! It is absolutely perfect.

Some close-ups:

this fire
I finally finished my collage. I decided to simply call it “this fire”, after the Paula Cole song from which I took the words.

this fire

I love how this collage turned out, and I love this woman, this photograph. I don’t know who she is. I don’t know what she was thinking. But the expression on her face…the slight shine in her eyes…the steady hold of her chin. She is beautiful and strong. As soon as I saw her photo, I knew it was the one I had to use.

The words read “Where do I put this fire? This bright red feeling? This tigerlily down my mouth – it wants to grow to twenty feet tall.”

I feel like I have a creative fire within me, but often there is not time to express it, so it’s just burning. I hope it doesn’t go out!

~nighty night

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a little cosmic flavor
Look what I bought:

Abnormally Attracted to Sin - Tori Amos

A new Tori album always makes me happy. I haven’t been able to listen to it a whole lot yet, but I like it so far. Usually I have to listen to her new albums a few times before I can really get into them, because her albums are all so different from each other, in terms of how they sound. This one has a techno-undertone to it, in contrast to her last album, where she really rocked it out, in contrast to the album before that, which was lush and gorgeous-sounding.

So far I’m really loving Welcome to England. Some other songs too, but they’re all kind of jumbled in my head right now.

yummy magazine stuff
I finished reading the premier issue of Somerset Apprentice.

Somerset Apprentice - Premier Issue

I liked it well enough. I thought some of the instructions could have been more detailed (I always crave more details), and for some of the artwork I wish there had been more photos to go along with the instructions, but taken as an introduction to various mixed-media techniques, it’s very good. My favorite projects were:

In the Dog House by Donne Goldstein, page 20
Grace Within by Anni Schwabe, page 32
Two Souls by Becky Shander, page 42
Turquoise Bird Trio by Sara Naumann, page 58
Mini Memories by Connie Govea Stuart, page 82
Little Canvas Shrine by Amarie Hill, page 98

small moments
Watching the cute baby ducks that live in the creek behind our neighborhood. A guy on a motorcycle on our street, waiting while some of the neighborhood ducks finished crossing the street. Eating delicious Lindt chocolate I received for Mother’s Day.

~visiting the edge of the milky way~

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I’ve been working on taking pictures of my jewelry for my Etsy store. There are some great articles there with tips on how to use your digital camera to take close-up shots, as well as how to intentionally make part of the picture blurry and how to get the right exposure. So I’ve been practicing and had some time yesterday, plus the light was good (I’ve already learned that I need to take pictures on a reasonably bright day, in the living room, in the early afternoon).

I pulled out my tray of jewelry, took one look at it, and immediately felt utterly discouraged. First, I have so few pieces. And then they are such a mixture of styles – there’s no cohesion, no vision. I like the pieces just fine. But after all these years of beading – why do I still not have a vision? Or direction? My beadwork is nowhere. I feel at such a loss with it. I don’t know what I’m doing, where I’m going, and I feel no inspiration. I don’t even know what to make anymore.

I put the tray back without taking any pictures, and went into the living room to ponder my dilemma.

Then I thought, wait a minute. I do know what I want to make. I do have ideas. I want to make mixed media jewelry – with glass-enclosed mini collages, shrink plastic, wire, and beads (not necessarily all in the same piece). And I want to use wire and chain and beads to create simple but lovely and delicate jewelry pieces. I have lots of ideas for these. Once I realized this, I felt some enthusiasm and hope returning.

The problem with beadwork is that it takes so darn much time! And time is something in short supply these days. To make a beaded bracelet that would take, say, 40 hours would be dragged out for months, and during that time I’d get nothing else done. My new ideas are not such time-eaters, especially the simpler pieces that I have in mind. I could even finish a piece in a week!

Originally I wanted to open my Etsy store by October 31st (already missed that deadline). Now I’ve decided to push it back to the end of January, maybe even into February. I’m working on a plan to determine what new pieces I can make between now and then (as soon as Christmas gifts are finished). I am going to buy my soldering supplies – every time I’ve had money for them, I end up having to use it for something else. But I’m not putting that off any longer. And I have a few more shrink plastic supplies I need.

I hate putting off opening my store, but I need to be happy and proud of my work, and I need more than a few pieces. The perfectionist in me wins again. Sometimes that’s a good thing.

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You know, I don’t think I could take a mellow evening because I don’t respond well to mellow. You know what I mean? I have a tendency to – if I get too mellow – I ripen and then rot, you know. – Annie Hall, by Woody Allen

Last night I happened to catch Annie Hall on tv. I’m not much of a movie person, but I absolutely love this movie. It’s one of my few favorites. Woody Allen and Diane Keaton are so wonderful together.

And while I was watching this great movie, I finished the first of my two MA canvases.

Goddess - Marie Antoinette mixed-media canvas

It turned out beautifully – I love it. I feel like I should put more crystals on it, but I don’t want to overwhelm it, and the picture needs to be the first thing the eye falls on, so I think I will leave it as is.

I also started the second canvas. I guess I should come up with a real name for them. How about Goddess and Possession? I like those. So here is Possession so far.

Possession - Marie Antoinette mixed-media canvas

I am doing both pretty much the same – they are intended to be placed together. I think I’ll be able to finish this one tonight. I’m so excited to be done early – I didn’t have to stay up until 1am! Of course I still have to type up the sample instructions, but I’ve been writing those as I go along, so they are almost done.

Ok, I’m off to straighten up the chaos in my studio!

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I just started reading the September/October 2007 issue of Somerset Studio (I’m way behind in my magazine reading!) and there is an artist profile on Julie Pearson. I haven’t read the article yet, but one of her quotes caught my eye. She said,

“Live what you believe; make your whole life your art.”

I love this. I am embracing this philosophy, and will strive everyday to make my life my art. I’m not exactly sure how to go about doing that, but I will figure out something.

Here are a few photos of Julie’s artwork from the article.

julie-pearson-venice.jpg

This one is called Dreaming of Venice. Lovely!

julie-pearson-shoe.jpg

And this one is Homage to Oscar de la Renta. I totally love this shoe. There were a few other shoes too, but this was my favorite.

The rest of her art featured in the article is just as wonderful as these two pieces. She is very talented and inspiring. I wish I could make things like this!

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