A sparrow's journey through this crazy, beautiful life...

Friday, March 30, 2012

Life Book Lesson 5

I'm taking a class called Life Book that lasts throughout 2012. I'm behind and have been doing the lessons out of order. This is lesson involved doing an image transfer of my own face and then painting over it.

What a hoot! I always wanted pink hair! I outlined the main features in the photo and then painted as I would any other portrait. It really helps to have a face to sketch over and the end result just fascinates me.

I'm linking this up to Paint Party Friday. Thanks for stopping by.

The original

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Trust in the Lord

A couple of weekends ago, I created this project for my daughter's birthday. I really had fun with this and I really loved adding all the embellishments. I've added two slideshows below. One shows more pics and closeups and the other shows my progress throughout the painting. You can click through to my Flickr to see them as well: pics and progress.

I started out by collaging the base with a few things that would be meaningful to my daughter. The first was a page from a dollar store bible. The second was a piece of sheet music from her trombone book (she's a music education major). The third was a copy of a poem written by her great-great-great grandmother. Because these things were all so important, I wanted to try to keep them showing through.
The embellishments were really fun and a great way to use some of the stash I've built up. The sentiment is actually the title from a piece of vintage sheet music I bought at a library book sale. That is definitely the place to go for some bargain ephemera! The blue flower I made myself using a satin fabric and singeing the edges over a candle flame.

Artists in Blogland's monthly theme for March is "Passions" and this fits the bill for me. As I delve into my art, connecting to the things that are meaningful to me is the most important aspect. Connecting with the past (grandma) and the future (my daughter), finding my place in this world, living in the moment, appreciating the beauty around me, enjoying the journey, truly knowing myself, connecting with another heart, laughing, listening to the Whisper in the Wind.... What sets your heart on fire? Find it and never stop chasing it.

Grandma's signature: Mrs Bertha Myers Allemang
I'm linking this up with Paint Party Friday (who has a new "featured artist" series they are doing each week), Sweet Saturdays, Artists in Blogland Show and Tell Saturday,  and Sunday Sketches. Pop over and see some other great artists and creators.

More Pics

Progress Pics

Monday, March 12, 2012


This is a fun little piece that I did in the Community Hub over at Mystele's ning site. She is focusing on skin tones which I'm pretty excited about. This is an ATC size (only 2.5 x 3.5 inches) using chipboard that I got from packaging as the base with fabric collaged over the top. The class is wonderful and I'm looking forward to more practice. I really enjoyed embellishing it. So fun to add all the little touches.

I'm keeping her where I can see her as a little reminder to follow my dreams.

I'm linking up with Inspire Me Mondays, and Make Something Monday.

Thursday, March 8, 2012


It's often so easy to beat myself up in my thoughts. I accept defeat without even trying. I decided that every time I caught myself in one of those negative thought patterns, I would write down the opposite and see what I came up with. Well, here's a few from my list.

I'm linking up to Paint Party Friday. Check out the other great artists over there!

I thought I should add a little about my process. The background is collaged with a dollar store bible page. I've used Adirondack Colorwash Spray in butterscotch and some red acrylic for texture. The face is mostly done with acrylics along with some Faber-Castell Pitt Big Brush Pens. Still experimenting with the hair. I've used red acrylic for the base and then, using a brush, added strands in Adirondack Colorwash Spray Espresso and Butterscotch and some Bombay Indian Ink in red.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


I had some unusual events the week I painted this and had some emotions to work through. It amazes me that my feelings can show through in a piece without necessarily trying. I only discovered this world of art - creating my own original work - in August of last year. I wish I had known about it many years ago. It has been the most wonderful way to work through some deep stuff.