Thursday, April 30, 2009

Lawyer by day, Rocker by night

Well, my little boy, Zach, who just turned 26 !!--will graduate from the University of Florida College of Law on May 15th.  All these years since he was 12 years old I have watched him play his guitar in praise bands at the church and numerous bands he has thrown together in college.... and his fun year in Nashville just after college and the CD his band cut...all has been a blessing to me to watch his progression. But I have never been any prouder of him than I am now. He will graduate with honors and will start work in the downtown Jacksonville Firm of Smith Hulsey in September.  (Please excuse my gush---I don't quite know what got into me--My mama taught me not to brag---but hey--just this once---ok? He's also a second degree black belt in Taekwondo...I just had to throw that in....

Filming the Brush Lettering Online Class

I have been pretty busy filming myself for the Brush Lettering online class. I have filmed 3 lessons so far out of the 4. It was quite a learning curve to do this!  The curve included learning how to use the camera, how to set it up, lighting, and iMovie. Many many hours! And I had a real scare because right in the middle of my filming I found out that EK Success is discontinuing these markers!! Yikes! But not to fear, I was contacted through my Youtube from who manufactures these pens. (That was surely a God thing!)--- and upon contacting them I found out that yes---they are still being produced and with rave reviews!  Thank goodness. So there are other places to find these wonderful Zig Brushables Markers.  WHEW! Anyway, just one more lesson to go and it will be in the can!  August 1st is the projected start date since Creative Workshops needs about a month to advertise.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Just a little practicin'

I have a good friend who cleaned out all of her art studio and I bought all of her Arches watercolor paper for real cheap. (Remember she who dies with the most paper wins!  :)) This is Arches hot press paper which is smooth. It is a great paper for calligraphy written with nib and gouache (opaque watercolor). This was just a little doodling practice sheet just to see how this paper would take watercolor flowers.  It's different from cold press---you have to work fast! But for me--the faster the better!  zoom....zoom....

Monday, April 27, 2009

Flat Stanley Has come to visit

Flat Stanley has come for a visit from my grand nephew, Zachry. Flat Stanley came all the way from Peachtree City, GA, for an adventure. Here is Stanley and Bucky just arriving at the Red Door for a little art time.  I take pictures of Stanley doing different things and send them back to Zachry who shares them with his second grade class. Flat Stanley will be going back to Peachtree City soon. It has been fun having him here for a visit. Bucky has enjoyed him too.

Also---->the grandbaby is due May 3rd---that's this Sunday!  We'll see if he cooperates! I am getting excited and our daughter is REALLY ready. 

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Crossroads Store

Well, I have to confess, I am a DJ Pettitt wannabe. I have never met her and have never seen how she does all of her beautiful, to-die-for art, but one thing that really intrigues me is how she does her altered photographs--among lots of other art she creates. Does she paint directly over the art....just what does she do? Hopefully one day I will find out but in the meantime I think I will try altering the photographs by painting directly over the printed photo. This was a trial run and I think that next time I will put mat medium on first---I don't really know why---I just like to use acrylic over mat medium. And maybe I will make the next one a bit more painterly.

This is a little store that is just outside of West Point, GA, my old stomping grounds, on Hwy 18 on the way to Callaway Gardens. It is like stepping into the 19th century when you go in and it has probably been there that long. They are still open for business in the middle of no-where land and the neatest antiquities you have ever seen. The people who work there are antiquities also with the most southern of southern accents ---actually-- probably just like mine.

Above is the altered after photo that I painted and below is the real before photograph I took several years ago. I think I started with a rather difficult one but it was really fun. I think I will do some more! Next time---maybe a bird.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Folk Art-Grunge Edge

Here is a Folk Art painting that I painted fairly recently with some edges applied. I could sit here all day and create these edges--it's fun. This is Frida as a child before the eyebrows grew in---just kidding. Frida was actually very beautiful but oh what a tragic life. But I must get on with my other task as hand. I get rather hypnotized as I sit here applying different edges. That's not good! Hope everyone has a lovely and creative day.
PS-- I have lesson 3 completed of my online calligraphy brush marker class that will be offered through Creative Workshops. I worked the whole day yesterday. I am getting the hang of iMove and it just gets funner and funner! (new word--funner) Still don't like my wrinkled hands! I need that Avon hands stuff.

Thursday, April 23, 2009


That's really true isn't it? How may times have I started to chunk the piece in the trash thinking that I can't let it live on with the mistakes. Sometimes for calligraphy that is really the truth but I am finding out that with mixed-media paintings there are no mistakes---none. You can keep them all and as I always say...thank goodness for Gesso!!! And allowing myself to makes the mistakes....well, I am still working on that one---but I'm getting better.

I wrote this several days ago. I just love this quote---and I love calligraphy. It is my artistic first love. Sometimes when I venture too far away from my pens they call to me,"Martha, come write with us...we have wonderful things to say..."
Yes, I do talk to my pens but sometimes I have to scold them when they are not behaving!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

What We See with the Eyes

One of the most fun things I like to do is combine my calligraphy with different backgrounds with the magic of Photoshop. I wrote this quote a few days ago and scanned it and came across this little watercolor example that I painted while watching a Youtube video. I love watercolor and should pick up my brushes more often. I am rather busy right now filming the video lessons for my online calligraphy Zig marker class. I've got two completed so far but the editing process takes a while. I am using iMovie and it is a great program--but there is a learning curve. I am very curvy these days! I'm making progress and I will let you know when it will be available. Yikes--I'm excited but scared at the same.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

New Poster coming out soon

I creared this design 5 or 6 years ago. I have some posters and "Pass It On" cards with a company called Universal Designs who sells to Christian book stores and Bible outlets. I have some posters still in print and some other designs and it's really fun to stop at the Bible outlets when traveling and go in one and see my posters. But I haven't had anything new with them and quite a while although I have been sending them art. Out of the blue after several years they called and wanted to used this design for a large poster. I actually couldn't even remember the design--she had to take a picture of it so I could know what it was. I actually created this on white paper but their art department wanted to put it on a turquoise background and they always ask for approval. So here is the new large poster with Universal Designs to be coming out soon. My art has changed so much since then but hey! if they like it---I love it! :)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Fleur de lure

In the larger journal, 11 x 14. I like this journal because the pages are thick and take gesso really well. I have this wonderful color wheel I bought from Beverly Gilbert that helps you coordinate colors. I started with the peachy color and the color wheel told me that these other two colors would work well with it. It was right! I think it will be a very useful tool.

Sunday, April 19, 2009


Here is another ditty with the FX edges applied. This is on a little 5 x 7 canvas board. Have you ever received those freebie note cards in the mail and usually you glance through them and then file them away and revolving file 13? I usually do that whenever things like that come in but these little birdies were a keeper. So I collaged them into a little piece.

I am working hard at filming an online brush lettering class that will be offered at Creative Workshops. I filmed the first one today and I got so frustrated--I did the whole first lesson thinking it was recording when it wasn't! ARGGG---but maybe I did better the second time. iMovie is what I am using to edit and there is a learning curve there. And--goodness gracious--my hands in the video look like I am 90 years old! Well, nothing I can do about that---but as the saying goes..."the face will deceive but the hands (and neck) never lie!" Hopefully no one will notice... But really, who cares anyhoo?? Age is just a number... and mine is unlisted. :) I also sound like backwoods Betty. I never really realized what a twang I have until I started filming myself. Ok so--byyyye y'all. See ya tomarra.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Prairie Peasant Won!!!

Congratulations to Laura of Prairie Peasant! 

 AND thank you all for your sweet comments and participating in the sursy giveaway. It was so much fun I will do it again.  I love to give sursys to people I love!!!! :)

Tulips in the Raffine Journal

This is quick watercolor in a Raffine Art Sketch Journal. I think that the paper in these journals are about as versatile as any. It takes watercolor really well as well as pencil sketches. This one is 6 x 6. One of my favorite journals!

Just a few more hours until Mr. Random. org picks his number for the drawing at 8:00pm EST. Check here if you would like to win a sursy.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Sursy Givaway!

What is a Sursy?? Well, it a southern term indigenous to the @ Columbia, South Carolina area and on eastward to Charleston. A sursy a little unexpected gift to close friends or family (blog family!) for no special occasion, particular to show affection or thanks.
I think that just about says it all!!
If you have visited my blog before and like my art, I would love to give you the sursy! Just leave me a comment----- and on Saturday at 8:00 EST pm I will choose a name a and will send your sursy on Monday---just because I am grateful for you and for anyone who will click on my blog and take a gander. Means so much to me!

This is a 5 x 5 x 1 1/2 collaged, mixed-media canvas cube on "feet" and has a beeswax overlay. You can also see it in this post. Thanks!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Sursy Giveaway Tomorrow!!

Stay tuned for the giveaway tomorrow---and to find out what a sursy is!

Poppies Pop up everywhere

This is collage, some brush lettering, zinc white then I wiped it down.  I added the word Poppy last then sanded it off a bit. The "jazz lettering" is going down the middle.  Jazz lettering??---it doesn't say anything really.  This was fun and quick--no thinking too much.  That works for me!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tulips in Bloom

I am playing around with some graphic edges in a program that I have just purchased. So here are a few different edges on a little acrylic ditty. Believe me, the edges go on and on...more later with the edges. Have a great day.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Baby Marc's room!

We had fun fixing up the baby's room in Greenville, SC. Our son, Zach, mathematically measured all pictures (he is very left brained as well as right brained) and he and his dad hung everything. Marc, Macaulay's husband, was at work so when he got home it was all finished.
Zach even assembled a very cool swing that you can add iPod songs to and also assembled the jogging stroller. He was most helpful! Now he is back at law school at the University of FL for the last grueling 2 1/2 weeks until final exams are over and he is ALL DONE. If all goes well--he will finish his last exam on May 1st then be ready to come for the birthing around May 3rd--ish. And that is, if baby Marc cooperates. We'll see!


Have blessed Easter.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

She dreams of the day...

I made this little 4 x 4 wall hanging ditty for a friend who is having a hard time right now with life stuff...and I know she dreams of the day when it will be over. One day it will. God is faithful and prayer availeth much!  I used a coaster and printed on paper-backed printable fabric. I could have just as well used paper but I kinda wanted a bit more rustic look.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Just one last thing for the baby's room!

We will be heading up to South Carolina for Easter and I will be taking all the paintings for the grand baby's room. This was the last of my paintings before little Marc comes on (or around) May 3rd. I got the letters at Hobby Lobby. I also painted a lampshade that really turned out cute but I will take a picture of that in the room. I can't wait to see the room all finished. Maybe I can take some pictures or a video of the finished room and post them next week. I have a post for tomorrow and an Easter post also so come back and visit even though I will be out of town.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Home Page for my Website

I have been working furiously to get my website up before my show at Reddi Arts in May. I created it in iWeb and after having a lesson at the Apple store I think I have about conquered the program. It is not really very hard and the site is looking pretty good so far. I will give you a link when it is looking better. Anyway, this is on the home page. Ok--go ahead and look if you want to:
I still need to put in the flowers and miscellaneous paintings---whew! Getting there!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Girls In the Small Journal

Make sure you always take your small Molskine or whatever journal you have with you at all times--especially when you waiting in the Dr's office. The time flies by and you don't think about being at the dr's office and before you know it they call you and your's done. I actually like using a regular pencil although I do like using a 2or 3B. But usually it is so messy and smuggie that I would rather just use the regular HB. Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

It is a dog or---three flowers??

Can you tell what it is?? It is a little pink Scottie dog or is a miss-happen flower painting? I will leave that up to you! :) Have a wonderful day.

Monday, April 6, 2009

More in the big journal...

More collage, circles with my favorite stamp-- toilet tissue paper roll, calligrapher marker and white paint pen for the lettering. This 12 x 14 journal has nice thick pages and takes gesso and paint really nicely. I am not sure who makes this journal but it is one of my favorites. Have any of you noticed the yucky yellow/green pages in the Molskine sketch journals if you have bought a new one lately? Lots of people are complaining about it and you should ask the retailer to open it up for you before you buy it and see if it's these new yucky pages. I usually just buy the watercolor pages anyway in the Molskine. Have a nice Monday!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Seek Peace and Pursue It

This is in the smaller journal, still trying to just have fun slapping on paint. The "slap on bug" sometimes hits me at 11:00 at night. I need to show you my little art studio at home. I actually get a lot done in that one too--it's a walk in closet. But very functional.
Have a blessed Sunday.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Birds In the Journal

This is in my Moleskine journal. The birds are a stamp that is just the outline of the birds that I painted and the swirls are a hand carved stamp. I love to carve stamps and I need to use them more in my backgrounds. This Moleskine is a sketch pad so I coat it with Gesso before I paint although you probably don't really need to. But when you coat the pages with Gesso it makes the pages kind feel like leather when you're done.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Final one...finished!

The original plan was to do this one actually directly on the wall---yikes!--but I decided that since I had done the two other canvases then this would be easier. And actually it really went pretty fast. I need to paint the sides then I will be finished. We will be up in South Carolina for Easter so I will take a picture or film them and blog it. That will be fun!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Workshop with Golden Open Acrylics

Ok well, I made the plunge---to try Golden Open acrylics. I loved this workshop with local artist Diane Fraser. She is such a great teacher and gave us lots of information (aha moments!) and introduced us to these great acrylics. They are more transparent than the regular acrylics so you use them along with the regular acrylics but the glazing and workable effect is amazing. AND they stay on your pallet and wet for an hour or even longer. She is an oil painter and she said this is a great invention by Golden. I loved them and had to get all the colors but I will use them for my faces since it stays workable and blend-able longer. So basically you under-paint with regular acrylics then glaze (and glaze and glaze, if desired!)) with the opens. I love em!


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