Monday, November 9, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I really like the graphics that the Graphics Fairy offers. Not only are they just the whimsy that I love, but they are FREE! Check out her blog and see what she has to offer!
The link is: http://www.backgroundfairy.com/
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Don't get me wrong. I love beads and beading. However, creating jewelry with few or no metal components is really challenging. I am always tossing a chain in a project or using something recycled. I love gaudy jewelry. I love big and flamboyant pieces of wearable art that will reveal what is hidden deep in my soul.
I created two pieces of jewelry for a submission that I cannot discuss nor show pictures of... This is the hard part because I love the feedback from my friends and colleagues. Perhaps it is my narcissitic nature that comes with being a Sagittarius. I don't know. Rest assured, they meet my quality standards and need for flamboyance.
Thought for the day: Do something outside your comfort level. You will rise to the challenge.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Here is the link to this gorgeous safari tote:
And here is my FAVORITE listing:
Finally, I want to highlight one of my favorite all-around artists and jewelry designers- Barbe Saint John! Barbe visited us here in Lancaster last May and taught the House of Dreams workshop. I can also say that I am the proud owner of FOUR (4) of Barbe's jewelry designs.
Here is the link to this listing:
So, ladies and gentlemen - PLEASE check out these shops because if I am pleased with the quality and pure beauty of their work (I am soooo picky), then I know you will be too.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Another piece that I created for the USC-L show is my bicycle collage. What child does not love a bicycle? It seems to be the raison d'etre for all children worldwide. As a matter of fact, I have very fond memories of riding bicycles with my cousin Christy at Lake Mayer during my childhood years.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Among the typical chain stores, I found a store that had character. Since it was a chain store as well, I had been to its sister establishments before. However, like this hidden shopping center, this store had character. It was darker... older... it just had an all around strange air about it. I LOVED IT!
Inside the store, Joel-zilla and I stumbled across a slue of broken toys in a discount bin. These weren't ordinary toys -- these were wooden toys like the ones that kids played with when my parents were small. Of course, we got all of them and made a mad dash for the checkout.
While maneuvering the aisles so Joel-zilla wouldn't cause any mass destruction, I heard a familiar and sweet "hello." This friendly voice was my friend and fellow artist, Tiffany. Joel-zilla was proud to show Tiffany his treasure - a frog on a bicycle!
Joel's toy was not one of the broken ones, but it did have a clearance tag, which made it even better. A frog on a bicycle, I must say, is one of the strangest things either of us had ever seen. It was hand painted and has such amazing detail. The words of a familiar song wandered into my brain - "but you'll look sweet upon the seat of a bicycle built for two."
After we paid for our treasures and left the store, we decided to check out one of the craft stores in the shopping center. While searching for some cigar-sized boxes for an upcoming workshop, I noticed a bicycle pendant. Not your ordinary bicycle pendant... but one that had character. Should I expect any less from this magical shopping center that seemed to appear just for the light-hearted and creative?
I didn't see any other bicycle pendants. Like Joel's toy, this bicycle appeared for us. The song entered my head again. "Daisy, Daisy...I'm half crazy all for the love of you..." I had to have this pendant!! I had to create something fabulous with it and it would be for me and I would love it!!!
Joel-zilla and I paid for our boxes and the pendant and went home. We chatted along the way about the shopping center and our interesting finds. Joel decided to name his frog "Francois" - hehe - and we talked about what to do with the pendant. I've posted a picture of the pendant with the chain. I am certainly not finished with the magical bicycle necklace. For some reason, I just don't think I could do it justice. We'll see, I suppose. Wish me luck!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
I will be collecting knick-knacks and bibleots for my "House of Dreams" and for my husband's. My box today contained some old taipei pieces, a miniature domino, a new apron (guilty pleasure), some vintage three sided dice and frosted glass... OH and these fabulous door hinges. I can't wait to put this stuff together and I pray that I create a shrine worthy to house these hinges.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Bibelot: a small object of curiosity, beauty, or rarity. Bibelot is French, which I find quite metaphoric since I am known as Madame Teasley on Etsy. I've not shared this name with mon mari yet...
Let me know what you think? Does the name make or break an art show?
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Homewrecker. The definition of the woman (er... women) who aided in the ruin of my first marriage. Well, shoot! I'm better off. I know this. My fabulously supportive and extremely hot husband knows this. Everyone who knows me, knows this is a fact. I have one question: Why did it hurt so badly to create this piece of art?
My home was wrecked in 1997. My life (as I knew it) was over. I was destroyed - but like a phoenix I rose from the ashes to become a new woman... a stronger woman! I take pride in what I have become since 1997. I am a mother. I am a wife. I am an artist. I am.... ME! I am a stronger woman because of the other woman - the homewrecker.
I tried to hate her; however, it seemed to consuming - time, energy, money, life. She gave me an unwanted gift that I am actually grateful for - the rest of my life to live!! So even though I fully believe that homewrecking is WRONG - my homewrecker empowered me. This is a tribute to her - the woman who used all of her powers of feminism for EVIL.
Monday, April 13, 2009
My message is that everything has a purpose: Everything is useful, everything has beauty and everything has sentiment. Perhaps I am taking a psychological approach to my art through my voice. As stated in Maslow's hierarchy of needs - everything has a desire to be needed. Everything as a desire to fit in.
Applying my message to a commission piece, takes time and much thought. My most recent commission was a "golf theme" painting. This was particularly hard, because I don't see the golf course the same way as someone who plays golf does. To me, the golf course is a dark, dreary place where balls are lost - never to be seen again. My husband, a golf enthusiast, sees the golf course as a magical place where men get together to be guys. It's sentimental to them.
After painting over the canvas several times, I was down to the wire on that painting. As a matter of fact, I delivered the painting still tacky from the master's mix. I had to make this painting of something so foreign to me reflect my voice. I had an opportunity to speak through this painting. I'm still not sure what I had to say with this painting, but I made a point to say it.
After searching for something... anything... that I could find some sort of attraction to, I found a picture of an antique golf club. It looked like a club that my husband keeps, which was his father's club. I painted a close-up of this club. To me, it was beautiful because it was old and had a story. I began painting this antique club.
After I finished my painting, I had to add pieces of me to it. I added nails, which I use on every piece of non-wearable art that I create. Nails represent the words of my father, which I feel quite confident he read in an email or something. The statement was "Words are like nails, you can remove the nail but the hole still remains." The words ring true. I added a nail for each time I cursed while creating that painting.
I also added some numbers. Why not? There are numbers on a golf course. These numbers were important because that's how many days I bitched and moaned about the how I was going to start the painting when I don't play golf.
The person who received my golf theme painting loved it; however, I was not as thrilled with it as I have been with other pieces.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Places that altered art jewelry can be purchased include your local art gallery, online stores suchs as madameteasley.etsy.com and other Etsy stores and flea markets.
With the "recession" and the economic downturn, art is one of the few areas where there is appreciation. So why not turn the old bakelite charms and pieces of jewelry into something new and exciting!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
I did learn that the key to not staying in my pajamas all day is to get my shower first thing in the morning. Now, I have to work on getting Joel to pre-school so I can go to my studio on Main St. and work on actual paintings.
Since I've not actually left my house (in body) since Thursday, I know that I must make it to the studio tomorrow. I shall have company! My BFF, Jenny will be joining me as she gets a mid-month vacation from The Lancaster News.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
I also need to be working on what inventory will be at Chastain's and what inventory will be in my Etsy store. It's dangerous to be selling the same item in two locations. I don't see it happening, but what if the same item sells at both places before I can remove it from one? I have the craziest fears.
Exercise is an important part to living with my disorder. I need to work on getting that into my schedule. I think that I will be using the stationary bike and the ab lounge regularly. I need to get my sleeping habits under control as well. There is not a single solitary reason that I should stay awake until the rooster's crow. I also need to learn to put the computer down and sleep in my bed not where I happen to be typing. This would be better for my back, that's for sure!
Well, gotta get busy working on my house cleaning so George and I can cleanse it.
Monday, March 2, 2009
In this blog, I plan to spill my guts about my art, my family and anything else. This is one of the few times that I have been unemployed in my lifetime. I was unemployed right before and right after Erin was born. I was unemployed for a year to spend time with my son. Now, I am unemployed again - or can I say - self employed.
I should empower myself as an artist now. I am an artist. I am self employed. My art is no longer a hobby. My art is my love and my career - at least until I go nuts and have to work outside the home, which then, my job will be my hobby ;-)