Jewels picked the French Willow and a corresponding quote that I really like . . .
Who so loves believes the impossible.
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Nothing happens unless first a dream. - Carl Sandburg
She wrote, "I've been making backgrounds on wood and then cutting them into shapes.... like the hearts. If I send you some wood, would you like to play and make some backgrounds? And then send them back to me and I'll cut them into shapes? Then you can send me a few photos of yourself and your art space and I could feature you as a guest artist on my blog and etsy shop.
I would sell your shapes and send some back to you so that you can enjoy some too."
Whoo Hoo! I said, "I’m in, Helga! I would love to do this!! Making backgrounds is such a fun and creative activity. I'm honored you asked!" After I received the wood from Helga I got to work - or I should say, play- with an early April deadline to have the backgrounds returned to her. Here's a peek into my process of making the backgrounds on wood before Helga transformed them into some very charming shapes!
For the board I collaged with papers, I ripped a variety of papers to start with, click for details.
I'm ready now for Helga Strauss to share the backgrounds I made for her wood shapes -she'll do that on 5/16, also giving a blog post tour of my studio at the same time. So, as far as press, when it rains it pours! : ) Plus, I've been going to physical therapy twice a week to heal my frozen shoulder, geeze. But, I just could not stay away any longer. Last Friday we traveled 3 hours north to beautiful Cedar Key and I took lots of photos, starting with some of the Sunshine Skyway bridge, which spans Tampa Bay and is over 21,000 feet long . . . click on any photo for details!
It really is quite amazing. We got to Cedar Key in good time even though we were towing a boat. Cedar Key is a beautiful little fishing village surrounded by other keys on the gulf side and the home of the Small Boat Meet the first weekend in May. This is the second year Steven and I have gone. This year, we towed our launch Chelsea and Steven tied the single-man canoe my dad made onto the roof of the car. My favorite part of the weekend I'd say, besides taking photos of the boat meet was staying in the beautiful Cedar Key bed and breakfast! This B and B is so lovely -- highly recommended.
When an artist explains what he is doing, he usually has to do one of two things: either scrap what he has explained, or make his work fit in with the explanation.
~ Alexander Calder
my entry for the Challenge of BIRDS, EGGS, NESTS and/or CHARTREUSE!!
|Dallas on my Dad's old John Deere tractor. It's now at Lucas Boatworks and still used|
by my husband. My dad used to tow my boys around in an attached cart when they were small.
|Liz, Steve, Tina and Decklin checking out a Lucas Boatworks Boat (handbuilt)|
|Decklin and Liz climbed inside the boat Dave Lucas is finishing!|
|we went kayaking on the river : )|
|Then the kids cooked dinner for us!! I'd say miss Asia looks quite interested : ))|
|Had to cap off the evening with toasting marshmellows : ))|
Decklin, Tina and Dallas
I will miss them . . . . even though our house is small for 6 adults and we needed lots more food in the house!!
Love them all, so glad to spend time together. A wonderful birthday present!! xo
|I had a vintage looking postcard Tag I got from Lisa at Collage stuff -|
I thought that would work well for this theme.
|I glued the old dictionary page down and|
inked the edges with distress ink - pumice stone
|I sprayed it with water to distress it some more!|
|This is what it looked like when dry.|
|I added the image of a woman, originally from ARTchix Studio|
but is now printed onto watercolor paper.
|To finish my tag, I added the lace and a small shell I found yesterday|
while visiting a wonderful beach with my husband.