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I live in Mooringsport La. and work in construction full time and dabble in art when ever I can. I would love to be able to do my art full time--who knows, maybe one day I will. In the past year, I started doing Festivals, trying to sell my Art. It is ALOT of work, but worth it. I have met so many people with the same interests as myself.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend and Fleur De Les

 Hope that you all had a great Memorial Day --Mine was very good.  The Fleur De Les show was Saturday and I had a good show.  Yesterday I woke up with a horrific headache.  I took some ibuprofin on an empty stomach and got sick.  Went back to bed and stayed there for about an hour and woke up feeling great.  It really was a relaxing day.  I don't have any pressure or stress about getting ready for upcoming shows because I don't have another show scheduled until October.  How great is that? I got to go out to my studio and do what I wanted to do without being pressured to get something done.  I really enjoyed that.

The pieces on the left are the latest ones to have been completed.

The first one is called "Find your Passion"

 This one is called "On the Wings of a Dove"

This one is "Sundance"

This one was a custom order.  I had done one very similar with green eyes.  A vendor at the show had asked for one with blue eyes for her daughter.

Hope you all have a great Monday--I am off to create!!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Do you feel Guilty

 I have this wonderful old friend who feeds my "salvage" hunger.  Whenever he comes across something old and rusty, he thinks of me.  He brings me some of the most beautiful rusty things.  Items that most people would discard because the newness has faded and it has no sparkle left.  He brings me things that have the patina of time and life.  All of the dents and scrapes that it picks up on the way show up in its rusty skin.  All of this rust covers a mystery and shrouds the item in a cloak.  Where has it been and who did it belong to. Was it once a once loved piece which has now been discarded and replaced with something "new", something "better".  I prefer the old, rusty things with the air of history and mystery over the stamped out, over sold, cheaply made and imported "new" things. Maybe that is because it reflects "life".  We go through life getting bumps and bruises along the way.  Our  outer beauty fades, but internally we become more beautiful.  We acquire a depth and knowledge that we didn't possess in our younger years. We lose some of our sparkle but we take on a patina.  You can see life etched in our faces by the hands of time but there knowledge of who we are and where we have come from.  We begin to know what we want and desire.Maybe this is why I like old, rusty things.......

  That brings me back to the pieces that I have included in my blog today.  These pieces are composed of rusty old barbwire, old jewelry and cedar boards.
I made some of them for my upcoming shows.

I have a show the last weekend of May and have been busy trying to get some things done for them.  I love the shows, but I feel like I let them dictate my life.

Getting ready for them consumes my time and I have very little time for housework, yard work, etc....... That leads me to this--Do any of you ever feel guilty because you spend so much time on your art or your craft??  Am I alone in feeling that I am not pulling my weight around the house because most of my spare moments are spent on my art. 
 I know that I work full time, cook when I can, clean when I should and take care of the critters- but how much more do I need to do to "feel" like I am doing what I should??  Why do I feel so guilty??  Is it because I spend so much time doing what I love and my husband picks up all of the loose ends that I leave dragging??  Don' get me wrong.  He NEVER complains about the time that I spend on my art.  H mows the grass, helps with the animals, does all of the odds and ends that come with living out in the country and he seems to be fine with it.  It is me who has the feeling that I don't put in the hours that I should be.  That I am inadequate as a house keeper and do not have flower beds to rival Better Homes and Garden.......
 I don't have any small children to run after--they have all flown.  So, why can't I shake the feeling that I need to do more.  Do I need counseling???  Who knows.  I am not expecting answers here.  I am just wondering if anyone feels this way.
My life if full.  There isn't a spare moment in the day. When I leave work I go home.  Sometimes we eat on the way home, sometimes I cook.  Some evening I go up to the studio and try to squeeze in time but it is so difficult.

Are there answers???

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Well, we have made it to Thursday!! One more work day to go!!  This is a picture of "Dove", she is my latest mixed media piece.  She is done on a gallery canvas so she will not need to be framed.  I finished her this weekend and started several other pieces.

 My "Twisted Monas" have had the pastels added, now the additional layer of paint, fabric and texture have to be added.  The kids love these--teenagers in particular.

 Yesterday, we had a meeting down town and while we were close went to the Sci Port and looked at the "Bodiies Revealed" exhibition.  It is so interesting.  These are actual bodies that been preserved and semi dissected to sow various parts of the inside of body.  If you are into science you would really enjoy this. For those of you who would like to see more, follow this link http://www.sciport.org/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=BODIESREVEALED&category=Exhibits_and_Galleries&submenu=Exhibits_and_Galleries

 When we left the exhibition we walked downtown and viewed the new art that was placed.  This is called "Safe Harbor".  It is a sculpture from Deedee Morrison.  You can follow this link to read more about it.http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20120414/NEWS01/204140338/Oversized-sculpture-unveiled-riverfront
These are also at the Shreveport riverfront but I  am not sure of the artist's name who designed them.  They have a back light of many different colors at night.  They are really beautiful.

These mosaic picnic tables are at the Riverfront also.  They are very nice.

This weekend I am hoping to get into the studio and finish my Mona's and a custom angel painting.  My next show is the last weekend of this month.  It is the Fleur De Les show in Natchitoches.  It will be my last spring show.  This will be a relief.