Friday, September 21, 2018

painting every day

It's work.
It can be very frustrating-
your eye sees one thing, your hand doesn't get it-yet.
But I'll keep trying!

Acrylic on paper
Debra Smith ©2018

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Command My Soul (Lyric Video) — Free Chapel Music

I've been looking at our view of the stars lately, caught up in the vastness, the beauty. It seems they should be singing, they are so lovely. The Milky Way in a path across the sky; I can see my Creator's work, it is almost impossible to have words....
I was touched by this song because I have been watching the sky at night, watching the dark come around my house, around the trees and bushes, cover us as if He's holding us.
Recently we had to have 8 trees cut down in our yard. One of those trees was about 90 feet tall. Rugged men cut it down, but they were no match for the power of that tree when it fell. It made me know, again, that I am just a little person here in this life-but I do have worth-because Jesus died for me.
I just wanted to say thanks to my Creator.

Monday, September 10, 2018

New works

 Charcoal and acrylic on canvas, 12" x 24"
Oil pastels, smudged with a stump on acrylic paper.

It is good to work and experiment, and to feel like something inside your head and heart has come out for others to see.
I am one who is much alone-even in a group of friendly folks, I am always observing, more than taking part. It is not exactly uncomfortable-it is just the way I am.

I haven't decided on the title for the lion painting yet. It's still brewing in my head. The little portraits are really just exercises but I plan to do more like them. Oil pastels are a little strange to work with. There's clumps of color to either whisk off the paper, or let them be part of the work. The blending of them is the fun part, but there is certainly a learning curve.

I painted my own zinnias for the lion painting. Also, the lion is mine too. :)

Monday, August 20, 2018

The done cat

 Here she is, all dressed and ready to go. The finished cat is about 16 inches tall. I used fishing line for her whiskers. This is nothing special at all-just a simple body made of black Osnaburg (sp?) fabric and appliqued with wool.
Please feel free to copy the face design-it certainly is not unusual, but sometimes it helps to see a design and tweek it a little to make it your own. But you are free to copy this one.
I am not a good embroiderer, so the primitive stitching is truly the best I can do....

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Making a kitty cat

 It's been a while since I made any kind of fiber art, so this was fun. My daughter-in-law wanted me to make a cat for a friend's birthday present, so I decided on a simple body design with appliqued wool for features. I'll make her a dress today-gotta hurry!
I just love cat faces-each one is so different and cute. I love the grumpy looking cats too. This one is a happy cat-but doesn't have a name yet.
Well, I better get back to making her dress-she will be leaving my house today!

Monday, August 6, 2018

All the news from here. And some old news.

 Lion, my feral cat. Gone-to heaven I think, but maybe just moved to another home...
 Drying wings...

 Oh yeah?

 Little precious, above-mama left him in our yard a few years ago. She felt it was a safe place. She was right.
 A very wet grackle.
Our dove, Norton. I'd pay attention to the warning, if I was you.
This was just a few days ago. Another baby, perhaps the same mama-so used to our quiet yard.

 Mama was checking out pathways...

 ...and then they were gone.
 I like to buy 'junk drawer' listings on eBay. I've done this twice, and both times I've gotten things I can use to make jewelry or embellish my fiber art. I love the 5 lambs-they will be great on a necklace.
 Now here's an odd affinity I have for medals. I was happy to get all this stuff together for a good price. And I do have to say, I NEVER bid on anything at eBay. When I first started out buying stuff there about 10 years ago, I had a suspicion that someone else was upping the bid against me, just to get the price up. I won the bid, but it was outrageous-way over what I should have paid-and I should not have kept bidding, so it was my own fault. Anyway, I always use the 'Buy it Now' search on eBay. It does narrow down the results somewhat, but I feel I am buying for a fair price that way. Just my own two cents here...
I don't buy much anyway, so it's just a word of caution.
(oh-the medals will be used somehow-maybe even pinned on my bluejean jacket)
 I have had some precious time to paint.
The photos are not good.
I have a painting in The Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, in Corning, NY. The gallery is on Market Street-right in the hubbub of all the other galleries and artsy stores and coffee shops. Corning is a great town. And the Arts Council is fabulous. I am so happy I joined. Members get to show one piece per member show, and there are quite a few shows per year. There is an artists' reception even! They help us emerging artists learn the ropes of galleries. The folks at the gallery were so kind and helpful.
I have my painting of the buildings in Dundee there. Perhaps this one (above) will be next.
 The colors are not true to life. I like doing abstracts once in a while, but I find them very hard to do.
This is a love/hate relationship painting. It's on Claybord-which is the hate part. This stuff is about as ornery a surface as you can get. Any size bigger than a quarter that you want to paint or ink shows ALL the brush or nib strokes. Gouache won't, but of course, gouache will easily slide off the surface with any amount of moisture or rubbing. You wouldn't believe all the changes I have made on this. You may wonder why I'm bothering.
It's an exercise in persistence, but in the end, it may get shoved aside. It's also forcing my problem solving skills to really take over. But I'm still not sure it can be salvaged as a painting, and not sure why I am still pursuing it.
I guess that's about all that's going on in my little spot on the earth!