Monday, November 20, 2017

My first Angel Painting & Hello Huffman, Texas.

This will be a bit of an odd comment with this painting, but I just found a comment that ended in my spam file for what reason I don't know. A follower from Huffman, Texas-does that ring a bell? I was so inspired by your comment, anonymous. Because-you don't need to feel any shyness to comment on my blog. I feel bad that the comment got shuffled under the rug, kinda. I'm so sorry!
Your comment inspired me because I struggle So Much with my art. It is just so nice to get such a humble and sweet comment, and I thank you so much....
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I have had angels on my mind for quite a while, and this painting came from somewhere deep I think. Maybe that sounds funny or pretentious and I don't mean it that way. 
I want to give credit where it goes though.
I PRAYED about this a lot.
I felt like something was begging to come out and be a painting, and yet I also felt I had no strength to make it happen like I wanted it to. So this is what came out...
And I was so, so thankful.

I call it
"Hidden."

fluid acrylic on heavy paper, 6"x6"

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

More wings

I love these wings and I have more ideas to use this lovely stencil-but it's part of a Christmas present, so I'll have to show the finished idea after Christmas.
To stencil the denim, I used a combination of white and gray fabric paint. I think stencils look better when you dab very lightly on the fabric-not thick layers of paint. (and I did dab too much paint on the top of the wings.)
You can see a flannel I stenciled behind my jacket. This is a beautiful rose pack from 'ArtMinds' which I bought at Michael's. 
I want to give my jacket some glittery bling, but I haven't decided how I want to do it. 
Thanks for visiting, ya'll....
(Been reading Pioneer Woman's magazine!)<--love br="" it="">

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Wings from Muddaritaville!

 I've been working on fancifying some flannel shirts I got at a thrift shop, and I wanted some angel's wings on the back of one or two of the shirts. I thought about cutting my own stencils until I took a look at Muddaritaville's gorgeous angel wing stencils.
Please visit this wonderful site here.
These are heavy duty stencils. It's easy to get the detail by using a pouncing method with a brush. (I'll show you my brush in the last photo).
 I used a layer of about 5 sheets of unused newsprint under the shirt, then taped the stencil and lightly stretched the fabric under it as I taped.
 Then I dabbed my white fabric paint on, starting at the top and working down. Some feathers I used more paint on.
 I'm so happy with this beautiful stencil, and I NEVER EVER could have cut one this lovely!
Thank you. Muddaritaville!!!
Here's my brush, and the fabric paint I used. I got the brush at a yard sale.
Can't wait to put wings on more stuff!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Small Cabin~ A Story by Debra Smith with paintings by her too....

 The girl lived in the woods. Actually, at the edge of the woods. It was her habit in the evening to go outside and watch the stars come out. She hid in the bushes so other things wouldn't see her, but she could watch them too. 
She always left the light on, because it was always very dark by the time she came back inside.
 While the girl slept in her small cabin, a strange thing happened in the sky. White birds came out of the trees and flew straight up in the air. They made a whirring noise as they flew. Sometimes the girl wove that sound into her dreams.
On quiet, wet mornings near the cabin, wonderful worms made paths in the mud and left trails of gold marking the paths they had taken.
This was her life, quiet and hidden and Nice.

...to be continued (I think)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Breaking the blog break for one day

October 10, 2017
22 years ago right now I was getting ready for brain surgery. How do you do that? Well, first they give you a little pill so you are not quite as nervous as you were when you walked through the hospital doors. Then you go to your room and wait. After a while someone comes in and cuts your very long hair off, and it hurts because she's pulling it hard and doesn't seem to care that it's a very traumatic thing for you to go through.

And then you're bald.
I remember sitting on the edge of my bed and just staring at the floor.

A few days before I was sitting on that bed, I had been holding our coat rack at home, and crying. "I just need a word from You, God. I'm scared. I don't want to leave my little boy and my husband."
Feeling desperate, alone.
In my head, ringing clear like a bell, "Read Psalm 118."

Ok. I gotta do it. Maybe I did hear Him....
It's a lovely psalm. But when I read verse 17, I knew it was for me, and I knew He had spoken to me.
"I shall not die, but declare the works of the Lord."

It was just what I needed, and He gave it to me a few days before I sat on that bed, waiting for my head to be cut in to.

Long story short- I should be dead. I ended up with a pulmonary embolism. A lot of people die from that.

I've told this lots of times-I'm sure people get sick of hearing it. But when it happens to you, it's kind of a big deal. Especially hearing from God.
So-you're alive and other people aren't. Why you?

You know, I don't think I've asked God that question.
I've just been glad to see my son grow up and get married and be happy. I've loved my husband all these years that were 'extras.'
And I know that I know that I know-God's Word is true, alive and He keeps it.
I don't try to explain Him, because I can't. What good would He be if I could?

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And just think, you got to meet me and read my ramblings, my heartfelt words. You've loved my photos I think, and some of my art.
And I got the chance to love you.

Thank You, God....

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Blog-cation


I'm taking some much needed time away from blogging.
I'm not sure when I'll return. Just wanted you to know I'll miss my blog friends...
God bless you.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Denim shirt is done

 It isn't as out of the box as I wanted it to be, but I did get the stitching in it that I wanted to.
 I love Michelle Palmer's "Flow Blue Garden" fabric. This is the only piece I have cut from my stash of her fabric.
 Well, kinda awkward....

 The pheasant is part of a panel that you cut and stuff to make a large pheasant. This was just part of the printed instructions on the panel.
 It's pink and red and yellow and orange outside here now. We have huge flocks of resident geese flying east and west, and north(!), because they are planning to stay around here for the winter.


 The brown flannel shirt is going to be next for decorating. I've gathered all the stuff I want to put on this shirt.
 A very old quilt part. You can see it's already been mended.

I hope by the end of this shirt adventure, I will be able to show some creative ways to decorate shirts. My best advice for anyone wanting to try this is to visit Pinterest and be inspired.