Dick and I have made some big changes for the year to come!! We are downsizing to free us up to do the things we have always wanted to do ..... that is.... free to travel, spend more time together, follow His lead for new adventures, no more retail store after 27 years, more time with kids, but still MORE ART and probably some sewing classes for girls ..... that is a dream right now ..... but the ART won't stop, it will be here on the blog as soon as we finish remodeling our NEW/OLD smaller home about 20 miles away. SO STAY TUNED ... we'll be having a big sale and beautiful house and property SALE in the SUMMER!! MORE FREEDOM ON IT'S WAY!!! WooHoo!!! And THANKS for all your support the last twenty seven years in my shop!!!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

CEREAL BOX Christmas Card

Above Final...the Magi who followed the star to Bethlehem...to give the new born King GIFTS....Matthew 2 Below without any drawing added ....then, above drew what I began to see...click to enlarge for details....this is a fun way to paint! No plan, just play!!! A surprise Christmas card called "THE GIFT", developed from this "found" story in the randomly painted cereal box cut out section. I have several pieces of art now that are all on saved cardboard from cereal boxes ... why cereal boxes? They are free, very pliable when gessoed on the grey side and I am not intimidated when I paint on them like I am when I watercolor on my expensive Arches paper! I flatten the cereal box, cut them to size of the biggest flat part and gesso them. Then I have a stack of them waiting for my playtime in the studio where I drip or smear on acrylic paint and spread it around or layer it with a brush or knife until I am happy with it. This one ... I was "happy" with the results .... and especially happy that I stopped where I did and didn't "over finish" it ....(makes me think of how Christ is never finished with us ... we are a work in progress...) I printed it on 5x7 vellum, cut them to go on top of my card stock, off white was best, and to fit inside my 5x7 Dark Green envelopes I got on sale last year ... then printed the before and after on the back of the card with a Christmas story ....(you can read about the Magi, or three Wisemen in Matthew 2)... then my sweet husband writes and sends all the Christmas cards for me! ... anyway ... it is our Christmas card for 2010.... the kids were reading Luke chapter 1 and 2 last week and I wonder if what you read comes through onto your art .... if maybe it is on your heart? Enjoy!!