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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A Jewel of a Day!

Hello All!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  Hope things have been going well for you :)

As far as we're concerned, we've been good.
Tuesday in particular was soooo nice!

Y'see, I've started up some little Pre-K classes for my daughter thru the city, so 2 days a week we get up early, I pack her lunch and feed her breakfast, etc....to get her to a class that is just 3 hours long!
Now, I love how much she looks forward to singing songs and being with other kids....and that's why I do it, but 3 hours just doesn't seem worth the trouble of nagging her to eat, nagging her to get dressed, nagging her to hurry up...lol :D Especially since Monday was a Holiday here in the States...

I haven't lost you yet, have I?  I promise I have something really cool to show you at the end!  Now your curiousity is kicking in, isn't it?  Now you have to stay (insert evil laugh here!)

Anyhoo, in the interest of brevity...kid had runny nose....kept her home from school....did inner dance of joy (not that she was sick...what kind of Mother do you think I am? haha!)....leisurely sipped coffee whilst looking out our patio door...

Notice the sea of weeds out there...they reach mid-shin!  But, at least they're my weeds...and hey, they're green :)

Maggie and I spent the whole day doing fun things. Oh, and she worked on her "site" for a bit (which consists of me putting on a Word Doc & her typing furiously away....really quite cute)  One of my favorite things about this house is that she can work on the computer here (might I point out the strategic placement of toilet roll so shirt can escape snot duty...I can dream, anyway)

And I can work on artsy things here....in the same room!

After her "work", Maggie helped me prep canvasses.
I don't think I've ever explained my process for prepping them before. I'm not sure if everyone or no one does them this way....but I find the whole thing quite relaxing (and it helps to use up my shockingly huge supply of scrapbook paper!)....so here goes.

I take a white, back-stapled canvas and paint it with a variety of colors...including the sides.
Sorry, I forgot to take a pic of this 1st step...

After it's dry, I Mod Podge torn paper pieces all over making sure to overlap the sides from time to time.


After this dries, I then paint it again, deciding whether to allow a lot of the underlying paper to show thru or not....and then sometimes add patterns with saran wrap, bubble wrap, corrugated cardboard, etc....



When this dries...it's ready to use!

Here are the ones Maggie made for me yesterday :)

Okay, now that I've made you stick with me....here's my something cool...
Drumroll please....

This is:
"The Jewel of the Forest"
8 x 10 inches
Mixed Media / Acrylic

I'm sorry for the crappy pic :( 
I literally just finished it, like 15 minutes ago....and it is near Midnight now.
I will have better photos of it in the morning when I list it in my shoppe.

By the way, I've just decided to put a few things in my Etsy Shoppe as an experiment to compare it with my Artfire one...nothing you haven't seen already, but if any of you have tried both and have a preference, I'd love to hear what you've learned :)

*****Edited (here are the better pics!)******




 
Thanks again for coming back here, My Friends....
Having this space be one that you like to visit over and over again makes me wanna do an outer dance of joy...heehee...
I'm one Lucky Gal :P
Hugs,
Cam


22 comments:

Micki Wilde said...

Wow!! Cameron that painting was worth waiting for, it's stunning!! you are super talented lady!!

Micki x

faerwillow said...

~good morning my sweet little friend...oh goodness..."something cool???" this painting is ethereal beauty at its finest...cameron this is gorgeous...and i love the curve of the trees in the background and your jewel coming through...i want to walk right into this painting and stay awhile!!!

as for your process...THANK YOU for sharing this...i am learning and struggle with allowing myself to work and be free with the use of color...i get a mental block but seeing how easy it can be i will have to try...you are an inspiration my friend and i am oh so happy you are back here to share...bright full moon blessings and much love always~

faerwillow said...

~oh and i adore what maggie made for you...there is nothing quite like the creativity of our littles...warm wishes and brightest blessings~

Incipient Wings said...

hi cameron!
what a cutie maggie is!
does she enjoy her school time?
i'm considering putting Helena in pre-school...not sure yet.
Jewel of the forest is incredible! youre awesome!
glad to see you about again.
have a great day.

SaraLynn said...

Oh my goodness, what a fantastic unicorn! The textures are colors are amazing. You've truly created a magical atmosphere with this one!

Carrie Martinez said...

What a beautiful painting! You've got talent, Miss Cameron! And what a lovely studio--makes me want to jump right in and create......

apinkdreamer said...

amazing piece of art!!!!

Hybrid J said...

Lucky you to have such beautiful assistant to help to prep the canvas. Hmm ... maybe I could train my doggie prince to help me as well, hahaha!

And what an amazing unicorn you got there! The color contrast highlight the magical feel of the painting. You're good!

Thanks heaps to your comment to my latest painting practice. It helps me to know if I'm on the right track. You're so supportive and I can thank you enough for it. :D

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Hi Cameron! What an AMAZING painting! I loved your story which led up to the "great reveal." :) So magical. I hope your etsy shop does well. Have a wonderful evening! Theresa

mermaiden said...

Oh that uni has such personality!

I have an Etsy and an Artfire shop, and I sell nothing on Artfire. The only reason I keep it is for link-abilty.
I don't like all the Etsy fees, and the "good old girls" sorority energy, but it's the only site that brings me sales and views.

Cindy Adkins said...

Wow, amazing Cam!!! What a gorgeous piece! And I love how you can both work in the same room...that is awesome...and so cute how your daughter is on the computer..."Your little assistant!" lol
Sending (((hugs))) your way,
Cindy

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Cam,
I hope you're having a good weekend...We just watched movies and having a quiet Friday night.

I hope you're doing great!
XO

Shayla said...

Oh my GOSH! I am so in love with this post! I love how those canvases look and then when I got to the end and saw your unicorn painting...I almost died. It is absolutely magical! I'm in awe really! GORGEOUS PAINTING!!!

Kathy said...

I loved seeing how you prep your canvases. That unicorn picture is absolute stunning, Cameron. Lovely.

Cheers - Kathy

Treehugger_31 said...

Just beautiful!

Tara said...

Hi Cameron, thanks for stopping by my blog - twice! I really enjoyed seeing how you (and your daughter :)) put a painting together, and that unicorn is just amazing.

Allison said...

I love your process of preparing the cavas and it is so cool that your daughter helps you. Your paintings are beautiful!!!

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

what a cool idea! isn't it amazing how different something can look with different lighting or flash vs no flash? Beautiful unicorn btw.. I used to collect them back in the day!

Jaime

p.s. I never got rid of my unicorns ;)

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

oh and I wanted to say, I have both an Etsy shop and an Artfire shop and I haven't sold much... but the sales I do have are from Etsy. I'd like to know how yours turns out to be.

Jaime (again)

Joyce van der Lely said...

BIG ♥

Heather said...

SWEET JESUS!!!! I wish I could paint like you. can you say ARTEEEST!!!!! Beautiful!!!!
Heather

Rhonda said...

Your Unicorn painting is beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial on how you work. I had an Etsy shop for a year and only sold one item. My ArtFire shoppe has only been open 6 months and I've sold 8 items. I don't care for Etsy. My personal opinion.

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