Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Circus is in Town!

The Big League Baseball World Series circus that is.
My husband and I volunteer every year for the series .
So, I'll be MIA for a week or so...
if you like baseball, people and - come on out!
Check out this page for the teams,
this page for the schedule
and this page for some factoids about the way that we host all the players and umpires.
Here is some great info on the media coverage for the series (including ESPN for the last two days!).
I hope that all of you are creating some art every day.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

What's on Your Table?

I have teeny tiny bones from an owl pellet that I pulled apart (one bone beside the walnut shell and the glass vial is full of itsy bitsy left over bones).
The walnut shell - well, half of one- doesn't it look like an owl face?!
And some rusty treasures.
All waiting for their spot in an owl collage.

So, what's on your table?

Stay creative my friends.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Random Sketching

Hot days in the south
time to stay inside and draw.
Add a bit of watercolor paint
and what do you have?

A watercolor painting of your silly sketches...

People - Draw!
Repeat PRN...

Monday, July 12, 2010

Mr. Bluebird

"Be like I, hold your head up high,
Till you find a bluebird of happiness.
You will find greater peace of mind
Knowing there's a bluebird of happiness.
And when he sings to you,
though you're deep in blue,
you'll find a ray of light creep through.
So remember this, life is no abyss,
Somewhere there's a bluebird of happiness."
(incomplete) lyrics by Edward Heyman and Henry Parr Daves (1934)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Mr. Barn Owl

I suppose that he is finished...
although I am toying with the idea
of painting in some foliage for him...
right down there in the lower right hand corner - just covering the edge of the rock
and his sharp, dagger-like claw.
I'll have to think about that for a bit.

Saturday, July 10, 2010


More pages from my small Moleskine.
If you look closely, you will see clues from the places I sketch at...
A small section of a bone in the top left-ish corner...
a hip socket down there in the lower right hand corner...
guess where I was then?
The large leaves are from a bookmark that my husband was using.

Here on the bottom of the page, you will find a spider plant from another doctors waiting room. can see that it is possible to find inspiration (and images) everywhere!
If you will just take the time to look around you,
notice the different shapes and forms that surround you,
you may be surprised at how you can find inspiration anywhere!

Stay curious my friends!

Friday, July 9, 2010

"She Ruled The Roost"

A peek at the latest mixed media fiber piece.
"She Ruled The Roost"
Carol Sloan
vintage photo transferred to fabric, textiles, found items
mixed media fiber collage
As usual, a little bit of this and a little bit of that.
Click on the picture to enlarge.
I love the burned fibers around the photo!
I recently got a new (and more powerful) heat gun and I am really enjoying it...

Thursday, July 8, 2010

More Sketching

Well, it seems that when you have a broken leg ( dear husband)
and other health issues (dear me) -
you spend a lot of time in doctor waiting rooms...
waiting of course!

I NEVER leave home without my handy dandy sketchbook
and Pitt Artist Pens.
You shouldn't either.
This is a page that I worked on while they were

He got his cast off after 5 weeks of being restrained in one...
Mind you, he is still restrained (are you reading this dear husband?!)
but the cast is gone, gone, gone!
He is still on crutches, with orders to limit his weight bearing to about 20-30%.
But he is healing - which is great!
Thanks for all of the emails and well wishes.
I (well we) really appreciate that.

I'll try to post another finished sketchbook page tomorrow.
Maybe a new piece of artwork as well!
Yep, I completed yet another mixed media collage piece today!
I mounted the piece in another shadow box, with a black background this time.
It really looks so nice with the different background.

Hope that you all are keeping cool in this heat wave in the east.
I'm doing my outside work early in the am
and then late in the pm...
like every other southern resident!

Stay creative, my friends.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Mr. Barn Owl

is getting a few details...

Still a W.I.P.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Small Sketch Book

I carry a small (3.5"x5.5") Moleskine Sketchbook in my purse
along with two Pitt Artist Pens (S & XS).
I'm slowly filling the book up with my "Doodle Drawings".
Very simple yet intensely detailed little drawings.
Can be done anywhere -
with any inspiration.
These drawings were done while
looking through my well loved copy of Graham Leslie McCallum's
"4000 Animals, Bird & Fish Motifs (A Sourcebook)".
Love, love, love his sourcebooks!
Check them out!
Oh, and draw -