Friday, October 30, 2009

adoring photography {rodney smith}

I'm excited to have just found that the famous photographer,
(actually 'greatest' me thinks),
Rodney Smith has a blog! He is the famous photog of this image,
one of my favorites...

Photography was one of my first artistic loves, Ansel Adams being my inspiration. I took a class in college just for the fun of it and really got into the black and white photo taking and developing process. I remember shopping for my own dark room materials and my now-adoring-husband/then-adoring-fiance looking at me like I was crazy....wonder what I'd be doing today had I found a reasonably priced enlarger back then?!! Somewhere I have a portfolio...somewhere in the 'boxes of life' Lol!

Anyways..enjoy more of Rodney's work and check out his blog here...

he's blogging as he works on his new book...'The End'.

A beautiful weekend to all!
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(¸.·´ (¸.·´paula

Thursday, October 29, 2009

a lovely short story about me....

emails...don't you just love them?
the funniest one I got this week...

A Lovely Short Story About Me

One day, long, long ago, there lived a lovely woman
who did not whine, nag or bitch.

(That would be me...☺)

But that was a long, long time ago and it was just that one day.


oh too funny!
It came from a dear friend who must of somehow
known I was in dire need of a good laugh!
Thankyou Kim!

then...just when I needed an inspirational boost...this one came:

'Arrived home from a brutal day at work...I was kinda tired and wanted to be cranky. Got out of my car and glanced at the front porch and sign is here...yippie!!! I love getting presents on my porch. Could not get it opened fast enough. LOVE IT> Thank you!'

Thankyou Lisa!

and to all my customers who spend a moment to email'll never know how much your kindness means to me!

Happy Thursday everyone!
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(¸.·´ (¸.·´paula

Saturday, October 24, 2009

adoring putti...{poo-tee}

Putti ...

the definition
from Art History:

those plump little naked boys with wings that one often sees
in Renaissance, Mannerist, Baroque and Rococo art.

Typically, a putto (the singular form) depicts an angel or cherub
in a religious scene, but he may also come in the form of Cupid.
In either case, a putto's presence symbolizes love,
whether Divine or of a more earthly nature.

And they are all around me...I just adore them, always have...

here are some that I own....

and then there are those that I wished I owned...

And I'm always finding ones that I just have to paint! You've probably seen them on my Patisserie signs and Christmas signs... This year I decided to paint a shabby pale aqua Joyeux Noel...(just love this color for Christmas!)

and it just seem to be saying...."add a couple of putti", so I did!

Soon to be in my etsy shop!
Have a wonderful weekend!
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(¸.·´ (¸.·´paula

**update** I just listed this in my shop and wanted to add more photos here (etsy only gives us 5!)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

they do exist!

Sometimes in blog world you meet people that just make your day!
Not just 'aw, that was nice' kinda make your day but...

'Wow! that was incredible!'
kinda make your day.

I had just that experience when I met Karen.
You see...I was desperately seeking a particular angel image...
I had searched and searched and get the idea,
when I came across Karen's blog...

The Graphics Fairy!

Karen was sweet to answer my email but even sweeter to come up with

the exact snow angel I had been seeking, like


here she is!

I got right to painting her...

she is on ebay now...

I am so thankful for fairies!

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(¸.·´ (¸.·´paula

Thursday, October 1, 2009

{the anatomy of a sign}

thought it would be fun to share with you my creative process...

every year I get the urge to paint one of my favorites for
a vintage postcard sign, here is one from last year (sold on ebay):

this year I've created this gal below, and I just love how she came out!

she is listed on ebay now {click here}
but before you go check out my little
'anatomy of a sign' process:
in the begining....

After several layers of background color are applied
to the board and, are completely dry,
the design is lightly sketched in.
then, basecoating the basic colors onto the design, (the boring part!)...

now for some fun!
adding details and shading. sometimes
getting a little tedious, I switch to the

more and more shading and highlighting and
more details bringing her to life!

she's finally ready for some distressing & a coat of wax!


I'm just pleased as punch with her...if she isn't found by the right person, I know just where she'll go!
Happy October!