Another Mixed Media Abstract

Hello my friends!  Two posts in two days!  Aren’t you impressed?  As I mentioned yesterday, I have been dealing with health concerns – daily chest and back pain caused by nerve impingement in my thoracic spine (well, that’s the most recent diagnosis after 3 months of medical tests and appointments).  My art is the ONLY thing that is keeping me sane.  It was so nice to hear from some of you yesterday!  It really lifted my spirits.  Thank you!  You inspired me to post another completed piece – much different from yesterday’s.

This is truly mixed media – I started with molding paste through various stencils, and followed up with collage, Liquitex acrylic spray paint, acrylic paints, pouring medium, and even Pan Pastels!  I think I ended up with a very unique, graphic piece of art!  :)

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Mixed Media Abstract Art

I’m still struggling with health concerns, but my art is helping me to cope.  So, I completed this highly textured mixed media piece over several days (weeks!).  The techniques and concept were inspired by Karen Hale.  I love her work!  I put my own personal spin on it, with the chipboard numbers, collage, and various textural mediums, oh, and some stenciling too.  What do you think?  I always love feedback….good or bad!  :)

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My Art is ON MY WALLS!

I am sharing this here because it showcases some of my recent art!  :)  We listed our home less than a week ago, and so far, we have had showings daily, with multiple showings on several days.  Four more today!  When I see it looking this good, I feel a little weird…but, I know that our new home will be even more beautiful.  I am so blessed.

My Muse is in Overdrive!

I’ve got lots of art to share with you today!  I’ve been happily creating lots of art, despite the fact that we have been crazy busy getting our house ready to sell.  We are building a new home, too, so lots of work to do/decisions to be made there, too!  All good stuff.  As part of the process of staging our house, we had to get some art up on our walls.  I know….I’m an artists, and our walls were painfully bare!  Sad!  But, not any more!

First, I want to share my latest piece, that I finished yesterday.  I think it’s finished, anyway.  My hubby (bless his heart) thinks it needs more, but I’m not sure I agree.  Any feedback you wish to give would be gratefully accepted!  It’s my largest piece yet – 36″ x 36″, and I call it “Serenity”.  It’s mixed media – lots of molding paste texture.

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Next, I really like this one!  It’s highly textured with multiple texture mediums.  It’s 24″ x 24″, untitled so far.  (any ideas?)texturalbyw

bywdetailNext, these two pieces were a couple of the very first mixed media pieces I ever made but I didn’t like them much any more, so I reworked them to go above our bed.  We have a high headboard, so had trouble finding art that worked there.  TONS of texture!  The areas around the focals were all white before.  So much better now!  :)

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That’s all for today!  Thanks so much for stopping.  As usual, I love comments, so feel free to leave one!  :)

 

 

Hello, My Name is Kim and I’m a Frolicaholic

 

 

 

Hello my friends!  I’m really trying to get back into the habit of blogging again.  I read on someone else’s blog, that it seems almost redundant any more because of all the social media sites out there.  But, I’m not a big Twitter or Instagram fan, so I still prefer to read blogs.  So, here I am.

First, some cuteness from my kitties:2014-06-14 01.53 summer WilsonAren’t they adorable when they’re sleeping?  Yah.  Not so much when they are tearing through my house and knocking beautiful glass vases off of tables.  lol

I’m participating in Jane Davenport’s “Frolicaholic” class right now.  The timing is good for me, because my mojo left me recently, and I’ve been in a bit of a funk because of that.  But, Jane to the rescue again!  All I have to do is watch one of Jane’s videos, and I am immediately inspired to get out my art supplies.  So, here is the cover of my journal, and the first couple of pages.cover

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Before My Mojo Left Me…

First of all, I want to thank all my loyal blog readers, especially those of you who took the time to leave me a comment on yesterday’s post.  I got lots of good ideas, and just reading the comments improved my mood.  I think I feel my mojo coming back!  As a matter of fact, I took some of the advice, and did some “art” while watching television last night.  I ended up copying another artist’s work, because that just seemed easy to me. I will share what I did once I find the original artist’s work so that I can give credit (and gratitude).  I also played a little bit in my Documented Life Planner, which has been sadly neglected lately.

I got outside a few times yesterday and enjoyed the beautiful weather we have been getting lately.  I’m trying not to think about the fact that I would rather be on the tennis court. *Soon enough, Kim….soon enough.*  It is just so difficult for me when I am unable to play tennis.  I have played now for 30+ years, and it’s a huge part of my life.  Not only do I love the game, the exercise, the competition, and (pretty much) everything about it, but it is also my main social outlet.  So, I tend to isolate myself when I can’t play tennis.  I don’t want to spend time with my tennis friends because it just makes me miss it (and them) even more.  And, of course, they are all out playing tennis anyway.

On to happier things…before my Mojo left me, I was quite prolific!  I participated in my very first art show, and sold my first piece of art!  Yay me!  So I thought I’d share one of those pre-mojo pieces today.

This piece was a gift for my niece, who just had a baby boy.  The idea for the animals on a vertical canvas was totally inspired by Tam (Willowing) and one of her recent Lifebook 2014 lessons.   I hope my niece has received it by now.  If not, she may get a little preview (if she has time to read my blog lol).  Jacob’s nursery colors are aqua, gray, and yellow.  This is a true mixed media piece, with lots of layers, collage, various paint tools, etc.  I have to toot my own horn, and say that I really love this!  I hope Mich loves it, too.  It’s 18″ x 36″.  I had originally intended it to be a growth chart, but decided to leave it as is.  I can always add the measurement lines along the right edge later, if the recipient so chooses.

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Trying to Get my Mojo Back

Hello my friends.  I’m in a funk.  I’ve been trying hard to get out of it, but it seems so difficult.  There are so many happy, exciting things happening in my life right now!  The biggest thing is that we are building a new home!  Exciting, but stressful at the same time.  All the design work is done, and now we’re just waiting for the shovels to hit the dirt.  It should be this week some time.

The thing that seems to have put me into a funk is my health.  It’s nothing serious, or at least that’s what they tell me.  Long story short – on May 11 – I had a stomach/intestinal virus for a day, which turned into chest pain, accompanied by other symptoms that pointed to heart attack.  Scary.  Ambulance.  Hospital admittance.  Tests.  I have a main artery that is 40-50% blocked, but that’s not the source of the pain.  Just something to watch.  They suspect pericarditis – which is an inflammation of the lining of my heart.  Discharged from hospital with 5 new medications.  Chest pain continues for a week.  Another ambulance trip to ER.  Still no definitive diagnosis. Don’t get me wrong – I’m happy they have ruled out all the serious stuff.  I’ve seen my family doctor a couple of times since, but he doesn’t even have the report from my hospital admission yet, so he is just guessing why the chest pain doesn’t seem to be going away.  If it is pericarditis, it can take up to three months to recover.  I’m now waiting to be seen by the Cardiac Rehab team.  In the meantime, I’m trying to get active again.  I’ve been going for walks/light jogs.  Some days it feels good, others not so much.  I’ve lost all the muscle tone in my legs.  I can’t play tennis.  So, I’m in a funk.

I have all the time in the world to do art, but have no mojo.  I watch art videos.  I nap.  A take a walk.  I want to work out.  I want to play tennis.  I can’t.  It sucks.  I thought maybe a blog post might help, you know….putting it out there.  We’ll see what happens.

I’m trying to be grateful.  I AM GRATEFUL.  I don’t have cancer.  My heart is pretty healthy.  Life is good.  I have a healthy, supportive husband who has been my rock through all of this.

Where oh where is my Mojo?

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