Friday, October 30, 2009
You really get a sense of the wonderful colors Gaye has used on her walls. She is much braver than I am. I hate my white walls, but can't make up my mind and commit to a color (or the time to paint either!) And I like the detail in the photos, but sure wanted a closer look, even though I've been there a thousand times!! (By the way, you might want to ignore the paragraph in the article online titled "Gather Round" - I think that is left over from another article, talking about Audrey and the boys??? Or maybe Gaye has people living in the basement that she is unaware of!)
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
The colors of fall... Pretty shrubs.....
Weird orange paint jobs...
I don't know why I took a picture of the pipe and it's orange shadow, but it just struck me as funny. In last week's workshop, we put our wet painted pieces in an empty room down the hall from our classroom, so they could dry without being stepped on. The room had been repainted white at some point, but what struck me was not the unfinished paint job, but the neatness of the white versus orange - no sloppiness here! Leslie told me there used to be a shop there that sold Harley Davidson clothes. Ah, that would explain that particular color orange.
And this is for my sister. She quotes this to me at times, so I was surprised when I saw that Lisa had it on her table. It was pretty much the very first thing I saw when the workshop got underway. It's one of my favorite quotes (and I love Lisa's whimsical lettering!)
(from the Desiderata)
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
The walls of every room had beautiful art.
Day One of our class with Lisa concentrated on Funky Lettering. It was lots of fun, and Lisa did a great job leading us through the exercises and helping us creating some fun alphabets. Here are some of my blinged-up capitals. These were made by scribbling back and forth to make the letters, without lifting the pen. Then we went back later and filled in some spaces. I have long been a fan of Signo white gel pens, but Lisa introduced us to some new pens, including some Signo sparkle pens. I loved playing with those on the black paper.
Of course, one of the best parts of the weekend was just hanging out with everyone and seeing what everyone has been busy creating lately. I was pretty wiped out by the end of Sunday, but it was a happy, contented tired.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Looks like she got a whole page for her Trash To Treasure bracelet!
And a whole page for her My Sweet Memories tag bracelet!
I've always liked that tag bracelet...
Those were in the Jewelry & Adornments section. Moving over to the Housewares & Furnishing sections, we find her Safe From Harm coffee table, made from safety deposit boxes with a glass top. (The cinder block cabinet is not hers... bet that sucker is heavy!)
My unofficial review of this book? Very nicely done, and lots of new ideas. There were a few ideas I've seen before, but most were new to me. I like what people are doing with zippers. The other sections of the book are Paper, Collage, & Assemblage.....Couture & Soft Goods...Geek Craft & Man Craft...and Art, Installations & Interiors. Very nice. Way to go Gaye!!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
The Houdini stamp reveals chains around his body, which was one of his magician tricks when he was alive. Can you see it?
So, that's my fun for the day. I have been working on some catch-up projects, plus regular work stuff, but nothing I have pictures of.
Since it is fall fix-up time, maybe you'd like to be entertained by There I Fixed It. I don't know about you, but some of this scares me. I would like to think some of these are altered photos, but no, these are real "fixes" people have done. I went through a lot of the older posts, and honestly I don't know whether to laugh or cry!
Patience is a virtue.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
I loved this couple, promoting a fund raiser for breast cancer awareness at The Brown Hotel (handing out stickers that say "Go Pink at the Brown")
Now, about the St. James Art Fair... I cannot believe I've lived here all these years and have never been to this nationally acclaimed annual juried art fair. This was the year to finally make it there, with Gaye as my guide of course. In fact, I don't think I've ever been to Old Louisville either, and I was having a hard time watching my step on the uneven sidewalks and lawns while at the same time looking up at the architecture.
The first booth we stopped at really was my favorite. I could have taken my purchase, gone home right then, and have been totally happy. This is what I bought--a small leather journal (I bought the miniature wood-covered pen at another booth later in the day).
I got it from Iona Handcrafted Books.
Most booths did not allow pictures, but they were kind enough to let me take some pictures of their books.
I cannot even begin to describe all the beautiful art, jewelry, fibers, and stuff we saw. And we didn't even see it all.
My other favorite booth was Works of Man. You must go look at these tiny sculptures. How can you not like an artist when he names his work things like Ridiculous Vessel #1 (aka Riddy) and Ridiculous Vessel #2 (aka Fast Eddie). Hold your cursor over the pictures to see the names, then click on them to see more views. Keep in mind those two particular pieces are under three inches tall. They were amazing.
I wish I had pictures of more art, but maybe you will be content with these instead... just some sights and sounds.
I enjoyed the fun art of Louisville's Joel Pinkerton, who makes amazing "people" from everything from coffee pots to spoons and forks and everything in between. I could not find pictures, and the website didn't work, but he posted a video of some of his art here. Maybe after seeing what he did with odd objects, that's why I bought this later in the day.
We took a side trip to the Habitat ReStore. You might check in your own area (no matter where you live in the U.S.) to see if you have one. Their profits go to Habitat for Humanity, and the items they sell come from builder overstocks and remodels, etc. Lots of cabinets, appliances, lighting, paint, windows, doors, and hardware, at pretty cheap prices. I bought the metal pieces and numbers shown here, plus that long double strip of aluminum--not sure what it is, but it should be fun to use!!
A great day overall, with beautiful weather all day!