Friday, August 18, 2017

MR. TOTALITY

My painting time has been gobbled up by the new/old camper we bought in May.
When we purchased the used Sprinter it appeared to be in tip top shape.
WELL!!??? We got the Mighty Beast home and all the imperfections started to appear 
one then another one and on and on. I've been sewing, reupholstering , cleaning, really
all the things I didn't see myself doing. If you ever buy an older camper drop me a line
I can tell you what to look for before you take the leap. 
For our first trip we're going to drive 300 miles one-way for 2 minutes and 30 seconds of totality!!
Sounds a bit crazy when you say it. We are heading to Riverton,WY to camp
in The United Presbyterian Church parking lot with a small contingency of totality
seekers. I'll let you know how that pans out. 
If you're outside for the event it doesn't matter where you are grab a colander or straw
hat or stand under a tree and shoot the eclipse on the sidewalk through your chosen
device. No need to look upward the colander or tree will be your pinhole camera. 
You should get hundreds of eclipse images reflected on the ground. It could be fun.
Thanks a bunch if I have internet I'll let you know what full on totality feels like. 
That is if the skies are clear. Happy eclipse hunting.
Later MB
 

Friday, August 11, 2017

ARTSY-FARTSY

I made these Artsy-Fartsy Do-Dads for 3 artist friends.
The best part of this project is I've discovered a US charm supplier in NY.
They produced most of the charms on these Do-Dads right in downtown,NY.
I love finding US suppliers and producers of quality goods. It might cost a bit
more but it's worth it!
Later MB


Thursday, August 10, 2017

IT'S ALL NANCY'S FAULT

OR "SIDETRACKED" OR "PROCRASTINATING ON A GRAND SCALE"
OR "NANCY MADE ME DO IT"
Here's a convoluted story good luck with this post!
Last May on a whim I created my first DO-DAD. I created it for my friend Nancy.
I don't have a picture of it but it was a collection of charms to hang on your purse or
backpack or just hang anywhere really where you'll see it and enjoy it on a daily basis.
My husband calls them Cracker Jack surprises.
I've been a bit obsessed to say the least with this project. Nancy loved her Do-Dad so much she
ordered  8 DO-DADS for Christmas presents. The rest is history.
Here's what a DO-DAD looks like in the construction phase
She sent me a list of recipients, their favorite things, birthday's etc. and 
I start buildinga personalized Do-Dad just for them. 
As you see above this project is finally ready for the finishing phase. 
Remember when I made these for the Tour de Steamboat fundraiser?
A friend of mine donated to the tour de steamboat and bought 5 of these keychains for her grandkids.
I thought that was so great but I also thought I could produce some special key chains for 
her grandkids instead. Again I became a bit obsessed - below you will see the results.
This one is for a college student in Veterinary School. She rides her bike everywhere is involved in her church and the Vet charm is an add-on for when she graduates.
This is for a high-school track team member and all around great kid! 
This one is for their Mom who is a professional graphic artist who is now pursuing
and taking time for herself and fine art.
This one is for the Karate Kid!
Last but not least this one is for my good friend, constant blog companion and incredible Artist.
I call this the Artsy-Fartsy Do-Dad
The soup can is an homage to my favorite artist Andy Warhol! 
That's about it for now. I am painting not sure if they're worth posting.
Edit - Edit - Edit
Thanks for looking. MB

 

Monday, August 7, 2017

MOOSE IN MY YARD

 
I was so excited to see this Mom and her baby in my yard.
I couldn't locate my camera so I missed some incredible shots. Such a treat!
 It's been about a month since they've been in my yard. 
Not sure where they are hanging out but I'm glad they're back.
Later MB
Baby!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

SKINNY-DIPPIN'

8" X 8"
Oil
 Cindy - White Hart Gallery owner gave me an assignment for fall - I asked for the suggestions.
She suggested bear, moose and fox paintings along with fall foliage paintings.
I told her that could be a stretch especially the fall foliage idea but I've decided
to give it all a go. I have 16 ideas ready to go - I'm not sure if the first fox painting
will ever see the light of day but Skinny-dippin' is the 3rd painting finished in the series.
Paint on! 
Thanks a bunch - MB