Countdown to Artfest and I thought I'd share about how I am not ready and have to work today, Monday and Tuesday and catch a 7 am flight Wednesday and how freaked I am...so why not blog???
After listening to a teacher poetically one day about foamies, I picked up a container of sea monsters and with the help of alcohol ink and stickles and lumiere made these oddities:
Their head dresses are sea monsters or octopus legs (I cut off the heads). there are some other versions in the works...I will be painting all the eyes tonight, at a little art gathering.
I got a little worried that the above would be a little too "off" so I made some sweet ATC's using a photo I picked up at a garage sale last week and some (of course) foamie starfish...
Yes, I have no defined style...I am all over the board, but that is OK! Gotta keep flexible.
And here's one more photo...love the AM sun streaming in thru the kitchen window...starfish inked and stickled late last night and waiting for a home before I go into work today...a little out-of-focus, like me!
Have a creative day ---I'm taking kendrick/englebreit and colby next week - can't wait to see y'all!
My Goal is to have all my ATC's done by tomorrow night and post photos...wish me luck! But in the meantime, thought I'd post a shot of a batch in progress...it is pretty sad when the only flat surface left in your house is on top of the stove, but oh well - some of you might be able to relate!!!
John wanted me to make flames and take a photo of one of them with her hair on fire. I can only speculate what the double meaning was there!
A little project for Concroption - taG sent us each something to alter and I received a lunchox..which sat on my kitchen table for weeks until I decided what I wanted to do with it.. I sanded, gessoed and painted...with golden fluid acrylics, lumiere and alcohol inks...then used Golden matte medium to apply trike girl (sassafrass lass paper) and lettering (painted Tim Holtz grungeboard letters) and e6000 to secure the glass discs from Michael's.
I'll be using the box for all my artfest trades ... leaving for Port Townsend on April 1 and have so much to do before then! Jeanne, an artfest virgin, came by last night and we went thru her supply lists, so I could share some of my veteran tips. She has the most amazing trades...they could easily win best trade of the year! Amy joined us later in the evening and I'm feeling very good about recruiting her for next year - LOL!
A couple of new restaurants have opened in the new Staples shopping center next to Shoppers Square...Panda Express and another franchise, Dickey's Bar-B-Que. When we visited Saturday night (hot time in the ole' city =LOL!) we saw taxi cabs and police cars parked outside, so we were confident we were in for a taste treat.
This is the kind of place that you should just order a to-go container when you order your dinner -because you will need it. The portions are huge ... and that's before the free dill pickles and soft-serve ice cream.
Speaking of the pickles - OMG - they brought me right back to Saturday mornings at the deli in Lincolnwood when I was allowed to pick my very own pickle out of the barrel ...Dickey's pickles are old fashioned deli delicious...the #1 reason I'll be going back there...
Last Thursday I led a workshop on Artist Trading Cards at a fairly new shop/studio in town called Artistree. Five women participated and none had created artists trading cards before! Wow - lots of talent and creativity - and a whole lot of fun! I love being in a room of smart, creative women ... sharing art supplies and ideas...a perfect evening!
I snapped some pics of everyone's amazing artwork...
By Annie - master of the inked edge...
By Gini - queen of bling
By Kendra - love the Scarlet Letter reference
By Leslie - who discovered all things better with Stickles...
And Teri... these cards are so sweet...
I plan on teaching again at Artistree in mid-April, when I return from Artfest. If you would like to be added to their e-mail list, just let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
I haven't posted in a long time...so it's time to catch up! The owners of Satellite bar sold that business and opened up a hot dog place in the space that use to be Clay Nichols gift shop, on California Avenue, less than a block west of Kinko's. I was hard pressed to find a Chicago hot dog...but managed to cobble one together,,,right down to the dill relish and poppy seed bun. If you've got the jones for a nitrate free, all natural beef, tofu or chicken hotdog, check out Freeman's.