Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Harp Guitars Under the Stars...CD cover making...

I have been working on a new CD cover. My husband and his friend Muriel have been recording a new Harp Guitar Duet CD.
She painted a painting from a photo I took of them silhouetted in the window. She added the starry night.
She did a great job!!! Check out her web click here

I took her painting and changed it in Photo Shop by adding the real "Starry Night" Van Gogh painting. And it is in the public domain so there is no copyright on it!! Cool!!!

I like this one too...in pinks and blacks..I could have fun with this one too!

Earlier in the morning I had the opportunity to work on our friend Harald's new CD cover. Not sure if he is going to use it though. But it is so nice to give first when you are in a place that you need help too. I was not sure what to do with the CD cover for my husband. I was a little stressed and then I got this email from Harald asking for help with his CD...how wonderful!! Harald's Web..click

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Christmas in Sept Photo shoot

I have been working on my other life, working for our music business, getting house back together, etc......hmm.

But I know it is my art that brings me so much joy! As wonderful as my life is and traveling and everything else when you an artist you must do your art to feel alive and balanced!

I am thankful for the Gift by God of my talent as an artist. I need to honor it as a part of me that I must do. Even in the midst of all the other to do lists that are very real.

So in the moment of assessing my long list of things I have to do I sat back and thought which of these are full of Art???... and can they give me those moments of Joy I am missing........

I realized that the poster for our Victorian Christmas with John Doan needed to be redone. It has been more years than I can count.



I decided to use my imagination...another gift of God.... so while laying on the couch I sat and dreamed...and prayed about it.

The old poster and PR photo was so strong and wonderful. I didn't think I could top it for design.
We used the Thomas Nast Night before Christmas image as my starting point. I had fun designing the costume..gathering the items needed to dress John etc. I was proud of it...then...
But how could I ever top that????

and then as I mused...it came to me...!!!! I needed to find a top hat..going for the Dickens look...
I was so happy and full of excitement. The next day I went to the University where my husband teaches. I was happy to walk around Willamette University and visit the theater dept. I had a wonderful time talking with the costume designer. The joy was coming..seeing their new shows costumes coming to life...gathering props.....weee..eeee.eeee!

A silk top hat, a little Holly, and a silk ribbon..what magic...


Next came the decorating the mantel....I invited my neighbor girl friend over to help me...
She added more JOY!!!
Dancing around and singing the carols...
Finally our dear friend Neil Haugen came along side with all his lights and camera's and took the most amazing photo's! I will post some when we get them back...but let me tell you they from what I saw in in camera they are so amazing...if you need some great pics of your family and live in Oregon give him a call!! click here.

And finally I had to dress up so I could be in a couple of the shots for our Christmas card picture...It was so so fun.

By the way I am going to be using facebook more as my new Mac uploads pics quickly to facebook and I like the mini bloggy life there..but I really love my real blog more...
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Me & my Summer Art Project...Sprinter RV

Monday, September 13, 2010

Sprinter Van conversion

It has been a long time since I blogged. I miss you and it.
But after 6 weeks in Europe I came home and went to work on this little RV project.....I had a deadline. It came out so beautiful and I love driving it. It is a Euro diesel van by Mercedes.
It was my main Art project this during the summer.
Now comes the fun...the day we left for California...My trip to California was with my art friend Gay. Once we got to San Diego we visited my son went to his engagement party and had many adventures. Gay flew home and I had my next part of the trip with my husband who had concerts in California on our way home. I only just finished unpacking.

If you want to see the RV Before Blog Post click here...

Now you can see some of the process..of making a Van into a home..RV...touring and art trip van. The van was an ugly white and we had it painted a very hip fashionable middle gray... I also had another friend build the cabinet. We paid to have lights, windows, batteries and wiring done by a RV builder. We had a welder friend build the bed frame. My part was the design, color and finally the interior walls...whew....
So here are the pictures of the project. It included spray glue, screws and various labor kinds of things....

The long ugly parts......
But when the foam and interior upholstery fabric finally where glued to the wood the beauty began.

My friend Alexi had helped me to get all the wood panels finished...but then he needed to go on to other projects.

Fortunately for me my very hard working husband stopped his music and jumped in to help me get it finished!

Next will be a few photo's of the trip...

I am taking a little break from my art to work on our music biz (booking Europe again, making posters and CD covers and finally getting the house and my studio organized. A time for this and a time for that...........