Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!!

With Love from Deirdra & John...Merry Merry...Christmas.

This video gives me chills.....


Do you know why it is so wonderful at Christmas time?
I felt like I heard the Lord tell me today as I was laying in bed praying...
It is because the whole world is praising him with songs and carols...and His presence is very near as the darkness is held back by the light of Praise!!!

And after I shared this with my husband we sang the Hallelujah Chorus ( the best we could) while making the bed...

Merry Christmas!!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Canda Christmas White Christmas Musical




I just saw the most wonderful Musical Version of "White Christmas" in Canada!! We jumped across the boarder to BC for 2 nights. It was so fabulous...I will post more about it.
But the Musical topped it off. Looking at all the Canadian people in the audience and walking the streets with Christmas lights and store windows all with the backdrop of snow capped mountains very near by. I have always said. You don't have to go to Europe or Asia for that matter. Just pop over the boarder and you feel like you are in England...meeting people from all over the world. The stores and shops and food are wonderful. And the arts are in abundance there. Years ago we went to the World Expo where my husband played and I remembered all the amazing arts. Fashion, music, painting...etc. I wanted to go and see what they were up to now days.
Merry Christmas..enjoy the show!










I missed seeing the Woodwards Windows that where saved after the Department store was closed down. They had them on display at Canada Place but you can't do it all. I saved something for next time. But we can enjoy it here.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

8 Swans a swiming...

This was a fun challenge. I love how the swans come floating down from the wall paper like snow. I used the face of my snowflake from the ballerina's head.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Digital Christmas

More fun from the digital Christmas 12 days...lots of Merry Merry...
My Candy Cane Jane Austin doll is on parade.
Snowy geese!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Four Calling Birds...


I am having great fun with the Digital Whispers Ning group. We are doing the 12 days of Christmas. Today was the 4 calling birds. I thought I was running out of idea's as I am new with this digital art. But wit the use of the blue bird given to us by the group and going to the Graphicsfairy who gives images away I was a happy Christmas camper...
I thought this came out very sweet...

We had a great day traveling up to Tacoma on our way to Seattle to do my husbands Victorian Christmas concert. We got to Tacoma WA about 4 pm..went to great retro clothing stores and antiques downtown, ate at cool Irish pub..Paddy Coynes http://www.paddycoynes.net/index.php..
The town was decorated with the City Christmas lights..and all so big town festive!

Well our happy hour food was great by the way.. and then off to the art walk..fun and a visit to Art Museum that closed at 8 pm and was free. They had Japanese Prints, Photo's of Tacoma and an Impressionist show. We saw an amazing show of pastel society artists at a gallery that was part of the art walk..inspired me to do pastels again. Now we are in a hotel room and off to Seattle in the morning..Fun ..Christmas fun!

I have been making digital Christmas art for a cool challenge..no idle hands here...pulling a late night...
http://digitalwhisper.ning.com/

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Snowfaeiry - Harald Peterstorfer Video Music



It is so fun to see my painting in a video with music.
I love the little painting part with Harald as the musician in the background..he looks like he jumped out of a Chagall painting.

Digital Whisper's Ning Christmas Challenge


I have been working on a Digital Art 12 days of Christmas Challenge. Go to Digital Whispers to see or join the fun.

More Digital Art Christmas..


I used the pumpkin lesson in Susan's book to do this picture.

Icy Princess

I have been having fun using Susan Tuttles Book trying out some of her techniques. She has a nice blog.
I used the frost on my hot tub photo in the layers and it gave it a snow feel. I also used a photo from the cabin I stayed at recently it is on my blog...Trinity Alps Christmas trip. Then I took a Swedish fashion photo of the ice princess and replaced the face with my art face below. ....so fun! Icy Princess....Check out the fashion gallery Winter 1 ..great little video too...click here.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Digital Art Winter Fun

While on the road this weekend I messed around with winter Christmas digital fun..as you have seen in my other posts..I used my Nissi from my Children's book to make the card...

This was fun..ice on the pumpkins..I put out my pumpkins and squash before Thanksgiving to hold down my hot tub top before I put the straps on it. The frost was so pretty. It inspired this digital painting.


Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas at Trinty Alps CA


I want to share with your a beautiful moment we experienced for Christmas. It was such a gift to have all the joy and love of Christmas hit us as we entered our Alpine Glow cabin for a couple days retreat before our concert on Sat. night.

We arrived about 7 pm after a 7 hour drive in the mountains of Trinity Alps just west of Redding CA. The whole cabin was truly aglow with Christmas cheer. My husbands music was playing and the fridge was filed with dinner and goodies.

We flipped on the gas fireplace..cuddled down to watch a movie "Moonstuck" and eat a lovely pizza and salad. Hedi and Steph our friends and owners have these beautiful cabins on the river in the mountains. (you can rent it for your family too)
They had a little party the next night at our cabin..with homemade tamales and wonderful guests..


so cozy..
It was so fun to a hot tub after exploring the little town earlier in
the day.


They run kayaking tours on the river and whale watching 2 hours away at the coast in Eureka. We spend Dec. making other people Christmas a little cheerier and it is such a blessing to receive back so much love.
It can be a little displacing when you are on the Road for Christmas. But after 24 years I now call it my Christmas tradition. As I am writing this I am on the streets of the little town of Weaverville. An old mining town in the mountains. I am looking at all the little lights twinkling off the the old shop windows. It is fun to see how all the little communities of the West celebrate Christmas. As we ate lunch today in the local restaurant the children came in ..the girl scouts and later an other group singing carols.

What are you doing this weekend...Christmas fun?

Friday, December 10, 2010

Snowflake Babies Ornaments






It snowed in my Studio....if you need a snowflake at your house go to my Etsy...They were so fun to make. I hope to send them to Somerset Studio's..Maybe next year you can read about how I made them...Fun!!!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

It's Christmas




















Merry Merry Christmas my friends! Please send me a comment when you post your house on your blog..or if you have a favorite Christmas post Blog you have visited.......I would love to visit and have a cup of tea....oxooxox

Monday, December 6, 2010

Won First Prize for Painting

Receiving the Blue RibbonMy husband joking me with me.
Our friend Tihn hanging out to support me at the award ceremony.


"The Blue Ribbon Winner"
and I painted my favorite things. (just like the claw foot tub...story below)
I was please to find out that my painting one first place for painting in our Something Red show.

I have won 2 first prize ribbons, 1 second place and best of show in the last 7 years. But it seems that I have needed to keep getting the ribbons until I got the message. My husband pointed out the lesson to me late one night after winning this second blue ribbon.......

This is the story.

When I was in college I was young and not really sure of my self. I went to a Art school out of High School. I met students that were much more mature than me. Not only mature but they were guided and pampered and given so much encouragement for their art. They had parents who had enrolled them in art classes and museum schools for Children. I was totally innocent. I just showed up because some Art teacher in my senior year finally told me I had potential. But it was a shock when I got to Art School. California College of Arts and Crafts. It was 1971 and Berkeley...there was so much going on and this was the first time I lived alone from my parents home.

The teachers were not into babysitting me. So I just did the best I could with little encouragement.

I was so shocked when I walked into the sculpture critique one day. A guy student had a paint bucket of white paint. He was from New York and he was painting the wall so his sculpture could be shown off at it's very best!!!

I just buried by self in making apple pies and talking some pottery or core classes instead...like poetry...the art was over my head.

I was depressed and after 2 years moved to sunny Florida to go to college at U of Miami.

I had a plan for a new start. A friend who was a big boy painting student at the college California told me before I left to make some really big canvas's and get a mop and start smearing on color when I got there...

Instant Abstract expressionism. It was so fun and I was an instant star! But the weird thing was that there were other male students taking things very seriously. I didn't know about completion or anything. But I liked what I was doing. It was fun. I put my art in some galleries and then I was invited to a show at a professional art benefit show. I just went with the flow. Enjoying my fame.

I was on a track to be the big artist! I took a private class from the chairmen of the department. He had been the president of Kansas City Art Institute. He had me on a plan to go to France, and hang out in galleries and museums locally, draw everyday..a whole program for fame. He gave the seniors their own studio's..it was a high and heady time. I had a big station wagon to carry my 5 by 4 foot paintings...

But then.....the house of cards fell. I had no foundation growing up. I was just having fun like a child. But just as the scriptures say. "Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children imitate their Father." This is how we learn this is how God created us to learn. So I was just imitating with no understanding as yet to who I really was.

Our chairman invited some big shot artist from New York to come an judge our student show. He wanted us to be real artists. Then he asked him to go to some of the students studio's to talk with them and help them. So this blow hard artist had a few beers and visited my studio. He asked me if I knew this artistic style and this artists....systematically tearing me to pieces. I was so innocent I had know idea what was going on. Finally he concluded that I need to give and go home and have babies!

I was devastated as I had no real support. And the only professor with a kind heart was the life drawing teacher. But I didn't take from him and didn't know him. I had all the life drawing I needed already when I got there. He heard from one of the grad students what happened and tried to help but it was too late..I was undone.

I said fooey on it! And I got a little canvas and started to paint a little Victorian bathroom that pleased me. A little stain glass window, claw foot tub...just a like me..I went and took a painting bubble bath..smile. My college teachers were shocked..what happened? They had know idea and I didn't tell them.

Well anyway I left soon after and changed my major to pottery.

But I love to paint. The time has passed and came around......again....the last 8 years. And my husband said to me this Number one prize is vindication for the stupid man who didn't know who he was talking to or seeing. He did not see the beauty and potential in me...(my husband is a University Professor.)

I realized that the judges of the "Something Red" shows that I have won the awards from are all Art college professor's and Gallery owners!

What a wonderful loving Christmas present! I finally got it I have been affirmed by this beautiful group of artists in the mix media world and this art group. And now I see I have been blessed by the professional and academic world too!
I am sure you have stories like this. I am so thankful for my friends, husband and Gods love to fix all the knots and knit me back together blessing me on my true path!