Happy Belated Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there. This year I created a very personal canvas for my mother. We almost lost her last year and rest of the family pictured here have passed. She’s literally the last man standing.
From a growing artist perceptive: This is the first time I have ever used this much ephemera. I used a copper metallic paint. It turned out a lot darker than I wanted.
However, I love it and my mom.
Keep your loved ones close,
My husband and I have become friends with a couple that are his co-workers. They are a very sweet. They have been very generous helping us attend several events. I made her a cat card as a thank you gift. They have several cats and they remind me of a cute cat couple. Their cute relationship is the inspiration for this piece.
Thankful for friends,
Every few years I renew my interest in our family genealogy, I find it amazing the amount of hard work others put into it. This time I hit the jackpot and a family line previously undiscovered took me back to 160 AD. I am still skeptical but it is fascinating to think that my family tree includes Kings, castles and nobility of several nations.
If this new info is correct, I am related to an infamous person who was beheaded and Shakespeare wrote a disparaging character based on him. Yoohoo!?
But really how does this affect my life? It doesn’t change or disparage my blue collar roots. It won’t change the facts of my grandmother life (a descendant of this line as well) or my life.
During World War II, my grandmother went in to a diner. She didn’t have very much money. Ordering a cup of hot water, she added ketchup to the water enjoying her tomato soup. They charged ten cents for the water. Every time I recall this story it makes me sad.
Whose in your family history? I love to collect stories especially the stories of family. What do those stories say about you?
My story about my grandmother makes me grateful that I have never been hungry enough to call ketchup and water tomato soup. Maybe the beheaded ancestor explains my dislike of politics? Who knows? Maybe it’s all me! LOL
Know your Story,
I wrote a second children’s book several years ago. It’s a story about a father and son, since my first book, “The Case of the Missing Mother” is about a mother and daughter.
Calinda, the face above, will be the wife and mother in the book I am illustrating. This is the first progress that I have made in almost three years. I started illustrating it digitally and realized that I would need to draw several characters. I really struggled with the illustrating of the characters in my first book. I wanted to practice with paints, pens, and paper. Calinda is my first try although she went through several version on paper then several more with the digital drawing and editing.
I have been inspired in all my creative endeavors by Marta Lapkowska’s facebook group. There are artist and beginners from around the world, Thank you for helping move forward with my dreams.
I created this 8X10 canvas board for a childhood friend whose daughter is throwing her a surprise party tonight. Hope she likes it.
Happy Birthday, Donna!
Week 12’s Mixed Media Altered Playing Card Challenge presented by Maremi’s Creative Cafe on Facebook was L – Lace. Oh no! What I am going to do do? Do I even have any lace in the house?
Looking around my house, I spied a small amount hanging from the collar of a dress, my latest thrift store find. The lace in places had become detached and I planned on removing it. Yeah, I could recycle.
Now for a theme, I’m not a lacy kind of “girl” anymore. I saw all kinds of neat wedding dress themed cards on our group. Some had lace stamps creating neat backgrounds. What to do???
When I scoured my house for lace, I found an envelope with old photos from my mother-in-law. I have been wanting to create a piece with old photos. So, I sat at my desk and ran with it. No old photos were harmed in the creation. I used a copy 😉
This piece ended up feeling very special as my mother-in-law is in failing health and she loved it.
Hug your loved ones,
Week 11’s Mixed Media Altered Playing Card Challenge presented by Maremi’s Creative Cafe on Facebook was K – Kaleidoscope & Kaktus. It was a weird combination for me. At first I struggled with the spelling of Kaktus with a “K.”
However we are an international group and so many of the group are braving a second language, surely to goodness I can handle the unusual spelling of a common word.
Unable to find a creative connection between Kaleidoscope and kaktus, I stayed with just placing both on the card. I have been wanting to play in the sand. In my mind, cactus grow in sand.
I have collected sand from my vacations. The white white sand in project is from Destin, Florida and the yellowish sand is from Caseville, Michigan. I liked the way the white turned out better than the yellow.
I have also experimented with markers on printer photo paper. The Kaleidoscope and the Kaktus were created on this kind of paper. I really like the effects. Hoping to share in the future some of my other artwork created with markers and paint on photo paper.
Week 10’s Mixed Media Altered Playing Card Challenge presented by Maremi’s Creative Cafe on Facebook was J – Journey. This was a difficult week for me. There are so many ways and types of journeys. It was so hard to narrow down what I wanted to do.
I chose to focus the image on modes of transportation, using stamps and tea bags. I also tried using gloss gel medium for the first time. While I have used Modge Podge extensively, I am still learning about and experimenting with the other mediums.
I really like Gloss Gel Medium (I used this one). Since this project I have used it several times and sometimes I really wish it didn’t have the glossy shine. I want to try Matte Gel Medium next or maybe a texture paste. Stay tuned.
For those who are interested in how to use gloss gel medium, here is an You Tube video by Michele Theberge that I found very useful.
Thank you for looking!
A couple of weeks ago, I was sitting watching the premier of ABC’s Time after Time. I was very much enjoying the show. It has a lot of potential.
But . . . I was itching to play with my art supplies. It had been a busy week and weekend and I hadn’t had a chance to play. So, I grabbed a notebook I had laying around and began to doodling ideas for the Maremi’s Week 9 Challenge of Altered Playing Cards (#52CafeCards) (Here is the card inspired by this doodle). It was fun to see elements appear that I associate with time travel, Orson Wells, etc. . .
Here’s a coloring book page of kimberhew’s Love Imagination.pdf of this doodle. For your personal use only. © 2017 kimberhew
When I shared a photo of my doodle on Maremi’s Facebook Page, I received very encouraging feed back. They recommended that I color the doodle and call it art. Thank you again to the wonderful community at Maremi’s Creative Cafe. Here is a photo of the colored doodle using Derwent Inktense pencils.