Archive for April, 2009

Glamorous stringy

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

In the April edition of Coagula (The lowdown on high art)

Amy Young: “If I had to simply define it, I would say
that art is the product or result of the union of emotion
and/or thought and action.
Personally, I think it’s one of the most majestic
components of life. Not only can we see the world’s
history through multitudes of artistic creations, it’s the
passion in some of those creations that have been a
fuel for me, and at times, salvation. From the guttural
strokes of a painting like De Kooning’s Women, I, to
haunting drawings by Antonin Artaud or the seminal
noise of Throbbing Gristle or the words of Burroughs
to the whole Exile on Main St. LP, I still marvel at these
timeless and brilliant offerings. I like passion, even if
I’m getting it from something wonderfully irreverent,
because that can fuel me, as well.”


Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

I wanted to keep her simple and monotone so that the red would really pop, now I am thinking bigger red might have been more effective, still I like her simpleness, there is a gentility to her fall.

In progress

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Walking tall doll

Monday, April 27th, 2009

almost done!


Monday, April 27th, 2009

Artist friend, Maria Lamb did my portrait this morn, based only on my description and she did a grrrreat job of it!! Just filled me up with all kinds of cheer 😀


Dh and I did more yard work yesterday. cleared out a lot of over growth in the front yard and then we hopped into old faithful ( my 95 ford ranger) and chugged our way over to wonderland aka Sperlings (our local nursery)and as always, every time I go there my thoughts turn to, if I had to go get a job tomorrow I’d beg them to let me work there, how I ADORe that place! They have every growing thing imaginable and the patio area is how I wish my patio looked, and though I try, my thumb just never gets that green!! The plants all thrive with vivid healthyness the gardeners tending to their care and upkeep must be scientists. Its a feast for the eyes, various arrangements in all sorts of containers, water fountains, color, and they have assorted concrete benches and free popcorn to eat while sitting in awe! We bought a small Japanese maple which we have been lusting for the past two years (they are quite pricey) and finally gave into our lust for those plum colored leaves since it was the smallest one we have found for sell. We bought geraniums for the sunny side of our home and impatients for the shady side. We also bought a eye popping purple and red clematis, I hope it takes!!! I was in plant heaven I tell ya, I even bought a small watermelon plant


In the past I have always killed this plant, I hope I can get it to thrive!

speaking of watermelon, ever seen a square one? these are just too cool!!

Square watermelons & storage space

Got Barbie

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Dh and I spent about four hours doing yard work yesterday, I love yard work, almost as much as arting, but now my back is whacked. Incapacitated, I am. WhAcKeD I say, can barely move. Over did it. dumb dumb dumb.

Hub made me an apple martini, and it fixed it right up. 😀 until this morning 🙁

I have three Barbies in progress. the head is almost done on this one. How is yours coming along?


Love this encaustic Barbie made by Bridgette Guerzon Mills


Found a couple of cool ones on the web too:



The bird skull rocks

I’m planning to do an altered Barbie demo at the upcoming Venice Art Walk on Sunday the 17th of may. If you are in the area please join us at the Ten Women Gallery, in the parking lot, make and take…

Sam Morrison has some very cool lunch bags for sale in his etsy shop. I bought these for my niece. She is not much of a princess girly girl but the design is cool on this one and the personalizing of them with her name.

I’m inspired by this color in my patio 😀



Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Altered Barbie inspiration by artist Ashley Walker.


Ashley says “The domestic Barbie packs a pistol on her thigh and proudly displays a baked bird pie. She is titled “Stepchild”. Both are cheeky, sinister and offer lots too look at down to the last detail. Bunnies and birds are hand flocked. Vinyl, cotton and tulle outfits are singed and fit each evil dame to perfection. Their boots and gloves shimmer with sugary black glitter and their sculpted skull faces gleam with a naughty, satisfied look.”

Victoria The Jellicle Cat

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Barbie as a Jellicle cat from the musical Cats. An all white kitten, she is the best dancer of the Jellicles.

Got Barbie

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Art Bud Mavis Leahy has been on the scout out for Barbies, and brought a whole gaggle full for me. The next Barbie is gonna be a Jellicle Cat, “Whats a jellicle cat” you say?

and if you are interested this is Elaine Paige as the Glamour Cat singing Memory, I can not decide if I like the great Betty Buckly’s Grisabella more or not, maybe they are just different. Elaine Paige is the singer that Susan Boyle (UK’s Got Talent) aspires too, and now you know how I came to this idea.

want to know how to repaint Barbie’s face? its simple!

Use q tips to remove the face with nail polish remover. If you want to keep the hair don’t get the remover on it. After the paint is removed, wash the area with rubbing alcohol, and apply a mixture of baking soda and water. leave this on the area for several minutes, then wash off. This is a good safeguard when using these products, as baking soda is a neutralizer. Apply a layer of gesso and sand it down to an even finish with very fine sand- paper. This makes a smooth surface for painting. Lightly sand the entire eye and eyebrow area with wet/dry Auto 1000 Weight Sandpaper. The doll is ready to be repainted.

and the third installment of the stringy ones, Stringy with tear drop.

Stringy Barbie on the barbie as they say down under!


Thursday, April 16th, 2009

The second in the series of stringy ones.