Wednesday, December 28, 2016
The Etsy store is up an running! Click here to go to it!
There is not a lot up yet but I am working on more product and it will be added soon. As always, you can go to the Weathered Home here in Morganton to see more of my work.
Thanks for stopping by!
Friday, December 23, 2016
In school I had the most amazing art teacher. Mrs. Myra "Katie" McNeely. I wanted to be an art teacher like her...but I didn't want to be a teacher...that required going to school again and all I wanted to do was be out of school. I was not a fan of school, but Mrs. McNeely was the coolest teacher ever so I went to school everyday just so I could go to art class. The world lost this artist in 1998 and boy was it a big loss.
In class Mrs. McNeely taught me one thing that has stuck with me since she told it to me back somewhere between 1989 and 1991. Less is more. The less you put on the canvas or the less you embellish the more the eye is drawn to the subject. I think a LOT of folks could use this philosophy when they are creating stuff...if they ever create stuff for themselves. (See one of my previous blog entries called "Just Try It" for my thoughts on folks that are afraid of trying something.) If you find yourself adding more sequins and rhinestones to an already embellished jean jacket, step away from the glue gun!!!! Now this does not mean don't try to craft or create. This simply means step back and ask yourself, what is my subject, and is it making its self known in the piece. Are things in the piece fighting to be the headliner? If so, then you may have went too far.
So, if you haven't figured out art is my thing, but art is a very broad subject. It can be the art of decorating, drawing, painting, playing music, or even soot smudging! Everybody's got their something and mine is art that includes drawing, painting, music, writing (on occasion), and many other things that we will eventually get to in this blog. That's why I chose this as the name of my blog.
Find your art. What is your something? The something, or somethings, that make you, you? Leave your something in the comment section.
The world is but a canvas to our imagination - Henry David Thoreau
Friday, December 16, 2016
Signs, signs. Everywhere you go there are signs. Some good, some bad, but these signs are good, they make you happy...well they make me happy any way.
These and more are available at The Weathered Home in Morganton if you want to see then. If you would like a custom sign contact me and I will see if I can work up something for your needs.
I have decided to sell on Etsy so be I the look out for that link coming soon. It takes a little while to get this all set up and get the postage set up for it but I'm going to get all that worked out Saturday and be online Monday ready to sell! It may start out with a small amount of inventory, but it will grow (I hope).
Y'all have a great holiday, a merry Christmas or whatever you do at this time of year! If you need a quick gift idea go out to the Weathered Home they have something for everyone!
More to come soon.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
If you are looking for a great gift for that special someone, or that one of a kind find stop by The Weathered Home in Morganton and see their huge selection. They have something for everyone. If you have an item you want to paint you can sign up for a class or if you just need to buy all the supplies they have advice and everything you need to complete your project. The consigners have filed the place with many nice things but if you don't see what you want just ask. There is a good chance they can get what you need. If for some reason you don't find that special gift they offer gift certificates!
The Weathered Home
217 Avery Ave
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Friday, October 14, 2016
Why is it some people say "I can't do that" if they haven't even tried?
I find this is true with so many people and I can't help but ask, "have you at least tried to do it"? Why are people so scared to give things a try? You never know if you can, or can't, do something if you don't try.
If I am charged with a task that I am unsure of I treat it as if it were a personal challenge; a challenge to prove to myself that I can at least try. I walk around out thinking of it for a few minutes, hours, days even before I will start. Something I have to give it the evil eye and get mad at it. Maybe to let it think I'm the one in charge so it won't get the best if me. If I try, and I untimely fail then I will know that I am not physically able to do the challenge...but if when I try and the results come out at least half way decent then I know I gave it a good try, but can I push myself a little further to make it meet my expectations? The next time a challenge comes my way I can look back and say, this is what I did before, what if I do this instead to have a better outcome.
Why do people not push themselves to be creative?
I've always been able to think through tasks and come up with ideas and visions. I don't know what it's like not to be like this. If I see something that I'd like to try I think, how can I do this with what I already have.
Why do people not experiment with mediums to create things? Scared? Why? If you mess up, so what, you can say you tried! You can mix paint to get new colors, mix paint with glue to get a new texture, or add an unexpected element. Now I'm not saying go out and build a house with no experience but you could build a bird house! Start with paper and make a pattern, imagine how the boards would fit together. Think simple, and add on.
Remember the old saying "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again"? Try at least three times!
So, to close I say, wake up that imagination you were given. Everybody has one, but not everyone exercises it. You may just surprise yourself what you can do if you really push yourself a little further.
This tree is one that I imagined. I had no idea if it would work, or if it would look like a pile of firewood. I did not know until I tried. I tried and people that saw it loved it! It's for sale at The Weathered Home store in Morganton. I will update to let you know when/if it sells.