Q IS FOR....


QUIRKY, yet still a queen.



Mixed media on 6 x 6" scrapbook paper.






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COCO CHANEL INSPIRED ART JOURNAL SPREAD










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CORK COASTER PAINTINGS

I don't know about you but, I'm not a big fan of coasters.  My husband hates them!  They just don't seem to fit into our home design Feng Shui.   A couple of weeks ago, we purchased a bottle of wine at our local wine shop.  As the clerk  finished up the transaction, he dropped a set of cork coasters into our bag as a customer appreciation gift.

When we got home, my husband pulled the coasters out of the bag and asked," what are you going to do with these?"  Well, here is the result:



"The Jazz Singer"

"Lullaby"

"Rise"

"Fly"



I love how they turned out!  We defiantly won't be placing any cups or glasses on top of these tiny works of art.  I think they would serve well as magnets.   What do you think?






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SUMMER STYLIN'


Here are a couple of my latest watercolor paintings featuring some classic, elegant summer fashions.









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HOPE, PRAY, LOVE



My latest painting








I really like my flower balls. What do you think?



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ART JOURNALING


I mentioned in my comeback post that I had recently started art journaling.  I stumbled upon the practice via Instagram.  I follow a couple of amazing mixed media artist who also happen to art journal.

Art journaling is a great way to document your emotions and opinions.  You can also journal things that happen in everyday life or,  perhaps things that are difficult to talk about.

I use my art journal for all of these purposes.  My journal is also a great place for me to try out and practice new art techniques or, to jot down ideas that I have for future projects . The possibilities are endless.

There are tons of art journals out there which one can purchase.  I have two.  This one is a sketch book that I purchased at my local art store.





 At the moment, I just have a few sketches in it.  I will decide later if I want to transfer the sketches onto canvas.






This is an altered journal that I made from an old book.  I use it primarily for practice.





I'm fairly new to art journaling.   There is so much to learn! I am currently enrolled in two art journal classes over at Community Thrive.  In my Intuitive Art Journaling class, we are learning to "pull" the subject matter for our paintings out of an abstract background.  Here is an example of that:




"The Dreamer"
by Sharon Harkness-Dobler



In my Simple Visual Linking course, we are learning how to link two paintings together using lines, color and collage to create one painting.



  This is my first painting using the techniques that I have learned in that class.

"Spread Your Wings and Fly"
by Sharon Harkness-Dobler



 I really enjoy art journaling.   I find it to be an invaluable tool.  Journaling is allowing me to grow and to perfect my art skills through practice.   Someday I'll be able to go back and look through my journals and see just how much I've grown as an artist.  I think that's pretty cool!




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TEA FOR TWO

I am a huge tea drinker.  I start my day with a cup and I enjoy having tea while I'm working.   Earlier this year I started having tea with my neighbor and good friend Anita.   We meet every couple of weeks and enjoy a cup of tea, as well as some delicious German "Kuchen" or cake.

When we first started meeting, I didn't own any matching tea cups.  Anita has a beautiful set, and after seeing hers, I really wanted to have a set of my own.  I knew that I wanted something different and unique so, I began searching for a set of plain cups and saucers  that I could paint myself.  Here is the result:                    













I also designed a couple of mugs.








I loved how they turned out so,  I posted a photo of my cups on my  Instagram,  I started receiving inquires from people who were interested in purchasing them.  I listed my "Afro Elegance" tea cups and the mugs in my Etsy shop and they have since become a customer favorite.

I plan to come up with new designs for the cups and mugs.  I  have a few ideas in mind already. If you are interested in purchasing tea cups,  click here to visit my Etsy shop.  Mugs are out of stock at the moment.  I'll be re-stocking them soon.



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