Sunday, February 28, 2010

Me, Today

Me.

Today. Feels like I'm running to stand still. Taking two steps forward, one step back. Feeling the lull. So. Created a clearing, a huge clearing this morning. And already all seems better.

Creating this:


Listening to this, this. and this.
And it all feels right. Everything is as it should be.

Life. Is. Good.

Happy Sunday,

Francesca

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

woeth me

so i made a new 'remains of the day' journal. this time around i used raw canvas, a stencil, some paint, and some hand stitching for added umph. it's 8.5"x6". the pages are constructed by gluing together envelopes with tid bits of left over scrap paper from my stash, binding them together into signatures, and then binding the signatures to the cover. and voila.

i'm now using this as my drawing journal. love it x1000!!!

my 'remains of the day' journals are so much fun to make, and even more fun to create in. because they're smaller, and made from scraps, i find it less intimidating. i don't worry if i'm going to ruin it!

i need to post some pages of my first ROD journal. remember this. i'm so loving it.

last night i came home from work feeling tired, and weary. definitely feeling the february blahs. i quietly snuck out of the kitchen where hubby and kidlets were having dinner, went to my room, put on my jammies, took out my journal and pencils, and wrote, and wrote, and drew and wrote some more. i'll share with you my 'girl', but not the journaling. i call her 'woeth me'. it felt good putting the emotion on paper and leaving it there. it left me with a clearer head. then headed back to my hubby and kidlets, still at the table but having moved on to homework and puzzles.



art heals.

happy creative Wednesday.

francesca

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Then and Now


This was my baby girl, three years ago today.


This is my baby girl, three years later.


For those of you with small babes, hold on to them for as long as you can because they grow up so quickly. Right before your eyes. Before you know it'll be her first day of school, then college, then...yikes... gawd, by then I'll be old..!!! But I digress...

My baby is three and I still can't believe it.
Elisa, at three you:
say, "I can do it mommy', to everything
are very independent
love love love to dance with me in the kitchen to very loud music
think you're a ballerina princess
love hanging out with your big bro
are Samson's best friend cause you're always forever giving him food off your plate
still sleep in my bed, face to face, with your hot little hand on my cheek
say 'bye-bye' to pee and poo when you flush
love everything pink
know how to wrap us all around your little pinky
love taking baths and I just know you're going to be an olympic swimmer
are always happy and smiling
Happy birthday sweet girl, we love you.
xox

Saturday, February 13, 2010

follow my heART

This is how I've spent my Saturday afternoon. Yeah, I should be cleaning, doing the laundry, making the beds, rah, rah, rah. But creating the above was calling me...
And look-see what I found. A pic of me in highscool... in my grade 10 art class, none the less. What a blast from the past. Thinking I was the coolest chick on the planet in my 'mod' days. Man, c'mon though, the 80's was the best decade ever. Wasn't it..

I now have 3 studio calico kits sitting waiting to be used. I MUST start scrapbooking again... I'm beginning to miss it.
Ciao for now,
Francesca


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

this is me, for that i came

self portrait.2
self portrait.2,
originally uploaded by Francesca D..
it's supposed to be a self portrait. but, well, not really. i'm not much of a realistic drawer or painter. one thing is for sure, i'm seeing such a big difference from my first few pieces... and i'm liking it.

thanks for stopping by,

Francesca

Monday, February 8, 2010

Page Boy

pageboy
pageboy,
originally uploaded by Francesca D..
My handsome page boy!
So, this is how I draw and paint.
It doesn't matter if it's a boy or girl, the face and the especially the eyes remain the same.. This is just how my eye/hand reacts to drawing. I can't help myself. I'm going to keep painting and drawing to refine 'my style'. I'm curious to see how my portraits will look in a years time.. how they'll change, and see creative growth. This weeks lesson is a self-portrait. Hmmm, wonder if I'll give myself big full lips and slanted 'modigliani' eye (as commented by another artist...lol). That's the whole fun of it. You never know what you're gonna get when you start.

More soon, I hope...

Francesca

Fly Me to the Moon

inks
inks,
originally uploaded by Francesca D..
I'm learning so much in my drawing and painting portraits on line class. If you don't already know, I'm a huge fan of Misty Mawn's work, and am so LOVING watching over her shoulder as she teaches how she draws and paints portraits. But what I am especially loving is the encouragement and feedback we get from posting our work. There's a bunch of us, from all different levels and not only am I learning from Misty, but from all the other artists in the group.

The first thing that came to my mind when I took a look at this piece from a distance was, "...she ain't a beauty, but hey she's alright, and that's alright with me..."... a favorite lyric of mine from Springsteen's, Thunder Road.

I especially love this one because while working on it, I was having fun. I was alone in the house, and it just felt like fun. I didn't start with any preconceived notions of what I wanted it to look like, I just followed my heart and my let it lead my hand. Not thinking, just doing.

For this piece, I used my adarondak inks, with titanium white; and shive paint stiks in paynes grey and white for the background. Love love love working with the inks. One of my favorite mediums thus far.

Thanks for stopping by,

Francesca

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Project 52, Challenge #9

Wooden Blank (any shape/subject, found, repurposed, purchased)
Theme – Botanicals (flowers, leaves, trees, tropical, forest, real/fantasy, etc…)
Required material – Wire (metallic, old/new, covered, colored, thin/thick, etc…)



Supplies Used:
Golden Fluid acrylic paints, hansa yellow and gold green
Pine wood board, 14” x 14”
Wire
Hot glue gun
Brads
Fabric for flowers
Molding paste
stylus

Simple steps on how to recreate this project:
I used a 14” x 14” pine wood board. Over top I lathered on a medium thick coat of molding paste, and immediately drew with a stylus the alphabet all over the board. Once dry, I painted it with Golden fluid paints, Hansa Yellow, and then Gold Green over that. Let dry.

Then I cut out 1"circles from fabric, sewed them together to cinch them into flowers. Added flower centres and hot glued to the canvas board. The stems are old book pages glued and lightly gessoed.

The wire flower was made just by twisting it into the shape I wanted. And the stem is half a branch. All hot glued on to the board.

This marks the end of my journey with Project 52. It was a wonderful experience which allowed me to stretch my creative wings. I very much enjoyed creating along side all you P52 followers, and wish you all much creative bliss.

happy art'ing,

Francesca

Monday, February 1, 2010

Happy February 1st!

F letter E B Calendar Number 1 letter S letter T
So how many more days 'till summer????
Funny how the shortest month of the year always feels like the longest.
Here's a pic my hubby took with his blackberry, and he just sent it to me.
I didn't realize how much Elisa looks like me until I looked at this pic. Holy smokes.

Here she has on her ballerina tutu outfit with headband, thanks to her auntie Felicia.

Have a great Monday..

Francesca