Saturday, April 24, 2021

Sunrise Ablaze

Sara's inspiration image for this month's Inspiration Collaboration was the most gorgeous and fire-y sunrise. I snuck on over to her blog post and found that she'd taken a photo of the sunrise from her kitchen window on 25 different mornings.  Each photo was exactly the same... and completely different at the same time. I noticed that one of those photos took this view a little lower and showed a small cottage in the trees. I did a little cut and paste to put those two images together.

Next I did a rough painting that would act as my guide through the collage process. Then I made designed papers that would eventually make up the sky. I had some brown designed papers left over from the previous project. And, I realized later that I would also need to make some with greens for the foreground. Finally it was time to snip... glue... study... snip... glue... rearrange... snip.. glue... turn... snip glue... look again... snip... glue... squint... snip... glue... snip... glue...

If you're wondering, yes... I did stress a lot over it looking like the house was on fire instead of the sun rising behind the house.  I made a few changes to push the fire further back.  In the end, I embraced the issue by giving the piece a fire-y title.

I committed to do three of these collages before I would let myself decide whether I loved the process or whether it was fun but not something I'd do again.  

Here are some things I decided, learned, and discovered:
  • Using the Gelli plate to create the designed collage papers is very freeing and expressive.
  • The process requires lots of stuff out and leaves the art studio a huge mess.
  • I like having a plan for what I'm going to work on then creating a palette of the colors that will be a part of that piece rather than just randomly making papers. 
  • I'm challenged to think through the value of each colored snip of paper needed to show form and shape.
  • Mistakes can be glued over or painted over.
  • The final product is just going to be kind of funky and wonky... and that's not a bad thing.
  • Yes. I will do some collage again.
  • No. I don't think it will become my main art love.  I'm not throwing out the oil paints and brushes.
Original Mixed Media Collage on 9"x 12" Canvas Board
Click Sunrise Ablaze if you'd like to purchase this piece.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021


The longer I look at this funny little kitty, the more I like it.  Her attitude makes me smile. It was my first mixed media collage to do all by myself. 
What a (delightful) mess!
I think it's a requirement to get out every single artsy thing I own to make my Gelli papers... Artsy things as well as some almost-trash things... a piece of bubble wrap, straw, piece of pipe, sponge, toothpick, texture stamp, bottle lid, plastic cup... 
I knew I was going to do a Siamese cat on a blue background, so I kept that in mind as I chose my color palette for making the papers. 
They were all so pretty just like they were, it was kind of hard to know I was just going to cut them into little pieces.
Using acrylic is so different from using oils. I seem to make a different mess at every stage.
You see!  I knew shouldn't toss that little wire photo holder from the table of my son's rehearsal dinner five years ago.  It makes just the swirly stamper that I needed!

My art challenge this week was "Something Borrowed, Something Blue."  I wanted to try a second collage and wanted to do something similar to the bunny I learned on.  There aren't a lot of blue animals; however, my friend Sandra at mmmquilts has a cat with gorgeous blue eyes. She would be the star.  (Bella seems to be a cat who has refined artistic tastes. I told Sandra that she might not want to show this portrait to her unless she has a flare for some funky-feeling modern art as well.)  The only "something borrowed" I could think of was library books, so Bella got to perch on books instead of her usual quilts. 

Original Mixed Media Collage on 8"x 10: Canvas Board
Click "Meow!" if you'd like to purchase this fun little piece of art.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

If you follow my blog through e-mail...

Good morning, friends,

I appreciate that you choose to receive my blog posts through your e-mail.
Sadly I learned that Blogger has planned to discontinue that system.  I know now that several of my recent posts have not gotten sent out.  I hate that, but I'm not sure what I can do at this point.  
Surely we'll figure something out.

In the mean time you can always come directly to .

I've put this note on top of one of the posts that I'm sure didn't ever get e-mailed out. 

Thanks so much for reading!

****Last time.  I promise.
I googled a bit and read that sometimes when a post is written in Word then cut & pasted into Blogger, something might keep it from sending.
Because I'm determined, I'm going to try retyping. Fingers crossed!
***So weird...
I don't know what's wrong with this post that it isn't getting e-mailed...
I changed the title. We'll see...

** Very Sorry if you've already seen this post.
For some reason Blogger didn't send it out for e-mail followers to see.
I'm reposting in hopes it will go out this time.

I thought I'd better publish this today since tomorrow is April 1st.  It might seem like I'm playing an April Fools' Day joke if I wait!

I've been nominated and given an outstanding Blogger Award by Wendy whose blog is called Pieceful Thoughts.  Her quilts are beautiful, and she writes as if she's just having a conversation with me.  I have so enjoyed getting to know her through her blog posts (and our side e-mail conversations).

The other day I was happily reading along in her post when I was shocked to see that she'd nominated my humble little blog for this award.  I actually clicked on my own link to see if it was really me or some other Word Weather Art.  Yep.  The link brought me right here.  You honor me, Wendy.  Thank you.

The Outstanding Blogger Award is given one blogger to another.  It's a way of supporting and acknowledging one another.  I love that.  I love reading blogs.  I love coming across a blog that I really enjoy then going all the way back to its beginning and reading it through.  I love the present-tense-ness of blogs.  (Ok, it's not a word, but it gets to my point. ) A post many have been written five years ago, but it's as if it happened yesterday.

As an award recipient, I get to answer some questions from Wendy.  Right away you'll see why I was surprised to see my blog included.  For one thing I'm not a quilter.  Not to worry, Wendy gave me complete permission to change her questions to suit myself.
  • Coffee or tea?
  • Who inspired you to begin quilting?
  • What is one unusual item we would find in your quilting room?
  • When you are not quilting, we'd find you...?
  • Where do you find your quilting inspiration?
Coffee or tea?
Between the two, I'll choose tea.  I like sweet iced tea well enough.  I'll sip hot sweet tea if I need to.  I've only tasted coffee one time.  Once was enough.  My real preference, however, wouldn't be either.  I'd choose Coke - Just a good ice cold Coca-Cola.

Who inspired you to begin painting?
Cheri Wollenberg @artbycheriwollenberg. In 2007, Cheri offered a six-week oil painting class at my church.  In that first lesson she guided us to paint a tree.  Much to my surprise, mine actually did look like a tree once I finished!  I couldn't wait to begin the next painting.  I continued weekly lessons with her for four years.  She became my painting teacher, my art mentor, and my dear friend.  Although she now lives several hours away, we still manage to paint together a couple of times each year.

What is one unusual item we would find in your studio?
I have several wind chimes hanging from the ceiling in my art room.  They make me happy there.  I can reach up and make them chime whenever I finish a painting.

When you are not painting, we'd find you...?
If I'm not painting, check the back yard.  I'll either be puttering around in the garden or hanging out with the chickens.

Where do you find your painting inspiration?
There are four main ways I choose what to paint.
1.) If someone commissions me to do a painting for them., I paint whatever they have in mind.  I find it to be an honor when someone chooses my artistic style for their special image.
2.) Every month I paint something for Inspiration Collaboration. I look at Sara's inspiration image and read her words about it.  Then I wait for the muse of inspiration to give me an idea to create in response.  I expands my realm of comfort and boosts my creative spirit every time.
3.) For the last 16 weeks, my art mentor Cheri and I have committed to a weekly painting challenge.  Each week we take turns coming up with the week's inspiration word or phrase.  It's wonderfully uncomfortable and has pressed me to think and stretch my artistic skills.
4. Sometimes I see an image that I just know that I have to put on canvas... an image that tells a story.  It might be a farm animal with an interesting expression or a toddler doing something completely normal.  It might be a photo that I took myself, something a friend posted on-line, or an image I've randomly come across.  I've learned to just write that friend (or stranger) and ask permission to use their wonderful image as reference. 
I love being inspired in all four of those ways.

The second part of this award has two parts.  I'm to pass the award on to my favorite bloggers and choose some questions for them. 

I receive the blogs I follow in my feed each day.  I decided to choose those that I look forward to reading the most... the ones that I never want to miss or scroll past.  Some of them have a large readership... others are very small. Some are written by people (although Iv'e never met in person) I consider my friends... others have no idea I exist.  Some have probably already received this honor and decline to participate again... others may have no interest.  I hope some will choose to have some fun and answer my questions.  

These are my favorites (in alphabetical order):

Pieceful Thoughts (who nominated me, but I wanted on the list of favorites.)

Silence, music, podcast, or something else when you create / work?
What's your favorite part of the process as you create / write?
Where do you do your craft / work, and what's that space like?
How do you choose who to follow (Blogs Instagram, Facebook, etc.)
Why do you write and post on your blog?

It was a pleasure to answer the five questions given to me and think of five questions that I'd like to know answers to.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Good Morning, Goats!

Can you just imagine the conversation as their farmer opens the barn door?
FARMER: Good morning, goats!
GRUMPY IN THE BACK RIGHT: It's about time!
CUTE KID IN THE FRONT: Hurray!  A new day! Let's go!
MOMMA IN THE MIDDLE: Did you bring the food? 
OLD GOAT SMIRKING ON THE SIDE: Y'all know I go first, right?

I was scrolling along through Instagram when this image flipped by. Wait!  Go back! I love this!  I looked at it a long time... took a screenshot of it... kept going back to look at it again.  Finally I got up the courage to send a direct message to @birches_hobby_farm to ask permission to paint their fabulous goats.

Every once in a while an image does that.  It tells a story and begs to have that story put on canvas.

When I learned that my painting challenge for the week was "Something Old, Something New,"  I decided to make it work! Yippee! There's an old goat and a baby goat. It fits!

Original Oil Painting on 16"x 16" Wrapped Canvas
I'm going to love having this on my own wall while it waits for its forever home.  Click Good Morning, Goats! if you'd like to purchase this painting.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

My Rooster... Bob

 Let me introduce you to Bob... my rooster.

No. We never (thought we) wanted a rooster, yet I'm finally admitting that a rooster is what we have. 
I've run out of denials: That chick, Barbie, is bigger than the others... Barbie's tail feathers are getting long... Barb stands up tall all the time... Her neck feathers are full and bright... She kind of struts around like she's the boss... 
Then one night around 2:30, I thought some terrible crime was taking place in the back yard.  I sat up and whispered, "Did you hear that? It sounded like someone being strangled! There it is again!" Ron rolled over and said, "I think it's just Bob." 
Yep. Barb, was Bob.  
He crows... all... night... long...
He crows... all... the... time... 
Errrr.... er-er.... er-errrrrrrrrrr...

Bob is gorgeous... and he knows it.  He loves (in every sense of the word) the ladies.  He has an attitude of superiority.  And, he cracks us up. We did not intend to, but we love him.
We have a rooster.

My art challenge for the week was "Coat of Many Colors." (If you haven't listened to Dolly Parton's song by that title in a few years, click HERE to be reminded of it.) Bob certainly does wear a coat of many colors.

You can't have Bob, but if you'd like to purchase the painting, click My Rooster.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Inspiration Collaboration - April 2021

April's images may take your thoughts outdoors. We hope one of them will inspire you to create some art of your own. 

Click HERE to read the thoughts behind each image.
It's easy to be a part.  Click HERE for instructions.  
We look forward to seeing what you create!