Saturday, March 12, 2011

2 Finished Projects

Good Morning!  It's a bright, sunny Saturday here in North Carolina.  The temperature is still a little cold, but once it warms up a bit my Husband and I are planning a mountain bike ride.  Yay!!!!!!  This will be our first ride of the year, and I can't wait to get out on the trail.  Hopefully it will be warm enough to wear shorts today.....the last time I wore pants on the mountain bike I had a very embarrassing incident with my pants stuck in the bike chain.  Yeah.......not too graceful, lol!!  I ended up riding all the way back to the trail head with one long pants leg and one cut off above the knee.  Can't complain though, it's a memory my Husband and I still laugh at anytime we think of it.

So, in recent art developments I completd a couple things this week.  First, I completed my fatbook pages for the Loving Mixed Media fatbook swap for Art and Soul.  I got them mailed off yesterday, and I'm glad I was able to meet the deadline.  This was my first fatbook page, but it was a lot of fun, and I can't wait to see what the final bound book will look like.  Here is my finished page:

(OK, so no matter what I do, blogger turns this picture on its side.  Very irritating to have to tilt your head to look at it, but you get the general drift.)  The text on the page is an Irish blessing which says:

May the sun shine all day long, everything go right and nothing wrong. May those you love bring love back to you, and may all the wishes you wish come true! --Irish Blessing

The background was done with watercolor crayons, acrylic paint, ink and stamps, oil pastels, torn book pages, and gold leaf.  Essentially, it's the everything but the kitchen sink technique.  :)  I put eyelets on the side and threaded gold ribbon through them to create little gold streamers to hang outside the finished book.  I hope the group will like my page, as there are some very talented people in the group.

Also this week I finished a Bob Ross oil painting.  I haven't done one of these in a while, so it was fun to do.  This one is probably going to be a gift for a co-worker because she saw the painting I have in my office and asked if I would complete one for her as well.  I really enjoy working with this particular lady, so I may gift this painting to her.  Her favorite colors are purple and gray, so I think she may like this:

I'm by no means an expert in oil painting, but I really enjoy creating these.  Bob Ross was right when he called them Happy Trees.  :) 

Time to go gear up for our mountain biking adventure.  Hope I remember how to ride, lol.  Have a most wonderful day filled with your own adventures!!



Andrée Lachapelle said...

Lovely painting, and I love the fat book page - and btw, your new blog design is very pretty. I like :-) Enjoy your bike ride!

Joy said...

Thank you Andree! We just got back from our ride, and it was so much fun. Hope you're having a good weekend.


heather noye said...

Love the fatbook page! I'm so excited to see our bound books next month. I'm almost as excited to see the books as I am for Art and Soul in general. LOL

And the oil painting came out great. She's going to love it.