Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I know....

I know I have neglected this blog severely.... not on purpose. I'm preparing to move. Just a few more details...

I have SO many stories to tell you. Pictures to go with too! Just need more time in the day....

Taking 3 weeks off...will be back on Sunday though to announce the winner of the print giveaway!....

HUGS

Gigi

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A Fairy Story... diorama of inspiration

I'd like to share with you a subject that tickles the heart of the inner child that lives inside my soul.

tiny things. Yes, realistic yet miniature items of any kind just make my heart leap!

Over a year ago I started with this

What do you suppose was the useful purpose of this thing? It stated jewelry box. But I was not convinced.
What I saw was a rather dull and boring base for a possible amazing story.

Not entire sure what the story was about I started out by priming this with white acrylic paint. It took months and months of joyous placing of glitter and lights.

In the end I couldn't decide on one story and the idea that perhaps that was the purpose of this piece struck me hard. That a piece could inspire endless tales of fairies and festivals and lost children finding magic- Oh be still my heart!
So of course, as I explained in the last post. I became attached to this piece. I even hung it on the wall of my studio and would smile at it and find comfort in its doors for months. But lately my heart is telling me its time to set it free. That the heart tickling might be needed elsewhere.
Its available here in my Etsy shop for my art work.

But alas, Etsy only allows 5 photos but blogger has a bit more room....;-p

Enjoy!











Stocking the store

I had a friend walk into my home the other day for the first time and she looked around silently. Just scanning thoughtfully and said. "you know what, if you actually put half of this stuff you made for sale you might be a millionaire."

Point taken.

Hi my name is Gioncarla and I am an Art Hoarder.

That is I hoard my own artwork.

Silly I know, but they feel like children somehow. Each piece though brought me peace in the end, the process sometimes did not. I stress at placement of things. I stress because I know I can ruin a certain look I was going for. I stress because I forget of the forgiving nature of art which leads me to start a new piece every day. I go through the process every time.
And on completion I feel, though on a MUCH smaller scale, much like I did just after giving birth to my children. The stress and pain is all worth the beauty that is brought into the world.

So that's probably part of why I hold on to so many pieces. The other half has something to do with putting my innermost being out there to be seen. A little scary eh?

So, like a good friend said once, 'I am putting on my big girl panties and moving forward.'

Rapunzel is available in my shop. All 3 feet of her story.

You can see it here.

I've been sick lately, internally. Its gotten so that its painful so to the quack I go. The oh so knowledgeable doc says "stress".... Oh thank you wise one.
So I am staying away from stressful things. Well trying to. But you know that law of attraction, the thing you are conscious of is the thing you gravitate to. UGH.

So this week is all about pretending. Pretending that there is nothing to do, see, say and be. I'm going to sit and mediate on all good things and hope the pain in my gut subsides.

So here is to making pretty little things and stories on the wall. Its time that life is made that simple.

xoxo
Gigi

Thursday, October 8, 2009

In an alice state of mind...

She's on the brain i tell ya. Not hard to find a way to relate to. Somedays Alice's adventures in wonderland seem almost the norm.
So yesterday I saw this in my brain and amazingly my brain completely directed my hand and my hand actually obeyed! Rather quickly too!

She is coming along very nicely. I am pleased. Almost done...she needs a certain something... I'll figure it out. Eventually.
On ebay right now is my one of a kind Alice outfit complete with some accessories... Click on the photo to go see...

I hope you have a marvelous adventure filled day. Even from the safety of your computer desk. Enjoy!

xoxo
Gigi

Monday, October 5, 2009

Meet Dorothy...win a print!

In my recent mixed media adventures I am so happy to have brought this little lady into fruition.....

She is a Grungy mixed media rendition of the famous Dorothy of Oz of course. I just love how her pretty little face came out. As she looks back at the coming twister with a non-chalant 'not again' expression....or perhaps a 'what the hell?' expression.....



Of course she has the ruby slippers and the striped stockings that shows a bit of her 'wicked' side too.


Which reminds me.... I don't know what to call this piece.... I've thought of a few...let me share them with you and you can tell me whatcha think ok?



Possible names:
A.) Dorothy's Crappy Rainbow....
B.) Dorothy's path of destruction...
C.) Not all twisters lead to Oz...
D.) A place where there isn't any trouble, suppose there is such a place toto?
E.)

I really can't decide. And was hoping you could help me out with that. Whatcha think? I have one print on canvas paper, right here, needing a good home.... its yours if you give me a good name for her, or vote for one of these, thats fine too ... I'll eeny meeny miney mo the winner on November 1st...how is that for no trouble?


Post a comment anywhere on the blog and I will tally them up and pick them out of a hat! Enter as many times as you like. The more the merrier!
I Might even put a video on here of the drawing...its been way too long since I last brushed up on my video making skills. I need to do that more often...;-)

Name it. Then the prints will be for sale in my etsy shop in November! After the winner gets theirs first of course.;-)

Got questions? Let me know by emailing me paintingapples@gmail.com.

Toodles,
Gigi

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Growing & having to say goodbye...

I just watched my favorite tele-evangelist on t.v.- well, there aren't any others I like so I guess he would be the ONLY tele-evangelist on t.v. to me- a certain Mr. Osteen.

Yeah, say what you want about tele-evangelists but I often wondered if God was in charge of the programming because sometimes things that Mr. Osteen speaks of are too eerily similar to my week's experiences. But then again, that could just be coincidence, now couldn't it? ;-)

I say this only because today he spoke of outgrowing things and how we need to do that sometimes. Things get hard sometimes but its just God closing a door so you will reach out for new ones. We get complacent with things sometimes and well, in my own experience, pain is a good way to get you moving and dreaming again.

Just this last week as I prepared for what feels like my final listings for an ebay boutique groups launch after years of other-than-fun experiences with other sellers that I have had in the groups there, I kept seeing this picture in my head...


...maybe it was because I was working on a girls Alice outfit and had Alice on the brain, particularly the scene where she was too large for the white rabbits home... I feel the same. I've outgrown my testing grounds. Art Of The Craft Studios 'custom boutique' has been my home but its sort of small and tired and I realize now more than ever that branching out is necessary. Finding a larger home for my creations has become critically necessary.

So, much to my husbands enthusiasm, we branched out.
I have 3 Art Of The Craft Studios babies now. The first well is not new, just the testing grounds for my jewels, as it has always been. My Art Of The Craft Studios Etsy shop. This is and always will be a hodge podge of things. The second is my folk art. I have found so much healing in Suzi Blu's art teachings. All those that have studied with me seem to get it too. Though I don't interact much with anyone in her classes, I read and am so comforted that they ALL seem to be getting what I get out of it and more. Healing through art. Some do not understand that this art thing IS our religion. It is our worship and praise for the higher power, whatever we call it, it is our soul speaking in a language inaudible by mortal ears.

My art work is my record of freeing of my own personal sorrow. My own triumphs. My inner child and who I want to be someday. All of these aspects co-exist peacefully on the 'canvas' so to speak. When I make them, I display them, I admire them and then when the time comes that I fully understand why I made it, I am then ready to let it go. I truly feel each piece was meant for me to do that. Its like the final act of love, letting it go.
These will be for sale in my Etsy Shop just for my artwork.

The third art baby is a very new one, not yet have I brought one item into fruition for this baby but the heart of it just makes pure beams of joy shoot through my soul.

I have named her. I have opened the Etsy shop for her. I have dreamed up a zillion items. But its not time to send the announcements as of yet.

I will say it is mostly clothing as I do have a passion for the art of clothing. I also have a passion for the land that I live in. Though rough terrain and can be harsh for some. I found my niche here and along with the other hearty and tough plants, animals and people here, I not only survive- I thrive here.
Route 66 like you have never seen. The real, hard, yet artistic side of this land that keeps me from ever finding home anywhere else. Believe me, I have lived in 8 states and driven cross country several times. Nothing ever felt like home but here. I tried to leave it once but that green chile would wake me in my sleep and I would say 'I wanna go home'...

So I think its time to explore that and interpret that into as many things as I can.

I'll let you in on it when I am in on it ok?

Happy Sunday

xoxo
Gigi

Friday, October 2, 2009

That time of year

I love October. Here in the great New Mexico desert, October signifies the first cool winds and harvests galore such as the much coveted and fragrant time of year where the green chile is harvested and roasted fresh outside of every place that sells vegetables. The smell just makes you want to eat. Salivating and floating through the air much like a cartoon character would to find the source of the roasted chile and hope to soon fine cheese and a tortilla afterward and eat. The flavor and the heat make life worth living, I tell you, I am not exaggerating. Come to Albuquerque and I will show you. Pure organic happiness New Mexico chile is, and legal too.;-)
We buy a sack and have it roasted for 30 bucks. Then we take it home immediately and we separate it into 30 quart freezer bags and put it into the freezer. Almost every New Mexico Native does this. I think you aren't considered a 'local' until you do this.;-) So when ever we want we pull out a bag, defrost it the peel the skin off the chiles and then chop it up with some garlic salt and OH-MAH-GAWSH... we put it in chopped chicken sandwhiches, with beef and potatoes and stewed Tomatoes and you have the famed 'green chile stew' that all tourists say wakes them up at night weeks later with a craving so strong that they start planning trips back. Hmmm...secret Albuquerque tourism scheme??? Coincidence?? I think not...



Also, ever year we have a very photographic experience. The International Balloon Fiesta starts. Although today was the unofficial start and tomorrow will be the official Mass Ascension marking a huge tourist destination and the final end of summer. The sun itself seems to recognize this change in October and starts rising to the south more, therefore reaching through my blinds into my eye each fall as it moves farther away from the earth in winter solstice.

The cool thing about my city is that they arrange for balloonists, free of charge, to go out to local elementary schools and get their balloons up and launch directly from the schools fields.
Today we had the pleasure of going to my daughters' elementary school to watch just such an event.













Yes the sky is that blue and the sun is that bright, which will fool you even when the temperature drops to 30 degrees the sun is so bright and welcoming and the sky is so blue and you may step out into the freezing cold feeling a bit fooled but it is all worth it. Its this enchanted sky that keeps me from leaving this place. It makes me know why ancient peoples settled in this land worshiping a 'sun god' and calling the mountains 'sandia' which means 'watermelon' as they turn a bright pink when the sun sets in the west each day. Its this kind of beauty that always shatters any suggestion that there is no God. I know there is a God with every natural thing that surrounds me. Carpe Diem my friends, if even in the small things God gave you to look at. Appreciate it. It is after all, only a gift.

Happy October everyone. May you reap a wondrous harvest of life experiences this month that warm the cockles of your soul whenever you want to recall them from here on out.;-)

XOXO
Gigi
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