Thursday, May 27, 2010

Feeling loved

While I rested when I was sick these last couple of days, my husband and my two oldest children, that are on summer break, made this for me...
A sewing area! I am so happy! They put up drywall , a cabinet, shelving and painted!
Though I am not all the way recovered I am feeling LOVED! They attached an old cabinet that used to be over my fridge and painted that too. I have always wanted a sewing room and this is not quite a room, more like a nook. But its the greatest little sewing nook that ever was!

Today my 8 year old daughter seemed to have caught what I had and missed her second to last day of school. I held her and loved her through it and I am happy to say after a morning and afternoon of vomiting she woke up from a nap hungry and she is now outside playing with her siblings...ahhh..my work here is done...LOL Now I can focus on getting my sugar levels right and feeling 100% better myself.

Many blessings to you all on this lovely hot and humid day.

xoxo
Gigi

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Love uncondtionally...

My work...she is done...


After much Push/Pull, as Suzi Blu teaches, both inside and on this painting. I feel she is done.
I added more dimension to this piece and drastic change. I find it perfectly matches what I have envisioned for over a year now.

Yesterday I was violently ill, a stomach virus, fever, vomiting with an achey back and neck.

Blessed am I , that I have my husband that is in tune with me and he called in to work to spoon feed me liquids and get me back to walking and thinking straight again!
Today I am feeling much stronger, though not at 100% as of yet, I feel so much better that this time last night! All the while that my husband lovingly took care of me I was thinking of this piece. How special it is to me. Also that a lot of people do not what unconditional love looks like. I do hope I can put a good visual as well as convey for feeling for them, so that they can find it too. I put it for sale in my Etsy shop. I know the price is higher than most, but I couldn't sell it short, its pure feeling translated into art.

Feeling loved like no other by none other than my true love...:-)

xoxo
Gigi

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

what im working on...

I'd like to start posting a weekly "what I'm working on" post to show what I've gotten myself into each week artwise.:-)

Last week I completed my second original piece of 2010- "Lovely Marie"
here she is in progress:

Here she is complete!
I had purchased the "Petite Marie" class from Suzi Blu after taking her Petite Dolls class and life got in the way and I realized that I had never actually sat and watched the videos as I worked along and I was so surprised that she came so easily when I finally did. I have prints of her coming along but she is hanging in my room where my former muses once were giving me daily advice and comfort...:-)

So now that the pretty Miss Marie is done there was something deeper I had been pondering for over a year now. A piece that would illustrate a very deep emotion for me. I had been thinking of the details for so long now that I finally felt that it was time...


Its not complete as of yet and this one is so deep for me that I cannot work on it yet without welling up with big tears.

I want to illustrate Unconditional love, rare and true, as I know it. If you could visit my life in a minute you would understand why this is such a big deal to me. Growing up it was hard to find this love, I would seek it but constantly not find it from those that I felt should have it for me but sometimes we are born to people that cannot give what they do not know. As an adult I had faltered even more with my early choices and found myself low. Very low. But still felt open to find something more in this life and not give up.

One event led to another and the voices of a choir led me into a church which set the start of me finding real love. Just as I was, broken and sad, God was real and I found that He did love me.

Then not long after I found my husband whom, unlike most people, allowed me to be and loved me just as I was. Not altogether sane or perfect by any means was I, but somehow he loved me instantly as if I was perfect and unbroken. They both still love me just like that to this day and I cry when I think about how long I went before these events judging myself as I was treated by so many. I had begun to agree that I was unlovable. So in this piece I recall that moment where I found this love, I cried with elation and relief and inside I said "I knew it! I knew I could be loved!"

So that is where I am, working and crying with joy, celebrating my lifes' victory.

I hope to have this piece done by the end of the week but sometimes my art has other plans so like I usually do, I'm just going to go with it and see where it takes me. For its almost always the perfect journey when you let your heart guide you.


Until next time,

much love, unconditionally...

xoxo
Gigi


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Embellished goodness

Thanks to a special client that I worked with this last month, I was inspired to actually work on Embellishing prints! So this last week I worked hard on scanning and tweaking my own art images and then hand painting aspects of them that I found couldn't really be captured truly.

What I have found is that its almost like creating new works from previously existing works! I print the image on high quality canvas and then hand embellish each print using my colored pencils or iridescent paints, or whatever was used in the original piece that I feel might have been lost in the printing. Its great, though time consuming, I feel like I can offer somewhat original works more than once. I really don't want to create more than two or three prints of each piece ever, but it has been fun to revisit each piece and fall in love with them again!



So today in my Etsy shop I started adding Embellished prints! I'm very excited about this! I hope you like them too!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

local photo love...

Here are a few shots I was able to edit from around my town...Albuquerque.
I think I like my town much more as seen through the lens.

Walking through the lovingly preserved yet highly overpriced Plaza at Old Town. It is candy for the lens though. I just love to photograph anything down there. I just wish my pocketbook would allow me to shop there too! It is charming and the place to find all kinds of unique and interesting items.
Old town. As you enter on the east side of the charming tourist destination this lovely mosaic caught my eye and I fell in love with it. This is where the old west meets contemporary artists.

The beautiful Sandia Mountains. The word "sandia" translates into the word "watermelon" which you can see the coloring at sunset will tell you the whole story as to why they were named so. They are more brilliantly pink for just a few minutes but I couldn't get my lens changed out at the right time and this was what I caught just before they faded to their regular hues of brown and green... Oh and I was at a grocery store in the parking lot when the inspiration struck and I also thought that I have never taken a shot of this. I see it every day and rather take it for granted. So I just so happened to have my camera and decided to end that horrible fact. But then you see all the lovely Circle K signs and telephone wires and such. Which is more like the Albuquerque I know. Nothing but city. With lots of natural beauty well within reach.
I hope to post more of these soon! There is lots that I am sure I am taking for granted that you might appreciate.

xoxo
Gigi

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Are you Mad???

Yes.

The plain and simple answer is yes.
Yes I am stark-raving MAD. But I make it work for me so its all good.

Here's the big news!

Are you ready?


That's right!!! My most favorite artist/blogger/creator of dreamy worlds- Vanessa Valencia of *A Fanciful Twist* has put out the annual invite to the 2010 Mad Tea Party!
(hint: its a blog party- another hint:click here to visit her visually pleasing invitation)

Alice in Wonderland has always been one of my most favorite stories of all time. I read it in its entirety the summer that I turned 13. I love every interpretation of the story as well. My cousin and I used to watch the 1980's version where Carol Channing played the white queen and another where Martin Short was the Mad Hatter (maybe that was the same one?- I don't know. The memory is the first to go ya know.) Disney's animated classic is a favorite of my daughters and now Tim Burtons rendition has blown them almost away in my heart but still its just a wonderful tale, no matter who tells it.

So I will be attending this years Mad Tea Party for sure! I simply cannot wait to dream up some visual loveliness for you. I'm no Vanessa Valencia but I'll give it a go and see what happens! I may be stricken from the future invitations but my plan is to say, at the very least, I gave it my all!

What more can one do?:-)

I'm so freakin' giddy!

OH and If you have a blog and would like to attend- Please do! CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

Think that's enough sign up links maybe?

Yeah me too.....sooooo.....

Will you, won't you, will you, won't you
won't you join...???

teehee

Feeling clever and dumb at the same time on this sunny day,

xoxo
Gigi

Sunday, May 2, 2010

more photo love..

as promised... Photos!

Thought you'd like to see what I've been up to. its raining and feels like 40 degrees outside here in the New Mexico desert. Winter makes a dramatic exit around here.

I've had some commissions to work on. Which I am delighted to find that my old "mental blocks" have faded to the back for the most part.
I used to struggle with each step, so afraid to ruin my work. Questioning my own ability the entire way through the creation of each piece.
I doubted myself entirely.

But God sent me a little angel of a client and she seems to appreciate my work and she gives me freedom to create that seems to allow me to channel in the perfect balance between confidence and artistic ability that I had been lacking.

in my Etsy shop I put this painting up that sold within 24 hours, much to my surprise!

And my client missed out on it so she kindly inquired on commissioning another and I was shocked that I was actually able to create another!



Don't you just LOVE surprises like that?
Now I can't seem to decide which one I love more! They both were wonderful journeys for me. I think I shall love them differently but equally. Just like my children, I suppose. :-)

So she loved it and kindly inquired about commissioning another with a more personal meaning and today I believe I have finished it!


They are so pretty! So much more so in person! I love this piece so much!

I hope my client loves them too. Part of me hopes she doesn't so I can add them to my own hoarded art collection! LOL

I never said I didn't have serious issues.
Remember that. LOLOL


OH and my oldest daughter turned 12! I cannot believe my little cherub-like baby girl is getting a grown up body and has started to notice BOYS!

Time flies by...


That's her talking on the phone to my mother that sent her a sewing machine of her own! She chose the most brightest and contrasting colors one can find for each of the four walls of her room. She has big plans! It seems I have someone wanting to follow in my footsteps. I only hope that she skips over the crap I often stepped into! LOL

I have two more pieces I have started so I'm off to play with these pieces on this cold, cold, wet day...


xoxo
Gigi
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