Monday, December 8, 2014

A TRIP TO DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES ART DISTRICT...ALICE IN WONDERLAND MURALS

SINCE MY MIDDLE SON IS GOING TO COLLEGE IN LOS ANGLES, WE GET TO VISIT THE AREA ABOUT EVERY TWO MONTHS.

I had been eyeing the artwork on some of the buildings surrounding the Art's District of Los Angeles, which happens to be only a few blocks from where my son is going to the top architect school in the world.

So, we drove there and took photos.

I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

LET US BEGIN WITH THE MAD HATTER

AND THE RED QUEEN

A VERY FREAKY WHITE RABBIT BUT HE DOES HAVE HIS POCKET WATCH!



THE CHESHIRE CAT, NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT!


THE HOOKA, SMOKING, CATERPILLAR


THE MARCH HARE (ABOVE THE CATERPILLAR)
TWEEDLEDEE AND TWEEDLEDUM (YUP! THAT'S HOW THEY'RE SPELLED!)


THE JABBERWOCKY


ONE OF THE WALLS DEVOTED TO WONDERLAND, WITH A RED HEART CARD ON THE LEFT SIDE.


AND HERE IS QUITE A VOULUPTIOUS ALICE, WANDERING HER WAY THROUGH THE STREETS OF L.A.

PART OF ONE WALL OF THE MURAL WITH MUSHROOMS AND THE DODO BIRD INCLUDED.


ONE WHOLE WALL AT A DISTANCE.


I hope you have enjoyed this tour of what goes on in the Los Angeles' Art's District.
'Alice in Wonderland' has been a favorite book of mine since I was a child, which is a long time ago.

I have no less than eleven Alice related books in my personal library, including 'The Annotated Alice' and also, a vintage stage play booklet with the script and parts.

Until next time, when we meet again...who knows where I shall take you next time!

posted by Teresa in California

Thursday, November 20, 2014

MY PROFESSIONAL ARTIST/ILLUSTRATOR/CHILDREN'S BOOK AUTHOR, BROTHER, TROY HOWELL HAS CHANGED HIS WEBSITE...PLEASE COME TAKE A LOOK

IT IS WITH DELIGHT I SHARE MY BROTHER TROY HOWELL'S WEBSITE!

PLEASE CLICK ON THE ILLUSTRATION ON MY RIGHT SIDE BAR OF THE DRAGON FOR THE LINK TO TROY HOWELL'S WEBSITE.  THIS PARTICULAR ILLUSTRATION IS ON THE JACKET COVER OF 'THE DRAGON OF CRIPPLE CREEK, OF WHOM TROY HOWELL IS THE AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR.  THE BOOK IS AVAILABLE ON AMAZON BOOKS.COM

IF YOU ARE SEEKING YOUNG ADULT ADVENTURE 'THE DRAGON OF CRIPPLE CREEK' IS A TALL TALE ABOUT A YOUNG GIRL NAMED KAT AND A DRAGON NAMED YE, WHO IS FOUND IN A DEEP GOLD MINE IN THE MOLLY KATHLEEN MINE, IN CRIPPLE CREEK, COLORADO, WHICH BY THE WAY IS A REAL, WORKING GOLD MINE WHICH HOSTS PUBLIC TOURS.  THE SECRET LIES IN THE MINES BELOW!!! BEWARE!!! HIGH ADVENTURE!!!  

Troy Howell has been drawing since he was two and a half years old, when he used a red crayon and drew a small, round, railroad track upon our parents aqua green carpeting.  It's been a lifetime of drawing since that amazing day when our parents realized his talent!

Troy Howell is the American Illustrator for all of the jacket covers for the 'Redwall' children's book series by Brian Jacques of England.  You can view more of the illustrations from those books on Troy's website, under the heading of 'Illustrations'.   


THE FIRST AMERICAN BOOK JACKET IN THE SERIES ILLUSTRATED BY TROY HOWELL.
 I will add this note, as there was another illustrator who did the internal black and white illustrations whose name does appear inside the book.  My brother's name only appears on the jacket covers themselves, not on the internal ISBN number catalog number as only the illustrator who did the internal illustrations was listed instead.  Thus is the way of the marketing of published books. You don't always get your name recognized, except Mary GrandPre sure did when she illustrated the American Jacket covers for the Harry Potter books!  Life is not always fair in the art industry.  That is the difference between some publishing companies.  Some give royalties and some don't. 


HERE IS ANOTHER EXCEPTIONAL ILLUSTRATION TROY DID FOR 'CRICKET' MAGAZINE SEVERAL YEARS AGO.  THIS COVER WRAPPED AROUND THE ENTIRE CHILDREN'S MAGAZINE COVER.


TO SEE MORE OF TROY HOWELL'S EXCEPTIONAL ARTWORK PLEASE VIEW HIS WEBSITE WHICH ALSO HAS A LINK TO HIS BLOG.

TROY HOWELL ALSO IS THE AUTHOR OF THE CHILDREN'S CLASSIC BOOK  'THE DRAGON OF CRIPPLE CREEK' PUBLISHED BY AMULET BOOKS.  THE BOOK IS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ON AMAZON BOOKS.


THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN'S BOOK AUTHORS AND CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS.

MANY OF TROY'S ILLUSTRATED BOOKS CAN BE FOUND ON AMAZON BOOKS.COM

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WELL, MY DEARS, TIME FLIES DOESN'T IT? HERE ARE PHOTOS OF ATC'S AND A MIXED MEDIA DOLL ASSEMBLAGE.

I HAVE BEEN CREATING ATC'S FOR A SWAP WITH A FRIEND, AND ALSO A MIXED MEDIA DOLL ASSEMBLAGE SWAP WITH ANOTHER FRIEND.

I HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED THE THREE ATC'S FROM MY FRIEND, AND MAILED HERS OFF AND SHE RECEIVED HERS TOO.

HERE IS ONE OF THE THREE ATC'S I RECEIVED FROM MY FRIEND JUDY.  I ADORE IT!


SORRY THIS IS A LITTLE BIT BLURRED FROM MY CAMERA.  WE CHOSE THE THEME OF 'FOLK ART PRIMITIVE' AND THE ATC'S  WE PAINTED WERE BOTH 'FIRSTS' FOR BOTH OF US.

HERE ARE THE THREE ATC'S MY FRIEND SENT TO ME.  I ADORE THE GIRL WITH HER KITTY.  PLEASE CLICK ON THE IMAGE FOR A LARGER VIEW.
HERE ARE ALL THREE OF MINE WHICH WERE SENT TO JUDY.  MORE INDIVIDUAL PHOTOS FOLLOW THIS ONE.

HERE IS ONE OF THREE ATC'S I SENT TO MY FRIEND.  I TRIED FOR A PRIMITIVE GRUNGY STYLE.  I THINK SHE LOOKS LIKE A QUEEN, SO I USED ALPHABET STAMPS ON THE REVERSE SIDE IN BLACK INK TO PRINT THE TITLE OF 'QUEEN'.
I CONTINUED WITH THE PRIMITIVE GRUNGY STYLE AND NAMED THIS ONE 'SHEEP' IN BLACK INK ON THE BACKSIDE OF THE ATC.
AND A BARN.  ALL WERE DRAWN AND PAINTED FREE HAND, OUR OWN IDEAS.




AND I JUST NOTICED THAT I NOW HAVE 300 FOLLOWERS! YAY!
I WILL BE HAVING A GIVEAWAY VERY SOON! PLEASE STAY TUNED.












AND NOW FOR THE FINALE' THE MIXED MEDIA ASSEMBLAGE I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON FOR THREE MONTHS AT HALF HOUR INTERVALS OFF AND ON, FOR ANOTHER YEAR ROUND ORNAMENT SWAP. SHE HAS A BOUFONT HAIR DO, WHICH IS ACTUALLY WOOL ROVING SCULPTURED AND PAINTED WHITE WITH GOLD ACCENTS.  IF YOU VIEW AN OLDER POST OF MINE YOU WILL SEE WHAT WENT INTO THE DOLL WITH THE RAW MATERIALS.  I SEALED THE DOLL WITH KRYLON MATTE FINISH. SHE WILL BE WINGING HER WAY TO DEBI VERY SOON!
HERE IS A CLOSE-UP OF MARIE ANTOINETTE'S FACE. 

HERE IS THE BACKSIDE OF MARIE ANTOINETTE WITH HER HANGER.   THIS WAS NOT THE ENTIRELY FINISHED DOLL AS I PAINTED OVER THE SPLOTCHY BLUE AND PURPLE ON THE SPOOL SO IT WAS ONE SOLID AQUA COLOR.  

Thank you for viewing and remember you can click on each photo for a larger view.

Posted by Teresa































Friday, September 19, 2014

ANNOUNCING A GIVEAWAY OVER AT WILLOWING.NING WITH TAMARA! BLOG HOP LIFE BOOK 2015 EVENT!

HELLO, EVERYBODY!

I hope you are enjoying the cooler weather, which tends to make my mind more creative.  The heat saps my strength, and I do ever so much better in the cooler weather, and my creative spirit soars at this time of year.
Does your spirit soar too with fall in the air?

Anyway, back to what I am posting about. TAMARA OF WILLOWING.ORG HAS ALREADY GIVEN AWAY TEN SPOTS IN LIFE BOOK 2015, BUT THERE ARE STILL MORE CHANCES WITH OTHER INSTRUCTORS WHOSE BLOGS ARE LISTED ON THE LIST OF GIVEAWAY CHANCES. THE DATES OF THEIR GIVEAWAYS ARE ALSO POSTED AND THE GIVEAWAY WILL BE GOING ON FOR VARIOUS INSTRUCTORS.  PLEASE CLICK ON MY LEFT SIDEBAR WHICH WILL TAKE YOU TO WILLOWING.ORG.  ALSO, PLEASE JOIN TAMARA'S WILLOWING NING WHILE YOU ARE AT IT.  IT'S SUCH A LOVELY, INSPIRING NING SITE TO BE A PART OF.  THANKS FOR LOOKING!
IF YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH WILLOWING.ORG YOU WILL KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT.
IF YOU HAVE NOT YET DISCOVERED TAMARA'S WILLOWING NING SITE YOU ARE IN FOR SOME AMAZING ART WORKSHOPS.  RIGHT NOW, THERE IS A GIVEAWAY GOING ON.'  PLEASE CLICK ON THE ICON ON MY SIDE BAR AS ALL OF THE TEACHERS ARE DOING GIVEAWAYS ON THEIR OWN BLOGS FOR THIS HUGE BLOG HOP GIVEAWAY EVENT. HURRY, AS THEY ARE ALREADY GIVING AWAY SPACES FOR THIS WONDERFUL CLASS WHICH HOSTS OVER 25 ART INSTRUCTORS.  PLEASE JOIN WILLOWING.NING AS THERE ARE OTHER ART VIDEOS TO CHOOSE FROM.

THANKS SO VERY MUCH!

post by Teresa

Monday, September 15, 2014

A RARE FIND...LIMOR WEBBER DESIGNS...EDUCATOR FOR SEVERAL ART MANUFACTERS...INCLUDING FABER-CASTELL

THIS IS WHY I BEGAN MY BLOG IN MARCH OF 2011...TO CONNECT OTHER CRAFT PERSONS TO EXCEPTIONAL ONLINE MARKETING, WORKSHOP, AND TUTORIAL INFLUENCES.

Limor Webber found my blog and is now a follower.  PLEASE CHECK OUT MY LEFT SIDEBAR TO CONNECT TO HER: LIMOR WEBBER DESIGN BLOG AND SITE.

Among the various art related formats Limor hosts, is the fact she is an Educator for a number of artist supply businesses.  Which means she teaches art concepts with the mediums she acquires from these artist supply sources.

It is always a pleasure to find kindred spirit artists who are so energized by what they do, I definitely wanted to post about Limor's wonderful Blog and Shop.

Not only does her blog offer online mixed media workshops, you can also access her SHOP from her blog, which carries Mixed Media Kits, Mixed Media Canvas Kits, Ink, Markers, Prima sources, and also her blog gives the latest Mixed Media online tutorial information and classes, including Art Journals.

I AM CRAZY, IN LOVE WITH HER BLOG AND TUTORIALS!  IF YOU GO TO HER BLOG SHE HAS A FREE TUTORIAL YOU CAN CLICK ON FOR THESE BEAUTIFUL MIXED MEDIA TAGS! ENJOY!
THIS IS JUST AN EXAMPLE OF THE MIXED MEDIA TAG WORKSHOP THAT IS NOW BEING OFFERED ON LIMOR WEBBER'S ONLINE WORKSHOP, WHICH YOU CAN ACCESS THIS INFORMATION ON LIMOR'S BLOG ON MY LEFT SIDEBAR.  I  AM ALWAYS EXCITED TO POST ABOUT BLOG EVENTS FROM OTHER WONDERFUL ARTISTS!






Thursday, August 28, 2014

I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON AN ORNAMENT EXCHANGE

HELLO, EVERYBODY!

I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON AN ORNAMENT EXCHANGE WHICH INCLUDES THREE DIFFERENT ORNAMENTS.  THESE ARE YEAR ROUND ORNAMENTS A PERSON CAN DISPLAY ANYWHERE IN THE HOUSE.

THIS IS THE FIRST ORNAMENT I HAVE ALMOST COMPLETED. IT IS A SPOOL DOLL ORNAMENT, AND THE TECHNIQUE I LEARNED FROM Jo AnnA OF MOSS HILL STUDIO BLOG IN 2008.

I RAIDED MY CRAFT ROOM SUPPLIES AND BEGAN PAINTING AND GLUING THESE EMBELLISHMENTS ONTO THE SPOOL.  I  APPLIED ALLENE'S TACKY GLUE ONTO THE SPOOL AND BEGAN WINDING THE HEAVY STRING EVENLY SPACED LIKE THREAD ONTO A SPOOL.  AFTER THE GLUE DRIED (24 HOURS) I GLUED A DOLL HEAD TO THE TOP OF THE SPOOL WITH THE TACKY GLUE.  IT WAS A PROCESS OF GLUING AND PAINTING AFTER THAT. AND THE DOLLY'S EYES WERE GLUED OPEN WITH A TOUCH OF GLUE ONTO THE EYE LIDS. THEN I PAINTED THE HEAVY STRING THE COLOR OF MY CHOICE.  I FOUND SOME CROCHETED LACE AND SCRUNCHED THE LACE UP TO FORM UPPER AND LOWER WINGS WHICH I GLUED THE TOP ONES ON AND LET THEM DRY. AND THE NEXT DAY, I GLUED THE BOTTOM WINGS ON.  I ADDED MORE LACE AROUND THE DOLLY'S HEAD GLUING IT IN PLACE.  I DID USE THE GREEN YARN AND GLUED IT ONTO THE HEAD FOR HAIR. I PAINTED THE WINGS, AFTER THE THE GLUE DRIED.  I SATURATED THE WINGS WITH PAINT, AND MADE SURE I PUT SARAN WRAP AROUND EVERYTHING ELSE SO THE PAINT WOULD NOT FLOW ONTO ANYTHING BUT THE WINGS. I ALSO PAINTED THE DOLL'S FACE WITH SECRET TECHNIQUES I LEARNED WHILE TAKING Jo AnnA's BELLA ART DOLL CLASS (WHICH IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE BUT Jo AnnA HAS OTHER CLASSES TO OFFER).  PLEASE CHECK OUT Jo AnnA's MOSS HILL STUDIO SITE WITH A WEB SEARCH.
HERE IS WHAT THE ANGEL DOLL ORNAMENT LOOKS LIKE SO FAR. I STILL NEED TO PAINT THE HAIR ANOTHER COLOR AS I AM NOT SATISFIED WITH THE WOOL ROVING IN ITS NATURAL SHADE.  SHE DOES LOOK A BIT LIKE MARIE ANTOINETTE WITH HER HAIR PILED HIGH ON HER HEAD.  PLEASE CLICK ON THE PHOTOS FOR A LARGER VIEW.  IT MAY TAKE A FEW SECONDS TO CONNECT.
HERE IS THE BACK VIEW OF THE ANGEL DOLL ORNAMENT.  I STILL NEED TO ADD AN EMBELLISHMENT TO THE MIDDLE OF THE WINGS.  (I USED ANOTHER SPOOL FOR THIS PHOTO JUST TO BALANCE THE DOLL AS SHE WAS LYING DOWN.)  I ALSO NEED TO ADD A CLEAR SEALER TO THE DOLL'S FACE AND ALSO SEALER ON THE PAINTED THREAD. 
THANK YOU FOR VIEWING WHAT I AM CREATING.  I WILL KEEP YOU POSTED WITH THE COMPLETED DOLL ORNAMENT IN ABOUT ANOTHER WEEK.  IT IS A TEDIOUS PROCESS OF GLUING AND PAINTING WITH DRYING IN BETWEEN ALL COATS OF PAINT AND WITH THE GLUING ON OF THE HAIR AND EMBELLISHMENTS.

I HAVE TWO MORE DIFFERENTLY STYLED ORNAMENTS TO COMPLETE.  I WILL BE POSTING ABOUT THOSE ORNAMENTS AS I PAINSTAKINGLY GO ABOUT THAT PROCESS. 

I HOPE YOU HAVE ENJOYED THIS POST AS MUCH AS I HAD POSTING ABOUT IT!!!

posted by Teresa

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

THE WHITE RABBIT IS TOOTING HIS TRUMPET!!! AND THE WINNER OF MY MAD TEA PARTY GIVEAWAY IS??? CARMEN OF MOONLYF!!!

THANK YOU, ONE AND ALL, FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE MAD TEA PARTY.

IT WAS A GRAND OCCASION THIS YEAR!  EVERYONE PULLED OUT THE STOPS FOR THEIR PARTIES!!!

 I WAS ENORMOUSLY ENTERTAINED!!!

AND CARMEN OF MOONLYF HAS WON MY 'MAD TEA PARTY' MIXED MEDIA CANVAS.
I WILL BE CONTACTING HER VIA EMAIL.

THIS IS THE MIXED MEDIA 'MAD TEA PARTY' CANVAS CARMEN WILL BE RECEIVING.   YAY!!!
 MAY EVERYONE HAVE A LOVELY REST OF THE SUMMER.

AND NOW I AM OFF TO MAKE SOME MIXED MEDIA ORNAMENTS FOR AN ORNAMENT EXCHANGE.

  I ENJOY KEEPING ORNAMENTS IN ALL CORNERS OF MY STUDIO YEAR ROUND....ANGELS, DOLLS, TASSELS, STARS, HEARTS, DECORATED CONES, SOCK CREATURES, ALL KINDS OF GOODIES WHICH ADD HAPPINESS TO MY STUDIO.


 IT'S WHAT KEEPS THOSE CREATIVE JUICES FLOWING!!!

LOTS OF LOVE AND HUGS!!!

posted by Teresa