Sunday, February 13, 2011

being comfortable as an artist - sharing Sunday Sketches...

Wow, today I am celebrating my 54th birthday!!!  Yep, I gladly state my age!!!  It is what it is - I am who I am!!!  A lot more wrinkles than I'd like to see but the rest is pretty damn good!!!  I have a happy life in fact - just now my biggest fan, my husband Mark - just sat down a plate of cheese, crackers, fruit and a morning (yes, morning - it is my birthday) glass of wine.  He said - you've already been up for hours - or it would have been breakfast in bed!!!  Yay!  Anyways back to my Sunday yadda yadda...
Here is my Sunday Sketch as I celebrate my day!!!
a day to have fun!!!
Please take time to visit all the artists on Sunday Sketches hosted by Sophia at http://bluechairdiary.blogspot.com
So many wonderful pieces of art & poetry!!!!
Again, today, for the last time I am sharing the completed! yes, completed! painting of my granddaughter!
Thanks soooooooooooo much for indulging me through her completion!

I can't wait to give this painting to her!!!  She is 7 now and this is when she was 18mths.  She loves doing art with grams!  Especially if she gets to go into the "real" studio instead of the kitchen table to do it!!! lol

I would like to share some info for my upcoming week... I am attending a local art guild meeting.  This is my first venture out into the "real" local art world.  I have been invited by an accomplished artist photographer and friend.  Deb Drew Brown has exhibited in the ArtPrize Contest in Grand Rapids Michigan - a huge and fascinating event that takes over the downtown area.  She is currently showing at the Schuler's bookstore in the trendy Eastwood Towne Center in E. Lansing, Michigan.  Deb was also featured in our local magazine Capital Area Women's Lifestyle - check it out at www.cawlm.com
You can view her beautiful work on her website  http://web.mac.com/debdrew52
Her photos take you into them... I feel here butterflies touch my skin when I look at them... I can put my hand out and the birds may land on my palm!!!  As I struggle to take photos I am in awe of her accomplishments!!!!
Deb is also treasurer of a local art guild and tomorrow (Valentine's Day) the featured artist is an internationally awarded and recognized watercolorist Mark Mehaffey.  He is going to speak on how to make your painting your own!!!!!  I am sooooooooo excited.  I have to work and will get there late but can't wait to meet this man.  I have been trying to take one of his workshops  for the last 2 years but schedules just don't seem to allow that just yet!
I am definitely moving forward in an artistic direction!!!  To quote Deb from her article, "do something that you've always wanted to do without fear!"
Take that quote and run with it this week!!!!  Thanks for visiting!  Stop by Thursday - I have a challenge for you!
cheers, dana
make art, make friends - share art, share souls

21 comments:

BLISS angels said...

Happy Birthday Dana sunny Georgia and I hope you have a super day. my friend....Big hugs Wendy

dthaase said...

great use of color

Jennifer Noel Bower said...

Happy Birthday! I love your card. Congratulations on moving forward with your passion. I have heard that once you find your passion, if you are willing to follow it, the paths you need to take will open up for you. Sounds like that is starting to happen.
Have a blessed day.

Heather said...

Happy Birthday Dana!!!! Both these paintings are great!

Cori Lynn Berg said...

ohhhh how lovely! a scrumptious cupcake you made for yourself. make this wish count!

Marlene said...

Happy Birthday! Love your cupcake and your granddaughter painting turned out really good, like the mat color with her. Have a fun day.

Sophia said...

Happy Birthday to you!! Woot! :) I really hope it's a blessed one for you. Love that yummy cupcake. Hee

Good luck on your first art guild and please do tell us all about it.

Happy SS! :)

Heather said...

Happy Birthday!!!! I love the look of the cupcake, here. it really looks good. Cute heart sprinkles, too. I hope you are enjoying your special day!!!!! big hugs! -

Christine said...

Happy Birthday Dana, you are an inspiration! Too many of us fear another year approaching. Love your birthday cupcake! And your finished work of your granddaughter.

Lenora said...

Wonderful! The colours are festive and spring like in both! Happy birthday all!

Missy said...

Happy birthday! I love your birthday painting, I love cupcakes and yours is fantastic! Your other piece looks great matted and framed!

WrightStuff said...

A big Happy Birthday to you!!! What a cute sketch - though it has made me rather hungry.... hmmmm, I wonder if we have any cakes hiding about the house....

Ann said...

Happy Natal Anniversary!!! Celebrate the wonderfulness of you!! I look at each wrinkle as an accomplishment!! Love your birthday card..now I want a cupcake!! Your painting of your granddaughter is beautiful..what a treasure for her!Enjoy your art guild trip..sounds so exciting!!hugs!

Tammie said...

Happy Happy Birthday to you! I wish you a wonderful new year! Mine is next Sunday, 53.

I love that you made your self a wee fairy cake to celebrate - in he form of art.

Your charming girl in pink is lovely framed... a treasure forever.

Debbie said...

Happy Birthday! I love your final painting of your granddaughter. She is one lucky little girl to have an artist for a grandmother! Your cupcake painting is adorable too!

Sew Loquacious Angela said...

Happy birthday! Your granddaughter will treasure her painting always!
Love your cupcake, too.

Gallery Juana said...

Happy Birthday!
Inspiring post.
Enjoy your artist guild meeting.

Reflections said...

Happy Birthday. Hope it has been a spectacular day filled with love.

Your work, your piece is just grand! She will love it, reminders of shared moments with grams.

Jehanne said...

Hope you had a great Birthday!!
Love the cute cupcake. The painting looks great framed. Enjoy your week :)

Sinderella Studio Designs said...

Thanks to everyone for all the b-day wishes! So happy V-day to each of you and yours - give lots of hugs today and always!!!
dana

Julie said...

Happy Belated Birthday! I hope you had a wonderful day! I will be 54 Thursday! :)

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