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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Christmas Pottery on: November 30, 2013 07:57:03 AM
I love the creamer pot and the cups. Great job!!
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Mini Canvases - Art Abandonment on: November 05, 2013 04:11:23 PM
Beautiful pieces of art and such a cool idea. It would be neat to couple this idea with the More Love Letters (http://www.moreloveletters.com/) movement.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Labyrinth Worm... Don't go that way! on: August 22, 2013 03:46:31 PM
Really cute. I was just watching The Labyrinth the other night... Smiley
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / 5x5 Paintings (2013) on: August 21, 2013 06:46:45 PM
The Hillsborough County Arts Council has a great fundraising event that I participated in last year (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=416164.msg4921074#msg4921074).

Participants create 5"x5"(x5") (http://fivebyfivetampabay.com/) pieces of art that are sold anonymously for $25. They can be sculptures, pictures, mosaics... Whatever. It just has to fit in a 5"x5"(x5") square(or cube).

I'm participating again this year. I've been on a painting kick, so this year I did two paintings. Both are based on photos that I took. The stairs were the winding staircase where I was staying on a recent trip to Amsterdam. The flower was from a cactus in my back yard.


I hope you enjoy! Smiley (Sorry the picture is a little dark. The color is still mostly good though.)

5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Catching up-A few projects (pic heavy) on: June 12, 2013 06:39:01 PM
Thanks! It was fun playing around with the painting knives. I really like the texture of the green background. Smiley
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Catching up-A few projects (pic heavy) on: June 04, 2013 07:13:52 PM
Thanks for the compliments. I like the birds too. I actually traced the image of the birds and then painted them. I still can't draw all that well, so carbon paper helps.

Otherwise, I feel like it's like coloring except with paint. And anyone can color! Smiley
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Catching up-A few projects (pic heavy) on: June 04, 2013 09:51:31 AM
I went to a couple of those BYOB painting classes that you can get Groupons for. They ended up giving me enough confidence to paint on my own. So since then I've painted a few things. A couple I've already posted, but I thought I'd get caught up. I hope you enjoy them! Sorry for the shininess in some of them.

My most recent for a friend!


My first attempt at using painting knives. For the background, anyway.


It's hard work creating new planets. Titled: There's a fine line between infinity and gravity


The Essence of a Tear. Such a complex thing...
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Sometimes you've got to leave your Comfort Zone on: December 25, 2012 05:52:14 PM
Thanks! I think with future paintings will be venturing in actual things, as opposed to abstract art. But I do still like the bold colors.  Cool
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Sometimes you've got to leave your Comfort Zone on: December 22, 2012 04:55:08 PM
I finished my second, fully original painting the other night. It's 12"x12", acrylic on canvas.

The symbolism of the color scheme is associated with chakras. If you believe in such things, chakras are life energy centers located along the spine. Each chakra has a representative color. (Here's a bit more information about chakras and their various meanings: http://www.empranament.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/empranament-chakras.jpg.)

For this painting, I was thinking about how living in a comfort zone can be a dangerous thing. That we can become complacent and take things for granted if we remain in our comfort zone too much. That our greatest periods of personal growth seem to occur when we are outside of our comfort zone.

So each side of the painting is an almost-mirror image. One side represents the comfort zone and our perception of what will happen if we move away from it:  basically that moving away from our comfort zone feels more and more dangerous. The other side suggests that staying within the comfort zone is the really dangerous part, and that we truly find bliss by moving outside of our comfort zone and challenging ourselves. The red dots throughout show that, sure there are still risks as you move away from the comfort zone, but that they are smaller than we might imagine and spaced pretty far apart.

Thanks for looking and for your feedback!

10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Cycles of Life on: December 12, 2012 06:31:26 PM
Thanks! Smiley
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