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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Freedom Found on: April 18, 2009 08:50:39 AM
This is just an idea I've been toying around with for a bit. I'm planning on doing this on a much larger scale soon; I'll post pictures when it happens. This was done on a piece of cardstock. I always like the concepts for my paintings, but am never quite satisfied with how they turn out. I guess that happens when you don't have much formal training. Anyway, I actually like this one. It's very simple and almost child-like. Parts of it are kind of hard to see because of the flash of my camera. (I have no formal photography training, either, obviously.) Anyway, I hope you like it!  Smiley

Close up:

Whole painting:

Thanks for looking!
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 36 ENTRIES / Across the Night Necklace on: March 02, 2009 07:41:42 PM
My favorite song is Across the Night by Silverchair. The first few times I heard it, I wasn't very impressed. I only made it about halfway through the song. One night, I listened to the whole thing. Suddenly, it all made sense. What a beautiful, cinematic piece of art! I especially connect to this song because at the time I first started listening to it, I was very depressed. I was suffering from an eating disorder and felt utterly alone. (Side note: Daniel Johns, who wrote the song, also suffered from depression and an eating disorder. He wrote this song-and the entire album-as a concerted effort to get better.) This song quite possibly saved my life.

Here are the lyrics: http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/75320/

So now that you know way more about this song (and my life) than you ever wanted to  Grin, here's the necklace I made, inspired by Across the Night.

Action shot:

Worn by my lamp:


I used black, white, and purple disc beads as the night sky, and yellow seed beads as the stars. They're strung on knotted waxed linen string.

Thanks for looking! I love this challenge and am looking forward to seeing all the songs people use as their inspirations! Have a good day.  Smiley
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / The Magnificent Tree on: May 19, 2008 06:58:31 PM
This is my first painting on a canvas. I used Van Gogh acrylics. Here are some pictures with various levels of flash (the first picture is truest to color):

Since this was my first time using a canvas, I wanted to do something simple. This is probably attempt #3 on the same canvas. Apparently I have a tendency to overwork the paint, so I had to repaint it black and start over twice.  Tongue I was inspired by these lyrics by Hooverphonic: "This magnificent tree/Appeared in my mind/Even without leaves/Its strength was divine."

If anyone has any ideas for additions to this painting, please feel free to tell me. I would like to add something, but I'm afraid I'll screw it up. Maybe I'll just have to duplicate this one and experiment.  Smiley

I already have some more lyrics I want to depict, so I will be posting here occasionally (or so I hope). Thanks for looking!
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Regina Spektor on: November 26, 2007 07:18:47 PM
I drew this for my sister a couple of months ago. I used a mechanical pencil and crayola twistable crayons. (I know, not very "artsy" of me.  Wink) I started to draw Regina, but realized pretty quickly that the proportions of her face were off, so I cut out her facial features (eyes, nose, mouth) and glued them to a separate page in the right places and then drew/colored around them. I had fun with this one and I'm pretty happy with the outcome. Thanks for looking!  Grin

5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Jim Halpert on: October 10, 2007 09:08:12 PM
It's my sister's birthday today, so I drew her a picture. (I got her some other stuff, too- I'm not that cheap!  Tongue) We both really like The Office, so I decided to draw Jim Halpert, who is probably my favorite character (and hers). Here he is:

And a close-up:

The quote says: "Right now, this is a job. If I advance any higher, this would be my career. And if this were my career, I'd have to throw myself in front of a train."

Note: I only draw for fun, so as long as the picture ends up looking somewhat like the intended person, I'm happy. In this case, I think I did a pretty good job.  Smiley

I think it would look better if I could have drawn one of those faces he pulls for the cameras all the time, but I don't think I could have done it justice. Maybe for my next drawing.

Thanks for looking!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Midnight Sky Necklace on: September 19, 2007 07:10:42 AM
Here's a necklace I made out of dark teal faux pearls, chartruese bugle and seed beeds, black, finely-detailed beads, and a leafy toggle!

The colors look quite different in this photo, but this is the actual color of the teal beads.

This is my first really successful asymmetrical necklace and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!  Smiley

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Something Fishy Earrings on: September 19, 2007 07:05:10 AM
I've had these fish beads for awhile, so I decided to do something with them. Now I have these little guys swimming with me all through my day!

Thanks for looking!
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / A Clockwork Orange on: August 11, 2007 09:26:58 AM
My favorite book is A Clockwork Orange, so I decided to make a stencil of one of my favorite parts. It says "Korova Milkbar" and has a glass of moloko-plus next to it. I drew the stencil of the glass of milk, but for the lettering I used some letter stamps I picked up at Wal-Mart awhile ago. I hope you like!

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Purple, Green and Blue on: July 18, 2007 10:09:53 AM
These are some simple earrings I made the other day after a quick trip to Hobby Lobby. I haven't made any jewelry in awhile, so maybe this will inspire me to get back on track! Thanks for looking. Smiley

10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / John Butler Trio on: July 17, 2007 12:49:13 PM
The John Butler Trio is one of my favorite bands, so I decided to make one of their CD covers into a stencil. If you've ever seen the cover of the single Zebra, then you know where I got my inspiration (and my stencil). The colors are more vibrant in real life and it's been through the wash once already, but I think it turned out really good. And I realize there was some bleeding and the white is peeking out from under the yellow in places, but I just think it gives it more of a homemade look (or so I like to think). Wink Thanks for looking.

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