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21  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by rockmygypsysoul on: May 27, 2014 03:32:24 PM
I've been terrible, terrible, terrible about not posting but now I have finally updated my list for the first time since the end of January.  I think this is almost everything (though I couldn't swear to it).  Full list here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430313.msg5142918#msg5142918

There are 81 new individual items I just posted on my overall list.  It's been a pretty prolific few months for me! (I know many of you are more prolific than I am but this is definitely very prolific for me!  Wink)

BUT I will just share a couple of my very favorite projects over the past couple of months...
(zombie shoes for the Surviving the Walking Dead swap)
(my niece Alexis and nephew Greyson)
(the clay bits are stamped with letters and say "for shallow seas i won't betray my ocean")
("The Stoic Dalmatian" oil painting)
("The Unimpressed Ostrich" soft pastel)
("Preservation: Peacock" oil painting)
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22  Re: Surviving The Walking Dead Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rockmygypsysoul on: May 23, 2014 06:24:11 PM
Okay, so my husband was supposed to find the camera a few days ago (and didn't)  Roll Eyes  So tonight I hunted it down and retrieved my package where I had kept everything together until I could take pictures...only to discover that my husband has already helped himself to some of it  Angry

Anyway, I have the coolest tshirt EVER!


And a corresponding adorable!!! hat

This supercool little 'Zombie Vaccine' kit to keep me alive and kicking...

Which included a decorated first aid kit

And a paracord bracelet

There were other goodies like the I *heart* zombies lanyard which my husband helped himself to, some Wet Ones, and whatever else my husband may have squirreled away (I think I got all the crafted stuff but please correct me if I'm wrong smileyyogini and don't take it personally - it's been a hell of a long week around here   Embarrassed)!
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23  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 34 (signup by 5/26, send by 6/23) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by rockmygypsysoul on: May 15, 2014 12:54:36 PM
Okay, this is what I've been working on (this sample one I did for the hubs and I here at home!)

This actually with silver instead of gray, so sorry for the reflective shine.

It's frame-able as 8x10.  I have silver, copper, gold, magenta, violet, and light red available right now.

Is there any interest?  Enough for 3, 6, or 9?  Huh
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24  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by rockmygypsysoul on: April 22, 2014 07:17:21 PM

Okay, I've been plowing through as much art as possible of late in preparation for my first art show.  Consequently, now that it's over I have oodles of stuff to turn in!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
SPEW: n/a
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name:  8 Thoughts on Love and Thinking
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description:  To reflect the balance of love and thinking, called to mind by the number 8, I submit 8 Thoughts on Love and Thinking, just maybe not quite the kind of thoughts usually brought to mind.  Roll Eyes
Project Picture:
On Love...

On Thinking

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
SPEW: n/a
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Mums (for Haleigh)
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: As the Pleiades are thought to be responsible for transformation of negative into positive, I painted this for a young woman who has no idea how special she is.  She's different from most of her peers - she thinks compassionately and is more imaginative and adventurous than most of the people who attend her extremely conservative, religious school and church (nothing against them per se but she does not fit in).  Her mother - who I adore - tends to have an attitude of 'make nice' and encourages her to simply suppress herself until she's able to be elsewhere.  But I see so much of me in her and I believe that she needs to appreciate what makes her beautiful in her individuality.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
SPEW: n/a
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Magic in the Sky!
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: During my study of Aeromancy, the view of the clouds was blocked  Embarrassed  BUT! I was able to see that bit of magic that the Muggles have in them (though I suspect a kindly witch or wizard helped them figure out how to do this!)
Project Picture: 

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
SPEW: n/a
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Trees in Pink
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: I'm trying to grow my art but am struggling with not trying to recreate images.  This was my first piece that I worked directly from a picture but actually interpreted it rather than trying to recreate it.  This was incredibly liberating and (although my husband and parents don't care for it), it brings me joy, comfort, and inspiration whenever I look at it and remember the joy of loving what I did!
Project Picture:

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
SPEW: n/a
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Wisteria Pass
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: Just as polyjuice potion takes so much time and effort and patience, so too can oil paintings, especially when you want lots of different effects and colors and impressions.  Consequently, while my polyjuice potion was taking its time to brew, I also practiced my wand work on an equally complex painting.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Runes
SPEW: n/a
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: The Rebirth of Blossoms
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description: As Berkano, the birch, is a symbol of birth and rebirth, I was thinking of other trees that are born and then reborn year after year.  The cherry blossom is a stunning example and, I think, represents spring as a whole which certainly encourages rebirth and fertility as well.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfiguration
SPEW: n/a
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Preservation
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description:  As I've been practicing the Avifors spell, I created not only a bird, but one that kept the gorgeous blue light my wand emitted when making it.  It took many tries to get this, but I love it so much better than a bat!
Project Picture: 
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25  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by rockmygypsysoul on: April 07, 2014 08:07:13 PM
Fly-by posting!  I'm on my tenth bout of this stomach hell I've had for the past three months so I'm keeping it short, though I expect you guys will best appreciate the conversation I just had with my husband while he was going downstairs:
Him: "Okay, well I'm gonna watch some X-Files and let the puppies have time out.  Just yell if you need something."
Me:  "Okay.  I'll be in my room, making no noise and pretending I don't exist."

Class/Challenge/House Pride:  DA - Patronus Charm
SPEW: A local crisis pregnancy center/home for expectant mothers
House:  Gryffindor!
Project Name: Mother's Day Postcards
Brief Description: Obviously, I hate papercrafts but I do so love painting!  I've been playing around a bit with watercolors which are so impossible for me to do but, using masking fluid, I made a set of 5 simple cards.

I have a tough time with Mother's Day after we miscarried four years ago so I usually do something like this - this year, I wanted to honor mothers who have adopted out their children.  Our local center stays in contact with the young women for a long time typically so this way I made a simple note inside saying "Mothers are not measured by the children in their arms but those they hold in their hearts.  Happy Mother's Day" and they can send them to the women they know will appreciate something like that (since I and they totally understand that some women would not want to receive this which is totally okay).
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26  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by rockmygypsysoul on: March 21, 2014 10:50:39 AM
Congrats Tiamatfire!!  He's gorgeous! Give him lots of love from craftster friends  Kiss Kiss Kiss

And noodle, that is just freaking adorable!!  Congrats on finishing your OWL!!

A couple of assignments to turn in...

Class: Apparition
SPEW: n/a
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Blossoms on the Mall
Brief Description: I spent a year living in DC and there's little to love as much as the Mall and when the cherry blossoms come in the spring it's incredible.  But my husband, a government teacher and politics junkie, has never been to DC!  We're working on paying down debt and when we get rid of the car note and credit card debt (I married into A LOT of debt) we will celebrate by taking a special trip - he doesn't know to where but it's totally going to be Washington!

(oil on canvas using the peak impasto method)

Class: CoMC
SPEW: n/a
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Serious Rooster
Brief Description: Well the Fwooper is not the only impressively colored bird - we all know the peacock, cardinal, phoenix, and bluebird are among the most beautiful birds alongside the Fwooper.  But we often overlook one other - a bird I personally feel represents the bright coloring of the Fwooper along with the ridiculousness that the Fwooper can cause among those who hear his song too long.  Thus I present Serious Rooster:

(oil on canvas using the peak impasto method)

Obviously, we have a strong feather pattern along with rich colors of red, blue, and yellow.

Class: Flying
SPEW: n/a
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Owl in Winter
Brief Description: Obviously, owls are quite capable of flying and I feel they are quite magical.  I imagine this one as one of the many at Hogwarts, still feeling the loss of Hedwig (as we all do).

(soft pastel on charcoal paper)
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27  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap Round 33 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rockmygypsysoul on: March 21, 2014 10:21:06 AM
Okay, sorry for the delay (it's been quite a week!) but this is my FABULOUS ami from Mama!!

That's right, an awesome, awesome, awesome t-rex!  Like I said, it was supposed to be a gift for the hubs but nope - I want it here at home and not in his classroom  Cheesy

Thanks SO much Mama!!
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28  Re: Huge, Giant, Enormous Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rockmygypsysoul on: March 07, 2014 04:50:52 PM
OH MY GOD.  I received from PhoenixFireDesigns and boy did she deliver!

Seriously, I cannot believe I now own this.

It's STUNNING (and should be submitted for the monthly challenge!) and it's PERFECT for my livingroom - the peridot (all FIFTEEN feet of it) and the petrified wood base are so totally matched to my new livingroom colors (it's sitting on my couch in this shot) and feel (earth, water, air).  It's just truly, truly gorgeous.  I'm going to get it its own little floating shelf - my living room is decorated with only paintings thus far and please believe this will be properly shown off  Cheesy

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
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29  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by rockmygypsysoul on: March 05, 2014 12:56:10 PM
Class: History of Magic
SPEW: n/a
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Poppies
Project Page: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432019.0#axzz2v7i6M2cD (this has the poppies as well as a Dalmatian I painted separately)
Brief Description: Poppies, such a distinct but simple flower, are one of my favorite symbols and have a rich history.  They can symbolize death but also may mean sleep or, more wonderfully, pain relief.  Poppy seeds produce opium which in turn is used in certain pain relief drugs like morphine.  While I have never used any opioids and fully respect the power of those drugs, I likewise know that the development of certain, safer prescription drugs have evolved from how opium works.  As a person with multiple chronic pain conditions and related insomnia, I completely appreciate the symbolism of sleep and pain relief.

Plus poppies are just so freaking adorable.

This is oil on canvas using a pointillism/impasto/tube painting technique for which I'm confident there's a real term but I don't have the first clue what it is, I just started playing around one day and really loved the effect.  That said, since there's no dilution, you go through the paint SO fast plus now, between this and another one I did, my hand hurts  Cheesy
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30  Seriously Oily Poppies and a Dalmatian in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by rockmygypsysoul on: March 05, 2014 12:54:09 PM
What a massive waste use of oil paint.

I love, love, LOVE the rich pigment of paint, especially oils and even oil pastels.  So I was playing around and started doing this thing that basically is tube painting but only with dots that (ideally) form peaks so it's kind of like pointillism and it also created an impasto texture which I like since I do so love texture.

Anyway, did a basic field of poppies and a dalmatian portrait on yellow.  I have lots more planned but my hand hurts and I am working through these .41 fl oz tubes like crazy (but I can't use bigger ones and get the same effect  Roll Eyes)

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