Thanks for watching...Ana
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
This particular one I'm using is called Creative Paperclay (made in Japan).
It is an air dry clay, meaning you don't need to bake it and can paint on it once dry.
It ends up being fairly hard, although I wouldn't test it too much. It's definitely for smaller projects, but I recommend it.
Here is what I did so far today...
Monday, June 22, 2015
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Once I received the cd with the images, I was mesmerized by them.
I just thought it was fascinating to see all the details of what is inside my head, lol.
I was inspired to do a series titled: Ana's Brain. There were approximately 10-12 different "slices" which contain several detailed images. Some are slightly repetitive, so I've decided to do 5 pieces for 11 slides, for a total of 55 pieces. They are all 8x8 inches on watercolor paper.
I would love to have them exhibited together as a group (I can visualize it)...but of course I also would love to sell these!
I need to get the ball rolling on selling my artwork. I have been scared and have lost some confidence regarding my work, because I've sort of been in a "bubble"...not really getting my work out there, other than on Facebook and Twitter, which doesn't garner much response honestly.
I love my work.
I'm proud that I've stuck to my guns and have continued to do work that is personal and introspective. I constantly get "why don't you just paint birds, or flowers, etc". "your stuff is too weird or disturbing."
I can and have in the past done those types of paintings when I've been in that mood. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy them, but that is not my main body of work, the serious/real stuff.
If no one will like my work, well then that's the way it is. But I will not compromise myself and my vision and my voice.
Anyway, enough ranting.
Here are a few photos of the Brain series....let me know your thoughts!
Monday, October 6, 2014
These were the contents:
- Ampersand Aquaboard - a 5x7" clay surface board with a watercolor surface
- QoR Modern Watercolor sampler, with a 4x4" watercolor paper.
- ArtGraf Graphite Stick - it's water soluble !
- Mono Zero Erasure - A high-quality precision eraser.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Monday, April 7, 2014
I currently find myself "on a roll", artistically speaking.
I am working on a fairly regular basis now although I'm not completely satisfied with the sizes of the current works (they're small!). I want to be able to do large pieces again and am always wondering when that will happen. I know it will, but when?
Anyway, I am always searching for inspiration and to see (curiosity killed the cat, remember?) what other artists are doing. Inevitably, I come across a LOT of awesome, wonderful works and I get REALLY depressed for a while afterward.
I start to feel like I'm not cut out for this...I'm too old...I don't sell anything...blah, blah, blah (huge pity party).
So yeah...I'm not feeling confident, having tremendous self-doubts...but, what's new? (lol)
Alright, here's some of the latest pieces. If you feel anything, please let me know (hate it, love it, don't care about it, it scares you, etc.)
mixed media on watercolor paper
Work I completed this past weekend...from my "ineffectual womb" series.
Each is 4"x8" (mixed media on watercolor paper)
♦I'm linking this picture to a cool artist, Omar Alvarez. Check out his work!
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Every weekend my boyfriend and I do "art/craft" time and it's allowing me to let go and have fun again. Also, his excitement with the paintings he's currently doing, is keeping me inspired.
Here are a few of the recent paintings/drawings I've completed. I know...they're "weird", but they're MINE!!! :D
Saturday, January 4, 2014
Friday, January 3, 2014
Today I'm grateful that I have the courage to begin this weird journey with the dolls. I'm excited.
Thursday, January 2, 2014
I won't come up with any excuses...it's just been life.
Maybe it's the start of a new year or maybe it's just wanting to continue where I left off...
I am just feeling inspired to get back to my blogging. I miss the writing, the analyzing, the observing, the ranting, lol. I've missed terribly the off-the-cuff expressions in virtual form.
When I first started, this little place in the world became my sanctuary. When I felt I had no one who understood, no one to truly listen...this space embraced me.
So here I am again...
On Facebook, a friend put a link to a project titled 365 grateful....
So I decided to partake in this, as I am at a crossroads with my creativity, my depression, my job...my everything. I can definitely benefit from recognizing gratitude in my life.
I will take photographs with my new iphone5c (I can finally say "yay"! after a rough start getting to learn its secrets...damn these convoluted technological contraptions :) ).
(I redacted last names)
Hopefully, I can continue this project...
I believe I can...
I believe I need to...
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Sunday, February 5, 2012
The theme for February was "Steampunk"...after doing some research and reading a little bit about it, I took out the materials that I wanted to work with and "let go"...my typical way of working.
These were a lot of fun to make and will be difficult for me to give up...
This is "Lady Eve" (Steampunk Paper Doll, mixed media, 2012)
This is "Inquisitor Lila Flinn" (Steampunk paper doll, mixed media, 2012)
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
I got it a bit late in the month...not sure why that is, but better late than never, I say. This is a good one and I'm thrilled to bits (despite having a horrendous headache as we "speak").
For those of you who might not know what Birch Box is...it's basically a subscription to receive beauty-related samples on a monthly basis. It costs only $10 (which includes shipping) and you can cancel at any time.
The samples are hit and miss...although I've mostly been very satisfied with them. In the past I've received a Laura Geller blush, a Stila eyeshadow, etc....so there's chances of getting some good stuff that I otherwise wouldn't buy.
This month included the following:
- BEFINE (Night Cream) - "Achieve glowing skin year-round with this potent cream, which smooths fine lines as you sleep".
*The sample size is a fairly generous 0.5 oz. (full size price would be $30). I'm looking forward to trying this one...as I have fine lines AND I like that it can work overnight.
- JUICY COUTURE (Viva La Juicy perfume)- "This scent will bring out your inner girly girl.. Wild berries flirt with mandarin and soft floral notes to create a fragrance that's fun and happy".
*This smells delicious! I have always wanted to buy this, but never got around to it...always distracted by other scents, but I think this year I might partake (Full size ranges from $69-89).
-STILA (Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner, in Blue Ribbon) - "It's time to put down the black liner. This colorful pigment makes eyes stand out and stays put for hours".
*This is an awesome "sample"...although it's the full size product. This is a gorgeous color. Sort of a dark gunmetal/blue, it's metallic, glides on smoothly...gorgeous. ($20)
-VMV HYPOALLERGENICS (Re-Everything: Eye Serum) - "Make a vow to conquer those dark circles once and for all. This anti-aging eye serum brightens and revives your under eye area" (full size is $80).
* I am excited about this one too...I have pretty dark circles...if this works, I'd be willing to shell the ginormous price for this product. I'll try to do a review once I've tried it.
- 'WICHCRAFT (Granola) - "This toasty granola, from Top Chef judge Tom Coliccio's NY-based 'wichcraft chain, takes care of snack cravings without any guilt." (Full size $8).
* This is an extra item included in the box...I'll let you know what it tastes like.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
I find myself shocked on a regular basis at how very disappointing some human beings are.
Lol, this cryptic message is not going to be easily understood, because for once, I don't feel like clarifying...just venting for a minute...but suffice it to say that I just don't get how some people can walk around breathing the same air that I do. I'm not judging anyone, on the contrary...I'm trying to be a little bit more open-minded, the older I get.
Why is it so difficult to be honest? I am filled with fear...have had a lifetime of it, yet I find myself facing my fears dead on...it doesn't happen on a regular basis, but every once in a while I just look in the mirror and bite down real hard and just do whatever it is that scares me the most.
Ugh...I myself don't even know what I'm writing here...
I just wanted to make sure that I never abandon my blog again. This "place" has served me well in the past, with my frustrations, ideas, accomplishments, etc. I doubt anyone reads this, but I suppose that's not important.
OK, I'm just rambling incessantly, so I'm off to bed.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
I'm slowly getting back into organizing my etsy shops. It's been difficult for me to keep it up, but if I can just try to do one project a day or every couple of days...I'll be satisfied. My life is in another transition period and I think it's going to be more challenging to have time for "me"...so I need to take advantage of any spare moment I have.
I'm rambling...here are the recent listings (if you click on the photos it will take you directly to the shop). Any feedback would be appreciated.
|3 pink butterflies|
|I ♥ Trees|
|"Waiting in Red,4" - mini print|
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
My version of this doll, comes with a stack of small paper, where you will write down your worry or prayer. You then slip it into the back pocket and forget it. You can also just hold the soft doll while praying,etc. I had made one for myself a while ago and thought that others might also benefit from having one.
- all are unique, as they are handmade, so no two are identical
- approximately 7-8" tall
- made with that is made from 100 percent post consumer recycled water bottles.
- this item is not a toy, therefore not intended to be used by children or pets
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I might be listing more of these on my etsy shop, but a few people who are not registered on etsy showed interest, so I thought I'd make them available here as well.
Thanks for reading...here they are...