Saturday, October 31, 2009
Yesterday morning on Steven's last day at work and the same day as the party, we received an offer on our house! wow. We accepted the offer, met after work to sign it and seal it, and then went to the party!! What a happy celebration it was. Our closing is scheduled for November 30th and if all goes well, Steven and I will be heading to Florida soon after that. Steven insists it is my "Guardian Angel" that made these events happen in such a way, but I must say thank you for all your good wishes, support and prayers -so appreciated!
I created another Animoto video from photos I took at Steven's farewell party -- Click Here to view it. Check out his Florida shirt, he looks pretty happy : )
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I do not usually work with circles and dots so these have been great challenges for me. Thanks, Helga!!
lenna young andrews, October 27th, 2009.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
While we had an Open House today we drove to Farmington to take a walk with the pups -click on the photo above to see some lovely fall photographs of CT. When we got there, it was then that I remembered that Steven had taken me to this same park and same path, 5 years ago when we were first together . . . . amazing.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
This is my third year contributing to Casie's Calendar : )). You will be able to purchase it on the Vintage Image Madness site soon; I'll let you know when it is ready. The calendar is a collaborative project hosted by Casie Metcalf with Vintage Image Madness images, and is a limited edition printing of 100 calendars. The international artists who participated in 2009 are: January - Lisa Martin, February - Doreen Cosenza, March - Frieda Oxenham, April - Tally Oliveau, May - Cindy McMath, June - Lenna Andrews, July - Lise Kirk, August & Cover - Kim Tedrow, September - Cathy Johnson, October - Megan Hull, November - Janet Heritage, December - Susan Metcalfe. I believe all of these artists are participating again this year!
The calendar measures 4.75 inches by 5.5 inches and comes packaged in a CD calendar case. The calendar comes with 14 total pages - 12 months plus the cover and back - each month is a separate page. The case can be turned inside out to form a desktop stand to hold and display the calendar. The calendar has been professionally printed for outstanding color and wonderful reproduction.
Casie's site is unique in that you can purchase image sheets and have them sent to you, OR download your images and print them out yourself! That is what i did. Casie has a tremendous amount of images to choose from - have fun looking, and thank you, Casie! It is my pleasure to participate once again. i just love your images!! lenna young andrews, October 24, 2009.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Above I used water color crayons and a big pad of paper -mine was 10"x 14". I divided the sheet into 6 grids. Top left was freehand circles with a crayon - i colored the background too. The middle top square = sequin waste as a stencil. I colored in some circles with crayons, and when some washed away as i wet the crayons, i stenciled some Dye-Na-Flow through the sequin waste instead. Top right is a button i traced with the crayons; everything was wet with water to activate when i was done filling in the squares.
Bottom left - painted a blue background with water color crayons and let dry, then dotted with white acrylic paint directly from the tube! I also used a white marker to circle the paints and add dots. Middle bottom square was tracing a Lumiere paint jar . . . . and the bottom right = using a circle template and tracing various sizes. I really enjoyed this exercise, Helga & can't wait to see next week's! awesome! yours creatively, lenna young andrews, October 20th, 2009.
Monday, October 19, 2009
The Deborah award states: "Friendship isn't about who you have known the longest, but who came and never left your side." Wow! What a wonderful award, thank you! Please visit Sharon's blog: Livewire Jewelry and be ready to be amazed. Sharon does awesome mixed media work as well as fabulous jewelry and she is a most kind and enthusiastic person whom i am lucky to have for a friend. I would love to pass this award on to these art friends of mine - please don't feel that you must pass it on in turn - just enjoy! And thank you.
Tristan Robin Blakeman: Enchanted Revelry
Frieda Oxenham: Frieda Quilter
Helga Strauss: My Artistic Life
Cindy McMath: Pink Bird Studio
Here's to friends and art and love all hand in hand - lenna young andrews, October 19, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
i took a postcard with Nick Bantock's Art already on it, and then altered it to send to a friend. I added tissue paper (blue w/ stars) handmade paper with gold swirls and rubber stamping in black ink. watercolor crayon was added along the edges and then wet to activate (red), and then a Magenta stamp = woven edges, stamped on top of that. i love doing this and mailing it out! : ) lenna young andrews - October 16, 2009.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
This is one of eight "Royal Bird" ATCs I made for an ARTchix Studio swap! Six ATCs were required and you'll see that I made 2 extra, if you click on the one above. I used an ARTchix Studio sheet that was already sized and prepared for ATCs called 'Royal ATC Birds On Cardstock' as my base. I also added transparencies from the 'Royal ATCs Transparency' sheet, 'Royal Inchie Birds Transparency'and some leftover strips of fabric, from Helga's masterboard on a previous blog challenge she gave us - i love her patterns! It took me some time to get these the way i liked them, but when i was done collaging the basic cardstock bird ATC images, i liked them! i hope you enjoy them as well -- click on the ATC above to view 7 more. yours creatively, lenna young andrews, October 13th, 2009.
Monday, October 12, 2009
yeeHa! I always bring a bag of ART stuff along when i travel, so i worked on this piece while i was visiting my parents in Florida. I choose the 4x4 size to combo with the 1x1 square. I took Helga's Masterboard that she created for a previous challenge and copied it onto a piece of vellum. Actually, i did that in August for that challenge, but did not use it. I used a copy i made on to fabric instead. The vellum copy is very light and kind of transparent. I used my xyron to make it into a sticker and then placed it on top of a piece of watercolor paper that i had first colored with yellow, green and orange watercolor crayons --this shows through the vellum print of Helga's masterboard.
My 1x1 square was an old ledger sheet that i added color to with my trusty crayons.Then, when everything was attached i used a permanent black pen and more watercolor crayons to accentuate the lines of the bird, Helga's swirls and the edges of the 1x1 piece. I finished this with hatch marks from a silver glitter marker! Thank you Helga for your continued inspiration. xo, lenna young andrews, October 12th, 2009.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
You can see all of the notebooks here in a set on my flickr account. I have 4 more i plan to decorate, maybe this weekend. It's back to Stonewall Kitchen tomorrow!
I really do enjoy doing this type of art . . . gathering items i think might work, searching for something the piece "needs" and adding to it until it feels done. it makes me happy to do this and i feel proud when i am done. Here's another thing for me to be proud of -- today i created a YouTube channel for myself -wow! In the future I would like to have videos of my lessons or at least demos of techniques. But at the moment I am getting a lot of enjoyment out of creating Animoto videos. I mentioned this earlier this week. Animoto takes photos that you choose plus music you select, analyzes it and combines it all into a very cool little video. I could share these videos on my blog or by sending you a link but i could not send you to see all the videos i created on Animoto. So, the YouTube channel was the answer to that. It is like a little web page of my videos i have created and i am sure I will add to it. http://www.youtube.com/creativelenna. yes, another web site for me, geeze. I wonder if Decklin knew what was going to happen when he created the original one!! hope you enjoy, lenna young andrews, October 1, 2009