Saturday, January 31, 2009

OWOH Overwhelming Response

Hello to all my blogger friends. I never imagined to have such an overwhelming response to this giveaway. I have over 100 comments and it hasn't even been a week since posting the item I'm giving away. Due to the great number I plan to search around in my studio today to add a second prize. I will post it as soon as I find just the right thing.
Thanks to all for all the kind words!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

ADD OR an Overly Creative Mind?

Do you ever feel like you have adult ADD? Just can't seem to focus on any one thing
until you're finished with it? Well, I certainly have a problem staying with just
one form of art. I jump around from painting, to collage, to fabric art, to making
jewelry , and then on to working with clay! So I've decided to give myself a break-not be too harsh with myself for not having the ability to stay focused on
one particular medium. I'm going to start calling it Hyper-Creativity Disorder!
Or HCD if you will. There's just so many things I want to play with and it seems
there's so few hours in a day. So I generally have at least 5 projects going at any
one time. Although the projects are Generally in the same medium, i.e. 5 collage
projects, or 3 background paintings, etc. I try to finish those little projects then
move on to another medium. Last week I posted a work in progress. A canvas I started
layering colors on, then showed you the poppies I started to paint. I haven't finished that one yet. I did however finish another one that I haven't posted yet
as I'm not sure how much I love it.
I was hoping to finish my canvas before the urge struck to move on to another art form but that didn't happen! I have moved on to a project that got put on hold when
we moved over the summer. I'm really excited about it now that I found it.
So here's another work in progress. It's fabric art. The base if velvet that I embroidered on first, then felted silk fibers across the bottom. I'm going for
an ocean theme. So the next thing I plan to do is alot more hand embroidery along
with beading. I'll let you know what happens. Who knows, I'll probably start another project!
Live Life Creatively~

Monday, January 26, 2009

OneWorldOneHeart Giveaway

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What is OWOH?
It's a blog-wide giveaway event designed to bring bloggers from across the globe together.
It allows us to discover many new friends & like-minded souls.(and of course, there's the
bonus of possibly winning some wonderful artsy things!)
This is the 3rd year of this event but only my first, so I'm very excited to be a part of this
huge blogging movement.
The only thing you have to do to enter the giveaway on my site is to leave a comment.
It's that simple. I will then put your name in the drawing which closes on Feb. 12. I will
contact you via email if you win. So please don't forget to leave me your email address
when commenting.
You can also visit the OWOH blogsite and see all the other blogger/artists who are participating.
http://www.oneworldoneheart.typepad.com/
Best of Luck!


This is a small art quilt I'm giving away. It's called "little pink houses" for
obvious reasons. The base for the houses is a fiber sandwich which was then burned
for texture. If you look closely you can see there is a fiber 'snaking' through
the background which connects all the little houses. The idea behind it is that
we are all connected in some way or other. There's also little heart buttons on some
houses and there are charms with words on other houses. It comes ready to hang.
Hope you like it.
This is the second place prize I'm giving away. I've had such a great response I decided to add another item.
So here it is! A mixed media art doll necklace. Made from a domino, wire, wooden button and brass charms. It hangs from a copper ball chain.
I plan to stop accepting comments on Thursday Feb. 12 at 6:00pm central time so that I can draw the names of the lucky winners and have it posted that same night.
Good Luck to all!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Poppies are blooming...

This is the 'work in progress' I blogged about a few days ago. I added some chinese characters
and sketched in some poppies. I blocked in the basic color of the poppies and am now going back
in to give them some shadows and highlights. So far I think I might like this one.
Since posting about this one, I actually started several more canvases. I'm on a roll now!
As I'm painting, I'm planning and scheming about all the other ideas springing up for more mixed media art. I'm so excited!!! So many ideas...Now all I need to do is stay off the computer,
stop playing with the cat & get to my studio!
Live creatively!
cathy aka pinkbirdgirl

Monday, January 19, 2009

Gorgeous Lake Michigan


I've been wanting to visit the beach near my house ever since we got our last major snowfall.
Having grown up near VA Beach I didn't get to see alot of snow and I especially never got to witness a snow covered beach. I just knew it had to be a thing of beauty. I'm definitely a
beach person (preferably a warm, sunny beach) so I just had to go check it out today.
It is absolutely amazing. Snow covering the sand and the rocky ledges with huge icicles hanging
from the rocks where the spray from the waves have been hitting it. The temperatures today
were mild ( 22 degrees) compared with last weeks temps (MINUS 18) so there were tons of
icicles. This photo is an area that formed a bridge between the rocks.
Pretty amazing!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Works In Progress


Just a quick little blurb about my new year-new life devoted to art. I have always wanted
to be a 'painter' but was always a little too hard on myself. I think I just always try to make
things look too real or too perfect. Which is really the opposite of my love for handbuilt ceramics.
Love that medium because of the lack of perfection that I allow myself to indulge in.
Painting is a different story. Always worried about getting the shading right or worried the object I'm trying to paint won't look like what it's 'supposed' to look like.
Well, I'm trying a different approach this new year in my new life. I'm not going to be so hard
on myself. I'm going to loosen up a bit with the paintbrush and just go for it.
Yesterday I pulled out a canvas that I started to paint way back in GA last year! I had done a
few washes on the background but was unsure of what I wanted it to be. So I added more washes
of color and some ink splotches and here is it. I plan to start a series of flowers painted on
backgrounds with lots of different textures/colors. I will continue to post the canvas in progress.
Let me know what you think!
Gotta run. My daughter is flying home and I have to get to the airport.
~~Live the life you've imagined~~ Cathy aka pinkbirdgirl

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Adventures in Clay OR Lesson in Humility

Today was my second class of wheel thrown pottery. I have been doing hand-building for about
6 years and absolutely love the possibilities that come from taking a chunk of clay and forming it
into something pleasing. I love organic shapes which to me translate into not perfect! At least that's
what I've been telling myself for the last 6 years. "It doesn't have to be exactly square or exactly
round because it's handbuilt!" I guess that is what drew me to handbuilding rather than trying to
throw on a wheel that spins around.
New year-try new things--right? Well I signed up for a wheel class. Just jumped right in last week.
At my first class I went in with the nagging feeling that I was going to be horrible at it. I kept telling
myself that it's much harder than it looks--too much precision!
Well, I'll be darned if I didn't take to it like a duck to water. I was hooked-totally in love with the
wheel. I threw 5 bowls last Wed. And they all look like bowls! I didn't make a complete mess AT ALL. I felt quite proud of myself. Patted myself on the back even. Classmates were amazed at my success. I came home and boasted to my husband that I was a 'natural'.
Then TODAY-class #2... I go into the studio and had to trim the bottoms on the 5 beautiful bowls I made last week. Not too much of a problem but it did take some patience. I couldn't
wait to throw a blob of clay down on the wheel and go at it. Only this time I totally screwed up!
I destroyed my first bowl right away. Then my 2nd and 3rd attempt wasn't alot better. Trashed
those and grabbed a 4th mound of clay determined to get it right. After much embarassment,
a little swearing and ALOT of patience I got a bowl right. I went on to make another that was
also pretty good. Then came another disaster. I was able to create one more bowl before finally
giving in and coming home.
I guess my point of this endless chatter is... my attitude last week going into class was that it was
going to be a true test in patience for me and a matter of really 'feeling the clay'. I knew it was going to take me weeks before I could master this skill, if ever.
But since it came so easily to me last week I went in today with all the cockiness of a seasoned
pro, thinking I could just breeze right on through and start turning out vases and urns of all
shapes and sizes.
Alas! I learned my lesson... Patience and Practice, Practice, Practice.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

New Year, New Life

I actually created this account a few months ago, but am now just getting around to starting my BLOG. The hardest thing about it, was deciding on a title. How do you pick a title for your personal
thoughts and feelings? Especially when you are putting your personal thoughts out there for the
world to see. You want it to sound interesting, somewhat cool and hip. I spent some time browsing through the dictionary and thesaurus trying to come up with a name for my train of thought that I plan to express to friends as well as strangers in cyperspace.
I finally settled on 'Reflections of a Ramblin' Girl' seeing as how I feel like I've been ramblin'
around the country for almost half my life. I first considered something along the lines of 'Nomadic Musings' but that sounded a little harsh. So I will attempt to reflect on this crazy life of mine which has allowed me to live in 6 different states;I'm currently in house #7!
Every move is stressful but I always try to look forward to moving for the simple fact that I
get to decorate a new house! That's always fun, but this last move kicked my butt. Plan and simple, just did me in. Maybe the age has something to do with it. Maybe my daughter leaving the nest and going off to college had something to do with it. Maybe me going to work at a 'real job' after being a stay-at-home mom for 18 years had something to do with it. Maybe downsizing and having to try and fit all my art supplies (which is a pretty vast collection) into a smaller space had something to do with it. Plus, after going to work I couldn't quite find the time to do any art!
Starting this blog, getting an etsy account to sell my artwork and quitting my 'real job' are
all part of my new life for this new year. The plan is simple. Make art, sell art, write down
your observations on life or art or whatever it is that I need to get out of my head and down
in words. All of these things are already helping me get back to my "happy place". This move
hasn't really been all that bad now that I think about it!