Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Feb Urban Market Ad from SKIRT magazine

Mark your Calendars ~ love will be in the air on Feb 13th

Just one day before Valentines Day, the Urban Market at the Hilton at Lexington Green will be offering some "sweet" deals! (Click on the ad to read details.)

Chocolate, wine tasting, makeovers; plus heart gifts galore. Special on lotions, fresh cut flowers, candles, home baked goodies, soaps, and much more. Bring your special someone and receive two for one deals. I'll be there alone with many other vendors. You don't want to miss this.

Urban Market ~ where, when, why

All this chatting about Urban Market … what is Urban Market you ask?  Last month, just days before an art show that I was in at PCC, I learned about a new concept in Lexington called the Urban Market.  After some investigation, I thought this sounded like the perfect venue to showcase my art.  Once a month ~ yes, I could handle that.  Indoors; lots of women vendors … helping a non-profit empower women to return to work, create jobs, help the local economy, help women over come horrible abuse and other situations ~ YES, I definitely wanted to support this.  So sign me up I said.  Well, I also ended up having the privilege of designing their new logo.  To view some of my original proofs that I created click here:
This was the final art selected  ~ I was pleased with their choice:
For additional information about the organization behind UM click here and select the events tab:

You are the LOVE of my LIFE

Graphic Design meets abstract painting with alcohol inks.  I spent all evening gluing bright colored felt backs to my heart inspired gifts for Urban Market. This is one of my favorites ~ an “art happens” accident no less.  I created these colors for the graphic in Adobe Illustrator earlier for another project and later realized the colors I had selected were perfect for this 6 x 6 hot plate I had create a long time ago.  ART does happen you know.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

rules, lines and function

This Functional Art "mixed media" trivet falls into the rule category.  Remember, way back when teachers would say, "color in between the lines"?  I never followed that rule ... in fact my entire page needed color always. I'll post info about the "love has no rules" tomorrow.  Seems I need to rethink this and make art that says, "love breaks all the rules" or Love KNOWS no rules?

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Je t'aime

This is my favorite heart coaster so far.  On the day I was working with my alcohol inks ~ it was very cold and they were not turning out the way I wanted.  This magenta heart almost disappeared when it dried. However, when I added some collage elements and a stamp by Tim Holtz the piece came to life. This one might be worthy of being posted on my new website ~ eventually, whenever I get to that.

Additional Functional Art

Have been applying resin to a table full of "Valentine" functional art coasters today.  

I also have another table of half finished "sweetheart"collages and greeting cards almost finished.  The deadline for my next show is lurking.

These are a few 4x4 coasters just scanned. Most are hand painted or images I designed. However, the "Don't Look Back" art is a stamp by Innovative Stamp Creations:
and the purple heart is by Stampington Inc:

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Valentine FUNCTIONAL ART Coasters

Past few days, I've been working on art to sell at Lexington's new URBAN MARKET, which will be held at Lexington Green's Hilton on Feb. 13th.  This is a 4 x 4 coaster, sealed in resin.

This coaster is definitely one of a kind. If you like purples and reds and want a really "different” Valentine gift for that special someone, here it is!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

CREATING A HEART TREE ~ chasing away the post holiday blues

Last week, as I began to take down holiday decorations … snow and cold temps keeping me indoors, I decided that I really was not ready to put away my tree. I stripped the lights and dug out my Valentine decorations from the basement.

Inside I found a few wooden heart shaped napkin holders. I thought, “M-mmm, these sorta look like tree ornaments”. And then the light bulb went off and gg’s “heart” tree was born. I quickly found some hand-made papers that I had created a few years ago from glue, ribbons and heart designed paper napkins. This technique is referred to as Crazy Paper or Serendipity Paper.  


I cut up the paper in the shape of hearts, added some ribbon and wha-la. Later, I added a few hand-painted wooden heart shaped ornaments and a few rubber stamped tags. Rubber stamps I used were: “Floral Document Heart” by Christine Adolph, “Women” By I Break for Stamps and and “Girls Rule” by Tim Holtz.For good measure, I added some pink and red artificial roses near the trunk of the tree.

Now, I needed a tree angel. 

I scanned a photo of an old vintage china doll that has been handed down from my great grandmother. I printed her on laser paper, pasted her to some cardboard, added some netting, ribbons, wings and of course a heart. After wrapping my tree in red netting, better known as bridle tulle ... my heart tree was complete.

Ooh la la! Now I have a heart tree to share with my friends. My husband thought it was silly, but he’s an engineer and what does he know about the happiness us girls obtain from creating and crafting our art projects? One of my goals of 2010 was to make more time to “create” and not just commission projects or art to sell at art shows. Sometimes allowing our muse to take over is better therapy than a vacation, a visit from an old friend or chocolate ice cream.






At January 19, 2010 1:56 PM , Blogger Lorraine said...
Love the tree and all the ornaments GG. Of course men think it's silly, that's why we need GFs so much -- we understand and appreciate LOL. Congratulations on meeting several of your new year goals. You are really doing well. I love the top design on your blog also. You go girl, Lorraine  
At January 19, 2010 9:55 PM , Blogger Gayle Page-Robak said...
Gorgeous heart tree!! Love all the heart decorations on it as well. Great idea. I am so pleased you joined my followers list and I am pleased to be on yours now as well. I look forward to returning as often as I can to see more of your artwork. Congratulations on your new blog and good luck with keeping your goals! Hugs, Gayle (in Canada) 

Sunday, January 17, 2010

2010 GOALS

Ahh, new years resolutions ... can we keep them? I'm feeling pretty good as I'm working on my NY's goals each day. We are on day 17 and I'm slowly checking them off. Goal #1.) Create a "new" website and blog. Check! They are far from being complete, but at least they are "up and running". Goal #2.) finish my taxes - in the mail. Goal #3.) Focus on what I can do and let go of what I have no control over! (Well, I'll have to revisit this every day of course.) Goal #4.) Create some form of art every day, whether it be digital media, fun craft projects or visual "functional art" to sell at upcoming art shows. I'm signed up and registered for the next 3 Urban Market events ... so this will help me stay on task. And last but not least, Goal # 5.) Move my office and computer to a more peaceful, zen location and rearrange my studio and artwork spaces. Well this is a constant work in progress, but I'm being more mindful that my muse cannot always thrive in chaos. :-)