Friday, February 18, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day to me!!!

I didn't find out until later that my sweet husband was trying so hard to surprise me on Valentine's Day that he went to Jerry's Artarama twice to try and buy the easel that I wanted. Finally, after he found out that they were out of them, I decided to order one from Blick. It arrived on Wednesday afternoon and is beautiful!!

I have not been able to use it yet since I am working on a smaller painting, but I have some larger canvases that are just waiting to be set up and painted!!

I also bought a leather pencil case for my 120ct Prismacolor Colored Pencils - it is lovely. The elastic was a little tight and it was a bit hard to put all the pencils in but in the long run it is much better than having to tape the sides of the metal tin that they came in so that they don't spill out.

Friday, February 11, 2011

It's an age old question...

Can Men and Women be friends?

There are those that will say, "NO" and there are those that will say, "Yes".

Personally, I think that men and women can be friends but there are a lot of rules and regulations that come along with that. I am married and don't have a problem with my husband having female friends. I don't have a problem with him talking to them on a regular basis or messaging with them on the computer. Where I draw the line is with being 'friends' or 'friending' complete strangers online. To some extent it isn't a problem, but when you 'friend' someone on a networking website and 90% of that person's pictures are what I call 'white trash Playboy' poses with close ups on thei r boobs - then we have a problem. The funny thing about that is that I am fine with Playboy and don't have a problem with porn, but its the random woman laying across her bed and posting her pictures online and friending this person and that that I have a problem with. The women who pose in Playboy or do porn are open and honest and make some money at it - those other women, just seem trashy to me.

So, why is this coming up you ask? Well, I have this girlfriend, Mandy. She is married, loves her husband very much and would never cheat on him, but she has always been a little anxious about her husband's computer usage. She has said that he is ALWAYS on 'social networking' sites and messaging with 'friends'. For a long time she has just let it go - she feels confident that he is not having an affair, but she (like me) doesn't feel that all of the 'friends' that he is talking to are really appropriate. Recently Mandy was on the computer that she and her husband share, she went to check her email but when the site came up there was an account still logged in. It was her husband's. She was just going to shut it down but when she moved the mouse she caught a glimpse of the first email. It was from one of those baby websites - you know the ones that you go to when you are pregnant and want to know what's going on inside your belly. Mandy told me that she immediately started to cry because she remembered that she and her husband had gotten pregnant last year. Unfortunately, Mandy lost the pregnancy just a few days after taking the test. Even though it was for the best in the long run, she was devistated. Okay back to the point...when Mandy saw this she cried but was also so happy and fell in love with her husband all over again because she realized that he had gone online in those few short days and signed up to receive emails and updates so that he would be able to share in the experience with Mandy. However, as she was scrolling through the list of emails she saw emails from one of those 'social networking' sites with subjects like "______ is now your friend". Out of curiosity she clicked on the email and followed the link to the website where she was met with the white trash Playboy photos. At this point all of that new found love for her husband went out the window. She was upset and felt all of that old anxiety coming back to her. She is not sure how to bring up the subject to her husband. She doesn't want to start an argument but she wants him to understand that this makes her uncomfortable.

What to do? What to do?

Friday, August 27, 2010

Trying my hand at softies...

Being stuck at a computer at work all day - I have the opportunity to browse blogs on the internet and stumbled upon 'softies' and I thought I would try my hand at designing and making a few. Here are the first two that I made.



Thursday, July 15, 2010

Happy Heart Giveaway - Valentina Ramos

Over on Choosing Beauty - they are hosting a giveaway for the wonderfully talented Valentina Ramos.
I stumbled upon Valentina's artwork during one of my many blog surfing's amazing some of the things that you can find when you explore the borders of other blogger's blogs. This is also how I found Choosing Beauty which is a great and uplifting site. Check it out.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Sybile Art...

Being new to the whole artist/drawing/painting thing I am always looking at other artist's works for inspiration and knowledge. Most times I can study a painting or drawing and figure out the techniques used by the artist to create a certain highlight or element. After recently redoing our bedroom (where I have my art table) I decided that I wanted to get some prints from a few of the artist's who's work spoke to me. In my previous post I mentioned Jeannie Paske's Obsolete please feast your eyes on this!
Sybile Art

White like snow

The flowery winds

She is extremely talented and I love her work as well as the concept of her art. If you dare to see more you can visit her at the following places:

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Jeannie Paske's Obsolete World...

I recently bought my first art print. It's just a little something for me - something to put on my desk to inspire me. I am in the process of fixing up our bedroom where I have a small table that I use to do my art. The plan is to put some floating shelves over the desk and on those shelves to put things that inspire me.

I stumbled upon the work of Jeannie Paske during one of my blog surfing sessions...I couldn't tell you where I started out or how I got there - just that I ended up in her World and was so amazed at what I saw. She is fantastic! I was so excited to receive my print in the mail today - it's called "Unwilling to Shine". For me, the print says alot about me - I am always afraid that I am not going to be any good so I am always sitting back and looking at everyone else and dreaming, wishing...

Unwilling to Shine

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


Moly_x_70 entry - first real use of cross hatching. Not quite sure how I feel about it. Not as repulsed by it as I thought I would be.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Carolina's moly - moly_x_70

Today I finished my Alice In Wonderland themed entry in Carolina's moly. I am pretty happy with how it came out.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sunday afternoon doodles

california dogface, originally uploaded by gwsmomma.

It is a rare Sunday afternoon when I don't have one of my two boys needing me to do something ever few minutes. Today I took advantage of the quiet time (quiet is a relative term in this case as my husband was in the same room playing the most annoying video game). It's not the best, but at least its drawing!

Thursday, May 14, 2009


Here are two of the flowers that I have drawn over the last few days - due to issues with my computer not wanting to upload

images...this is all I got.