Monday, December 13, 2010

Still Life Practice Project

OK, so it has taken me forever to post this.  I posted it over on my Deviantart account awhile ago.  I keep meaning to spend some quality time to write up a little bit about the process and my original intentions for these finished pieces.   But I'm just not feeling it anymore, as this project has been complete for so long now.  So here they are in order of size...


This is part of a small still life series I created as a gift for my husband. The series was also intended to help me "brush up" my skills. Going back to basic still life was a good exercise for me.

Medium: Watercolor on yupo paper

Size: Two 2.5"x3" ACEO/ATC, Three 3.5"x5", and one 5"x7" and the concept sketches on 8.5"11" sketch paper
Reference: Found objects

It's an Etsy Thing...

So, I'm still a little behind on creating web pages for all of my moms art dolls, but I did help her set up an Etsy shop.  I've wanted to get one up for myself for a long time, I just don't have anything to put on it yet.
 Anyways, my mom, Paula now has an Etsy shop. In order to get a feel for how her new Etsy shop works and to join in on the holiday festivities, Paula has made some fun handmade pins. The pins feature one of her favorite characters, Santa Claus. Go check these jolly fellows out. Whenever she takes these little guys to the local Art Center or the annual Christmas Boutique, they sell out quickly.

As soon as we get some general shop policies established, her available art dolls will make an appearance too. So stay tuned, for a quicker and easier way to purchase Paula’s dolls.

Also, Paula is currently working on the finishing touches of an all new Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus doll duo. I got a sneak peak over Thanksgiving and can’t wait to see the final results.

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a Wonderful New Year!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Another one down, or should I say up...

So, finally I have made a page and posted one of my mom's latest dolls, "Elven Granny".  I was really trying to get it and her three new feral creature Boogey Boys up before Halloween.  But running behind, as usual,  Baby V, Sean, and I had some vaccinations this week. So between the after effects of that and getting ready for Halloween, this week was toast and the week before I was down with a never ending cold.  Anyways,  here is at the very least the magical Elven Granny just barely before Halloween.

We'll see what tomorrow brings, maybe Boogey Boys can get done?  Then another new one she finished a week or two ago, then maybe some of her older ones for display.  Phew!  I have a lot of work to do on her site and I still have my own art projects I'm wishing and dreaming about.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Sherry the Bird Feeder on

Another beautiful elf doll, Sherry the Bird Feeder created by my mom awhile back is now up on her site. Woohoo, I think that makes 24 more to go! Oh, and a  brand new doll pending photos… so actually back to 25... :)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Another Update!

Yeah, more progress...  "Bird Boy" a feral creature doll, my mom made at a Wendy Froud workshop in July this year and "Flowers for Mrs. Claus" a holiday Santa Claus doll, have now been added to my mom's website.  Two more dolls down, twenty four more to go!

Here is a couple of pictures of the two beautiful dolls by my mom, the talented Paula O. Murphy.

Monday, October 4, 2010 Updates!

Among the few digital projects I completed in the last couple of days was to finally add a couple of dolls to my moms fantasy art doll gallery.  I added "Miss Frost" and "Message from the Ancients".
It took almost all day today, between taking care of Baby V and struggling with a css image placement problem.  After much ado, it was a simple typo in the code.  Which I would normally have caught sooner, but my "work station" is a balancing act, way back from the desk on the couch, so I can hold Vivian at the same time.  Making it very hard to focus and read the small code.  ... and what should have been a two hour job at most for me, took almost the entire day. Today was a good Baby V day too.

The good news, two dolls down.  The bad news, still a whopping twenty six to go and the number keeps getting bigger as my mom is turning out more dolls faster than I can currently keep up with!  Babies, gotta love em!

Anyway, here is a couple of pictures of the two beautiful dolls by my mom, the talented Paula O. Murphy.

Pepe's Russian River Scrapbook Page

I'm starting to get a little more of a handle on this whole mommy thing.  However, even with my best laid plans my days never go that way. But the last couple of days, I have been able to get a few small digital projects done. Yeah!  Including this one.  The next scrapbook page of Pepe's adventures.  One of our earlier Russian River Canoeing trips way back in May 2007.  He's sooo handsome!  My husband is too.  :)

Looking at my first trial here,  I see some definite improvement.  I do recall, however, spending more time on learning how to convert one of the button flower elements into a brush.  Which was really cool to do, unfortunately it has been so long I don't remember how I did it.  I think I may go back and touch it up or start all over.  Ha!  Anyways, the digital scrapbook kits used in this piece were downloaded for free from  Computer Scrapbook.  I still can't believe how many digital kits they have up for free.  There weren't any TOU's on this particular design, so I don't know who to credit.  Thanks to whom ever it was, teals are my fav!

While I was trying to confirm what the proper file size and resolution should be on a standard digital scrapbook page, I found a new way to mask from a tutorial .  I have never done a mask like that before, it may be simpler too.  If you check out the first video you  recognize the 3" square paper blocks I was inspired to try out.  That is actually how the whole page got started.  Before I knew it I had a whole page done, while baby Vivian slept and played on my lap.

Vivian's Birth Announcement

So, I finished Vivian's birth announcement before she was born with a place holder for her pending photo shoot.  This way it would be easy for my husband, Sean, to add in the picture at the hospital and just email it out as soon as we could on the big day.

It has taken awhile to get around to do more than email it about though.  You know, my first newborn and all.  I'm a complete newbie, and she is a handful!  :)  Recently, we had it printed on 5"x7"postcards to mail out.  At that point, I added a backside to the card, since the cost difference was very little.  Why not make use of the space, right? 

I had a lot of fun doing them and enjoyed using the beautiful scrapbook digital kit and element designs by Carrie Stephens, I downloaded for free from ShabbyPrincess.

Ah, isn't she cute!

Monday, April 12, 2010

A long overdue project...

Ok, I have to admit, that I do have something else that I have been working on. My mom's website for her fantasy art dolls and other endeavors. I have been working on it, here and there, for almost a year. It has been a long haul, as I have been trying to create the site and assets from scratch, while teaching myself all the new fangled ways to do things and how to use a suite of Adobe CS4 products. I was still a little old school, coding direct in html with table layouts and later with FrontPage until sometime in late 2008 when my hubby purchased Adobe Design Premium CS4 for me. Sorry this has taken sooo long mom. :(

Anyways, it still has a lot more work. It currently is a bunch of holding pages, but at least the backbone is there. Content, here I come!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Finally, a post!!

Ok, so trying to motivate myself to do little art projects or anything creative for that matter, by creating a blog journal hasn't been so successful. I've started a few projects, but haven't finished anything that I was comfortable sharing... till today. :)

Since I'm new to this whole blogging thing, I figured this post can also serve as a trial on how photos link, load, display, auto-thumbnail and re-size etc., here on blogger.

Anyways, I wanted to investigate further how to make a simple baby announcement to email, maybe print for those family members who really want something tangible. By the way, I'm about 34 weeks pregnant, thus the interest in a baby announcement. I've done a little web and print work, so I've got the basics, but what I really wanted was something scrapbooky with cute little graphics and textures that I didn't have to build from scratch.

What did I find? The world of Digital Scrapbooking. Wow, I knew people did it, but had no idea there was an entire community, industry and a market selling digital papers, elements and components. Of course I wanted to try it free and maybe a quick tutorial on how "it's done". When trying anything new, I like to get a general idea of the common or best practices. That's my... *anal*ytical side. :)

Here is what I found... drum roll for credits and a sincere thank you, please:

Scrapbook Gal's blog with this tutorial (to try at a later date), which then lead me to a wonderful selection of free for private use "kits" from, which then lead me to their own tutorials. I chose to try out this one, since I could follow along very closely with freebies from their own site. I even used some of the fonts suggested from

So, here it is, my long overdue first artsy posting and quick project:

I thought it would be a small work of traditional art, but hey, Pepe is a well deserving, extremely loved little dog. So I guess it is fitting that he is the center of my first posted project.