Friday, December 31, 2010

My Word for the Year....

I have thought of this, and thought of this for a few days now, and finally decided on a word for the year. Yeah, it was tough for me to narrow it down, but here goes....

COURAGE!!



Whats yours? Have you put any thought into it? Try it, create a page, and share!!!

Also, here is my calendar, all ready for January, from Kate's calendar challenge last year...I am hoping to get farther this year! Wish me luck on that one.


One last thing....I, once again, have been thinking of something that I have always wanted to do, but never thought I could...well, its back to the drawing board for me....I WILL learn to DRAW!! Always, always, always wanted to learn....gonna give it my best try!
What about you?
Happy New Year to you all....lets make it the greatest ever!
Until next time,
Ophelia

Monday, December 27, 2010

A Beautiful Sight...

I just love snow....REALLY love snow. It just brings out the kid in me...


Lately, however, I just like to sit inside and enjoy the view....but, my kiddos get up early and can't wait to get outside and play..

I hope you enjoy your day....
Until next time,
Ophelia

Friday, December 24, 2010

Well Everyone....


Today is my BIG DAY!!!! You know that day that I have spoken about for the last six months! My birthday is finally here, and its magical!!! I wanted to thank each and everyone of you for sharing in my journey....
BlogLand is such an amazing place....here, I am safe to share my hopes, dreams, successes, failures, happiness, and sadness....and you all provide such a constant inspiration, encouragement, and well wishes! I wish each of you a magical holiday season, filled with love, laughter, and creativity in the new year! Lets all make it a priority to make art, each and everyday! We have all been given such an incredible talent! I thank each and every one of you for being you!

Make it the BEST day ever! I'm gonna for sure....and, if you have any pull with the BIG GUY....that comes tonight....will you PLEASE let him know that I have been very good...kinda, and ask that he PLEASE bring my wish list from Jerrys!!!!
Until next time,
Ophelia

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Objective for Today...

Get MESSY!!! And, thats exactly what I did!

I started out with watercolor paper...taped down 4, and just went to town!!!

Paint splashing like crazy....talk about brush freedom!
Gotta keep it going...right...off to my journal I went...BLISS!!!
I will play around a bit more on these pages...but just had to share...
I would say....Mission Accomplished!
Until next time,
Ophelia

Friday, December 17, 2010

Look Out World!!!



This gal is going through some changes!

Its almost my birthday, and, well, let the thinking begin. Last night, I had a lightening bolt kind of thought, and, well, there will be some changes happening around here....

I know, I know, I've said it before, but this one is BIG! and believe it or not....I'm ready!

My poor family has to put up with me and my birthday....I start early....89 more days to my birthday....35 more days til my birthday...you get the picture, and yes, I drive them CRAZY! Well, 7 more days until my birthday!!!!!!!! I'm staring down the barrel at 41...gosh, time flies! Turning 40 was great although I didn't really make the most of it as I should have...there were a few things that I left out there, but all in all....I'm happy with the year....but...there is still lots to do..and I always feel that I'm Under Construction, and I see that as a good thing!

I have been thinking for quite time....and, yes, I sometimes think WAY too much for my own good...but, what if I really acted on some of it...how different would my life really look....With that being said....do you know the saying "Create the Life You've Imagined"...Gosh, what if I truly put that in front of me every single day!
Can you imagine how awesome we would be!!
So....last night I was doing some blog looking, and youtubing (it was a snow day...and I had to make the most of it...right??) Totally, and completely inspired definitely, but there was a little bit of something that just made me kind of bummed....you know, that I'll never be as great as...nasty old thinking...

Just be Me is so easy to say, but man, oh man is it hard to live....I'm gonna try though...you'll see
I figured that I had just been up way to late after my bedtime and just wasn't thinking clearly...it was 9pm for heaven sakes! So, I went to my studio, grabbed a few books, and settled in nicely...

If you have ever taken a workshop with Robert Burridge, you will understand why I'm crazy about him! He is such a fantastic artist, and just so incredibly awesome! A few years back, I took his Loosen Up workshop, and because you know me so well, you know that all of my excitement stayed in my seat there in the workshop...somehow, it didn't make it back to my studio with me....I picked up my Loosen Up workshop book last night, and BAM!!! Just like that, it was back! Oh....I could hardly sleep....

This girl wants to be BOLD....BOLD!! You know my issues with canvas..right...I want to break out of the security of my journals and do something BIG and BOLD...
I was asked some time ago why I don't work on canvas, and I only could come up with - I'm too chicken...well, that set me to thinking (see there I go again) but it dawned on me that my journal provides a sense of security, where I can still hide my "work".....I have never really put my art out there...well, here, but never out THERE...definitely too chicken for that....so, my journals stay safely tucked away in my studio for me to enjoy. I want to change that....oh, definitely the journaling EVERY day will continue...that is a ginormous part of me that will never be lost, but I want more!!!! Stay tuned!!!

I have been gifted with an early christmas present as our schools are closed again today.....Christmas vacation begins!!!! My kids and I will get in the car soon and head out to my parents....where I will kiss there little heads, and squeal my tires, so that they can have 5 days of bliss with my parents....and I can enjoy those same 5 days as I please!!!!!!!! YEEEE HAWWWW!!!!

My husband is on call, so we will not be heading there this Christmas as we usually do, and its gonna be a good thing....I think.....or, I'll make it good. Its just so hard to be away from my family during this time, but, we will spend a few days before Christmas with them, then head back home! But...until then, while my kids are enjoying all of the spoiling that only a Granny can give....I will be here playing in my studio....I have play dates planned with some of my firends....LOTS of Christmas shopping to get done....you don't honestly think that I've started anything yet, do you?????and some good ole fashion R&R!!!!

If you've made it to this......thank you for listening to me ramble!!! I hope you enjoy your day....I'm gonna!!!

Until next time,
Ophelia

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Color, Color, I LOVE Color!!

The weather here is quite dreary....wet, rainy, cold, just plain yuk.
So, I spent the day playing indoors with color. Today, I had another S.T.A.R.T. class, and there was color, color everywhere!!


I love, love, love using these Liquitex inks....not only do I use them in a nib and write with them in my journals, but I have also starting using them in spray bottles!!! Talk about fun!

I love using watercolors in my journals! Like I said....I just love color!
Paints, crayons, and watercolor pencils...oh, my! I can hardly stand it!

Gouache....adds so much more to the fun!


Mary was off to an amazing start in her journal. She has such a great eye for color....gotta love that!!
Regardless of the the weather outside where you are, I hope you make the most of your day!
Until next time,
Ophelia

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Rockin' Art Day....With A Magical Ending!!!

Today was my START class at Jerry's and boy, oh boy, was it great! I could not have asked for more than to spend the day art playing with these ladies!
We played, painted, stamped, and got plain messy!
The journal pages these ladies created were just amazing!!!

Then, as I was leaving the store...like a magical ending to a most perfect day....snow!!!


I hope that you all made the most of your day....I sure did!!

I'll be back at Jerry's tomorrow (I love that store!!!) for a demo with Strathmore Journals...with my FAVS - Liquitex Inks!!

Until next time,

Ophelia

Thursday, December 2, 2010

START...


Jerry's Artarama in Raleigh has a program called START. Stop Thinking Art is Really Tough! It is a great program for beginner classes....2 hours of instruction, all supplies included for $30!!!!

I am teaching an Art Journaling class there on this Saturday, December the 4th beginning at 10am!

http://www.startart.com/meet-the-artists/ Go here to check out all the instructors! There are classes being offered all over the area!

I am really tempted by all the art goodness that is out there!!

So, you want to try something new.....this is a great way to, well....START!!

Enjoy your day!

Until next time,

Ophelia