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9th Annual Art-a-Day Challenge, January 2018!

Friday, December 31, 2010

New Brushes

Almost as great as a new box of 64 crayons - new brushes and some new paint colors came in the mail yesterday. Just in time for a new subject. Grapes! I missed Art-a-Day last year so really looking forward to the adventure.

Getting Ready...

Hello, I am excited about Art a Day. Thought I would work on already started pieces. Let's be honest.. some of these were started over 5 or 6 years ago. Have some pictures of undone paintings but didn't want to post several pictures today, but thought I'd post one nearly done, will be finishing and putting up in Cool Beans this coming week. It's 2 16x20 canvases making one image. But I'd figure I'd send before and after shots of stuff I work on :))
I can't believe it's been a year. I did this last year and still doing some sort of art everyday. So if I make it through January that will be 13 months in a row. :))
"And, after all, isn't art in all its forms the beautiful trail of our all-too-human attempts to say, again and again, I Am Here." (Mark Nepo) Yes. I am here. And I see you. And beyond all that we see, we try to share with our own souls and the souls of those who take the one moment to stand in the presence of our small humble offerings of art, no matter the matter the perfection...we offer. We offer. And we say...I am here. And I see you.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Aloha Nui Loa

I greet you of art-a-day blog-dom with an aloha and cheek kiss from Oahu. Vali

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I'm in!

Hi there,

Thanks for doing this again! I hesitated at first because I have major life transitions going on (again!), but decided if nothing else I would like to commit to sketching every day with the goal of tapping into my emotional reflections of my surroundings. That much I feel confident I can do in spite of whatever else is going on, so I just got home from the new Dick Blick on Capitol Hill with a couple new moleskins and some killer pens. I'm excited and ready to roll. I trust the exercise will yield growth and perhaps new insights.

In the mean time, I thought I would share a new girl I completed this year. (Proud mama!) She's a glorious 30X40; gawd I love to work big!

Looking forward to seeing all your beautiful and interesting work! Happy New Year! Shelli

Monday, December 20, 2010

My first blog entry

I did it! My first blog entry ever. My art has been dormant for years. This activity will kick-start me. Am completing my second commission since starting up again, just in time for Christmas, then I want to go in a new direction. Not sure. I want to push colors, open up more to expressionistic painting.

Great to be participating in art-a-day.

Sunday, December 19, 2010


Welcome to All and particularly those who joined us despite my less-than-graceful invitation letter. I misspelled "repetition" and "soliloquy" and, so help me, I never get recieve right.  So much for spellchek. :-/

So delighted to have you here for Art-a-Day! The challenge officially starts January 1st but the fun starts now! I'm getting pumped. I have three challenges in mind for myself.
1. try totally new forms, materials, aesthetics and whatever else new and untried I can figure out without buying any special supplies.
2. stretch my metalsmith skills on a new jewelry concept. However, this one I want to hold close and dear so might not share many pictures of these. We'll see...
3. Play with dolls! During the first Art-a-Day I made cut-out type dolls from copper and a little stage for them thinking something along the lines of Kabuki theater. Actually, I was thinking "Noh" theater, and since it was neither I called it Noht Kabuki. (*pa dum pum*)  That never came to pass so, for my own sheer delight, I'm going to pose them and share pictures. Hopefully a new one each day.

This last one blows my mind since I so totally never "got" playing with dolls as a child.  Bouncing Barby on her dainty little feet, talking dribble in a tiny little voices and pretending to shop, drink tea and talk to boys while being all stiff and, well, weird???  I don't get it.  I couldn't even "pretend" with my children.  Thank goodness they had friends.

I look forward to the ride with you this month!