Blog Rewind - Time of Refreshing...

Originally blogged on May 28, 2007.

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I've had some time lately to spend working in my art room.  I discovered that I work best when I can either watch or listen to the television.  I prefer a good movie, so I set up my lap top and added some speakers and bingo...I have a theater.  Okay, maybe not a real theater, but it works for me!  We have had a little rain over the weekend and that was nice.  I can see the canal in the backyard from my window and I like it when it rains and it is a little dark while I work.  Rain is refreshing and it feeds the earth and stimulates life. I love to watch it as it drops and meets the water and sends ripples across the canal.

John Ruskin wrote that "Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather."

Hope you are enjoying times of refreshing!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

Friday Fill-Ins...

And...here we go!

1. They've told me that I should open my own restaurant...what?
2. I have been sucked in and now I am going to finally watch LOST.
3. What is up with this weird weather we've been having?
4. January brings new episodes of my favorite tv shows.
5. Eyes are extra sensitive to light when you wear contact lenses.
6. I just discovered Sister Schubert's Dinner Yeast Rolls; ut oh I am in trouble.*
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to cleaning my studio, tomorrow my plans include finally putting my goals for 2013 onto paper and Sunday, I want to watch some football and relax!

*They taste like a cross between a roll and a biscuit!

Stencil Test Drive...

Stencil Girl just released a line of stencils designed by Jessica Sporn. Jessica asked me and a bunch of other artists to take her stencils on a "test drive."  The stencil hop began this month and will continue once or twice a month through June 2013.  We'll show you how we used her stencils, and you're invited to play along too.  Look for my post on May 2.   Visit Jessica's blog HERE for all the details!

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie
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Mini Botanical Paintings...

I have a few new mixed media pieces available in my Etsy shop.  Painted on vintage book paper, these mini botanical pieces are stitched onto cardboard and are ready to frame. 

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

SOLD - 6 3/4" x 8 1/2" - BOTANICAL ONE

6 3/4" x 8 1/2" - BOTANICAL TWO

SOLD - 6 3/4" x 8 1/2" - BOTANICAL THREE

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Friday Fill-Ins...

 

1. Ahhhh, will Adrian Peterson break Eric Dickerson's rushing record this season?
2. I bought all the ingredients for preparing to bake my holiday cookies!
3. Creating my goals for 2013 is turning out to be a little harder than I expected.
4. I have a cold and all I want is some relaxation.
5. A kick start is just what I need to stay focused in the new year!
6. I had no doubt that today would not be the end of the world so have a great weekend!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to quiet time with a Christmas movie, tomorrow my plans include sleeping in and resting and Sunday, I want to be rid of this cold!

 

Play along HERE!

Abstract Mini Paintings...

I have a few new mixed media pieces available in my Etsy shop.  Painted on vintage book paper, these mini abstract pieces are stitched onto cardboard and are ready to frame. 

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie

SOLD - 5.75" x 6" - MELLOW

SOLD - 5.75" x 6" - WISHING

SOLD - 5.75" x 6" - PURPOSE

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Studio Peek...

I want to answer a few questions I have been asked lately about my inky fabric.

Q: How do you store your fabric?

A: I hang the fabric which allows the pieces to dry.  I have these metal shelves in my studio and I just wrap the fabric around the posts. 

Q: Do you wash the fabric?

A: No, I do not wash the fabric.  That would totally change it and remove a lot of the color.

Q: Do you iron the fabric?

A: Yes, I iron the fabric if I need the wrinkles removed.

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie
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Friday Fill-Ins...

And...here we go!

1. Oh, my Christmas tree is dying a slow death and dropping needles all over the place.
2. It is best to take care of your health sooner, rather than later!
3. Buy one, because you don't really need more than that unless we are talking about doughnuts.
4. I am determined to get better at free-motion stitching and I say this positively!
5. Soon, I'm going to have to update my Will.
6. Have you ever made a wish when seeing shooting stars?
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to finishing the sample for my next on-line workshop, tomorrow my plans include attending our church Christmas party and Sunday, I want to finish wrapping Christmas presents while I watch football!

A Completed Painting...

...maybe!

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24 x 24 - Number 19

I started this canvas in Flora Bowley's Blooming True workshop and put it aside for awhile.  Of all places, I hung it up in our weight room.  I looked at it regularly and it never "spoke" to me. Each time I looked at it I was reminded that I didn't like it and had no clue what to do with it.  Last month, I took Tracy Verdugo's Paint Mojo workshop and when I got home I decided it was time to take a look at this canvas again.

Is it finished? I am not completely sure and might add more to it later but at least I made enough progress to say that I am happy with where it is now.  I like that I can revisit it later if I choose.

Have a  blessed day!

Roben-Marie