*My Crows* *My Art* *My Way*

Monday, September 18, 2017

Hi Everyone!
Hope you're all well!
Today is my birthday and I have to say, I think it's my best birthday ever. Not because of gifts, but because of how I feel inside. I hope that makes sense? I'm also so grateful and fortunate for all of you! I know I say that often, but I mean it!! 😃

My oldest brother got me a Red Velvet cake and mom got me vegetable chips! Good combination! LOL!
Mom also got me a scratch ticket. I didn't win anything, but that's ok, I just love the name on it!
My other brother and sister-in-law got me a beautiful candle and balloon. I forgot to take a picture of the candle! I was also surprised, by my neighbour's little girl today! She made me a very special card! got me crying!
Ok, by now you want to know about the winner. I had 9 people enter. I thought what can I do, to make this giveaway as special as I feel inside. So, I decided to do this. The first name I pick, is going to get all the stickers I showed. This person is. Val from MissValsCreations! Congrats Val!

Now for the rest of you! CJ, Sandy, Gina, Valerie, Deb, Magaly, Victoria, and Lone. (If I have missed anyone, please let me know.) I am going to send you a couple of stickers and if you don't mind, I will choose which ones you get. I would love to give all you, all of them, but I might run out! LOL! I have to get more printed.

Please, even if you think I have your address, send it to me again!! Congrats Everyone!

Just to let you know, I've been "trying" to design the bags! My eyes are going crossed eyed! LOL! It truly is like making a pattern! I have to make all the photos with different pixels too. Not all the paintings I liked, are going to make it. I'm really trying to use the one in my banner. I think one side will be the Goddess and the other will be the baby crows!

I do have some new paintings to show you!

"Be You" "Shine Your Light" (5" x 7"canvas) (I'm hoping to get this painting on a bag, if it turns out right!)
"Trust" (5"x7" canvas)
"Best Friends" (2.5" x 3.5")
Just to let you know, I have to "concentrate" on these bags! Doing this, I won't be showing a lot of new art, for awhile. Saying that, it's going to be very hard for me to stop! LOL! So, we will see!

Big Hugs 🌚

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Hi Everyone!
Hope you're all well!
Thank you for the response to my last post and being there for me! I'm very grateful for you all!

I'm setting up my profile to get the "day bags", designed. They have just added notebooks, so I thought that would be fun too! I will also be designing some new stickers! I know I have asked you this before, but please, if there is a "specific" painting, you would like to see on the bags, or anything else, tell me. Even if you don't remember the name, just describe it. Thanks!

I want to thank Valerie, for a surprise happy mail. It came at the right time! Sent all the way from Germany, a beautiful postcard! If you don't know Valerie, I would go say hi. She is a special lady, who creates amazing art and her photos are beautiful! Thanks Valerie!
I love what was on the back of it.
I have finished some paintings.
Here are some progress pictures, of one I just finished.
Finished piece.
"She Whispered" "I Am Here" (12" x 16" canvas)
I also would like to show you some baby crow aceo's. (2.5" x 3.5")
"Marshmallow Treat"
"Grocery Shopping"
And, I have one more thing before you leave!
It's my birthday month, so I thought I would have a giveaway. I'm giving away a set of my stickers. You will get all the ones I showed. If you would like to be involved with this giveaway, please make sure to say, "I Want To Be In The Giveaway". My birthday is September 18th, so that is the day the winner will be announced!

Big Hugs 😁

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Please Read! Important!

I will be around soon to say hi to everyone! I truly hope you're all well!!

I have a favour to ask of all of you!

If anyone of you, gets contacted by someone, through your social media, (blogging, twitter, Facebook, etc.), and says he is interested in my art, wants details about me, and wants you to get in touch with me, for him. SAY NO!! Especially if the person says, we are good friends!!!

All of you should know me by now, if you are my friend, you don't have to go through other people!!

The one specific person I am talking about right now is, Ahmed Maher Mohamed from Egypt!

Even though I am talking about one specific person, if anyone contacts you like this, please just let me know and please say no!

And, please watch your blogs or other social media, if you get followed by this name!

Big Hugs and Thanks for reading this!!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Hi Everyone!
Hope you're all well!
Happy September!
Thank you for the comments about the stickers. I'm really going to try to give "choices". It might take me a week to set it all up! LOL!
I'm going to be getting a couple more designs, too!

Over the years, I've been asked, what do you do first when you paint. Well, usually 99.9% of the time, it does start with a background.
Now, when I start a background, I "usually" have in mind, what kind of style of crow I will be painting on the background and I do a quick sketch on the side. After that, I go for it.
Sometimes, after I have started, I think, hmmm... I just don't know, but I'll keep going!
I have to admit, when I start to paint and it's really talking to me, nothing will stop me, but then other times, I feel I am forcing it and I don't know where I am going with it!
That's what happened with this painting. It wasn't connecting with me. And, when that happens, I have to stop and put it to the side, until my soul is talking to me. But, when I get that moment, when something clicks, the canvas is back in my hands!

I am so happy I took pictures of this process, because I don't think you would've believed it was the same painting! It doesn't mean this other crow won't be coming back. It just wasn't his time.

"Lady Of Crows" (12" x 16" canvas)

Big Hugs 😀

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Business Card and Stickers

Hi Everyone,
Hope you're well!
I got my business card and stickers!

I went with the company "Moo" for my business. I have always heard good things about them. Unfortunately, being in Canada, I do get a duty charge, but I still think it was worth it.
For my business card, I went with the "recycled cotton" option. These cards are made out of recycled cotton t-shirts. I really love the way they turned out and I love the texture of them. I wanted my cards to be simple and to the point, but show a lot of my art. "Adult crows, baby crows, heart, and one of my Goddess."
"Front of card"

"Back of card"

Now for the stickers. Again, I really loved the way they turned out! I picked the bigger size, because I couldn't get my art to fit properly on the smaller sizes. These ones are 3.30" x 2.17". Like I told you before, it took me 3 days to get these things to work out right! I went through many images of my paintings. I really wanted to show a variety of paintings.
These are my baby crow ones.
"Adult Crows"
If I was going to sell them on Etsy, I was going to group them in 5's. 5 adult crows and 5 baby crows. I was talking to another artist friend, and she said, she would like to pick which ones she would like. I can totally understand that, personally, I was trying to make it easier on myself! LOL! I would really like to know what you think?

Big Hugs 😀

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Rose Of Sharon Trees and Chipmunks

Hi Everyone
Hope you're well!
I thought I would show off some of my Rose Of Sharon Trees. I have many, but the main ones are on the south side, walking into our backyard. I have formed a hedge out of them. I love Rose Of Sharon Trees. They are so easy to take care of! Just make sure they have lots of sun. I cut them down towards winter, otherwise they get too big. Also, when they are happy, they have lots of babies. In spring time, I am always pulling tones out! LOL! We have white, purple and pink flowers.
Going into our backyard.

I have been counting the chipmunks around us. I see 5. Yes, I can tell them apart. They all have there own characteristics. One day, I saw a mom with her baby on her back. It was the most cutest thing I have ever saw. The latest one, that is coming to me, has a little mark on this back leg. I don't know if he got into a fight? Guess what, I got some pictures of me petting him! Enjoy!

I love their little feet!

I do so love nature!!
Big Hugs 😊

Friday, August 25, 2017

Hi Everyone!
Hope you're all well!
Fall is for sure in the air! I love being outside at this time! I was getting some gardening done. I have 5 large patches of Russian Sage. Russian Sage is one of my favourite plants. It smells great and it's drought resistant.
It grows very tall. Sometimes you have to stake it. Also, if you let it, it will spread. I have one area, where it keeps spreading and spreading. So, I spent the day, placing rocks and stepping stones in certain areas, so I could get around it.
It doesn't look like much now, because I had to cut some of the plants back, but when it grows in next year, it will look good.
See that part on the right hand side, where the rocks are in a circle. I cut down an old tree, left the stump and let the Russian Sage wrap itself around it.
I got a picture of some of the birds saying hello.
For 3 days, I was designing my new business cards and stickers. As soon as I get them, I will be showing you! Next thing, is getting some of the bags designed!

I did manage to get two paintings finished.

"Wagon Ride" (2.5" x 3.5")
"Spirit Guides" ( 8" x 8")
Big Hugs 😃

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Hi Everyone!
Hope you're all well!
As you can see, I've been playing around with my blog! It's fun to play! LOL!
Well, there is no surprise on how the painting I left you with, turned out, because it's in my banner, but I will still show you some of the steps.
"The Breath Of Life" (8" x 8" canvas)
I also managed to get some aceo's painted. (2.5" x 3.5")
"Autumn Fun"
"Pumpkin Patch Love"
At the beginning of the year, I was talking about putting some of my art on clothing. And, after all the research I did, I kind of cooled things down, because nothing seemed to be working out right. Well, I've still been looking on the "Art Of Where" web site, because they are in Canada, hoping they would add more things, for me to see what they are all about. Remember, they don't offer returns. Well, they finally added a bag. They call it a "day tote".
I think I'm going to go for it! At least I don't have to worry about "sizing" for customers. I'm going to try to do 6 different designs. If there is a "painting" you want to see on these bags, let me know! (I'm thinking of doing some stickers too!)

Big Hugs 😊

Monday, August 7, 2017

Hi Everyone!
Hope everything is going well!

This is where I left you with my painting.
Next step, filling in the crow.
The finished painting.
"The Dance Of Enchanted Bliss" (12" x 16" canvas)
I'll leave you with what I am working on now 😊
Big Crow Hugs 😀

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Hi Everyone!
Happy August!
Hope you're all well!

I've been working on a painting. It's not finished yet, but I would like to show you some of the progress pictures.
Sometimes, painting the "background", takes just as long as painting my crows. Many layers of paint!
And, it doesn't mean it's going to stay that way in the end! LOL!
Next, placement of my crow.
More detail. This is where I am now.
I'm excited to finish it. Hope you like what you see so far!
Big Hugs 😃