For the past few days (after a month off and only spam comments coming in) I've had my blog URL adjusted so that it appears my blog had been removed. This is Blogger's executive choice of verbiage, but the blog wasn't removed, it was just hiding. And I feel a little anxious that people think it's removed, so tell your friends. I know there's a big demand for this blog, and I've been remiss, so I don't want people to be sad, and cry into their beer and pretzels.
Which brings me to my first question (of which, if you know anything about this blog, there will be many): what's the deal with beer and pretzels? I never have pretzels with beer. Granted, I don't drink beer very often.
However, I'm planning to try pretzels with my vodka in a few minutes.
My point is:
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
I decided to work with some hearts, even though I've never been a big heart person. And I always seem to have some of the most fun of my career (brain surgery) working with hearts. What's my problem? I should be using hearts all year long!!
But enough blathering about hearts.
Here are some of the hearts I made:
I started by just coloring backgrounds and texturing them and telling them nice things about themselves. Then, I collaged some hearts onto them. It was about at this point that they realized what was going on. Above, they are drying in a group on my mantel.
Do any of you just make things for holidays, even though you don't plan to send them out? I mean, just for the pure joy of the holiday zing? I didn't start this project thinking I would be giving any away, per se, but I decided to give the one above to my nephew Maddan. Who is three. This is ATC size, and I figured it would fit in his little wallet. I did put some words on it, but then I decided why take a picture of that?!
Then, this one went out to my friends Erin and Margot:
Here are a few more, some of which are not well reproduced:
I sent this one out to my friends Kerry and Ed:
Then Kerry sent me a picture of it with her anniversary Tinkerbell from Disney:
Isn't that sweet? (Fourth question.)
I made this for my sweetie:
And the rest of the cards are still here, enjoying the domestic ambiance at their forever (maybe) home.
I'm still working with hearts, mind you, but on a foray out to see friends one evening, I had some time to myself at a tavern. Yes! A tavern! So I ordered myself up a lemon drop martini, and I started in on a doodle. Because, as you know, when you think you may have some time on your hands, you always carry your pens and mixed media paper with you. Yay!
I had no real concept or theme in mind, but I felt like drawing flowers. I felt a little trepidatious at the sight of all the blank white paper, but I went on. It was a brave moment in my otherwise timid existence.
Here's the first stage of that piece:
Then, I decided I wanted some color, and pulled out my Copics and Prismacolor paint markers, just like a maja playa:
And here's how it eventually turned out. I am really pleased with it. I want to do the same thing on a large canvas. Why not?
Next up: Scout tells me the answers are out there.