Moving onto my "Mystele Guided" piece, this image is the mid-point of my first piece inspired by Mystele's "My Story/Gut Art" style. I'm almost embarrassed to share this, as there is still SO much left to do. However, I was TOTALLY AMAZED with finding this figure within my messy background . . . after a day or two of flipping the piece "this way and then that way!" Finally, it was like "wow, there IS something in this ugly background!!!" I want to thin her lips, tone down the background, "resize" her hat, give features to the Birdie on her shoulder ... and give her some eyes, lol, but this has been such a fun project to work with ... and I can't wait to get back to her! Lorrie, and so many others here in blogland, have been inspiring me to learn from Mystele, and I've FINALLY taken the plunge, and cannot wait to work with this project more.
However, before working on the above "My Story" piece, I have been commissioned to do a piece for the kindest pharmacist whom monitors my INR (coumadin/blood thinning level), a pharmacist in the local Cancer Center, whom tenderly puts up with my being "one of the most uncompliant patients of today." Mrs. Pharmacist is having her first baby, and saw me working on Big Girl's Journal during my last visit, and has commissioned me to do a 12x12 piece of art for her first-born's nursery. (How exciting! Can you see my "perma grin???") Her baby is due in early September, and I'm so excited to be asked to do this piece, so I feel the need to get busy on it. Photos will follow soon, ... I hope!
Lastly, I want to share with you a GREAT GIVEAWAY opportunity I found on Nancy Lefko's Blog, that many of you may have already seen ~~ but if not, PLEASE CHECK THIS OUT! A great site of Michelle of Allen Designs with beautiful "whimsical" art pieces. Simply follow the link to Michelle's site and have the grand opportunity for an awesome item or items from her site! I'd LOVE to see some of her work within the shop where I work .... and in my home, ;).
Now, I'm off to work where new items are arriving daily, while we are preparing for the 10th Reunion of the local High School that will take place this coming Saturday evening. So much work to do, with so little time. But, most importantly, from a 'retail employee's perspective' related to the local/regional/international economy ~~ for the FIRST time in several years, this past Saturday it felt like 'old times' were returning within the shop ~~ we had people in browsing with no intensive purpose, or nothing particular in mind to purchase (i.e., WINDOW SHOPPING AGAIN) and several folks purchasing "just because they liked it!" I will say that many of the 'purchases' were made using our layaway plan, though I felt "at least they are making concrete plans to take this home [within our six-month policy]!" From a retail employee's perspective, this was a LARGE step forward, as we've not seen this type of 'shopping' occur in SEVERAL months! So, hopefully, this will quickly translate into people buying "unnecessary items" ~~ such as ART ~~ again REAL SOON!!! Let's hope other artists and shops are seeing similar occurrences ... and that we will all experience a boom, if only a mini boom, REAL SOON!
However, before I rush off, I have to add a thought: I can recall, as a child with grandparents that grew up during the Great Depression, I vividly remember thinking "my Grandparents are SO dang 'thrifty' and why so???" For example, my grandmother would continue to wear a bra that was 20+ years old .... and only throw one away if the elastic was TOTALLY gone, lol. She didn't buy ANYTHING that wasn't totally necessary, ... unless it was for someone else, :0. NOW I understand that generation's 'thriftiness' and can see 'our generation' obtaining similar values that we MAY never overcome ... after suffering through the most recent hard times economically. We now are becoming 'thrifty' also ... but hopefully, EVENTUALLY, our generation's thriftiness will translate into a simple appreciation for the 'upcycled' items, and less about hanging onto the purse strings in general!)
Wishing each of you a beautiful week, filled with much love, blissfullness, and mega creativity! xoxo ~~ Jeanne