Poll Closed and Free Download

To thank everyone who voted in my polls, I’m offering a free download of the photo with the most votes. It will only be free for a limited time. The photo with the most votes (21) was “Things Only Children Can See” and it really surprised me. I had a lot of fun seeing what everyone’s favorites were and I appreciate all the help. My next step is to re-edit this photo for sale on Society6 and Redbubble products. I’ll be busy for quite some time as I’ll work my way down the list of all these pieces and add them to my pages according to their popularity in the polls.

To get your free download, FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY, please visit my deviantArt page by clicking here.

Things Only Children See

“Things Only Children Can See” – The winner in my current photography poll! For a limited time, it will be offered as a free download for personal use. Simply visit the link above.

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First Photography Poll

I want to start adding more work to my Redbubble and Society 6 pages. I’d absolutely love to have your help! Would you please consider taking a bit of your time to vote for your favorite photo in each of these collages? There are 4 different polls in this post. I’ll use the results to see which photos should get my attention first. Thanks in advance!

Photo Collage 1

Photo Collage 1: Vote for your favorite photo in this collage by clicking on the link under this picture. It will take you to poll-maker.com where you can click on your favorite.

Poll #1

Photo Collage 2

Please click on the link below to vote for your favorite photo in this collage. The link will take you to poll #2 at poll-maker.com.

Poll #2

Photo Collage 3

Please click on the link below to go to poll #3 at poll-maker.com to vote for your favorite photo in this collage.

Poll #3

Photo Collage 4

Please click on the link below to go to Poll #4 and vote for your favorite of these three photos. The link will take you to poll-maker.com.

Poll #4

Collage 5 Photo Poll

Please click on the link below to go to Poll #5 and vote for your favorite photo in this collage. The link will take you to poll-maker.com.

Poll #5

I realize this could’ve been done much easier through Polldaddy if I knew more about how to make it work. I just didn’t have the time to figure out how to link it to my WordPress and I need the results as fast as I can get them. Thanks in advance for voting!

Holiday Art

I’ve been so overwhelmed with the direction my life is going right now. However, I have had time to squeeze in some art on the side. These two pieces were created for a holiday card drive which was posted on deviantArt. I used the opportunity as both a school project and an art club project. I’m not sure I posted about that but our daughters wanted to start a club. Since they and several of their friends are interested in art of all kinds, we decided on an art club. We’ve had three meetings so far and the club members are all doing their best to make the club fun and successful.

My challenge was to create a holiday card that sent out my true wishes and also maintained a non-religion-specific message. First I tried creating a fractal. I had so much fun using Chaotica to create this! I watched a YouTube tutorial to learn what the different tools and settings did and then ended up with this.

Bright Days

“Bright Days” was created in Chaotica by Melody Kittles. To purchase a magnet or coffee mug with this fractal on it, please visit my deviantArt gallery at http://pianolady32.deviantart.com/art/Bright-Days-577637713

I’m so happy with how the fractal turned out but it just wasn’t what I really wanted for this card. So I created this mixed media artwork with ink and acrylics.

Christmas Card 2015

“Christmas Card 2015” is a mixed media artwork created by Melody Kittles. If you would like to purchase a print, card, or print gift, please visit my deviantArt page here: http://pianolady32.deviantart.com/art/Christmas-Card-2015-577649924

I’m also happy with how this card turned out. I had a lot of fun creating the blue for the night sky and painting in the little gold stars. Very storybook-like! And I really like how the copper edging on the brown border really added a nice depth.

If you’d like to purchase one of these in a format not available on deviantArt, please leave a comment and I’ll see what I can do. Thanks for stopping by!

Einstein and Imagination

We’re getting ready to start a unit study on Albert Einstein in our science class. I decided to see if I could find some interesting quotes to open up the class with. I found one that really inspired me to use a texture I’d photographed to create some fun text art. This one is not for sale. I used a free-for-personal-use font called “Amadeus Regular”. I created the artwork using Gimp. I hope it inspires you in some way, too!

Einstein Imagination

This work is protected by a creative commons license. You can find the information at my deviantart page here: http://pianolady32.deviantart.com/art/Einstein-Imagination-573844445

Almost Too Busy

I’ve been almost to busy to create art. Almost, but not quite! I still haven’t been creating at the speed I was last year but I’m convinced that’s just my way. I’m considering starting another home & family type blog since that’s where most of my energy is being devoted these days. One of my friends mentioned that she missed seeing my recipes on facebook. I do my best to avoid that site, so I think a blog would be an excellent alternative.

Here’s what I’ve been working on lately, mostly drawings these days, color coming from soft pastels and colored pencils. I love soft pastels! I love the effects you can create with them. I just need more work with them.

"Imagine Invent Explore" - drawing created by Melody Kittles - To purchase your print of this item, click the photo to go to my deviantArt page.

“Imagine Invent Explore” – drawing created by Melody Kittles – To purchase your print of this item, click the photo to go to my deviantArt page.

I started first with pencil, then inked over the lines. The balloon’s color comes from the colored pencils and I added color to the sky with the pastels. In this next one, I used ink and soft pastels.

"Changes" - drawing by Melody Kittles - If you'd like to purchase your own print of this piece, please click on the photo to go to my deviantArt page.

“Changes” – drawing by Melody Kittles – If you’d like to purchase your own print of this piece, please click on the photo to go to my deviantArt page.

This piece is very organic…it’s a vine…or a tree…or just some random leaves and twigs…leaves a lot open for the imagination. My husband says he really likes this one.

If you like either of these pieces and would like to have a print of your own, you can click on the photos to go directly to my deviantArt page, where you can choose from a variety of items sporting my prints. They’d make nice holiday gifts!

Update!

I’m very excited to tell you I’ve uploaded 4 of my artworks to Redbubble. If you are unfamiliar with the site, it’s a place where artists of all kinds can sell their work on things like clothing, electronic accessories, home goods and more, as well as prints and framed prints. I’ve added a link to my Redbubble profile page in the menu at the top of my blog. The menu is the little icon with three lines to the left of the heart. Even if you aren’t in the market to buy right now, Redbubble is still a great place to visit to simply immerse yourself in the beauty and variety of artwork posted there. It’s amazing! I absolutely love their stickers. I’m a collector of stickers but I’m picky. Redbubble has a wide variety of stickers and there’s definitely something for everyone there! I’m going to share a photo of my laptop which shows 11 stickers I got from Redbubble. The other stickers were collected on family trips and shopping trips to different stores. The photo isn’t for sale or download but I did want you to see an example of the artwork available at the site. While my particular favorites are pretty rare and in a definite genre, I think they still show a decent scope of the variety you’ll find at Redbubble. Please do visit the site and please keep supporting your local artists and small businesses! We really appreciate your business!

This is my laptop. 11 of these stickers are from Redbubble and the rest are from different places I've visited or gathered from shopping excursions. I love collecting stickers!

This is my laptop. 11 of these stickers are from Redbubble and the rest are from different places I’ve visited or gathered from shopping excursions. I love collecting stickers!

Summer Daydream

"Summer Daydream" is a fanciful artwork, created by Melody Kittles. It is available as a print or photo gift through my deviantArt gallery. You can click on this picture to get there!

“Summer Daydream” is a fanciful artwork, created by Melody Kittles. It is available as an art print or photo gift through my deviantArt gallery. You can click on this picture to get there!

I wanted to fingerpaint again. It had been quite a while since I’d done so. I also wanted to try working with larger canvases. I truly enjoyed creating this piece. I used acrylic paint and my fingers and hands. My signature is the only part I used a brush for. Next time, I’ll use a smaller brush for that but I do like the way the letters look. I’m keeping that in mind for possible use in future creations.

In other news, I’m going to start uploading some of my work to Society6 and Redbubble. Both are nifty outlets for artists of all genres and offer a wide range of items upon which art can be printed. I love variety and versatility. Having my work at several locations may make it easier for people to purchase it. I’m no longer doing this as a business but I won’t quit my hobby. If it turns out to be something worth all the time and effort that goes into making a business work, then I’ll see about that. Otherwise, I’m a hobbyist from this point on. Please do contact me if you are interested in one of my works! You can comment here and I will get back with you as soon as I’m able.

Also, if you like what you see here or in another post of my works, please do share the link or reblog! It would mean a great deal to me. Thanks for stopping by!