I’m a music person. I don’t really collect the music of certain bands as much as I collect certain songs that speak to me in some way, either technically or emotionally. There are certain songs that lodge within my innermost being and will not be removed. Maybe, I am a strange person after all. While I was at work earlier this week, “Jose Cuervo” kept running through my head. It’s not technically fantastic, nor or the lyrics anything special but my elementary school self truly enjoyed that song. I haven’t heard it song for years but the chorus kept repeating while I kept pinning fringe strips on country Mardi Gras costumes. When I told my husband about it, he had a good chuckle over it. 🙂 This is a recurring thing, though, random songs just popping into my mind at odd times.
This morning, before my eyes were even open, a different song was running through my head. I knew I had to hear it again! After I got out of bed, had my coffee, did my morning reading and wrote in my journal, I pulled it up on YouTube. “How Deep The Father’s Love For Us” by Stewart Townsend has made a huge impression on me. I first heard it during this past summer at a church we were visiting and it found a comfy section of my mind to make its home in. All it took was hearing it once for me to love the message it carried. What a magnificent blessing! To wake to such empowering and humbling lyrics and know I am LOVED this much.
As I listened to the song once more, cried uncontrollable tears while pondering the lyrics and what they meant to me, one phrase stood out above the others and it stood out in a personal way: “to make a wretch His treasure.” He made this wretch His treasure. Me. This meant so much much to me that I decided to do something I’d been putting on the back burner for a long time.
I’ve been wanting to try my hand at creating a work of text art. By now, I have a fair collection of various artworks I’ve created over the last 2 years. I decided to use some of my photography and digital art pieces to create this. I’m pleased with how it turned out. I hope it inspires you to create something equally as important to you!
“Unfathomable Love” – digital artwork by Melody Kittles, not for sale. A free download for personal use only is available at my deviantArt gallery page. Just click here. All the necessary credits for the song it’s based on are embedded in the artwork.
To check out the lyrics of the song, please visit the artist’s website by clicking here.
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.
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.
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!
My first mandala sits unpainted while my second just flowed freely in both digital editing and in watercolor. I’m calling the second one “Refining Fire” and it’s based on Philippians 4:8. This verse is so helpful for positive thinking! It encourage people to “focus your thoughts on what is true, noble, righteous, pure, lovable or admirable, on some virtue or on something praiseworthy.” This is one of my favorite scriptures because this is the way I want to be, what I want to keep my mind focused on. My digital art skills still need work, mostly because one much be more patient. I think this piece came out well, considering I’m still a novice in digital art. I’m much happier with the painted version which I will share when all three mandalas are completed. I hope you enjoy this one and the positivity I hope to convey through it.
“Refining Fire (Digital Finish)” – artwork by Melody Kittles – To read more about this piece, or to purchase a print or gift, click the photo to be redirected to my deviantArt page.
I have several things to share with you today! I had an idea about two or three months ago and I was only able to complete it over the past weekend. I’d painted three background panels in three different styles for a mixed media project. I won’t share the photos of each of them because I really like how the collage photo came out. I’ll share that to save space, since I use the free version of WordPress and space is limited. I also have four photos I snapped and edited with Gimp for you to view. To find out more info about any of these items, please click on the photo you like here to be directed to my deviantArt page for each. (Info on the triptych is all on the same page at dA.) There, you’ll also be able to see which of them are available for purchase and in what form (print, canvas, art print, mug, magnet, cards, etc.) None of them are available to download.
The Glitz and Glamour Triptych is made up of A: HoloShi; B: DiscoRo; and C: Purple Pouf and they are all named for three lovely and wonderful ladies in my life. To read more about them, please click this photo to go to my deviantArt page.
“Dreamset” photo by Melody Kittles – To read more about this photo, or purchase a print or photo gift, please click it to go to my deviantArt page.
“Mystic Sunset” photo by Melody Kittles – To read more about it, or to purchase a photo/photo gift, please click on the photo to be directed to my deviantArt page.
“Waking Dream” photo by Melody Kittles – If you’d like to read more about this piece, or purchase a photo/photo gift of this work, click on the photo to go to my deviantArt page.
“One Crazy Day” photo by Melody Kittles – To read more about this photo or make a purchase, please click to visit my deviantArt page.
I hope you enjoyed seeing these photos, which I’ve had to sit on for a while. The absence of internet at our home has put a severe halt to how often I can share. I also have to choose which items seem the most important to share first. I’ve tried to upload my items in the order in which they were created but this set, I felt, needed to be grouped thus. I’ve been uploading current works as I complete them since we’re now able to go to the library on a somewhat regular basis. I thank you for taking the time to stop by and check out my work and for your kind words and encouragement, which seem to come when I most need them. Thanks again!
I haven’t had much time to paint so far this year. I’ve only done three. I really like the first two, which are mixed media (ink/acrylics) done with a straw painting technique. The last one is a mixed media creation done in watercolors and acrylics. I’m happy enough with it but I still have a lot to learn about watercolors. I’m going to keep trying. I hope you enjoy these paintings of mine. If you do, please take a moment to leave a comment. I’ll be happy with constructive criticism, too. Also, if you really like what you see, please spread the word! These are up for sale at my deviantArt site. Thanks for reading!
“Inferno” – mixed media artwork by Melody R. Kittles – Please click the photo to visit my deviantArt page to read more about this piece and/or order your own print!
“Dance” – mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles – Please click the photo to learn more about this piece and/or order your own print at my deviantArt page.
“Journey Together” – mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles – To read more about this piece, and/or order your own print, click the photo to visit my deviantArt page.
“Desolation” is my last artistic creation of 2014. It’s a mixed media straw painting done in black and gold inks and black and white acrylic paints. For more information, please click on the photo. You will be taken to my deviantART page where you can read about the artwork, purchase a digital download, or purchase a art print or gift. There are more size options for this one, as I uploaded a higher resolution. I hope you enjoy seeing the work! Feel free to comment or ask questions.
“Desolation” – mixed media painting by Melody Kittles
In case you missed seeing last night’s post, we will no longer have internet access from our home. Most of my posts will happen on Saturday’s from now on and I will be able to check my reader through my phone. I may also post from there for reblogs and things like that. I’ll see you soon! And thank you very much for stopping by to read and view my work. I appreciate all the support, encouragement, and connections I’ve made since starting this blog. You are all important to me and I’m happy you are here! Thank you very much!
I’ve been fighting a nasty cold all week. I’m only just getting my voice back after 4 days without it. I sound like a squeaky hinge. But I have been working on more art and this is my latest. It took a total of two days work. It’s done in layers and the first layer had to dry before I could finish it with the details.
“Gilded Blessings” – Mixed Media artwork by Melody Kittles – watercolor, acrylic, ink – For more info, please click the photo to go to my deviantART page.
I’m sorry my posts stopped suddenly! A rainstorm passed through and caused the internet connection to go out completely for a few days. I don’t know if I’ll post anything tomorrow or the next day. It will depend on the strength of the signal, I suppose. But I did want to wish all my fellow Americans a wonderful, safe, and happy Thanksgiving! If anyone outside the USA also celebrates Thanksgiving, I wish you the same…a wonderful, safe, and happy holiday!
I chose to share this photo with you today because the colors seemed most appropriate for the occasion. (So far, I’ve taken and edited four photos and drawn four artworks in ink!) I made a pair of not-quite-matched earrings. I wore them as an added decoration for my steampunk first mate garb. You can see the complete pair in the smaller fractal bubbles but not in the middle. I was practicing some more with the fractal tool that comes in Gimp. I’m not displeased with the result. I had taken this picture before the costume was even completed but didn’t have an idea of how to edit it until our Thanksgiving break. I’m glad I can share it with you today!
“More Metal Please” – photo by Melody Kittles – To read more about this photo or check into downloading a digital copy for personal use only, click the photo to go to my deviantART page.
Yesterday was Remembrance Day in the United Kingdom. Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day in the United States of America. Yesterday’s art challenge was “Flanders Field” or “Remembrance”. Do you know, I had to go refresh my memory of the poem? It didn’t take long to form an idea for an artwork on the topic, though. I hope you will take some time and remember those who fought and died for your country.
“A Poppy For Remembrance” – mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles – For more info, click the photo to go to my deviantART page. You can read all the info there. No download or prints are available for this artwork. The photo came out much too blurry for that. I’ll work on getting a better photo as soon as I’m able.
I have two artistic offerings for this challenge. I started the mixed media work yesterday but it wasn’t complete in time for the challenge. So I also created a digital artwork in Gimp using the fractal tool. I much prefer the mixed media piece to the digital art. I’m just learning how to use the fractal tool, so I’m not even remotely proficient. As such, I guess I should feel better about the end result… Somehow, I just don’t, but I know I’ll improve in time. Which one do you prefer and why? If you feel so inclined, I find comments helpful and encouraging. Thanks in advance!
“Angel Hearts” – mixed media artwork in acrylic paints, fabrics and glass and plastic beads by Melody Kittles – For more info click the photo to go to my deviantART page. You can download a digital copy for personal use only, or purchase an art print if you like.
“Hearts of Gold Challenge Plan B” – digital art by Melody Kittles – For more information, click the photo to go to my deviantART page. You can download a copy for personal use only. No prints are available for this artwork.