New Items Available!

Last week, I was able to add two of my favorite pieces of art to my pages on Redbubble and Society6. Please do stop by and check them out. I’m working to add most of my art and photography to the sites but it’s slow work indeed with our wonky internet.

Here are the two pieces of art now available on my pages. You can visit the pages by clicking on the link for each site in the caption under each photo. Thanks for stopping by!

Web of Life

“Web of Life” – mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles – Check it out on Redbubble by clicking here. Check it out on Society6 by clicking here.

The Mechanic

“The Mechanic” – mixed media (drawing in micron pens, colors and textures added in Gimp) by Melody Kittles. Check it out on Redbubble by clicking here. Check it out on Society6 by clicking here.

Coils And Springs and Machinery Things

While I was taking a break this weekend, what we were doing as a family was visiting parents/grandparents. We stayed in McDonough, GA for a couple of days and while we were there, we visited the Veterans Memorial Park. It’s a great place and you should check it out if you’re in the area. The veterans working in the museum always have interesting stories to share and the ones we’ve met have been friendly and helpful. Today’s gallery doesn’t come from inside the museum but rather outside of it. There’s a fabulous collection of contraptions that were probably used in the early 1900s (how long they were used is anyone’s guess…) and they present a wonderful series of photo opportunities. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed editing them. If you want more info on any of these pictures, or if you’d like to download them or buy a print, please check out my deviantART gallery by clicking here. Please adhere to the copyright rules as stated on the button in the right margin. If you use my stuff and publicize it but are not making money from it, be sure to give me credit. If you want to use my photos on a blog you make money with, then you need to message me first for pricing. This is a hobby for meย  but the income is sorely needed right now. Please don’t trample my need under your feet.

Mask Series #7: Inside The Inner Workings

“Inside The Inner Workings” #7 of my mixed media Mask Series is finally complete! I used acrylic paints, flat-backed glass floral marbles, nail enamel paint, antique brass beads, copper wire, silver-tone metal findings, antique brass gears, zinc plated star washers, antique brass toggle clasps, silver-tone beads, antique silver eyelets, black/gold mesh fabric, copper stretch fabric, black with gold hologram dot fabric, black sequin fabric, white iridescent square printed fabric and put the elements together on an 11 x 14 canvas. The mask base is purple lace with hologram dot sequins scattered throughout. It’s embroidered in gold. I wanted to go for a Steampunk feel with this one. I feel like I got close but I’m not entirely certain. However, I’m really pleased with the result. I hope you’ll enjoy the photo! I have to thank John for herding cats so I could sign the artwork and then snap the shot. This piece is for sale. If you are interested, please contact me.

Mixed Media Mask Series #7, "Inside The Inner Workings," is complete!

Mixed Media Mask Series #7, “Inside The Inner Workings,” is complete!

“Happiness consists in activity. It is running steam, not a stagnant pool.” ~ John Mason Good

What I’ve Seen

I’ve been so busy with work and school planning and theater. I haven’t stopped working on my art but I can hardly drag it around with me, though I did take a few elements along that I /could/ work with in the car. It’s slow going but the work is certainly continuing.

While we were in town today for theater practice and a grocery run, I managed to snag a couple of fun photos that I’d like to share with you today. I hope you’ll enjoy them. ๐Ÿ™‚

I noticed this drain cover had a word on it so I snapped a photo with my phone. I edited it with the Pixlr-O-Matic app for Android.

I noticed this drain cover had a word on it so I snapped a photo with my phone. I edited it with the Pixlr-O-Matic app for Android.

I actually noticed this one first, even though it's a good bit smaller. I was so happy I got to use the blue bubble filter or lighting effect. I'm not sure what the technical terms for the icons on the bottom of the app screen stand for. But I do love how this came out!

I actually noticed this one first, even though it’s a good bit smaller. I was so happy I got to use the blue bubble filter or lighting effect. I’m not sure what the technical terms for the icons on the bottom of the app screen stand for. But I do love how this came out!

I hope these photos make people smile as much as they’re making me smile.

“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” ~ Sir Isaac Newton

Gears In Place!

I finally got the gears for theย  mask in place. I think I’m going to stop with this for the mask decoration. I still have thing to do to finish the canvas before adding the mask to it but progress is progress, no matter how small, as Dr. Seuss says. I’m keeping it short tonight. I hope you enjoy this photo I took while we were out at the Eunice Farmer’s Market. After this post, I won’t post any more photos of #7 until it’s complete. But I will continue to blog if I see or do something I wish to share.

I finished sewing the gears onto the mask today! I'm so excited that it's all coming together and I can see the progress. I also like this edit that makes the robot eye look like it's glowing red.

I finished sewing the gears onto the mask today! I’m so excited that it’s all coming together and I can see the progress. I also like this edit that makes the robot eye look like it’s glowing red.

On a completely different note, can you see owls in the frame? I was looking at it from a reverse perspective and I can see owls! But the frame is called ‘droid’ and I thought that would be appropriate for this mask with a robotic eye. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you enjoy the photo. Feel free to leave comments or ask questions!

“If you really believe in what you’re doing, work hard, take nothing personally and if something blocks one route, find another. Never give up.” ~ Laurie Nataro

 

Mixed Media Mask Series #7: Started!

I started work on number 7 in my Mask series today. The paint for the background is done so I’ll share that with you. Again, it’s purposely edited this way so I don’t give away the surprise when it’s complete. I’m using lots of metallic colors for this one. I /love/ metal. I’d have more piercings if I didn’t spend all my fun money on supplies! One day I’ll balance that…maybe. ๐Ÿ™‚

This is the background for my newest mixed-media art project. I used acrylic paints in purple, turquoise, metallic gold, metallic green, metallic copper, and metallic silver. The canvas is 11 x 14

This is the background for my newest mixed-media art project. I used acrylic paints in purple, turquoise, metallic gold, metallic green, metallic copper, and metallic silver. The canvas is 11 x 14

I used a frame that makes it look like the viewer is seeing things through a dirty window. It goes along with my theme, in a way. I’m really hoping to get a more industrial feel, leaning toward the Steampunk genre, with this project. Stay tuned for more photos! I’m not sure when I’ll get them up but it will certainly be in the near future.

“Happiness consists in activity. It is running steam, not a stagnant pool.” ~ John Mason Good

And just because I can, here’s an appropriate little ditty to send you off with happy thoughts, or at the very least, a smile.