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!

Web Of Life

This is the first drawing I worked on while on Thanksgiving break. I really had a lot of fun creating this one! It’s another mixed media piece, the drawing done on sketchbook paper with micron pens, an HB pencil, a ruler and a compass, then photographed and edited in Gimp. I added the color that way since we’re away from home for a little bit and I don’t have any paints with me. I will be creating a different color effect in acrylics on this piece and “The Mechanic” when I return home, though it may be some time before they are done. When complete, I’ll share the final result with my readers here. To order a print (no downloads please!!), click here to go to my gallery or click the photo to go to the artwork page. All artwork prints are on sale (25% off) for Black Friday only! Support your local artists, artisans and small business owners this year while you shop for Christmas gifts!

"Web of Life" - mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles

“Web of Life” – mixed media artwork by Melody Kittles

Cee’s Weekly Oddball Challenge: Mystery Valves and a Fractaleaf

I’m sorry for not posting yesterday. I tried to edit a photo yesterday and it just was not happening. Have you ever had one of those days where things just don’t click, no matter how hard you try? I guess yesterday was one of those kinds of days for me, creatively. Otherwise, I had a pretty awesome day.

I’ve had this photo for about a week or two and wanted to do something with it in Gimp. I snapped it with my cell while John was doing the “Taking Over” photo shoot. (Oh! John is also selling a few prints through deviantART now, so do check out what he has available there! They’d make really nice Christmas gifts!) I started last night and…ugh…we won’t go into the details. But here’s the end result. I finished it up this morning without too much trouble. And as a bonus, I found the fractal tool in Gimp and tried it out on the leaf photo I used to paint the leaf for the art challenge ‘autumn’ topic. It’s not anything fancy but it definitely fits the ‘oddball’ theme for Cee’s Oddball Challenge. These are my first two attempts at photomanipulation. I hope you enjoy them! For more info on either of them, just click the photos to check them out on my deviantART pages for each. You can download a copy for personal use only or purchase a print if either one strikes your fancy. πŸ™‚

"Mystery Valves" - by Melody Kittles - Click here to go to my  deviantART page for this photo.

“Mystery Valves” – by Melody Kittles – Click here to go to my deviantART page for this photo.

"Fractaleaf" - photo by Melody Kittles - For more information, please click the photo to go to my deviantART page.

“Fractaleaf” – photo by Melody Kittles – For more information, please click the photo to go to my deviantART page.

Technical Troubles And Blogging

I fully intended to blog yesterday but when some intense storms passed through our area, they not only gave us a fantastic light show, they knocked out our internet. And the WordPress app on my phone really hasn’t worked correctly since last Christmas. I can like things, comment, and reblog through email but it’s too difficult to send out an actual post through the web browser. So here I am today, explaining things and also lettingΒ  you know I have another blog where I share music videos most of the time. If those of you following this blog, see a reblog from Muddled Mawkishness, that’s me, too.

I worked a bit with some copper wire yesterday and added it to my background. I really like the way it’s looking! I’m almost reluctant to add the mask. I might be doing too much! There’s still a bit to put together but I’m really hoping to be finished with Mask series #7 this week, before we start school with our kids. Please stay tuned for more updates!

I'm still snapping photos here and there. To relieve the monotonous color of the words and background, and the share what's up and coming in our garden, check out these pretty squash blossoms promising a rather nice harvest later on! My dad has a wonderful green thumb, as opposed to my rather black one. :/ I hope you enjoy the photo and the update.

I’m still snapping photos here and there. To relieve the monotonous color of the words and background, and the share what’s up and coming in our garden, check out these pretty squash blossoms promising a rather nice harvest later on! My dad has a wonderful green thumb, as opposed to my rather black one. :/ I hope you enjoy the photo and the update.

Let The Creations Continue!

After what should’ve been an easy Friday turned into a terrible state of confusion and hurt, I’m surprised that my creativity is still functioning. And not only functioning, healing. I may not be able to fix every problem I come up against in my life, but I /can/ create. I finished the 5th mixed media art piece in my mask series. It feels kind of weird to say that. I’m an amateur artist and I have a ‘series’…hmmm… Makes me chuckle a bit, I must say! I’m calling this one “Geisha Garden”. The mask I chose, decorated in the way it came out, on this black canvas really made me think of the Japanese art and cultural photos I have seen.Β  The fabric feathers at the top were a happy accident (as Bob Ross would say) which occurred when my husband moved something from our table and a string of feathers landed on the unpainted portion of canvas, above the mask. The striking contrast of white against such a dark background was too beautiful to pass up. While I have real feathers, I chose to use fabric and create my own. I hope they will last for many years more than feathers would! I hope you’ll enjoy the photo of the background. I’ll share the photo of the completed project tomorrow!

I painted the background for  'Geisha Garden' using acrylic paints in golden green (which I blended with a bit of medium green), dark green, and white. The three feathers are a stiff sort of satiny fabric (the edge of a decorated fabric scrap) that I cut freehand. I used a real feather to get the right length for the longest possible feather. I used Fabri-tac fabric glue to affix them to the canvas. I purposly 'dreamified' the photo so the colors are sort of misty.

I painted the background for ‘Geisha Garden’ using acrylic paints in metallic golden green (which I blended with a bit of medium green), dark green, and white. The three feathers are a stiff sort of satiny fabric (the edge of a decorated fabric scrap) that I cut freehand. I used a real feather to get the right length for the longest possible feather. I used Fabri-tac fabric glue to affix them to the canvas. I purposly ‘dreamified’ the photo so the colors are sort of misty.

In case you might be wondering why there are feathers in the sky… In some of the anime I’ve seen in the past, there are white or black feathers floating around the characters. I never really thought about what they meant for any length of time but they usually show up when there’s some kind of tragic feeling. At least, that’s how it seemed to me. So for this post, I chose to do a tiny bit of research before clicking ‘publish’. Here’s the answer I liked the best. I found it on Yahoo:

“Such feathers symbolize trust,
honor,
strength,
wisdom,
power,
freedom
and a closeness
to…^_^

-KarinQ-Β  “

I thought that fit quite nicely. I think I could probably write a story for this artwork, as well as the previous one, “A Night And A Day”. In my mind, that fact alone goes quite a long way to telling me I’ve done a good job.

Don’t forget! πŸ™‚ Tomorrow I’ll post the completed photo of the artwork. The photo I took today was too blurry and I really want to get a nice photo up. Please look forward to it! I’m really pleased with the outcome and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you!

The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers.” ~Basho

Theater Costume Project Continues

I’ve been working on Starshine’s tree costume again this week. I finally have the nest together. I often start a project with an idea in mind but it turns out equally often that the project has a mind of its own and turns out a little differently than I originally pictured it. This nest was somewhat like that. I used burlap fabric, thread, 1/4″ elastic, and one small sprig of autumn leaves. I basically sewed an open-ended scrunchie, ran the elastic through it, and sewed the the two short ends together, only at the elastic casing. It gave my nest a messy appearance, which was one thing I was trying to achieve. I pulled the leaves off my sprig and cut the “twig” that was left over into 3 pieces. I used Fabri-tac glue to stick the leaves and “twigs” on the nest randomly. Here’s a photo of the finished project. What do you think?

~ the burlap bird's nest I created for Starshine's tree costume ~

~ the burlap bird’s nest I created for Starshine’s tree costume ~

“The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.” ~ William Blake