Thursday, January 12, 2017

Secret's in the Sauce...

 God's really been bringing some amazing projects and new business relationships my way lately. I continue to design for Coke full time. Shane's Rib Shack is now a freelance client of mine and I've been working on a coloring book for The city of Stockbridge, GA about Daddy King. I can say for sure it's all due to faith and God throwing open doors I just frankly never would have thought to even walk up to.

I continue to in the very little spare time I have paint and teach painting. I still hope for a day when God knocks on Disney's door to tell them they need my paintings in The Art of Disney stores ;)

My oldest daughter turned Sweet 16! Tear... So of course we had to throw a fun shindig filled with moons and stars. The birthday girl is quite the celestial fan. My cousin Heather from Sprinkle Bakes did an amazing birthday cake for the party which you can read about here. Soon I'll be posting a how to for those of you who are up for making your own man on the moon photo booth prop.

Happy Winter Y'all! Here's to a Fantastically Productive 2017 filled with love.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Where've I been?

Hi All!
I know it's been ages since I blogged. Bottom line.. I'm slack! I've been illustrating books, teaching painting and oh yeah.. love my day job as an illustrator for the best soda around! My kids have gotten older.. and So have I, but it beats the heck out of the alternative, right?
I'm still perusing my dream of being a licensed Disney artist. Some days I feel like I will achieve that dream and other days I hear the devil saying I'm wasting my time. BUT I take comfort in Psalm 37:4, "Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart."
So what have I been sending the publishing companies that supply Disney's Art store s to get my foot in? Here's a run down, I send new art every 6 months. Though this time I'm running a little late due to teaching and kids keeping me busy.

Currently working on...   

This one's ready to send.. once I have the others I'm working on ready to send....

Last set I sent....

First Set I sent with Fab 5 characters.... 

First set I sent featuring my Day of the Dead Fairytale Series...

All of these images are inspired by Disney and are property of me and Disney!
No reproduction, copies or distribution is allowed!

The latest book I illustrated for Christina Cody turned out great and we're busy working on the next one in that series.

Well that's enough catching up for now. 


Friday, February 14, 2014

A Mouse, A Book and An Exciting New Year

It's been a bit. I promise I have a good excuse... I've been one crazy busy art making and teaching lady. Oh, but don't think for a second I'm complaining. This gal loves her art time!
So what's new, Well the year for one thing. And I've been working on a new book with Christina Cody. I'm illustrating her exciting new fairytale. That's about all I can share about that for now.
My husband and I took a quick trip down to my favorite place on earth... Disney World for some r and r. We had lots of fun acting like kids in the parks and I got inspired to make new stuff like I do every trip there.

I'm very proud to share that my amazing photographer husband had his first magazine cover published this January. St. Mary's Magazine used his photo for the cover and did and interview and two page spread of his photos.

Also, I've been busy in my studio creating a new series of paintings that I hope to submit to hopefully be sold in The Art of Disney stores!!! Oh be still my beating heart!

We've also been cranking out the art classes with my super talented students wowing me every time!

So as you can see, busy, but blogland is still close to my heart and always on my mind!

Oh one more thing! I joined the Mary Janes Farmgirl Sisterhood! I'm officially Sister 5759 :)

Gotta go for now. 


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Creative People

I wanted to share with you the fun people who have joined me in recent art classes and paint nights at my studio. They are teachers and moms, Business Women and Grandmas, students and dreamers... and they all came in with an open mind and left with a GREAT piece of art!
Check out these awesome new artists!

Happy Creating!


Monday, August 19, 2013

{An Artist} James A. Norris

Hi firends,
I want to introduce you to a new artist friend of mine who is... are you ready for it... CRAZY for VW! He's brilliant. I mean who else thinks of  "what would Jesus drive". And the tag line to that one is awesome too!
So, how did i meet James? Well, in a small town not so far away... just south actually... in the town of Juliette. James was out visiting with Fred, a local business owner and we struck up a conversation while I was painting The Whistle Stop Cafe. IT was instant friends! These guys are great, the hole town is super friendly. But Oh my the art this guy makes. I'm sharing his facebook link here as well as the link to his store where you can buy shirts and such with his awesome art on it. I LOVE his tattoo remover!

This is James. Well, behind the picture is James ;)
Go check out more of his art!


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Dragonflies and Rednecks

Hi friends,
Last Saturday's Pinspirations class at The Blue was a hit. We had a great time going step by step over the process of bringing to life a one of a kind dragonfly. Lots of laughs were had and techniques learned. Who knew you could do so much with salvage scrap parts from old lights and doors. We had lunch at the Redneck Gourmet which was amazing! The top pick from my crew at The Redneck had to be the burgers,  onion rings and the KahlĂșa Crunch. We'll be doing this workshop again so if you are interested in being part of it, email me or leave a comment here. When that class is workshop is scheduled, you'll be the first to know!

 Be sure to like Out of The Blue's Facebook page so you can keep up with the latest events and get your art on! Remember, Do Something You LOVE!


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Fried Green Paints At The Whistle Stop Cafe

You're just a bee charmer, Idgie Threadgoode. That's what you are, a bee charmer. “ ~ Ruth 

Our Fried Green Paints Event was a great deal of fun. What could go wrong with amazing southern cooking, your best girl friends and paint. It’s the recipe for an amazing day which is just what we had. Our day began with a walk about town scoping out good spots to draw and paint. Once we settled on our sites to work from Lydia Ellis and I did a demo to show how perspective can be captured to create a great piece of art using pastels and watercolors.
The demo was followed by an out of this world by the amazing folks at The Whistle Stop Café. The restaurants owner Elizabeth was very helpful and a gracious hostess. Did I mention the food was great? Our ladies then set out to create amazing art. Towanda !!!!!!!!!!
If you are interested in meeting up with Lydia and I for a great experience making art and walking into a scene straight out of Fried Green Tomatoes, contact me.



Thursday, May 23, 2013

Geranium Festival Recap and Findings

So the festival morning started with epic rain.. the first in 20 years of the festivals history.. don't I feel special ;) But then it cleared out and we had about 1/2 to 2/3 the normal crowds. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself painting faces non stop from 8:30 to five with no break until four when I sat for a moment and took a sip of water. I heard from one child that he had waited an hour. This is when I finely raise my eyes up from the child and was astonished to see a long line of kids and parents.

I averaged between 10 minutes to 6 minutes per face. Most people bought the half face. I heard several kids argue with parents that this was what they wanted not the butterfly on the forehead down the way! I saw one fight between a parent who waited in line and the inevitable ill behaved lady teaching her child to break in line. I was terrified and chose to keep my head down and focused on painting rather than scolding the all deserving Poorly behaving lady.

I planned ahead and had a friend show up who has a lovely blank canvas :) on the back of his head. And after getting a free paint job he walked about and which was a great way to have people sent my way.


You should've seen it when he put his sunglasses on backwards with this paint job. It's a hoot!
So the one big thing I will do differently next time is that I set up the face painting between my two art displays. The prints were displayed on a table made onto the displays so that they could get prints of what they liked right there. BUT the line of kids blocked all of that and so though I did sale some prints, it was large unnoticed.
I set up a table at the front of my booth with a fake chalk board made of black foam core board and white paint marker that listed my upcoming art events such as the Fried Green Paints event as well as the classes. Below that on the table was a sheet to sign up for my newsletter to find out about future art shows, event and classes. And the sheets is quite full!!!!!!!!!!
I made enough to pay for everything I invested print and booth wise, plus a tiny profit. BUT I have loads of prints lefts and everything I need to do t his for a few years not. It will only need occasional face paint restocked ans eventually more prints of new art. I want to say Thank you DAN MILLER!!!!!!!!! You inspire me, Encourage Me and give the pat on the back for thinking out side of the box every time I hear you tale someones story. Of course I was lucky to have my family backing me up with helping set up and taking money while I painted away!
at the end of the day I got just what I needed... Cotton Candy!