Oct 25, 2011

"The Blessing" and Things

Our life is made up of little things.
This is one of those posts where I share the little things that happen in my life. There's art, I promise.

First some exciting news!
We took out our air conditioners this past Sunday and found this!

Now, we knew we had birds nesting in our window sill in the kitchen. You could hear them, the cats totally heard them (Talor would scratch at the window all summer), but we just had no idea it would be this big!

We were both surprised (and thankful the birds had left their nest). It was fantastic to get an up close and personal look at this beautifully weaved nest.

Wow...just amazing.

Talor in her new spot. She was weighed in at 13.4 lbs at the vet! Oy!
After cleaning up from the removal of the air conditioners it spurred a whole cleaning and sorting spree. Brian and I really enjoy rearranging and trying to find the best way to utilize our space.

Not only that, but Brian brought home a giant plant from work on Friday. Whoo!! Problem was, we had no place to put it that would keep Talor from playing with it. The combination of the air conditioners and the plant created the best reason to rearrange.

The studio got cleaned up and moved around a bit, now there is no place for Talor to destroy. She keeps coming in trying to find something to knock over or climb on. Nothing. Except for the plant. lol But she has learned fast not to jump up to it.

To help out, I created a new napping spot for her. Within moments she made it hers, and....rarely leaves it when the studio is open. :) I am very proud of her for being such a good listener.

Once the studio was freshened up, again, I pulled out a painting that Natalie had suggested I finish. And, I did. I enjoy the piece, but find the format interesting for prints. I hope I find some use for it. I thought about ornaments, but circles don't cook well and turn into ovals. :/ Thus the reason you don't see circle ornaments in my shop.
"The Blessing"

Suggestions welcomed. :)
Print available on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/listing/84625022/angel-print-with-cardinals-evergreens 

Lastly a sneak peek at the December fairy. Prejudging not allowed. I say that because I am still not satisfied with her face. But I was the same way with the one above and in the end it came together.

I had to redraw and paint this several times!

The first one I didn't think my colors through, and it was too late to fix anything. The background turned to mud.

Then on the new piece I redrew her, oh about two times, and redrew her face about four times.

Brian says her face looks fine, to me it looks off. But I'm not giving up! Also, she's a bit different than my other girls. Once she's finished I'll go into why, but she's heavier set and has short curly hair. Hope to have her done this week!


Jenn said...

Love them both and how cool about the nest!
Can I guess why she might be a little heavier set and has shorter hair? ;)

How about round stickers for your sweet "the Blessing"? Perhaps decoupage for the top of a round 'treasure' box? Gift tags to tie onto Christmas pressies?

You know I love it no matter what you do. Hugs to you and Brian (Talor too) xoxox

Sara Burrier said...

Thanks for the suggestions Jen, Yeah, these came across in my mind too...except I don't have anything to cut circles with...except scissors. Is there a tool out there that helps cutting circles? And where I might be able to find it?

As for Talor....we were feeding her WAY too much...with wet food no doubt. :P

Kim Vanlandingham said...

Her face is "weightier"...she reminds me of those old fashioned german porcelain dolls. Beautiful! Oh and love the next. Is that a tiny bit of easter basket grass in there too! Where to birds find this stuff! LOL!

Jenn said...

Sara, there is an AWESOME circle cutting tool in most scrapbooking sections of Walmart, AC Moore, Michaels...I believe it's by Martha Stewart.

And wet food is a huge no-no for Smelly Georgie Cat...besides the smelly part, it makes him sick :(

Natalie Groves said...

I love it! She has my hair : ) So glad you found time to paint her!

Anonymous said...

I absolutely LOVE "The Blessing"... it's so soft and peaceful! Maybe I'll have to ask for it for Christmas ;P
The December Lady is looking really good! I especially like the shorter hair.
I continue to be inspired...

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