My Beautiful Mother!

My Beautiful Mother!
My Beautiful 82 yr old Mother @ 50th Wedding Anniversary Party wearing dress I designed and painted♥

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

My Humble Painting Beginnings!

I always loved drawing and had inherited the ability to draw from my mother. Not having much money when growing up, my mother would improvise by drawing and then coloring paper dolls with crayons. She added fake "diamonds" on the clothes and my love for sparkly things grew from her drawings. I started actually painting in 1999, when I found a ceramic girl about
12 inches tall in a ball gown. She was already painted and had a crack at her neck with a poor attempt at gluing. I took her home and spent hours covering up the painting with white paint and sanding down the raised area of the repair. Being a perfectionist, it turned out to be a daunting task. Then I bought some acrylic paints and re-painted it. At that time, I didn't know anything about ceramic shops which had green ware and bisque(fired green ware or clay) for sale. Afterwards, I just happened to be walking by a shop and saw a display in the window. I thought I had died and gone to heaven! So, I bought several pieces of green ware and learned how to clean and fire them bringing them to a bisque state. I saw an advertisement in the shop for classes on air brushing ceramic pieces, and I took several classes. During that year, I also painted some bisque pieces drawing on my childhood memories of my mother's artwork and developing my own technique and style of painting using glitter and rhinestones to add bling...which I love!

My eyes have always been the focal point of my paintings and draws the most attention as shown in my favorite piece which I sold prior to Etsy and my sister still has a fit over, since she wanted to keep it in the family! It is a sore topic with her and she says..."I don't know how you could have given that up! It was a very difficult piece because I had to get in between the two faces to try to paint the eyes. I never painted another one but I still love them today. I have enclosed a picture of the two little lovers (see below). Last month I painted this large mirror for my sister and I wrote about a funny experience which happened with my niece in my blog which includes a picture of my inspiration my still beautiful 84 yr old mother:

Follow the link below to see a picture of the finished mirror.
My goal is to fill my shop with 100 hand-painted items and I am still pushing the envelope in trying to come up with different painting techniques mainly in my glassware while searching out different ways of promoting my Etsy shop at: