Saturday, January 18, 2014

Oh, Such a Bad Blogger!

I told myself I wasn't even going to begin by saying anything about resolutions...

 it's over two weeks into 2014

(how did that happen?)

 and I am just now wishing you all a Happy New Year...

I hope it's going well for everyone!

Why is it that I put off things that I love doing?

 photo jan171_zps91f1c223.jpg
~
 photo jan32_zpsa05f367a.jpg
~
I identify so well with this fellow!
~
 photo jan41_zps42ffd9dd.jpg
~
My good friend Ardeth sent me this cute kitty New Year's card...

Love it!
~
And, I promised pictures of some of my animal-portrait ornaments,

so even though it is late, late, late...

(Or extremely early, depending on how you look at it)

I'll still post some pictures ~ :)

Hope you like them...I just love doing these ornaments!

Let's just pretend I'm really on the ball for 2014!

~
 photo jan33_zpsca83c4a3.jpg
~
Here's my painting set-up...satin glass ornaments and acrylic paints.
~
 photo jan34_zpsf04a6322.jpg
~
I begin by lightly sketching in the face using a liner brush

 with thinned white acrylic.

This is my Tallulah ~ ♥

~
 photo jan35_zpsba9abf1d.jpg
~
Then I blocked in the main colors...

White always takes several coats!

~
 photo jan36_zpsf774f8ef.jpg
~
Leo, contemplating art and life...

and wondering why it's 'Lulah on the ornament!

(It looks like he's just drained the shot glass, doesn't it?

Those little glasses are perfect ornament-holders!)
~
 photo ornamentcollage1_zps18eca67c.jpg
~
Making progress on Tallulah's ornament...
~
 photo orniesbowl_zpsb3614d53.jpg
~
Finished!
~
 photo jan161_zps1ae2a177.jpg
~
Here are a couple of sweet canines..

Since I wasn't familiar with these fellows,

I did more detailed preliminary sketches before actually painting on the ornaments.
~
 photo ornamentcollage2_zps26635512.jpg
~
 photo jan162_zps61e018d0.jpg
~
 photo jan173_zps6f648c1c.jpg
~
Here's one of the finished pups...this is Kody ~ ♥

I'll also be adding house-portrait ornaments for 2014 :)
~
Now, I'm actually going to do a second post with a little project I just finished!

Stay tuned!

I'm going to leave you with a few photos from Christmas...

hope all of you had a merry, blessed one!
~
 photo jan183_zpscbf9e039.jpg
~
I didn't really have a plan for decorating this year...

I was so busy with commissions, and there had been so much going on...

Somehow little vintage toys just gathered themselves together...;)

and I decided that they were as good a theme as any...♥
~
 photo jan189_zpsb618dd23.jpg
~
I know, there's a LOT of stuff...

When it was finished it kind of reminded me of a Christmas "I Spy" book

Jonathan had when he was little....
~
 photo jan182_zps3994a6ba.jpg
~
The Crossword Anagram letters are from my childhood...

The truck was Nelson's, and the little iron was my mom's...as were the story books.

(Except "Alice", I got that when I was little.)
~
 photo jan186_zps215afb51.jpg
~
The china doll, toy kitchen utensils and miniature furniture were also my mom's.
~
 photo jan181_zps3b494185.jpg
~
The little vintage Santa belonged to husband Nelson's mother...

a birthday candle just fits in his holder ~ :)
~
 photo jan187_zpsc4062b48.jpg
~
Antique German chocolate molds...many from my dear friends Elaine and Wendy. ♥♥♥
~
 photo jan184_zpseab0d60c.jpg
~
An Ino Schaller belsnickle...in lavender...love him!

The celluloid reindeer has red rhinestone eyes...♥
 ~
 photo jan188_zpsb294e9f7.jpg
~
I filled my sleigh with all vintage glass ornaments...there's a Santa lightbulb,

twisted tin icicles, aluminum bells (also Nelson's mom's) and my little Woolworth's Nativity, too,

still in its original box (29 cents) in there, too!

Have a wonderful weekend, all!

Love,
Photobucket
~

15 comments:

Louise Michie said...

It was worth the wait.

Bonnie said...

Anne, You are always so generous showing us your creating process. I love to play in paint; I always feel like I've had a bit of an art lesson when I visit with you. Enjoy you week. Bonnie

Sami said...

Your cat is so beautiful! I love those Christmas ornaments with the cat and dog, you are a very talented lady!
Happy New Year to you too.

Kelly said...

This was a wonderful surprise Anne!!!!
Love all your Christmas decorations, such a lovely tribute to your loved ones! The crossword anagram letters are fantastic too! This is such a cleaver display! Thanks for sharing!!! Happy New Year to you all and the kitties!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Happy New Year Anne!

What a beautiful post.. I adore your hand painted ornaments.. They are simply beautiful!! You are so talented, and have a very steady hand.

Your Christmas deco is beautiful, and filled with such wonderful memories.
blessings to you in the new year.
Penny

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Happy New Year Anne!

What a beautiful post.. I adore your hand painted ornaments.. They are simply beautiful!! You are so talented, and have a very steady hand.

Your Christmas deco is beautiful, and filled with such wonderful memories.
blessings to you in the new year.
Penny

Julia said...

I agree, it was worth the wait. I love your hand painted ornaments and I can only envy your creative talents.
I love your Christmas decor.You did such a great job.

Hugs,
JB

Jacqui Wise said...

Your animal portrait paintings/ornaments are lovely.

Kyra Wilson said...

Happy New year! :)

Magic Love Crow said...

I love seeing all your pictures! Thanks for showing the ornaments ;o) Fantastic! Happy New Year ;o)

It's me said...

This is great done !!! wowww....you are a real artist !!!...lovely day happy 2014 !!...love Ria...x !

Dee said...

WoW...welcome back:) Thank you for showing the technique to painting your ornaments. ♥

Mom E. said...

Anne,
Love the Christmas display! Your artistry and creativity are so wonderful! I never have been able to paint, but I sure do enjoy other's abilities to do so!
Hugs,
Betsy

Marianne (Mare) Baker Ball said...

love those pet ornaments! Amazing...

Palomasea said...

Such a sweet post...I love your vintage treasures! And of course your art...gorgeous...
To me it is magic how you bring those precious fur babies to life with the stroke of your pencil or brush...
I do think Leo approves! :)))
Sending warm hugs!
- Irina