Thursday, October 24, 2013

Ask Away Friday: Week 12

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Welcome to Week 12 of #AskAwayFriday!! Please meet our wonderful co-hosts for the month of October!


The Patchwork Paisley

These ladies have been wonderful additions to #AskAwayFriday and always have great posts that everyone enjoys to read!

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The Real Housewife of Caroline County

Without further adieu let's kick off Week 12 of #AskAwayFriday!!!
It has been so much fun co-hosting #AskAwayFriday this month. Thank you so much to Penny and Amber for having me! Of course I will still be participating from week to week, and for my last week as a co-host I couldn't wait to trade questions with Jhanis from Fascinations of a Vanilla Housewife.
The Vanilla Housewife

Jhanis has also been linking up for AAF for a while now and each week her posts have been among my favorite to read. I always look forward to her witty comments and finding out a little more about her "third world life" as she calls it, living in Cebu with her husband and 2 kiddies. Don't let her blog name fool ya, there is nothing "vanilla" about Jhanis. She is one cool chick, and as we decided to focus on the arts this week for our questions, I revolved mine about a fact I learned about her via a previous AAF post: she's kind of a rock star. For real! Go check out her answers to the questions I asked her for the low down on all of that, but first read on to learn a bit more about me and my artwork through 10 questions Jhanis asked me...

 Tell us about your creations...
1. Show us a creation that you are most proud of.
I'm am all about the DIY and crafty stuff here at The Patchwork Paisley, but my roots are in Fine Art. I have a BFA in ceramics/sculpture and have dabbled in everything from printmaking to woodworking to oil painting. Drawing has always been my first love, specifically photo realism. I went through a big phase in my artistic journey where I thought art wasn't "good" unless is showed skill and was aesthetically appealing. My opinion has changed, but my personal interest in the precision that comes with recreating something in life by hand is still a big part of my art. Anyway, I love drawing in plain old pencil. One of my favorite drawings is this one:
I think it was an ITunes advertisement or something, but I just loved the look and feel of her, so I drew it! Unfortunately it has picked up a few wrinkles along the way, but it's one of the only drawings I've done that I still have (I've done a bunch of commissioned portraits and drawn some for presents) and I still love the image as much as I did when I first found it.

2. Your oldest artwork in possession.
I had to go into the depths of my basement for this one. I have a bunch of boxes of some of my artwork from High School. Here's my first oil painting (that I never finished) of a landscape I was painting from a photo I took while in Ireland. This was my Junior year of HS, so circa 1998.

3. I heard, most artists come up with their greatest works when depressed.  Are you like that or are you most productive when you are happy?
When I'm depressed I want to crawl under a blanket with a bag of Reese's PB cups and a bottle of wine. I am a much better artist when I am energized and happy...

4. Something that you made especially for your husband.
After working for so long in pencil trying to achieve photo realism, I tried my hand at trying to recreate a picture with paint. John was my subject and the result somehow ended up looking like Derek Jeter and I (shocker) never finished it.

I don't really like how it came out (his nose is crooked...)

5. A creation that holds a special place in your heart.
I rarely put my emotions in to a piece of artwork. It's therapeutic to me in the creation and I really don't need the finished product to be a reminder of bad feelings, BUT there are 2 things I made when I started getting in to multimedia collage on altered canvas that really express how I was feeling at the time and mean a lot to me because of it.

 The one on top I made in honor of Christin after her accident inspired by the lyrics to Nickelback's "If Today Was Your Last Day". The next one is self-explanatory and was made shortly after 9/11.

6. A project that took the longest to complete.
I've posted about this before: This is a mural I completed in the Teen Center at the school where I work. It took 2 months of me working on it Monday-Friday almost 4 hours a day.

7. Something that you completed in the least amount of time.
It's really hard to judge the amount of time it takes me to make anything because I'm rarely able to devote uninterrupted time to any project, but I got into making 3D letters this past spring just for fun and they actually didn't take that long to make. I still have to write up a "how-to" post about these babies...

8. Something that you made for Violet and Ruby.
I have a thing for text. I just love playing with letters. I also love layering materials and varying textures and colors in a single work of art. I made a bunch of these name collages for a while and still want to get back in to them. They're done on canvas and very 3D. It's hard to capture them in a picture, but I made one for Vi a while a go. Ill have to get started on Ruby's eventually. Still, I made a ton of stuff for Ruby's nursery so even though she may not be able to appreciate it yet, it was for her (and for me.) 

I did a post on all the DIYs for Ruby's nursery HERE
9. A self portrait?
I made this as an example for an 8th grade Self-Portrait project I was hoping to incorporate into out curriculum this year that build off of a Warhol Self-Portrait they do in 6th grade. It's in the style of Roy Lichtenstein and he actually lived in the town I teach in for a while so I thought it would be appropriate:

10. Show me what's in the bag of an artist.
Thank you for asking me to do this because I found a few things I didn't realize were in there and had more than I thought in all the little compartments. This is fairly neat though. It's much worse when I'm working...

So that's it for my answers to Jhanis's fantastic questions! Please don't forget to visit Fascinations of a Vanilla Housewife to see how she answered my questions and while you're at it, hit up some of those links below and meet some new bloggers that you'll love. Wanna join us? Feel free to contact myself or any of the lovely hostesses if you would like to be a part of #AskAwayFriday in the future! We'd love to have you. 


  1. I LOVE your artwork! I wish I was 1/2 as creative as you are! Thank you so much for being apart of AAF on a weekly basis and helping us host this month!!

    1. Thanks Penny! I love Ask Away Friday, so thanks for having me!

  2. I wish I had an ounce of your creativity! Beautiful! Thank you so much for hosting #AAF What a great swap! I love reading Jhanis' blog, too, she is so clever!

    1. Thank you ! Isn't she hilarious?? She's super creative too, so I can't wait to see what she came up with for her post.

  3. Holy cow you are awesome and so creative. Please come over and do some things for my house? Lets swap questions sometime!!

    1. Thanks so much! I would totally come decorate your house if I could! I'd love to exchange with you!

  4. Lady you are gifted! Where you outside when the world was spreading talent to all mankind? Now I am shy to show my "creations" LOL I'm so glad we paired up this week! I love DIY, I love working with my hands (thought the outcome isn't as near perfection as yours are) and your post actually made me want to do it again. I was in the theater arts for a long time before the kids came along, and as a musician and a stage manager, I always get my hands dirty on props, costumes and stuff. It has been a while and I didn't realize I missed it this much till I saw the collections you posted here. Thank you! BTW my post will go live perhaps just as you wake up later. ;)

  5. Thank you for the compliment. I spent a lot if my formative years feeling only mediocre at best, but I've since been able to embrace what I do and appreciate it though there is always room for improvement. Thanks for letting me share my work! I cant wait to see what you wrote!!!

  6. Wow! Your are so talented, your work is really, really beautiful. I think the portrait of your husband is a mix of Derek and Ryan Gosling, seriously. Love it! Would you come over and play arts-n-crafts with me? No, I'm serious. Haha!

    1. Thank you!! I won't tell him you said he has any resemblance to Ryan Gosling. It'll go straight to his head ;)

  7. I wish that I had half of your talent! Your artwork is GORGEOUS! While I love to craft, I am definitely no artist haha. I've always wanted to draw or paint, I just do not have the skill. I'm in love with the mural that you did!

    1. You're artsy too! I think being crafty comes from the same place! It's just honing the skills doing what you enjoy! I couldn't make the things you make!

  8. You don't like the picture of your husband? Uh...I thought it was FLAWLESS! Your art is awesome! I wish I could do what you do. If I painted or drew a picture of my hunny he would come out as a stick figure.

    1. Haha..thank you! I can't stand it. Ill probably gesso over it one day and use the canvas for something else.

  9. Wow, i seriously love your artwork. The 3d text art is awesome. I hope i can do that too. Enjoyed reading your answers!

    1. Thank you so much! I love making them. They're actually not that hard! It's all about collecting all the letters and putting different materials together to capture a color scheme or style.


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