Thursday, May 24, 2012


~ I always seem to find new inspiration in a view, a talk with a friend or family member, an old piece of artwork or new one seen.  Recently I ran across a small canvas I did a long time ago using a transfer image from a tintype of my great-grandmother. She is only 15 yrs. old in this photo and I believe this is her wedding photo, as that was the age when she married.  Alice had a hard life as a farm wife and I think she was very lonely.  She has become my current inspiration, telling me through her image that life is tough, but there is strength through family, friends and the good days.
On the left is an ATC I'm making for a 'Mid-Summer Night's Dream' swap. 'Tis' Almost Fairy Time' reminds me that soon I will be escaping to the Outer Banks and a moonlight beach-can't wait! ~Lou

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

I'm Back!!!

I can't  believe it has been almost a year since last posting, but it has been a difficult year.  My husband Tom has been in the hospital most of that time, beginning last October with emergency gallbladder surgery and a subsequent heart attack.  Then he went for emergency open heart the week of Christmas and then another admittance in February for pneumonia and COPD exacerbation.  The stress took a toll on me and our family and I certainly lost my creative drive. So Tom is on the road to recovery, thanks to cardiac rehab 3x a week, and I am trying to get my art gene to return.  A trip to Artiscape recently in Columbus helped, as I took a great class by Wanda Montgomery on techniques.  Also just being with good friends and a change of scenery!
I have also joined a few art swaps that are vintage in nature and using antique images.  My CDV photos (carte de visite) above will be made into a book by the hostess, after swapping. Some are dimensional, as the real dog tag on the first one.  I have found that small art projects are very soothing for my spirit and hope it is strengthened by continuing to make 'for others.'~Lou