Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Lines on a page...

Art reflects life. I always enjoy creating from the bottom up. I love to draw but it has to come from inside...sit with pencil and begin. I have never sat before a sight and tried to draw it. Most of the time my art tells a story. There is always more behind the pencil than just lines connected on paper to create an image. Art reflects whats going on inside my spirit and soul. My drawing pad looks more like a scribble pad...I never did enjoy 'Painting' or adding color...too messy and took so much time, If I had a stuido maybe yes. But with no place to leave things out and having to clean up behind myself every time I painted I never really got into that. (my son did, and I cleaned up behind him..lol ) I did use acrylic pens at one time, and that was pretty easy, just put the pens away...but the pens are expensive as are oils and acrylics, and supplies. So I began to use software to complete my art/drawings. This one pictured here was inspired by my feelings or spiritual connection to Machu Picchu. I call this print the Lost Ponies of Machi Picchu. The main problems I had with this print was getting it to repeat, so it could be used for fabric designs. I did however after 3 weeks of work on this one print get it to repeat and it looks wonderful...its currently under consideration for development by Fabric Editions, I sent them some 2nd draft samples last week. So that drawing was the inspiration for my newest line called Chi Chi...(Chi Chi is the central market where all goods are brought to be swapped or sold in the villages of old like Machu Picchu) Here is the final draft of the Ponies of Machi Picchu.

For the color I went about creating my pallett of colors that jumped out at me many of which are new for me, like the purple...not a color Im comfortable with but it works very good here. I call it Regal due to the Royal-ness of it. The other lead pattern for his collection is the Masquerade. Masks were used/worn in ceremony in the Myan and Incan Civilizations.

"All rights belong to S. Hickman all artwork is the property of S.Hickman any reproduction or use is prohibited without permission or license."

Monday, September 29, 2008

Who is Counting?

Actually Im only 54 yrs and one day...if you get down to brass tacks. This week is the "hurry and gets things ready week"...First off my son cancelled his Boone, NC contest so he could do the one in Atlanta this Saturday and that's where Ill be headed early Saturday morning

                                                               JT and Nanny 

 and we have a motel for the night...then from there its on to Greenville. All the Wallings (Me, Mom, Lil Sis, and Big Sis is flying in too) are celebrating our birthdays together...mine was today, Lil sis is on Wednesday, Mom's is Saturday and Big sis is in January but we are gonna surprise her and have it a wee bit early...we never get to be with her on her birthday..

On Monday we leave Greenville to come home and then midweek we plan to take off for the beach if there is no rain in the forecast, for one overnight. Then back here and she flies out of Charlotte next Sunday...so a busy week coming up. I hope we can find gas...still have stations out of gas, or short on gas.

Anyways I got busy and printed out some of my art designs and made some gift wrap! It was kinda fun and meditational to not think about anything except what was right in front of me. One I made into a small gift bag..and the others I just printed and wrapped it like any other wrap paper. ITS definitely one of a kind.

This one I printed and then cut it out...I wrapped the gift in brown paper. I used some cool yarn to make the bridle and tail..attached it with double sided tape! We made Big sis a sweat shirt with a pic of her dog Jake on it...using an ink jet iron on transfer of a photo I took of him...in fact I made all the gifts too!

me and mom settling in our room at the Palms 

Since Flickr ate my photos Im trying to find as many old ones as possible on my storage devices...I found this one of Mom relaxing on the Lawn at the motel we stayed at.  

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Arches NP

My sis and I went to visit a lot of places when I visited her in the summer of 2008.  Flickr ate all my old photos so Im redoing this post and adding back the photos.

On the way we passed this truck,

Our visit to Arches NP, 

Right away we are dazzled by the beauty..this formation is called Park Avenue...

I forgot the name of this but I think 3 sisters is a good name....it may be the 3 Kings, or the 3 Wise Men...

North and south windows 

The Landscape Arch, has a very narrow place after a big chunk fell off several years back 

The Delicate Arch stands alone on the rocky landscape...

North Window up close,,

I believe this is called Ham Rock

the Sand Dune Arch...

And now Im just going to put up some sights I have forgotten the name of some....

the fiery furnace 

Of course I took hundreds of photos,,,,these are some of my favorites...I hope to add more of that epic 2008 trip.  

Friday, September 26, 2008

Picture Perfect Old Fashioned

Picture Perfect Old Fashioned

This great antique/garden center is located in Basalt Colorado where I recently vacationed. We enjoyed rummaging around and taking lots of photos.

Kodak Z 712 IS

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Pony Tails~

This little fellow caught my eye while we were traveling around upstate last week. The field was full of miniature horses. They are so small and cute but then I saw a FOAL, and she is just the cutest thing. I had to stop and ask the owner if I could take pics. They walked up a bit too close to the fence for me to get good shots, they are so short. The mare's name is Barbie the filly doesn't have a name yet...she is about a month and 1/2 old and she is about 2 ft tall. She kept hiding behind Mama but I got these...

This pony had the most beautiful eyes!