Art Projects

Photos of some of the different types of art I have created over the years.  I tend to bounce around, and do one thing for awhile and then drop it and pick up something else.  And then I go back to the first thing.  As a result I have boxes and bins of beads, buttons, socks, fabrics, paints, glues, thread…

Paintings

A recent painting I did based on scene from one our favorite movies, My Neighbor Totoro by Hayoa Miyazaki.  Instead of Satsuko and Mei, I put Sam and Emma playing gourds up on the branch of the camphor tree with the three totoros.

Totoro painting

I studied Chinese brush painting for many years with Lucy Wang.  A few of my paintings.

Surfer

From a photo of a guy surfing at Maverick’s.

A present I made for my neighbor Bob.  See my post "Bob's Guerilla Herb Garden".

A present I made for my neighbor Bob. See my post “Bob’s Guerrilla Herb Garden”.

Anna's hummingbird and fuschia.

Anna’s hummingbird and fuschia.

I made paintings from photos for some of my daughter’s teachers.  I created stencils from photos and then spray painted in layers.

S.Em+Caren

Vanessa

Fleece Pillow Creatures

I’ve made sock dolls for years (see below), but I’ve recently branched out into pillows with the help of my new $70 sewing machine from IKEA.  A few first efforts:  a sperm whale, a totoro (of course!) and a pigeon (which was supposed to be an owl, but the kids said it looks more like a pigeon.

Pillows

Sock Dolls

Some of the sock dolls I've made.  See my post "It's Every Sock's Dream to Become a Sock Doll" for more pics.

Some of the sock dolls I’ve made. See my post “It’s Every Sock’s Dream to Become a Sock Doll” for more pics.

I made this doll for a school auction.  I cut the head off of a pair of Perry slippers.  You can't have a Perry doll without a backstory!

I made this doll for a school auction. I cut the head off of a pair of Perry slippers. You can’t have a Perry doll without a backstory!  And yes, those are real screws in his head.

Sock doll chicken and eggs.

Sock doll chicken and eggs.

Misc projects

Little people I made from mini canvases.  They hang on the wall.  See my post "I Stole My Daughter's Present and Made Art With It" for more details.

Little people I made from mini canvases. They hang on the wall. See my post “I Stole My Daughter’s Present and Made Art With It” for more details.

Coin.rubbing

A rubbing I made from the kid’s foreign coin collection. See my post “Naked People on Coins and Other Fascinating Numismatic Discoveries for more on the coins…

Identity boxes that my son and I made in an art program at his elementary school.

Identity boxes that my son and I made in an art program at his elementary school.

Crate and Barrel used to sell these wonderful flat marble stones that I would paint on.

Crate and Barrel used to sell these wonderful flat marble stones that I would paint on.

The kids and I made this out of an old atlas, cut outs from a bird book, and a spray painted frame.

The kids and I made this out of an old atlas, cut outs from a bird book, and a spray painted frame.

 

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