Monday, February 26, 2007

Journal Page and etsy...

This one is not titled yet. She's one of my favorites though. I'm thinking of putting my journal pages up for sale on etsy. It's time to restock on some art supplies which means I need to restock my bank account a bit! lol Just wondering if they would sell. Guess you don't know until you try, right? Well, we got some snow here last night, so I'm off to get the little guy ready to go outside AGAIN! What a hullaballoo....the snow pants and boots, and gloves and scarves...okay you get the idea. I'll be quiet now. Hope everyone is having a simply faboo Monday!

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Thought Warrior...WIP

This is my Thought Warrior. Not quite complete, but still ready with shield in hand to ward off all the critics and negative thoughts that come with everyday life and everyday art.
I recently re-read "Art & Fear" (after seeing a post about it on the wonderful Kate Kendrick's blog) and it was filled with a lot of reminders that I needed to hear at this time. Funny how that happens. Here's just one passage: "The point is that you learn how to make your work by making your work, and a great many pieces that you make along the way will never stand out as finished art. The best you can do is make art you care about- and lots of it! The rest is largely a matter of perseverance."
So off I go....back to the drawing board. Paintbrush in hand, I will persevere and enjoy the journey! Happy Sunday all. I hope everyone is off to a great start for a great week!

Friday, February 23, 2007

Post 103 !!!!

I've seen bloggers posting about their 100 mark. Well, mine past me by. Funny how time can be like that. I realized that this May I will be living here in PA for FIVE YEARS!! Crazy, cause it really only seems like two years have gone by. And sad in a way, that we live day by day, and it seems time is passing slowly, then WHAM! you realize a huge chunk of life has gone by. If you were to take on a project today....knowing that it would take five years to complete, it would seem like an eternity. But looking back at five years time, it seems to have gone by in a flash.
And so I am celebrating POST 103!
And it actually is quite timely, as I realized from my last post- and all the well wishes- that blogging has really introduced me to some wonderful, caring, creative people.
Thank you all...for your kind words and encouragement, and for sharing your art anad life which gives both inspiration and a feeling of wholeness...knowing that we're all not going through the mess and joys of everyday life and art- alone.
And on that note....I want you all to know that I will be updating my links soon, and you will be added. (You know who you are! lol) My computer crashed while I was sick- apparently it got sick too-lol. Unfortunately, we lost all our files, bookmarks, art and photo files. And though initially I was upset, I now realize that it's simply time to start anew.
So cheers to New Beginnings! Thank you, my wonderful, creative blogging friends! Cheers to you too!

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Finding Your Way

"She Lit Up The Night"
Yes, another journal page, though today I don't feel like I could light up much of anything.
Woke up feeling like I swallowed glass, with other wonderful flu like symptoms.
And quite honestly, I'm not feeling that great emotionally either.
Though I'm having fun with my journal pages, I'm still plagued by "finding my way" with my more serious art. I get all hyped and start on a whole series, maybe inspired by a new technique, maybe inspired by something else. Some good, some bad, but not feeling like it's really me. It's not authentic. Like I'm still struggling to find my style. Yet, I know part of being an artist is exploration and experimentation, I'm getting tired of feeling like I'm floundering and going nowhere. Does anyone else feel this way? How did YOU go about finding your own style. I could really use some words of wisdom here, folks! Not to mention some chicken soup.
So give me whatever input you got! And I hope you all are havin' a good week.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Saturday, February 17, 2007


Dreaming of mudrooms and maids. Dreaming of space. More space, indoors and out. Dreaming of a room to call my own. My art studio. Dreaming of playing art all day in solitude.
Thankful for my little house. Thankful for my messy children. Yet still dreaming....
How does one stay on top of it all? And when is that Nanny showing up? Dreaming and wishing.
Can you tell it's cleaning day here?

Friday, February 16, 2007

Yeah's another one....

"I Am My Own Vessel" D. Altaville c.2007
What can I say? I'm a journal and puter addict these days!

Another Journal Page

"Untitled" D.Altaville c.2007
Yes, another journal page...sigh. Hope your all not getting bored with them,
and getting ready to shoot your computer.
I'm a little stuck on this one, as I want to add some words or a quote
but don't know what yet. Hence, the title- Untitled! lol
Any ideas?
And speaking of stuck...apparently my dd was eating at the computer again.
So tho I have more I wanted to say, some of my letter keys are stuck together,
making it rather tricky to type!
Oh well, I guess I should have named this post STUCK!
And now I'm off to try and clean these itty bitty spaces between keys.
My life is very exciting, dontcha think? lol
Happy Friday all!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Journal Page

"The Secret"
As you can see I've really been getting into the Journal Pages lately.
What else is a gal to do, with all this cold and snow going on?
Anyhoo, I think I got a little carried away with this one.
You may need your sunglasses!


These are some pictures taken from our family "Music Appreciation Night".
No, it has nothing to do with Mozart or Bach! Instead, we take turns playing songs from our current favorites. So, the kids fill us in on what they're listening to and think is cool and we turn them on to our music- which by the way is also very uber cool. Really. Just ask them!
They like and have an appreciation for everything from the Beatles to Bob Dylan and we try and find some merit in the newer music of their generation.
So there you have it. My wonderful wacky family!
The light of my life!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Journal Page

"Love Potion #9" D.Altaville c.2007

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

My Funny Valentine

The little guy messin' around with my cheater glasses.
Clark Kent Junior at your service!

Monday, February 12, 2007

SPC - Black & White

"Armed and Ready To Paint"

Journal Page

"A Promise" D.Altaville c.2007

Friday, February 09, 2007

IMT - Heart Art

"The colors of my love, the vibrations of my heart"

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Journal Page

"Joy" D.Altaville c.2007
I know, I know she doesn't look very joyful. Hmmmmm.......

A True Poet

"The Only Thing I Knew How To Do
Was To Keep On Keepin' On
Like A Bird That Flew
Tangled Up In Blue."
Bob Dylan

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Journal Page

"Pregnant With Thoughts That Permeate My Dreams"

SPC - Black & White #2

"Shrouded In February"

Monday, February 05, 2007

Winter Lies

"Winter Lies" D.Altaville c.2006

Saturday, February 03, 2007

SPC - Black & White

It's the shoes that make the woman, don't you think?

Friday, February 02, 2007


What makes me laugh? My little jumpin bean!

PS Wings

"Wings To Fly" D.Altaville c.2006
We shall find peace. We shall hear the angels. We shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds. Anton Chekhov
This is a painting I had posted that I wasn't happy with. So I decided to journal over it and do some fiddling in PS and this is the result. I think I like it much better than the original. I'm happy now!

Thursday, February 01, 2007


"Sweet Jude" D.Altaville c.2006

"Young Girl" D.Altaville c.2006
"Blue" D.Altaville c.2006

Alphabetical Meme

A-available or married? Married
B-best friend? Debbie, Jeanie, Laurie, Robin, Fritz, My kids, hub....
C-cake or pie? Not big on either. Perhaps Cheesecake
D-drink of choice? Water, Beer, Gilligan's Island
E-essential item I use everyday? A pen
F-favorite color? Black for Clothes..Purple for Painting...Green for Decor
G-gummy bears or gummy worms? YUK! Neither.
H-hometown- Manhattan, NY
I-indulgence? Books, Sushi, Alone Time
J-January or February? February
K-kids and names?
L-life is incomplete without? Family and Friends
M-marriage date? May 30, 1991
N-number of siblings? One older sister and one older brother
O-oranges or apples? Oranges
P-phobias or fears? Keeping My kids safe...Driving On Highways...and too many too mention
Q-favorite quote? "You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore."
R-reasons to smile? My family, friends adn my faith and that each day is a new beginning
S-season? Fall of course
T-tag 3 0r 4 people: Anyone reading this who wants to have some fun
U-unknown fact about me? I don't like weddings.
V-vegetable you don't like? Anything green
W-worst habit? Smoking....uugghhh
X- X-traordinary trait? Common Sense...not that I always use it! lol
Y-your favorite food? Sushi, Mexican, Pizza, Chinese
Z-zodiac? Aquarius