Sunday, July 31, 2011

Thirty First Sunday

Realize that
true happiness
lies within you.

- Lucian

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Journal - Broken Parts

I was a busy girl on July 4th. I saw a painting of a heart that was similar to this one drawn in my journal though I think it was more angular than I drew mine.

Our broken parts make us more beautiful.

All the past mistakes and dashed dreams are all okay because though they hurt at the time, they are moments that define us and help make us better human beings. And when we can learn from those moments, it makes us beautiful.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Flying Hearts - Everything Love Finalized- Or not.

 I have shown this painting before and I thought it was done but looking at the digital image now. I may add two people dancing in the background. Ayh! Here's what it looked like before.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Guitars - I Dare You



24 x 36" Acrylic
Sold on July 22, 2011

Updated on 7/28/11: Thank you for asking what I dare you to do, Peggy. I don't know if you will be able to see it in the detailed photo below but the blue part of the guitar is called the bridge. On the bridge to the left it says, "Believe in yourself." and on the right it says, "I dare you."

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Thirtieth Sunday

The simplest things
are often the truest.

-Richard Bach

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Journal - July 2nd - Day 18

On July 2nd Chris took me to a backyard Fourth of July party. A band was playing and they were all wearing American flag swim trunks. As we sat by the edge of the pool with our feet in the water watching the band play, I was suddenly inspired to paint this. I drew it on July 4th in my journal so not to forget it. There is a painting in the making but I like this drawing better and will paint this version in the future.

I've been MIA the past 3 days. Oh big deal. :) I sold a painting today and will feature it next week.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Monday, July 18, 2011

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Twenty Nineth Sunday

You don't want no pie in the sky when you die. You want something here on the ground while you're still around.

- Muhammed Ali

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Journal - Lolly Flowers



Drawn on July 2, 2011


I spent the day drawing in my journal and getting ready to go out with Chris.

Friday, July 15, 2011

From the Vault - Doodle Hearts



These don't translate well digitally.


And, I didn't really try that hard to make them look better.


They're individual hearts doodled, inked and cut out. About and inch or so tall. There is no black background. That's digitial.


Happy Friday.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Metal Sculpture - Searching for Roosters

I would love to post some of my art today but I am totally consumed with finding a big five foot metal rooster sculpture for my backyard and I want it yesterday!

I won't be able to sleep until I find one. Or eat. Or think about anything else until I find one of my own.

I spotted this rooster when the House of Shine girls and I went on our annual Serentripity and I thought then, "I want one of those."



Then yesterday I read a blog post from TheBloggess.Com and it ignited a fire like no other. I gotta have a five foot chicken (or really a rooster) for my backyard. I just gotta!


I have all my friends at work searching the web for metal rooster sculptures. I'm calling places asking them if they have any.


My life will not be complete until I bring one home and I won't rest until I find one!


PS. My chinese symbol is the Year of the Rooster. I think that's why I'm so drawn to it. Or, I could just be crazy.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

House of Shine - Yellow Envelope Project

I am a contributer at House of Shine and one of our initiatives is the Yellow Envelope Project.



Consider nominating someone that Shines for the project.


The above image was created with pen and ink and then digitally enhanced in Photoshop.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

Music Monday - Raspberry Beret

This song takes me waaayyy back to when I was 15 and taking Drivers Ed. My instructor was not in favor of my suggestion of turning it up.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Twenty Eighth Sunday

Wherever you go,
go with all your heart.

- Confucius

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Journal - Don't Drink and Draw



I spent the Sunday before Memorial Day in Rockwall with my friend Margaret and some of her friends. We met for lunch and then went over to the Marriott to hang out by the pool. We started off by making some vodka treats. And then we made some more vodka treats. I then I tried to sketch in my journal.


Not. A. Good. Idea.


I salvaged the palm tree. There was a sailboat under there some where.


So, there we have it. Cheryl is not creative while drunk.


It was a fun day anyway.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Playing with Portraits Day Drew

My chocolate boy! Drew does not like to have his picture taken most days. He has a tendency to squint or shut his big beautiful blue eyes and it becomes tedious for him when I keep saying one more.



This is the child that breaks my heart on a daily basis. He's so independent and strong.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Playing with Portraits Day JB

This is a picture of my sweet son, JB. I will forever love this picture of him. I took it when we were playing outside in Utah using black and white film. Film! The actual photo is of his whole body cutting his poor little head off but look at those big eyes. Love.
Using the Cutout artist filter in Photoshop using 3 layers. Love it. Love the horizontal stripes on the right. They are so Bob Burridge. Going Warhol for fun.


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Playing with Portraits

Below is a recent picture of me. I like this picture of me. In the future, after I have exhausted my guitar and flying heart series (or maybe sooner, who knows knowing me) I would like to touch on doing some simple portraits. I made the cutout picture below through Photoshop. I love Photoshop. I'm painting. Just slowly.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Monday, July 4, 2011

Music Monday - Last Kiss

A boy named Brian sang this song to me. He did a pretty good job, too. Last Kiss was orginally sang in the 50's and is based on a true story of some kids that were killed in a car wreck on a busy road. I love Eddie's voice in this one. Enjoy.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Twenty Seventh Sunday

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.

- Carl W. Buechner

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Journal - Blue Guitar


I was preparing to start painting for ML's guitar. I like this page.

Be passionate about your dreams.


Friday, July 1, 2011

DeclaRAYtion!

Happy Fourth of July weekend!!


I love these patriotic Ray's.


I almost missed a day! :)