Saturday, August 29, 2009

Saying Good-Bye to Kitty

For the first time in my adult life, I put one of my beloved companions of 16 years to his final rest this past Wednesday. I thought I would be able to handle putting up a Pink Saturday post this week in spite of it all but I am just not up to it. I apologize to Beverly who works so hard in putting this together for us but I know she understands and I hope you will too. I will have some thoughts to share about what I have learned about this experience but I will save it for a later time. For now, I'll share a photo of my surviving kitty. Obviously she is not pink but she is keeping me in the pink during this difficult time.

Please enjoy your day and do be sure to visit Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for some chipper Pink Saturday posts.

~Kitty Kellie

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The "I Love You" Challenge

Today I implement a project for facilitating change in myself. I call it the "I Love You" Challenge. I am challenging myself to break out of my old beliefs that play like a broken record almost daily in the form of my own limiting thoughts. We all have them. The question is what is what are you willing to do now to let go of them? What would it be worth to you if you knew that the end result would be the life you always wanted but never allowed yourself to feel worthy of? Starting today I take one small step to replacing the recording with messages of hope, belief, positive expectation and gratitude. All it takes is the willingness to change. Today I begin to think in ways I never have before. View the video for details.

I am asking you to share the experience with me and write about your results. I have posted a link in the sidebar of my blog called The "I Love You" Challenge. I invite you to post your comments about your experiences with this. What happened? How did your life change? Not only will this benefit you but it will give hope to and help inspire others to think about taking the challenge for themselves. The changes may not be an earth shattering ones, although that can happen. Just be aware of even the slightest shift in events happening around you. It could be having green lights all the way down the busy highway you take during your daily commute. It could be getting a parking spot by the front door for the first time. Keep your eyes open. This is your indicator that change is happening. Lastly, be patient.

All my love and positive expectations,
~Kitty Kellie

A special thanks to Esther and Jerry Hicks, Louise Hay, and Joe Vitale for showing me the way. Your messages have been instrumental to my journey of self discovery and change. There are no words to express my deepest gratitude.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

A Regal G'Day from The Land Down Under

"It is a basic truth that for our Queen we have within us, sometimes unrealized until the moment of expression, the most profound and passionate feelings of loyalty and devotion. ~Julia"

The Traveling "paper" Art Doll Symposium's (TADS) Doll No. 4 was met with a regal welcome in Melbourne, Australia. Julia Rose of Verdigris Rose contributes this visual guide representing the best and beautiful of the Queen's tour of the Land Down Under. Julia, your contribution to the project is divinely incredible and I am deeply appreciative for your participation in the project.

"The Queen arrived in Melbourne. It was spectacular. She was met by a huge florilla of boats. Her reception was warm and enthusiastic wherever she went.

Color is the language of light. So true is this that can not help but comment on the colors of this exquisite collage. The rich, warm tones of the yellow-oranges, pinks and blues is the very representation of Australia as I imagine it to be with it's bright, golden landscapes, magnificent sunsets, warm turquoise waters and unrivaled coral reefs. The combination can be described as nothing short of perfection!

~Kitty Kellie

To find out more about the Traveling "paper" Art Doll Symposium (TADS) project, click the link to go there. To sign up, leave a comment stating so on the TADS Official Sign Up

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Is she bald or is that Wisteria on her head?

Is this not the most exquisitely decadent paper hair ever to grace the head of a paper art doll anywhere in the world? Actually her faux hair is hand made wisteria that I put together leaf by leaf, vine by vine several years ago and never used . . . until now. This of course is not the final "do" but you get the idea where I am headed with it. I see so much possibility in this paper art doll bust that I find it difficult to contain my excitement about it. You've seen sculpted busts made of papier mache, polymer clay and what not but have you ever seen one made out of paper?

This Pink Saturday, the Artful Paper Doll gives you a peek at this work in progress. Creating an art doll bust like this complete with rooted paper hair is just one of the many techniques you will learn for creating your own artful paper doll in my latest tutorial, {Paper Doll • ology}. I've got 8 spots left at the discounted price of $50. What can you do with a paper art doll bust if given the opportunity? Why not find out!

~Kitty Kellie

Pink Saturday brought to you weekly by the talented Beverly of How Sweet the Sound. There is plenty more pink goodness to see and appreciate. If you like what you see, be sure to let our hostess know how much her work is appreciated.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Heartfelt Thanks for the Bella Sinclair Award

This award represents art Inspiration, given in the spirit of Friendship, Sisterhood & Brotherhood, Sharing and Caring.

This describes most of the bloggers I have come across in the art world and most definitely describes the presenter of this thoughtful award. It is my absolute pleasure to receive this from Stephanie of Queen of Dreamz. Stephanie. Your kind comments and frequent visits are such a delightful ray of sunshine in my day. Thank you so very much for thinking of me. What a treat.

Fairy hugs and butterfly kisses,

I have not passed the award on at this time but I very much like the idea of passing it along from time to time as a way to express my thanks to my visitors. You could be next! :)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Dreams Really Do Come True

The Traveling "paper" Art Doll Symposium's (TADS) Doll No. 5 slumbered with the angles and found the magnificence of a dream come true when she visited Renee Troy in Los Angeles. Renee, she is the picture of dreamy with the soft, feathery looks and pastel colors. She is just beautiful and I thank you for being part of the magic of this project.

"Continuing on my journey, I became tired and rested my head on a pillow of flower petals. While daydreaming, I imagined atop my head a crown of jewels. I saw myself in my heart's mirror and when I awoke . . . there was the crown, as beautiful as I had envisioned on top of my head."

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” W. Clement Stone

We have the power to make anything we wish happen. All we have to do is believe it can by believing in ourselves. If you are going to dream, don't be afraid to dream BIG!

~Kitty Kellie

To find out more about the Traveling "paper" Art Doll Symposium (TADS) project, click the link to go there. To sign up, leave a comment stating so on the TADS Official Sign Up

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Potion No. 9: Beauty Divine

Wouldn't it be nice if we could drink a potion that would release us from any resistant thoughts about the world and our place within it? Like Dorothy and the ruby slippers, the secret of Potion No. 9 has always been within us from the beginning. We just had to learn it for ourselves. Today I am reminded of the beauty that surrounds me all the time if I can just set still long enough to appreciate it.

As you gaze upon the images of beauty that I offer for Pink Saturday, tell me about your favorite things. Tell me about the beautiful things you take for granted but when thought upon for just a moment, give you an escape from the hectic worries of the day. I promise you that you will find beauty divine.

rain drops on roses
whiskers on kittens
bright copper kettles
warm woolen mittens
brown paper packages tied up with string
Tell me a few of your favorite things

~Kitty Kellie

Pink Saturday brought to you weekly by the talented Beverly of How Sweet the Sound. There is plenty more pink goodness to see.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Sultry Eyes and Pretty Girls

I finally spent some time watching the Suzi Blue videos I downloaded from her La Petit Dolls online tutorial almost a year ago. Suzi's work is not only uplifting in theme and color choice but I find her to be a down to earth woman with a caring style. She will dare you to release the inner critic and learn to embrace the artist within.

While on a cruise last October, I came across this image included in one of the ship's newsletters. Her eyes are so gorgeous that I simply had to find a way to recreate this look in my pretty girl drawings. Using the techniques presented by Suzi, I set forth to create drawings of pretty girl faces that not only reflected my own style but could be used to replace the vintage images that now appear on my paper dolls.

I believe this drawing captures the look I was going for. Look for more drawings like this to appear both on my paper dolls and on collage sheets for use in your creative works.

Monday, August 3, 2009

The Magic of the Lilies

The Traveling "paper" Art Doll Symposium's (TADS) Doll No. 5 experienced magic in Michigan as she spent time in Debbie's enchanted garden of Star Gazer Lilies. Thank you Debbie. She is positively stunning. I would even say that her brilliant colors resemble those of the surreal landscapes of dreamland.

Today I visited the magical flower gardens of my dear friend. She showed me all of her favorite flowers.

There was one in particular that really caught my eye. My friend told me that this was her magical flower. With one whiff, we were drenched in its aroma and in the blink of an eye we were suddenly in Fairy Land.

As my friend and I fluttered about in our flower attire and sparkling wings we discovered many a delight.

Sit quietly in your garden sometime. Let the warm summer breezes whisper gently in your ear. If you are very very lucky, your garden fairies may choose to reveal themselves. When they do, get ready to begin your own magical adventure with these playful beings.

~Kitty Kellie

To find out more about the Traveling "paper" Art Doll Symposium (TADS) project, click the link to go there. To sign up, leave a comment stating so on the TADS Official Sign Up

Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Charm and Beauty of Vintage Flair

The Artful Elite is pleased to bring you the vintage style of Lori Oles and Vintage Flair. Lori, thank you for sharing a glimpse of your creative world with us today. This is such a gorgeous and informative interview and I am so excited to be able to share it with my readers. Clicking any of the photos will direct you to the original post, publication or event site.

I read your About Me paragraph on your blog and came across this statement: “I wouldn't consider myself an artist or even remotely in the same league as my favorite bloggers.” Your pieces are incredibly beautiful and creative. I believe creativity comes in many forms even in forms others may not consider to be artistic. Why do you not see yourself an artist?

I wrote that statement a long time ago when I first started my blog and I was pretty unsure of myself and the blogging community. With that said, I am still slowly getting use to being called an artist. I just think of myself as a really crafty or artistic person. As a child I always excelled in art classes and when I was in college, I thought I would major in art and become a graphic artist. I took one semester of various art classes in college and for the first time in my life, I wasn’t excelling in art like I did in the past. I suddenly felt insecure about my abilities and then questioned if this was the career choice or major for me.

After taking some business classes, I changed my major to Marketing and never looked back on the world of art. It was quite a big switch in my life and I stopped creating all together. Thinking back, maybe I was just too busy with normal college life and I didn’t have the capacity to be creative and go through college. Through the years, I spent a lot of time decorating my house and concentrating on projects like that, until a couple of years when I started to read blogs.

I had no clue what a blog was until a friend introduced me to the blogging community. I immediately started to read different blogs, all of my creative juices that had been bottled up for so many years just started to flow again. Now, it just seems so natural for me to create as many things as I can in my spare time. I feel off balanced if I don’t squeeze in a project between loads of laundry and feeding my eight month old.

I have interviewed and read about other artists who have shared similar statements about putting their creative interests on the back burner because we listened to someone elses rules about our expression until something happens and we begin to get in touch with and listen to our own inner artist again. Welcome back.

You were published in Artful Blogging which I think is quite a credit to you. What would you do differently to feel like you were in the same league with your favorite bloggers?

I feel a little disconnected from the blogging community since I live in Arkansas and there are not many people I have found that live by me that blog or understand what I do. It seems like so many of them live in California and are all friends. Some of my neighbors that have come over will take a peak into my craft closet and the first thing they say is, what do you do with all of that stuff? It gets a little tiring to hear stuff like that. It seems like many of the workshops are far from where I live and I have never attended any of the workshops or mixed media events that are out there hosted by many of my favorite bloggers. I am so excited that I will be attending Silver Bella this year and I am hoping to make connections with many of my favorite bloggers. I think once I meet many of the bloggers out there that I admire, I will feel more connected to them.

I would love to attend Silver Bella at some point. What a wonderful opportunity for you and one I hope you enjoy thoroughly.

What are your favorite bloggers doing or sharing that you admire most?

I admire bloggers that write about living a life that is infused with beauty on a daily basis and truly are living a vintage inspired lifestyle. Andrea Singarella and Heather Bullard are two women who are a perfect example of someone who can turn a simple item into something that represents simplicity and beauty at the same time.

I’ve got to say that your work is as lovely and top notch as any I’ve seen out there. I wanted to talk about the impressive list of publications in which your work appears. How did you first start publishing work?

A couple of years ago, I received an email from Jenny Doh requesting some information on some crowns I made out of chicken wire for a swap. I sent them in for her to review and she asked me to write a feature article for Somerset Studios on my crowns. When you post something you have created on our blog, you never know who may be looking at it.

Very true and how exciting to think of possibilities like this.

Do the Somerset publications ever ask you to submit work?
Yes, once you are on their mailing list as an artist, you will receive emails asking for submissions for projects that are needed by the publication. My problem is, I work full-time and have three girls (and a husband) and I just simply don’t have the capacity to create as much as would I like to. I would love to have one weekend alone to just sit and create as much art as I could.

Oh WOW! I had no idea but have wondered how some seem to get published so often. I admire those who are able to juggle full time jobs and family. It is challenging yet you still manage to create beautiful works to share with the world.

I think my next question has been covered to some extent already but I will ask anyway. Has the subject of being a regular contributor to any one publication ever come up or do you already feel like a regular contributor?

Yes, it has come up. The magazine considers myself as a regular contributor to Somerset Life magazine and I serve as a Bonne Vivante for the magazine along with a select group of artists. As a Bonne Vivante, the magazine sends out themes (on a quarterly basis) that will be featured in up coming issues and I help with developing projects that revolve around the pre-determined themes. This is where my insecurities come into play….the list of other Bonne Vivantes are very impressive (Connie Govea Stuart, Pam Garrison, Sandra Evertson, Lisa Guerin, Rebecca Sower, Amy Hanna, Hanne Matthiessen, Analise Sledd, Melissa McCobb Hubbell, Kristen Robinson and Cynthia Shaffer). I still look at those names and I have to pinch myself that I am among this impressive group of women.

Do you feel that being published has built name recognition for you and drawn more buyers to your work?
Yes, I do think being published has built up name recognition but I don’t always have a lot of art for sale. I usually create things and have trouble selling them because I get too attached to my artwork.

Do you create specifically for each publication’s calls or do you find that you have such a variety of work that the calls for entries seem to fit you rather than the other way around?
Yes, I do create things specifically for a publication if needed. They usually have some sort of theme that the work needs to revolve around. When I am creating, I normally just create anything that I want to. My favorite thing to create is collages using vintage photos and millinery flowers and trims. I will never tire of that medium.

I noticed that you were involved in a paper doll journal swap, a project that has some resemblance to a recent project of my own which is what drew me to yours. This layout you put together is soooo cute! I love the idea of adding outfits only. How did this project come about and what made you decide to participate?
I found three boxes of vintage paper dolls at the flea market and I knew I had to use them in my art. I have done other projects revolving around paper dolls in the past (one past paper doll project will featured as a month in Somerset Life 2010 calendar) and I decided it was time to create another project with them.

What was the purpose of the project?
I just adore paper dolls and I really wanted to work on my journaling (just creating more journals in general) so I decided to ask a few of my blogging friends to participate in a paper doll round robin.

How many others were involved?
There are thee other fellow bloggers are involved in the project. Andrea Singarella, Heather Kowalski and Holly Abston.

Would you participate in something like this again?
Yes, I would love to explode this idea and make it bigger. If you have any suggestions, let me know!

AWESOME!! It would be my absolute pleasure to collaborate on something. I think it would be very exciting.

What inspires you to create the pieces you create?
It is a variety of things, going to the flea market and finding a box of paper dolls or a vintage dress with the best ruffle on the hem. Reading a Stampington magazine and being inspired from an article that I read. Perusing through my favorite blogs and looking at all of the eye candy out there. The inspiration is endless but my time is very limited.

What prompted you to begin creating vintage pieces in particular?
I have always loved items from the past and it just killed me to store them away in boxes or drawers. I love mixed media art because that is a perfect fit to incorporate those items that have been hidden away for years and transform into something wonderful.

Have you worked in other mediums such as painting or drawing?
I am working on improving my painting skills and I am reading different books on various techniques that I can incorporate into my work. As a little girl I always sit and draw for hours and I don’t do it any more. I am not sure why? I would love to doodle like Pam Garrison or Holly Abston. I think I need to just put a sketch pad in my purse and see what happens.

Are there any artists in particular you feel have had a significant influence on your art?
Pam Garrison’s art is my absolute favorite and I adore anything that she creates. In my opinion, she is someone who can create beautiful things from any medium and look like she is an expert in that medium. I am so excited to be able to finally meet her and attend two of her classes at Silver Bella this year.

In what ways have they impacted your art?
How she uses vintage items in her art as well as not being perfect in your execution. To me, it is much more interesting to the eye if elements are not symmetrical and lines are not perfect. She strikes me as a person who just goes with the flow in her art and I admire that.

I am finding more and more evidence of artists who are actually earning a living with their creations which I absolutely love hearing about because it gives other artists hope that it is possible to do so. Do you have this kind of relationship with your art?
Yes, I do and I think all artists have an emotional connection with their art. Sometimes, I get way too attached and I need to let go and let others enjoy my art.

What advice would you give to other artists who are reaching for successful self-employment as an artist?
The one thing I would recommend to start a blog if they do not have one. It is a great way to connect with others who follow your art as well as reaching an entire new audience.

How do you define artistic success and how would you measure yours?
For me, I know I will never be a self-employed artist (unless I win the lottery) so defining success to me as an artist is getting validated by other artists who’s work you admire.

Lori, I appreciate you taking the time to share with us today. Is there anything you would like to add?
Thanks so much for all of your kind words about my art, I really appreciate it.

Disclaimer: All images posted in association with this post remain the sole property of Lori Oles or the respective publications mentioned. Any reproduction or distribution either wholly or in part without her express written consent constitutes copyright infringement. Please respect her art!