Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Love this video!!

Before you play this video...go to the right side and pause or stop my music player!!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Vogue Mosaic

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Soul Journal Finally!

I finally got to sit down and do some work on my Soul Journal...I was so excited! If you don't know about it...go to http://sarahwhitmire.blogspot.com/ to start your Soul Journal. There's a large group of talented artists that are participating in this project.

I've learned that Gesso is my friend :D

I think I like my house now...I just need to add the people.

We were supposed to go back to our taped pages and this is what I did last night. I like the bright yellow with accents of red and blue. I used black electrical tape underneath.

Pages 5 and 6....I gessoed over what I did previously and am still not quite happy with this, so I might go back later. We were supposed to add something metal and I love the key that says "Do Not Duplicate"...really fitting for this journal, don't ya think? I (me, myself and I) cannot be duplicated!!

Tags from the Crinoline Swap...they are all so fluffy and pretty!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Vanity Fair

Have you seen the new Vanity Fair with Marilyn Monroe and the "Monroe Files". Evidently, they found a bunch of old ephemera and has lots of pictures. Very interesting article...here's a brief synopsis:
At Frank Sinatra’s suggestion, Marilyn Monroe kept her life inside two filing cabinets—letters, invoices, financial records, and the mementos that meant the most to her. After her tragic death, in 1962, at the age of 36, the cabinets, together with an assortment of jewels, fur coats, and other personal belongings, were stashed away by the actress’s business manager, Inez Melson. This secret trove would remain virtually unknown to the world for more than four decades, until photographer Mark Anderson began an epic two-year project of documenting it. His photographs, made public for the first time, offer new insights into the life of Hollywood’s most iconic figure.

Look at all these prescriptions...poor thing - no wonder she was so out of it all the time! Here's the link for more: http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/marilyn/marilyn

Monday, September 8, 2008

Did I really VOLUNTEER to do this?!?!!!

So...I am now out of my wonderful easy-goin' art world and flung headlong into cheerleading! Wow...what a difference. Why did I volunteer to be a cheer coach again?!?!!! Oh yeah...my darling daughter asked me to do 'just one more year'.
Last year at the end of cheer season (after we won 1st place at cheer competition though!), I swore I would NEVER do that again. Well...another year later and here I am. I have to say, the way to really get to know someone is to coach their child!
I love, love the girls on my squad though...they are each very sweet and so good. I will be back when I have more positive energy. Ciao!!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Freak Out

Freak Out, originally uploaded by Bella Seven.

Saturday, September 6, 2008


Info provided by: Carnival of VeniceFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Carnival of Venice was first recorded in 1268. The subversive nature of the festival is reflected in the many laws created over the centuries in Italy attempting to restrict celebrations and often banning the wearing of masks.Masks have always been a central feature of the Venetian carnival; traditionally people were allowed to wear them between the festival of Santo Stefano (St. Stephen's Day, December 26) at the start of the carnival season and midnight of Shrove Tuesday.
As masks were also allowed during Ascension and from October 5 to Christmas, people could spend a large portion of the year in disguise. In 1797 Venice became part of the Austrian-held Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia when Napoleon signed the Treaty of Campo Formio. The Austrians took control of the city on January 18, 1798 and it fell into a decline which also effectively brought carnival celebrations to a halt for many years. It was not until a modern mask shop was founded in the 1970s that a revival of old traditions began.Carnival starts on February 2nd and ends on Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras), the day before Ash Wednesday.Maskmakers (mascareri) enjoyed a special position in society, with their own laws and their own guild. The masks are made with the original papier-mâché technique from when it began in the 12th century. Many of them are made with the application of gesso and gold leaf and are all hand-painted using natural feathers and gems to decorate.They belonged to the fringe of painters and were helped in their task by sign-painters who drew faces onto plaster in a range of different shapes and paying extreme attention to detailVenetian masks have a long history of protecting their wearer's identity during promiscuous or decadent activities. Made for centuries in Venice, these distinctive masks were formed from papier-mâché and wildly decorated with fur, fabric, gems, or ribbons. Eventually, Venetian masks re-emerged as the emblem of Carnevale, a pageant and street fair celebrating hedonism.Venetian masks emerged in a climate of cultural and religious repression during the Medieval era in Italy. People donned the colorful masks to free themselves from judging neighbors, all of whom knew each other in such a small city. The gentry class and peasants alike sought anonymity for promiscuity, gambling, and other indiscretions. Even the clergy were known to dress up to go dancing.After the 1100s, the masquerade went through periods of being outlawed by the Catholic Church, especially during holy days. Their policy lead to eventual acceptance when they declared the months between Christmas and Shrove Tuesday free for Venetian mask-attired decadence. This period evolved into Carnevale, the pre-Lent celebration meaning, "remove meat." Although Carnevale lost popularity as Venice's cultural production faltered during the Enlightenment, it was officially reintroduced in 1979.The modern celebration of Carnevale has reinvigorated the art and craft of making Venetian masks. The traditional method involves sculpting a form out of clay as a base for the mask. Most masks are made from papier-mâché, a sticky paste made from paper strips and glue. This plaster material is layered over the base, dries, and gets removed to form the basic mask. The fun part comes when the craftsperson paints designs in gold, silver, royal purple, sunny yellow, and other bright colors. Further decorations include sequins, silk ribbons, exotic bird feathers, faux fur, rhinestones, leather, gold charms, glitter, and any other outlandish trinkets.

Monday, September 1, 2008


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