Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
For me, being a tattoo artist has been such a life enhancing experience. Before that, I was a fine dining pastry chef. I excelled in my career. I was published. Worked at a world class restaurant, under an ingenious executive chef who gave me a lot of creative freedom. But still, every day as I punched in at the timeclock, I found myself wondering, "is this all there is??" When tattooing came in to my life, I gained so much more self esteem and confidence. Also, the nature of the job - ever changing challenges - is just what I needed to find fufillment. Tattooing has brought me to many a place, far and near. It had given me incredible discipline as an artist. My clients will request a certain design, and it is my obligation to come up with the best design possible - for it will be on someone's body forever. I consider this an honor and a priveledge, and a great responsibility. I have a very spiritual approach to my tattooing. I connect with my clients. I probably don't charge enough for my tattoos - that's why I leave the pricing up to my husband - that way I walk away much happier (in the pocket).
Tattoos are definitely not for everyone. But me, they make me who I am.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Not only did Art Chix Studio use two of my mermaid atcs in their 'Chixies Mermaid Mail Faux Post", but also I was so honored to see my Paper Wings atc featured as the homepage art on the Yahoo site when I logged on Monday morning. And if that wasn't enough glory, yesterday's Dream Box Contest win definitely inflated my ego!!! I was so excited to win the contest, and lord knows I could use the $50 worth of free art supplies from Art Chix!!! So awesome!!
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
I finished 2 sets of atcs today - both for swaps at the artist trading card Yahoo group. I love that place! I'm always innvolved in several swaps there. The one on the left was for the "Feeling Blue" swap. The right one is for "Vintage Style Best Friends". I used mica chips in those. I've had that mica for ages. The background was hand done by me with Anita's Fragile Crackle. And now I can't find any more of it - Michael's used to have it but they just stopped carrying it. Does anyone know where to get it? In my opinion, it's the only really good crackling medium. I recently got some of Golden's crackling medium, but for some reason I can't get it to crackle at all. I tried it by itself and also mixed with acrylic paint. Tried all different thicknesses. But no crackles. I hate it when that happens...
Today is a wonderful day: there is now a LINK to this BLOG on Art Chix Studio!!! I'm beside myself with elation. They picked 2 out of my 3 entries for the Mermaid Faux Post! My link is under "artist information" where the faux post sheet is listed. This is so cool. I should take this chance to plug my picture trail -
http://www.picturetrail.com/kearymary. And my Yahoo group - http://groups.yahoo.com/outlawscrappers . Yeah - Outlaw Scrappers - my baby. We've got a small, little group...I've tried to keep things evolving, but I have mainly lurkers I think. There's a lot of members, but there are only the key handful of us who stay active. We've done some atc swaps, some challenges, some card swaps, and also now we are getting ready to do a round robin book! (my first). I wish more was going on there, but then again, I barely have time to give it the attentuion it needs as it is.
I've been reading a lot of artists' blogs, and being very inspired to keep up with mine better, and also I'd like to be more profiscient with Picture Trail.
I hope some of the amazing artists involved with Art Chix will look at this blog - I'd be honored to have the visitors. Especially from there. Ever since I discovered Somerset Studio, Art Chix Studio, and the like, I feel as though I've come home. This is a community I want to be a part of. I feel happiest being in my studio, rummaging through stuff looking for just the right thing to glue on to my latest project. This paper arts and mixed media thing has really gotten a hold of me IN THE BEST WAY!! It's been a few years now and I can't believe how much my art has grown, changed, matured, and fine tuned itelf. Only a mere five years ago I was without creativity in my life and it was very empty. ( I mean, I've always had my tattooing, but this art is just for ME)I started out scrapbooking and j ust went from there. My art has brought me back to life, given me recovery, brought me peace of mind. Amd also I've been published too - in Scrapbook Answers and Somerset Memories. YAY for me!