Sep 8, 2009

I didn't have tacos tonight

but I took the night off and went to Taco Tuesday. I just had chips and salsa. Just wasn't hungry but it was good to get out of the house where I have been planted for days.

One more "need to do" piece done. I think this one is spoken for (if it works for the customer) but we'll see. I've been working larger lately and it takes me so much longer. This is an 8 x 10 and it took two full days from start to finish - about 20 hours. One "need to do" piece left and then I will be all caught up! Then I can catch up on my Etsy making and blog visiting and flickr visiting.

Sea Stroll


copyright by Marsha Jorgensen 9/8/09. All rights reserved. You may not copy, print, download or use this image in any way without my permission.
This is a large 8 x 10 collage using a face from kumareeboo.etsy.com, a body from lisasalteredart.etsy.com, wings from Itkupilli.etsy.com, fish from keeperofthenest.etsy.com, legs from flickr's Alice Fox, and shoes scanned from a magazine picture. These were all reprinted, trimmed with scissors, and all hand colored to some degree. The red and white borders and metal borders are from Lorie Davison at Studio Lorie and Scrapbookgraphics.com purchased with a commercial license agreement, reprinted and hand trimmed. The waves, crown and sidewalk were purchased with a commercial license from designer Nicole Young, reprinted and hand trimmed. The scalloped border was purchased with a commercial license from designer Sande Krieger reprinted and hand trimmed. The black and white border is from Crowabout.etsy.com. also reprinted and hand trimmed. The sky is from flickr's SkeletalMess. The clouds were made from a 100 year old encyclopedia page. And the words were adapted from a quote by George William Curtis.


Tomorrow is the first day of school for us. I'm glad and sad. I think I will actually miss having the kids around. Even this afternoon as my son helped me move shelves and organize piled art supplies, my daughter came in and we watched and made fun of Twilight yet again (as I paid bills). My kids have such a great sense of humor - they make me laugh so hard and are my favorite entertainment. My daughter is a Twilight freak but she has shown me many spoofs on the movie and it made the real movie so funny today. And then there are the reinactments by the two of them . . . I am still giggling at them. But my son will be a senior and he is so excited and starting to really get into the idea of college which a few months ago was not that interesting. He's talking about picking up fencing again because he'd like to go to CalTech eventually and they have a fencing team. And my daughter is excited about 3 different soccer seasons coming up - AYSO first (first game tomorrow night - she's playing U-18 even though she is 15), then the high school season, then the club season. She'll be a junior this year and is already aggressively checking out colleges and career plans.

Okay, I have to get up early tomorrow so I'm off to bed. Before I go I have two last things for you. First, I just want to highly recommend Lisa's Altered Art (lisasalteredart.etsy.com or lisasalteredart.com) for her great collage images. I don't know if Lisa's real name is a secret or not so I'll just call her Lisa. Let me tell you, if you haven't noticed, I use Lisa's images for my bodies and faces all of the time. They are unique and wonderful and she goes out of her way to take care of her customers. She has done me favors more than once and I so appreciate her willingness to go the extra mile. She did something for me over the weekend and I just want to send a great big thank you to her.

And lastly, I made this custom piece for Elena of The Life of a Traveling Princess. What a gorgeous princess she really is! It was a pleasure to do this for her and thank you, Elena, for your business! You are such a sweetheart and do so much good for the world with your remarkable charity!

Princess Elena


copyright by Marsha Jorgensen 9/4/09. All rights reserved. You may NOT copy, download, print or use this image in any way without my permission.

This is a 5 x 7 collage using a face from Elena, a body, crown, and wand from lisasalteredart.etsy.com, wings from greatmusings.com, legs from moonfaires.etsy.com, and boots from a magazine. The background was made using black and white pieces from Crowabout.etsy.com, and all other background pieces used with a commercial license from Lorie Davison at Studio Lorie at Scrapbookgraphics.com. All but the sky, flowers, and grass were reprinted and hand trimmed. The body, face, wings, legs, and wand were hand colored with ink and pastel.


15 comments:

Kim Mailhot said...

You are doing fantastic work, Marsha ! Wow ! I love the Evening Sea so much !!!!
Glad you have those fabulous teens of yours to give you some laughs and company as you keep that nose to the grind stone.
See you when you really come up for air...
Hugs !

Gaby Bee said...

Love your new creations! I would have difficulty choosing a favorite. All are stunning! Thank you so much for sharing all of this gorgeous art with us.

Ro Bruhn said...

More gorgeous work. I love the black and white edges.

sharon said...

I don't know how you do it, but your gorgeous pieces just keep getting better and better!! You are just soooo super talented, and I adore all your works of art!
BTW, I posted Solar Tip Shoes a few days ago, I think when you were on toe leave.....so sorry !! Hope you fell better!

Leslie said...

Fantastic! I love them! Princess Elena is perfect!

Taluula said...

Love your sea stroll lady very much Marsha. She's great.

Ragamuffin Gal said...

I am love with this sailor art gal!!! I just love all of your creations! Thanks for being a wellspring of resources and inspiration! Blessings, kt

PS~ Is this gal for sale in your Etsy shop? She would look so good in my vintage sea guest bath!

Joy said...

I love this piece. So beautiful. Lucky customer!

I've bought a number of collage sheets from Lisa's Altered Art over the last few months. Love everything she does. And actually her name is Patty! ;o)

Shannon said...

I just adore the fisheys and the water in the background of "Sea Stroll." Stunning work as usual Marsha. Don't you ever have a bad day? No, I'm just kidding. How do you continue to find new and interesting topics for each piece?

Lumilyon said...

Your hard work is paying off Marsha: these are glorious works. How's your toe feeling love? BTW, I went to a design trade show today and found out about ACID: Anti Copying in Design. you might like to check them out.

vintagesusie said...

Hi Marsha...just a quick note to tell you I received my 'Hope' print & I love it along with all my lovely postcards you sent. I couldn't be happier, your art always inspires & makes me smile!!! Thanks dear!!! :)

whymsicalmusings said...

Marsha what wonderful treasures I am sure they will be loved!

I miss stopping by. Life is just so darn busy right now:(

XXXOOO
Becky

Elena Lai Etcheverry said...

I just recieved my creation today and it came on the tail end of 4 really hard days so I really really needed it. I am so honored to have this piece. Thank you so much Marsha.

roc said...

love your little fishes jumping out of the water in the background. too cute! so glad that you are doing well. i miss my hub when he goes back to school, too! hope all is well with you and those fires that were nearby. i've been thinking of you.

Lorraine @ creativedaily said...

Your work is so creative Marsha. I visit daily now to see what you are up to. Sea Stroll is beautiful - love your colours! Thank you for sharing all your sources - I frequently visit these sites! So, would love to see something with bees (hint hint).