Things have been hoppin' around here! First, besides refrigerator on back porch quitting and food spoiling and shopping for new fridge for kitchen so old kitchen fridge can be on the porch, I have also gone through 2 hard drive crashes in two weeks. First, the hard drive crashed in my desk top. Son got a new one and saved all of my files somehow (I hadn't put everything on to the external drive). Then big external hard drive that had EVERYTHING crashed yesterday. I had all of my family pix and every single image I have ever purchased or made for art on it. I about came unglued. But, brilliant son, got a new one again and by very cleverly freezing (yes, in the freezer of the new refrigerator in the kitchen), freezing the crashed drive was able to keep it cool enough to keep it working just long enough to pull all the files off onto the new one. Evidently, Seagate hard drives have a tendency to overheat and quit working - both of mine were about a year old. One came with my Dell computer and the other we bought to keep my images safe. Uhuh - that worked well. Oh my . . .
But, good news too. I'm so excited. I was just asked to be on the Creative Team for a brand new image shop that will be opening soon that will cater to altered artists as much as scrapbook artists! Woohoo! I've been working on a couple of pieces for it and can't wait 'til it's open so I can share everything with you. I think you're gonna love, love, love this shop!
I finished another piece in my little faux scrapbook series (not for the shop - just for me). I left it unlinked so you can see it a little closer (thus, the watermark).
copyright Marsha Jorgensen 3/19/2010. All rights reserved.
This is an 8 x 10 mixed media collage using a face and a separate body from flickr's picassoswoman, an umbrella and rain from designer Nicole Young at DigitalScrapbookPlace.com, wings are from Itkupilli.etsy.com, doc martens scanned an altered from a catalog, bucket and most border pieces from designer Christina at ChristinaReneeDesigns.com, blue wall and texture over lined background from Distressed Textures, floor from flickr's rubyblossom, cloud from designer Jeanette Bolinger. All designer pieces were used with commercial licenses.
Speaking of linking pictures. Had a few ask how to do that. If you just upload your picture and do nothing else, people can click on it and copy and paste and print and download your nice big crisp image in another window. If you link it back to your blog, they can't open it larger. So, all you have to do is . . . after you upload it and before you publish your post, just click on the picture, a box/frame will appear around it. Once that box/frame appears hit the link button in your tool bar (the earth with the chain link on it) and type in your blog's url/address. That's it! Easy as pie.
Other Links to share . . .
I have a friend going skydiving for the second time soon. I was there when he went for the first time last year. I wanted to go but didn't have the guts - still really afraid of flying at the time. I'm almost more afraid of flying than falling out of the plane. So, he's going again and I really thought hard about going too this time. That made me think of my own "bucket list". I have one. I've had it going a few years now, even before the movie came out. I have things marked off but it keeps growing too. Anyway, I was looking up the concept of a bucket list (which is going to be the subject of an art piece for me soon) and found two great links to share.
This site has a ton of suggestions for things you should think about doing before you die . . . I was really inspired by it. It added a few things to my list I hadn't though of.
And this site, is from an incredibly sharp life coaching/inspiration site. I agree with this list of things women should do . . .
I was tagged! This is a fun game. You just go to your 10th picture in your picture file and post it and tag 5 other people! I was tagged by Theresa of http://msartisttheresahuse.blogspot.com/
So, the tenth picture in my art picture file was this. It's one of my first collage attmepts. I think it was the second, actually. I called it Coping Queen at the time. Oh, it makes you really see things differently when you go wwwaaaayyyy back to an old piece.
And, I tag . . .
Sarah Haslam aka Muckypup
Tracey of Glitterbug Studios
Melissa of Honey Girl Studio
Pam of Yoborobo
Susi of SusiCreates