Friday, February 10, 2012

CLOSE YOUR EYES AND DREAM - Paint Party Friday Week 48


                                                              ~ Annabelle 2012 

A new year and a new batch of art dreamed up many moons ago.
Recently the local library in North Gower asked me if I'd be interested in showing my art work and doing their artist of the month, of course I obliged happily. Too shy to show my picture next to my artwork that my daughter M took.... still my work and name went out there; a very good thing. 
It's been some time now since I last participated in Paint Party Friday but here I am now. For many personal health reasons my muse and energy wasn't there for many months but hopefully I'm back on track, I better be, because now I have another artist of the month this coming October 2012 and that's when my book will most definitely be done....wish me luck!
The main work of art I am so very happy to show case this week is my painting for my storybook I'm working on. 

Done on wood panel board, wood burned, and painted with ink and acrylics.


Twilight is turning dark and grey,

The Spooks are coming down the way

Tis Halloween and this night they say,

The Witches will dance and sing and be gay.

Meet Cassie and her dog named Boo

Of course my usual spider and web is never too far and the little saying I've written along the bevelled edge of the painting with some gilded dandelions, stars, wheat and cattails.
Need to take some pictures of the writing...too dark to see here.
I'm still not sure of the Witch's name although the title "Cassienadognamedboo" is my Etsy shop's name which hopefully I wouldn't tire of too soon : )

And here is more art work that I've done in the last month...

 The Woods are Lovely Dark and Deep 

 Robert Frost...."Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"

A Piece of RoseWood given to me by my father, of course what better way to use it than to in-still one of my very favourite poem excerpts ....a reminder of the spiritual calling of the wild wood and immortal poetic words of Robert Frost.
I think I'll make more of these....so many poems I adore and maybe some of my own.

♥  Snowcat 

handmade from recycled wool blanket and hand embroidered

 Who the Owl  
Again same as the SnowCat

Blue Heart

Charlotte in Love 

Cherry Blossoms 

Blue Bird of Happiness 

Pumpkins and Hoot the Owl Under the Tree of Enchantment 
....Don't you just adore this tiny miniature weeping Pussy Willow?

 Last Fall I asked the farmer down the road from me if he wouldn't mind if I gathered a few pumpkin stems from his field..... Happy he obliged... ..Thanks for sharing ; )

Whimsical Pumpkins  

And finally a Rose wool felted vine garland ♥ 
Adore the twine covered wire I found for it

And now enjoy the words to the song sung by no other than one of the most romantic crooners of the thirties in the UK

Al Bowlly ~ Close Your Eyes 

Close your eyes 
Rest your head on my shoulder and sleep
Close your eyes,
And I will close mine.

Close your eyes,
Let's pretend that we're counting sheep
Close your eyes,
This is divine.

Music play
Something dreamy for dancin'
While we're here romancin'
It's loves holiday
and love will be our guide.

Close your eyes
When you open them dear I'll be near,
By your side
So won't you close your eyes.

Until Next Time Happy Creating 



Christine said...

wow lots to see this week! Love the night sky in your painting, and all the beautiful treasures you made! Welcome back.

Tammie Lee said...

so many wonderful treasures in this post!! I love your painting and all it's charming details!

faye said...

Annabelle, what a delightful array of arts and crafts! The children's book paintings are bright and colorful. And I love the recycled wool creations.

Angenita said...

Just to much to enjoy, thanks for sharing.
Love the hearts.

EVA said...

Congratulations on being artist of the month! I love your little witch and the landscape she's in.

Ellie said...

All I can say is WOW! What a fantastic display of art & crafts. Good to see you back at PPF. I love your whimsical painting, and the woodburning is great, what unique pieces. I just love it all, the hearts, and especially the vine garland. These are the types of country home decor I love to have in my own house.

Ellie @ The Sheep lady

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Oh my, you've been soooo busy! I love the wood burned piece of Rosewood, and the blue and white hearts! Sweet! Patsy from

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

Congratulations on all the artist showcases! That is great. You have so many lovely things to show this week. The wood piece from your father looks fantastic with your wood burning on it. All the pieces are so pretty. Have a wonderful weekend! Happy PPF... Jaime

Gloria said...

Wow!! You've been a busy gal and I am so happy you have your muse back and are feeling a little better. Love all of your work and congrat on artist of the month. Way to go! Glad u'r back. Happy PPF and thx for sharing.

Kristin said...

Wow! What beautiful pieces! I LOVE your painting and your felted pieces are just stunning. Thank you, Kristin xo

carlarey said...

Gee, you have been on a creative roll. Your house must be a treasure chest of amazing creations.

Julie said...

So much lovliness! I love the poetic rosewood, it's gorgeous. And the hearts are beautiful.

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