Wee Cottage Lane Christmas

Wee Cottage Lane  Christmas
by Laura Pallatin of LaBelle Mariposa

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

New Picture for Pendants

Taking inspiration from the painting I titled, "Happy, Joyous, and Free" the illustrations in my book all have the same, free form. Here I've pained one that just looks so happy! I'm going to scan it and shrink down and make it into a pendant. I love the way it seems to be dancing with the flower.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

New Pendants to Come

Using stained glass, I've been making little pendants... (gotta put some pics up!) So, today I'm going to start doing little color illustrations to go along with my book "Walk In Your Own Footsteps" I love the happy painting featured to the right of my blog and the illustrations from the book are versions of that image in different poses and situations.

I'll post some pics when they're ready. Thank heaven we've had some nice days so I can get out to my stained glass studio, no a/c!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

My first contact from one of my heros!

Since I am excited about sharing my book with as many people as I can, I contacted a few of my writing heros in hopes that I may get comments and feedback from those who have gone before me and been helpful to so many.

So, today, I heard from don Miguel Ruiz's staff. He has written many books and "The four agreements" really helped to shape my ability to love people just as they are. Well, I was told in a lovely email that don Miguel will read my manuscript and I am so pleased!

Just wanted to share this bit of joy!

Hope you're day was joyful, too!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Major progress on the book!!

This has been an amazing week for my forthcoming book, "Walk in your own footsteps." My good friend, and councellor, Dr. John Schroeder, has agreed to write a foreword. Artist, Karen Wall Garrison, is working on the logo. And, graphic artist Aaron Roseli is going to do the cover lay-out. Of course, Marty Wofford is working on the final edits right now!

It's really coming together and I'm so excited!!! Depending on everyone's schedules, I could be looking at weeks till publish at this point!

Here's the picture I'm gonna use for the cover. It's special because I took it on an outing with Jim. We always have so much fun on our trips!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The One

I call this painting "The One" I love the bright colors and movement.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Kitty Cat Guardian Angel

This painting reminds me of my darling Jamie even though it was painted before she became such an important part of my life. :)

Full sized picture of Baby's Guardian Angel

My Angel series

I've done a few of thees angels and really enjoy them. It's so fun to see how they reveal themselves to me. The baby's guardian angel is set in a tin cealing tile. The painting is only three by four inches tall. She's so cute!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Big Flower Painting

I was inspired to paint this flower by a bouquet of gerber daisies I picked up at the market. They were on my work table and I wanted to keep one forever! Now I can. :)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Just one more for today.

I am inspired by the Day of the Dead art from Mexico. I did this "altared" book last October and it continues to be a favorite. The book is a thrift store find, the crochet is also rescued from a local thrift store. The tiny birds are from a sand dollar that I found cracked so I opened it to let the little birdies out. I hand sculped and painted the sculls and offerings of food and flowers. The pictures are from a 1800's dictionary set and I liberated them so that they can me honored for all time.

Some more of my art... just for fun. :)

I took my camera out back and took some pictures to share. When my sweetie built a shed last summer, he told me he wanted me to paint it and have fun.  hee hee... I did!!

Sharing some art with you

I just love these cute little birdies that I sculpted from paper clay then painted. The inspiration is my cuddly relationship with my partner, Jim. I added the baby because I thought they seemed like they should have a family. I hope you enjoy them, too.

Friday, July 9, 2010

The book is coming along

With only 10 questions left to write and edits to work through, I feel the book's completion is close at hand. I'm so excited and uplifted by the positive feedback I've received about it so far. I am hopeful that the book will help many people! Woo hoo! Life is good.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Writing, painting, sewing, oh my!

I've been putting all my creative energy into finishing my book, "Walk in your own footsteps." Any spare time I have has been either creating the illustrations, or writing. I'm so excited because the finish line is in sight.

And, wouldn't you know it, I'm feeling the pull to paint and sew. I think I'll start collecting little girls dresses made of cotton fabric to make a soft cuddly quilt. Doesn't that sound nice? A sweet quilt from well-loved dresses? I can't wait.

Oh and there's the painting that's been simmering on the back burner of my mind. We took a trip to the coast and I saw the most beautiful field of flowers with a lighthouse at the far end perched on a perfect cliff. I took pictures and am going to do a painting to hang up in our bedroom. I also plan to do a series of flowers for the wall leading up the stairs.

Let's not forget the art pieces I've been doing using stained glass and vintage post cards. And... the pendants, jewelry, sculptures... Oh, and we're looking for a travel trailer to take trips and I'm so excited about decorating that, too.

So, it's wonderful to be blessed with a creative spirit, but having crafty ADD can make it so hard to complete anything.

Tomorrow, I swear, I'll work on the book. And, maybe, swing by the thrift shop to check out the little girl dresses. Fall will come and I'll be glad to have a quilt to work on. :)