Sunday, December 1, 2013

For You...


Feel free to use this photo in your art.  Have a fun, creative week!  ♥♥♥

Thursday, October 24, 2013

In The Studio

 I'm pushing myself to try new things.  New foods, new hair style, updating my clothes and new art techniques.  Well the hair style didn't last, I was growing out my bangs but it didn't feel like me so....chop, chop, chop.  But the new art techniques have lasted, in fact I'm watching YouTube videos and trying new products all the time.  I decided to try my hand at larger canvases and here's one of my creations "Moments of Reflection".  The image of the girl was black and white, I added ink to her hair (I love how the hair came out) and dress, reminds me of the b/w photos my Grandma use to add color to.  Enjoy! ♥

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Playing With Photoshop



I'm not an expert when it comes to Photoshop.  I can crop images, touch them up a bit (although my daughter laughs at my technique), add contrast, lighten or darken a photo, remove color and that's about it.  I was lucky to stumble across a blog last year that recommended a photo editing package called RadLab.  OMG I love it! I've taken the above photo and played with a few of the filters, there are so many options available. Yes that's me "the tourist" outside the Roman Colosseum in Italy.  My husband and I were there in June celebrating our 35th anniversary...what a wonderful trip!

(sparta)
(butterpecan)
(grandmastapshoes)
(troy)
(bamfbw)
 
(detroitbw)
(boringselenium)
(homesteadbw)

Look how the feel of the picture changes with each filter.  I love this last one, it looks rather vintage doesn't it!  Check out their site (they offer a 14 day free trial) and have some fun.  ♥

Sunday, July 21, 2013

In The Studio

I'm having so much fun in my studio right now.  I'm taking b/w photos and adding ink or paint to them, I really love the look.  It reminds me of the job my grandma use to have adding color to pictures at a photography studio she worked at.  Here's "Childhood" an 8x10 Mixed Media Collage piece I've added to my etsy shop. ♥

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Around the House

I love vintage clocks!  I have 3 clocks on a wall in our master bedroom, 2 of them are set with the time our kids were born and the other is set with the time we were married.  Check out the cool clocks in our family room.  The large leaf one is set with the time our granddaughter was born.  I've mentioned to my daughter and daughter-in-law that I have 2 more clocks on the wall waiting for a "special" time to be set, they just look at me like "are you kidding".  I'm not kidding, in fact I'd be happy to add more clocks to the wall!!!  ♥♥♥

Thursday, May 30, 2013

In The Studio

Another Donna piece finished.  "Donna Goes to the Disco".  Enjoy!  ♥

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Found Treasure


                      

Check out this lamp, I love it, don't you?  Last year I found a retro store located in a small town in Iowa.  My husband and I visited it again recently and ran across these lamps, I knew they'd work perfect in our office. His response was "really, you like them?"  "Of course, trust me" I said.  So we bought them (great deal), cleaned them (he did), rewired them (he did) and taaaa daaa.....Perfect!!!


Unfortunately I couldn't use the original shades, my allergies are too bad to risk the musty smell.  But I found a shade I love at Target, it fits perfect and brings out the gold in the lamp.


Now check out the table the lamp is sitting on.  A great deal at my favorite place...Brass Armadillo.  I don't think it's Heywood Wakefield, the legs aren't rounded but once again I fell in love the minute I saw them.  And just for the record, I cleaned them. :)


I love how the lamps pop against the red wall.  Now to convince my husband we need a "new" mid century couch! 


♥♥♥ I'd like to quickly mention I've opened a store at Zazzle, a great place to find customized products such as plates, phone covers, iPad sleeves, cards, t-shirts, magnets, etc.  I've added some products to my store featuring my designs, if you have any questions leave me a message.  I've also ordered several pieces for gifts, the quality is great and they have quick shipping (I especially love the magnets, mouse pads and plates). Click on my sidebar or follow my link and check it out. http://www.zazzle.com/donnahoward

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day



Have a wonderful day! ♥

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Found Treasure

So many times when a parent passes away you're forced to clean out their house quickly to sell it, but when Mom passed away my sister and I were able to take our time since Dad still lives there.  We show up on a Saturday, Dad makes us lunch and then Debbie and I start sorting through boxes, visiting as we go along.  We've run across special things that bring tears to our eyes, pieces we both say awwww it's mine (we have different tastes so no arguing over things) and lots and lots of paper.  We've made a lot of progress and are now looking through boxes full of paper, pictures and lots of linens.  I've brought home 3 large containers full of ephemera, maps, journals, tickets, pictures, etc...great for using in my art but I'll have to be in my studio 24 hours a day everyday to use it all.  Check out recent finds...the small, metal address book was my grandmothers and has my great grandma's address in it.  Precious!!!  ♥

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

In The Studio

Hope you enjoy this piece....."Playful".   ♥

Saturday, March 30, 2013

In The Studio

Guess who this little one is.....yep it's me!!!  I've started a series of "Donna art", so keep watching to see what Donna does next!  ♥

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Found Treasure


Growing up we always had a juice carafe/decanter (whatever you want to call it) in the frig filled with water.  Back then I never paid much attention to it but now, oh how I love all the pretty designs.  I found the middle one with oranges on it at Mom & Dad's house, the very one I grew up with!  The other ones were found at my favorite antique shop (Brass Armadillo) along with the cute turquoise tray.  ♥

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

For You...

Feel free to use this photo in your art.  Have a fun, creative weekend!  ♥♥♥

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

In The Studio


I love my "studio time".   I relax, listen to music and let the ideas flow, every day worries and stress disappear!!!  When I look back on last year I realize I only created a few new pieces.  Yes I was busy planning a wedding with my daughter but still what happened to my art.  I have to admit a number of my paints and glitter containers dried up as well as my creative muse.  But I'm happy to say I've found my creative energy again and I'm making sure to set aside time to relax and let my ideas flow.  I've been adding new pieces to my Etsy store so stop by and take a look if you like. ♥

Thursday, January 31, 2013

In The Studio

I haven't worked on altering vintage compacts lately so was happy when I finished this Mermaid one entitled "Gossip".  Enjoy!  ♥♥♥

Monday, January 21, 2013

Found Treasure

Look at this unique hanging planter/bird cage I found on eBay, couldn't resist bidding on this gem.  Enjoy your day!  ♥♥♥