Sunday, January 30, 2011
I want to welcome you to my little corner of Blogandia. My name is Georgina and I live in the farthest city in West Texas, El Paso, one of the safest cities in the U.S., the Pearl of the Rio Grande, gateway to Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico and a road less traveled to the grand state of New Mexico. Wow, how's that for an introduction??!!?
I'm a mixed media artist, dabbling mostly in the doll genre, but on occasion, I spend some time out of my little box and play with other stuff. I share my home with a wonderful hubby (I'm sure there are a couple of ex-wives who might disagree with me), two Chihuahua doggies, Maya or Jackalhund (her ears remind me of jackals)and Senor Cacahuate, a.k.a., Mr. Peanut. El Senor came to us by way of my stepdaughter who adopted him from the pet rescue home because he was tagged, "un-adoptable." However, with lots of patience and love, he turned quickly away from the darkside. My stepdaughter left him in our care many times due to her ever transitioning life so the last time she asked us to care for him, I told her that we were going to keep him this time around and now he's King of the household. Maya was a birthday gift from my daughter, however, her shots, heartworm meds, her little operation, etc., didn't come with my gift, just the dog!! I'm the mother of 3, boy, 34, girl, 32, boy, 25 and four grandchildren, boy, 10, boy, 8, boy, 6 and boy, 18 months...and all 4 from my ever ovum producing daughter!!
I returned to school after my 25 year old marriage began to fade away. I had decided to become a special ed. teacher since my youngest child, my son of now 25, is autistic. I figured I had plenty of experience out in the battle field, and sometimes it was, in order to get the school district's attention. However, a very dear friend of my mother talked to me early on during my education and told me she had done the same thing, returning to school and becoming a special ed. teacher since she too had plenty of experience, her youngest has Downs. She told me that she burned out very quickly...spent all day in a classroom of children with various disabilities then came home to it. That made me think...think hard. She asked me what I was passionate about, art, of course. Hence my direction switched and I majored in art. I graduated at age 53 in 2005 with my B.A. in Art, with a discipline in ceramics, and a minor in English and American Literature. So I can throw a pot on the wheel and write one heck of an essay!! LOL
Since I had some experience in working with clay, I turned to the self hardening clays, paper clay, and oven-hardening polymers. I work with both and sometimes mix the two...will make a paper clay head and add polymer elements to accessorize my doll. I would love to return to creating the crazy pottery I made in my college studio, but my house excludes any space for my kiln, so my kiln is sitting in my mother's garage and my wheel and slab roller and many boxes of New Mexico low-fire clay sit in my studio, a reminder of what will be someday. I love combining other materials with my dolls, such as creating them from tin cans, wooden or paper mache boxes, cholla branches, (a cactus plant indicative to our desert landscape), rocks and fabric, of course. If I can stick a doll head to it, it's always a possibility!
I want to thank Lisa for this opportunity to have these blogs go global even for a while and I appreciate all the work she's put into this huge project...thank you, Lisa. To get more information on this wonderful blog adventure, go to http://awhimsicalbohemian.typepad.com/a_whimsical_bohemian/2010/12/annoucning-the-fifth-and-final-one-world-one-heart-event-.html I hope many of you become one of my regular followers and enjoy reading my rants, observations and art. I will be having a couple of door prizes, as seen below. I'll have the drawing Feb. 11th since that will give me time to ship them out within the 3 day corridor of time.
I will be leaving for Las Vegas, Nevada on the 18th...don't go ooowing and wowing...I'm taking my 88 year old mother to Vegas to watch my teeny bopper niece and her cheer leading team compete in some national competition...oh yay!! (add a bit of sarcasm to that last comment.) I've never been a big fan of Las Vegas....I guess it's my parent's fault since every year as children we went to Disneyland for summer vacation, then my folks took us to their playground, Las Vegas, where my sister, brother and I swam and burned all day in the Nevada heat and kept room service jumping at night while my folks went to play in the casinos or see a show, which on occasion we attended. We saw Red Skelton, The Smother's Brother's, a very young Vicki Carr, a production of "Gypsy Rose Lee" and many other celebs I can't recall right now. I returned to Las Vegas in 2004, during Spring Break, with my honey and had a wonderful time, but I pretty much saw what was of interest to us and especially enjoyed the Caesar's Palace shopping mall...fun place. So my only request is to revisit Caesar's Palace and visit the M&M store to stock up on those little goodies for my son and my grandsons.
Here are my little door prizes for your viewing, and for a couple of lucky people, winning pleasure. You know the drill, just leave a comment and make sure it's nice!! LOL Remember, the drawing will be on Feb. 11th. Peace out.
Small painting of La Virgen de Guadalupe in a hand-painted metal frame.
My little Hungarian Paprika Box Doll.
Posted by Georgina at 11:08 AM