Girl with bright eyes, art by Regina Lord

I always like to paint faces when I am feeling a little stuck and unsure what to do next.

Girl with red hair, art by Regina Lord

Both of these are acrylic and prisma pencils on watercolor paper.

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Web stuff and books

2014 books

I really love listening to a good book on audio.  I like to listen while I paint. I get so much more work done when I do this.  It just gets me into the most beautiful flow.

These are the books I read in 2014. I loved Life of Pi, The Help, The Elegance of a Hedgehog, The Book Thief and The Goldfinch the most, I think.  I can’t wait to start on my list for 2015. My goal is 30 books.

CreativeKismet website

Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time updating my website. Updating images fixing a few things. I still have a ton more work to do, but it is so time consuming and sometimes very mind boggling.

Creative Kismet Portfolio

I changed the portfolio page and added all the images for painting I did in 2014.

I’ve also added more original paintings to my webshop and taken the original canvas paintings out of my etsy shop.

And for those of you have been following me for a while, you might remember that I have a HUGE etsy sale happening this weekend. Stay tuned!

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heart in hand, art by Regina Lord

Getting into heart mode again with Valentine’s Day around the corner.

House of Love, Art by Regina Lord

Plus, I’ve been trying to get back in the grove with a couple of small painting.  I have a lot planned for the this month before my next round of spring art shows start up again.  I just need to begin!

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Welcoming 2015!!

Happy New Year!!

We traveled north after Christmas, and got to experience the warm sun, some blizzarding snow and drizzling rain.  It was quite the adventure! Then we came home just in time to welcome the new year. The kids are at the stage where they want to stay up all night and they want us to be up all night with them. Ugh! It is getting harder and harder to stay up that late!

When we travel to visit family, I always take a few art supplies with me. It is really hard for me to not be able to create, draw, doodle (anything!) for 4-5 days straight. So I took a few pens, charcoal pencils and my Inktense pencils and was able to play a bit during the quiets moments of our trip. It also helps to calm me in stressful or uncomfortable situations.

I’ve been told that Inktense pencils (water soluble pencils by Derwent) fade over time, but I’ve not had any issues with this happening. I mostly only use them in my art journal or little 4×6 inch pieces of watercolor paper. I think they are really fun to use and play with, specially when traveling.  The kids like them too.

I also did a couple of charcoal sketches and white ink (jellyroll pen) on black paper doodles and lettering.

I am currently working on getting original paintings on my website, picking my word (or words) for the year and planning what is next! So much to think about and do.

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Happy Holidays 2014!

I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays! I enjoyed a lovely day with my favorite three guys and a few too many hot cocoas and joe-joe’s.

Thank you to everyone who has supported and appreciated my art and what I do! 

Thank you for a great year!!!

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New stuff available!

3 Buddha Paintings - Art by Regina Lord

I wanted to share 3 new Buddha paintings that I did last week before my show. The one on the far right has sold (thank you!!) and the other two have been listed in my shop, along with another I did a bit back.

Little Trinket Boxes by Regina Lord

I was also able to get “a few” other items in my shop. Thank goodness for the ‘copy listing’ option!

Art Pendant necklaces by Regina Lord

You will find trinket boxes, bird and owl ornaments and art pendant necklaces.

Thank you so much for looking!

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Mercado Holiday Bazaar Recap

I had a great time at the Mercado Holiday Bazaar.  These art shows are quickly becoming my favorite social outlet. I’ve been making so many new friends and getting to see my favorite fellow vendors as well as seeing returning customers. Always such a joy.

Of course there are the down parts, like having to work like crazy, not getting enough sleep and trying to work through a head cold. And there is also the rare unhappy person who comes to your booth full of negativity.

It’s life and it’s all worth it. I LOVE what I do and I will be forever thankful.

But now the art show season is over and I am trying to get a lot of rest to recuperate while also making up for lost time with the kids.  Today, we made a gingerbread house, tomorrow we make paper stars and ornaments, then snowflakes and cookies, per request and as promised!

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Tender Spirit

Tender Spirit portrait of a girl by Regina Lord
Tender Spirit
11 x 14 acrylic on birch panel

I’ve been working on this painting, off and on, for over a week. I just couldn’t get those wings right.  At first I had pencil sketched them in over the white, but it just didn’t sit well with me.  I finally painted over the pencil marks and am much happier about it.

Only three days left to get ready for my last art show.  I am really looking forward to this show, but the stress of it being right before Christmas is making me feel a whole lot of crazy!!  Really looking forward to January!!

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more ornaments

Little Animal Ornaments - Art by Regina Lord

I think I am finally done with making ornaments for the year. This is my last batch.

Bird Ornaments by Regina Lord

I think I’ve made a total of 70 this season!

Owl Ornaments by Regina Lord

Painting them is the best part, but not so much the sanding, varnishing and wiring part. Happy to be taking a break from that for a while, that is, after I finish these.

Ornaments - Art by Regina Lord

My last art show for the season is in less than 2 weeks, so these won’t be making it into my shop. But, if you see something you like, please send me an email! The ones with the red x over the letter have been sold.

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Free Embroidery Patterns

It's all good - free embroidery pattern by Regina Lord

 For the last couple of years, I’ve made a free printable embroidery pattern for Thanksgiving, and I’m afraid I am running late this year. So, I am making up for it with two!

An everyday, “it’s all good” bird, to remind us that life is good, all of it.

free embroidery pattern by Regina Lord

And, a holiday Christmas tree, inspired by my chalkboard art from last year. I left out the word ‘believe’ simply because I couldn’t fit it in.

You’ll need: pre-washed, solid-colored cotton fabric, embroidery hoop, needle, floss and either transfer paper or transfer pen or pencil.

To transfer (2 options):
1)Place printed pattern right-side up with fabric on top, trace firmly over design with transfer pen or pencil. May need light source like a light box or window.
2) Lay transfer paper (chalk side down) onto fabric. Place printed pattern right-side-up on top and trace lines with ballpoint pen pressing firmly so that chalk transfers to fabric.

Embroidery: Use half strand of floss (3 strands out of 6) for best results. Use any colors you like.

Use the following links for basic stitches (I use the back stitch for most of my embroidery, sometimes with a few fancy stitches thrown in):
Sarah’s Hand Embroidery (see side bar)
Basic Embroidery Stitches
Basics to Embroidery(video)

Uses: Maybe for a tote bag, decorative pillow front, wall hanging, dishcloth, quilt square, apron or maybe even a t-shirt. Skies the limit!

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