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June 2017

Purse-ue Your Dreams #4 Strutting Like a Peacock

It is once again time to post another purse.  If this is your first time here reading my post...WELCOME.  If you are wondering what this is about...I would love to introduce you to my project.  I am proud to sit on the Niles Arts and Culture Advisory Council here in Illinois.  I presented an idea to the Council and they agreed to sponsor the project.  My idea was to gather artists who would be generous enough to donate their time and talents to paint purses for charity.  My idea was to repurpose the purses to put up for auction.  The monies raised would go to a charity to help repurpose lives.  The charity chosen was Wings.  I am so pleased to work with Wings in this endeavor.  The purses will go on a traveling display beginning with the Niles Museum, onto the Niles Library, a one day appearance at the Niles Tree Lighting Event called Holly Jolly and then return to the Museum.  This will begin Oct. 5 and will end on Dec. 2nd where they will be auctioned off at the Niles Senior Center.  I hope that you will come out and view them in person and hopefully you will make it a point to join us on the day of the auction.  Niles Auction Company, Lot14 will be our auctioneer.  With that being said, I would like to tell you about this weeks, purse. 
I, Debi Gajewski is the artist.  I have been painting for over 35 years.  I have never had any formal training, but have taken it upon myself to continue educating myself in the art.  I have watched, read and learned as the years have gone by and have practiced, practiced and practiced some more.  I was fortunate in the past few years to have participated in art programs here in Niles.  I have been granted permission in the past from the NHL to do a piece for charity.  I have dreamt my whole life of pursuing my own dream of becoming an artist.  I hope that as you follow this project you will acknowledge that I am putting my all into achieving my dream.  As for this purse called Strutting Like a Peacock, the shape of the purse inspired this particular design.   I love seeing the beauty in feathers.  I felt that this particular designed fit the bill.  I used DecoArt's So-Soft paints as well as their Leather Paints to create this piece of art.  I love using their project.  It goes on beautifully.  This paint allows for the purse to be flexible.  I hope that you enjoy my vision.  With that being said, I present to you this week's purse. 

Purse-ue Your Dreams-#3 Waters Fall

Good morning, I am hoping that you are following this blog and watching as the purses become ready for posting.  I am Debi Gajewski and I sit on the Niles Arts and Culture Advisory Council.  I am so thrilled that they have chosen to sponsor an event that I came up with.  When I first thought about the idea of repurposing purses found at resale stores...I discovered that it was going to be quite a challenge.  I wanted the purses to be in excellent conditions.  I cannot begin to tell you how many purses that required me to inspect.  After a number of months and a plethora of visits to local resale shops, I found some amazing purses to use for a makeover.  I am so grateful to have artists who were willing to donate their time and expertise in creating works of art.  I will be posting a purse a week here on the blog with some info on what may have inspired their amazing and wonderful designs.  The purses will go on a traveling display beginning will the Niles Historical Museum (they will also have a vintage display of purses for you to enjoy as well.) then onto the Niles Library, an appearance at the Holly Jolly Tree Lighting Event, back to the museum and finally auctioned off on Dec. 2nd at the Niles Senior Center.  I am hoping that you will come out and view them and hopefully one will speak to you and you will have the desire to bid on one...maybe two at the auction.  All the monies generated will go to the Wings charity so that it will help repurpose lives.  A great charity and their work is so commendable.  I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with them on this project.    As for today's purse, I am once again the artist.  I was inspired by the shape of the purse as well as its layers in the front.  My love of water and beauty of water falls is what inspired this purse.  I enjoyed including the splash at the bottom of the falls.   
The paint that I used is absolutely wonderful in painting this purse.  I used DecoArt's So-Soft Fabric paint and DecoArt's Leather Paint.  These paints are fabulous to work with.  They allow for movement and does not crack.  The colors are vibrant and easy to blend. 
I hope that you enjoy this particular purse and if this is your first time reading the blog, I implore you to read the others and view the other purses.  I hope you will come back each week and enjoy going on this journey with me.  So here you go....purse #3...WATERS Fall.


Purse #2 Dragonfly

How time flies...and so does the dragonfly.  That is the theme of purse number two.  Dragonflies have always been an inspiration for me.  When I look at this beautiful little creature I cannot help but admire its many colors. It's ability to move.  Did you know that Dragonflies can move at a 4 miles per hour speed? I am the artist of this purse as well and it's lush color of aqua led me to this artwork.  I wanted to capture the whimsical feeling that a dragonfly gives me whenever it has whizzed past me on so many occasions.  I wanted her eyes to reflect self realization...hence they are bigger and more whimsy.  The background just became second nature to where I felt she would be flying most.  I used DecoArt So-Soft Fabric Paints along with DecoArt's Leather paints.  If you look closely at her wings and eyes, you will notice that they have an extraordinary shine to them.  I really wanted them to look like glass so I used a product from DecoArt called Liquid Glass.   The dragonfly exhibits iridescence both on its wings as well as on its body. Iridescence is the property of an object to show itself in different colors  and I hoped that the glass effect helped to capture that. 
As an artist, I have been fortunate enough to continue to grow with my artwork.  I have been painting for more than 35 years and never had any formal training.  I love learning each day something new that I can apply to my artwork.  There is nothing more thrilling than being able to look at something I am working on and getting a sense of pride. To look at a piece and smile.  Hoping that perhaps that piece will do the same for someone who is viewing my piece.  This dragonfly makes me chuckle.  Her wide eyes make me think of myself....always looking for something new. 
The fact that this purse will be auction off for such a wonderful cause makes it all worth while.  If you haven't read the other posts...these purses will be auctioned off for charity.  I am on the Niles Arts and Culture Advisory Council and they are sponsoring this event.  The purses will go on a traveling display from Oct. till Dec. 2nd when they will be auctioned off.  The proceeds will benefit Wings charity.  These repurposed purses are being painted by various artists.  I hope that you will continue to follow their journey here and perhaps one of them will speak to you.  I will be posting a purse a week and will also post their transformations.  Follow along...I will be posting their upcoming travels along with a page with all of them in the end.  If you are interested in one of them, you can send in a secret bid....contact me at thewonderfulwizardofart@hotmail.com
With that being said....let me introduce you to DRAGONFLY.

PURSE ROSE-Zen

Well, as this endeavor for charity moves forward, I would like to take the time to tell you about the Niles Art and Culture Council.  I am one of the members of the Council.  We began our journey 2 years ago and have reached a point now where we can support an artful endeavor.  I was fortunate enough to have the Council agree to support my idea where artists will volunteer to paint purses to go on auction.  Wings charity was our choice since we are repurposing purses from resale stores into beautiful works of art just like the lives that are helped through Wings to repurpose their lives and pursue a dream of a better life. 
With that being said...I have revealed the purses bought in a previous blog.  It is now time to begin the reveal of some of the makeovers. 
Here is todays 1st purse....done by myself using the Deco Art's so-soft fabric paints and their newest Leather paints.  I am so thrilled with the way they came out.  What great paint....it went on so smoothly and the finish is fantastic.  Thanks Deco Art for a great product.  I am rest assured that whoever gets this purse will be happy in the durability of the paint. 
The purse is done by using a technique which has become very popular in the art world recently.  It has been painted and then "Zentangled"  I love that you can create such beauty by doodling. It was fun to choose the colors to help co-ordinate with the purse's amazing pink shade.  I hope that you enjoy seeing it.  If you are at all interested in bidding on the purse and are not able to attend the auction on December 2, 2017...please contact me.  We will hold closed bids that will be bid on by a stand in on the night of the auction. 
I will be putting on a new purse each week as well as a composite in the end. 
Enjoy and thank you for looking.  I would love to hear your comments.

 
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