Well...the time is flying...already the end of August. I can't believe how quickly time is passing. Children are back in school...holidays are quickly approaching, the world is swirling around us. I am excited to present the newest purse reveal. This purse has also been painted by me, Debi Gajewski. This has been my personal dream of helping others. How is this helping you may ask. Well, the project is set to auction off these amazing hand painted purses on Dec. 2nd here in my Village of Niles. I have been fortunate that the Council that I am part of has chosen to sponsor this project to help benefit the charity WINGS. These are repurposed purses which I bought at local resale stores which are very gently used and then hand painted by myself and other artists. We have a wonderful gentleman who runs an auction house here in Niles called Lot 14 and he has graciously volunteered to be our auctioneer. I am so very proud of the people I have come to work with in this project. These are people who are willing to donate their time and talents to help others. The Niles Arts and Culture Advisory Council is a relatively new organization who is looking to bring the arts to our village while along the way, helping the community. If you would like to view the purses up close and personal...they will be on a traveling display beginning Oct. 5th and travel from our Historical and Cultural Center, the Library, our Holly Jolly Event and then they will head to the auction block. More details can be found on my blog by scrolling down to the beginning story of Purse-ue Your Dreams. I am happy to answer any questions you may have...just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
With all that being said...onto this weeks reveal. As I said before, this particular purse was painted by me. I have been an artist for over 35 years. I am a self taught artist. I have had the privilege of taking some classes along the way with some amazing teachers. I have watched videos and many you-tubes. I have practiced, practiced and practiced. I have ventured into many unknown artists waters and learned much along the way. A long time ago, my mother-in-law said she would never do what I do in a million years. She didn't understand the joy of art. She didn't understand the feelings of tranquility that happens while in an artistic trance. She evidently didn't understand the feelings of accomplishment that I had each time I mastered a new technique. I don't think she understand what it was like to teach students how to accomplish the same was such a sense of accomplishment for myself. To see others prosper by learning as well. But she never delved into my world. My world of art is a place that makes me who I am...colorful, I have swirled around in artful endeavors and challenged myself continuously along the way. This purse is done with a brand new technique that I have learned. It has been done using DecoArt's Americana Acrylic paints. It is a technique that I have had great fun learning and wanted to share. So without further adieu..here is my ART-Couture.