April 26, 2017

Outsider Art - Being All Alone...

Happy Wednesday to you!

Today's Prompt, for the April-Prompt-A-Day Challenge, over at the Imaginary Garden's With Real Toads
is brought to us Challengers by Karin Gustafson (Sorry, I do not know her blog URL).
The Challenge is to use "Outsider Art" from someone else or write about what it is like to be an "Outsider" or "Alone".

I am choosing "Alone" today.
The picture below is my own. I went to my sink a few weeks back and saw the dirty dishes sitting in the sink just as they are in the photo. It reminded me of how alone I have felt during my recovery from surgery and now something pinching nerves in my back (MRI later today).

My recovery has been a long one compared to other surgeries I have had. Also I live alone now and do not have a significant other. I have not been able to do anything that involves my core muscles, so basically I can just hang out, try to work at art or the Challenges and that's pretty much it.

I do have my oldest son in my neighborhood who has been a great help, my Sissy who comes over any time she gets a chance and usually brings some great goodies with her, along with doing my dishes, washing clothes or anything else that may need doing. I have several friends that I talk to (and the most special one will be reading this today!), listen to music I love, and laugh often.

However being alone can be dangerous for the mind, body and spirit if not kept in check. Alone can be a choice, a health issue or being an outsider of a community we want to belong to.

The heart, the mind, the body
All three so closely aligned
If not careful to tend to each of them
One by one will be lost in short time


There is always a time when life goes right
To paint, to laugh, to dance
Breathing and loving every moment of that
And never ignoring the chance

Hope you have a GREAT day and can find a reason to smile, to laugh, to reach out, no matter where you may be at.


April 23, 2017

Protest and Outrage: Dark Poetry For the Cruelest Month 2017

Focusing and thinking was not happening this week.
The thought of not posting this year made my heart cry.
So here I am, for Magaly's Annual Dark Poetry for the 
Cruelest Month 2017!

And even at this late entry, 

It amazes me how fast protection can be taken away yet how long it takes to get it. I certainly do not want to be political here, it's not just politics. It's money, it's payoffs for whoever is the highest bidder. I live on the edge of one of our most beautiful National Forrest in the United States and a cars drive to several others. People are the most dangerous. They want these National Parks yet can disrespect and desecrate them on their yearly camping trips. It's just one little trickle in the poisoned rivers we are creating. Which is where my poem this evening came from.

taking years for the saving
one swipe of a pen
the salvation is now gone

This has been a great theme for this week and I have read some great poems.
Thank you Magaly!

Have a wonderful week!
Hugz, Rasz

April 19, 2017

30/30 in April-The April Prompt-A-Day Challenge...

I am posting today for the April Prompt-A-Day Challenge!
The poem a day challenge from the awesome
If you enjoy poetry in all its wonderful forms,
or, like me and just discovering poetry,
go visit  Kerry's blog!

The Challenge today is to write about love with an object that represents love. The poem shared for today on Imaginary Garden with Real Toads is great!

The Heart-Shaped Rock

Do you remember, years ago
Finding our first heart-shaped rock
We held it so tightly in our hands
bringing it home from our magical walk

Do you remember years ago
Taking the dogs for their evening walk
I rarely looked up, as I was on a hunt
To find another heart-shaped rock

Do you remember years ago
Me always hunting for those heart-shaped rocks
I poured all my faith of our love, my dear
for every one I found on our magical walks

No, you cannot remember years ago
The story of the heart-shaped rocks
For, alas, that was just a dream I had
of you and I on a magical walk.

Notes: I hope my writing is poetry, please let me know.    
            I hunted for a picture of my heart-shaped rocks
            I could not find one and no time to take one if 
            I wanted to post. It just wasn't meant to be.

April 14, 2017

Happy Paint Party Friday!!!

First off, I want to thank everyone who has sent me
prayers & healing thoughts my way.
I know all of your good wishes have contributed
to my recovery, and my heart!

Well this is my 2nd PPF post in a row and I am hoping
to be back on track with posting and visiting!
Thank you to our wonderful hostesses
EVA and Kristin! You guys ROCK!!!

Not sure what Paint Party Friday is?
Go HERE and learn all about it,
then join in on the fun.

I have been into birch trees lately.
I just finished one painting yesterday!
It feels so good to paint.
And of course I do paint things a bit differently.
That's just me.

There is lots of texture on the trees, from the collage of paper
underneath. The background is painted on top of the collage base.
I left the background with a matte finish.
I was really happy how this turned out.
You can click on this mixed-media painting
and get a closer look if you like.

Wednesday night and yesterday brought some hard rains,
hail and strong winds.
I always like to check on my hummingbird friends.
It's amazing how these little tiny beauties
can make it through the cold and storms.

Here they are yesterday fighting over their place on the feeder.
It was raining and if you look close you can see raindrops
on those cute long beaks.

fighting for a place on the feeder

And here they are once the little altercation was over:

Rare moment with no fighting at the feeder
It was raining pretty hard when I took this picture,
Their feathers were wet & mostly females and youngsters
in this picture so not a lot of colors.

That's it for me today.
Going to (hopefully) link this post to up to
Just need to figure out how to add links.

Happy Paint Party Friday
and Have a Wonderful Week!
See ya' next Friday, or maybe before.
Hugz, Rasz

April 10, 2017

Poem Sketching...

My very first painting of my Dragonfly Girls in 2011

Today's prompt for the "The April Prompt-a- Day Challenge"
is to write a poem using Poem Sketching.
The instructions are a little long,
so if you would like to know more
please go HERE!

I LOVE this Challenge.
 I am learning so much about poetry!

The words I chose are
dragonfly, pond, safe, silence

The Dragonfly Pond

There is a dragonfly at my window
He beckons me outside
It's nightfall and so dark, I say
Then out the window I slide

I flew with him, I am not sure how
To a pond so beautiful and bright
With thousands of dragonflies flying about
Creating the most magnificent sight

See, he says, I have no intention to harm you
Only to bring you here
Your ancestors are all around you now
You are safe, please have no fear

My ancestors, what was he saying
There were no ghostly humans here
The dragonflies, he told me, are always with you
In silence I sat, watching the magic appear

Their artistry was magnificent
Their colors, oh so bright
Yet it was their magical teachings
That brought me to the pond tonight

Comments and critiquing are joyfully welcomed.
Hope the beginning of your week
is off to a great start!

Hugz, Rasz

April 09, 2017

Twitter Me A Gothic Poem...

Today's poetry challenge over at
Imaginary Garden with Real Toads is brought to us by the 
beautiful and amazing writer, Magaly Guerrero.
Please go HERE for more info on today's challenge.
And HERE for Magaly's blog.

In a nutshell, so to speak, the Challenge was to use the words of two famous Poets and pretend that the two of them are having a Tweet together using a three line stanza for each, then our Challenge is for us to complete the poem using the third stanza, in our own words to join the conversation by replying/our input/or a commentary.

I have spent all day reading poems from Poets throughout the centuries and really enjoyed it.
When it came to a Tweet (aka 3 line stanza) of two poets together, The two I could imagine corresponding (or understanding each other) would be Sylvia Plath and Edgar Allan Poe.

I dreamed that you bewitched me into bed
And sung me moonstruck, kissed me quite insane
(I think I made you up in my head)

Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream

Alas I see two lovers,
Alone yet won't admit,
True love forms from insane minds

“Mad Girl’s Love Song” by Sylvia Plath
“Dream Within a Dream” by Edgar Allen Poe

I hope this will suffice for today's Challenge.
I am a newbie when it comes to poetry,
which explains the past 6 hours of reading 
some really great and twisted poems.

And, as always, please critique if needed.

Thank you and have a great week!
Hugz, Rasz

April 07, 2017

Oh Happy Paint Party Friday!

Good Afternoon PPF Partiers!
Hope everyone is doing great today,
Thank you Eva and Kristin for being
the hostesses with the most-est.
If you want to know what Paint Party Friday is
go HERE!

I've been gone a while recouping from surgery.
Mostly laying in a recliner most of the time,
and doing a little art from there too.
I'm going to apologize in advance for the upcoming pictures.
It's overcast and rainy and the house lighting
isn't the best for taking pictures.

First, Look what Tracy from tracywoodsford.blogspot.com
sent me to cheer me up:

She also included three Derwent colored pencils that I forgot to take a photo of because they are already with my other pencils and being used!
Awesome colored pencils!
In the picture above you can see five amazing papers too,
I think they are too pretty to use.

Here's a breakdown:
Tracy's beautiful artwork that I can't wait to frame and hang up.
It says "If You Have Wings...Fly". It's so prettier than a picture of it.

Tracy made this beautiful card.
It says "Sometimes You Just Need To Play" 

A Beautiful Handmade Stamp and part of her cute
business card.

My brother-in-law to be bought me a set of Faber-Castell Graphite Pencils.
I used them for the first time last night to get an idea of what I can do with more than just one graphite pencils, hehe!

And a couple of days ago I watched a YouTube video
from Maremi SmallArt called "Toilet Paper Rolls Dandelion 
Painting Technique for Beginners"
It's a great video and Maremi is so cute!
Here is what I created after watching the video:

It was so much fun painting this with Blick Studio Acrylic Paints,
which I am in love with! The colors are bright and fun!
It was painted on an 8"x10" Canson Canva Art Board,
which come in a pad of 10. Another new favorite!

I have an Instagram account I post in almost every day:
Stop by and visit and I will do the same.
Every post also goes to my Facebook Art Page:
Rasz Art Designs

Thank you for stopping by.
Have a Fantastic Paint Party Friday,
and a Wonderful Weekend.
Hugs, Rasz 

April 04, 2017

Speaking for Springs Stillborn Sprouts...

Hi everyone, I have missed being here.
There is no better way to jump back in
then with a Challenge!
There is the April Prompt-A-Day Poetry Challenge.
Click HERE  or HERE for more info.

Today is a Free For All, no real prompt of sorts.
Which worked out GREAT for me
as I woke up with the words in my head
to yesterday's Prompt by the Beautiful Magaly.
"Speaking for Springs Stillborn Sprouts".

Mourning My Babies

Oh the sunshine these past weeks
Has felt so good upon my limbs
The snow and ice have melted
New life will soon begin

My babies are sprouting
In this early Spring's sunlight
Precious they are, so sweet and small
Such a beautiful, wondrous sight

Now the cold and ice are back again
To freeze my limbs once more
My baby sprouts are dying
It's my babies now I mourn

The past few years have tricked us
The weather's not the same
We awake to think it's Springtime
And those humans are to blame

They call it global warming
I hear them talk as they go by
My precious babies, frozen dead now
I mourn under the cold grey sky

Thank you for stopping by, Rasz

On a personal note:
I was so excited about this Challenge.
I love to write, and I love to write poetry,
altho' I do not know if I have a "real" style
and am hoping to find out.
I welcome constructive critiquing (nicely please)

February 25, 2017

Last few days of 29faces and Paint Party Friday...

Happy Paint Party Friday!!!
(actually it is Saturday)
It's also the last few days of the
29 Faces of February 2017 Challenge.

Thank you to Kristin and Eva for being the 
Best Hostesses for Paint Party Friday every week!
Need more info? Click HERE!

And many thanks to Martha at Ayala Art for
the 29Faces Blog http://29faces.blogspot.com.
It's been great to discover my personal ways of creating faces.

Okay, onto art...not much as I seem to keep attempting
backgrounds with either lots and lots of layering,
even over a previous rose:

This 8"x10" wrapped canvas has had four different butterflies, and probably six layers of colored tissue paper, paint and now Ranger's Tim Holtz's Idea-ology paper. At this rate, this mixed media mess will have at least and inch or two added to it's size.

Another background with the same Ranger's Tim Holtz paper covering up layers of gesso which is covering up a couple of butterflies that have bled through every attempt of covering them up until now.

Now I am stuck and have no idea what to do with this.
Maybe more paint and paper???

I have been doing the 29 Faces of February 2017 and there is only a couple days left. I love this Challenge because, for me, it's finding my own style and that is what I focused on for the month. I have been posting daily on Insagram (rasz_art_designs) and on my art Facebook page,  https://www.facebook.com/raszartdesigns/

I have only one graphite pencil left and one blending stick.

The pencil is a Progresso Woodless Graphite 6B.

Here are two faces that I really love.
I think I have found my style for faces:

I still draw my colorful characters too.
I will always do that and included several of them in the Challenge.

I am having surgery this coming week and will be in the hospital on my birthday,
which is why I wanted to post today.
Yesterday was pre-op stuff for me, and I had too much on my mind to be able to post.

So I will see you in a few weeks, hopefully with some more drawings or paintings or even a story or two. I have FINALLY started to write! It feels great!

Hugz, Rasz

February 17, 2017

It's a rainy Paint Party Friday and 29faces...

I'm coming in a little late,
so I will probably be visiting everyone all weekend.

As always, this wonderful weekly party
is hosted by the fantastic duo...
Eva and Kristin!
Need more info? Have no idea what PPF is?
Go HERE and join in the fun.

I do not have any finished creations,
so I am going to share my WIPs!
(works in process)

My Sissy was helping me rearrange my
Front Room/Art Sudio.
While doing so, my Sissy found this, hidden next to my art table.
I never finished it since I find painting with red was a little difficult for me and I really didn't like it anyway.

Sissy reminded me that just because I don't like it doesn't mean everyone won't.
Perfect for the Big "V" week and since I put it on my art table yesterday, I have already gotten two compliments on this mixed media piece. I even see it now. Good thing I didn't throw it away. 

I also have the beginnings of one of my ooey, gooey, textured mixed media paintings. I am really excited to get creating. This too was hidden next to my art table, a happy find!

All the pictures I took of this looked blurry so this was the best of the bunch.
It only has a couple layers so far,Soon it will be a thick, textured mixed media painting.
Oh, the suspense of it all,,,

For the 29faces of February 2017, this face was created by the finished face on the opposite page of my sketchbook. I never had that happen before so I found it pretty cool!

I think I will just outline the features showing and see how it looks.

I missed out on the Sixth Annual Valentines Day Soiree
hosted by Holly at hollyshorrorland.com.
I had a story written (that was way too long) and created a drawing of the happy couple headed off to the party. Deciding to color the cute couple, the black colored pencil wasn't anywhere to be found. Ugh! Great idea though, paint markers...one arm colored on the Vampiress' dress and all was ruined.
Note to self: NEVER , EVER use paint markers on sketch pad paper.
I became impatient and didn't think of what I was doing.
We missed the party (sniff, sniff).

That's my week for today's Paint Party Friday!
See everyone soon as I will be blog hopping in between layers of creating my next fun, 
shiny, mixed-media art.
Happy PPF & Happy 29faces
and most of all have a GREAT week!

Hugz, Rasz

February 12, 2017

29faces of February 2017 for Sunday...

Happy 29faces Sunday!
Hope everyone is doing great.
Here in Northern California, we are recovering from 
lots & lots of rain and flooding.

Today is a beautiful, sunny day with the 
California clear blue skies!

I have been posting my 29faces on my Instagram
and Facebook accounts daily.
Here are the links to both:

Below is the link to my Instagram so see the pictures:

The pictures are also posted here on my FB Art Page:

I want to also share my faces and faces with bodies
here on my blog. So here they are so far:

 I have my new website up!
Still loading it up with art & bags & flowers & frames &...?

Have a GREAT week!

Hugz, Rasz

February 03, 2017

It's Paint Party Friday, the BEST day of the week!

Happy PPF!
I am so glad to be here today.
Thank you Eva and Kristin for being
The Hostess's with the Mostest's.
(yes that is now a real word since I just used it again)

Don't know what Paint Party Friday is?
Curious to find out?
Want to meet Eva and Kristin?
Simply go HERE for it all!

Today's piece is an 8"x8" mixed media painting:

The photos were taken by philnavarrophotography.com

I was gifted heavy duty wrapped canvases in 8"x8" and 8"x12".
I love the sizes and it was a real surprise getting these in the mail!
I found that the 8x8's look great on a table easel (?) stand like the 1st picture shown here.
Great for people who have no wall space or not allowed to hang anything on the walls because of rental agreements.

Oh, about the painting.
This was done almost entirely using Ranger's

I have enjoyed using dark, rich colors in my work now.
I am learning that I have to be careful of not going too dark.
It may look great on my art table, altho' trying to get a good picture
can be challenging.

I have joined up again for 29Faces of February Challenge,
hosted by Martha over at Ayala Art.
It's not too late to join in,
Click HERE!

I am posting every day on my Instagram rasz_art_designs,
and on my Facebook art page Rasz Art Designs.
Blog posting every few days.

Wasn't planning on writing such a long post.
Thank you for dropping  by and I will do the same.

Happy Paint Party Friday and have a great weekend!
Messy, Painty Hugz, Rasz

Oh, I almost forgot to share my most exciting news!
I finally have my own website and it went live this week.
It has been a dream in the making for 5 years now
and I had been hoping to go live by last Thanksgiving I think.
My site is slowly being loaded with art,
I just need more energy and I am finding it is getting
harder and harder to use my laptop or any device.
I cannot let that stop me completely for this is MY dream!
Thank you for all the support during this time.

February 01, 2017

29 Faces of February 2017 Challenge!

What a HAPPY Day!
I have waited all year (okay, one month this year),
for February 2017 to begin.
Why you ask? Because February is the month of
Martha over at Ayala Art has been hosting this
FUN Challenge for some time now.
This is the Challenge that a couple years ago I started to participate,
and by doing so, I got hooked on drawing faces.
The Challenge is to do 29 Faces, one every day and an extra one,
through the month of February.
Need more info? Click HERE.

Today I have a BIG face!
The paper is 9"x12" Strathmore Sketch 60 lb
(wrinkled) paper.
She is the beginning of my 
Bold-Brave-Beautiful Females.
I think some of us women need to be reminded of
how Bold, Brave & Beautiful we are!

I am so happy to start posting the daily faces I draw
to relax me in the evening.
And even happier to get to see some amazing faces
drawn by the wonderful artist playing this Challenge!

Have a GREAT 1st day of February 2017.
Hugz, Rasz

January 20, 2017

Paint Party Friday!!!

Here is my first mini mixed-media painting I did a few days ago.
It's 2.5"x3.5" green painted canvas
with Ranger's Tim Holtz epherma,
on top of a mini table easel.

Cannot believe it's been 3 more weeks since I have posted.
Before that, it had been 2 months!!!
Hopefully I have gotten to a point where I am able to
blog every week, even if it is only for PPF.

Not sure what Paint Party Friday is all about?
Click HERE and make sure you say hello
to the awesomely talented Kristin & Eva!

and let the Blog hopping and visiting friends
begin for me!

Here are a couple new Rasz Bags that I have sewn and painted.

One of my favorites so far:

This bag is made from white canvas, painted with a wash of brown, added dark brown and a blue-grey in a cammo-like design. There are two dark brown painted handles and the top of the bag is trimmed off with a length of brown washed canvas, raw frayed edges painted a dark brown and finished off with a brown button.

Same design, just a little more "pretty" and finished off...

(Eek! I thought I had a better picture)
This is a pretty bag with same brown wash, inside and out.
This bag has faux leather pre-made handles.
Both Rasz Bags have painted matching pockets inside.

That's the painted items I have to share for today. 
As for my website, it WILL be up before the end of the weekend.
Please come by and visit next week at www.raszart.com
There may not be much items, however I will add as I go.
It's very scary and I think that is why it is taking me so long.
Well, being a little nervous, body not cooperating and doctor appointments.

Hope you are having a
Hugs, Rasz

January 01, 2017

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year!
And 2017 is going to be a GREAT one,
I can just feel it.
I am so excited today.

This Year's Moto:
Be Brave, Be Bold, Be Beautiful!
"Bold Beauty", graphite pencil drawing

Although it's been almost 2 months since my last post,
I have been busy.
Here is what my front room looks like:

Now the other end of the table/room view:

Yes I am back to making canvas painted totes and purses.
Here is one that is just painted:

The base color of this tote is Blick's Payne's Grey,
which is currently my favorite color.
The new totes incorporate color, texture, different fabric,
designs, style and still each one is one-of-a-kind.

I have a new Instagram account:
I am still new to this and do not know why I have
the line between each word???

My FaceBook page is Rasz Art Designs
I will have a website up and running
(I will try to have it up)
this month at www.raszart.com
which use to be pointed to this blog.

This year is starting off great and
although I do have another surgery coming up soon,
I am looking at it as a six week hiccup
compared to the year!

Happy New Year Everyone!
Blessings to All,
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