Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New Years Resolution or being Persistent

I have been thinking a lot about my journey in art and where I am today.
All my life I wanted to be an artist, when I was a child if you ask me what I was going to be when I grew up I would have told you an artist but my family was afraid that I would starve so I was head back from art. But it was in my blood and my love.  In the 70’s up to the med 90’s I went back to my art and started to make a living but I got married and children came along and my x-husband tried to run my art so again I stop. Then came the day in 2009 when I had to pick up the pencil and began to draw again. O’ that burning desirer rose up in me and I knew along with my hubby now that I need to get back to my art and so I join the art assoc, art gallery and did so shows.   

So for 2010 I pick up the brush and started to paint again and I did run into some stumbling blocks but I was persistent in not letting go this time. For 2011 I am going to take that persistent and I am going to start dreaming big and I am planning on fulfilling those dreams. For I love what ‘Inspired Mama Design’s Photos said on a painting: ‘SHOOT FOR THE MOON! EVEN IF YOU MISS, YOU’LL LAND AMONG THE STARS!’

So what is your New Years Resolution? Mind is to be more persistent in my art….
{◠‿◠} I am a artist. 

Monday, December 13, 2010


Christmas is just around the corner and most of us folk have decorated the inside of our home, set up the Christmas tree and put up the Christmas lights all around the house.
This leads me to some Christmas memories that I would like to share with y’all. The one that I hold dear to my heart is the one when my daughter was real little and I had put her to bed, my husband (now X-husband) went to the fireplace and took is work boots and place then in the ash and rub then in to make big footprints. The he went out side and climbed up on the roof and began to jump and shake the bell and in his deepest voice he hollered out ‘Ho-Ho-Ho Mary Christmas’. Well let me tell ya that child of mind tore out of that bed and ran to the fire place and when she saw that Santa came she ran back to her room and got her favorite right toy Buddy the teddy bear to show him that Santa came to her home and that is why I painted ‘My Favorite Toy’ for that memory of that one night when I too for a moment believed in Santa through the eyes of a child and the love that she shared with her bear.

O’ by the way my daughter who is now 23 or 24 (I forget) is going to have her own child next year and to this day, still has that will loved teddy bear name buddy…
Marry Christmas all and to all a good night…

Monday, November 8, 2010

Goals For My Art

I have been thinking long and hard about some of the articles that I have read these pass few weeks like; ‘How to sell your art or crafts during the recession’, ‘How to be successful as an self employed artist’, ‘Dose an artist consider commission work’, ‘Gallery or not’ just to name a few.
I have found all of it good reading but first things first, if ya are like me, I had to leave my artwork for a time and season and now I am ready to pick up were I left off but first I need to start with the bases question “What is it that I like to paint?” Not what I think mite sale or what I am told to paint but what do I have a passion for?   
Well I love all things country (like barns, rustic, nature, etc) historical site, and animals. So my next idea is to start to set some goals for my self and I came up with “Goals for my art and here they are:
My Goals for my Art

1.    Start to blog at lease once a month and work my way up to once a week.

2.    Make up a new business card for Pet and Nature Portraits

3.    Update my website– get new artwork on site in a timely matter. http://j-d-fields-artistwebsites.com, http://JD.artfire.com

4.    Work on Zazzle and keep it updated -http://www.zazzle.com/Lady_Bug56

5.    Complete commission work in a timely matter

6.    Complete the last painting before starting other one…

7.    Finish working on Pet and Nature Portraits blog setup

8.    Need to start painting/drawing a lease 4 day a week and work up to everyday

9.    Try to pin point my style in art

10.  Get some eggs to paint on

11. Paint some art work that you can market for under $ 45.00

12. Try to go out 2x a month and find a place to paint/ draw out in the community

13. Start sending out more letters to animals shelters 

14. Look for places to sell my art work

15. Find time to spend one on one time with hubby with out children, dogs, or me working on the computer

16. Start entering some art contents

17. Start drawing/ painting animals to give to animals shelters  for auctions

18. Learn more about inter net marketing

19. Start a “Cup –a –Joe” on my site once a month so that people can come in and chat and leave there own site on my front page.
I know that I will not be able to complete my hold list in a matter of a few weeks or even a few months but as long as I take two or three from my list and start to work on them, I can then work on the others until all my list is done. But if I drop the ball on a few, I will not beat my self up, but I will start were I left off and learn to move on and enjoy what I create.
What goals do y’all need to help ya with your business or hobby …

Monday, October 25, 2010

Yucaipa Vision Quist Art Gallery ‘Art on the Lawn’

I ‘am a little later on blogging this but about a week ago October 16, I participated in Yucaipa Vision Quist Art Gallery ‘Art on the Lawn.’ I have to say that I was a little nerves doing that show for when I woke up it was fog down and a little cold but by the time Bruce and I load up and drove up the street to the show the sun was coming out and the weather turn out to be really nice.  There was some awesome work and I got to chat with some of the artist who stops by my booth. One of the artist was  Roger C. who told me that events like this was nothing but a artist social club for him, his sales came out side of these events. That got me to thinking, was I wasting my time and money?  I figure I was here so I just need to hunker down and greet the folks that came in and get a little drawing beside.
Y’all know people are funny, I don’t usually draw or paint with folks around for I am still a little nerves when it comes to draw around folks but I wanted to draw to pass the time so I got my pad and pencils out and as I drew...

 ...I found that some folks were coming up behind me to watch me draw and when I would turn around these some folks would get really nerves and run. A few would come up to me and ask me question or tell me what a good job I was doing…. Over all it was a good day and I did sell and networking beside. Not back for coming back into the art world after staying away for about 15 years, but that’s other blog…

Here are some pic's of my booth...

                                This is just after the sun broke though and I was open for business

Here I stood on the front porch of the gallery to take this pic.

and yes that is me and in the back to my right is my hubby bruce who was a big support to me all the way.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Well I had stated that I would share my up and down in life and this pass three week my family has lost three family members that has pass away and I want to remember two of those family members who were and will always be dear to my heart, and they are my mother oldest sister Aunt Mildred Gage Parks, she was the family historian. If y’all wanted to know or learn about the family history she was the one to go too. She was the oldest daughter of 12 children and her parents were famers in Louisiana. I use to like to sit around the kitchen table and listen to the story of my Aunts and Uncle as children, there move to San Bernardino Ca, and story about other family members. Those were special times…

                                     January 15, 1922 ~ September 19,2010


My farther baby brother was John Diaz. He was the first generation to be born here in the US and the only child to be born in a hospital. Being the youngest child he was baby and care for most of his life. Not well educated he work in a junk yard and worked himself up to a city job but he love to work at a donut shop. My uncle was spoiled to the cord, but will loved. He live up to 69 years old with me caring for him every step of the way. Both my Aunt and Uncle will be greatly missed.

                                     February 03, 1941 ~ October 11, 2010  

But I am comfort with the knowledge of John 14:1-3 (NIV) 

1) Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. (2) In my father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to perpare a place for you. (3) And if I go and perpare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am... (¯`'•.¸ ///^_^\\\¸.•'´¯)♥  

Monday, September 27, 2010


Sorry all I was trying to post a portrait price list and half of it can out clear and the other half came out transparent so I had to delete it. Again I am sorry for any inconvenience that this may have couse y'all.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Chantal’s doctors visit

My daughter Chantal is expecting their first child and she had a doctors appointment yesterday to have the baby neck sonogram to see if the baby developing fine. (what they can’t do now a days)
I am happy to say very thing is right on track and she got to hear the baby heart beat also. When she told me about it the next day, I have to a mite my mind wondered back to when I was expecting her and the first time I heard her heart beat, it sounded like little horse’s foot step running really fast. Then I looked at her and see a young little mother to be. O’ how they grow up so fast…
Her hubby got some disappointing news though, he was told that on Oct 4 they would get to find out the baby sex but now they have to wait until sometime in Nov for they told Chantal that she was not far along enough yet to see the sex of the child. She has only hit her 3rd month and has a ways to go, thanks God her morning sickness is starting to light up now…
Here are some pic’s of the new baby and the happy little family

 Chantal, Jason and Hayden (Jason's niece)
 Note: Chantal is 2 month a long

This is Chantal at three months a long.

Pic's of my new grandbaby

Friday, September 17, 2010

My high's & low's w/ the Junipero Serra Museum Painting

Well here is my 2nd blog I would like to talk about dyslexia and perspective. The Art Assoc that I attend came up with ‘Thinking out of the Box’ for our come back from summer brake in Sept. So in May I asked
my loving hubby if we could go to San Diego for our anniversary but what I really wanted was to spend sometime a lone with him and to take photos of historical sites in old town San Diego. When the Art Assoc comes up with ‘Thinking out of the Box’ I panic for I really did not wnat to challenge my self and fail so I figure I would place this on the back burner and concentrate on our anniversary trip…. When we got to San Diego we start to plan out our trip of all the sites we wanted to see and we had a great three days together… I remember telling my hubby, Bruce Sr., that I would like to paint all of the California Museum and he laugh and said ‘Sounds like a great road tip to me.’ I said laughingly ‘When can we leave’, know that he need to get back to work and I back to my artwork, we just chuckle at each other and after sometime Bruce told me that he would take me to each Missions just not all at once and that started me to thinking, could I really do this ‘Thinking out of the Box’ painting? Being dyslexic I tend to see thing back ward , like letter, numbers, etc  and I do not see thing straight nor can I draw a straight line and trying to go down stairs or draw then is hell so while we drove around I ask him to take me to the  Junipero Serra Museum, in Presidio Park, he did and when we walked up the path way to the Museum I saw these beautiful arches and this awesome old brick work and I knew that I had to do this painting, so I took a lot of photos...

When we came home I got my supplies and as I looked at my photos I told my self ‘You can do this J.D.’ ‘You can and will  paint' but I did not do any studies of the building’ (I always take the time to draw out my subject but I was so excided I did not want to take the time) So I jumped into the painting and failed, all those feelings you have being dyslexic can flooding back...

(Here you can see were I had to make a lot of changes because I could not see the perspective right)  

(I tryed too paint out my mistakes) 

(Here I am trying to hard to see and draw the right perspective while makeing changes to the painting)

 After a couple of weeks I went back and started from ground one with the drawings...

(here is one of my ruff sketches)

 and then slowly started to paint again while layering the paint and making my correction. And with each brush stoke I began to build more and more of the painting while building up my own confidences that I could do this and I used my dyslexic to my avenge, so now I am planning on doing  other painting of Junipero Serra Museum.  

So on Thursday Sept 16,2010  I took my painting to the Art Assoc monthly jury show to see what the group thought about this painting, and to my surprise I won Honorable Mention for all my hard work.
And the moral to this story is never give up on your self or your project, but just more your self aside and let the project talk to you and work with what you have. You mite just be surprise… ///^_^\\\

Hugs to all J.D. AKA Lady Bug

Monday, September 13, 2010

“How to Care for Your Art Work”

Howdy all - will this is my first time bogging so please bear with me for a time.

Why I have started this blog was at first to have a facebook giveaways (which I am stilling going to do) but now I am thinking of also blogging about my daughter pregnancy, My Uncle life journey, my art shows, the do and don’t of art, how to care for your art, ect.

So I would like to start off with “How to Care for Your Art Work”

When you purchase a piece of artwork (painting, drawing, photo, etc) the first place you want to place the art work is usually over the fire place mantel were you can view your new collection and later you will want to sit with a warn and inviting fire with the warm air rising along with smoke but what will happen to your lovely artwork?

While low temperatures make the best environment for your artwork, particularly art work on paper, there’s another reason why the spot above the fireplace, stove or heart is quit charming but it’s quite deadly. When you place any art work like a beautiful photograph, watercolor, drawing or painting above any source of heat, the constant temperature/humidity will cause the paper to expansion and contraction, as well as moisture that can build-up and eventually weaken and break down the paper. To help save and stop this from happening you could keep the temperature and humidity to a minimum. Note: never place a photo behind glass with out a matt, for a photo cannot breathe and the humidity can make it stick to the glass but if you place your photo in a matt then you photo can breathe. But what if you don’t want a matt then place a tiny piece of cork in the four corners for your frame so that the glass can not touch the photo and you well have a happy photo…

For the same reason, try not to hang any type of artwork on exterior walls, though sometimes it is imposable. If you live in a state with the four seasons, then your exterior walls well be the coolest in winter and the warmest in summer. To slow down the impact on any one piece, try to rotate our art work every year- to different walls and rooms. (This will help to save your photograph, watercolor, drawing, painting… and make your art work happy)

Also try to rotation your artwork especially in a sunny or half sunny room. The sunlight is the strongest when coming straight though a window and that is not a good place to hang artwork, when possible. If you are willing to redirect the sunlight with blinds then your artwork will be much happier.

Also air that moves around in your house in the course of day to day will help your artwork not to grow mold under it. Plus you can also add some small cork squares to the bottom corners of your frames, this will allows air to move under your artwork and slow down any mold growth. But if you are planning on going away for a month or longer, it is best for your artwork that you fine a way to keep the air moving in your absence. Central air with humidity control is always best but for cost reason a house sitter, family or friends who are willing to come over every few days to check on things will help move the air around.

Do all that you can to prevent any problems with your art work but if mold or something strange starts to grow inside one of your frames, that is definitely the time to call in a specialist and do not try to clean or treat the artwork yourself but call your local art museum and ask them who they would recommend about this problem and you can enjoy your work of art for generations to come.