Wednesday, July 15, 2015

"Guardian of the Melody Maker" Character Study.....

One of the great joys in my life is creating character studies for the fairy tale I'm writing called "Gerushia's New World. 

I love my work and I love the research that goes into writing a book and creating art.

This brand new piece is called ~

(Available through my Etsy shop)

You see, in Gerushia's World there is a lot of music and...a lot of music inspired characters. 
This gal is a Melody Maker. She is part of a large group of musical personalities that live within Gerushia's World.  
Melody Makers often roam freely and share their music, hoping to bring calm and wonder to their world.

In this piece, you see her practicing under the yellowy skies of an oncoming storm. 

I used a scan of my Grandma Watson to create the Melody Maker ~ 

In Gerushia's World, under the yellowy skies and bruised storm clouds....
you will find kindness, hope, good and evil, comfort and fear.
But most of all, you will find peace.....eventually.

Until Next Time:
Gerushia's New World

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

It's True....I'm Still Alive ~

I am so happy to be visiting my blog today.
It's been a little while, hasn't it?
April 17th, to be exact.

During these warm and unsure days of summer, my garden calls me.
Snapping photos of the buzzing life all around ~ 

Busy birdbath ~ 

Taking advantage of a cooler than usual afternoon ~ 

Purple stars ~

Hollyhocks in the morning sun ~

Collecting seeds ~ 

Snipping bouquets for the studio ~ 

...taking time to stop and smell the roses.  

Working on new character studies for my book....
This gal is a melody maker (work in progress)

Life has been topsy-turvy .
I've found a bit of calm while working on my book....

and creating new art ~ 

"Beryl's Beginning"

"Guardians of the Questionable Motive (Revisited)"

"Just Horsin' Around"

...and, a new character study for my book ~

"Serafine's Daughter"

These pieces have all sold, but you can surely get them in print versions in my Art Shop.

Life is a mystery.
Sometimes scary.
Sometimes exciting.

We've had a rough couple of years here in Wlassak Wland, but we are pushing forward and living one day at a time.

Until Next Time:
Gerushia's New World

P.S.  It's very hot here today!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Would You Like to Read About My Art In "The New York Optimist"?

I am so excited to be a featured artist in
"The New York Optimist."

Would you like to read the article?

kimberly wlassak ~ Gerushia's New World

It was a pleasure to work with The Optimist.

Very patient and detailed ....

(John, if you read this, thank you thank you thank you for your patience and good humor).

I am over the moon happy with all the photos of my art....

Including some of my favorites ~ 

"A Secret Invitation for Maragild" 

"The Guardian of the Wrabbit Wranglers"

"The Window Watchers"


"The Visitation of Eugenie's Muse"

It's always exciting to see my art published in an article....

But ~

For the first time ever, the fairy tale I'm writing called "Gerushia's New World" was discussed.
That was scary.

You see, I've been working on this very long tale for a very long time.

It's a darkish, middle grade fairy tale.

A tale of good against evil.

Will it ever get published?

Who knows.

Will I ever even finish it?

Who knows.

What I do know is that I love to write and I love creating art.

Writing this book has allowed me to mingle the two.

Many of my art pieces are character studies for my book.

And, the art stands alone as well.

So, if you have a spare moment or two, I'd love for you to pop over and read the article.

Until Next Time:
Gerushia's New World

P.S.  I love fairy tales!  xoxo

Monday, April 13, 2015

Searching For Calm In Difficult Times ~

Well, yes. 
Yes it has been just over 3 months since my last blog post.
I didn't mean for it to happen, but time slips away.

You see, my husband was laid off again.
Second time in 15 months.
So, I have been searching for calm.

My family.
My art.
My garden.
My writing.

These are my quiet safe places.

Watching the purples come to life ~ 

The pinks unfurl ~ 

Painting ~
(Sold but will soon be offered in a print version)

and painting ~

and painting ~ 

and painting ~ 

and more painting ~ 

Clearing my mind of worry.
Staying focused.

Sky watching....

Heart shaped clouds ~ 

Firelight sunsets ~

and tree bones ~ 

Only one new collage ~ 

This piece was created for the upcoming book "Welsh In The Old West" published by A Raven Above Press

"Old Bill and Wind Blossom"

The original framed art has sold but you can get this piece in a Print Version:

And....these 3 pieces will soon be off to The Dream Factory in Frankfurt, Germany ~

"The Haunting of La Llorona"

"The Beckoning of Leopold and Octavia"


"The Burning of Eulalia"

As the days swiftly fly by,
waiting, waiting, waiting for that new job, I am keeping busy.

Continuing work on my fairy tale.
Composing character studies.
Tending to my garden.

Uncertainty floats all around.

One. Day. At. A. Time.

That's all I can do...

One day at a time.

Gerushia's New World

P.S.  I love Humpty.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Time For An Art Giveaway!

January is a great time to host an art giveaway.
Don't you think so?

I cleaned my studio and have put aside 3 art prints to offer for the giveaway.

It's super duper easy....

All you need to do is visit my  ~ Facebook Art Page
and leave a brief comment on the pinned post at the top.

You don't have to do anything else, just leave a little comment.

Here are the 3 prints included in the giveaway ~ 

"The Keeper of Odessa's Hymn"

"Rabbit's Curious Day"


"Portrait of Mayor Ricarda"

I would love for you to stop by my Facebook Art Page and enter to win.

A winner will be picked at random on Tuesday, January 13 at 10:00 pm Pacific time.

Hope to see you there!

Until Next Time:
Gerushia's New World

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A New Year, New Art and Good-Bye to the Holidays ~

Wow, December is a busy busy month, isn't it?
The holidays are nice, but I admit it...

I am always happy to go from this ~ 

to this ~ 

Although I love the golden Christmas colors we get here in Southern California...

and the peek-a-boo winter roses ~ 

I am looking forward to the confetti colors of my spring garden ~ 

Pinks and corals and oranges and purples ~ 

Did you have a lovely Christmas season and a wonderful New Year's Eve?

I wish upon all the stars that this year will be better than last.
I wish it for you and me both!

I started the new year by tidying up my studio ~ 
(This photo was taken before I finished)

And, I've finished and listed my very first art piece of 2015 ~ 

Meet Valerian and Tartarian, two lovely gals on their way to town. V and T don't get out much, but when they do....they can really set the town on fire! Everyone talks about their playful antics and sneaky ways. Of course, they mean no harm, they just get caught up in the moment. Before long, they are ready for home and a long cat nap.

In order to name these gals, I did research on plants other than catnip that cats are attracted to. 
Valerian and Tartarian Honeysuckle were 2 plants on the list. 

Sooooo....Valerian and Tartarian seemed like perfect names for these two kitty twin sisters

I've also listed 2 of my original character studies as a set ~

This is a unique opportunity to own a set of 2 original character studies (not prints) created specifically for a children's picture book I am working on.

The book is titled: "Jubal's Huckleberry Heart." These are the original character studies I created for the book.

Included in the set is "Jubal's Gift to Lucy" and "Jubal's Huckleberry Heart." I am offering them together, as they truly do belong together. I do not want to separate them. 

All of these original pieces of art can be found in my Etsy Shop.

Here's to a bright, stress free new year filled with art and fairy tales and some good old fashioned happiness!

Until Next Time:
Gerushia's New World

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Changing Seasons and a Holiday Shop Sale ~

Did you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving?
I adore Thanksgiving.
Then....I am ready to take a long nap and wake up to find myself transported to January 2nd, refreshed and preparing for springtime.

I am not a winter-loving girl.
I am always shocked into winter reality when


the season changes....
from this ~ 

to this ~

Literally overnight.

But, I do admit, once all the decorating chores are done, I have learned to enjoy the season a little more than I did a few years ago.

Truly, I am not a scrooge.
I just NEED sunshine and longer days and a springtime garden.

I do find ways to keep busy when I can't work outside.

Of course, I love to spend the evenings in my studio...

planning and creating ~ 

Working on a nursery rhyme illustration for an art challenge.

I sometimes find my way into the kitchen.
Making and baking.

Honeycrisp and Granny Smith apple pie ~ 

The holidays allow me the chance to use my beloved china and depression glass collection.

Peeking into the china cabinet, remembering and planning holiday table settings. 

A vintage Noritake tea set passed down to me by my mom ~

Vintage green goblets and pink depression glass ~ 

Fun and crafty projects help to keep my mind off of the short, winter days.
Dyeing bottle brush trees in vibrant Christmas colors ~ 

Honestly, it is probably good that the short and slow days of winter are engulfing me.

If it were gardening season, I would be so frustrated because I am down and out with a bad knee....hobbling and bobbling.  

I would not be able to do heavy duty gardening work.

My knee is swollen and crazy sore ~ 

Like a big goose egg right in the middle of my kneecap.
I slammed it hard on our metal doggy gate on Halloween night.


Maybe I need this quiet time indoors to help in the healing process.

So, as I ponder the new year and re-introduce myself to the inside of my home...

the lights are twinkling ~ 

I have plans in the studio and even a cookie baking day.
I have plenty to keep me busy.

Including a holiday sale in my Art Shop.

If you fancy giving art for holiday gifts, now is a great time to purchase.
I am offering 40% off my entire Etsy shop with coupon code SilverBells40.
Simply use the code at checkout to automatically receive your discount.

I hope you are all enjoying the season and not falling into the chaos that sometimes attaches itself to the holidays.

Until Next Time:
Gerushia's New World