Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Sweet Gypsy Rose Vintage Tattoo Collage Sheet

Sweet Gypsy Rose

I received these vintage images through my
 Dover Free Clip Art Sampler Newsletter and
 thought that I might share a few of them with you!

These Vintage Tattoos are very interesting
and really a lot of fun to work with!

I would love to see what you create with these really
Vintage Pirate  Ladies!

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 please give Dover Publishing Company
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Friday, July 29, 2011

The 4th Edition of the Altered Bits Art Zine Is Published!

I Am Published!

Yes, it's true, and all of my thanks goes to Alicia Caudle at Altered Bits for making it
 possible for my art work to be published!  Alicia Caudle is a remarkable woman and a 
wonderful inspiration to the artist community throug  her incredible web site, newsletters,
 and tutorials!  Her sells her amazing art work along with the delightful collage sheets she personally designs. 

 Alicia  holds a yearly challenge that she opens to give  artists the wonderful opportunity to enter their art work for possible publication in  her digital Altered Bits E-Zine! She has already published 3 Altered Bits E-Zines that are jam packed with outstanding examples of 
 mixed media art from artists who entered the challenge!

Last Fall,  when she sent out the announcement for artists to enter the Altered BitsE-Zine Challenge, she also added that the 4th Edition would be sold in print! I have always loved Alicia's amazing art work and her  incredible web site and was immediately inspired by the themes she had listed for the challenge entries!

  Black and White
  Letters and Symbols

I choose the theme "Notorious" and with my two favorite Hollywood Divas in mind, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford,  I created an altered art book with images from the movie,
"Whatever Happened To Baby Jane"!  I sent my entry to Alicia with my fingers crossed and went completely  out-of-my-mind thrilled when she sent the e-mail letting me know  that my altered art book would be published in the Altered Bits Zine!

To find out where to purchase the  Altered Bits Art Zine, check out these links:


Do you want to find out more about the incredible Alicia Caudle

altered bits: unique altered art embellishment bundles, collage sheets and inspiration gallery
Thank You ~Alica!

 I also want to send out a special thanks to another very creative and talented woman!  Jo Gabriel,  who is a very gifted singer/songwriter and pianist! If it had not been for Jo's website, The Last Drive In,  I wouldn't have been inspired to create my altered art book for the challenge!  When I saw all of the incredible images that she had posted from the movie "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?",  the "sparks of inspiration" began to flow and I knew that I had found the images I needed to create my definition of  the theme "Notorious"!

Click the link below to see all of the incredible images from
 "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?" plus many more Hollywood greats!

 Jo  has posted an incredible amount of images from the old Hollywood Era of those exciting, thriller /chiller motion pictures that made everyone crazy to go the drive in 
to watch their favorite stars appear onthat enormous outdoor picture screen!

To find out more about Jo Gabriel, please click the link below!

Jo's web site: http://jogabriel.com/

Thank You ~ Jo!!


I didn't mention where my art work is showcased in the Altered Bits Zine so you will have to buy the book to see which page I am on!! 

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Friday, April 15, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor...Gone But Not Forgotten!

Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor     
February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011
"When people say, 'She's got everything',
I've got one answer - I haven't had tomorrow."

 I will always remember
 Elizabeth Taylor 
as being the most  beautiful
 and talented actress of her time!
 She was the epitome of what
"Old Hollywood Glamour"
 stood for in that golden era
 of classic screen movies we 
 love to watch over and over again!! 

I loved her soft violet eyes, her beautiful smile,
 and her lovely charm that sweetly "oozed"
a combination of womanly  intelligence
 mixed with a brillence of coy innocence that
created that famous femme-fatale
 she was known to play---and play she did!

Women  wanted to be her in every way!
They wanted to look like her,
 talk like her, be her! 
Women everywhere wanted to capture
 that special sex appeal she had that was
 known to captivate so many men!
They copied her impeccable style and
 matched it with the feminine roles that she
 portrayed on the movie screen. 

Social critic Camille Paglia,
similarly describe Taylor as 
"the greatest actress in film history,"
partly as a result of the
"liquid realm of emotion"
she expressed on screen.
 Paglia describes the effect Taylor
 had in some of her films: 
 "An electric, erotic charge vibrates the
 space between her face and the lens."

"I've always admitted that I'm ruled by my passions."

Elizabeth  brought her vibrant love for life
 in every role she played, putting so much of her
own true self into the many characters that she played,
 wonderful characters that I will never forget!

I will miss you Elizabeth
 and will always
 remember your smile,
 your beauty, your passion!!
May you shine eternally among the brightest
stars that fill the sky illustrious sky at night! 

Elizabeth's Glamorous Life

Elizabeth Taylor was born in England
to parents, Francis and Sara Taylor.
She began making screen movies at a
 very early age  for MGM Studios.
A dual citizen of the United Kingdom
and the United States, she was
 born a British subject through
 her birth on British soil and an
 American citizen through her parents.
 Soon after settling in Los Angeles, SaraTayor

Shortly before the beginning
 of World War II, her parents
 decided to return to the
 United States to avoid hostilities.
Her mother took the children first,
arriving in New York in April 1939,
while her father remained in London
 to wrap up matters in his art business,
arriving in November.

They settled in Los Angeles, California,
whereher father established a
 new art gallery, which included many
 paintings he shipped from England.
 The gallery would soon attract numerous
Hollywood celebrities who appreciated
 its modern European paintings.
 The gallery opened many doors
 for the Taylors, leading them directly
 into the society of money and prestige
 within Hollywood's movie colony.

Sara Taylor discovered that
Hollywood people
 "habitually saw a movie future
 for every pretty face." 
 MGM,  was considered a
 "glamorous studio,"
boasting that it had
 "more stars than there are in heaven."

 Before Sara would sign the contract,
she sought certainty that Elizabeth
 actually had a "God-given talent"
 to become an actress.

Sara Taylor was a former actress
 whose stage name was "Sara Sothern".
Miss "Sothern" retired from the stage
 in 1926 when she married 
Francis Taylor in New York City.

Sara  Taylor wanted a final sign of revelation...
Was there a divine plan for her?
Mrs. Taylor took her old script
 for The Fool, in which she had played
 the scene of the girlwhose faith is
answered by a miracle cure.
 She asked Elizabeth to read
 her own part, while she read the
 lines of the leading man.
She confessed to weeping openly.

 She later remarked...
 "There sat my daughter playing
 perfectly the part of the child as I,
a grown woman, had tried to do it.
 It seemed that she must have been in
my head all those years I was acting".

Elizabeth Taylor appeared in her first
 motion picture at the age of nine in
 There's One Born Every Minute (1942).
 This film was the only one
she was to make for Universal.
 After less than a year,
 the studio fired Taylor for unknown reasons.
 Sara Taylor intuition told her that Elizabeth
 " wasn't really welcome at Universal."
 She learned, for instance, that her
casting director complained,
"The kid has nothing," after a test.
Even her beautiful eyes, a deep blue
 that appeared violet with a mutation
that gave her double eyelashes,
and stunned those who met her in person,
did not impress the casting director
who would later remark,
"Her eyes are too old,
she doesn't have the face of a child."

"Some of my best leading men
 have been dogs and horses."

Some that knew Elizabeth as a child have said,
"There was something slightly odd
about Elizabeth's looks, even at this age -
 an expression that sometimes made people
 think she was older than she was."
She already had her mother's air of concentration.
Later on, it would prove an invaluable asset.

 Sara Taylor, when she was a child in England,
remembered adults describing
 her as having an "old soul," because,
as she says,
 "I was totally direct."
 She also recognized similar traits
 in her baby daughter:
"I saw my daughter as a baby, before she
was a year old, look at people, steadily,
with those eyes of hers,
and see people start to fidget,
and drop things out of their pockets
 and finally, unable to stand the heat,
get out of the room."

 By the time she had reached young adulthood,
she had become one of the most popular
 screen  actresses of Hollywood's Golden Age,
and one of the most famous film stars in the world.
 "Liz" was most recognized  for her glamorous
 lifestyle, beauty and distinctive violet eyes. 
 Unlike other child actors, Taylor made an
easy transition to adult roles.

"I think I'm finally growing up - and about time."

TIME Magazine called her a
 "a jewel of great price, a true star sapphire". 

"So much to do, so little done, such things to be."

Elizabeth has been called the
 "greatest movie star of all," 
starring in a string of successful films,
many of which are today considered "classics."
 Her resulting celebrity made her into a
 Hollywood icon, as she set the "gold standard"
 for Hollywood fame, creating the
 perfect model for stardom.

And yet, with such a successful movie career
 and glamorous lifestyle, her life was not
 without it's heartache and personal woes.

She suffered from  many physical and
 mental ailments throughout her life but didn't
 allow them to conflict with her stubborn
conviction to become the great actress 
she believed she could be. 

She was hospitalized more than 70 times
 and had at least 20 major operations.
 Many times newspaper headlines erroneously
 announced that Taylor was close to death but she
 claimed only to have almost died on four occasions.

"I feel very adventurous.
 There are so many doors to be opened,
 and I'm not afraid to look behind them. "

Elizabeth broke her back five times,
had both of her hips replaced,
 had a hysterectomy,
suffered from dysentery and phlebitis,
punctured her esophagus.
survived a benign brain tumor,
survived skin cancer,
 She faced life-threatening bouts
 with pneumonia twice, one in 1961
 requiring an emergency tracheotomy.

The mutation that gave Elizabeth her
striking double eyelashes may also have
contributed to her history of heart trouble.

"I have a woman's body and a child's emotions."

She was to learn in her early adulthood that
 great success was to come at an even greater price.
She faced each struggle in her life with diginity,
 patience, and endurance that earned  a special place
for her in many hearts around the world.

"It's not the having, it's the getting."

It was no great coincidence that during some of
the biggest roles she played, she would also
struggle through some of her worst physical
ailments to triumphantly win an award for her
 outstanding acting abilities while making of those films.

"Everything makes me nervous - except making films."

Elizabeth would not ever give up...
not on love...not on life!
She lost the true love of her life,
Mike Todd, to a terrible airplane crash.
She later called Todd one of the three loves
of her life, with Richard Burton and jewelry.

"I loved Michael with all my soul and
I can't imagine life without him.
We had so much in common and
we had such loving fun together."

She would love again...
finding a another true love in her life!

"I really don't remember much about Cleopatra.
There were a lot of other things going on."

  "Marriage is a great institution."

Elizabeth's passion for life, love and acting
helped her overcome the ongoing problems 
she continued to face concerning her fragile health. 
She would permit any pain or discomfort to come 
between her and the many roles that she chose to play!  
She had the courage to face her weaknesses and turn 
them into strengths so she could fulfill her dream to 
become one of Hollywood's greatest screen actresses.

"I'm a survivor - a living example of what
a person can survive."

As she approached her older years in Hollywood,
 she appeared less frequently in film but in the
 1970's made occasional appearances
 in television and theater. 

"I've been through it all, baby, I'm mother courage."

 Elizabeth  won two Academy Awards for
 Best Actress for her performance in
 Butterfield 8 in 1960, and for 
 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 1966.
Additionally, she received the
 Jean Herscholt Humanitarian Academy Award
 in 1992 for her work fighting AIDS.
She also won a Life Achievement Award
 from the American Film Institute,
who named her seventh on their list
of the "Greatest American Screen Legends".

"It is strange that the years teach us patience;
that the shorter our time,
 the greater our capacity for waiting."

In November 2004, she announced a diagnosis
of congestive heart failure, and in 2009
 she underwent cardiac surgery to replace
 a leaky valve.In February 2011,
 new symptoms related to congestive
heart failure caused her to be admitted into
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles
for treatment, where she remained until
her death at age 79 on March 23, 2011,
surrounded by her four children.

"Elizabeth's legacy will live on in many
 people around the world whose lives
 will be longer and better because of
her work and the ongoing efforts
 of those she inspired."

"I've always admitted that I'm ruled by my passions."

She will remain in our hearts,
always be remembered
as a beautiful,  glamorous actress and a
 loving humanitarian, whose passion for life
and tender devotion to others would
 set a precedence of honor for 
those who knew her simply as "Liz"!

My Favorite "LIZ"  Movies:

National Velvet (1944)
Little Women (1949)
Father of the Bride (1950)
Father's Little Dividend (1951)
A Place In The Sun (
Giant (1956)
Raintree County (1957)
 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) 
 Cleopatra (1963)
 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

With Love, Goodbye~

***All images used for this post came from Wikipedia***