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Art Journal Every Day: Crazy Wild Gypsy Girlz

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Today we have a guest post from Lula Pomme that is going to make you giggle out loud!

Well Hello! Hello! How are all of you folks doing out there in the "Balzer Designs: Art Journal Every Day" world?

I can't believe it, but here I sit just typing away as "Julie" our most revered leader has asked me to do a post about these Crazy Wild Gypsy Girlz I actually draw out of my need for therapy! Ha! Ha!

I would like to take a moment here to not only thank Julie for allowing me the honor to be a part of her artistic world, but for giving me the chance to share my art with my fellow Art Journal Every Day participants! As each of you must know, you all feed my soul with your wonderful creativity! I tip my hat to each of you!

Well first and foremost let me tell you that I started this Art Journal Adventure for the first time this past January 2011 right here at Balzer Designs! That's right! It was that, "AAAAHHHH MOMENT" for me! Now in my fifties I was determined to take the time I needed to just simply create and have fun! This challenge has allowed me the freedom to do exactly that and has it ever been fun!

So let me get about the business at hand: producing a Guest Post!

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So whatdya say....Let's get this party started!

Who Are These Crazy Wild Eyed Girlz?

These Girlz came about one day when I made a vow to myself that I would no longer use a pencil and an eraser. That whatever that Black Sharpie Chisel Marker drew was exactly what was going to get colored in that day! As you can see below (via my illustrations) I would just make a few simple stokes with Black Sharpie Chisel Marker in my Pacon Artist Sketch Diary then they were ready to be Colored In With Markers or Crayons (well whatever you have on hand would be just fine).

Plain Black Stroke Illustrations!

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I actually did this sort of drawing so I would no longer be controlled by my perfectionism.

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Oddly enough as I started posting my art on my blog, flickr and facebook my daughter, friends, family and even Julie began to comment on how cute, interesting, and appealing they thought these little Gypsy Girlz were! Here is a Birthday Greeting I sent my friend Sheila!

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Somehow - I had found my voice! My art! It was "My Original Me." I would no longer try to paint, collage or alter my art to be like anyone else's - NOPE! Lula Pomme had found her voice and she was going to let it be heard. Even if it only consisted of on sketch diary, markers and crayons. Lula was good with that!

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So what do you say? I think it is time to introduce you to these gals! I must warn you...Hang onto your Britches cause it is about to get Spicy Up In Here! You never know what these Girlz may say....So please take this as my disclaimer!

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Well - honestly, even though I had found my artist voice, I really wasn't ever expecting that I would ever be Rembrandt, but I really wanted to be that Wonderful And Creative Gypsy Lula Pomme....But sometimes someone else gets in my way (that someone is usually me - Patty Ann Apple)....If you know what I mean!

After all, It isn't always easy having several people living in one person! 

Up Oh! I can feel Lula trying to take over Patty Again!

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Here she goes again!


I just hate it when this happens!

Okay! Okay! Alright already I will tell them about you Lula. . . Just hold on!

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You may ask . . . .  Who is Lula Pomme?

Well that would be me Patty Ann Apple!

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Look! Give me a break . . . . WHAT!

Hey! Wait  a minute!

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I see you smirking over there!

Don't You Be Hating!

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Don't you dare judge!

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After All, I am just asking for a little bit of credit here....

In reality...

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My life is pretty boring!


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You can't blame Lula for trying to spice it up -

Hee! Hee!

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No You Can't Girlfriend!

No You Can't!

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Enough Already!

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Just Let It Go!

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You two can't continue acting this way in public!

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So Stop It!

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I said Stop It!

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Well that was embarrassing - I apologize!

Well back to my story . . . .

Knowing Lula personally, I had no doubt that this wild and crazy gypsy woman would take full responsibility for the personalities of these Little Missy's. So when it came to coloring in her little gals Lula chose only the biggest, the brightest, and most beautiful colors for my gals! She always has so much fun! Never boring with Lula!

Or Patty . . . .



The End!

LulaPomme I am 53-years-old, married to Harvey and the mom of one incredibly talented 24-year-old daughter.  I live flat dab in the very middle of Tennessee.

I have always been a bit on the eclectic side! I never do anything small - it has to be Grandiose. 

I am a pianist! I have played the piano since the age of four. 

I have worked as a Designer and Production Manager on Musical and Special Events. I love set design and anything theatrical.

I love big and bold clothing! Large jewelry. Marie Antoinette! I am crazy about any piece of Rococo furniture. I would like to build a tree house and live in it (well if I ever get any grandchildren)! I want to restore a vintage trailer! I love restoring furniture. Covering everything in Christmas lights. I would like to design large tote bags! I would love to design ponchos. Now you may ask, "Why a poncho?" I have no idea, but I would love to make a Cheetah Poncho with Hot Pink Roses all over it. I don't know - I just love anything by Betsey Johnson! Oh! I cannot forget Jeanne Bayol Artisan Made Coats! Oh My Goodness! They are full of the most brilliant colors one's eyes could ever hope to behold. They are simply out of this world.

When it comes to my art I like things colorful. I am in my eighth month of "Art Journal Every Day" with Julie. I am learning so much about Mixed Media Art that at times it makes my head spin. Honestly, it is just so exciting!  I have so many things that I would like to try. I have to be far, I just love my Pacon Artist Sketch Diary and my markers. I don't know how much work there is for "Marker Artist" - Hee! Hee! but I sure have a lot of fun with those silly things.

One of my goals is to work more at collage and then painting, sculpture, jewelry, clothing, furniture and digital art. 

One of my theories - if you find yourself interested in a certain type of art, just immerse yourself into researching it. Study different types of artists and then find your own voice. Make yourself heard in everything you produce. Keep in mind that it does not matter if one other person likes it, or even understands it - It is yours - So own it. 

I love confident people. I love life! I love music! I love art!

Julie - You and this group have brought me back to life! No Words! Just "Thank You."

I would love for you guys to come visit and follow my two blogs and on Facebook:

  • "Lula Pomme" has been up for about  ten months and that can be found here.
  • "Lula Pomme" on Facebook can be found here.
  • "A Haunting I Go" can be found here. This is a very new blog and mainly about my daughter's love for Halloween.