Meet The Artist

Meet The Artist
Missy Trent
Email Missy at: MTreasures@hotmail.com

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Art, Art, and more ART!

Well, there is still snow on the ground here so I do prefer to be inside, working on some art. I finished the colored pencil piece (above)...
Yay, it has been sold! Thank you, Nora! I will matt it and ship it out to her this week.
If ever there is something that you see here that sparks your interest, please know that it is for sale unless it is a personal project/ gift, of course.
If an original piece has sold, no worries! I sell prints as well.

Ok, so I have been working with a few colored pencils that are very worn and now only about an inch long! It was time to go visit "Art Things"!
This shop is awesome and they DO carry EVERYTHING! Take a peek...

Always a sale out front!

Great support here...afterall, the shop is owned by artists!

Wear anything ...or purchase something to wear.
Journal the year's events...

Paint a pretty picture...

Sing, dance, sketch, play...
Yes, I had an artful day!

Friday, January 28, 2011

The POWER of comfort...

Beautiful, isn't it?
Well, it WAS beautiful to see the pure, white snow falling from the sky Wednesday! I was like a child, filled with excitement as if it had suddenly become a "snow day" for me! (giggle, giggle...I'm working from home now, so I didn't quite understand the thrill, but I did feel so grateful to be at home). At 6:00 am I was outside, in my pajamas, snapping photos!
By evening, we had accumulated quite a bit of fluff, and while watching. "American Idol" and  admiring Steven Tyler...
It happened. The entire neighborhood became black. We had lost all power. As time passed, it became quite cold throughout the house. Rather than worry over the situation, I decided to go on to bed and hope to wake with electricity.

On Thursday morning I did not feel excitement anymore!
I awoke to darkness and silence. I could see my own breath! I began lighting candles.

And more candles.
To make a long story short, it was a very uncomfortable day. I layered my clothing and stayed in bed with some art supplies. I tried to keep my focus on the colors...rather than the coldness.

I layered the colors just as I had layered my shirts and sweat pants...even my socks!

Finally, it seemed that the best solution to regain some warmth would be to leave the house...
so, I did just that. I savored the piping hot bowl of chicken noodle soup at "Noodles & Co.", and then headed to the mall. I was feeling human again.
A few hours later, I felt that overwhelming excitement all over again. Upon entering the neighborhood, I began to see lights! I whispered to myself, "please, please, please......", and then I shouted out, "YES"!!!!!!!!!!! I could see that the power had returned!
I resumed where I had left off long ago, (or so it seemed)...
back into a warm bed with a well lighted room, the sound of electricity, my sketch pad on my lap...
AND, even Steven Tyler for another episode of, "American Idol".
Aaaahhhhh, life is good!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Colors of Warmth...

I have completed another spread in my mini art book!

The book is long and skinny...difficult to photograph.
These golden colors are so warm, but unfortunately, it's NOT very warm here! I woke up to a little snow this morning!
A perfect day for homemade chicken n' noodles!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tuesday's Tales...

Hello out there!
I haven't any completed projects to share today because I've been busy with the "business end" of ART!
I have spent much time on my laptop and have a headache to prove it.
Last night I did enjoy sitting in front of the TV, sketching in my little chipboard book...a book that will be up for sale upon completetion.
On this page I did discover that when working with raw materials, such as chipboard, any defects in the material will appear in the art...notice the un-planned "mole" above the girl's lip! I actually like! It adds character and a bit of aging. I'll show this again after it's finished.
I think about getting a pet. I love cats for companionship, but yet I do not have any friends or family here to "babysit" when I dash off on my creative adventures, so, I just cannot commit to a pet right now...
but I CAN have as many pets as I desire in my artwork!
Happy Tuesday to you all!

Thursday, January 20, 2011


According to The "Awe-Manac" book, today is HAT DAY!
I do most of my girls with hats anyway because I LOVE hats! I also enjoy wearing hats myself.
This is the front cover of a new project that I started last night.

It's a tiny, chipboard book. I chose not to prime it with gesso, paint, or even pretty papers. I wanted to try something new and different. I am using colored pencils as my main medium! I was rather pleased with the results.
I'll post pictures throughout the various stages of this little book. I tend to bounce all over with projects so it could be awhile before it is actually completed!
Don't forget to wear your hat today!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Celebrating Art & Accomplishments!

On a normal day, I awake, brew the coffee and get on my laptop. Today was different. Today, I woke up and realized that I could do anything that I wanted to do, guilt-free...
I had no commitments to concern myself with. The "Sketchbook Project" is now an accomplishment, a thing of the past, and once again, I can move forward! Before moving to Maryland I had purchased a new tin box filled with yummy Conte' pastel pencils.  They were untouched. New art supplies excite me! I got lost in my own colorful Wonderland, as shown in the top photo.
It was a very productive day all around and then this evening I celebrated ART! Why not?
First, a trip to Barnes and Noble for some serious book browsing. Then, on to Fresh Market! I felt so relaxed walking through the gourmet coffee and dessert isles, taking in the soothing classical music playing in the background.
I could not leave empty handed...

yes, I got a big, fat piece of Cappucino cheesecake! I finished off my celebration with a Starbuck's brew.
Life is good! (guilt free)???

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Sketchbook Project 2011 recap...

My entry for "The Sketchbook Project 2011" will be postmarked on Tuesday! The deadline was extended due to bad weather all around the world, however, I would have had it mailed on time. I'm going to use these bonus days to add a few more details to my overall book.
I don't want to show everything because I feel that it takes the fun out of this! I am hoping that my readers will be able to see the sketchbooks live...or, at their permanent home in the Brooklyn Art Library.
Until the tour...
enjoy these sneak peeks!

I can now move on to other creative adventures!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Don't Be Late...Don't Be Late!

I'm getting down to the finish line with my sketchbook project!
I shall celebrate when the project has been postmarked!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Sketching & Sketching...

Ok! This is my final week to work on my Sketchbook Project. I must have it mailed Friday, preferably Thursday! Yikes!
My mind races as I sketch.
I wonder if I will find the time to go back and add color to my pages?
Will I still be able to create an eye-catching cover?
Will I do this ever again?....
I love artistic challenges!
Now, I had better get back to work!

Friday, January 7, 2011


 Last night I sat in the warm bed and finished adding the details to my Sketchbook pages. In the colder months, I like to work on projects from my bed! Of course, it gets a bit chaotic with art supplies scattered and hidden beneath pillows and a comforter...but, it works for me!
I woke up to discover a dusting of snow outside! So pretty. So serene.
I have a big pot of Chicken enchilada soup simmering on the stovetop and the wonderful aroma has filled the air.
Aaaaaaahhhhhhhh, the comforts of Winter...
and today I feel so grateful to be at "home".
I'm still trying to get used to calling this house my "HOME".
I am safe, warm, and content. These are good foundations for creating a new home.
Blessings to all!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Slow Down, January!

I feel a bit overwhelmed right now with too many projects, deadlines, unpacking suitcases, laundry, and still trying to develop a routine which is even more challenging now after being out of town for 2 weeks! My latest entry for "The Sketchbook Project 2011" (pictured above, unfinished), was inspired by these overwhelming anxieties. I realize that sometimes we do need to just sit, breathe, think, prioritize our list of things to do. I did just this today, along with my soft, cuddly companion...

"Squeaky", my new Pillow Pet!
I picked him up throughout my travels because I wanted a pillow to rest my head on when taking long trips...and after seeing my neice's Pillow Pet, I just knew that this would be a perfect choice for me...
as he is also a very nice, warm buddy to cuddle with! Love this find and I'm still sleeping with him in place of a standard, boring ol' pillow!

I'm reading the Awe-manac book each morning and do hope to soon find the time to actually do the activities suggested. Wonderful inspiration! Thank you again, Laura.
Off to the grocery store now and then I shall finish up this Sketchbook entry!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

2011...A NEW YEAR!

Oh my! Where do I begin?!!!
Today is January 4th, however, for me, it feels like the first day of the month and the new year since I was traveling for the first 2 days of 2011. Once I arrived back in Maryland at 3:00 am yesterday morning, I spent the entire day of January 3rd in bed!
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and rang in this new year with as much excitement as I! Yes, I am embracing this new year with great expectations and many goals.
Recently divorced. It was a long, drawn-out and painful last few years. It was a divorce that really shouldn't have happened, but did. Very sad, and I spent 2010 on an emotional rollercoaster. My art and creativity neglected.
I'm looking forward to being free from the cluttered mind and painting a much happier 2011!
Because I have been "blocked" for quite some time now, my dear friend, Laura, sent me this AWESOME book for Christmas! I will read each daily delight (365 of them)...directives to help make life more creative, amusing, gratifying, and extraordinary! Thank you so much, Laura!
I shall allow the creative journey to begin!
Because I have been quite busy with Christmas and family in Kansas, which was all quite enjoying, it does, however, feels so nice to wake up this morning in this new year, in my new life in Maryland. I am behind on many projects and commitments, but I do have the time now to play catch up and to savor the race!
It's nice to return to my blog as well.
Happy New Year to all!