Sunday, July 13, 2014

SKETCHBOOKERY CONTINUED......

I am plugging along nicely at the sketchbookery class, fooling around with watercolors and drawing, and starting to loosen up more and more. I must admit, I was not liking my odd little pieces, but they are starting to grow on me, these quirky looking distorted images, and I think I like them! Here they are.....

This is my poor little orchid the I transplanted just 2 weeks ago after being in the same tiny pot for at least 4 years....send love and light please that she makes it, she is struggling as you can clearly see! But I enjoyed painting her!
 
This is a begonia flower I stole off of my plant outside. I love these flowers. I like the old jade plate I put the flower on. I had a fun time with it. Like I said, it's quirky, but I am liking it.  Oh, notice the red blob on the upper right side edge of the plate. I thought I was doing just fabulously and then I accidentally brushed my page with the red. Nothing like making a major blunder to bring you back to reality! And to keep it loose!


I want to go back and add more lettering and or color to these, but haven't had time to practice the lettering part yet, and haven't allowed myself to get to that point of looseness yet! 

  It's coming though!

Thanks for dropping by!

Friday, July 4, 2014

CONTOUR DRAWING 101

I am taking Mary Ann Moss's online class called Sketchbookery! I am loving it! It is my effort to try to get back to my roots of 30+ years ago of sketching all the time in college and drawing. I'd like to be in the habit of being able to pick up a pencil or pen and draw without inhibition, without self judgement, just draw for the sake of drawing and be able to do that in effort to get better at it but most of all to ENJOY IT! I think I am on my way! Art school never taught me this! Mary Ann is! 
    I am going to share some pretty funny stuff....Blind contour drawing. Haven't done that in 30+ years either! It's very freeing, very funny, a great learning experience. So here they are, drawings I have done without looking at the paper at all, just the subject matter, never lifting the pen either! I plan to do more! I laughed a lot...it was good!
BTW, I have no idea why the paper looks pink, I usually don't have that problem with my photos, so I apologize for that, it is white of course!
 




Okay, I am sure you can recognize these....I hope!


 This, in case you are wondering, are a bunch of micron pens in a rubberband.



A pair of small craft scissors, not too bad I guess, but I saved the best for last....

  Our long haired dachsund,  Iggy,  sleeping, unknowingly aware that I am doing such unjustice to him...poor guy!

Well, shows over, but there will be more, and thanks for visiting and your support guys! Check out Mary Ann's class, I think it's pretty cool!


Saturday, June 28, 2014

BEAUTIFUL BIRTHDAY GIFTS!

I recently received a surprise in my mailbox from my sweet friend Dorthe of Den Lille Lade for my birthday! Dorthe is an amazing artist that creates mixed media pieces and has an extra special talent with sewing. I would like to share the wonderful box she sent me, and you can imagine how amazed I was! 

 Beautiful holy cards, dried roses from her garden, driftwood from her home by the Baltic Sea! (sigh!)

A bag with overflowing laces of all kinds, and an incredible hanging collage you see in the center that says dream...I love it!

 Lovely huge dried leaves! I have never seen anything like them! Beautiful fabrics and hardware for projects!!

BUT....the most gorgeous thing ever!!!..........

A stunning handmade fabric banner filled with birds and all kinds of luscious bits of buttons, laces and stitching! A true labor of love, I have never seen anything quite like it, it is just amazing and so beautiful!


Thank you Dorthe for making me feel extra special on my birthday and gifting me with these beautiful gifts that I will treasure forever! 

Thanks to everyone for stopping by and taking a look!
 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

FALLING IN LOVE WITH COLOR AGAIN!

Things have been the same around here, making jewelry, a little bit of art, but now some gardening, and that makes my soul sing! I absolutely DETEST the winter, and now that we finally have sunshine, it is just so special! I love photographing the flowers......







So all of these beautiful gorgeous colors have motivated me into creating some jewelry with some color .........




I hope summertime stays forever! 

As always, thanks for visiting,  I love having you stop by!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

MOTHER'S DAY

For Mothers Day we took a nice ride in the country and stopped at a garden center that makes it's own hand made goat soaps, lotions, and,   wait for it.....FUDGE! Chocolate of any form is always a plus! 




We picked up some flowers too, I'm saving those photos for next time! But of course there were the goats. My photography skills with quickly moving goats aren't so great, but here they are....







Who doesn't love a goat , or a bunch of goats who love you! It was a fun day! 

Until next time, thanks so much for stopping by, I always love your comments!

Monday, April 21, 2014

BEAUTY

Recently, I received some beautiful handmade cards from the lovely and kind Suzy of Suziqu's Threadworks.  Suzy is a good friend and such a kind and generous soul to me, and I am so grateful to her for the lovely things she has sent me, but even more for her beautiful friendship. If you are not familiar with Suzy's incredible fiber and textile work, I strongly encourage you to visit her blog!







Amazing, amazing, amazing! I adore all the layers and detail, and the subject matter Suzy has chosen for me, birds and The Mother Mary, so close to my heart. I will treasure these works of art forever. Thank you Suzy! I love them so much!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

OBSERVATIONS

While I have been spending a lot of time getting ready for a gallery showing, I spent some time in the yard today, with some precious hours of sunshine and mild temps, and had some fun with my camera. In the near future I hope to post some jewelry, and gifts from friends, but today it is observations in the yard! 







Iggy-the boss




Thanks for walking around my yard with me! I'll be back soon with new jewelry and hopefully new art! Hope your spring is bringing you some joy also!

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