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Sunday, May 22, 2016

5-22-16 ~ Sunday Sketches

"Don't let fear or insecurity stop you from trying new things. 
Believe in yourself. Do what you love. 
And most importantly, be kind to others, even if you do not like them."
~Stacy London




Taking Alexandra's course in watercolors ~ Watercolor 101 ~ has really been a treat and way more inspiring than I ever could have imagined. Yesterday I was finally able to complete the leaf exercise and also my first attempt at the peacock. It definitely needs lots of improvement with the blending of color in the feathers. That is what I plan to work on today. Thank you again and again Alexandra for helping me with the lessons. Everything is working just fine :-) If you are a beginner or even someone who has some experience painting using watercolors, I highly recommend Alexandra's courses. They are reasonably priced, her instructions are so nicely and clearly presented, and they end up being wonderful and inspiring classes for anyone taking them.



Love Life and Yourself
This was such fun to do even though you can see I am still having difficulty with the flow and blending of colors. I did finally realize I was dragging the water brush from the side instead of head on which helped a lot. After I completed the leaves I just played getting ideas from Alexandra's lesson and then adding my own little touches. I'm going to take her suggestion and will do this little exercise each day before I start to paint. This was the Watercolor 101 Leaf Lesson.


 This is my first attempt at the Watercolor 101 Peacock assignment. My green and yellow blends went askew, but I am so happy with what I was actually able to do. Now, we will see if I can improve upon this later on today. Peacocks are so pretty. Back years ago when I lived in Asheville, NC, and my husband was the landscape architect for the Vanderbilt Estate, we used to take the children over to the staff quarters to see the peacock up close and personal. When they spread those feathers, it is an unbelievable vision of beauty.


The following are a few of the pieces I have just completed.

 Always Focus on the Future
(I was not sure whether to show the eye at the scope or not.)

Weezie and Genie in the Creek at the House
Whenever you see two little girls together in any of my pictures, they represent my closest friend of over 50 years, Weezie, and me. We only met when our daughters were in preschool, but I LOVE to imagine us as children together. She is now in a nursing home after serious strokes, complications of RA, and heart problems. Buddy takes me to see her in Asheville as often as he can. We love each other so much, and it is so sad we cannot be together. She has been a sister to me all of these years.

I did not have an idea how to paint water flowing over the rocks and splashing over our Wellies. Finally, I decided to use my white gel pen to make the splashes at our feet.

Let Your Inner Child Live

Friendships Grow with LOVE
(I'm in the blue hat and Weezie is in the yellow and green checkered dress. I wanted the stems to be at different heights so was unable to put us exactly side by side.)


Smile and Be Happy ~ It Is So Easy
(Note the two girls at the bottom left...they represent Weezie and me.)

Thursday, May 12, 2016

5-12-16 ~ Flowers from Spots, Dots, and Splashes

Flowers 

The prompt this week for Try It on Tuesdays is:
Spots, Dots, and Splashes


For this art journal page, I glued two pages together so the ink and watercolors wouldn't bleed through. Then I took one of my flower cutters and cut a form from heavy card stock. I went around with it dabbing Tim Holtz's Antique Distress Ink Stains and then sprayed them with water. After they bled, I sprayed on some of his Distress Spray Stains and used some of the his little distress pads to add more color. When I finished I could see the beginnings of leaves and flowers all over the page. Some of the bleeds I used as stems, and others I drew in myself. After the page really dried, I outlined with a Micon pen turning the spots, dots, and splashes into flowers. Because of my quilting background, I decided to put dashes around all the flowers, stems, and leaves to give the feeling they had been sewn onto fabric. This is my first time ever trying something so free form in nature.


Sunday, May 8, 2016

5-8-16 ~ Sunday Sketches and A Mother’s Day Memory



This week the weather has been miserable so have had to spend a lot of time in bed with my back. There is something about the humidity and the fluid around the discs that can cause a bad situation even worse. With my little Koi, Van Gogh, and Windsor and Newton folding travel paint trays and my water brushes,  I am able to sketch and paint propped in bed. As you can see, I am having lots of trouble mastering the concept of "the wash", but maybe I will get it in time. I've just gotta persevere and try, try again and again.



Ever since I can remember I have been a lover and follower of Mary Engelbriet and her precious and child oriented paintings. I think I have every book she has written, and have collected her calendars for years along with picture frames, pocket books, pins, pot holders, fabric, wall hangings, note cards....you name it and I have it. One day this week I was looking at one of her pictures and loved the little house, her sun, and her apple tree. I added them to this, but they certainly do not look like hers. And to think that she started when she was only 10 years old. Amazing! Her life story is so inspiring.

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 The "Follow Your Dreams" and "The Sky's the Limit" are two of my mantras for young and old alike. Unfortunately, I keep messing up my Micron pens and my special "waterproof" highlighter pen. Am thinking I may be pressing too hard, or maybe I have gotten paint into them. I am waiting until each painting is totally dry before going over my sketch lines with the inking, but I am still having problems. Wish I knew :-(

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In Memory of My Mother on Mother’s Day 2016




Thursday, May 5, 2016

5-5-16 ~ Dream and You Can Be Your Own Hero ~ Creative Tuesdays



Today during the all day rainstorm I  put together a bit of stripes and checks...and some solids on the saddle shoes. All the years I was in Catholic school, we wore uniforms and saddle shoes. Those shoes had to be polished each and every night and placed outside the doors to our rooms for Sister to check. If they were not clean enough, we were admonished and had to spend time in the chapel the next day. That's Ok...we learned the importance of rules and the following of them. These definitely would have passed inspection with flying colors. Mine were NEVER this spiffy clean :-) This picture is a collage of different parts taken from the Mischief Circus Cool Kids Set and layered on top of one another. Have you ever dreamt that you were a Queen, a Hero or a Dream Day? I certainly have had lots of Dream/Wish Days. Right now I am dreaming and wishing for NO rain and LOTS of SUN!
The theme this week for Creative Tuesdays was "Striped Socks". I did manage to get the stripes....just not on the socks.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

5-4-16 ~ Where's There's Tea There's Hope


For ages I have been buying the Mischief Circus digital sets, but I have never tried using them. Today I decided to figure out how to do it, ad it was so simple. Why didn't I try sooner??? This picture is created using a series of layers and work with those layers in PSE. I think what made me experiment was my inner child yelling she wanted me to put these adorable children into some pictures. Now, I cannot wait to play with the other sets that are just sitting here on my computer. This particular one is World`s Greatest Tea Entire kit and it is full of individual items, people, and papers. 


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

5-3-16 ~ Flash Card Art


A while ago I saw some cards on You Tube that had been turned into mixed media artwork. Well, I didn't have any playing cards, but I did have some old flash cards left over from my teaching days so decided to use them...free. So far I have done 10, and here are some of them. They are really fun to make.

 Dream ~ Laugh ~ Believe

 Bluebirds, Sunshine, and Flowers

 Always Believe in You

 Follow Your Dreams
I Am Queen

 My Crazy Quilt

Walking in the Land of the Fowers
(If you look closely, I am walking down at the bottom in the midddle.)

 A Woman's Work Is Never Done ~ Just Persevere
AMEN!!!!!!

I used a little bit of everything but the kitchen sink on these:
torn and cut paper 
Tim Holtz stenciling
Ranger texture paste
watercolors
TIm Holtz distress inks
pen and ink
acrylics
gesso
Mode Podge

Sunday, May 1, 2016

5-1-16 ~ Sunday Sketches ~ Painting is Just Another Way of Keeping a Diary

I am having a wonderful time working through Alexandra's first two online classes. I created journals especially for her Hello Courage" class and her Watercolor 101 class, and today I finally finished making the cover. I saw a tutorial on You Tube and decided to follow it but put my own touch to it. The tutorial is "Art Journal ~ Being Creative" by Vicky Papaioannou. The quote is one I love from Picasso, the jar with the brushes is a stock photo from the internet, and the palette is mine. I came up with the idea of painting with acrylics and Gesso, and I used Ranger Texture paste and stencils. 

Art Journal Cover

 Inside Cover (In reality, the pink is a very light pink.)
Watercolor is of my granddaughter hiking with me.


 These are the swatch sheets for my two Artist's Loft watercolor sets.


First Assignment ~ Make Swatch/Color Charts
My little Koi and Windsow and Newton boxes had space in their lids 
for me to place color swatches in the order of the little trays. It is sososo helpful.


Part 1 - The Sketching Assignment 
Part 2 - Painting with Watercolors


I just finished the English Robin assignment. I was not happy with my first one, so I decided to do it over listening again and again to Alexandra's directions and pausing and staring at the computer screen as I was sketching. Boy, do I have a long way to go to learn her blending technique before I start on the flower wreath and the peacock. Our wifi out here in the boonies is so SLOW that it takes what seems like hours of buffering and then on for a bit to get thru one exercise...but it is well worth the wait :-)


I am joining in this week with Alexandra's Sunday Sketches.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

4-9-16 ~ Mice, Cheese, and Teacups

I am in love with Dea Lenihan's blog. Here is the link to her site: http://dea-lenihan.blogspot.com .
She is a wonderful illustrator, teacher, and so graciously shares much of her things with all of us. This was a piece she posted for anyone to download and color. It was so cute I could not resist. I use pen and ink filling in every little bit on the page, and watercolors. The basic drawing is hers and the coloration is mine. It makes me smile. So many little mice and so much yummy cheese. It is mice heaven.

This was SO much fun to colorize. 
Print it out and go for it. You won't be disappointed.

Monday, April 4, 2016

4-4-16 ~ Umbrellas and Best Friends

Years ago ...around 1970...Weezie took her four children and my two to Palm Beach to my parent's home in her big red station wagon. While there went to the beach every day. The children were always with us, but there were too many of them to put in this little picture. There were two prompts this week for my artwork so this is my contribution.


Here are the two old Poloroid photos I still have. They are in bad shape, but at least they give you an idea of the real scene I was thinking about.

 My daughter is on the right and Weezie's daughter on the right. 
They are now 52.
The two boys are Weezie's sons. 

...And here we are...Weezie and me in all of our youthful glory...hehehe.
I think I am 30 and Weezie 32, but that's a guess. Boy, have we changed!

I used watercolors, Copic markers, and some pen and ink. 

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Friday, March 25, 2016

3-26-16 ~ Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

"The best reason for having dreams is that in dreams no reasons are necessary."
~Ashleigh Brilliant








Beatles – Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds Lyrics

Picture yourself in a boat on a river
With tangerine trees and marmalade skies
Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly
A girl with kaleidoscope eyes


Cellophane flowers of yellow and green
Towering over your head
Look for the girl with the sun in her eyes
And she's gone



Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Ah



Follow her down to a bridge by a fountain
Where rocking horse people eat marshmallow pies
Everyone smiles as you drift past the flowers
That grow so incredibly high



Newspaper taxis appear on the shore
Waiting to take you away
Climb in the back with your head in the clouds
And you're gone



Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Ah



Picture yourself on a train in a station
With plasticine porters with looking glass ties
Suddenly someone is there at the turnstile
The girl with the kaleidoscope eyes



Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Ah
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Ah
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Songwriters: LENNON, JOHN / MCCARTNEY, PAUL

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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