Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Winter birds

I hope everyone had a warm and special holiday. I hope you were with family and dear friends, and you enjoyed the best of food and wonderful music... I love Christmas. I will keep it in my heart all year...
Had to stay home today, sick with the stomach flu... but spent my time painting winter birds, and somehow it turned out to be a very good day... Can't eat yet...but maybe loose some Christmas fat...

I went to the Library to return books.. and on the Library Sale table was this huge book in the art section, I took it out.....and what a find. It was Wyeth at Kuerners, a spectacular book of all his sketches of the Kuerner's farm.. it is a gold mine!!! and it was so cheap....
My two Favorite artists are, Wyeth and Winslow Homer... you can learn so much from just studying their work!



I hope you are having a wonderful last week of the year...
Happy New Year...



Sunday, December 19, 2010

Merry Christmas

So.. 5 more shopping days till Christmas, this week will be packed with activities, cramming in everything in order to be ready for Christmas!....
But... the real Question is ..... are you ready for Christ...
for Christmas is the coming of Christ.

The Angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds...and the glory of the Lord shown around them. "Do not be afraid I bring you Good News of great Joy .... that will be for all people.....


Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is
Christ the Lord.... Lk. 2:9-11.
Immanuel, God with us.....
Are you ready?... for this Good News...
Make room in your heart this Christmas for
God... and find the Peace He brings..In Christ.
Merry Christmas.!



Friday, December 10, 2010

Christmas Apples

Today was shopping with my youngest daughter, Emily, first an eggnog Latte, then to the stores we went. I had not been to the big Mall in almost a year.. so it was pretty exciting, I love the decorations , and the way the stores do their windows...

After Em's departure for work... I continued on and met number two daughter at another store, with lil John... of course we checked out the cool toys.. and found one we both liked... Then back to the house for some Christmas tea and sweets... and a little knitting.... very little...because it was more fun to play with lil John...

After a long day out.. I turned on some wonderful classical Christmas music and painted two small pictures... I think the day was inspiring...and fun... off to work tomorrow...

Friday, December 3, 2010

Decorating for Christmas

Yesterday I had off.. so we decorated the house... had lots of fun pulling out Christmas ornaments and things to dot the house with.. lots of snowmen, Santas and
Evergreens, Pine cones.. Handmade ornaments.. and really old ones with lots of history


I cut down armfuls of greens and placed them in baskets with red bows.. the smell was so good.

I dug out anything red and plaid and put it around... now I just need a good Christmas tea...
and some yummy shortbread...
Come for Christmas tea...




Winter Birds

Latest Painting I have been working on ... I love baskets with berries and decided to paint
one... and the Chickadees fit well ... I just finished decorated for Christmas. I filled several baskets with fresh greens and tied red bows on them... and placed several red


table cloths around.. with pine cones scattered ...and felted birds.. It now looks very festive .
Just need to set my tea tray up for a Christmas Tea...
I hear it will snow tonight...
enjoy the beauty of the Christmas season...
It all starts within your heart...



Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Tradition

I Spent the last two weeks with my Grand children, 4 of them, ranging from 10 to 4 years of age. We had the best time together. One of our projects was to make an Advent Calendar.
So Each child made their own picture and then I cut out the windows and put a surprise picture behind it... That took me three evenings... .They are so excited now , but they have to wait till Dec. 1st to start opening their windows...

I thought they did a great job, so I wanted to share it with you all...
I made these Calendars for my girls when they were young, then they made their own...now my grand kids... I guess it is just a fun Tradition we have...



I am sure you have Traditions also that pop up this time of year.... Take time and enjoy them,
with someone.

I will always treasure the time with my grand kids... It is time well spent..!!!





Friday, November 5, 2010

Sparrows and Chips

I love to put sparrows in my paintings... they are the common bird.... not so pretty... and so many of them... but I love their song...and their humbleness...
And the little chipmunk.. he is always so busy.. and brings a delightful animation to the garden.
You never know where you will find them. These little creatures crab my heart
and some how I want to catch them on paper...




Saturday, October 23, 2010

Finished


There is my nuthatch and his friend Mr. Sparrow... I thought they make a could pair for this gathering... I think I am finished... that was fun... have to try another...
It was a gorgeous Fall day today....hope you were out in it...and enjoyed the golden glow of the afternoon...

Friday, October 22, 2010

Thinking Ahead...

Well.. Bloggers... I have to think ahead and do some winter-Christmasy things... seems like I skipped Fall... and did not paint a pumpkin... or leaves... Life seems to go by so fast..
I wish I could paint everyday...but that is not the case... So I am getting some Winter things ready for a show in Nov....
Hope you are enjoying the warm colors of Fall... it will soon be
all the cool colors of winter...
Notice.. I have not finished the bird... tomorrow night..:)... stayed tuned...

Friday, October 15, 2010

Autumn Glory

Traditions of Autumn.. getting your own pumpkin... one that is just your size and shape...
I took my kids...and now I go with my grand kids... the wonder is the same... pumpkins in October... what else is there?... and the trees turn orange also..


they will all be chosen...and carried away as treasure...



Don't you love the change of seasons... each one has it's own glory...


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Velveteen Rabbit and friend

I have been thinking of my childhood lately.. I had a wonderful childhood...and had wonderful parents. I know many of you out there may not have and I am truly sorry.... yet.. now is not too late to enjoy childlike things.... like swishing through dried leaves in the fall...
Tracing your name on a wet window pane.... collecting acorns... licking your fingers after a good chocolate bar... Being childlike is a good thing.. especially when it comes to Trusting God... We are his children.. and He is our Father.. worthy of all our trust... The Bible says... we must be like children to enter the Kingdom of Heaven...
I painted
these two paintings...and suddenly I thought of the Velveteen Rabbit...and Nutkin.. two stories I loved as a child... How about you ?.... did you have favorites also?....
Each of us has a child inside...
and that child is dearly loved by your Father in Heaven... :)


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Apples #2

Another quick one... I think it is a good exercise to do small quick studies... I find it relaxing after a very hectic day.. just to sit down and splash on some color...
So this will be my routine for a while... tomorrow we go to the apple orchard...
Maybe I will bring home some still life.
have a great day... do something creative..

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Apple study


Back to apples... they are in now... and seems right to do some studies... we are hoping to go Apple picking on Friday... will get some good still life material...
enjoy a good apple :)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

A Free Gift

OK... blogger friends.. since many blogs do free give-aways... I decided to experiment and try one... so .. I am giving away a hand painted , signed watercolor card , with envelope to anyone who leaves a comment and picks a design they like

You will have to leave me your mailing address... or where ever you want it sent?



So hope to hear from you ...and maybe these paintings don't suit you... let me know what you would like


So... where ever you are...I will send you a freebie :)....



I will try to keep the paintings changing each week... that should be interesting...and fun





Thursday, September 16, 2010

Having fun

Still having fun with my new brushes... maybe someday I will get serious again..but exercises like these are good for brush stroke practice... In Watercolor it is all about the brush stroke...
I am going on a little journey... be back in a week ... enjoy the Fall change... and practice your craft... what ever it is.. see you when I get back..
Remember
Have
fun :)..

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

New Brushes

Well...there is nothing like getting a new brush to get the creative juices going... I found these brushes on sale today...while roaming around in Michael's...
They were "buy one..get the next half off...and they were already cheap.... but I have found cheap brushes can sometimes be really great...
So I bought them... and they are so fun... ..


So... when stuck in a rut...go buy a new brush... :)... or new paper...or new color...
Then experiment and have fun... !




Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Waiting for Inspiration

This was a journal sketch done a while ago... sorry friends... but I have not felt like painting in several weeks... I know it will come... it always does... but in the meantime.. we sketch and fiddle around... and try things...

We observe and watch and think... There is so much beauty around, but what do I want to say with it.... that is the thing....
Keep up the creative disciplines... and allow your self to just rest till the big one comes along... then paint your heart out!!!!
:) Fill up on the beauty around you .


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Signs of Fall

Yes... Fall is really here, the animals know.. the sounds are here... geese flying overhead, owls hooting at night, crackling leaves underfoot, things turning brown.... wind... and cooler mornings... it is all here.... Great tea weather,, and time for making soups... thinking about those holidays ahead... family gatherings... and wondering what the winter will be like....
Seasons change...and we must change with it... different clothes, different foods...different activities.. It is a rhythm we get caught up in... and somehow it is all so right and beautiful..

Monday, September 6, 2010

Fall is creeping in....

I got up this morning and decided to work on it again... play around with texture.. and make it a fallish theme.. with the orange mat it looked finished...I think I will try another...

Sunday, September 5, 2010

New Toy

I was given a really nice stand for my painting board...and had to try it out tonight... I just did a fast sketch... very bad paper.. but went ahead anyway...
I I think I like this guy the best of the painting... and I think the new stand will work great


I will try another on better paper....
Hope you are having a great holiday weekend...