Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thinking Christmas.....

Thanksgiving ushered in the Advent season of Christmas..
I love this season...it is full of wonderful music... color... lights... the resting of nature in her winter clothing... It is a time to reflect on the wonder of Christ..... the Joy of knowing Him as Savior...
I love the season of giving, not just gifts...but giving of our hearts ... one to another
I hope you take time everyday... to open a little Christmas in your heart and
give it away ....
enjoy the season... !.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Little Things...

 I bought some watercolor pencils for my grandson..and had fun doing it with him.... so I got my own set...and find it fun to do little sketches.. when life is too busy to do a watercolor.... 
 These are two watercolors I did for cards I  am sending out... I just recently put my window feeder up...
and again enjoying the birds...my next picture is going to be an owl... hope I can get to it..... 
We have a great horned owl in the back yard... been listening to him or her all fall...but recently they are quiet... I hope they have not left... but somewhere sitting high in a tree... 
The Wrens are using the basket at the back door for their winter house... they love sitting on the dried flower wreath.. .... will have to paint that one also... 
off to enjoy the outdoors... 
Blessings to all of you... 

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Buried in leaves

Sorry folks I have been too busy to do my blog...actually so busy I forgot I had a blog... ahahahah....but I will be back soon... hope you are enjoying the gorgeous fall leaves.. and colors.. Hope you have a blower..and not a rake.. 
See you again  , when all is in purple and grey... 


Sunday, October 9, 2011

Flowers make us happy

 I have the joy of playing with flowers for a job... and yesterday afternoon while putting flowers in a vase..the sun hit the vase and I just had to take a picture.. the light was beautiful....
 I remember reading somewhere.. this wonderful thought...that is so true.. God made flowers for us to make us happy.... I find that so true... because most of the people that buy the flowers are taking them to someone to make them happy..or to say... I love you....
 There is an endless way to put them together..my job is never boring.. also full of beauty and wonderful fragrance.... 











Thursday, October 6, 2011

Preparing for Winter

Today was absolutely gorgeous.. went to the zoo with my grand daughter.. and we sketched animals... and just enjoyed watching them and the wonderful fall day.. the trees were all golden and the colors of orange and browns... I came home and had to paint something... Yes... we did see a lot of chipmunks running... and so because they fit so well in the fall colors , I decided to try one... I did it in my sketch book... I think it will do well on good watercolor paper , which I will try next...
I enjoyed painting this little guy.. remembered my class with Rob Odell... who paints trees and logs so spectacularly... ..
Now off to have some dinner myself...

First ATC ....

I traded my first ATC .. that is Artist Trading Card..... Christy Pullium sent me her card from New York City. She paints in Central Park... how cool is that?... I was thrilled to get it.. and it hangs on my wall in back of my computer.. as you can see I have favorites on my wall... . I also got a pack of tiny watercolor paper, used specially for Trading Cards... so if any one out there wants one of my cards... just say so... :)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sketches of Fall

Yes... the first glow of red in the landscape came up this week.. and now it begins...the last glorious display of nature before she goes into her grey, purple and blues...
With not much time to paint wonderful landscapes out doors... I pick up treasures and sit in my Petite studio..to enjoy painting them.. found this green acorn hanging on a tree...and it just was so beautiful... so I had to paint it... I might add some colorful leaves later...
It is raining now... sounds wonderful... after such a long dry summer.... everything will be fresh and shiny tomorrow... will look for more treasures...


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fall beauty

"Blessed are they that see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing", Camelle Pissaro 1893. I got the quote while reading a great watercolour book... Trevor Chamberlain... His watercolours are breathtaking.. and inspiring...
Here's another ......
In the end it is not technique that matters but the artists' personal vision...

Painting is all about loving something...a place an atmosphere..a mood .

Fall has captivated me again...

Saturday, September 10, 2011

ATC cards.... ?

OK.. I have been hearing about these ATC cards lately.. Artist Trading Cards, and thought it was a neat idea. For those of you that have not heard about them either.. they are miniature pieces of art just for fun, that Artists trade with each other. You can't sell them, just trade from artist to artist. I thought that was really neat....They are 2.5x3.5..or playing card size, no bigger...
I had visions of trading with artists from other states... countries... and how fun it would be to have them on my wall....On the back of each card you put your name, maybe your blog, the date and the name of your card....
I decided to try a few... so here are my first ATC cards... now I have to find someone to trade with...?..... got and ideas?
Do you have ATC cards?.... and if you do...
post them on your blog..
. I would love to see them .

Monday, September 5, 2011

Weather Change

The Weather changed today.. we went from 98 to 62... in one day.. pretty drastic..but it sure is nice to have a cool breezy day. I spent the morning outside walking and looking for an owl..that seems to have taken up residence here at Glen boggle cottage (a nick name I have given this place)... I hear him every evening.. and have spotted him.. He is a great Horned owl..just magnificent... thinking of painting one.... well.. it sure feels like fall.. and my artist eye is now looking for different colors and textures....
The sunsets are beginning to be so lovely.. and the lighting becomes a glow at dusk... just enjoying the change of season.. I loved summer...but Fall has its mysterious beauty...
What are your seeing...and feeling now that the season is beginning to change?

Visiting Long Island

Last week I went to Long Island and we were there during the Irene visit, which made for an exciting time... We did manage to have a few days on a lovely beach... got to paint..and then the waves rolled in the next 4 days...
I had looked at books about Landscaping painting on Long Island and loved the paintings... my favorite Long Island artist is , William Meret Chase.. He started the first American Plien Air Landscape classes on Long Island., Shinnicock Hills.
This is a Winslow Homer.. he and William painted out on Long Island in the late 1800's... just look at the clothes people wore on the beach back then... I love the haze in the picture... the umbrellas..
I took my mini watercolor set, Windsor and Newton , and was able to just have fun... but Irene took most of our time... she was forgiving to us, we did not loose power or get flooded, just lots of branches down and wind. ... The Earth Quake caught us on a dock.. thought it was just a wave coming by... but found out later... what it really was...
Glad to be back in the Mid West... but miss that ocean.



Thursday, August 11, 2011

Catching the Light

The other evening was so beautiful.. not only the temp was perfect... and the light as the sun went down was just marvelous... I got my camera out and took several pictures... and then
went right to the paint box... to try and capture the feeling... I was happy with what came out... since I have been working through a long painters block... I think seeing something that just captures your senses... helps to release the creativity within.. and there it is on canvas... It was fun... will have to try again... hope you are enjoying the cooler weather.. and the sunsets... just fantastic!

Sheep again

Back to the sheep....my sheep pictures were getting low...and I had a request for one... and so I
had to send out my last picture. I decided to paint a few more... I love the Theme of sheep with lambs... and there are endless photos on the web to look at... I usually find one and then make up my own surrounding... wish I knew a sheep farmer in town to just go and sketch...
These are matted in 8x10 .. which is very easy to pop in a frame. I usually sell them just matted.
It felt good to accomplish something this week in watercolor... really enjoyed the study... will look for more...

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Practice

This is a practice watercolor.. of my favorite tea cup...
I haven't posted any paintings lately, I have been just playing around, practice , having fun...
Have not had time to work on a big painting..so just practice... and am reading some good books
about artists I like, right now I am interested in William Merrit Chase... He was from Indiana, then moved to NYC.. and became one of Americas famous Plien Air Painters....1800's.
He also did fabulous portraits, and still life. He worked in Oil, watercolor and Pastels.....
I will have to take some photos of his work, from the books I am reading and share them with you... my favorite landscapes he did, were of Long Island... ... on the beach...Long Island is where I grew up and much of my youth on the water... either sailing, fishing or just there... I miss it .
I am traveling to Long Island in a few weeks...and hope I can do some painting also..
and visit the Parish Museum...to see Chases paintings in person... .
Are you reading any good books?
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Friday, July 29, 2011

Things I Do

As I was reading this morning, I thought, here is another thing I do in my day .... I get up early... and read an hour before going to work... After getting dressed.. I make a lovely pot of tea..and carry it to my bedroom, where I can sit and look out the window... and in the quiet of the morning I feast my soul on beautiful words.....
I read the Psalms everyday...and pages from a favorite book..... A Blossom in the Desert...
Writings by Lilias Trotter, who was an incredible artist, that lived in the 1800's. She left her blossoming career as an artist to go to North Africa and be a missionary. Her biography is wonderful....but her watercolors of her experience there are precious...along with her writings...
I have tried to share some here...and sorry they are sideways... can't figure out how to change it... but you get the idea :).... I am also reading , The Life of David, by A. W. Pink.... excellent reading...
This is a very special time of my day... it fills me up...and refreshes my heart... so I am ready to meet the Chaotic day ahead.... the silence and communication with my Creator in the early morning is my most favorite thing I do....

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Finally the Wedding

Last Week was the hottest week ever ... and we had to do flowers for a wedding... It was amazing how everything finally came together...
Without the help of many friends... this flower project could not have worked .... I am deeply grateful for my daughters.. who helped and encouraged..and cheered us on.... and many friends that gave buckets, drove cars, and prayed us through...
Most people don't realize the amount of work to process flowers and then get them in arrangements and bouquets and looking good for that final moment... The Wedding... It took 3days for non stop work... and , yes it is hard...but a joy to do it for dear friends...
Flowers are the expressions of our happy souls... especially at events like Weddings... they add such beauty and joy... and that is why I like to do them
It was a beautiful wedding, we all had so much fun... I forgot to get pictures of bride with bouquets... but perhaps someone will have one.. I can get to have as a memory...
This picture was supposed to be first... these are the flowers in their buckets after we cut and processed them all... they are soaking overnight in their solution... the room smelled like a garden...
Just another thing that I do :)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Things I do


Another thing that I do and thought I would share with you... is making cards. I hardly ever buy a card, when I go to look at them and see the prices.. I jut say...," I will make one".
I have many watercolor journals where I practice and have fun... and so it is there that I go to get my cards... I just cut and paste,,, cropping the picture to fit the card stock. Sometimes I use very colorful card stock, like these here.... or I will get the earthy tones for fall and winter... I love matching the colors, or contrasting them.
And my big secret about my envelops is; .... that I get them from the card lady who restocks the card racks...where I work. I found her throwing them away one day...and nearly had a cow... .. I asked if I could have them... and ever since, she saves them for me... I get all colors..and all sizes...!
After Valentines day I get all red... :)...don't mind that , they are free..and get good use. We all like a red envelope in the mailbox!
After doing this many years... I am sure I have save a bundle... and often I find my cards framed on someones wall... :)...
I hope you try this... it really is rewarding and fun way to use your sketch book pieces... :)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Things I do

Painting is my favorite thing I do...it is where I can express what is deepest within..there is nothing like getting some thought on paper in full color and texture....but I also do another fun thing.......
Wedding flowers.... now I only do them for special people, family and dear friends... cause it is a very specialized job...that takes time and much thought.. Many hours discussing what flowers, how many, where they will go, what colors... etc... .
Sometimes I do little watercolors just to see the colors..and how it might look... that is always fun, then I can keep a record.. I don't know how many I have done...but I started doing them when my daughters got married. I did their flowers. Now that was really intense, because I was
cutting flowers and tying bows, just before I had to be ushered in and sit down....but I love it, so I do it.... each wedding is different and so the flowers are all different, not one is alike... always to the brides liking...
This next wedding is in 3 weeks ... I have already ordered the flowers...and now collecting buckets, will be purchasing ribbon and supplies and getting the room set up . It has to be a cold room, somewhere air conditioned... sometimes we use the frig.to store the bouquets... ..which means all food goes into coolers...
It gets to be a real intense scene. flowers everywhere and all hands on deck to help..I will try to remember to take pictures of the process to show.you :) .... This wedding will be in shades of blues... looking forward to it....
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