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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