Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
This is my first attempt to join the "virtual paintout" online group. I found this picture after much searching on the online map. I still have problems trying to paint from photos. I seem to see things more clearly when I draw and paint from life. Maybe practice will improve that.
I noticed the color of the paper was entirely different from yesterday. Same page, same scanner, etc. The paper really is this color of creamy tan and not the white from yesterday. I have no idea what created the difference.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
First was making the new little palette. It's only about 2" square and has full pans of color. In Art Escapes, Dory Kanter refers to these three as her "full triad". Working with the tiny palette was fun. And then...
I took a photo of the tiny palette with my digital and printed it with my little Kodac Zinc. For those of you who haven't run across this new toy, it's a small Kodac printer that you carry with you (you can also use it plugged into an outlet if its battery is low). It prints out a photo about 2 x 3 inches (I didn't take time to measure) and when you peel off the back - it's sticky paper!!!!!! How much fun can you have with one little journal entry.
I may have used "little" and "tiny" to much - but HEY, they were! LOL
Thursday, October 8, 2009
I think each time the season changes, I say "this is my favorite time of year". So I guess it is. The colors of fall are impossible for me to capture, so I have to be satisfied that my sketches will remind me of that particular time and that particular place...
Monday, October 5, 2009
Remember 1984 and the Bangles "Just another manic Monday? It went to #2 and was one of those songs that I just couldn't get out of my head. Well I guess I'm showing my age. So anyway...
I just bought a book called The Awe-Manac - as in Almanac - but with AWE instead of ALL. One of the suggestions is to name the day. So I did. The book is cheerful, inspiring, creative, gives you quotes to think about and ideas for things to journal. What fun!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Stayed there two years in a row because we (my girl cousins) couldn't seem to get enough of it!
Drawing in bed has it's own advantages and disadvantages as you can imagine!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Love this bag! Not unhappy with the drawing either. LOL
Monday, September 21, 2009
This drawing was done earlier but not posted and since I got home late tonight and had family here, I didn't have time to do anything new. The family included Mom and she brought me soup and pie. I just added had sandwiches and we had a wonderful meal. Love is good.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
I am really good at procrastination - EVERYDAY! HA!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
One of the things I loved about living at the beach all those many years, was being able to sit on the beach and relax when things in life got stressful. The sound of the surf and the gulls were quieting. Looking at something at awesome as the surf rolling in tends to remind you to not sweat the small stuff and let God handle the rest.
Have a blessed day.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
This little contour line drawing was done at Chili's while I waited for my girl cousins to come and celebrate one of their birthdays. Had a great time and a tiny piece of art to show for my time!
Monday, September 14, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
This small (4x6) forest scene was done from a photo reference using watercolor on hot press watercolor paper. The details in the trees were added with colored pencil. It seems that I am always short on time - I'm sure this is a problem many of us suffer :o). My home is surrounded by trees and I would rather be outside trying to capture the beauty I see there. Getting home at dark from teaching school doesn't lend itself to painting from life. As nice as that would be, doing something is better than...
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
I have so many online friends that create everyday. I don't know how they do it, but I am always please to see what they have done when I finally sit down at the end of my day. I know part of that is just discipline and that seems to be one of the places I am lacking. I am going to work on that! And in multiple areas!
Monday, September 7, 2009
I felt I caught the feeling of the flower if not the detail. I gave myself an "atta-girl" for at least doing something!
Saturday, August 29, 2009
I haven't done a very good job of journaling since school started. Too busy, too tired, too overwhelmed, too, too, too. You get the picture. I read an article today in an old Sketchbook magazine (I wish they still published) about staying creative if you had 5 minutes, or 10 minutes and it reminded me that each moment is an opportunity. I will do better...
Sunday, August 23, 2009
I will strive to continue in that vein now that school is starting!
Friday, August 21, 2009
Going to fly-ins with my DH is always is always a wonderful fun way to spend a day and the guys in Sanford really go out of their way to make their fly-ins great successes. Great planes to watch fly, friendly people, good food - so what's missing? Well, this time I decided to "rate" the fly-in from a female point of view. I rated the bathroom facilities...Totally different point of view! Now on a more serious note - I HAD A GREAT TIME!
PS - The hornet image is the decal on my DH's giant scale model plane..."Stinger"
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Busy busy day and sad to say I did not have time for any art of any kind today. Meetings and classroom preparation left absolutely no time. This picture is from several weeks ago when I was taking a watercolor pencil workshop with Kate Johnson (and I'm ready for her to start another class!) Tomorrow...
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Today it was up early and back to school! NO sitting on the deck and bird watching over coffee today...or tomorrow...or...Well anyway, it was a great day and as much as I miss my morning deck watches, I'm ready to get back to work. Lots to be done before the kids come back next Tuesday!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Between the heat and trying to enjoy every last minute of summer break, I haven't been outside to weed or to draw. I found this picture from earlier this summer of the field that attaches to my yard. Weeds and nature combine and this particular Queen Anne's Lace was at least 3 feet tall. My Mom always told me they were full of chiggers. My DH's mom told him a chigger lived in the very center of each one. True?
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Yesterday I decided it was really time to pull up what was left of my Black-Eyed Susans. They were beautiful this year - all volunteered from last years two tiny surviving plants. Oh the wonders of God's world. Well most of the seeds had fallen and the plants were stringy and dying from the heat - so time to move on. This is a watercolor pencil sketch I did of them for a class with Kate Johnson (she is a great teacher!) I really enjoyed investigating the different stages of the plants. Drawing really really makes you look.
Monday, August 10, 2009
I can never capture the beauty of the North Carolina mountains. Not with a camera. Not in a painting. But I do love to try. This small painting is a combination of watercolor and watercolor pencil. In my attempt to put the peace and tranquility of that evening on paper, I of course fall short. What the painting does do though is spark my memory of that beautiful day spent with a dear dear friend.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Spending time in a beautiful home with beautiful women that I love is truly a gift.
In this small watercolor, I tried to capture a small part of that peaceful time.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
With my extended summer about to come to an end (back to work August 18th), I ran across this watercolor painting I did when my students studied North Carolina lighthouses. I think working with the kids keeps me from overworking my paintings because you have to work fast and instruct at the same time. I added a link above (click on my title "Cape Lookout") for you to see some of my 4th graders watercolor paintings from the past. These kids amaze me!
Looking at it made me long for "sand between my toes" and the friends I left at the beach. I don't see them nearly often enough.
I am about to remedy half of that tomorrow when I go in the other direction (the beautiful mountains of North Carolina) to see my wonderful friend Peggy.
Monday, August 3, 2009
This morning I copied and painted the broken geranium stem from last night. The stem actually survived the night. It seems to make the painting easier to start if I have a pencil value image for reference. Wait! Isn't that what all those art teachers told me all those years. I seem to be a little slow catching on! Good point...Listen to your teacher :~) !
I tried using artist tape for the edges of the image but for whatever reason the tape really stuck this time. I've used this tape before and never had a problem. ??? No idea.
This painting actually completed a journal. I got really excited because I seem to start lots of journals and never finish any of them. Well this makes #9. YEA!
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Every afternoon I try to walk around my yard and check on my flowers and plants. One of the things I always try to do is "deadhead" my geraniums. Today I accidentally broke off a flower in my struggle to deadhead a particularly stubborn dead stem. Maybe it wasn't that dead after all! Anyway - oops!
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
This is the watercolor resulting from yesterday's value sketch. Finally had to just leave it alone before it turned to mud. It was a wonderful day and this small painting will remind me of how incredible it was to spend a day outside painting with a good friend. What more could I ask!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wonderful day painting with my friend Lin in Duke Gardens and then a long leisurely lunch and talk! You can see her work at "View From The Oak" http://viewfromtheoak.blogspot.com/. She is such an inspiration to me! You will love her paintings!
I started with a drawing. It seems to get me started when I feel overwhelmed and surrounded with that much natural beauty - I was totally overwhelmed. After the sketch, I started a watercolor. Wasn't really happy with the result, so I stopped before I totally made mud of the work. I will look at it again tonight and see if it can be salvaged. Salvaged or not - it was an incredible day!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
This is an "oldie but a goodie". This is my cat KittyBurger and he still looks the same except the black spot on his nose has gotten larger. This morning he has red paint on his ear and his back. Couldn't help himself from getting to close to hubby and his painting project. Curiosity!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sitting in one of the many porch rockers looking out over the acres of Christmas trees made me want to come back at Thanksgiving and pick out my own. Each field had trees that were approximately the same size and shape. Closest to me were the six foot blue spruce - beautiful.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Just spent a wonderful weekend with four other girl cousins in Sparta, North Carolina. We stayed in an old home named "Bald Knob Farm House". The house is surrounded by Christmas tree farms and filled with antiques. Each day I found time to do a quick sketch to remind me of this incredibly peaceful place and the wonderful women I shared it with. For the next few days I will share those sketches.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Hot Press (smooth) watercolor paper is not always easy to find in journal form, but I love the texture. This is a spread from a small journal I made using that paper. In May everything in my yard seemed to come alive at the same time. The two flowers in this journal spread were particularly vibrant at that time. The purple iris are flowers that I grew up seeing in almost every yard but the weigela is a small shrub brought home by hubby. Stays green all year and blooms twice in the summer. Gotta' love it!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Early in the morning in my backyard, my Virginia Spiderwort opens for a short time. For most of the summer months I can count on the beautiful periwinkle color to stay with me. This pencil sketch is in preparation for a small watercolor I want to do. Hopefully soon!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
This is the second painting I did on the Paint Out at Cedar Hill Farm. The owners were so gracious to share their home with us and there seemed to be beautiful scenery and still life setups at every turn. New to this experience, one of my biggest problems was deciding where to set up and paint. Surrounded by talented artist - including my new painting friend Lin - it was intimidating and inspiring at the same time. What an incredible day...
Monday, July 20, 2009
Painting plein aire is another new experience for me, but Alamance County has a wonderful group of outdoor painters that are very supportive and encouraging of beginners. This watercolor was done during one of their all day "Paint Outs" at Cedar Cliff Farm in the Piedmont area of North Carolina - an incredibally beautiful setting. The owners have filled their own lives with art and a landscape that screams to be painted!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Yesterday I tried to catch up on my scrapbooking, so today's work is an older piece. It is a watercolor woodcut and was created just like it sounds. The drawing was done on a piece of birch plywood, cut, and then instead of the regular printing process - watercolor was used as the printing medium. It's a time consuming process but I always like the soft effects it creates.