Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Girl Holding Cat

Colored pencil on painted wood. I joined The Trodden Path last year as a way to ignite my creative fire. Of course like my other attempts to do anything this endeavor has sort of fallen a bit short. But last week I logged back in and joined one of the classes- Acrylic and Colored Pencil on Wood. I loved it! I started with a piece of pine and while the boys were painting some of their wooden toys, I painted the wood. After it dried, I started drawing with my colored pencils. I could take it with me from room to room. It's 9x12 so a very transportable size and pencil is fumeless and not messy so it worked out well for me. I am still struggling with my style. Can't seem to figure it out. Have a few things in my Etsy shop showing my "stick" figures with minimal features. Seem to keep coming to a more naive style. I am really drawn to folk art so maybe that is why. I want to do another one but I only have a little piece of wood at the moment. We'll see.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Inspired by Coffee

I have just finished my last Boot Camp assignment with Lilla Rogers.  July's prompt was create a piece for ourselves using our favorite morning beverage as inspiration.  

Here is a digital illustration using Procreate on my tablet. I have a Sensu stylus but there are newbies and then there is me when it comes to digital stuff....... I can't get a fine point nor can I see to "match" up my lines.

Mixed media and collage using a gelatin printed background from gosh five years ago. I printed multiple coffee/banana/ coffee pot images using the stamp I carved (see last image). Still wasn't working for me, the background was a bit overpowering so I made masks and stencils and collaged and printed over with another carved stamp. Still wasn't picturesque enough so I added the kitty in the background with inks and gouache. I don't know why he needed a monacle, but that's what the muse said so.......

Another digital, but I edited in Picassa.

This is the one that I submitted to the class gallery because this is the the one that excited me most in creating it. I carved the image into a rubber block and then printed with seven colors. I stenciled the saucer and used a different stamp for the pattern. I have more started. I purchased a set of Sennelier pan watercolors with some birthday cash.  YUMMMMMO! And a bottle of Sennelier India Ink. Double Yum

Thursday, July 17, 2014

July ABS Challenge and ANOTHER Passion

I managed another Art Bead Scene Monthly Challenge-Yaaayyy Me! Actually, THANK YOU THANK YOU my sweet baby boys!!! They have been slightly more patient with me and mommy time. When I saw this month's challenge-the colors-oh my! I immediately thought this needed to be a woven something. I purchased this awesome loom over a year ago from Sew Nina on Etsy. I've made a few things. Only takes me a year you know. I've given one to a dear friend. I tried to give these to a family member, but I got the feeling she wasn't enamored with them. I think the uneven widths bothered her a bit. I dig them though and I love love love weaving!

Friday, July 11, 2014

New Neighbors

I am delighted that a lovely dove couple has moved in at our house! They have built a nest between the pergola beams over the patio over looking the pool. Fabulous choice! Notice the beautiful aqua ring around her eye? I can't wait to see the babies! I hope we will be able to see the egg(s). And I hope the other wild life leaves her be. Cross our fingers!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Do You Tangle?

My little tangled heart here to send off to Charity Wings for June's "Give Back" project. I must say I really enjoy this drawing method of Zentangle. I really want to take an official class. I'm finding that I come up with some imagery for other projects too when I do a tangle. At any rate it is pretty addictive. And I can do it just about anywhere.

Friday, June 20, 2014

June Necklace

Here is my simple-because I am soooo into simple these days-offering for the Art Bead Scene June Challenge. The pendant is mine-painted wood and mounted in a brass setting. the chain is broken up with a chain segment I made using Susan Kennedy's pretty aqua glass rondelles and carved red horn beads. Lightweight and simple.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Choose Hope

About a month ago I received an issue of Molly Makes USA.  Apparently my Crochet Today Magazine will no longer be produced and as a substitute the staff notified me they are continuing the remainder of my subscription with Molly Makes. WOW! I love this magazine!!! One of the articles featured a contest for creating banners for  Charity Wings Banners of Hope.  Create an 8x12 banner to be in a traveling display to encourage hope.  This is what I came up with.  I backed my canvas with a piece of hand dyed fabric that I had made years ago. Colored my image with inks, and pencil and attached one of my felted flowers. I am a little distressed that there appears to be a permanent crease in my canvas, but overall I am happy with this and I sent it off anyway. I hope that it makes someone smile.  Then it is a success.