Sunday, July 21, 2013

Summer Of Color: Sage and Sepia...Last Week!

Well, this was the last week of SOC.
It is over, I'm late posting should've been done last week,
 but if you look at my next post
you will see that I was busy with other "life" things.  :)
I enjoyed this adventure and I'm always amazed
at the talent and creativity of all that participated.  It is really cool
to see how each person translates the same colors into such
different and beautiful works of art.
It's truly inspiring.

I didn't start out with a plan, so this just came about.
Done in watercolor pencils on textured matte board.

this is the finished product, smoothing out the lines.

this is a very random, doodlish painting I did on cardboard, to test out some 20 year old
paints I found in my stash of art supplies....I'd never opened them.  They still work!

And just for fun, I'm making a pillow to put in my little sitting area.  
I'm going to quilt this part, then add the back, then the stuffing.  
My front room is blue and my curtains are a chocolate brown.  
These are bits of fabric from my stash that are in desperate need of being used.
I think it's time to make a bunch of lap quilts!  :)

Happy Week To You!

Saturday, July 20, 2013


This week has been fantastic.  Sorry, I haven't posted my SOC pic yet, but I will get to it in the morningish, I hope!
So, I thought I'd share some photos and a video!

My daughter and her hub and band Colton and Zara, just finished a new video.  The song is not theirs, but it's really cool and the video turned out great!  (thanks Austin)

My hub and I had a 3 day was spectacular and much needed.  Here are some pics.  We were all over the place and had a very relaxing, fun and goofy time.  :)

you know I love trees.

such a cool place.  Have you read the book Wildwood?  It's fantastic, there is a second one too, I highly recommend both of them.  :)

a cool statue at the park, his hat fit my hub perfectly.  isn't he a stud muffin?

happy to be out of traffic. :D

how cool to stay in this room...

hotels with slides....very cool!

feels like Fall...hooray!!

gorgeous art work.

long spooky hallways.

more fantastic art.  love this picture.

the firewood cage was of course dancing in it seemed like a good plan.

the city beyond the thistle.

Well, that is all for today.
  Have a dreamy day!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Summer of Color: Week 5, Candy Apple Red and Yellow

After clearing off my desk last night and posting some art work, I got busy and started drawing, not really intending to get my Summer Of Color project finished in one sitting, but so happy that I did.
I am excited to actually have this done before the end of the week.  I really need to just sit in my art space more often and not over think it all.  :)

This weeks color choice is:  Candy Apple Red and a Sunny Yellow.
I wasn't super inspired, because all I could think of was McDonalds, but once I got going I really enjoyed it.  I was planning on poppies and realized I was too tired to figure them out, so I went for simple flowers.
There is one more week of Summer of Color and if you are new to this, you can still join in the fun, you can even go back and do all of the color schemes, for the fun of it.

Have a cheeky rest of the week!  

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

In Between

As you know...or maybe not, I have been doing the Summer of Color, but at the moment I am in between finished SOC projects, so I had these lying on my desk, waiting for me to decide what to do with them.  So, I figured why not put them on my blog.

This past year I did a series of these "I Dream" pics.  I have a few of them, my most popular one being, Sometimes I Dream of Coffee.
I shrunk them down and printed them out, then decided to play with some collage and drawing techniques and voila, I created these.  I am planning to make a few more, when I can...

I put them on a solid cardboard type backing then added some decorative corners.  I am thinking I may mount them on something a bit bigger and more solid, to sort of frame them.  I really want to 
put them in a coffee shop, but have yet to do so.  :/
Also...I need to redo the words on this one...not happy with them.

some up close detail shots.

my octopus phase.

the original piece...

another one, that I plan to collage.

And a random side note...

I bought these adorable lights last Christmas and recently decided they were wasting away in my attic, waiting for Christmas, so I put them around our outdoor patio...they twinkle.  I hope to buy more this year.  :)  

just because...

Have a stupendously groovy week!!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Summer Of Color, week 4: Soft Pink and Charcoal Grey

I'm a bit late getting this posted, it's actually week 5 now, but that's okay...  I am pretty sure I can catch up before the end of this week.  I hope...

If you haven't joined or checked out Summer of Color, it's not too late.  It's very inspiring and so much fun.  There are so many amazing blogs you can peruse.  Give it whirl. :)

Thank you Kristin for making this awesome event rock!!

pink and grey

 on a side note...we had company this week, it was a blast to see our dear friends and make some fun memories with them.  yay!!
My hub and I and my bestie and her hub.

4th of July at the beach.

almost all of our sons...combined.

overlooking the Cape.

Hope you had a wonderful week!!  Happy Summer!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Lime Green and Purple.

Summer of Color:  Week 3.
This weeks chosen colors are Lime Green and Purple.  Not my usual cup of tea, since I typically prefer muted colors, but I had been working on this drawing in my sketch book, so it worked out perfectly.  :)

As I worked on it, with Watercolor Pencils.

After adding a bit of water.

close up. :)


This week has been quite fun.  I have had the opportunity to meet up with 3 blog friends.
Pictured here:  Cameron from Paint Myself Pretty 
and Jenny from Creativity Is Happiness
You should definitely check out their blogs, because they are both amazing and fantastic artists.  
It was wonderful to spend time with them and discuss, as well as, do art.  :)
The other blog friend I met earlier this week, but didn't get a picture with.  
Clarice has a very creative and beautiful blog, with an enormous amount of yummy recipes.  
Definitely pop over and visit her.

this is a random pic of my kitty....FooFoo, he is very photogenic.

I happened upon this old pic of a place my kids and I used to like to go for walks.  
So I thought I'd share.  

Have a happy and glorious rest of the week.  

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Summer Of Color: Week 2

Better late than never!  
For week 2 of Summer Of Color, the colors we had to work with were:  
Bright Orange and Hot Pink.  
My apologies on the quality of my picture, it is a bit too dark in here.
 I may have to retake them tomorrow, when it's a little brighter.
(I did add two more photos, but they still don't quite capture the color, it's amazing how different the picture can look from the actual piece, maybe you should all come over for coffee and goodies and we can share our art in person. :)

With my colors, I left them a bit subtle.
 Only coloring in her face and the dragonflies, going
for black ink and a little grey here and there.
As usual, I combined a woman with nature.  :)

I leave you with some Summer and a few pics of the sunset.

Have a splendid weekend!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Guess What Time It Is?

It's Summer Of Color Time!!!

If you don't know what this is, then you definitely need to pop on over to Kristin's blog
and check out this very cool, very fun, very exciting blog fest!  This is the 3rd Summer of Color and every year it gets better and better.  
It's a great way to meet other creative, artistic bloggers.  
Expand your own art and creativity.  
See some really cool ideas.  
Win some really fantastic prizes.

I'm super excited about it.  The great thing is, if you can't participate 100% (for instance, I will be out of town for a week), it's okay, you can jump in whenever you are available.  
Happy Summer Everyone!!!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Tea, Aliens, Octopi and Other Things

A poppy in my yard, where I thought I planted Zinnias.  
Not sure what happened, but it's very pretty!  

 I live in a household of guys whom I love, but occasionally I need to embrace my feminine side, to counteract the testosterone.  :)
A whimsical tea party with girlfriends is a much needed thing, every so often.
Therapy for the soul.

I found some really great/easy/yummy cookie recipes.

After the tea party, my son and I went to an awesome Alien Fest.

Some of the aliens from the parade.

a little UFO.

this was quite fantastic.

love this.

a very groovy couple indeed.


very groovy indeed.

And now for the Octopi....
Lately I have had fun with drawing octopusses??
As you may recall, I have used them in other drawings in the past year.
Here are a few recent drawings from my sketchbook...

Octopus in waves.

I may try to do this on a larger scale and with richer colors.

I drew this awhile back, but decided to add more details.

Recently, I had an opportunity to do a mural at an elementary school.  It was a really
 great experience and I had some awesome people help me.  

This is what I've been up to artwise.  I also had some help moving my art space and it's so nice to have more space and organization.  Yay!!!
Hope you are having a wonderful week.