Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Little Christmas Show & Tell

I thought I'd finally photograph for you some of the things I'd promised to. It's a perfect time to have a little  Show & Tell, in the slow time just before Christmas. Besides, now I have an excuse to blather on about our fantastic Christmas tree this year. :o)

This first picture is of the sofa mom picked out to replace our totally worn out and broken one. It did take a loooooong time to arrive, we actually waited an extra 6-8 weeks for it! WHEW! It is subtle tones of cream, toffee and turquoise. We decided to pick out the lightest turquoise from the sofa and do the walls in that color.

The trunk in front of the sofa is my grand mother's cedar trunk that we refinished, doing the top in mahogany and painting out the bottom in a slightly darker turquoise. The table beside the sofa is done in the toffee (which also matches the new shag rug underneath) and the top of the table is also refinished in mahogany stain.

Our dining room table and chairs (which you can see just out of the left hand side) is also painted in the toffee color with the top of the table refinished to match the mahogany top of the coffee and side table. Oh, and yes, we made the wreath hanging above the sofa. Go big or go home is our motto when it comes to Christmas. I made the arrangement in the antique sleigh sitting on top of the trunk, if you were wondering.

Here's our Christmas tree this year. Of course, it's done to "go" with the sofa, in soft & bright turquoises, creams, toffees, coffee colors and a hit of bright lime green (because I live here too!! hehehe).

We re-covered the mahogany bench using extra fabric we ordered to match the sofa and we also tied back the drapes with another fabric in the sofa. When I find time I'll be sewing some chair covers to match the bench fabric. That project will be in the new year.

Mom made the santa who stands on the mantle and I painted the yellow rose behind him. I still owe her another rose bud to finish the tryptic paintings of "A Study of a Yellow Rose". But, for now  Christmas stuff fills that space.

The last picture is of my tree. I love how the transfer worked out. It takes up the entire blank wall that you see in front of you when you walk into my bedroom. The tree starts about half a foot off the ground and is 5-6 feet high and 6-7 feet wide. The leaves "blow" across the room, onto the opposite wall where I paint. This image transfer was the best idea ever. It fills the space with such a whimsical feeling, everyone who sees it thinks it's terrific and I find it really helps me be creative.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed seeing a little around my house. I hope you all have a wonderfully Happy Holiday Season and a Merry Christmas. Thank you to all who read my blog, I appreciate the followers, I've had such fun sharing my artwork this past year. I can't believe my one year blogoversary comes around on January 6th. I'm gonna take the Christmas season and think up a great giveaway for that month to thank all my friends here.

There won't be too many more posts for this year as the season's keeping me busy with friends and family so let me say to you all I hope all your wishes come true and you bask in the love of family and friends in this wonderful time of year. I raise a glass to you all. Here's to a wonderful Holiday and a Peaceful, Happy New Year! Talk to you all later!

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Home Is Where The Heart Is.

I've really missed my Tuesdays with Artmind and the weekly mosaic so I decided to do one anyway. Here's inspiration to love your home. Now that it's Christmas, holiday time is a great time to do a thorough cleaning then put up all the decorations you can lay your little hands on. In fact, go and buy some supplies and make something new for the tree! It's a tradition in our household to make a new thing each year. Oh, and don't forget to take a Christmas cookie, I made them just for you! Happy Holidays everyone. Much Love to you all. 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Finish Line

Wow, I'm finally done. Whew! I can't believe how good it feels to put down the paintbrush. I've been working steadily on this project for over a month now. The great thing is how much I learned. For instance, I now know that I have to add pen & ink work to my regular artwork schedule. I'm so surprised at the happiness I glean from doing intricate pen work and just drawing as opposed to using a paintbrush.

Don't you just love how the scrabble tiles look? :o)  I got the idea while playing scrabble on my mom's ipad.

I'll be back soon with a new kind of art!! Yay!! Other that my showing the completed book put together, there will be no more sketchbook posts!! Ohhh, I hear you all sighing with relief. Thanks for hanging in there with me, gang. I have to say, I'm glad it's over too.

We'll talk soon, K?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Inside & Outside

These couple of pages combine to make the "open window" concept work. I cut the window open in the hanging basket picture. The farewell page below is what the reader will see when the window is opened.  Then when the reader turns the page (to see the back of the window page) my mom suggested I draw the "room" that has the window in it! So, if you lived in the house you could open the window and look out to see the outside hanging basket. I don't know my explanation makes any sense or not... lol. Anyway, I included a photo of what you'd see if the window on the basket pages is open in the sketchbook. 

I'll be back soon with the last two pages of my sketchbook. Then I promise to try never to say the word sketchbook again! Hehehehe.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Pucker Up!

I can say, this painting was the most involved on of all. It's all the leaves that take so much darn time! I'm totally thrilled with how it turned out, though. I can't believe how much my painting has grown since the last time I did a lot of leaves.

I continue to fight against myself as I paint. I find I'm being too tentative with color, especially with highlights and shadows. I am so afraid I'll make a mistake that I question my natural instincts to use a certain color or depth of color. I'll go and use a much lighter version then have to go over and over it to darken it sufficiently. This increases both the time it takes to paint a painting and the frustration level I feel while painting anything.

The next couple of posts are the final pages of my sketchbook. This was the last of the paintings. See you soon!

Friday, November 26, 2010

No Thorns Please

This is one of my favorite paintings in the sketchbook. I knew I'd enjoy painting it. I like imagining what color the actual rose must have been. What color do you want it to be? I think it's soooo PuRTy!

Lemon painting in less than 48 hours! You'll love it and we're getting sooo close to the end! Hang in there, will ya? Thanks, you rock!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I'm Losing My Marbles

Hehehe, I guess I actually will lose my marbles when I finally send my sketchbook to be in the 2011 Sketchbook Project Tour. I love how graphic the marbles are. I'm definitely going to have to do another painting/drawing of marbles. There's something about the cool designs within their glass and their perfect roundness. But then I like painting peas too, so... lol. 

The next page is a new technique I tried. I used a cross-hatching technique using my watercolor pencils and I'm thrilled with how it turned out. This makes me think that I want to explore cross-hatching again but instead use fine point markers. Because the pencils don't stay sharp very long, the cross hatching is less prominent. I'm thinking of procuring some replacement nibs for my Copic markers. I know they make extra fine nibs so I want to look into those. 

There'll be more artwork soon. Can I entice you back with a cup of Starbucks hot cocoa?? I just bought a huge canister of it at Costco. Yummm, warm winter evenings here I come. Anyone got any marshmallows? :o)

Monday, November 22, 2010

It's A Bird, It's A Plane... Nope, Just SNOW!!!

Wow, it never does this here in Victoria. Almost never, lol. It's so PuRTy!! Even more surprising is that it probably isn't going anywhere soon. Usually, if it is cold enough to create snow, it's really not cold enough for it to stay very long, like 24 hours at the most. Well, the temp. here isn't supposed to go up above freezing for several days. I guess this rare white stuff isn't going anywhere soon. I took pictures of the evidence and a pic of my spy who keeps abreast of the situation. :o)

Don't worry, she's on the job! If those white flakes get out of hand she'll send out the tweet. Hehehe.
Talk later? I need coffee. For serious. Brrrrr.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Closer & Closer...

Here again are some finished pages. The tulips were really great to paint, although the leaves were a little difficult to make sure each related to the other (color-wise), the actual petals painted up perfectly. I took the time to ink all the black space then paint over it with black. I did this to make sure it had a real depth to the black instead of looking dusty.

I must admit I was a little trepidatious when I started the hummingbird drawing. I wasn't totally sure I could get the hand right and I knew if it had any perceptual flaws the drawing would seriously look awful. But I was pleasantly surprised. I'm happy with how it turned out.

I'll be posting over the next week the last of the sketchbook pages. So please keep coming back to see how it turns out! Thanks for your loyalty!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Note To Gov. Swarzenegger

This was a fun hint page to do. Just to cover my preverbal backside I'll be adding the genus: Hosta to the hosta painting. I mean, I'm sure there are people out there who don't know what a hosta looks like, right?

The next hint page is for the lemons on the vine that I have drawn but not painted as of yet. Don't yell at me, I'm painting as fast as I can! hehehe. I love how the grapes turned out. The printing looks cuter than I expected too. I'm running out of fonts that I know how to do! I didn't stop to think, when I decided to do hint pages, how many fonts I'd need because of all the writing/printing I'd be doing. Silly me.

Is everyone preparing for Christmas?? It's almost "putting up the tree" time again! Woohoo! I guess it's too early to put out cookies and milk for Santa, huh? (anyone want some warm milk and a couple of stale sugar cookies with a big red "S" on them??) Heehee!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Everything's Coming Up Roses

OOh, I'm getting closer and closer to being finished. Here I have both the hint page and the full layout of the rose the hint refers to.

Be back soon with more!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Eat Your Fruits & Vegetables!

I added black & white zentangles to the cherries and color to the peas. Both of these pages are the extra pages that precede a hint page (as the "hint" badge illustrates, lol.) Not much else to say. Enjoy! :o)

We can talk later, you bring the words. I seem to be all out. Hehehe. Later peoples.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

..With a Cherry On Top.

My latest page is a painting of cherries. I really like their roundness. Much like what I see in peas. They lend themselves well to painting because if one can capture their roundnessthey look fantastic! Here we go...

Next is trying to finish the half pages then take on the last full paintings. Closer and closer!! Oh, and we got the sofa, finally. So, I owe you all some pictures of our new living room and my new bedroom/studio. I'll have to get on that... Yep, soon. :o)

Later? K! 

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Now Back To Our Regularly Scheduled Program...

Let me apologize for my absence. Last week it was some kind of stomach virus. This week, probably because I lost weight quickly, not eating, my back has been bothering me. I'm doing fine now though, thanks for asking, hehehe.

In the last few days I've been back to my sketchbook. I'm getting closer and closer to being finished. Gosh, that'll be nice! I can stop worrying about finishing, get it bound and SHIP IT OFF!! I think I only have two full paintings to do and maybe 3 or 4 smaller drawings/sketches/zentangles (depending on what I decide) to then finally have all the pages filled in. I contribute to a sketchbook community blog as I complete pages and it seems many people are having trouble being motivated to finish or even getting started. Although, some are like me, almost finished. Yay. Here's the link to the little community... Doodleheads if you care to take a gander at what others are up to.

I decided to kill two birds with one stone, so to speak. I've been struggling to decide how to finish the Hosta drawing I did last month. I couldn't decide between Holbein watercolors, watercolor pencils and copic markers to color the leave with. So, I thought I'd pick a tool, watercolor pencils, and go for it for the sketchbook. I redrew the hosta plant on a smaller piece of watercolor paper and went to town with the pencils. This is the result.

I'm so in love with how it turned out! I'll be doing the large one just like I did this one. Anyway, I'm glad to be back, I hope I didn't frustrate anyone, lol. It's amazing how time flies, isn't it. I mean, Christmas is just around the corner. We've already started shopping and I've wrapped half a dozen presents in turquoise paper so far. I just have to figure out what to get my uncle Bob, any suggestions from the peanut gallery?? What the hell do you want for Christmas, Bob? Grrr. He's so hard to buy for. 

We'll talk soon, K? (I won't disappear, promise!)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Eggs & Peas Please!

I had some fun with these. I love fonts so I thought I'd add a little whimsy and put a fun poem along with my peas drawing. The peas still have to be painted but all in all I'm happy with the outcome. The right side page is a fun zentangle. After drawing the main upper part I thought it looked like an "egg dispenser" so hey, why not label it that?? I'm debating adding color to the whole thing, I probably will just ti give it some definition.

I'll talk to you all soon with more pages and also the Tuesday mosaic. I think I have like ten more to complete. Many of them, I think, will be labor intensive. We'll see how it goes.

Are you all getting ready for Halloween? What are you gonna be? I'd love to hear about it in my comments!! Later y'all. :o)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Botanical Art

I just love doing botanical drawings! In fact, I'm looking through Amazon at how to books so I can learn what's required. The details are so much fun to create. This double page will be right after the doorknob page. I apologize that it's a little blurry, I used my mac camera. :o)

This next page speaks for itself. I decided to see if I could come up with a cogent picture using a light standard and a bench. I'm thrilled with how it came out. Doing a black & white was also a lot of fun. I used my inking pen on it's side to scrape small amounts of ink over and over until I got the depth of shading I wanted.
My Etsy shop is now up and running. I'd love it if you all would check it out. Here's the URL. .

Thanks everyone, we'll talk soon, K?


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