|Making a little progress on this drawing...still lots to go!|
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
I started this drawing last night. I drew her older
sister several (many!) years ago, and I promised to
draw her too. When I saw this photo of her,
I knew this would be the one to draw. This little girl is
very lively, and funny, and I think this photo
captures her spirit. Plus, the lighting is fabulous...
when there are lots of shadows, there is more to draw!
I hope I can get her likeness just right...I have a long
way yet to go, but it sure is
I am continuing to get things ready to go to the Dallas wholesale market
again soon, so I haven't been doing a lot of art...just marketing stuff. But I really
needed to just draw....so this portrait will offer some welcome
Friday, May 17, 2013
We received our final itineraries today for our upcoming trip to China!
It is time to start getting excited...and making plans.
We don't leave until July 24th, but it will be here soon.
Some of the photos are places and things we will see:
the Yuyuan Gardens in Shanghai, a Ming dynasty vase,
the Forbidden City in Bejiing, and the gorges along
the Yangtze River. It will be a great trip, and there should
be lots of inspiration for paintings and drawings.
I also plan to take as many pictures as I can!
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Sunday, May 12, 2013
|I have been playing around with these "bugs"...made from bits and |
pieces. This is a chair leg, with some decorative brackets,
a spool off of an old typewriter, and some nails.
|This "dragonfly" is made from a porch post, some beaded|
board, a key plate,
a drawer pull, and some wire antennas.
|This one is also made from the porch post, a hinge, |
some beaded board, and an upside down fleur de lis hook.
These have been fun to do. They will be for sale
at the shop, and I will plan to take them to
Dallas market in June as well.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
|I have been playing around with these little |
vertical paintings as possible flag designs. There is a
flag company that accepts submissions from freelance artists.
Right now they are taking Fall and Holiday designs, so I might
just send these on to them.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
I was returning from south Louisiana today, and saw these
geese near a pond. Thought I would stop and take a few
pics. The baby geese were precious...some were younger than others.
I thought the parents might be very protective, and threaten me...but
obviously, they were used to people, and they came right up to me.
I imagine people have been feeding them, and I didn't have a thing with me!
But they let me take their pics anyway...and they sure were cute.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
|My Wednesday class kids wanted to paint some aprons they |
could wear during class. (they are always getting paint
on their clothes!)
|Kate is painting a great big hot pink "K"|
|Anna got into some red paint and hearts|
post my schedule on the blog, on Facebook, and at the shop....soon!
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
|This is one of the windows I put together this weekend. |
It incorporates an old window frame, some beaded
board, a hook, and one of my
scripture prints on canvas. Some burlap
ribbon holds it up!
|This one is a cork board, with some beaded board as a frame.|
And burlap ribbon holds this one too.
|This window was originally a cabinet door. I made a |
chalkboard to go in the bottom, and a corkboard on
the top. I also attached a boot scripture photo on this
one. I am trying to incorporate them into some of the
salvaged pieces in order to sell them along with another
I will take these to Dallas in June, to the wholesale
gift market. Hopefully, they will be available
in a store near you!
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
|Kate is spraying her finished tile with sealer.|
|Samuel working on his tile|
|This is one of my examples for them to see|
|In class today, just my two, did colored pencil on a piece of tile. |
They found it harder than they thought. It was hard to get enough
color on the tile. Then we used the Gamsol to work the pencil into
the tile. And the last step was to seal it was a clear spray sealer.
They had fun, even though it was hard work!
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
|Just heard from the CPSA International Exhibition,|
and this drawing made it in! I am pleased, because it is
very hard to get into this show. There are entries from
all over the world, and the talent is amazing.
You just never know what the judge is looking for.
Last year when I attended the convenion, I remember
the juror stating that he looks for drawings that will
complete his vision for the show. He
selected pieces in certain catagories..florals,
landscapes, people, etc...until he felt there were
enough in that catagory?! Anyway, I feel that all
the best work should be in...no matter what the
subject matter. But I guess that is why he was the
juror and I wasn't!! But I am glad that the juror
this year thought mine was worthy of selection...woohoo!
This piece will be on display at the Pea Patch Gallery in Winnfield
until I have to ship it to the show, if you would like to see it
up close. Thanks!
Monday, April 22, 2013
|Here is my finished poster design for the Pecan Festival.|
They have a contest every year for their festival poster,
and the winning entry is published and sold during and
after the festival. The artist signs and numbers the posters, and
the winning artist gets a check! I will deliver this down to
Colfax, LA soon, and then cross my fingers!
Sunday, April 21, 2013
|This is a pastel drawing that I did awhile back, and |
I sold it this week to a collector. I did this during
a garden tour, where I was painting on location.
|These are some geraniums on my patio, and I thought |
I would do a little
painting on location at home!
|This is my finished pastel drawing that I did while |
enjoying the beautiful
weather outside today.
Generally, I work from light to dark...and as
it starts to take shape, it is made up of only the
light values...the paler colors. It never really looks
complete, until the darks are added. It is the contrast that
adds the final touches. It is not a complete design
without the darker parts.
As I thought back over this incredible week, the loss,
the sorrow, and the heartache from so many
tragedies (here and across our nation), I could not
help but take notice also of the heroism, the outpouring
of compassion, and the unity of spirit among so many
as well. It was like the light and the dark existing
side by side...like in great artwork. So it is, that life is
not truly experienced except when we face both good and
bad, highs and lows, true joy and great sorrow. And it is
our God who never forsakes us or fails us...no matter what the
situation. I pray that you have been able to find His peace
in some small way this week.
I know I have.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
|I saw these on the way. These are blackberry vines...|
there will be lots of juicy berries sometime
in June. Time to make some blackberry cobbler...yum
|And of course, Huey, Dewey, and Louie had to come with me.|
(that is not the order they are in!) Huey is in the back, and Louie is
in the lead.
|When it does rain really hard and fast, this little creek |
really rises. The rushing water erodes the banks
away from these roots. It makes some interesting
|These ferns grow wild all along the banks in the shade. I wish |
I could get them to grow in my yard!
|When we got back, Huey was tired.|