Friday, May 22, 2015

Had a Hoot in Lindale

Eating lunch in Mineola...a cute town near the workshop

Alan Woollett demonstrated how to do each part of the owl drawing.
This is the twine that goes across the bottom of the piece.  

This is my finished piece next to his example that we used to go by.
The colors are a bit different, just because the copy was a different
shade.  He told us what colors to use for each part, so the
colors are accurate in the real drawing.

I am happy with the finished product.  I did learn a few things.  Most of all,
that I don't take the drawing far enough...detail wise, etc.  And we used
different paper and pencils that I have never used before, so the results are a little
different as well.

This is the nice group of ladies and Alan that I spent the week with.
They were a "hoot"!

Alan Woollett and I...his prize pupil!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Whoooo Can Draw an Owl

Making a little progress on this... almost done with
the owl

This is Alan's drawing...he is demonstrating for us

Monday, May 18, 2015

Student Once More

I am in Lindale, Texas! and this is Maureen Killaby's wonderful
studio.  I am here for a colored pencil workshop taught by an artist
from London, England, Mr. Alan Woollett.

Here is Alan demonstrating for us.  We are all drawing a barn owl
that he has already done.  We began with a light pencil sketch, and then
started with the dark background. This is not how I would regularly work, so
I am glad to try something new!

Her studio is in an old building, kinda  like mine.

This is my dark background, leaving some white
whispy strokes for the feathers.

"The touch of the master's hand...."

This is where we stopped today.  This is my drawing.  I really liked
doing the straw, and making it look like it was receding in the
dark.  I can't wait to start the bird!

Stay tuned!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Feeling the Blues No More

Finally finished this colored pencil drawing of these blue crabs.
It was a challenge...especially trying to figure out what part went
with who?! But the colors were fun..I like the contrast between the
blues and the oranges. It's an interesting viewpoint.

I am leaving today for a colored pencil workshop in Texas with the
English artist, Alan Woollett.  He does a lot of birds, and I really
admire his work.  It will be fun to meet some other colored pencil
artists, and "talk shop".  I will try to post while I am there.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Best Black-eyes

I have been driving by these black eyed susans
for a couple of weeks now.
I have been wanting to stop and photograph
them, and today, I finally took the time.  It rained again today,
but the sun came out late this afternoon.  It lit up the petals, and gave the
contrast I wanted.  These would be fun to draw or paint.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Germany, Here I Come

My upcoming trip overseas is fast approaching!  I always do a
sketchbook journal during the trip, so I thought I would
go ahead and do the intro page.  I have a couple of travel
guides, so I used the photos in them to do this montage.  It will
be alot of fun to see what I will want to draw and paint in the book...
landscapes filled with mountains and vistas; cityscapes of
ancient buildings and alpine gingerbread; interesting food like
sausages, apple strudel, and beer!;
and fascinating people along the way.  I am so looking forward to it,
especially since some of my own family is going with me this time.
We have never all traveled it will be a hoot.

Hopefully I will be able to post while there.  I am planning to...hope connections will
be available.  So, check the blog out during the month of June, and
you should see some European scenes.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Feeling Crabby

Been working on this drawing for awhile.  It is a basket of
blue crabs....such an iconic Louisiana image.  The funny thing
is I took the photo in New York City, in Chinatown!  They
were selling all kinds of stuff in the markets there, and these were on
the ground near one of the tables.  I just took two photos, and
this is the cropped version of one of those.  This is colored pencil.

Here is a little more progress on it.  It has been very intricate and time
consuming!  I do like the colors though, and it really is fun.  Hope to be
through real soon!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Art Class Wednesday

Another Art Class we did some pastel
drawings.  We did the beach scene together.
And then they chose another one to
do on their own.

Lauren chose a sunset scene with bright oranges
and purples

Olivia did a yellow flower landscape

And Alyssa did the beach scene again...she liked
it so much!

Children's Art Classes: Wednesday  4-5 pm
$15.00 a lesson
I am only doing classes till the end of May.
Hope to see your little one soon!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Georgia on my Mind

Georgia O'Keefe.....master painter of flowers, and one of
my favorites.  In my art class today, they learned about her
and how she painted flowers.  We examined her sunflower painting,
and then tried to copy it on canvas.  They did pretty well!
It was fun, and they got to take home their
little creation!  It was a good day!

Children's Art Classes  Every Wednesday from 4-5 pm
$15.00 a lesson
We only meet during the school year.  I will schedule other
special classes during the summer

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Fingers Crossed

"Strokes of Genius" is a book published by North Light Books.  It is
made up of drawings submitted by contemporary artists working in
drawing mediums (pencil, colored pencil, ink, pastel, etc).  I just submitted
all of these for publication in the book.  They accept a higher percentage of
black and white entries, but they do accept colored entries too.
I will not know for a long time...August 28th, which happens to be my
birthday!  Maybe I will get a special present, and have one of these
accepted.  Got my fingers crossed! 

Monday, April 13, 2015

The World in a Thistle

While outside this evening, I noticed this thistle, and wondered how it
would look with the setting sun behind it.  So, I practically laid on my
stomach! to try to photograph it.  I played around with a couple of versions...
like it.  How beautiful God has made even the grasses of the field...
here one day, and gone the next.  Oh, how He must love you and me!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Senior Gifts

Here are the final chalkboard projects.  I trimmed the photos, and
placed them around the edges.  I attached the chalkboards to the back of
the beaded board frames.  These are gifts for these graduating senior girls....I bet
they are surprised and happy!

Friday, April 10, 2015


Just a quick project for a couple of graduating seniors.  One of their
friends wanted some chalkboard boards, framed in the old
beaded board.  Today, I sprayed the masonite with the chalkboard paint.

This is the beaded board frame that the chalkboards will go in.  Then she
wants me to add some of their photos onto the chalkboard (around the
edges).  I should be able to get them done tomorrow.

I know I haven't posted in awhile.  I have been having trouble with
the arthritis in my hands, and it has been hard to do any
work.  I am doing a little bit of drawing, but it is very slow.
Don't give up on me...keep checking back...I will be posting
again soon!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Texas Transplant

You know that all of us Texans are always proud of our state, and look
for opportunities to share that pride.  I was surprised to hear from an
elementary school in Fort Worth, Texas.  The teacher was planning a school Texas program, with the students singing and performing.
She had come across my Texas design on Pinterest, and tracked me down through this blog!  She wanted to know if I would give
permission for them to use my design for their
stage decoration. I said, "Of course!", and she sent me these photos to show
how they used it.  It looks like a great group of kids, and I am honored they wanted to use my design.  Hats off to all of you!  Yeehaw!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Parade of Pigs 2015

It's Parade of Pigs time again!  Our little town hosts the
annual Uncle Earl's Hog Dog Trials every March, and
we decorate these concrete pigs to mark the occasion.  This
is "Frankenswine" entry.  Hog hunters come from all over to
enter their dogs in this contest.  It is quite interesting.  And amazing to me..
a big city girl living in a small town!