Wednesday, July 15, 2015

New oil painting

Two limes
oil on panel 6" x 6"

I've been away at the beach for two weeks, so not much painting. 

I am home now and went to my weekly class and painted this small oil painting. I so enjoyed painting the cloth as it draped over the edge of the table. I am learning a lot about oil painting at the atelier of Susan Hope Fogel. She is a great teacher! Lately she is also teaching an experimental watercolor class that looks so interesting, that I plan to take it when next offered. 

Been at the beach...


Haven't posted much because I haven't been crafting. I just got home from the beach for 2 weeks. The first week was with my kids, their families and friends and it was busy, noisy and lots of fun. We had 19 people between 2 houses! The second week every one left and my sisters and BFF came for the second week. It was a much quieter week and we had gourmet meals, card games and reading at the beach. Each week was wonderful, each in it's own way.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

So I had this idea...


I've had this old drawer forever. For years it's been in my studio on it's side and I used it as shelves. I re-decorated my studio and a lot went, including this drawer-turned-shelf. So I've re-purposed it as a little area to add plants on my deck. I love how it looks out there! I know it's wood and raw wood at that, but I don't care. When it goes it goes. I think I will be using these flowers as reference photos for some future paintings.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Feels so good to make art!!


It's been a long time since I've made any art. Life has a way of happening and before I realize it, it's been months. Since my husband passed away so suddenly 9 months ago, my life changed, For a time I thought I would never make art again, as my heart was broken and my life was shattered. Slowly, the pieces have started to mend.  I am very gentle with myself these days.  The stress of life and loss had forced me to do so.

This is a commission piece. It felt so good to get back in the saddle and create again. I felt a bit of my old self today while making this. Boy did that feel nice! I wasn't sure I would ever feel like creating again.

I love this saying and isn't it true? It DOES take a long time to grow a friend.

Monday, March 23, 2015

birthday card


This card reflects my latest color crush:  blues and browns. I can't seem to get enough of the combo.
I want to decorate a beach house with these colors.  Anyway- this is a pretty card I just made for a friend of mine. The flowers are from Heartfelt Creations dies. The ivy stem and leaves is from Spellbinders, as is the 'Happy Birthday" die cut.

happy crafting!   And to quote George Harrison:  Little Darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter,
Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here, Here comes the sun, here comes the sun and I say it's all right.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

pretty card for Spring... I am so over winter!!

My friend Heather gave me this beautiful stencil of the bird and I made a card out of it. I painted the bird a pretty aqua and the tree a light brown. I made the flowers using die cut flowers from Heartfelt Creations daisy die. The 'thinking of you' is Tim Holtz. the stencil was put on a book page and I tore it to fit an A2 size card. All in all, it reminds me of spring.

Monday, February 9, 2015

mixed media face painting

 
"Live in the sun shine,
swim in the sea"
mixed media on paper
9"x12"
 
I bought a new craft book and I am really enjoying it. It's called:  Drawing and Painting Beautiful Faces, by Jane Davenport. What a fun book! There are great stepped-out photos with easy directions to paint faces using all kinds of media.
 
This is my first face I drew and painted using her book. It's a mermaid and she is underwater. I created it by copying one of her faces in the book and following her directions. Lots of fun using markers, acrylic paint pens, colored pencils, glitter...you name it...it's on here!  If you look close, you will see a crab along with sea horses in her hair among the bubbles and plants.