Another FO!

It seems to have worked so here is that second post I told you about in the last post. 🙂 And if you didn’t read all the way to the end you will have no idea what I’m talking about.  hehe.

this is a Christmas pressie for a good friend. I found out she loves sea shells and I decided I wanted to do something with them. My original idea was to make a wire-wrapped fancy shell for a necklace but then I went in this direction. I’ve been really wanting to do some painting, but I was worried since I had never drawn shells before. I had the frames already so I painted them oceany colors. then I drew the shells, inked them and used Grumbacher watercolors to paint them. I used a white gel pen for some addition highlight and touched up some of the inked lines.

I’m really happy with how it came out. What do you guys think of my first shells?

shells1 shells2 shells3 shells4the third pic is a little blurry, but you get the idea. I hope she will like it. 🙂


Tea and Coasters

A couple of days ago, April 13th, it was National Peach Cobbler day, National Bookmobile day and National Scrabble day. All things I like. Almost immediately a picture popped into my head and I just HAD to draw it. As always, I hoped it would come out the way it looked in my head….and it did!  I added the tea pot and cups because none of those things are the same without a good cuppa tea along side them. It took me a couple days to get to it and then a couple to finish it, but its done now. yay!  😉 It was done on Canson 140lb watercolor paper. I used Derwent Graphitint watercolor pencils, since I wanted a more muted vintagey look to it. A white gel pen did my highlights. I really wish Derwent would make some more of the graphitints in a couple colors I think they should have included.

tea set

I’ve also been busy sewing. I haven’t heard back from the folks in charge yet, but sent my money in, to be a vendor at WWII Weekend. I’m excited, but I haven’t done a show in a couple of years and need to get more done for my tables. I’ll get photos of my bags that I’ve been working on when I finish them, which will hopefully be today or tomorrow. Then on to another set of bags in a little smaller size, but same design. In the meantime. I have 5 sets of inked coasters done. It’s been a bit of a learning curve on them and the weather has not been as cooperative for spraying them as I would have liked, but its warm and gorgeous today and here they are drying in the sun. I also made more wire wrapped pendants with the 1×1 tiles. I think I’m going to make some of them small magnets as well.

inked coastersI want to have a nice selection of items on my table, but I don’t want to go overboard with the same things until I see what is and isn’t going to sell. I plan on doing a couple more of the bigger shows this summer and fall so this will hopefully give me a good indication of what people like and what they buy.

Lastly I had to include some cute doggy photos of my girls. I just have to do it. LOL They are my sweeties. This first one is Rosie and Daddy. She loves to be up high and loves to be held so she’s in her glory in this picture. She can see what she wants, is cuddle up against dad’s arm shirt and is being held nice and secure. Yep, happy place, happy girl.

rosie and daddy


This picture is our older girl, Baby. This is her winter shaggy coat. She has since been to the groomer and gotten her first summer cut for the season. She is Baby the Inscrutable. She’s a real love and we almost lost her this winter. It was awful. She’s doing better now and, since putting her on fresh Salmon Oil, is doing wonderfully. After the near death illness, she has been having little anxiety attacks. They have found that fresh salmon oil is wonderful for treating early dementia and anxiety in dogs and even in alzheimer’s patients. Since putting her on the oil, she has only had two very small attacks, and by small, I mean they only lasted, at most, 10 mins or so, although one of them was at the groomer. They let her down to walk around and she calmed down. She just got a little over stressed, I think. She hates her feet being done and I think that’s what they were working on. Anyway, wonderful difference and she is back in playful, sassy form again. yay!

winter coat baby


This is another pic of Rosie. Dad was working on something on the van and turned around and she had made herself all comfy on the cardboard box he’d just emptied. She’s a sun-soaker and she was enjoying one of the first warm days of this spring on her little “bed” of cardboard. Just had to grab a pic of it. 🙂

rosie on cardboardOk, so you got to see lots of new pics of what’s going on here. More will follow as I get things finished.

A rose by any other name….

I really wanted to work on drawing roses and getting a better handle on how to draw/paint my fav flower.  I’ve also been reading/watching a lot of advice from other artists about giving yourself permission to suck when you draw. Not that you set out that way, but its important to do simple drawings with no other agenda than to just learn and have fun. If it doesn’t work out, that’s ok, do another one and try something else. Too many people, and I’m one of them, sit down to do “finished projects”. I SAY its ok if its not perfect, but inside I get down on myself that it isn’t right. It makes it hard to sit down and do another drawing, no matter how much I want to. One way to help with this is to do “studies.” Pick something…a feather, a bird foot…a flower… and just draw them. Look them up online or in books to learn the anatomy of a foot, for instance. Know why you have too many knuckles in the toes. Know why your flower looks like a drug-induced attack plant. And while you do this, play with your materials. Try different types of paper for different types of media. Try it with watercolor graphites instead of paint. Use markers. Use a combination of everything you have. Have fun.

This rose was my beginning of that. I love roses. Love, love, love them. Love their smell, the velvety feel of the petals, the gorgeous colors. Love them. I thought a nice full rose would be a good start.

This was drawn on bristol board (which I’ve decided I do NOT like for watercolor at all, pencil or paint. I love it for pen and ink, though) and was drawn and colored using my Derwent Graphitint Pencils. I used water to play with the way the pencils looked. I used a Prismacolor white pencil to add some softer highlights to the edges of the leaves and the body of the petals in certain places. Finally, I used just a little bit of white gel pen for a few extra highlights. It was outlined with my new fav pen, Uniball Deluxe. Great pen, writes on anything, solid black, archival quality and waterproof. I have to saw that I really like how it came out. Enjoy!