Thursday, February 25, 2010

Pretty Still Life

Our church has set up the most beautiful still life outside the chapel. 

It was love at first site! 

I got to church early one night and had my sketchbook with me, but time got away from me  before I even started to sketch it. I had to get to the meeting room to get a good seat (and tell my husband which room to meet me in). So while I was in the meeting room, I drew the pretty still life. It is by no means exact, but it's the general idea.


There were pale pillar candles (looked like a vanilla scent) with beautiful wood weaving in and out of the candles. It looks like really soft wood and was so unique with little knots, twists and turns. Provides a lot of movement in the artwork. I'm a fan.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Illustration Friday - Propagate

The first thing I thought of (after looking up the definition of propagate) was this dandelion.


...the two gardens in our back yard. They are very large and came with the house. At first there were vegetables growing in them.  Now, after 4 months of neglect and cold weather....not so much. Just weeds. Eh. I'll clean them up during spring break!

(I hope you see it like I do. At first my husband saw a map with palm trees and roads. So I added the fence, mulch and grass. Better?)

Monday, February 15, 2010

New Donation

The Art Auction for Lafora Research has been updated with new pieces. Check it out here. Can you guess which one is my new piece?

Give up!?'s the blue flower. Now go bid on something you like! :)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Illustration Friday - Adrift

This is a simplified view of our back yard during the crazy Dallas blizzard this weekend. 
After posting it though, I noticed the tree looks like it's right in front of the gate.
Ha ha! It's really not! But the snow was such a site to see. Just beautiful!

(Click on the image for a larger version)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Thank you Dr. Orr

In case you hadn't heard...It's been snowing here.
We made a new record yesterday for the most amount of snow in one day!
Drum roll please....

12.5 inches! 

It really beautiful!
Here's a picture of our back yard tree last night.

There was even more snow this morning!
And because of this, school all over the metroplex was canceled today. 
Which means I had lots of free time to work on art!
I love it when that happens!

So here's my sisters (well, really my soon-to-be nieces) painting that I finished.

and a detail of the sister loves bling!

I love you Kaily Sophia and I hope you enjoy your painting!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

New Blog Logo

So what do you think about my new logo? Is it readable? Any recommendations on how to improve it?

New Stamp Pads

I bought some new stamp pads this weekend in a myriad of colors and just had
to try them out! So I stamped "my new ink pad yeah" on the page. 

I know. Real creative.

Then I saw the rubber ducky I got a few days ago and thought I'd add that to the mix, but with what?  I saw these small childrens blocks sitting on my desk and got a hankerin' to draw them too. I didn't like the idea of it just being the rubber ducky and I liked the contrast of round duck and square block, so I painted those with watercolor on top of the stamps. I like the double layer effect a lot! You?

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Princess Kaily!

This is a mock painting for my sisters new baby, Kaily, joining us next month.
This is in watercolor on paper, but the final one will be
in acrylic on canvas 15x20".
What do you think?

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Illustration Friday - Muddy

My inspiration was my muddy water as I paint.
Have a great weekend!

Friday, February 5, 2010

A Sweet Little Monogram

I really wanted to see some color so I made this sweet little 
monogram with my own hand carved stamps 
(except for the swirly things...those were from a set).

Monday, February 1, 2010

Rubber Ducky

I was given a soap "rubber ducky" for Christmas and have really fallen in love with it. It creates such a fun, yet relaxing mood with such a  simple shape.

This is with watercolor and Sharpie in my new sketchbook.