Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
This painting celebrates one month of finally "putting my mouth where my heart is" and becoming vegetarian. For years I've been feeling guilty about loving animals and at the same time eating animals. I am now one month in to eating mostly grains, vegetables and beans with some occasional seafood. I feel so good - both physically and spiritually:) This is NOT a judgement on anyone but myself...
Sunday, December 7, 2008
This is my Different Strokes For Different Folks painting. If you don't get it - ask your dog:) If I'm wearing work boots it means I'm outside playing in the garden and the dirt and that is just what my dogs love best... So this one is for Dusty and Rainey and the ever present and ever glorious "red ball"!
Friday, December 5, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
I started this by doing a pretty detailed graphite sketch then tried out my new Graphitint pencils to add some color but I just have a small set and not the colors I really needed so I got out my mondo set of Derwent watercolor pencils and had a blast painting Rainey and me sitting on the couch. I love how one half of her face looks like it's sound asleep and the other side her eye is wide open:) My husband took the reference photo and I've been wanting to paint it for a few weeks so it was fun to finally have a few hours to do it. I'm really pleased with the way it turned out. I think I might have to try another watercolor pencil painting... Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
This will be my entry for November's Nibblefest contest. The theme is Christmas trees. The listing will start at 5:30 tomorrow night and run for a week. The rules are that each listing starts at only 99 cents and the winner is the item with the most individual bids from different bidders "nibbles". I really enjoy the creative challenge each month.
and Irit http://www.iritbourla.blogspot.com/ whose tagged factoids I enjoyed reading very much - thanks you two!! Yikes - and my A4C buddy Akiko tagged me too http://artbyakiko.blogspot.com/ - thanks Akiko - I can't wait to go and read your 7 facts:)
Ok - here are my (hopefully) interesting or unusual facts:
1. I've always loved playing the piano - at the age of 17 I passed all the tests to earn my Washington Piano Teachers Certification and taught lessons until I went away to college.
2. I worked for 10 years as a licensing director for a poster company - for one of our poster projects I got to meet with Jean Claude Van Damme at his house. After our meeting he kissed my hand good-bye - swoon...he's much shorter in person but still extremely good looking:)
3. I LOVE animals and share my life with 2 Australian Cattledogs, a Maine coon cat, 2 goldfish and the many wild critters I feed. I'm honored to be a juried member of two groups of artists that donate part of our ebay sales to animal charity organizations - A4C (Art For Critters) and AUAR (Artists United for Animal Rescue).
4. My husband and I were married on my birthday 15 years ago. He claims it's easier to only have to remember one date :)
5. I've lived in some unusual places - we lived on a boat for a year and we lived in and drove a semi-truck for 3 years.
6. One of my other favorite things is singing - I've sung in many choirs including our jazz choir in high school, then the BYU Women's Choir and more recently our local women's barbershop choir.
7. If I had been born a boy my mom was planning to name me Wilfred - just one of many reasons I thank goodness I'm a girl!!
I'm going to have to give some thought to who my 7 people to tag will be:)
Thanks for the fun Irit & Dominique and Akiko too!!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I took a reference photo awhile ago that I really loved - I have a feeling that I'm going to have to paint it several times before I really do it justice - here's my first study.
Off to take the dogs for a walk... then I'm working on some watercolor bookmarks to give as gifts for the annual Christmas tea.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Here's what I'm working on this morning while sipping my coffee. I try to spend about 10 or 15 minutes each morning here in my studio before I get ready for work. I'm going out for dinner tonight but I hope to finish this lighthouse painting up tomorrow morning - yay Saturday's almost here:)
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Last weekend I went with my friend Heather and her two kids to paint some pottery. They painted ornaments and I painted this plate and a big salad bowl. You never know when you paint with the glazes exactly what they're going to turn out like once they're fired in the kiln but I was happy with both things I painted this time. This one is listed on ebay this week under my seller ID Hissnhowl and I think the other one is going to be a gift.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
I started yesterday painting over the experimental preparation I did for this piece. It is on Richeson 275 lb watercolor paper which I primed with gesso and tried started to paint over but it was so slippery that the paint had trouble adhering so I just randomly put some oil color over the gesso and let that dry completely before starting this painting. The blue in the sky and the dark blue/green of the distant mountains are part of the underpainting showing through.
When I finished the piece I was looking for a title and decided it would be appropriate for a Sunday morning to go through my favorite passages in the bible - Psalms and I found a verse that seemed so right for the feeling of this piece -
In the morning, O Lord, you hear my
in the morninng I lay my requests
and wait in expectation.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
My friend Stephanie and her husband just sent me some photos of their beautiful baby girl - Avery Lorraine. I couldn't resist doing a little watercolor sketch of her on a card to send to them. She was blessed with her mom's beautiful dark thick hair -lucky girl!
Windsor & Newton watercolors on a watercolor notecard.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The theme for October's Nibblefest is Tribal. I painted "Tribal Dusty" - a new look for my Australian Cattledog Dusty - but filled with red balls and milkbones to make sure he's comfortable with his new look:)
Nibblefest is a monthly contest on ebay - with every piece of art starting at only 99 cents. The idea is to get as many individual unique bidders to take "nibbles" and get as many bids as you can.
This piece will be up on ebay tomorrow morning at 10:00.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
This morning I couldn't resist drawing sweet baby Boomer - safe in his dad's arm. They are all so lucky and blessed to have found each other:) My friends just adopted him from our Whidbey Island animal shelter and he is just the sweetest guy... I just listed it on ebay to benefit the Human Society so they can help some other sweet animal kids find their homes.