Thursday, September 21, 2017

love lives here

in my search to add a new twist to my artwork,
i decided to begin a new series that includes only the things i love to do.
i definitely love to draw, so i did lots of drawing....

and i love to paint, so i added some happy painting.

and i love to stitch, too, so why not add some stitching....on paper!
(it's not just for fabric anymore.... :))

and the result is a fun piece of artwork that includes all the
things that are near and dear to my heart!

here are some other pieces in this new series....

if you're looking for a way to add some creative zing to
your journal pages or art canvas,
think about the things you really love to do, and then add it to
your artwork.  you never know what you might discover!


you can also see other artwork on instagram and FB!

{supplies:  strathmore 500 series 140 lb. CP paper,mechanical pencil,
daniel smith watercolors, DMC embroidery floss, needle}

Friday, August 18, 2017

inspiration rediscovered

i've recently discovered that
just when you think inspiration is your new BFF
and you're thrilled because it wants to hang out with you day and night,
it will turn around and go on vacation.....

a really loooong, extended vacation.

so long, in fact, that you start to worry a bit
and wonder if it's ever going to come back.

so while i was waiting.....and waiting.....for inspiration to return,
i decided to take my mind off of my long-lost friend
by diving into some of the stitchy-goodness
that i truly loved doing as a young kid.

and then i wondered what would happen if i mixed in 
some of the journal-goodness i love to do as an "older kid".

and as you can probably guess, by the time i was finished
with all of this kid-goodness i realized that
inspiration had slipped in through the back door 
and finally came home to my heart.

now it's time to follow it.
(you probably knew i was going to say that.... :))

{thank you, inspiration!}

watercolor and batting for heart, 11/0 glass seed beads, 
colored pencil, embroidery hoop, needles, scissors}

Saturday, May 13, 2017

flowers and a smile

here's to the days of giving our mom a big smile
and a handful of picked wildflowers as a kid....
and getting a big smile and a big mom-hug in return!

wishing you a very happy mother's day, sweet bloggy friends!

{p.s.  i love you, mom!  xoxox}

[supplies:  strathmore 500 series 140 lb CP paper, 
daniel smith watercolor, .3 mechanical pencil]

Thursday, March 2, 2017

chocolate eggs

the chocolate way is always the best way...... :))

{supplies:  moleskine watercolor journal, daniel smith watercolors,
micron pens, 6B and 3B graphite pencils, white uni posca pen}

Monday, February 20, 2017

four days of art bliss

last week i drove to donna downey studios in charlotte, north carolina
for a very long-awaited four day workshop.
i joined a room full of very sweet, talented and eager artists,
and our instructor was creativeGIRL danielle donaldson!

i will tell you right up front.....
it was four days of pure art bliss, danielle-style!
we started the weekend by drawing some fun art supplies....

and after danielle showed us how she paints her fabulous multi-color flowers
and her sweet little illustrations, it was our turn to dip our brush
in the watercolors and give it a try.

then danielle gave us a wonderfully detailed lesson in 
drawing one-point and two-point perspective objects.
this instruction was probably the most important (and the most difficult!)
of the entire weekend, as it's the foundation for all good drawing.
to be honest, drawing ellipses, determining vanishing points, 
and figuring out two-point-perspective boxes
 started to play with my head by the end of the day,
but i was so thankful to danielle for her willingness to dive in
and give us this essential instruction.  she taught it beautifully!

then danielle set up a still life that was as long as our work table....
it was fantastic, and i wish i could have spent another week there 
trying to capture it in my journal!

but for now i'm very happy to have these little objects 
as a reminder of a wonderfully creative workshop with one of my 
all-time favorite instructors!

many big hugs and heartfelt thanks to danielle for traveling
across the country to share her beautiful creativeGIRL-self with us.
i learned SO much,  i drew art that i didn't think i could draw,
and discovered new reasons why watercolor is so stinkin' cool.
(and i will forever smile when i think of her "grandpa story"!)

and thanks so much to donna and the group of talented art gals who were
also in the the classroom.....getting to know you and laughing with you
for four days did my creative spirit more good than i could ever say!
hope to see you again soon!


{supplies:  newsprint, .3 mechanical pencil, 
strathmore 400 series CP paper, daniel smith watercolor}

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