I was browsing through some old photos when I came across this one. These are my sweeties, 10 years ago, that is. My twins, Katie and Dougie on an Easter day in California. Boy how time does fly by. It looks like I should have cleaned my scanner before I scanned this photo in. Oops.
I've mentioned Lee Hammond before on my blog. For years, I tried to find a good art book/teacher. She is the only one that I have found that I learned so much more from. I didn't even think to see if she had a YouTube video and lo and behold....she did! Just thought I'd share one with you. She explains how to shade in pencil. Have fun watching!
Once again, old man winter is here. I guess we can't complain. We did get an unexpected visit from him in either September or October. But it really has been very nice weather since then. My daughter snapped a few pictures, some of which we thought we'd share with anybody browsing the blog. The top picture you see is actually just her fooling around with a drinking glass (Imperial Cape Cod) during Thanksgiving dinner. We thought it looked like a snowflake. : 3 The last picture is of our Thanksgiving candle on the dinner table.
Okay, so you know what it's like, right? When you're browsing the internet. You're reading something interesting and then something new piques your interest and before you know it, you've opened a multitude of bright, shiny handles leading you to a new and more interesting room.
I've been traveling tonight through those doors and feeling very nostalgic.
Hope I'm not dating myself ('cause that would be embarassing in more ways than just one LOL)!
After you've ran on the treadmill for 5 minutes to the AC/DC video (below), cool down with some Meatloaf.
Then, have a great night!
Okay, so I thought I was back to work...painting...but it has been slow going. I've been taking a course in medical transcription and studying at least 5 hours per day. It's been hard to get back to it. But here is my newest one, so far. You can check it out here if you would like. Thank you for stopping by when you get a chance. Have a wonderful Halloween everyone! SOLD
I've been gone from the blogging world for so long, I wonder if I will remember how to do it all still :) I have a new painting up on e-bay if you'd like to check it out. Can't wait to check out what all of you wonderful artists have been up to for the past month. Take care!
I was checking out some of my old artwork that I haven't looked at for years! I had purchased a book by Lee Hammond titled "How to Draw Lifelike Portraits from Photographs". She is a really great teacher and made drawing not so intimidating! I thought it would be fun to share some of these with you. If you get a chance, check out the book too.
Rafael from My Tiny Studio has created some very cute Shaker Dolls! He has one listed on Ebay and the rest on Etsy. Check them out! Sorry Rafael, I was having trouble uploading your video onto my site so I will just have to link back to your site.
Anne from Gaal Creative is celebrating her "Blogoversary" and she's awarded me along with many others with her Circle of Friends Award. Thank you so much Anne! I will nominate 5 others with the same award ASAP. Check out the link to her blog, and feast your eyes upon her beautiful creations!
Okay, so I finished my first table leg doll! It was a lot of fun and I didn't have to sew ANYTHING. Can't wait to get started on my second one. Although, we don't have a Lowe's store nearby. So, in order to get my supplies, I hauled the kids through a thunderstorm (it started after we left) 45 minutes away to the nearest store :) Oh well, it was worth it. Maybe I'll use technology this time and purchase what I need over the internet. Click here if you'd like to see her on Ebay.
I haven't painted a picture of Mary for quite a while so, I finally finished one! This one has got lots of texture! Thanks to the classes I took with Gritty Jane and Maureen White, I was able to learn lots of new techniques so a big thanks to those two! It has been listed on EBay and if you'd like to check it out, click here. Hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July Weekend. I'm planning on posting a few pics from our night soon. Take care all!
Guess what guys....she's done it again! Gritty Jane has a new doll tutorial. I just wanted to share the link with everyone. Just click on the badge below and it will link you to her tutorial's home page. I can't wait to get started!
I was finally able to finish something that has been hanging around for a while. This took a while to make. I created my own collage papers and used it to create the "bark" on this tree titled, "The Dance". You can check it out here on Ebay if you'd like.
Today is officially the first day of summer and it's been raining all day! Can't wait for a little sunshine. Have a great week everyone!
Just a few more pictures of the yard during spring time. I don't know what kinds of flowers these are, I just know they make me happy. The second pic is the front yard, a few hours before sunset. The last picture, actually a video is from the back yard with a very calm breeze blowing through. It's just too quiet around here. We miss all you guys in CA and WA ! Wish you were here!
Oh, I forgot....I wanted to post another picture that my daughter took. Although this little one is grey, he was the inspiration for my newest painting. The rabbits LOVE our yard since we have so many dandelions popping up everywhere. They love eating them. Another great picture Katlyn! Maybe, if we have the camera on hand, we can catch the family of fox that might pass through. Take care!
Newest angel painting titled "Nature's Angel". You can check her out on Etsy here.
Well...we had a 2nd visit from our friend "The Bear". He was just passing through (3 days after trashing the yard". But this time he left things as he found them. Thank goodness!
We also have a sad update on the Robin's eggs...there are only 3 now. One is missing. We did hear a lot of noise this morning from several crows outside our window. Not sure if a crow got one. We couldn't find any egg shells anywhere but something had to have gotten it. Do crows do that?! Anyway....poor mother Robin seems very nervous though. Hope things go well from her from here on out.
Hope everyone had a great Memorial Weekend. Back to the usual early tomorrow :(
These are 2 adorable clay frogs that my kids created in their art class at school.
Cloth and Clay Santa
Another Work in Progress
Cloth and Clay Doll
This is the very first doll I created using cloth and paper clay. Check out Gritty Jane's Workshops !
The Cotton Candy Tree
I just wanted to do something a little different than my other paintings. A conversation between my son and daughter about cotton candy inspired this painting. I think the colors are fun and the trunk is mesmerizing.
This is my Christmas angel who was sold to someone in Hawaii. 70 degree weather sounds lovely right now !
Mermaid Blowing Bubbles
Each of her little scales were decoupaged on individually.