Tuesday, August 26, 2014

12 dancing princesses

Here is my latest assignment for Year of the Fairy Tale.

I drew and painted each one separately, then made a compilation in Photoshop. I couldn’t figure out how to “ground” them so I cut up an old watercolor painting and made a floor.

Check out what some of my fellow classmates have come up with!!

Monday, August 25, 2014

my apologies to…chagall

In times past, students would copy the Masters to enhance their artistic skills.

Yeah, same here. When I can’t think of anything to paint, I copy from the Masters. Only with cats.

I haven’t done this in a while so thought I’d pick on Chagall today. I present…Printemps (avec chat).

Friday, August 22, 2014

what a slacker I’ve been

I’ve been very much the slacker lately in posting. I guess I’m still coming down from the rush of ICADs from June and July. I go from posting most everyday down to a trickle. Hopefully I’ll get back in the groove pretty soon.

Anyway, here is what’s growing in the garden this week. The weather has been so stinking hot (mid 90s) that we are going through the “browning” of the garden now. It’s sad to see.

I’ve been working on lots of sketches for the Year of the Fairy Tale class I signed up for. Most are just rough sketches…nothing “pretty” to share except this… a teaser of what I’ve been working on.

More to come next week.

Happy Paint Party Friday!!

Monday, August 18, 2014

some sad news

Let’s go back a bit to 1959. Or at least back to this post I wrote in 2013. My great grandmother once had a plant called Night-Blooming Cereus. When it bloomed, everyone in the neighborhood came over to see and SMELL it. It was big news and an article was written about the event in the local newspaper.

This was back in the day when newspapers were print and the news was sometimes GOOD! ☺

Six years ago, my husband bought me a night-blooming cereus plant. It only blooms every 7 years, so I’ve been waiting very patiently. I keep it outside in the summertime and move it inside every October through May.

I’ve been babying it just to see a bloom and catch that marvelous smell that I’ve read about.

Two weeks ago, a new leaf appeared. Then a bloom. Very strange and “out of this world” looking. One bloom only.

I waited and waited. Last Thursday, I did this sketch as I knew it would open soon.

But you want to hear the sad news? I had to go out of town this weekend to attend a baby shower. And I missed it.

My husband stayed home with the cats and dog and he says that it never bloomed…just sort of shriveled up. I don’t know if he was trying to make me feel better or what.

So now, I have to wait 7 more years. Sigh.

But on a happier note, my Pregnant Plant is doing very well. I’m not sure what the official name is. I bought this at the Farmer’s Market and that’s what the seller called it. Each leaf gets a million little “babies” on it that drop off and start a new plant. This is one fertile plant!

Friday, August 15, 2014

we’re gonna need a bigger bed

Ok, so we don’t have anywhere near 10 cats. But most nights it feels that way.

At least once a week I tell my husband it’s time for a king-sized bed.

We used to kennel the dog at night and shut the door to keep the cats out.

But over time, the dog got to sleep in the bed more and more nights. And I find that a cat purring next to me is more potent than any sleeping pill there is.

So…for now, it’s crowded at night. Or maybe I should say, it’s cozy. Really, really, really cozy!

Monday, August 11, 2014

twelve brothers

I’ve been working the past week or so on this month’s assignment for Year of the Fairy Tale. We had a break over the summer. It was good. I came back fresh and excited to start the next story.

We did lots of research and sketching to get to this point. The final assignment was to sketch, add watercolor, dry brush white acrylic over that, add more watercolor for emphasis and then finish off with pencil and shadows.

I don’t normally work with a muted palette but I did tone it down a bit and settled on a nice earth tone palette.

Here is my solution for three parts of the story.

The 12 brothers are sent into the forest to wait news of the new child. If the flag is red, a signal that the baby is a girl, all the brothers were to be killed so that the kingdom will go to the Princess.

The Princess questions her mother on big laundry day…why are there so many shirts? This is how she learns of her brothers in hiding.

The Princess picks lilies for her brothers to surprise them. Unknowing that the flowers are her brothers and as she picks them, they turn into ravens.

Friday, August 8, 2014

in the garden…

Vinca and zinnia and salvia

Marigold, black-eyed Susan, salvia, wildflowers

And one of my favorites, Cleome. This flower always makes me think it couldn’t make up its mind what it wanted to be. It’s tall and thorny and has flowers and crazy seed pods sprouting in all directions. I love it.

And last, a houseplant. This is my first experience with a Venus fly-trap. So far, I haven’t seen it catch any flies but I’m hopeful.

Happy Paint Party Friday!!

Monday, August 4, 2014

icad finale

The weather here is so stinkin’ hot that it’s perfect for staying indoors!

Plenty of time to finish up on my ICADs.

I can’t believe 61 days of ICADs have gone by.

I really enjoyed playing with my new Gelli Plate and drawing food.

To keep them all together, I created an accordion booklet. It’ll be fun to look back and savor the summer ☺

Friday, August 1, 2014

i didn’t mean to be away so long

My grandson has been visiting this week so I haven’t been in the studio at all. Too many other things to do…fixing puzzles, watching Frozen (twice), trips to library, trips to ice cream parlor, dog walks, etc.

So all I have to offer today is a cat that I finished earlier and had misplaced. It’s good to clean up the studio now and then. I find all kinds of treasures ☺

Happy Paint Party Friday!!

Monday, July 28, 2014

icad catch up

I can’t believe that another summer of ICAD challenge is nearly over.

I tried to make a good veggie choice when we ate out. This was really bad. Asparagus season has been over for a while.

Yummy tea from the local tea and spice shop.

I love summer corn.

On my salad.

This is yummy and so easy.

Breakfast at Panera.

My husband doesn’t like watermelon so I HAVE to eat the whole thing myself.

This tasted better than it looks. Lots better.

At the end of the challenge, I may have to create a booklet like this to keep them altogether. Isn’t this great?