Hope you are enjoying some warmer weather and all of the beautiful greenery - everything is so lush here in northern California.
Just a quick update for you on my latest news. First, two new pet portraits! Ozzy was a much-loved, one-eyed cat who left us far too soon. He was also known as the Sultan, and his "mom" says this is just the portrait he would have wanted. :-)
Next, I had a request to paint the fabulous Kitteh in what her owners feel is her natural environment - Broadway in the 1920s!
And finally, I had a surprise contact a couple of months ago from our local Folsom/El Dorado Hills Style magazine wanting to interview me! The article they wrote is in the April issue under Arts. Fun times!
Many thanks to you for your continued support!
Thought for the day:
I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen.
Hello from Mr.T, Matlock, Milo and Fitz! I was honored to paint all of them as Christmas gifts through my Etsy site, and had so much fun! They are my last paintings of the year.
Speaking of 2017, hasn't it been an eventful one? I hope you all can look back at the past 12 months with a measure of personal joy and satisfaction, that you had some good learning opportunities, and that you feel as though you've grown into an even better person. I did pretty well with the first two, but will be planning tomorrow on how I might get better results in all three areas in 2018! ;-)
It's not often I quote a country singer, but I really liked this:
Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, full of gratitude. One of the things I'm thankful for is this beautiful fall, just wrapping up.
I'm also very grateful to you subscribers! To show my thanks, I'll be making you a couple of special offers later in this post.
And now we're coming into the wonderful winter holiday season. I've been very busy getting ready for several events in December that I want to share with you, and invite you to attend if you're available. First will be a reception at the Sutter Street Artist's Gallery in the Bag Lady Boutique, Folsom this coming Friday, December 1.
Hello! Hope you are all safe and healthy - I'm so glad our northern California fires seem to be on the wane, and the air is clearer and cooler. Time to gear up for the holidays already, and create some new items for upcoming craft/art fairs and my shops (links through the menu in the website). I thought I'd share some of the latest with you here. :-)
I'm having a lot of fun making cyanotypes after I took a wonderful class given by Linda Clark Johnson. The process is very fun and unpredictable, and involves painting a light-sensitive solution on paper, letting it dry, arranging items on top of the treated paper, putting them out in sunlight, and rinsing the paper. The result is a lovely blue (cyan) and white "photo." Afterwards you can leave the print as is or manipulate it in several ways. Highly recommended for anyone who loves to create - no drawing talent required! I completed this flying crow in the class.
And I just finished up these flowering maple prints made from negati...
I don't know about you, but we've been keeping very busy with grandkids, trips, friends and, of course, artsy adventures, like visiting the Summer of Love exhibit (light show, above) at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco! It's on until August 20, highly recommended, if you know what I mean. :-) Good to see both older and younger hippies there, and everyone having a fun time. Here are a few pics of some of the hundreds of gorgeous clothes, photos, posters and album covers they have on display:
I also made it over to the Legion of Honor on this trip to see Monet: the Early Years, and viewed all of these paintings for the first time in person. Sadly, this beautiful exhibit has moved on.
The other reason for this particular trip to the city by the bay was a sketch group activity at the Palace of Fine Arts - my first time ever seeing this magnificent structure! I made a journal page of the whole weekend experience.
In addition to traveling, I've been working a lot on bui...
We have a winner! The name my husband, Chuck, picked out of a bowl was: Gabriella Green! Congrats, Gabe - you won the giveaway of this little original watercolor as a subscriber to this blog. Thanks to all of you subscribers, early birds and newbies! I'd love to hear from you all about what you might like to see in future posts.
Following up on last week's thought about keeping that calm center during the holidays, I thought you might enjoy Susan Branch's latest blog about Hygge (pronounced HUE-gah). It's a Danish word that means a state of mind where everything is in balance within a cozy, safe environment. Susan has lots of ideas for creating more Hygge in your life. I'm trying a few myself: we have our first fire of the season going in the fireplace tonight, and I'm having a delicious cup of decaf cinnamon tea. Do you have a calming, cozy routine that you can share with us? Do you like any ideas from Susan's blog for pampering yourself? Sending hygge wishes!
October and November were full to the brim with lovely activities (above are pics from a stroll in midtown Sacramento), and if you're like me, December will be overflowing! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving - we do have so much to be thankful for, don't we?
Here's a quick rundown on what's been going on in my world the past couple of months:
I mentioned in my last post that I would participate in InkTober, an online challenge to make an ink sketch every day in October. I was pretty diligent until the end when I decided to combine the prompts for the last six days (box, creepy, burn, surprise,wreck and friend) into one drawing!
If you're interested in seeing the other 25 sketches, feel free to look at my Instagram posts. It was a challenge and a blast, and, for me, it achieved the goal of the founder, Jake Parker, to help improve participants' drawing skills.
A trip to San Francisco with granddaughter, Julie, including afternoon tea at The Crown and Crumpet,...
We got a preview last month when we took a trip to Denver. We initially planned to go so I could take some art classes, but since we had never seen Rocky Mountain National Park, we seized that opportunity as well. Timing was perfect for the fall aspen color, and the park was definitely worth seeing! Here's a sketch of the view from one of the decks where we stayed in Grand Lake.
We were lucky enough to see an elk with antlers at least four feet high, a fox who nonchalantly trotted right past our car, a pika in a pile of granite up at the 12,000 foot high point of the road through the park, and a couple of pronghorn antelope grazing in the broad valleys outside of the park. Pretty spectacular! But the mountains themselves were the real stars. Can you see the snow flurries?
Back in Denver, what drew me to the ArtmakersDenver.com classes I took was a workshop title that read "Watercolor Techniques from the Golden Age of Book Illust...
I'm jumping on the blog bandwagon! My intent is to connect with others who, like me, love art, beauty, nature, and life, and to share my own artistic meanders. I'll start off with my newest love: printmaking! I made this monotype last night in a printmaking class being given by the talented Noel Sandino. I rolled black ink onto a plexiglass plate, wiped away the ink to "reveal" a bird, rolled green ink over a little vine I brought from my yard, arranged them on the press bed, laid damp printmaking paper over them, and cranked the lot through the rollers. One of the joys of using a printing press is peeling up the paper to see how the image looks - always a thrill, even if things don't turn out as you had hoped/expected. A lot of fun, and a great learning experience!
Inspired by the class, I also made this little (3x5 image) lighthouse linocut print at home, pressing the paper to the inked block with the back of a plastic mixing spoon, and added watercolor. I'm e...