Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy camper?

Are you much of a camper?  I've not done much camping in my life but when my brothers and I were young we camped on a farmer's land.  It was real "roughing it" - no water, electricity, campsites - no nothing.  Just us and nature.  The food was gritty and our faces were dirty but it was fun!  Looking back I'm sure it wasn't so much fun for our moms - looking after wild kids running through the woods, cooking/cleaning in the most primitive of conditions and ALL the work before/after getting ready and then unpacking once we were home.
We've had it easy as adults.  Corey's sister Jen/family live in Seattle and they have all the best camping equipment.  When we've camped with them it has been a blast.  When you are in a forest in the Pacific Northwest and your dinner is toasted bread with Brie, fresh cherries and a glass of wine - and your breakfast is eggs, bacon and a latte made with a tiny propane tank - camping life is good!
BTW - this girl had a too long face - my usual problem - so I chopped her and moved her face closer together - she's like the Frankenstein Camper now.  LOL!

Linking to Art Journal Every Day

Friday, April 11, 2014

She - Painting with my SIL

"She always had that about her, that look of otherness, of eyes that see things much too far, and of thoughts that wander off the end of the world."
                              - Joanne Harris

My SIL Laura came to paint/play this week.  What a blast we had together!  She and my brother have two boys the same age as our boys.
Laura and I get together so the boys could play as often as we can work it out - but things have changed over the years. 
Now that the boys are older we don't have to stand over them supervising anymore. . .
which means the moms get to play!!  
It is so nice to get artsy with the white noise of our boys having fun together.
I do get wistful for my little boys though. . . 
Linking to Art Journal Every Day and

Sunday, April 6, 2014

My favorite pens and pencils. . .

Don't you hate it when you grab a marker and it is dry?  AARRGGHH!!  I decided to take a few minutes and toss old pens and thought I'd share my favorites.

1.  V5 Pilot Precise Rolling Ball pen
2.  V7 Pilot Precise Rolling Ball pen  (I bought both of these at TARGET in packs of 3 - waterproof and true black.)
3.  Pilot PERMABALL pen - another waterproof beauty.  This pen had gone out of production until Christy Tomlinson revived its use and now it is available in her online shop - Scarlet Lime.
4.  Pentel Color Brush - like an aqua pen but filled with black ink.  Super for big swaths of inky goodness.
5.  Pentel Graphgear 500 0.5mm pencil
6.  Pentel Graphgear 500 0.7mm pencil
7.  Ticonderoga #2 pencil - it has no eraser and is so old but I love it!!
8.  Papermate Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick (got at Blick - perfect for erasing in small spaces)
9.  Stabilo AQUARELLABLE pencil - Dina Wakley calls this the magic pencil and she is right!
I do own several pricey markers/pencils/pens but these inexpensive tools are my favorites.  I'd love to know your favorite drawing implements - please share!!

Linking to Sunday Sketches

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Inky Flowers. . .

There is a rule in decorating that says "every room can use a touch of black".  Black is a color that adds a focal point and a bit of sophistication.   
I agree with that sentiment wholeheartedly.  My black pen collection is definitely in use each time I draw or paint. 
I watercolored some flowers recently and while they were pretty to me - 
after black was added the blooms became so much more vibrant. 
Do you like to add a lot of black too?
Linking to Paint Party Friday and

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Rock Climber. . .

This silly creature has taken residence in my art journal.
I had painted a stack of watercolored shapes and the
next thing I knew I'd sketched a ladder and the rock climber scrambled up to the top!
Linking to Sunday Sketches and

Friday, March 28, 2014

White flowers only, please. . .

Several years ago I worked part-time for a couple in Florida answering e-mails, filing papers, etc.  It was a cushy job in gorgeous surroundings.  Their home and landscaping could easily have been featured in any number of magazines.  The furnishings and decor were lush and exquisite.
The lady of the house had one funny quirk - she only wanted white flowers in their home.  Pops of color in their abode only came from the art they collected.  The remainder of the decor was neutral so that the art would take center stage.  The effect was stunning and there was a great side perk to that quirk. 
The couple would often receive flowers from friends and colorful blooms were a distraction from the carefully arranged art.  Newer friends and colleagues often did not know of her love of only white flowers.  That meant that I went home with gorgeous bouquets of colorful blossoms on a pretty regular basis.  Told you it was a cushy job!!

Linking to Paint Party Friday and

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Big Red

She was never quite sure if her nickname came from the color of her hair or from the stature that the antlers provided. . . It was probably a bit of both, don't you think?