|In preparation for my trip to China, I have been practicing my|
Chinese brush painting techniques! I used to teach this with my students,
and we always enjoyed the simplicity and beauty of the art form.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Sunday, May 26, 2013
|I have been having the best time watching these little guys! |
The mockingbird pair started trying to build their nest in the
wreath on my front door about 6 weeks ago. Then there were 4 little
blue eggs. And now, there are 3 very hungry and sleepy little
baby birds! I check on them all the time...and I hope they get used
to seeing me through the glass, with my camera.
I have put up a wire barrier to try to keep my cats away...I so hope that they
do not end up as appetizers.
I will keep you posted on their progress!
"Let everything that has breath, praise the Lord!"
Saturday, May 25, 2013
|This is a window frame, and today, I mounted these |
four painted canvases onto it. The glass panes protect the painted
surfaces, but let you see the dragonfly design through them. I thought it might
make an interesting piece.
|My little magnolia tree in the yard is blooming, and I couldn't resist |
taking a few pics of the beautiful, creamy white petals today, too.
|And who doesn't like "black eyed susans"? These are growing |
wild along all of our Louisiana roadways right now. They
look like "summer" to me! And their simplicity makes me smile.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
I started this drawing last night. I drew her older
sister several (many!) years ago, and I promised to
draw her too. When I saw this photo of her,
I knew this would be the one to draw. This little girl is
very lively, and funny, and I think this photo
captures her spirit. Plus, the lighting is fabulous...
when there are lots of shadows, there is more to draw!
I hope I can get her likeness just right...I have a long
way yet to go, but it sure is
I am continuing to get things ready to go to the Dallas wholesale market
again soon, so I haven't been doing a lot of art...just marketing stuff. But I really
needed to just draw....so this portrait will offer some welcome
Friday, May 17, 2013
We received our final itineraries today for our upcoming trip to China!
It is time to start getting excited...and making plans.
We don't leave until July 24th, but it will be here soon.
Some of the photos are places and things we will see:
the Yuyuan Gardens in Shanghai, a Ming dynasty vase,
the Forbidden City in Bejiing, and the gorges along
the Yangtze River. It will be a great trip, and there should
be lots of inspiration for paintings and drawings.
I also plan to take as many pictures as I can!
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Sunday, May 12, 2013
|I have been playing around with these "bugs"...made from bits and |
pieces. This is a chair leg, with some decorative brackets,
a spool off of an old typewriter, and some nails.
|This "dragonfly" is made from a porch post, some beaded|
board, a key plate,
a drawer pull, and some wire antennas.
|This one is also made from the porch post, a hinge, |
some beaded board, and an upside down fleur de lis hook.
These have been fun to do. They will be for sale
at the shop, and I will plan to take them to
Dallas market in June as well.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
|I have been playing around with these little |
vertical paintings as possible flag designs. There is a
flag company that accepts submissions from freelance artists.
Right now they are taking Fall and Holiday designs, so I might
just send these on to them.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
I was returning from south Louisiana today, and saw these
geese near a pond. Thought I would stop and take a few
pics. The baby geese were precious...some were younger than others.
I thought the parents might be very protective, and threaten me...but
obviously, they were used to people, and they came right up to me.
I imagine people have been feeding them, and I didn't have a thing with me!
But they let me take their pics anyway...and they sure were cute.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
|My Wednesday class kids wanted to paint some aprons they |
could wear during class. (they are always getting paint
on their clothes!)
|Kate is painting a great big hot pink "K"|
|Anna got into some red paint and hearts|
post my schedule on the blog, on Facebook, and at the shop....soon!