Monday, September 1, 2014

30 Day Challenge-Trips we've taken

I Signed up for the 30 day challenge...Paint 30 Paintings in 30 days like I did in January. 
I am not sure if I can do it this time but I will try. 
I decided my theme 'might' be paintings from mine and my daughter's trips. Each year since 2002 we have tried to go somewhere. 
This one is from Maine. It is a watercolor 5x7. 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

More Cloudcroft photos

The 3 day workshop was good. I realized that I really know nothing about oil painting!  Watercolors are still my first choice but it has been a good challenge for me. I signed up for the 30 day challenge again not knowing yet what I will do! Watercolor or oil?
These are the two paintings I did, along with some sketching.  The oil paintings are very beginner looking but is ok.  I am trying to do this post on my ipad so I just listed the photos. 
1.morning coffee in the camper 
2. Cloudcroft art sign
3.first set up and painting
4. Sketch of set up
5. Thursdays painting
6.small sketch
7. My new art friend Joy Cowan from Odessa, Tx
8. Sketch of Our supper last night. 

We will head home and I will be getting ready for my sketchbook class. Am so looking forward to getting together for this. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cloudcroft, NM

I signed up for a 3 day workshop in Cloudcroft NM starting tomorrow. We came up yesterday and brought our camper. We stopped in Artesia,NM for lunch. I drew what I could see ( not a good spot) 
While we waited for our lunch. I have to admit I , think it's the first time I have drawn in a resturant. I always take photos, but never brave enough to drag out sketchbook. 
Here is a picture of our lunch!
We both had the same thing. We were shocked that they didn't bring any chips and salsa!  I have never been anywhere you didn't get them if you ordered Mexican food.  They did have some awesome western art hanging on the walls though!  

We got cold during the night and had to use the heater for a few minutes this morning! 
If we had been home it would have been air conditioner. 

Hopefully I will have a painting to post from this trip! The instructor is Qiang Huang
I can't believe I am taking an oil workshop! I am using the duo (water) oils. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

More Sketches

I am still sketching something each day, and I am using a list by Danny Gregory, from his Everyday Matters list. One was a musical instrument, so I googled instruments, and found the image with the music behind it, so I did use it from Google.  The next day I got my old clarinet out, and redrew it.  I played all during jr. high and high school, and loved band!  On the top one I used my lamy safari and tombow pen. On the bottom one I used my new lamy Joy with blue black ink, that runs when wet.
The bottom sketches are some things I have done this past week.
Telephones in our house, inside of our car, and my sketch bag.
So excited about our sketchbook workshop coming up in September!


Thursday, August 14, 2014

More Sketches and workshops

I am still sketching on sketchbook Skool stuff, even though it has come to an end. I did enjoy it, and learned a lot! Here are a few more. The last segment was buildings, and these are the ones I did. I am having problems using her method! Need more practice.
 My sketchbook workshop is Sept. 12-13, so if you are interested, I think I have one spot left! It looks like it will be a great time. There are some very new beginners, and that will be such fun, hopefully they will get excited and enjoy it!

Don't forget about Nancy Standlee's 'Love your Life' Journaling class, Oct 17-18
I know it will be an unforgettable workshop!
there are 7 signed up, and we have room for 3-4 more! Don't miss this fun time, learning how to journal! the cost is $175.00 for both days. 10-4. I need to know to save a spot, plus I need a deposit of half by October 1st.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Sketchbook Skool week 6 with Liz Steel

Liz Steel is the instructor this week. You should google her work. she is awesome! (I don't know the link) She has filled over 100 sketchbooks.
She loves to sketch tea cups, and so that is what I tried first, experimenting with the backgrounds.
I don't have any fancy cups to work from either, so I googled them, and found these 3 that I liked.
We are also supposed to do a building, and so I guess that is next!
She has a technique I hadn't thought of, and that is draw with a watercolor pencil first, then go over with ink, and when you paint it, it disappears into the paint.  I will do that more on difficult subjects.  Is a good thing to know.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Sketchbook Workshop-September 12-13

I am getting excited about our sketchbook workshop!  Below are some examples of what I have sketched.. I ordered some supplies, and  can't wait to share them. I also found some fun stuff too! I have been sketching for years, but taking the sketchbook skool online has opened a whole new world of sketching for me! Ways to sketch I hadn't seen or thought of! I hope to share as much as I can in 2 days! I have a few spots left if you are interested.  You really don't need much for this workshop.  That's the beauty of sketching and sketchbooks.  I have the tombow markers, and some pencils.  Just bring a good sketchbook, pencils and pens you have from home, as well as a small watercolor set IF you have one. If you DON'T , don't worry about it, you can use mine, then you can get what you want later.  Colored pencils will work if you want to bring those. I will send out some more info soon.
 I thought this class would be a good beginning for those who plan to take the journaling class from Nancy Standlee Oct.17-18.  I am so looking forward to having her here. She is so much fun, and knows more art techniques than I will ever know!  I only have 2 spots left for her class if you want to come be sure and let me know asap.
I will post some of  her journal pages in the next blog post.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Breckenridge and Plains Art Shows

 This was a busy week with art shows! We had our Yoakum County Art Asc. show all week, and I got a 1st in 3 divisions.  Also, the Breckenridge Texas show started and I won an award there. I had 2 collages in the show. Keri and I went to the reception. It was a long drive but we had a lot of fun. It was a beautiful show.  Several Well known artists  paintings were there, and what a thrill to get to see their work!  Also, there was a painting there of a hotel sign from Plains! We loved getting to see it as well. I wish the artist had been there.
. We also got to eat fish in a little place we used to go when we would go fishing. (we never caught any, plus theirs was probably better!) I am blessed that my daughter enjoys going to art things with me!

Yoakum County entries , Wyoming Landscape, Woven Barn, and Lester.



Monday, July 28, 2014

Sketchbook Skool Week 4-Drawing birds with Cathy Johnson

I couldn't get the sparrows to stay still on the feeder! I had to look them up to get an idea of what they really look like and I still didn't capture them, but was fun.  I love the crows that I got in Wyoming sitting on the fence. I have done a couple of paintings of them. and the bird at the Atlanta Zoo was so gorgeous! sketching is such fun.
 If you want to join us for my Sketching workshop, Sept. 12-13, let me know. There's still room!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Workshop in Plains

This Friday and Saturday we had a great 2 day workshop. The first big workshop in my new building. I loved it! The students were from: Artesia New Mexico, Midland, Lubbock, and Plains. They all created something that they will enjoy for years!

We have set up another collage workshop for March 6,7 2015. Put on your calendar if you are interested. I only have room for 10-11 so I will need to know as soon as you can. It is $80 for both days.

Kathy, Rhonda Carol
Georgie, Mary George, Liz
Ruth Ann, Donna and Danielle

Also, September 12 -13,next month...
 I am teaching a Sketchbook class. We will do some basic simple sketches and learn about sketchbooks and different tools we can use.  Also we will talk about making our own.  I am excited to do this because sketchbooks happen to be one of my favorite things to do! You do not need any experience, so don't worry about that part. It takes a while to learn to draw and this is a beginning if you have ever been interested. I have filled several sketchbooks over the years, and they are such fun to go back through.
The cost is $80 for both days. You mainly need a good sketchbook. This is a great brand--visual journal. They have watercolor, mixed media and smooth. I love them all. I watercolor my sketches, so this paper works really good. they have small and large. I would recommend the small to start with.  I draw strictly with ink, and that would be my advice to you also.  You can pick up a fountain pen, or a good ball point, etc. If you are worried about that, bring some pencils. colored pencils, etc.
I will make a better list in a few days.This 2 day workshop is $80 also.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sketchbook Skool Week 3

I missed out on week 2 because of the trip to Atlanta, so I will do it when the 6 weeks is up.
 I thought it would be easier than to be behind everybody each week.
This lesson was with Brenda Swenson, and drawing continuous contour lines. We weren't supposed to pick our pen up but is very hard not to. We were supposed to pick 3 objects for the first try, and I ended up with 4 on one. I decided to go with girly things and it was fun. I loved doing this type of drawing because I like 'lines' in my drawings. They are a little wonky and crooked but it gives them character...maybe.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Atlanta market-artist signing

I have some of my collages licensed and I got to come to Atlanta to sign copies of my VW collage. It was such fun. A great experience. Keri came with me, and we stayed over a few days. 
While here I found out that Coffee City USA was here at market too so we found them. I did some art for them several years ago and he had his coffee samples there too! It was exciting to have art work on two places in the Atlanta market!
We visited the botanical gardens and CNN today. 
We will head home in a couple of days.