Wednesday, October 1, 2014

30 Day Challenge finsihed!

This makes 2-30 Day Challenges I have done this year. So I have finished 60 small paintings this year already. I have sold 2 of them. The rest are available. This really pushed and frustrated me, but am glad that I went ahead and did it. This Friday I start another 6 week Sketchbook Skool.
Saturday I am teaching a sketchbook class. Am really looking forward to that.
Thanks for Following along with the 30 days!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

30 Day Challenge Over!

Now if I will just keep going!  It has been harder this time than the first. I think because I did mostly watercolors, and they are harder to paint than oil or acrylic. (for me anyway)  I had fun experimenting with the huge brush and ink. This has been good because I have come up with some new ideas, and hopefully I will paint more.  As with last time, I wondered at times WHY did I do this challenge but when it's all said and done, I am glad I did. It pushed me and challenged me.  Actually one of the hardest things for me is finding what I want to paint.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Day 19-25

This is the 3rd week. It is nearly finished. I have had to struggle but glad I stuck it out.
The Buffalo is an oil, and the 2 bikes and the fish are acrylics. the others are Watercolor.
all of these are available from me or Daily Paintworks.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Day 12-18 and New Book

This is Day 12- Day 18.
This has really been a struggle for me, but I won't give up!  We are 2/3 through!

I got to be in 'The Artistic Touch 6'
by Chris Unwin.  These are the two.  I have a few to sell if anybody wants a signed copy.
They are $28 + S&H.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sketchbook Workshop

We had a great time sketching this past week end. We have been in a drought for over 4 years, and on it rained all day long! I had plans of sketching outside but we had to re group, but we had a blast. or I did! We had 10 to begin with, and due to family illness we lost 3. and there are 2 missing from the photos!  We did several different things ..different ideas for sketchbooks, and ran out of time!
on Saturday I fixed lunch and we had to sketch our lunch, and I am sorry I forgot to take their photos. I added mine below.
one of our sketches consisted  of an old photo, and drawing and painting around it. That is a lot of fun, and especially if you are timid about drawing. The one below is my example for them.
This is a small movie of the group, and not all is in it.

Laura, Lisa, Judy, Carol and Jane
Lenda and Marisa (not in photo)
My lunch..
.one below  is the photo, which I hadn't painted yet, and the painted one, which I can see needs some more darks in it, but you can tell what we did. This is a lot of fun too.


I plan on another sketching 2 day workshop Oct.3-4 for those who had to miss, as well as those who might want to come again, or for anybody new. The 2 day is optional, students can come for just one day if they want.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Day 7-11 30 day Challenge

 This is day 7-11.  Day 11 is from a photo I took in NY , October 2001.  I got to go with a disaster team to NY and work, and we were folding flags for the families. President Bush handed them out. It was a very solemn and sacred time in that huge building folding flags without any sounds other than airplanes going over. The only talking was when some one needed to know how to fold. I was very humbled and honored to have folded one.  I just decided I would just do a pen sketch of this scene in honor of those lost 13 years ago.
The Freedom Balloon was also done with 9-11 in mind. It was from our trip to the Balloon Festival in Albuquerque, NM.  The White fence was in Dallas. Don't remember where the flowers and boat was!


Monday, September 8, 2014

Keri's Livingroom Sketch

This was done sitting on Keri's Couch. I was waiting on her, and decided to sketch that side of the room.  T-Bone was quietly chewing his bone with his legs all stretched out, and was still enough for me to capture him. (sort of). 
I really love this little sketchbook. It is Strathmore Mixed Media with 90 lb paper and it paints up awesome Not one ripple or wrinkle, even painting on the backs. I have been very impressed with it.
Enough that I got an 8.5x11. That will be hard for me to fill up!
Our Sketchbook Class is this coming Friday and Saturday.  I am so excited about it!
 I have room for 1-2 more if there are any takers! just let me know.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

30 Day Challenge Week One

I decided not to send out a painting each day. That is too much email coming to you each day. I already posted Day 1 and 2.  This is Day 3-6.  Not sure I will be able to post one on Sunday so I will just do these for now. 
The woman on the beach in NY is day 3
Lady Liberty is day 4
Brighton Beach, NY  is Day 5
Maine is Day 6 (oil)

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.