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.

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.