Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Animal Wednesday: Virtual Pets

(And shameless self-promotion!)

I've been trying to teach myself a few things with my Print Shop Pro card program so yesterday I made these valentine notecards for my Etsy Shop.

I took colored copyright free photos and made them black and white, dropped in a few scrolls and hearts and flowers, and then I colored the kitty's eyes with a blue colored pencil.'s a Sharpei Bouquet and a Smitten Kitten. Happy Animal Wednesday!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Illustration Friday: Pioneer

Blazing new trails in a snowstorm.

Atta boy!!

watercolor and micron on 140 lb Italia Acquerello

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Party on down with Lolo and Emma!

Okay, maybe I've already hit the eggnog a little too hard, but what's Emma's excuse??
Happy Holidays from two party animals!
Sit back and enjoy the entertainment ;)
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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Illustration Friday: Undone

I struggled with this one. All I could come up with were undone buttons on a sexy dress.

I wanted to leave the illustration with an unfinished look.

paper bag, graphite, acrylic paint, colored pencils and white ink

Happy Winter Solstice!!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Six Word Saturday

Wine and Donuts...


'scuse me!

(Sometimes we make bad choices at holiday parties!)

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Skywatch Friday: Carmel Drama

Wow, this amazing shot was taken yesterday by my friend Mary Helen while she was driving past Carmel River Beach. She knows how much I'm missing the area so she sends me sky shots when she can. This is a beauty! Thanks for letting me post it today Mary Helen ;)

For more beautiful sky shots from our planet, please go to Skywatch Friday!

Monday, December 14, 2009

More Journal Pages for :Lynn & Mim

I had two journals in front of me this week so I tackled both of them yesterday.

This is Lynn's page. As you all know she sews, quilts, paints, does fabric assemblage and many other things. I can't keep up with her! My first thought was to paint her under a "Dream Quilt" and to have her wonderful cat Henry V napping with her. The poem came later.

I used watercolors (mistake!) to paint on loose canvas. The paint kept beading up but I worked it in with a lot of patience! It needed some pizazz so I added glitter here and there. It didn't scan well but it sure shines in person.
For the back page I used my greeting card program and chose a quilt background. Then I chose a shape to place the poem in. Just a quick little diddy I wrote in a few minutes.
I'm no Emily Dickinson! Anyway, there you go. A tribute to Lynn and her sewing talents!

Now for Mim's pages...

Mim asked us to make her journal about women. Strong women, magical women, etc.

I went through my archives and found my Wallflowers and Bagladies that some of you may remember. The Wallflowers were named so because of the patterned paper I painted them on which resembled wallpaper. The Bagladies were all drawn and painted on brown paper bags.

I love that there are nine of them and nine of us sharing this journal. Kismet!

It took me a while to scan them and print them the right sizes for the collage but it was fun putting them all together.

The poem on the back is what I came up with after looking at all of 'my girls' together.

Wallflowers and Bagladies,



Thinkers, dreamers, doers.

Conquering fears,

persuing dreams,

rising to the top

like the sweetest cream.

So there you have it! I hope you ladies like your pages ;)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Illustration Friday: Hatch

My heart fluttered to the point of bursting.

That's when I remembered to open the escape hatch to let my feelings fly free.

For Illustration Friday's prompt: hatch

Digital collage printed and scanned, colored pencil enhancement

Six Word Saturday

Studio lights glow,

during first snow.

View of studio lolo and our first snowfall since moving back home.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Skywatch Friday: Egrets, water and sky

I took this shot in November when the temperatures were teasing us into thinking Winter wouldn't arrive. Today it's below freezing! I think I'll look at this photo and climb back in time.

Happy Skywatch Friday my friends. Please stop by to see other skies at the Skywatch site!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Animal Wednesday: Double Take

This is another photo taken in Provincetown in October when KJ, Debra Kay and I got together.

I did a double take when I saw this bird until I realized it was wood! I just love the white on white motif and the calmness the photo has.

Seems appropriate to use all this white today seeing as we're being snowed in!

Happy Animal Wednesday to my two-footed, four-footed and feathered friends.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Cactus Monday: Desert Menorah

It seemed appropriate for me to try and paint a cactus menorah because the holiday season is upon us.

Wishing all of you a season of light, peace and an abundance of joy!

Happy Cactus Monday!!

(This atc is going out to Lynn ;) )

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Six Word Saturday

Typical cat!

The center of attention.
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Friday, December 04, 2009

Illustration Friday: Crunchy

Fallen pine needles on the forest floor, crispy and crunchy under your feet.

The fresh, falling snow might muffle the sounds of the next passers-by.

I've always been a sucker for these Charlie Brown trees. They warm my heart.

One sepia pen, one white pencil, one brown paper envelope and five minutes.

For Illustration Friday's prompt: crunchy

Skywatch Friday: Twilight Time

Late afternoon light is my favorite time of day.

The bewitching hour. Magic time.

For more sky shots around the world, go to Skywatch Friday!