Thursday, September 30, 2010

Doodle Marc

Have any of you seen Rebecca at Daisy Dolls Gypsy Caravan?  I just can't get over her fabulous doodle portraits so I decided to try one. It really took me quite a while to figure it all out and actually this one is just in pencil then I darkened it in Photoshop. I love to doodle so this might be really fun to do. Rebecca is fabulous at doodling on faces and it's certainly worth a look see!!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Miss Eclectic "E"

Let's give a big hello to Miss Eclectic E. As you can see she is quite Ebullient but very Eccentric. She is quite an Extraordinary letter because she is very open minded and accepting of the other letters in the alphabet who are not as Expressive as she is. She and her neighbor, Miss Dottie Doodle D, are best friends. She actually was the one who taught Doodle Dottie to say, "Daaa-ling".

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Yes, we are having fun!

We are having fun here in beautiful Greenville, SC, and Papa Chaunce flew in today but we have to drive home tomorrow. Bucky is so sweet to Baby Marc and we had a good laugh with the ride in the wagon today.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

More color!

I am still living these punches of color.  It's Dr. Martins concentrated WC again. The top image of the birdhouse is a sketch from my previous drawing class and the bottom one is a photo of a still life at the studio when I took the oil painting class.
I printed them on watercolor paper and they are really fun to paint.
 I am leaving today to go see Baby Marc so I will be traveling 6 hours. I have me a book to listen to so I will be just fine. I will be there until Monday so I will see you all next week! 

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

One more-one shot at an invitation

Ok, I decided to try it again on the next invitation. This is my first cousin's son and I really wanted to make them something special. I thought it was a precious invitation with only the writing and the birds at the corner. Just perfect for some painting except.....blotter paper and bleeding ink!!!! Now, why was I so dumb as to think the ink wouldn't run!? So, I sprayed it with Blair Mat Fixative which gave me an instant headache even in my well ventilated area. Then it wouldn't take the watercolor so I stressed a bit and pulled out some hair. I watered down some acrylic and that helped but I didn't want to cover up the letters. Finally I think it worked out.  I hope they like it. It was a labor of love and every painting is a learning experience even if you are left with a little less hair and only have blotter paper to work on. This one is a 6x6. Ok, two down, one more to go. But the third invitation can't be painted. Dang!
Here I come Bed Beth and Beyond.

So, here are the two invitations all finished.  I added paper for backgrounds and glued them to a Jack Richeson panel which is about 8x 1/2 inch or so. They can hang them on the wall of put it on a bookshelf.
Ready for UPS! 

Monday, September 20, 2010

One shot at painting on the invitation-

I have to say that I held my breath and fought with this blotter-like paper but I was bound and determined to make it work. The original doesn't look quite as cartoonish as how it shows on the screen. It is a 7x7 card so I had plenty of room but it was still quite small and tedious. Thank goodness for my new, tiny and much to expensive brush I bought after attending the IAMPETH conference. I say now, it was worth it. Anyway, I did it and hopefully they will like it. It also has gold dots all around which unfortunately the scanner doesn't pick up. I think that the dots actually make the piece work so I am sorry you can't see it.
 So,who really wants a 5 piece place setting anyway?
 Well, thinking back, I did!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Trust revisited---again and again...

As you know, I do love this Scripture, and as I said before it's one of the few that I have memorized. Sometimes when the calligraphy bug is biting and I sit down to practice I just start writing this verse. There are others too..."the joy of the LORD is your strength","create in me a clean heart..." And if it works then I scan it, save it, and use it.  This is actually a background that I did many months ago in Julie Prichard's Layer Love class and decided to pull it out and add something to it. It was rather plain before but had some neat textures.
So another...
"Art du jour complet"

Friday, September 17, 2010


Same backgrounds and lettering-used and cropped in different ways.
Just playing around with backgrounds and lettering. I love these bright colors.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Miss Dottie Doodle "D"

This is Miss Dottie Doodle D. As you see she loves dots and doodles and calls everyone "Daa-ling." This is her motto, "If anything is worth doodling, it's worth over-doodling."

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

In the cheap journal

I am liking COLOR these days..(actually I like color everyday). I sketched this out in the crummy journal and used Dr. Ph Martin Hydrus watercolors. They are bright and easy to use. I slipped in the lettering in Photoshop. Oh, Mr. Photoshop, how I do love you!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Baby Marc in Technicolor

I was just playing around with some filters in Photoshop and decided to use the filter>sketch>stamp filter and see what happened. I used the Dr. Martin Hydrus watercolors to paint him.

And I just want to say hello to Susan, a sweet blog follower, who just happened to ask Diane if she knew me just out of the blue while Diane was at the art fair. It is so nice to hear that someone has be inspired by our blogs. I think that is the purpose, actually, to inspire others as we ourselves are inspired!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Bright just makes me happy

I don't know if any of you follow Kelly Nina Perkins but everytime I see a new post on my blog roll her colors always catch my eye. I love her video Stitch Imagery and I decided to pull out one of my sketches from a previous drawing class and paint it. I used Dr. Ph. Martin's transparent concentrated watercolors which I have has for about 25 years--really, I have!  I love them so much I would like to get a few other colors. I love painting these paintings because all you really have to think about is what colors to use because watercolor techniques are not necessary. But what colors to use--that can be daunting sometimes actually. Know what I mean!!??
Oh, and I sewed around the images.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Miss Compliment "C"

This is "Miss Compliment C".  She is always very sheik and fashion forward and receives many compliments because of her savvy colors that she wears. Below she has on her orange and blue to cheer for the Gators and she can't wait to wear her red and green for Christmas. And her fashion tip of the day...always add a touch of black!


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Just a few more stars

  I love stars. They are happy and hopeful and fun.

Speaking of stars, this is dedicated to all of the STARS of the attack on the World Trade Towers nine years ago today... the heroes who survived and the heroes who didn't.

Friday, September 10, 2010

A little ditty for the Red Door

Joshua 24:15

This is a blank banner that I bought months ago and, again, didn't know what to put on it but I know something would come up. I have several of them and they are pretty nice. They come with the wooden dowel and knobs. Og course now that I have Bernie I could make them but I didn't have the sewing machine when I ordered them.  I wrote the lettering with a calligraphy marker and the towers are paper. 
It was fun.
Sorry if this posted in your blog roll and didn't show up. I posted it by mistake yesterday when I scheduling it for today---but here it is. 

Thursday, September 9, 2010

I made a Tower and Turret!

This 24 x 4 inch white melamine  board I got at Hobby Lobby 50% off and really didn't know what I would use it for but I knew something would come up. Perfect for a Tower and Turret. It was really fun to do. The found letters say.."beneath the winking skies"....."and by sparkling eyes"..."And at home they are making merry."

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

More fall yummy colors

 I love spraying these papers. It's therapeutic, for sure!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Miss Gypsy A

I thought I would paint the A again. And She has a story.
This is "Miss A" and she lives in a gypsy van all decorated out with colorful lanterns and beautiful oriental carpets on her floor. Her walls are painted violet and chartreuse and hot pink. She has a black cat named Tarot and she loves halloween. But Miss A is not a bad letter A, she is just very bohemian and care free. I think all my letters might have a story depending on how they turn out, Miss A definitely had a story.

Monday, September 6, 2010

"B" elieve

This "B" was very fun to do yesterday. Ok, I have an A and a B. We'll see how far I get. I hope everyone has a great Labor Day!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Afternoon Serendipity

This was a 9 x 11 Strathmore Watercolor sheet where I was practicing some letterforms for some of the previous star pieces and the collage from a couple of days ago. Sometimes these sheets just get thrown into a bin hoping that they can be collage fodder. I decided to spray it with my Adirondack inks in my favorite fall colors with my stencils and I liked the result. I think I will do more tomorrow because these colors are just yummy to me right now.  I will post them tomorrow. And I will be starting making some towers and turrets soon!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Plan "A"

Just needed a bit of color.

Ok so here is my plan...(you know what they say about the best laid plans)...wait... what DO they say about those plans? I need to Google that. Anyway, what I would like to do is draw and paint a different letter every day. But I know that is ambitious at least for me because I am sure I will get distracted and go off into who knows what. Actually I do know what...Towers and Turrets!  I couldn't resist!
This is just a pencil drawing but actually I have been drawing letters for several days. All my calligraphy blog friends will notice that this is very "Sherri Kiesel-like" and actually I have never taken a class from her but it's on my bucket list. I have seen some examples here and there of different Versal letters so I will try to do several of the same letter in different styles. That is---"if those best laid plans of mice and men don't go awry" ( I googled it.)

Friday, September 3, 2010

The Journey is the Destination

 Sometimes I just keep running into these half done collages that I tried to make work in the distant past and just couldn't make it work. This was one of those collages. It seemed to just keep turning up and turning up so today I decided to either make it work or toss it.  I wish I had scanned the original collage but basically is was just the square in the middle (colored with walnut inks) with the small square underneath with the imagination quote and the vertical green piece. There were some other hap hazard useless pieces that came off easily because I really hadn't glued it down very well. Anyway, this is the result. I used (overused??) stamps, copic spray, walnut ink for doodling and calligraphy and pan pastels. Oh, and that white lacy looking thing is my new paper edge punch I got at Michaels for 50% off. Well, at least I used some of my copious supplies!! This on is 9 x 11. I think I will need to make me a 9 x 11 chunky book for all of these recent 9x11 pieces.


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