Archive for November, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving is such a wonderful holiday.  It’s just too bad you have to spend all day in the kitchen. 

If you have a chance, maybe you can sweet talk someone into cooking and spend  time with the kids in your family making turkeys.  These are from Plum Pudding here  (which I saw on The Crafty Crow, a great site for children’s crafts) and I think they are just as cute as can be.  We made them in Children’s Church Sunday and talked about what we can be thankful for and to Whom we give thanks.  Not sure 3,4 and 5 year olds totally grasp the concept but they liked the turkeys!

I am truly thankful for children.  God knew what He was doing.

Happy Thanksgiving.  Gotta go preheat the oven, may not be back for a few days…


November 20, 2009

My entry for Illustration Friday, prompt word of “music”.  I worked hard to come up with this.  Actually, I worked hard on another entry before this one,  it didn’t work at all and therefore I painted this.

Lately, I have been listening to Simon and Garfunkel greatest hits over and over again.  Their music is a good choice to have playing in your head if you have to have music playing in your head.  And seems like I have to.  Do you wake up with a song stuck in your head, too?  Better “I am a rock, I am an island” than “I stepped in glue, I stepped in glue, my feet are stuck ’cause I stepped in glue”.

watercolour  7″x10″


November 20, 2009

Watercolour portrait of my young great-nephew, Will.   Cutest little thing with an even littler brother who looks just like him.   


Image size 5″x7″

Three evenings of watercolouring.  Wonder what tomorrow holds…

Watercolour Evenings

November 18, 2009

 My last two evenings have been filled with watercolouring.  (I know, the dishes need to be done but they aren’t going anywhere.) I resist going dark in watercolor, so I pushed myself to get deeper with the values.   I also worked on lost and found edges.  This was easier to do on the dark background rather than the other.

I forget how much I enjoy painting faces. These were done from old black and white photographs.  The top girl has my sister Donna’s hair, as it used to be anyway!   I’ve gotta find some live models. 


These two watercolours are 5″x7″.

Bits and Pieces

November 16, 2009

I collect paper.  One glance around my studio and you would agree.  I like doing things with paper, especially cutting it.  After the paper has morphed into whatever… I have no idea what to do with it, so I end up with a large collection of paper. 

I’ve been going thru stuff and have culled out some bits and pieces.  Thought I would share them with you.

Paper snowflakes hand cut from 4″squares of paper, misted with red paint.  The natural one and the really dark red one have been coated in beeswax.  Makes them translucent, less fragile and they smell nice.  I cut several of these last year and wired them onto my Christmas tree.  Lights reflecting off the wax is very pretty.

Artist Trading Cards which I have never traded.  Some kind soul once felt sorry for me and gave me one of hers but these (the only ones I have ever created) didn’t exist at the time.  That one plus these means I have 6 ATC’s.  My favorite part of these (which doesn’t show very well in the photo) is that I punched tiny holes in them and then used embroidery floss and simple stitches to border and accent.  The faces are printed copies of my watercolour faces. 

Fern silhouettes and a little sitting girl cut from computer collaged paper and waxed with beeswax.

 Silhouettes in black.

  A linocut print and watercolor of the same face. 

A hand cut paper doily.  Sometimes I have too much time on my hands.

 A paper doll made into a card.

Another card with a cut silhouette.   I guess I can do something with those pieces.  Sometimes.


November 14, 2009

Illustration Friday word prompt this week is “unbalanced”.  On the drive thru sign of my favorite coffee shop this morning sat a single child’s shoe.  It made me think of all the unbalanced children there must be when so many shoes lay on the roadsides.  I find it kind that some thinking soul placed the shoe on the sign so that, perhaps, with any luck, the parents of this child with one shod foot would see it, enabling them to balance out their poor teetering kid.

This shoe belongs to my 20 year old, 6′ tall, baby boy.  It doesn’t fit him anymore.   I sketched  it in pencil then started coloring it with Prismacolor


Does anyone do the bronzing thing anymore?

Art Lives On

November 12, 2009

I have a new love.  This love is a gentle soul with such great talent, I was brought to tears looking at his work.  My husband need not worry though, this wonderful artist died 79 years ago at the very early age of 31.  That saddens me but thankfully, his work lives on. I had never heard of him until recently though the internet and want you to know about him too.  If you are familiar with his work already, lucky you.  You have had him longer than I.

His name was Jan Mankes and he lived from 1889 to 1920.   His paintings can be viewed here.   The site is in Dutch but the introduction is in English.  The link will take you to his paintings.  Enjoy them, they are beautiful. Jan Mankes Painting

Vogelnestje bij berkestam by Jan Mankes

Someday I wish to paint so beautifully.

While I am sharing art other than my own, there is a great blog called The Blue Lantern (where I first saw Mankes’ work).  Jane Librizzi introduces us to so much beautiful art and is so informative with her blog.  Please visit it.   It is well worth your time.

Another blog I discovered recently belongs to the artist James Gurney of Dinotopia fame.  Ken was so enamored of his work when he discovered him.  His blog is devoted to all kinds of art and I especially like his Academic Painters section.

I had better get busy painting.

…in sheep’s clothing

November 11, 2009

You may be thinking this tapestry is not worthy to speak of… but I am rather pleased with it.  The spacing of the warp is further apart and the surface is smoother.  This piece just feels good.  Literally.  I am so in love with wool, I love how it feels in my hands, I love how it smells.   I think I will be a sheep in my next life, but  maybe wool doesn’t always smell that good on a sheep.  Why is there no neutral gender singular for the word sheep?  I looked it up on the Online Etymology Dictionary and I am no more informed than before. 

Design-wise, it could be better. 


I wish the economy would improve for architects.  I want a tapestry loom.

Second Take

November 8, 2009

My reduction print turned into a tapestry.    I stuggled with keeping the warp vertical.  I think I have the warp too close together for the yarn I am using, and have started another, simpler design in an effort to improve my technique. 

I am calling this piece “Medusa with a Migraine”.  She looks as though she could bite someone’s head off.  I think she just experienced her first hot flash.  I did not set out to create Medusa, she just appeared as I wove.  Don’t look into her eyes….


No photoshop touch up, but you did notice the mat hiding the edges, didn’t you?  There are all kinds of ways to cover up mistakes.



November 6, 2009

This autumn is passing too quickly.  I know this as I shiver in the evenings.  Each season passes with such speed until the year becomes a blur and I cannot tell if it is 2009 or 1989.  This was quite evident yesterday as I was consulting a calendar and insisting that the day was the 8th while the woman I was talking to was adamant it was the 5th.  Of course, had I realized it was November instead of October, I might have saved myself a little embarrassment.  How do the months pass so quickly? 

This is my illustration of the word “blur” for Illustration Friday.  I did a watercolour and then cropped it and played with it in photoshop.  I guess I have to call it mixed media.


I am thinking this may become a tapestry, too.  Can’t you see it?