Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wish you were here....

Well the weather roared in yesterday and it snowed all day.... sort of heavy and wet, but lots of good moisture. I have given up on Fall....though I grabbed a few leaves along the way to paint. It looks like it's Winter art from now on (or as my sweet hubby likes to say " painting the dead stuff").

Looking out our front window,
the trees are overloaded.
They were not prepared for this....

My Geraniums were thrilled to be inside
looking out on the rest of the back yard.
It was truly a blizzard.

Here is the snow as it was falling yesterday.....

Here is the snow this morning,
heavy and wet.
I wonder where the squirrels went.
No doubt, they are missing their backyard playground

Stay warm today, if you are in Colorado.... and if not, I hope that your day is a sunny, warm, and delightful one.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Busy with Framing

You might remember that I took a framing class last summer.... and now, I am making it pay off. I have begun to frame my own work. It takes a bit of time and some elbow grease, but so far, I am pleased with the results.

I have spread out my stuff on the kitchen table, and created quite a mess.
Tools of the framing process: point driver, coated wire, heavy ruler, glass cleaner,
lots of linco tape and backing foam board.

Oh yes,..... and wire cutters, awl, (soap for the awl),
screwdriver, scissors, and a big waste basket.
My teacher also thought we should all have
band-aids available, but luckily, I didn't need them!!

Voila..... not bad! I chose this frame and matte,
as I wanted the Sunflower to remind one of Provence!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A wrinkled wreck....

I have had this tucked away for quite a while..... painted on the WRONG paper, and you can see the result. I used a Bristol paper... which is great for graphite, colored pencil, or very dry brush.... but not a lot of water. However, I am taking this and playing with my colored pencils, over the top.... think it will be fun.... even if it stays in my 'backpack of work" (a nicer name for the recycle bin!).

I will share the work when it's done.... just for laughs....

Amaryllis doubled

It's crisp and cool today.... leaves everywhere.... We didn't get as much snow as Denver (well, none...just rained all day). The weather is certainly unique and typically, Colorado-ish. You never know what you are going to get.... how long it will last.... or what will happen tomorrow. Today, I am grateful for the sun. I call it "Happiness in the sky".

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Pincecone complete

Yesterday, I worked on the pine cone and completed it for possible cards. It was a "finder" on one of my many walks and hikes, so it was nice to do and it went quickly. I am working on another angle of the pine cone....a bit more wild and woolly style, which I will share when it gets a bit farther along. I am using colored pencils for this project, because of the details and the steadiness of my hand. With watercolor, I can sometimes 'flail' about and end up with more "splotchies" (think I need to quit making up words... but you get the picture).

Pine cone for the holidays

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Thank You for following this blog!

One thing I know for sure..... I am NOT a technical type of person, so writing for this blog and popping photos onto it, is a major stretch for me. I just want to take this time to thank those of you who are "Followers" of this blog. I am challenged technically.... so thanking you individually, seems to stump me. However, I do appreciate the fact that I bring some joy and color into your lives occasionally. It's just nice to know that you are enjoying my work and my blog.

Thanks too, to the rest of you who pop in from time to time. It's a treat, and I do hear back from you regarding work and things that you have enjoyed reading about. If I can share a bit of the art world every day.... or a bit of travel, from time to time.... then I am achieving the purpose that I set out with..... getting art and art appreciation out into the universe.

Turks Turban

Okay... today, I will share something that is sort of finished..... but sitting on the easel for the "walk away" phase of my art. I take a breather from it for a bit and then come back to it...and usually find that there are things that need doing. This one is sitting ..... waiting.....
Tell me what it needs....

(Snow is coming tonight.... so glad that we had that beautiful two days this weekend )

Monday, October 19, 2009

Beautiful Weekend!!! Beautiful!!!

Oh, the weather outside was delightful..... and not at all frightful.... so I couldn't bring myself inside all weekend. I worked like crazy last week.... but when the weather cleared and the sun came out, I made the best of it. We had a beautiful weekend here.... GLORIOUS!! It had been a while since we had warmth.... seriously, a week ago, it was in the 20's for two days.... and not really warm for the rest of the week. I must admit, I sound a bit bonkers.... but there is nothing like a beautiful day to shake the doldrums and cheer you immensely.

So, last week, I was busy with framing, drawing, painting and prepping for an upcoming show. Then I got quite busy with some more work, so I am on a bit of a roll (and I am going with it, until I hibernate for the Winter).

I am working on a pine cone.... in colored pencil....

Hopefully, when finished,
I will make Winter cards with this.....

I know that the bad weather has moved eastward, so, just know that there is a spot of really nice stuff coming your way. Also, we are expecting more cold and icky stuff by the end of the week....

Oh, well.... it was fun while it lasted!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Missing Fall...

Last year, I took these photos during the Fall season. This year, most of the trees have 'puddles' of leaves at their base (especially the young ones). The snow has melted, as it quickly does in Colorado, but the gray skies linger.....with spots of sun popping through each day...and temperatures haven't really gotten above fifty-five. Now, that is certainly 'do-able', but it's not really a Colorado Fall. We are usually spoiled with sunshine, harvest mums, grand groves of Aspen...quaking in the gentle wind. I am missing Fall this year.

Last year, a fun stop along the way during our Maine trip

Quaking Aspen on a sunny Colorado Day

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Saturday Shocker!!!

I usually do not blog on Saturday, but today I couldn't resist

Imagine my surprise, when I woke up this morning
Of course, the Weatherman was right...
but I was NOT ready for this.
The Nasturtiums are under here somewhere
I think it looks like 2 inches...

Tonight the Rockies play baseball
Tomorrow is suppose to be 50 degrees
(I think they should delay the game.... anyone listening??)
Only in Colorado

Today: Go out and play
I plan to build a snow man!
(well, maybe, if I can get away from the fireplace)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Art Group trading cards...

Several weeks ago, my Art Group decided to get out and check out the art stores in the area. We did a bit more shopping than that.... with a lot of hilarity (Get a group of women out on a sunny day with some extra dollars in their pockets... and anything can happen).

In one of the Art stores, my friend found some of these 'trading card' size Bristol paper... which was designated for art work in miniature. Well, on a hoot, several of us bought them and I played with the size and paper last week. This is actually about 2x3 inches...very small! It's fun to experiment with size and see what happens. Just wanted to share it with you.

And for those of you who live in the Denver area.... "Wicked" is playing at the Denver Center for Performing Arts and it is charming, funny, grand, and an evening of entertainment, well worth the price of the ticket. Honestly, the lead actors were pretty much on stage for over two and a half hours... with amazing voices. It was an outstanding production. Go and splurge to support the Theatre.... it's another form of art that is well worth your time and money.

Oh, and CONGRATULATIONS to our President for the Nobel Peace Prize. Let's all continue to work on peaceful coexistence, no matter what our beliefs. It is worth the peace that it brings to families... cities, counties, states... Countries and the World. Start today.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Working my way around the hat....

I am working my way around the Turks Turban...... it is actually a bit further along than this photo, but the details are taking me a while.... and then I am going to 'sit with it for a bit".

I enjoyed doing this one, and I am grateful to have the gourd right in front of me to work from Really, I could add a lot more, but don't think every little blemish will make a huge difference.

It is snowing outside..... makes me sad, as I know the garden will be pretty much gone by tomorrow. I am just not ready for the snow to fly. Maybe we will get another taste of sunshine and summer, before we settle in for the long haul.

Stay warm today, if you are in Colorado..... otherwise, enjoy the warmth of the Fall, as long as you can.
This Turks Turban... almost looks a bit 'iridescent",
don't you think?

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Next piece on the drawing table...

Several years ago, I did a watercolor of a Turks turban. That was before I started my I am attempting it again... to see if there is much improvement. It took me forever to complete the first one and this one is going quite quickly. I will show more work at the end of the week and when complete, I will share a side by side of the two works. (well, if I am brave enough).

The sun is finally out today..... cool and crisp, but sunny. Friends are heading to Maui and I am happy for them. I feel the need to be warm again..... just don't like the cold anymore. Hey, and it's not even 'cold' yet..... just nice and cool. Okay.... well, on with your day.... blessings.

Turks Turban....ready and ripe for a watercolor

Monday, October 5, 2009

The Bounty of the Garden

Our garden provides us with great pleasure all summer long. I seem to stretch it out as long as I can..... from the first crocus in early the last Mum in the Fall, I treasure each and every flower ....or gourd....or pumpkin.....

Last week, we cleaned out the garden and lo and behold.... there were all of these gourds and pumpkins just tucked away under the grand leaves that shelter them. Mr. Snake has moved to warmer turf, so he respectfully, let me loose in his garden. I will, no doubt, see him again next Spring. I do not think he ever gets used to my blood curdling screams... when he says "hello"...but he is quite patient, as he keeps coming back, year after year.

So, the house is now decorated with many colors of gourds and shades from deepest green to the palest white. I love each and every one. Even Dear Hubby delighted in the chaos to his garden... and concluded that we should most definitely "do this again" next year.

So enjoy.... I will be back with some work later in the week.

Everything came from the garden
except the corn..... I feel like a proud Farmer.

Yes, the two large greenish pumpkins
are Mr. Snakes, pride & joy

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Garden Bounty

I do not usually do a Sunday post, but we did work in the garden all morning...... and it never quite got to 50 degrees (it was stuck at a dampish 48). I don't want to go back out in the cold, and the game is on this afternoon (don't ask me which one.... I don't enjoy football, for some strange reason), so I thought that I would show you the painting I worked on this week...... "Bounty from my Garden". (okay, that could be the world's longest sentence!!)

It was such a treat to pick so many different kinds of gourds, pumpkins ....Curcubita's a plenty. I will show you photos of just how much we grew from a few packets of seeds. It was downright fun. I will share those tomorrow.

So, I do hope that you are warm, safe and relatively happy today, where ever you are. I have been thinking about Sumatra....Samoa.... and Atlanta, as they all pick up the pieces and try to recover from Nature's surprises. They are in my prayers today.

Enjoy my 'bounty'.....

"Bounty from the Garden"

itty bitty pumpkins in a variety of colors
From our very own garden!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Art i chokes....

First of all, it's been a dizzying week of running about, but I did get my cards printed up and will now put them together, for sale. I hope to get an "etsy" account and start selling them on line soon. I will definitely try to make them affordable.... so everyone can share an inexpensive piece of art work... I will share more about this next week.

Today, my friend arrived at our Art Group with these.... beautiful "Art I Chokes"..... I hope that I captured the they were just beautiful. Oh, how I would love to paint these.... but I took photos for her, instead, and I am sharing those photos with you today. The Artichoke plant takes up so much space.... but boy does it deliver. Of course, I would have eaten it, dripping in butter and lemon juice..... but painting it sounds like a lot of fun, too.

I finished my painting.... did a miniature drawing..... ran around getting my cards printed (checking proofs...picking paper...etc).... and started a Turks Turban yesterday afternoon. I did get lots accomplished, while reading a book that I could NOT put down.

If you love to get into a great read..... please read "The Help" (and, NO it is not a Beatles book).
Kathryn Stockett has done an amazing job on her first book. It is written about the early 60's in Jackson, Mississippi....from the point of view of The Help. It is a touching, emotional, and enlightened book. It is just one of the best 'reads' that I have had in a long time. It kept me up late every night... and managed to grab my attention during every spare minute of each day.

Next week, I hope to be back on track.... with photos of work, and my garden bounty. (wait til you see all of the punkins and gourds.... Yahoo!). Enjoy your weekend.

there were three plants - in each stage
This was the eldest..... going to seed... just a bit
(sounds like me.... looks like my hair... )

Another photo of the 'blue haired wonder"

The young 'whippersnapper' struts it's stuff