Monday, November 29, 2010

Snowman Christmas

Getting in the Christmas spirit and snowmen are a favorite. I called this one "Snowgirls" and left it in a whimsical style using pencil and watercolor.
This is an older design I did years ago, but I still like him. I put him in my Zazzle store today along with the girls above, on Christmas cards and a few other things. Hope your day is good.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Midas Nevada Barn

I've been wanting to do a lot of structures with landscapes lately. This one is from Midas, Nevada. Midas is tucked in a canyon with mountain walls close by on either side. Some interesting buildings there.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Home in Paradise Valley, Nevada

When we lived in Winnemucca we used to go to Paradise Valley a lot. There are some great old buildings there. I don't know what this one was but I think it looks like a boarding house so that is what I called it. In reality the building is a faded tan/brown and there's not as much green but all the cracks in the brick, boarded windows and faded curtains are there - so half and half authentic interpretation. Fun to play with color a little.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Pen and Ink Frozen Tomatoes and Pumpkins


This is a patio tomato I planted in an old rusty bucket we found out in the desert. I had trouble with the tomatoes cracking as they grew larger this summer, which I learned was from too much watering. I would give it an ice cream bucket of water a day thinking it was so hot it needed it. Now I know just a little bit will do. It looks neat now after the frost with long curled leaves and one little greenish brown -olive green maybe - tomato that looks very mushy.

My son worked at a farm this fall where there was a pumpkin patch and after Halloween he brought me home several pumpkins to draw. I placed them here and there in the garden and have been drawing them daily from different perspectives. I really liked them with the frozen stems and tomatoes.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Chrysanthemum - Asters and a Cat


I always like to grow asters. They are the last to bloom and they bloom for a very long time. They come in lots of colors. I see them at the grocery store a will sometimes buy them there and keep them in the house a while. They are a no fuss flower for me and that is important! Want to spend time painting or drawing them.

Our cat likes to lay in the garden and he has several spots that he has flattened and claimed as his own. He has been sick lately and I was really worried, but he worked his way through what he had and is better now. Very happy.

I have a white aster and like the resemblence to the shasta daisy. I think I will pick up another aster in a vibrant color next time I see them at the store. Hopefully the white and the vibrant color will get along.