Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Columbines, Winter Leaf and Feather

I've been drawing with pen and ink a lot lately. This is an older drawing and I wanted to see how my technique has changed over the years or if it has. I use a broader tip pen now so I get more color, big lines - be courageous I tell myself :) But then I look at the more delicate lines with the finer tip pen and I like that too. It does take more work to get different effects so maybe I will leave it up to my mood. I recently made this design into some Zazzle products.

We went out to the lake on Sunday and I took a walk gathering some things I found interesting to draw. Lots of little feathers, shells, cockelburs and great leaves with holes in them (my favorite). Since it is winter I wanted the paintings to look cold so I used blue and embellished the feather a bit. In reality it is gray. The leaf is pretty accurate though, the holes were very round. I guess the insect was very neat that worked on this one. I admire that. I will have these up in my Etsy store soon.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Pink Roses and Artfire


In thinking of Valentine's Day, not too far away, pink roses came to mind. Soft pink roses in watercolor with not too much worry in placement of color, just letting it flow. No stress painting.

This is a little ACEO I painted a couple years ago that is in someone else's collection now. I was playing with it in photoshop and blended it with some other images I painted and some brushes to see what I could come up with. I've been busy setting up shop at Artfire with my needlework patterns. Please come and visit if you have a chance http://countrygarden.artfire.com

Friday, January 14, 2011

Winter Pumpkins and Botanicals

My pumpkins are still in the garden and looking a little moldy and green, but another one I set apart from the others didn't look as bad. It stayed intact as long as I didn't touch it... I wanted to use a lot of dark muted colors to give the feel of winter. I'm glad I kept the pumpkins in the garden, they've kept me entertained for a long time.



One of my new designs for iPad cases, iPhone cases and mousepads in my Zazzle store. They can be personalized with font, words and font color changed to fit whatever you need. Zazzle is a fun site.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Seed Pods and Tahoe Avalanche


I went to an author's luncheon last fall and there were a lot of Nevada and northern California authors there. Two of the books I bought were mysteries (I bought a lot - I love books :). One set in Reno and the other in Lake Tahoe. It is really fun to read stories set in places that are familiar. Tahoe Avalanche was really good. The author did a lot of research on avalanches and the mystery was entertaining. I learned a lot about how avalanches are dealt with, set off and the what avalanche areas look like on the mountain after the snow has melted. Learned a lot more about Tahoe too - more places to hike! The murder(s) involved some 1870 Carson City Double Eagle gold coins which made it fun for me too. We love old coins and Nevada history in my family. Highly recommend this book, great author.


Slim pickens in the garden and surrounding landscape this time of year to draw so I try to find some neat seed pods. Dead, or asleep, plants can be interesting too. I just use a lot of color!