Friday, February 25, 2011

Spring Rabbit and Daisies

In a mood for spring and all my garden seed catalogs are arriving in the mail so I decided to draw a rabbit in the garden. Around here we mostly have jack rabbits that dart out from behind sagebrush, their long ears are usually the first thing I see on them. Sometimes while walking I will see a little cotton tail quietly sitting by a bush in a yard, not afraid and just watching.

I've been trying to draw my Valentine's Day/Anniversary bouquet as much as possible before it fades away. It had lots of daisies, a couple red roses, baby's breath, pink carnations and some Easter lilies. The Easter lilies were still closed when I put the flowers in a vase. After a few hours they began to open up and after a couple of days they were in full bloom and the perfume scent so strong I had to remove them from the house. Potent stuff! The daisies seem to be lasting the longest and they are my favorite so I am happy.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Nevada and Lake Tahoe Landscape Greeting Cards

I've been taking photoshop and illustrator classes this semester and am learning a lot. Love the different techniques you can do. Frosty landscape in Nevada I made into a thank you card.

We hiked up to Marlette Lake last October and the leaves were beginning to turn.

Marlette Lake hike again. Will definitely be doing this hike this year too. These cards will be in my Greeting Card Universe store soon. Have a great weekend. It is snowing here finally after a couple of weeks of spring-like weather - dry, dusty and too warm. Really glad for the snow.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Green Pumpkins, Eagle and Notecard Set

Here is another pumpkin sketch to add to my collection of winter drawings. This is probably one of the last I'll be able to do as they are rotting quickly. I still think they have lots of character even when collapsing into themselves, but then I really like pumpkins... I am hoping to switch to flowers after Valentine's Day...

On a walk last weekend I saw a stunning eagle in a tree. I think it was a bald eagle because it had a white head and dark brown body and was huge, but not sure - I need to study up on birds. I watched him for a while, sketching quickly, wishing I'd brought my binoculars. As I started to walk up to him to get a better view to sketch he decided that was close enough and flew off the branch causing it to dip deeply. He soared away his wings making a loud, heavy noise as he took off. I loved it.

A new collection of notecards in my Artfire shop for spring. I have several collections in there and have a few more to add. I've been slowly stocking my shop with needlework patterns, original art work and cards. I' really enjoying being on there.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Shakespeare Journal and Watercolor Flowers

Since I joined Etsy three years ago I've wanted one of these Shakespeare journals from ImmortalLongings They have fabulous illustrations on the covers related to Shakespeare's plays and come in a handful of colors. I chose the journal from "The Tempest" and it is lovely, so excited to have it. And all the way from London, which I think is neat too.

I've been putting some of my spring flower paintings in my ArtfireShop to have a little color in the wintery days - although it has been quite nice here in Nevada. Lots of sun, but cold.

This is a victorian hat illustration inspired by tea parties and the days when dressing very nice for special occasions was in vogue. A little colored pencil and watercolor. Now I am thinking of working with some watercolor pencils. I have a few and have been playing around with them. They are great because they give the effect of watercolor with the pencil strokes. Like that.