Thursday, June 30, 2011

Leaves, Cotton and Campground Frog

I painted this ACEO at the beach last fall and really liked the insect eaten leaf. The holes were so symmetrical and the same size, very neat and precise bugs. Feathers are always fun to draw and paint.

A page from my sketchbook while on our camping trip in Lake Tahoe. My husband found a tiny, tiny frog and brought it to me to draw. I was really excited because living in the desert I don't see many frogs (lots of lizards). I had to sketch quick so it may not look too much like a frog, but I had fun.

Cotton from the trees in our area has been flying around in the air for a while now. On my walk I found a neat twig with a big puff of the open cotton seeds still attached so I drew it and tried to depict the cotton as best I could. I wanted it to appear soft and fluffy.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Basil Garden and Lavender Flowers

I've been working with illustrator a bit more trying to keep what I learned in my class fresh in my mind. I picked some colors related to lavender and made this design I thought would look nice on fabric and maybe a greeting card or two.

The same design with a white background. I can't decide which I like better, just like them both and think they are pretty compatible with each other.

When I plant tomatoes I always plant basil too. I love tomatoes wih basil and cheese. Also pesto with pasta. Basil comes in a lot of varieties too so it's always fun to plant different kinds to see what they taste and smell like.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Spoonflower Free Shipping Monday

Very exciting! Free shipping anywhere in the world on Spoonflower Monday June 20 so great time to go fabric shopping!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Pink Petunias and Lake Tahoe Notecard

My flowers are in full bloom. It is still in the 70s here so the flowers are still colorful and healthy looking. A few weeks ago I planted one 4" potted plant with about 3-4 little blooms on it in my old rusted bucket we found out in the desert and it has burst into bloom with loads of flowers. Lovely isn't it!

So excited, we are going on our first camping trip of the year to Lake Tahoe. This is a painting I did two years ago of Fallen Leaf lake while we were on a hike and made it into a notecard. This is a little island in a section of the lake. I look forward to what I find to paint this year. We are hiking a different area and I'm sure when we arrive we'll hear about how active the bears are this year. Maybe I can get a photo of one from a distance...

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Cosmos, Buttons and Zinnia Notecards

I've been drawing my cosmos a lot lately and there are a lot of ladybugs in my garden this year. I don't know if a neighbor bought some or I just have a lot of bugs for them to eat, but I like having them here. They are such a happy bug. I also found some other things to draw that my husband has found. Some old buttons, the back of a military button and a little key - maybe to a jewelry box or something like that. I like to imagine what it was used for and who had it. Did a young child have a special little box they put things in and what was in there?

This is a watercolor painting I did last year of our zinnias and coreopsis. They were bright and lovely and I hoped to portray that in this notecard for a bright and summery feel. The temperatures are just right, not too hot yet, so being outside is great. Looking forward to taking my kayak out on the lake soon.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Christmas Stocking Fabric and Camping

I guess I've been thinking of the holidays and getting prepared early, really early, but that's okay. I wanted to try out a fabric design for Christmas and this is my first sample from Spoonflower . I liked how the colors turned out and think it would be really cute made up into a stocking, maybe use this fabric for the cuff.

Father's day just a couple weeks away. We always go camping during Father's Day and my son's birthday which is around the same time. Our trips inspired this card that I painted in watercolor and have in my Greeting Card Universe Store .