Sunday, February 28, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I have always wanted to do a piece of artwork that resembled a woodland floor with fallen leaves and sticks. I would include the walking stick and the leaf butterfly so you wouldn't notice them until you really looked at the details up close and personal. I like to do that whenever possible with my pieces - they look one way from a distance and you notice all the subtle details when you view it up close. Imagine their surprise and delight in finding all the hidden jewels - the smile would be great!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
The peony is one of my favorite flowers because the range of colors, size and fullness they achieve. This one was given to us by the Bates' and we made a whole row of them. When they bloom they are so appealing to my senses because they are always in part shade making them have such dramatic shadows - wouldn't you agree. I find this one captivating because of all the various values and color palette the white flower has. Do you see the range of colors? Red violet, blue, violet, yellow, green, white and a touch of orange - the whole spectrum is visible in just one white flower, amazing! Imagine it as a painting, quilt or colored pencil piece, it would be a huge challenge but the end results would be riveting.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Its verb meaning: to accomplish by intrigue; to carry on an intrigue, plot or scheme; to arouse the interest, desire or curiosity of.
Its noun meaning: a secret scheme; a clandestine love affair.
Since moving to this house, we are continually adding plants, trees and shrubs to our property. It is a must for us that each one add color, flowers or fruits. We bought many dogwood varieties and imagine my surprise when after four years they produced this little rosy curiosity. I couldn't resist taking photos because of the strange texture, beautiful color and fantastic heart shape. Combine that with a great looking ruffled leaf and just a hint of sunshine - magic!
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Retreats are very special to me because you can concentrate on one thing and not be distracted by everyday things like laundry, cooking or the puppies. It helps me get a lot finished and I'm always grateful for the time spent with wonderful people. So don't be afraid to sign up for one, you might just love it. Take the chance, what are you waiting for?
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I picked this photo after seeing the words plucky and spirited. Doesn't this little dragon gecko fit the titles? I couldn't resist his charm or great pose - Madonna would be so proud (Vogue)!
So what do you do in your artistic life that is gutsy?
I try to think waayyyy outside the box and do things unexpected but it takes a lot of percolation of my creative juices. The idea can sit there for weeks sometimes just waiting to come forward. I don't give up because I know it will eventually get here. Of course, a deadline is a sure way to get the juices flowing and usually in a great big hurry. Do you also know that you should do at least 10 idea sketches because usually the first one is the weakest. Believe me, it is almost always true. Take chances, the risk will outweigh the outcome every time!
Monday, February 15, 2010
Its adjective meaning: marked by courage and determination.
I picked this photo for the word gutsy because it was extremely windy on this day and we spotted this amazing photo opportunity outside our bedroom window. Courage, determination - you bet!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
I did this square pillow for Painting Magazine years ago but it fits into the current trends quite nicely with the graphic stripes and large checkers in various shades. Even the color scheme is current with brown and pink. Tags are great and this painted one says it all "love". Who wouldn't want to receive this? So squeeze your loved ones and let them know just how special they are to you today and everyday. Happy Valentine's Day to you all!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
Its adjective meaning: being within the limits of ability, capacity or realization; being something that may or may not occur; able or fitted to become.
As I write this post, we are expecting 8-14 inches of snow by morning and the possibility of the outcome is very high. I found this little snowy fairy photo and wanted to share the smile with you. No matter what the outcome, a positive and cheery disposition says a lot about character, doesn't it. Covered in snow, this winged fairy still cherishes the sunshine if even for a couple hours - ah, if it were only that easy to find the happiness in every situation. Stay positive and I'll keep you posted on the snow!
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
Take a bird nest (another favorite object of mine) - it's small, hidden at most times but in the winter the nest comes into view. Add a bit of a snow storm and you get a snow cone complete with a nest for the waffle cone. I couldn't resist cropping the photo to include the miniature frozen crab apples. Add the layering of all the branches and their wonderful values and I'm a happy artist! If I could have gotten a bird on the branch it would have been a perfect picture, maybe next time. So keep an open mind and take a closer look while we are in the winter season, you never know what you might find awaiting you!