Friday, June 24, 2016

alphabet girls J & D

I worked on two girls this week...
creatively that's about it...
My oldest daughter is back home for a few weeks as she's off work for the summer so our schedules have been altered a bit.

And I must be tired because I cannot think of a thing to say about these pieces.
So, they stand alone today.
Have a good weekend!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Hombre garden tags

The plant markers that I made a few years ago are still good but they get hidden by the plants as they grow so I wanted something new and taller this year...
so I made up a bunch of garden tags using wooden tags that are the size of giant popsicle sticks or miniature paint stirrers that I got at HobbyLobby. The only other thing I used were cheap acrylics and a permanent marker...

I started by painting one end  straight from the bottle, then without cleaning my brush I added a second color in the middle, blending a bit with my finger, then adding more of the second color till I got to the other end....

 Then I added simple patterns in white...

 And last I wrote on them with a black permanent sharpie...

I am really loving the way they turned out!

 I would love to know what types of garden tags you use....

and here's a link to the original garden markers I made two years ago... 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

what's blooming in my yard right now...

 wild roses
the phlox imposters: wild sweet rocket
and some unknown hedge with tiny white flowers that smell delicious

Mango and DirtyPopcorn love to eat plants... I already learned this the hard way when they ate half the garden plants I started from seed indoors this spring...

 “I remember once walking out hand in hand with a boy I knew, and it was summer, and suddenly before us was a field of gold. Gold as far as you could see. We knew we'd be rich forever. We filled our pockets and our hair. We were rolled in gold. We ran through the field laughing and our legs and feet were coated in yellow dust, so that we were like golden statues or golden gods. He kissed my feet, the boy I was with, and when he smiled, he had a gold tooth.

It was only a field of buttercups, but we were young.”
Jeanette Winterson, The Powerbook

picker of buttercups
And the big bullying daisies
through the field wonderful
with eyes a little sorry
Another comes
also picking flowers” 

“Westley: Hear this now: I will always come for you.
Buttercup: But how can you be sure?
Westley: This is true love-you think this happens every day?
Westley: I told you I would always come for you. Why didn't you wait for me?
Buttercup: were dead.
Westley: Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.
Buttercup: i will never doubt again.
Westley: There will never be a need.”
William Goldman

Friday, June 10, 2016

Magic beans are harder to make than you would think!

 This turned out to be one of those weeks where I start a million things, paintings, posts, sketches, etc and finish nothing. I didn't even have anything to take a photo of yet so I am posting this even though they were a fail.....

I wanted to create magic beans...
they are made of fimo and some of them are painted,
 and I sprayed them all with the sealant I use for my rocks.
That was my mistake...
apparently on fimo clay it just doesn't dry. 
They are cute but sticky and when you scrape them with your fingernail the paint and sealant come off.
I must have needed to sand them more...
Maybe I will try again, as I think the world needs magic beans...

Actually I did finish something... 
I posted it on tuesday here...
Hope you all had a more productive week than me.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

creative tuesdays

I haven't joined in with this creative group of people in quite some time, but when I saw their challenge was all about showing children this time, and heading off "into the world of childlike wonder, imagination, curiosity." I decided I had to play along, and do another one of my alphabet girls...

 I thought it was kind of funny that when I planned to do a young girl, she ended up looking older with her curves and fancy hat, and her expression....
so I did a second one to get them back to being children like I had been doing before I actually was thinking about their age... 
so here's Moxie! 
and her mouse dressed like Mermaids.....
(I would love a skirt like this!)

see you friday with more ....

Friday, June 3, 2016

playing in spoonflower...

sorry, no time to talk, but I wanted to show a quick fabric I was working on in spoonflower...
here's the original watercolor....

and here's the fabric...
still not sure it's the final product, may change the colors or even go backward and try to get the original watercolor look back...
and may change the  repeat style as it kind of shows the original shape too much...
so many ways to altar it and so little time...

see ya, gotta dash!

Friday, May 27, 2016

For my son, Scott

I had planned a different post for today as I thought this one would be too personal to post.
Then I changed my mind,
I didn't want to pretend today was not today.
Today, for me, is the day that a lost my first child,
30 years ago when My first son, Scott, was stillborn.
He had long black curls and big feet,
And looked just like my oldest daughter.
5 years ago I had his footprint tattooed on my ankle, along with a white rose,
So now he will always walk with me.
The rose was added because
My husband and I each placed a white rose on Scott's coffin at the funeral,
and there is a rosebush at his grave.

Recently my other daughter told me she heard that when you see a cardinal in art it is often a symbol of a lost loved one.
Before I knew this I painted a watercolor cardinal a few years ago,
I ended up donating that piece to a local charity fundraiser called 'turtle beach'
Where a local person jumps into the freezing cold lake to earn funds for youth programs.
And I carved a red cardinal out of wood, and named it Fortitude, which is now in the home of a blogging friend.
I painted another one in a sketchbook when I was recovering from surgery about 4 years ago.
None of this is truly unique by itself as I paint and carve a lot of birds.
But, Almost everyday in the last month I have seen a cardinal,
Not in art but a real cardinal.
Now I know what I am seeing is just a bird,
But I have never seen so many bright red cardinals ever before,
I think I see the same one everyday,
he flies across the road in front of me in the morning on my way to work,
And he makes me smile.
And if I don't see him in the morning, I have seen others in different spots later in the day,
Is it just because I am looking for them now?
Or have they always been there for me?