Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Student Portraits

A few more student portraits. I don't get to do these much, too busy working.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

April Sunday Faces

I admire all of those who can constantly post to their blog. I missed posting my Sunday Face last week, so today I'm posting two.

Blue and white shirt dress with Ann Taylor Dress

Gray Jones New York Dress

CED: Spring Wonderful Wildflower - Philadelphia Fleabane

It's Spring time and today I found this wonderful wildflower growing between the 6th and 8th grade wings of the school where I work. I couldn't help myself from picking them. I didn't have a vase so I put them in an extra coffee cup. They are so pretty, I love the way the flower petals look fuzzy. I didn't know how long they would last, so I brought them home to put on the kitchen table to enjoy.

With My Art Work

In the Kitchen

Friday, April 18, 2014

Gardener of the past

Ivy and wisteria growing on pvc pipe pergola
Once I was a gardener. I would spend time playing in the dirt, trying to make my space beautiful. Then after my last child started preschool I went to work part-time. No more gardening while the kids are gone to school. My beautiful garden became a jungle. Here are a few pictures of what it use to be. I miss gardening. The backyard of our new home needs more color.

Trellis I made from PVC pipes
Roses leading to backyard

My old garden in the fall

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Black/White and I'm Happy All Over

To be true to myself I went back to who I am on paper. I love black and white illustration. I drew this picture with pencil a couple of years ago and laid it aside, then filed it away. While looking for some old drawings to add color to I came across my pencil drawings and decided to skip coloring drawing and go back to my black and white. I'm very pleased with how it turned out.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

New Frogs

Mr. Amazon Horn Frog
So its been awhile since I added any frogs in my Froggy Chronicles. Here are two new ones. One day I will share my elegant frog collection, they just are not your common frogs. So many people get confused about what kind of frogs I collect. They are definitely not the country-bumpkin kind.

Mr. Frog Debonaire

Monday, April 7, 2014

Visiting Blick Art Supply

Yeah! We do not have a Blick Art Supply in the area where I live, but I finally got an opportunity to visit one in Roswell, GA. My husband patiently waited while I looked around. I had to choose wisely so this is what I purchased: White Sharpie, Copic Drawing Pen,  Montana Acrylic Markers - Shock Pink, Blue, Green Lt. and 4 empty refill pens. I figured with the empty markers I could choose my own colors.

Sketchbook Sunday: April 6

 I must admit it but I was very drowsy doing Worship Service. I dislike it when I get like that. My illustration did not come out the way I planned it, so I cleaned it up. Can you see the difference?

Drawing in my Moleskine

I really don't know what I want to draw in this moleskine and I find myself being an impatient artist. I want beautiful illustrations with great detail but I'm impatient. Here are a few that I attempted.
I wanted to draw my beautiful lace gloves, but I ended up with this drawing of my hand.

We celebrated by dad's and stepmother's birthday at Pappadeux.

This is what I wore to birthday, although the J. Crew dress was a different blue. The hairdo was how my daughter wore her hair.

My husband had a Plymouth Valiant 1964 push button. It was a great 2nd car that only cost us $600 dollars. We had it for many years. It went to Texas and Colorado. However over the years it started to rust and it wasn't worth $30,000 for restoration.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Drawing in my Moleskine

Revisiting Danny Gregory's book Everyday Matters I decided to draw what was before me. Here are a few illustrations from moleskine. It is different views in our family room. I've only colored one using Photoshop for now I think I'll let them stay color free since I'm working on just drawing.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sketchbook Sunday

  Today was Friends & Family Day at the Church of Christ. A day of worship, fellowship and food. It was a great day. I  wore my gray dress with a black lace cover up, it is the same length as my dress. The sermon was very good, Are You in the Lord's Army? As you can see from my journal there were a lot of scriptural references, can you believe that I actually missed some of them.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sketchbook Friday and EDM: Scissors

I decided to draw in my moleskine I purchased a year ago, but put  away because I was dissatisfied with the quality of paper. I thought if I would buy the heavyweight paper that it could stand up to the copic markers, but it does not, I get bleed thru. I purchased some gelatos, no bleed through, but I still want to use my copic markers too.
  I drew my desk scissors, I keep my good scissors hidden away so that only I can use them. My children see these on my desk and grab them, instead of looking in the drawers.

Friday, March 28, 2014

CED: Transitioning Girls

Illustration A
Being the mother of four girls I know about transitioning. When your daughters think they are older and ready to transition into young ladies. I remember when I was sixteen, I thought I was such a grown-up and new what was best for me. NOT! However when we are young we think we have experienced enough of the world to make choices. As I was drawing these pictures this is what came to mind.(ill. A)When your daughter thinks she is old enough to wear really high heels. For me it was my 8th grade. (ill. B) When you know that your husband is not going to approve of the hotty shorts, that your daughter is trying to convince you to buy. When I was 18 I had some really short shorts, that I would totally disapprove of now as mom. (ill. C) When your mother tries to dress you in something you hate. I never disapprove of any of the clothing my mother purchased, but I hated the way she would style my hair.

Illustration B

Illustration C

Practicing and drifting back into old ways

I decided to began to practice the art of detailed drawing again. How long will it last?, I do not know. But I let myself drift back into my old ways. The two drawings I've posted are not in my sketchbook, but on old scrap paper from 2004 about asbestos hazards from our school district. The sad thing about it is that I really like these drawings and wish they were in my sketchbook. So I must commit to the sketchbook.