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.

Monday, March 24, 2014

IF: Red

My submission for Illustration Friday, the word is red.
I have been drawn to the gazelle I don't know why, but I want to draw them with clothing. I hope to draw more of these.

Sketchbook Sunday: March 23

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I wanted to share what my actual Sunday Journal page. We go to worship service every Sunday and we also attend evening service. Usually the illustration of the woman has on the clothing that I wore that day. My notes are the scripture references from the sermon. The "What's On your Mind" is usually whatever is on my mind before the sermon starts, just to clear my head and focus on worshipping. The Inspiration can be a Bible verse, something from sermon or on this page a song. The ribbon with the tag has our current memory work for Wednesday Night Bible Study, you have to know it because the teacher may call on you to quote it.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Spinning Around in My Studio Chair

I have a bigger art space, this is me twirling in my chair looking at my beautiful light that travels where ever I go. I paid $3.95 for it in Colorado when we live there. The music is from Michael Nyman's "The Piano" soundtrack. You may have to turn the volume up.
I can't remember the last time I did this, but I was very dizzy when I stopped, lol!

Sketchbook One: Auburn Fans

Although we live in Georgia my daughter and I are Auburn Fans! Go Tigers! We were so excited about the 2014 Championship Game. We had several friends over to watch the game. You can imagine the huge disappointment we faced when they lost at the very end. Maybe 2015 will be our year. My other football teams are Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Words Can Be Like Knives

 I love this song from Stateless.  One day the lyrics about words being like knives prompted me to draw this. It is the darker side of me. Which I didn't know was there.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Sunday Face: 3/16

My Sunday drawing for March 16, I like the profile.

CED: Transition

My submission for Creative Everyday. The theme for this month is transition. "I have a shroud of darkness around me and I can't transition out of it. Only God can free me."

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sketchbook One - Journal Pages

Thought I share a few journal pages from my Sketchbook One. Although its my oldest sketchbook it still has blank pages for me to create.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Imitation the Highest Form of Flattery

There are so many artist I admire and imitation is the highest form of flattery. I love Karin Jurick. She has the most amazing art work. I attempted to paint like her but I am way off. I tried to do an African American version of one of her paintings.