Monday, June 7, 2021

Review: Mrs Charlotte Collins has a Florentine affair

Mrs Charlotte Collins has a Florentine affair Mrs Charlotte Collins has a Florentine affair by Miranda Markwell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



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Review: The second life of Mrs Charlotte Collins

The second life of Mrs Charlotte Collins The second life of Mrs Charlotte Collins by Miranda Markwell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Review: Toy Wars

Toy Wars Toy Wars by Alan Sunderland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Review: The Earl and the Austenite

The Earl and the Austenite The Earl and the Austenite by Miranda Markwell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Review: Slow: Simple Living for a Frantic World

Slow: Simple Living for a Frantic World Slow: Simple Living for a Frantic World by Brooke McAlary
My rating: 3 of 5 stars



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Review: Lagom: Not Too Little, Not Too Much, Just Right: The Swedish Guide to Creating Balance in Your Life

Lagom: Not Too Little, Not Too Much, Just Right: The Swedish Guide to Creating Balance in Your Life Lagom: Not Too Little, Not Too Much, Just Right: The Swedish Guide to Creating Balance in Your Life by Niki Brantmark
My rating: 3 of 5 stars



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Review: The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars



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Review: Tree: From Seed to Mighty Forest

Tree: From Seed to Mighty Forest Tree: From Seed to Mighty Forest by David Burnie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Limiting Color Palette

 I'm trying something new, limiting my color palette for my illustrations. I'm not sure how long it will last, hopefully, I can stick it out for 30 days. Here is what I have done so far. Click on pictures to see larger view.

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Red Did Not Listen


 Were you like Little Red Ridinghood and just had to step outside of the boundaries of what your mother said? 

Did curiosity or forgetfulness get the best of you before you realized maybe mother was right?

Hopefully, we all learned from our mistakes, and the next time we gave her warning a little more thought.


Review: Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day

Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day by Jay Shetty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



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Review: Gourmet's Garden: Cooking with Edible Flowers, Herbs and Berries

Gourmet's Garden: Cooking with Edible Flowers, Herbs and Berries Gourmet's Garden: Cooking with Edible Flowers, Herbs and Berries by Anne Gardon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Friday, September 11, 2020

The Wedding Vow


 

Storms of Life


 I drew this in my planner in March, but we are still in the midst of many storms. My prayer is that we will hold on. It will not last forever. How Long? "You may say," Only God Knows but keep the faith.

The Conversation


 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Growing My Own Greens

I watched a video by Rareseeds.com of greens that like the summer heat. I chose 3, roselle, amaranth, and komatsuna. They are not found at your big box stores. True to their word, they did not bolt. I made a salad with these greens with avocados and olive oil. 




 

Monday, August 31, 2020

Keep Creating Your Own Art



I am thankful to all of my friends and family who encourage me to keep creating and post my illustrations. I have truly missed this from my life.

Music credit to danosongs.com "Riding the Banshee"

Sunday, August 30, 2020

What to Wear

 I haven't illustrated a "What to Wear" in a long time. I am still struggling with having time to create art. Working 8 hour days is so limiting than to working 4 hour days. But I am not giving up, no many how many times I start only to stop again.


Saturday, August 29, 2020

I Sought the Lord


 I sought the Lord and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4

I have been keeping a daily journal for years, I find it helpful to take a look back because we forget so many little things. I was reading an entry in 2019 when we were face with a difficult decision. We had to make a choice. We didn't know how things would work out. 

When you are faced with uncertainty do you turn to God? 

We did the only thing we could do, we prayed about it and kept the faith by serving God to the best of our abilities. Each day we went on living our life with hopeful expectation that it would work out. 

When I read that entry from a year ago I am amazed how everything worked out. I know it was God who heard our prayer and delivered us from all our fears. He did abundantly more than I could have expected. I am so thankful.

It's so easy to forget when things are going well to look back and thank God for all those things that he has brought you through.



My Zoe

An illustration I made of my daughter in procreate. She is our 3rd daughter, very creative and funny.
 

Paper Doll's and Paper

I was doodling and made this little paper doll, then I put her on different patterned papers.


 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Terrell of Alaska

 I've been practicing again, I decided to illustrate my nephew. He lives in Alaska.

I love the whole range that art spans and I cannot just pick one style to do.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Melody in Blue

When you don't know what to draw, illustrate a family member. This is my little sister who did the black and white photo challenge.
It was fun creating.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Be Gazelle-like

A small swift graceful animal having lustrous eyes.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Illustrations for a Friend

My coworker/friend and I were talking about planner stickers. I told her that I would make her some.

I am a novice to making stickers, so I picked a few items she might like. I know she loves Dunkin' Donuts coffee. She has a youtube channel called Living Life with Lon

I also did an illustration of her.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Bike Love

Growing up having a bike was everything. My bike was blue with a sparkingly white seat.
One year my bike was stolen because I failed to put it back in the basement at the end of the day. I came home and left it in the backyard.

Looking down from my bedroom window I cried and cried, why didn't I listen to my parents. When my friends came to get me after school I couldn't go. No riding to the park or library. No riding down steep hills, no discovering new neighborhoods. I thought if I stared enough at the place where I left it, it would reappear.

My dad came to my rescue after letting me suffer for a while. We went to Two Guys, a department store in New Jersey. Not only did I get a new bike but so did my sisters. I picked out a 3-speed gold bike with a gold sparkling seat. It was the best day ever. I made sure to always put my bike away at the end of the day.

Remembering that story brings back such a precious time, as children we were free to ride and explore.