Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Blind Contour

This is my entry for this weeks Blind Contour Challenge

Friday, October 30, 2009

Blind Contour Week 2 and 3

I forgot to upload Week 2 and realized it was time for Week 3 so decided to do them together.
The back of one of my cats "Mittens" and the front.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Friday Blind Contour

This is my first entry in the Blind Contour Friday Challenge. It is my daughter, thankfully she was very good humored about it.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Acrylic Class

This is for an acrylic class I am taking on line at I wanted to show the steps
because I found it interesting and thought others might as well. The painting starts by covering the whole canvas with this orange and then sketching it in.

Next you were to block in the white wash of the building and the darkest shadow areas. This got a big reaction from friends and family at this point who all seemed to have the same comment. "Oh, its a building, I didn't know what you were doing with the orange.

Then you put in the lighter shadows and add detail. It was fun to do and was helpful for me to work on the light and shadows and see how important and what a difference they make to a painting.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Illustration Friday

This is my entry for Illustration Friday. The topic is Infinite.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

First Monthly Sketch Project

This is my entry for the first Monthly Sketch Project. Between coordinating an Art Show for last week and starting back at homeschooling this week I left too little time for this piece. I did enjoy doing it and very happy the Monthly Sketch Project was set up. Thanks Jennifer.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

ATC Entries

These are my entries for the Richmond Art Gallery ATC Show in British Columbia.
The top three are water color,ink and batiking.
The two outside ones I laid a wash of water color and a basic faint image of the mountains and elephant appeared and I went from there. The middle turtle was a sheet of card stock I pressed an ink pad down on a smooched it around. When I looked at it vertically I didn't notice anything but when I turned it I saw the turtle and lightly outlined him with a Sakura pen.
I am entering the top 9 (because that's the limit)
These two here, I had done for the show but some friends really wanted to trade them. Mainly it is because of how they came to be. The one on the left with the green leaves was a piece of water color paper I accidentally dropped a tea bag on. When I picked it up I could see the image of the moth. I added very little to it and just put in the leaves. I liked it so much I deliberately smooched a tea bag and got the other moth on the other card

Friday, August 21, 2009

Tea for two, Me and You!

Whew, finally! I started this painting the beginning of July for my sisters anniversary on July 29th. However, the weather turned too hot and being new to acrylic painting I struggled with the paint drying too fast on the canvas. I decided to put it aside until things cooled down. They didn't, it just got hotter and hotter. I ended up running out and buying a gift card to her favorite restaurant and painting a card for her and her husband. (See the last two blog entries below)

Finally last weekend it cooled enough to finish the painting. I chose the tea pot and two cups because she lives in Ontario and I live in British Columbia and one thing we miss is sitting and having a cup of tea together.

Funny how things work out though. I finished the painting last weekend and sent it off to her (It's a surprise, she has no idea) she called me this morning and told me she has Shingles (ouch) So it worked out. She got an anniversary present, the gift card, for her and her husband and now a get well gift, the painting, which is really made just for her.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

EDM # 235

This is the card I painted for my sister for the gift card down below. It shows up a lot lighter than the actual card. I painted it first and then read the challenge a few days later. Purple pansies are my sisters favorite. I learned a lot about watercolors and trying to get a deep deep purple with them from making this card for her.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

EDM #227 and #232

The tote bag has been my favorite bag this summer to take out on Plein Air excursions my daughter and I have been going on with a local art group.
The drawing of the last thing I purchased was a gift for my favorite sister. She lives in Ontario and I live in BC so it is difficult to get together for anniversaries. I was working on a painting for her when a severe heat wave hit and it became too difficult to work on (No air conditioning) Her anniversary was getting closer and closer and it soon was obvious I wasn't going to complete the painting in time. I found this gift card for her. It is her and her husbands favorite restaurant. She was very happy with it. She doesn't know it yet that she will soon receive the painting, her second present.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

EDM's 12, 13, 15, 16 and 23

It has been awhile since last posting. I thought with having the summer off from homeschooling I would have posted a lot more. I think I am actually more organized while teaching. The summer hits, my ADD kicks in and I'm all over the place. Some of these are from back in March.
I have quite a few I haven't posted yet, I don't know why. But so not to bore you I'll just put up these few. Some I'm happy with some are horrid.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Illustration Friday - Drifting

This is my Illustration Friday Entry for Drifting. It is inspired by a book I had as a child "Tilly the Turtle".

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Acrylic Course Painting.

This is a painting from a course I am taking at Working from a photo we had to paint an under painting of black, grays and white. Then paint over it. I found it really helped with the lights and shadows and various shades of green in the painting. I also learned I need to spread my color around. I was happy with how it came out. I felt it had more depth and was more interesting to look at then my other paintings.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Cootie Catcher

This is my entering for Illustration Friday. The theme was "unfold"

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Water colors for on line course

These are a couple of water colors I did recently for a on line water color course I am taking. The one with the squares was a fun exercise. We divided the sheet into nine squares and cut out the middle square. Then we were to either drop or purposely pick a section of a water color we liked and try to emulate it in one of the squares. I was happy with the results because I struggle getting light into my water colors and this helped. I particularly liked the little lady bug square, which was also one of the hardest.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Beach Rocks

I can't believe how much time has past since my last post. Whew... This was a challenge for the White Rock Art Society. The challenge was "Life on the Peninsula"
Yes, White Rock BC is a Peninsula.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Calling My Portrait Finished

I can't believe it is a month since I
first posted the portrait of my daughter
I'm working on. I worked on it, put it
away then got it out and worked on it some
more. Thanks for all the suggestions and help.
I'm sure I could do more. But for my first
portrait, I'm happy. I have to hand it in, so
I figured I would stop here. Then spend time
practicing hair and eyes and lips separately
before attempting my next portrait.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Illustration Friday Entry

This is my first entry into the Illustration Friday Challenge. This week was Impossibility. I chose my cat Moppet as my inspiration because she is always jumping to impossible heights that no other cat would think of.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Virtual Sketch Date

This is a watercolor I did for this weeks Virtual Sketch Date. I haven't done a lot of watercolor and I started to get lost in my greens so decided I better stop.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Portrait of my daughter

This is a sketch I am still working on for an art course I am taking. It is from a black and white photo copy of a school picture. It is my very first portrait and it is taking me a very long time to get it done. The lips and eyes are driving me crazy. Her eyes came out quite dark in the photocopy, almost as dark as her pupil, and they aren't as lively looking as they should be. I thought I would post it as I work on it so I can see the progression as well as letting others see it and also in case I wreck it. Any comments would be appreciated. I'm a thick skinned beginner so say what you like. I can only progress and learn from honesty.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

EDM Challenges 6 and 10

Well, I was trying to draw Mrs. Beasley, my favorite doll. She was from the show "Family Affair" Something blobby happened with the nose turning her into a dog faced doll. I'll have to try again sometime, she deserves much better. The quote above the drawing,"I'm Dolly Tina... is from an episode of the old black and white Twilight Zone

The drawing of my hand looks a bit twisted but unfortunately that is what my hand looks like.

EDM #11 Draw your glasses

These are my new glasses. A little off.

Saturday, April 4, 2009


My first two tries at ATC's

Book I've enjoyed

I hadn't heard of artist trading cards until I came across this book. After placing an order on Amazon, it was recommended. It teaches a variety of techniques that could be used in other art projects. My daughter and I have really enjoyed it. She can produce so many of them so fast. I have only made a few. I tend to use them when I am thinking of larger projects. I do artist trading cards first, then I can do two or three or more look and decide which version I like the most and make it into a larger piece of art.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A little critique would be appreciated

I am happy with the boot on the far right. I don't have a lot of experience painting. I do more sketching so with the black boot I applied what I know from pencil work with light and shadow to the painting and am very happy with how it came out. The shoe however is supposed to be a cloth Victorian shoe and I am not happy with it. It is a little darker in real life but you can still get the flat blah idea of it. Any suggestions would be appreciated

Friday, March 20, 2009

Happy First Day of Spring

Well, happy first day of spring! What a beginning. I was woken at 1:12a.m. to the sound of my son... um... well... not feeling so well and unfortunately his unwellness did not make it to the bathroom. A little over an hour later, I was able to climb back into bed. Tossed, turned ahhhh. Finally, I am just drifting off to sleep and hear a strange rustling sound. I go out to the kitchen to see my two cats plotting and conspiring. "Hey, if we go to that cloth gingerbread man stuffed with her plastic grocery bags and pull them all out she'll get up again and I'm pretty sure she'll play with us. It's not like she's doing anything." I get the look from them, you know, the I have know idea how that happened look. I get back to bed, well after three. (making sure to turn the alarm off) Spend the rest of the night, awake, asleep, awake, asleep. I am awoken to the sound of laughter and the t.v. I go out... it is 7:30 am. There is my son, wide awake, bright glowing eyes, laughing his BUTT off at Bugs Bunny. Oh my goodness. "Remember the rule when we wake up early dear? Close my door and keep the volume down." Well, when I finally get up, to the dull rainy day, I start ringing out the things I left soaking in the tub. Oh, I should have had my breakfast first before I started this task, I think to myself, when I am almost done. I realize, hey, it is spring, sunny days are sure to be ahead now. (Yes, I am A.D.D., thanks for asking.)So, I give a shout out to my daughter (who was kind enough to get up and help in the night with out being asked) Happy First Day of Spring. "Oh, Mom", she replied. Then we laughed and laughed and laughed.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

EDM Challenge 7,8,9

A few more challenges. These were done with a new pen I got that I absolutely love. It was on sale and I wish I had gotten more at the time. It is a SumoGripII Gel 05 by Sakura. I haven't had a lot of success lately with pens. They scratch, catch, skip and run out, and they never go over top of graphite. Ahhh. But this pen is amazing, smooth and fluid.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

EDM Challenge #1-4

EDM is from the book, Everyday Matters by Danny Gregory.
I recently joined the EDM yahoo group. There is a list of challenges (over 200 now) These are the first four.
They are great fun, especially for those moments I want to draw but all I draw is a complete blank.