Sunday, February 7, 2016

Winsome


I am working on a coloring book for adults.  This is one of the pieces I likely will be using.  I thought you all might like a sneak preview.

This elfin Bride is lovely--she is a bit wary of having her picture drawn, yet has such a beautiful winsome air.  Just perfect for Valentine's Day.

Have a great week, dear Friends and Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 5, 2016

My Lady of the Grape Vines -Paint Party Friday


Here she is, My Lady of the Grape Vines.  I love grape vines--they are so graceful.  Just like my sweet model, Heather.


Above you see my dear girl Heather who was the inspiration for this drawing.  I am so blessed by this dear young lady.  She is a treasure to my heart.  

I am so grateful to the Lord for His gift of art.  With that gift, I am free to express what is in my heart.  As I mourn my Beloved, those emotions are translated into my artwork.  I pray that what I draw will be a blessing.

Happy Paint Party Friday.  May God bless you with sparkles of joy.  Have a beautiful weekend and thank you for dropping by.  ((Hugs))

Friday, January 29, 2016

Beauty in Nature -Paint Party Friday

This is one of my favorite drawings.  I finally was able to ink it last week.  I love cattails.  They are so graceful and lovely.  I also adore detail--as you can see by the background.  All those tiny flowers.  They took a long time.

It has been a difficult week.  I am so grateful to God for the gift of drawing.  That wonderful gift is a comfort and an outlet for my heart and soul.

Have a lovely week, sweet Friends and Happy Paint Party Friday.  May God bless you with comfort and unexpected joy.  Have a beautiful weekend and thank you for dropping by.  ((hugs))

Friday, January 22, 2016

Angel of the Roses -Paint Party Friday

Angel of the Roses started as a pencil sketch in my sketchbook. When I had a moment to spare for drawing, I would add a little here, and a little there. This drawing took about six years to finish.

I love the jewel tones of the colors, and the graceful line of her wings. Many people have told me this piece looks like a stained glass window.

Happy Paint Party Friday, my precious Friends.  May God bless you with rainbows of joy, have a beautiful weekend and thank you for dropping by.  ((hugs))


Friday, January 15, 2016

Friends of the Forest -Paint Party Friday

This drawing has the whimsical idea of the woodlands pictured as a person and the wolf as friend and defender of the forest. 

I have always loved wolves.  In fact, my senior paper was all about wolves.  Wolves live in family groups called packs. They live in dens, which are small caves or a hole dug in the ground. It shelters a mother and her pups weather and protects the little ones from animals who might want to make a snack of them.

Like human families often do, all wolves in a pack help take care of the younger ones. When the pups are very small, other pack members bring food to the mother so she does not have to leave the den. Wolf pups love to play, stalking and pouncing on each other.  Baby wolves also find toys to play with, such as bones, feathers or the skins of dead animals.

Wolves are amazing animals.  Though they can be solitary and lonely (I often feel like howling myself), I admire their loyalty to family and the friendship they share with one another. 


 Above you see my lovely model, Miss Melissa.  She is a wonderful inspiration to me.

Happy Paint Party Friday, my precious Friends.  May God bless you with joy and unexpected laughter.  Have a beautiful weekend and thank you for dropping by.  ((hugs))

Thursday, January 14, 2016

A Fairy Lantern -Paint Party Friday


My little niece and I made fairy lanterns yesterday!  We had SO much fun!  The lantern above is the one I made.  I am putting this up for Paint Party Friday--yes, we painted--with glue and glitter.  (grin)

I needed to find some fairies I could use as silhouettes in the fairy jars.  I could have drawn some, but I was running out of time.  Too late to order some from Pixie Hill, and the craft store didn't have anything like what I was looking for.

Then while at the craft store I had a brainstorm.  I found some beautiful fabric designed with fairies. I bought a yard of it and took it home, where I glued the material to thin card stock.  When they were dry I cut them out--I liked this a lot as some of the colors of the fabric showed through as well.

I think it looks pretty neat!

If you would like to make your own fairy lantern, visit Pixie Hill Fairy Lanterns for the tutorial.  Also be sure to visit Pixie Hill.  It is a wonderfully creative blog with all kinds of fun projects to be seen.  If you scroll down to the entry about the Fairy Lanterns,  you can find where to order some truly beautiful fairy cutouts.  It was a lovely project, and I love this website. 

Happy Paint Party Friday and thank you for dropping by again.  ((hugs))

 


Friday, January 8, 2016

Finding Balance -Paint Party Friday


This is a pen and ink I just finished this morning.  It is called Finding Balance, because that is a big part of my life right now.  It isn't easy to find balance in life without the love of one's life.  Other widows tell me soon I will find a "new normal."  I think it might be awhile for me.  I thank the Lord for His Presence in my life.  He is here with me, walking with me.  When I stumble, He holds my hand. 

As I learn to balance this new life--I can express my heart and feelings through my drawings and I have the wonderful opportunity to share them here with you. 

Happy Paint Party Friday, dear Friends.  May God bless you!  Have a lovely weekend and thank you for dropping by.  ((hugs))

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year! -Paint Party Friday


Happy New Year, dear Friends!  Though this is a whimsical drawing from years ago, it seemed just perfect for today.   As you can see, these swans are a bit different.  lol  As I drew them, their tail feathers became fireworks.  Each of these cuties has a personality all their own--I just want to hug 'em!  

I can hardly believe an entire year has passed by. A whole year without my Beloved.  A year of tears and growth.  It has been an adventure.  I still don't know where life will lead me.  I am grateful that God directs my path.  I am leaning upon Him for each day.

Happy New Year, and Paint Party Friday, all you lovely artists and truly wonderful people.  May God bless you, dear Friends--have a lovely weekend and thank you for stopping by.  ((hugs))


Saturday, December 19, 2015

My Lady of the Birch Tree -Paint Party Friday


Last week I had the joy of visiting family in The Dalles, a wonderful little town located in Oregon's spectacular Columbia Gorge.  I found a birch tree with beautiful white bark which appeared to be peeling from the tree.  I pulled some of it away to take home.  I'm told it is a type of birch which constantly peels, so taking some of the bark would not hurt the tree at all.

I found the bark to be a lovely surface for pen and ink!  This is my fourth drawing on birch bark this morning--I think this lineart turned out especially well.  I call this drawing My Lady of the Birch Tree 

Merry Christmas and Happy Paint Party Friday, all you lovely artists and truly wonderful people.  God bless you, dear Friends--have a lovely weekend and thank you for stopping by.  ((hugs))




Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Christmas With Grandma, Page Two

I have been posting sketches and artwork from Grandma's Christmas Story since October.  Here is Page Two, in its finished form.  Lorie, the author, tells me this little Christmas children's book will be available soon on Amazon.  When it is posted, I'll put up a link for those who are interested.

I love Lorie's idea of Grandma telling the Christmas story to her Granddaughters.  She's reading from the pages of her Bible.  I have precious memories of my own precious Grannie doing that very same thing.  What a wonderful story it is--the truest, greatest story of all time.

Thank you for dropping by, dear Friends.  Merry Christmas and God bless you!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Christmas With Grandma, Page One -Paint Party Friday

I have been working on this lovely little book for quite a while now, and it is done!  I am very happy with the results.  When it becomes available online, I'll let you know.  My friend who commissioned this project says all proceeds from book sales will go to a mission which helps people in Haiti.  I love the idea of being a part of something bigger.



 Above you see my reference photo for this page.  Isn't my Friend darling?    

Merry Christmas and Happy Paint Party Friday, all you lovely artists and truly wonderful people.  May God shed His gift of light and joy in to your lives this Holiday season.  God bless you, dear ones--have a lovely weekend and thank you for stopping by.  ((hugs))




Friday, December 4, 2015

Christmas With Grandma -Paint Party Friday


Here is one of the pages from the Children's Book, Christmas With Grandma, which I've been working on.  I'm about to start coloring the pages now.  I'm SO excited.  It will be completed by Sunday morning.  


Above you see my reference photo for Lorie, Lily and Victoria.  The photoshoot was so much fun.  

Merry Christmas and Happy Paint Party Friday, all you wonderful artists and beautiful people.  May the Creator shed His gift of light and joy in to your lives.  God bless you, dear ones--have a lovely weekend and thank you for stopping by.  ((hugs))




Friday, November 27, 2015

Little Mary -Paint Party Friday


When she was five years old, my darling niece posed for this graphite drawing of Little Mary.  I love the Christmas Story.

I'm sure I have shared this before, but when I was a small girl I fell in love with the delightful drama of Joseph, Mary and the Babe.  To me, it was a wonderful story, filled with miracles, angels, laughter and tears.  In my mind's eye, I would picture every dramatic detail.  There is a beauty and truth about their story which still touches my heart today.

So, Merry Christmas and Happy Paint Party Friday, all you wonderful artists and beautiful people.  May the Creator shed His light and joy into your lives.  You are all precious to Him--and to me.  God bless you, dear ones--have a lovely weekend and thank you for dropping by.  ((hugs))  


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Little Winged Lion -Paint Party Friday

Here is a lineart drawing which will be published in my first coloring book for adults.  This is a sneak peek for you dear Friends.  My little niece posed for this drawing--she and I are sure when dandelions are out and about in a special garden like mine--they might look just like this little winged lion.  

Today is the three-year anniversary of my Daddy's "Heaven Day."  We all miss him so much.  Dad had an imagination just like mine--he saw things in his mind's eye.  His stories were wonderful--I can still see the places he spoke of--magical, imaginative places full of color, elves, fairies and fanciful creatures.  

We were blessed to have such a dear loving Father.  

Happy Paint Party Friday, all you wonderful artists and beautiful people.  God bless you, dear ones--have a lovely weekend and thank you for dropping by.  ((hugs))


Friday, November 6, 2015

Old Man Winter -Paint Party Friday

Here he is, Old Man Winter. I saw him smiling down at the bare limbs of the trees in November of 2009. You have to look closely to see him. Winter is quite illusive at times--like today when it seems so balmy, except for the leafless trees, one might think it were September.
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Above you view him as I first saw him in the clouds. As you can see, I didn't have to enhance Old Man Winter very much at all..
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Old Man Winter
He has a real long beard that's white as snow
He has icicle fingers and popsicle toes
He has chestnuts roasting on an open fire
He has you scootin' down the hill on a worn out tire
He has sleigh bells ringing out into the night
He has everybody feeling alright
When Old Man Winter comes to town
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He has the whole world sleeping beneath a blanket of white
He has everything shining on a full moon night
He has kids of all ages, clowning around,
Building snow forts and knocking them down
He has frost on the windows, Ice on the stairs
Smoke from the chimney and pine in the air
When Old Man Winter comes to town

Happy Paint Party Friday, all you wonderful artists and beautiful people.  God bless you, dear ones--have a lovely weekend and thank you for dropping by.  



Friday, October 30, 2015

The Viking and His Lady -Paint Party Friday


One year ago today, I lost the love of my life.  This drawing felt exactly right--to honor my husband and the love we shared--perfect for this week's Paint Party Friday. 

I miss Alan so much.  And yet life goes on.  Without both the rain and sun--there would be no rainbows, there would be no hope.  And I have the wonderful hope that I will see my Beloved again one day.

Life is fragile, sweet Friends.  Treasure your family.  Time spent with them is precious and irreplaceable. ((hugs))

Happy Paint Party Friday, all you wonderful artists and beautiful people. God bless you, dear ones.  Have a lovely weekend and thank you for dropping by.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Waterfalls -Paint Party Friday


One never knows what one might see near a waterfall. In the woods where I played as a child, places where the water fell through the forest were wondrous. Down through Leprechaun Valley there were playful little waterfalls tumbling over rock and mossy rill. There were small clear pools where the sunlight would glisten down through the vine maples, to reflect dapples of light up into our faces.

I have not lost my love for waterfalls. My family and I visited Niagara Falls in 2001 and 2002. Someday I shall draw the dancing mist maidens I saw there.

Happy Paint Party Friday, all you wonderful artists and beautiful people. God bless you, dear ones.  Have a lovely weekend and thank you for dropping by.