Friday, April 29, 2016

Marry Me -Paint Party Friday

Tomorrow my sweet Friends Nathan and Jennika are getting married.  I am SO happy for them.  This drawing is their finished wedding gift.  I have known Nathan since he was around 12 years old.  Alan loved him and mentored him in drama and performing.  He is one of my "adopted" sons. 

Above you see my original photo of this lovely couple.  It is so wonderful to watch my young friends grow into adulthood.  My heart and prayers go with Nathan and Jennika as they begin this new adventure together.

God bless you dear ones!  Thank you so much for dropping by.  Have a lovely weekend and Happy Paint Party Friday!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Noble Unicorn -Paint Party Friday

I love unicorns.  They have a certain mystique and beauty about them.  Here the gentle animal bows to the touch of a lovely young maiden.


Above you see my beautiful model Rena, who's graceful poses are endlessly inspiring.

The lady's retreat last weekend was amazing.  I know I was not the only one blessed.  One of the things I love to do is to bring in talented people who do not have a place to showcase their gifts.  This is something which will always be a hallmark of what I hope to be a yearly event.  Thank you for your good thoughts and prayers.  I know my darling Alan would be SO happy and proud!  ((hugs))

Above you see a little doodle I did this week.  I was using a new kind of colored markers.  I loved the way the lines blended to give it a smooth look.

Thank you so much for dropping by.  Have a lovely weekend and Happy Paint Party Friday!



Friday, April 15, 2016

Ocean Robes -Paint Party Friday


Here is a lovely lady of the sea, draped in marvelous heart bubble ocean robes.  Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could actually wear the waves?  I imagine the colors of teal and sunshine would be gorgeous.  Though I originally drew the graphite version long ago--I only inked it in a few days ago, in preparation for a coloring book, to be available hopefully soon on Amazon! 


Above you see my photograph of Emily.  She is such a delightful young lady--a blessing to my heart. 

Keep me in your thoughts dear Friends.  This weekend I am hosting my very first Lady's Retreat.  It is called Making Friends with the Rain."  I know my Beloved would be proud of what I am doing...

Thank you for dropping by, dear Friends.  ((Hugs))  Have a lovely weekend and Happy Paint Party Friday!







Friday, April 8, 2016

Her Favorite Fish -Paint Party Friday


I have always loved goldfish.  For years a flurry of them lived in my small garden pond.  Perhaps there will be more this summer.  Fish are smarter than most people think--they actually learned to recognize the sound of my voice and would often come up to eat and sometimes, they'd play with my fingers. 

I drew this piece of artwork last year as a birthday gift for one of my daughters.  She loved it and spoke of naming each individual fishy.  I love how they turned out.  Just like snowflakes and human beings, there are no two fish exactly alike.

 

Here is my original photograph of lovely Rena.  She reminds me of a Grecian statue!  I love to draw this beautiful girl.  I am blessed by her friendship.

Thank you for dropping by, dear Friends.  ((Hugs))  Have a lovely weekend and Happy Paint Party Friday!




Friday, April 1, 2016

Tiger Tale -Paint Party Friday


Happy April Fool's Day!  I thought this drawing from 2004 would be a great one for today.  This pen and ink was fun to draw. It features the soul of a boy--most boys I know would delight to light a tiger's tail on fire--though perhaps in real life, the tiger might not take it, er, "lightly."

In fact, one might not actually live to tell the, er, tale! (grin) Forgive the puns on words--I could not help myself. 


Above is my reference photo.  It was taken during a birthday party for my son.

This is one of my son's friends.  For a party project, Alan and I purchased a bunch of varied colored army men which the fellas were allowed to melt, chop and arrange into various, er scenarios.  Wow, (eeek!) what imaginations!  But what fun--my son's buddies are such wonderful young people.

Here in the Willamette Valley, the sun is shining and the skies are blue.  It is so great to see the sunshine--so good for the soul.  Thank you for dropping by, dear Friends.  ((Hugs))  Happy April Fool's Day and Happy Paint Party Friday!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Ribbet, I love you.


Hello, sweet Friends.  I am posting this "Catfish" drawing from long ago, in honor of a brave little kitty who beat the odds.  Her name is Ribbet.  She was born with a hollow chest and wasn't expected to make it.  Yet, that brave kitten grew and lived to have a litter of kittens...and she yet lives with Mumsie.

However, just recently she hasn't been well.  It was discovered she has cancer.  She does not have long.  When I saw her today--heaven was in her eyes.  I asked her to greet Crickette' and my Beloved  for me...and she looked at me with huge soulful eyes and said yes.  I saw it.  Her eyes were filled with love, as she voiced that tiny meow. 

Oh, friends...I shall miss this sweet brave kitty.


Here she is--she was a kitten then.  As silly as it sounds, please pray for this little one's peace and that she will not have pain as she is dying.

Thank you. Oh, thank you.

UPDATE:  Little Ribbet flew away to heaven Tuesday evening, March 29th.  My heart is so sad.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Art in Tiny Rounds -Paint Party Friday


One night last week I could not sleep.  So I started to draw on these tiny little slices of wood.  I had purchased a bag of them at our local craft store.  drawing on them was so much fun, I didn't stop until each round piece had a drawing...  These little bits are the size of a penny, to that of a 50 cent piece.


Here is a closeup of some of them.


Happy Paint Party Friday.  Have a lovely weekend, dear Friends.  Happy Easter and thank you for dropping by.  ((Hugs))

Friday, March 18, 2016

Colorful Spring Fae -Paint Party Friday


Here she is, all done.  I inked it in, then used my beloved Prismacolor pencils to add color.  This was my darling little niece's birthday gift.  She loved it--which makes this old auntie very happy.


Here again, is the original photograph from my garden.  The pose was her idea--she's a natural!  Such a dear little girl she is.

Happy Paint Party Friday.  Have a lovely weekend, dear Friends and thank you for dropping by.  ((Hugs))

Friday, March 11, 2016

Daisy Puff -Paint Party Friday

I love drawing this little girl.  She is the most amazing person.  With her pixie haircut she is the perfect picture of Spring.  I often find her in my garden--she is a ray of sunshine to my heart.


Here you see my little friend as I caught her at the end of the walk in my winter garden.

Happy Paint Party Friday.  Have a lovely weekend, dear Friends and thank you for dropping by.  ((Hugs))



Friday, March 4, 2016

Sisters of the Heart -Paint Party Friday



There are Sisters related by blood and still others who are Sisters of the soul.  I am SO blessed to have both in my life.  In fact, I don't know how I would have survived this past year without the precious Sisters God has placed in my life.  Thank you--you know who you are.  You have a tender place in my heart.

I just finished inking this in, this morning.  I am working on a coloring book, and each night before I go to sleep, I ink in some of the artwork I've done over the years.  This is yet another drawing of the lovely ones who walk in my garden in Spring and Summer.


Here are my lovely models.  These two young ladies are as beautiful inside as they are outside.  It is a privilege to work with them.

Happy Paint Party Friday.  Have a lovely weekend, dear Friends and thank you for dropping by.  ((Hugs))

Friday, February 26, 2016

Her Little Friend -Paint Party Friday


This was a gift for my sweet young friend Emily, Christmas 2013.  It was one of the best Christmas celebrations ever--we had SO much fun.  I remember we gathered with Emily and family and laughed more than I had in years.  It was perfect--I will always treasure those memories.  It was the last time Alan and I were together at Christmas. I am SO grateful for that last wonderful holiday together.



Here is my model for this drawing.  Isn't she lovely?  I am so blessed to have this dear girl as my friend.  I've known Emily and her family since she was just a babe in arms.

Happy Paint Party Friday.  Have a lovely weekend, dear Friends and thank you for dropping by.  ((Hugs))

Friday, February 19, 2016

Sky Angel -Paint Party Friday


I have been looking up at the clouds since I was a little girl.  It was after I nearly lost my life in 2008, from MRSA, that I began to capture what I saw in the skies.  My family bought a camera and photoshop for me and I became a cloud painter.

I haven't had much time to do much artwork this week--so I'm posting this cloud painting from 2010.  I will be speaking for a Women's Retreat tomorrow, so I've been busy preparing for that all week long. 


Above you see this beautiful angel as I first saw her over the back fence in my garden.  As you can see, I didn't have to do much!  I feel privileged that God would bring the beauty of the skies, with its wonderful possibilities, to my attention.  God is good!

Happy Paint Party Friday.  Keep looking up!  You never know what beautiful thing God may have there for you to see.  Have a lovely weekend and thank you for dropping by.  ((Hugs))

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Mermaid and the Fisherman -Paint Party Friday


I have been so busy this week, I haven't had much time to draw much.  Because I love Fairytales and in honor of Valentine's Day, I am posting this drawing from 2008.  I had just been to the ocean for a week and was inspired by the waves to draw this romantic pen and ink.

I miss my Darling--He would be SO proud of what I am doing this weekend!  I'll be taking a team to perform a drama he wrote featuring Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, at two different locations, once Saturday and again on Sunday morning.  God is so good. 

Happy Paint Party Friday.  May God bless you with love and joy.  Have a beautiful Valentine's weekend and thank you for dropping by.  ((Hugs))

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.


Above you see my reference photo.  This is my lovely model Rena.  She is such a joy to draw!  

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))