Thursday, April 17, 2014

My Colored Pencil Sketches............



..........go SO much quicker than my paintings...... Once they get going i get quite obsessed with them and find myself sitting down to work on them several times during the day........ 


............painting doesn't have that 'pull' for me ...YET... i still do hope it will...... if and when i ever become more comfortable with it......

..............but for now colored pencils still have my heart..... Looking at this i find myself torn between being done and leaving it alone and  outlining the compartments on the lily pads........anyone care to venture an opinion??? :) Everything else is so detailed that perhaps the lily pads look unfinished or do they give the eye a place to rest????  hmmmm....... 

I'm feeling a blog change coming on.............. maybe its Spring  thats spurring on the need for change....... I don't know........ But its honestly the first time i . just. don't. feel . like . blogging. any. more..........I 'm feeling like i've gotten it out of my system........I find myself not looking forward to posting anymore......... its more like pushing myself to make a post.........

In the past when i've stopped blogging for awhile it was something i felt compelled to do from an outside source........ this.....this time its all me.........When i think about it....... Ive been blogging for the last 6 years! Not as long as some but nothing to shake a stick at either...... things change...... life changes...... people change...... I think..........I think i'm ready to move on......... time will tell.......I won't say this is my last post.......but it may very well be or i may just have to pop in to show you this or that......if anyone will still be looking........ Blogging has been an incredible adventure  . One i'm not soon to forget or all the wonderful people i've met. Big, BIG Hugs! deb

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

OH! Its been..............


...........much , much too warm here......85 on our way to 90...Summer is much too close for me.... I'm afraid i'm going to be complaining until Fall.............  But in between complaining i'll show you some pretties!!!  Another MailArt exchange over there at June's Creative Dreamer blog....You can go here to find all the info if you'd like to take part in the next PostCard Swap. The next sign up is May 4th, so you have plenty of time to think it over... the theme i see will be Dreams! Hmmmm......  

What i'm sharing with you now is the PostCard i received from my swap partner Polly.  I could not find a blog for Polly, so Polly if you are reading this , if you have a blog let me know and i will add a link.  Now, Polly.......... did not just send a PostCard.......



She sent GOODIES!!!  All sewed up in the most bright and cheerful card. Thank you so much Polly. I loved it!!!!


June  , our fabulous host also mails everyone a post card who participates in the Swap. One of these days she gonna get too many Swappers to do this but for right now....... I'm LOVIN' it! Thank you June for hosting AND the lovely card. 

This lovely shiny and shimmery postcard is from Corrine over there at Sparkle Days Studio........... She was not a part of this Swap but we have exchanged postcards for quite some time now.  All these lovelies when i open my mailbox sure brightens my day...  Wouldn' t you love to open your mailbox to some of this loveliness?  Much better than bills or all that junk mail. All i use is cereal box chip board. You could cut it to 4x6 " or 5x7" and decorate away... you could paint or decoupage or BOTH...  Just make sure  the address and return address can be seen and read easily...... Go ! Create! Hugs! deb

Monday, April 7, 2014

LilyPad Update.........

..........alot of pans in the fire at the moment....... i made the mistake momentous step of cleaning off one of the surfaces in my craft room and WOW i just went like a house of fire working on projects.............. Apparently give me a clean surface and i can get busy!..........but what i'm showing you now is work i do while watching TV in the evenings...... Nine times out of Ten its a rerun or something i'm not interested in and its easy to split my attention between the two..............

Did it ever cross your mind that these might be lily pads?? :) LOL! I hope i kept you guessing a little bit anyway.....I struggled a bit with the koi........... I was looking at a picture of a koi trying to make it look just like that picture when i had an epiphany ( I have quite a few of those don't i?) and said to myself 'Don't try to draw THAT koi ....instead draw your OWN koi' , so i took one last look at the picture of the koi and put it away. And just sketched MY best koi. And hey he's got a head and tail and scales and he looks like a koi to me :) 

You can see all the little circles at the bottom of the page , so you know i'm not done yet.....there are many more circles in my future....... We hit mid 80's all of this week........... so not ready for higher temps.......Wed i think pushes 90.......90! Please say it isn't so......  Well i better let you go........ the yogurt cups are calling my name........was that an eye roll..? Did you just roll your eyes at me? I know you didn't!! LOL! I know you're all tired of hearing about the yogurt cups..... but take heart! I'am on the home stretch with them!! Woohoo!!! Hugs! deb

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

PostCard Swap.......

 ................something about a good PostCard Swap really gets me creatively motivated........ I think as much as i don't like deadlines.... having a deadline motivates me....... Deadlines were created to help Procrastinators like me... :)   In the top picture you can see where i took cereal box type chip board and put gesso on it.........

..........painted green on top the gesso...... cut out a piece of decorative paper for the middle....sketched out then cut out the 'tulip' shapes........ found the meditating girl in a magazine and fussy cut her out...... 


.........then glued everything into place.......... i wish at this point my Muse ,who was looking over my shoulder, would have pointed out that the writing in the middle was upside down.....but she didn't... she had herself a good giggle over that.... ah well ... once its all glued down there wasn't much i could do about it...... 



............. used this as an opportunity to work on blending.... I had a VERY old bottle of pink paint...... my gosh that stuff must be over 10 years old.......... i have a few bottles like that, that really just need to gotten rid of, but they are still liquid so i'm determined to use them up....... so i let that dictate the color scheme a bit...... 

 .........and with the Spring theme ... what a wonderful excuse to use my bee stamp for the first time.......At first i had them all facing her like the flowers ...... but she looked a little 'trapped' when i did that.... lol... so i faced them every which way instead... :)

..............and if you give the card a little tilt in the light you can see some of the metallic magic....... i put pearlescent paint on the wings...... Now off it goes to my Swap partner!!!! Hugs! deb

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hello Beautiful!................

.............What! No picture?! Did you ever write a blog post in your head before the event you were going to talk about ever happened? And THEN the 'event' did not even come to pass..........then you are stuck with this post idea in your head but no pictures or anything to show for it........? NO? Really!  

Well it happened to ME this weekend! Hubby and i went Slug Hunting!! Yes slug hunting.......And i was going to have a picture of a big , yellow, juicy slug right at the top and the title 'Hello Beautiful!'.........sigh........ 

We've been planning this trip for weeks.......... to Muir Woods.... which is an excellent place to find them....... A friend and i found them there last year and they were sooo amazing and HUGE! But we had no camera and hubby wasn't with us.......... so we made plans to go back.......... Well this past weekend Mother Nature made other plans and she rained and rained and rained............... she seriously RAINED! So what did we do?..........................

...........we grabbed the umbrella and went and played in the rain and stomped in puddles and searched Muir Woods high and low for slugs.............. and we didn't find any..........not...a ...one.... they were smart.......they were hiding.......under the leaves or wherever slugs go when they hide........the park rangers said they would probably come out AFTER the rain...........sigh.......it rained all day.... so we had to leave without laying eyes on them...... But we will go back! .........slippery little suckers.......... 

I did find a website that has some beautiful pictures of them along with some information if you'd like to check it out........
Just click on this link here............... Happy Slug Hunting! Hugs! deb