Sunday, March 31, 2013

Crash and Burn............


.................yeah this is an AWFUL mess..........I tried to blend colors and i definitely crashed and burned. I tried to 'fix' it over and over again finally i just had to paint over it with Engine Red and start OVER........I did LOVE the center though so i saved it.....


...........You can barely tell in the photo but there is some orange between the yellow and red then i did one coat of yellow and close to the center i put a second coat of yellow.......added some red dots in the center and whew! i'm just glad this one is over.....The next one i LOVE so stay tuned!! Hugs! deb

Thursday, March 28, 2013

My Head .............

.............was in the clouds yesterday.......literally.....Yesterday the clouds covered the top of Mount Diablo and to think i was climbing up there was totall and utterly COOL! If you click on the picture I put a link so you can go to the State Park website which has more photos. This picture came from their website. I lamented the fact i did not bring my camera the WHOLE way up as it was so beautiful. 

The entry fee is $10 which is one of the higher fees i've ever paid to enter a State Park. However everything does seem well maintained. They have picnic areas and camping $30 a night. I did not camp ...maybe next time... I had a hard time finding a parking spot as there was no 'parking lot' except at the very top. Which made no sense to me......none of the various Trail Heads had parking spaces. I flagged down a park ranger and she told me to park where ever there was room and just leave the permit tag in the window. 

Problem solved......I wore my very serious looking fanny pack (lol) my hubby bought me last year that has not had near enough use and loaded it up with two water bottles and some fiber bars and Cutie oranges and fueled by an earlier cup of Starbucks off i went on the Summit Trail. I did not start from the bottom of the mountain....No siree........thats a 'little' beyond my current ability.....But started a little over a thousand feet from the summit. 

It was HARD! I will not lie......though perhaps it was SO difficult because of my out of shapeness but where i lacked in fitness i more than made up for in determination. I WAS going to get to the top. Sometimes i only went 20-30 feet before i had to stop and rest but little by little i conquered the mountain. The views on the way up and at the top are incredible. They say on  a clear day you can see Golden Gate Bridge....but not this day.  There is a little museum and gift shop at the top. Where i bought my well earned Mt. Diablo Pin to add to my collection.  Hubby got a walking stick with a face carved in it.

We didn't see much wildlife except a ground squirrel and a couple ravens. But the wildflowers were out and gorgeous and some can only be found on Mt. Diablo.  The trails are very well marked. One piece of advice though.........pay absolutely NO attention to the mileage signs.......they LIE.....From where i started it said 1.96 miles to the Summit........Bull........maybe as the crow flies.......that hike to the top felt easily double that........at a very steep incline on a tricky rock strewn path. Sometimes you felt you took three steps forward and one step back.......you really have to watch your footing......especially on the way down.......had a few near misses of landing on my butt .....hubby too......but it was all good fun and we could laugh about it cause nobody actually ended up on their butt. :)
Wish i had more pictures......sigh......If you in the area its definitely, definitely worth a visit! Hugs! deb

Monday, March 25, 2013

Blue............


Blue and Gold and shiny metallic LOVE!  I think the dark blue under the metallic blue gives it a nice shadow ..don't you? Can you see it? 


............I had to hold it just right so you can see the metallic paint. I like how one minute it doesn't look very special then it will glint in the light and POW right in your eye! LOL! 

.........two down.......now my world is turning black and white and red (read) all over........do you remember what the answer is to that riddle???  Think about it while i go paint the red flowers.......Hugs! deb

Thursday, March 21, 2013

I Had an Idea..........



.......where do you get your best ideas??? I wish i could answer with something romantic ...like maybe daydreaming over a cup of coffee or while on a walk but no.........my best ideas..(and the best ideas stands for the ones i usually follow thru with) come when i 'am walking around a craft store........aaahh the possibilities....lol This time i saw these cardboard flower shapes and i thought Wow wouldn't it be fun to send a bit of spring thru the mail......


Blogger is totally messing with me this morning.......now it wants to underline everything and i cannot seem to turn it off.....sigh...Gave me trouble uploading the pics too....geesh...
Anyway back to my IDEA...  :) Imagine a bouquet of flowers winging its way thru the mail...bright colors ....glitter ...Would that make you smile??? Makes me smile just thinking about it...
And i thought what a perfect way to practice more painting....Concentrating on shading and highlighting and just have fun......and i HAS been fun....no worries.....they are not quite done yet . I have the base coats on and now the fun begins........This shading business is a learning process and i'm sure some will turn out better than others....


One thing i have noticed about painting  .....it almost instantly strips away any stress i might be feeling.......Instant relaxation  ....in a paint brush.......a little of my fav music and my cares seem to fall away for a little while.......definitely recommend it! :)Hugs! deb

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Let There Be Color......!!!

Don't you feel so very Zen now????  :) Hoping your having a
Great weekend!!!! Hugs! deb

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Koi.........

I've been putting pencil to paper alot here lately.......My favorite place to draw is curled up on the couch in the evenings watching TV...........Here i've given myself a WHOLE room to craft in but i find myself most inspired in the evenings when everything quiets down and settles down.........hubby wants to relax watching TV and i ofcourse want to be near him after not seeing him all day while he is at work AND commuting........

So much on TV doesn't interest me anymore.....Good Lord the comedies and reality TV......ugh.....I notice we watch alot of Syfy and AMC........Our current loves are Grimm, Bones, NCIS, the Mentalist,Lost Girl, A few of the shows i like are on break now....like Covert Affairs, Revolution....I enjoyed 666Park Avenue but they cancelled it........I'm looking forward to Defiance next month....might be pretty good......Plus we have a HUGE store of DVD movies at our disposal......tons of entertainment.....

So i keep one eye on the sketch and one on the TV......  :)  And usually 30 minutes into whatever we are watching i here this sound coming from the couch and i look over and there is the love of my life sound asleep ....snoring lightly.....he works so hard......he may never have worked this hard in his life.......

I hope you like the Koi Pond.......now that i look at it i can see the eyes are a little wonky maybe that won't show as much as i color it.....fun, fun, fun........Hugs! deb

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Poppy Love..................

.............Some poppy love going on around here!  80 degrees this week!!! This is crazy.........This is March right? When we arrived in CA last year we didn't see 80 until what May???I hope this is not an omen for a terribly hot summer..........

My scanner is terrible..........it washes out every drawing i try to scan or puts in a glare.....especially on black colors......so i had to go in and adjust the brightness on this picture and a touch of contrast so you could see all the details but as i hold the original up to the screen next to it......its pretty darn close......much closer than the washed out version the scanner gave me........Its a Kodiak printer/scanner....i've never had this problem with any other scanner but this scanner does it to me every time.......sigh.......But i hope you like it........I like how some parts of it stick out over the edges and i'm pretty pleased with how the wrought iron fence came out.......The yellow does not play nicely with the other colores and i must remember that........it does not blend as nicely.....it seems to be maybe more waxy and works much better if i use it on top of other colors rather than laying it down first and color on top of it.....I find that hard to remember in the heat of the moment though....:)  Hugs! deb

Thursday, March 7, 2013

I Had to Laugh.......


.............I promised you some artsy posts and what do i have to post but flower doodles...........guess its just flower season around here....You do remember that Poppy Doodle??? Well i'm finally getting around to adding some color to it.....If you can believe it this poppy was suppose to be more RED with orangy undertones......it came out more salmon i think.........
.............but what is one suppose to do when a colored pencil says RED and the RED is kinda anemic??? Oh well just gives me another reason to try again.....i still think it turned out lovely...stay tuned for the finished picture........LOOK below.........

.........this is what my hubby found when he turned up the drive to his work the other morning.....We didn't have much wind at our house but apparently Livermore did! Wow! What a mess.....I'm not sure what kind of trees those were but the Eucalyptus trees that are everywhere there are so brittle......

Got out for my walk again today........guess i've been managing about 2 1/2 miles every other day.......feels good to get out......Have you been out moving??? Just get out the door! The rest.......is easy! Hugs! deb

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Just in case..........


..............somebody has been holding their breath waiting to see which hyacinth bulb bloomed first it dawned on me i better let you know......Even though the tapwater bulb took off with that healthy root system etc.....it was the bottled water bulb that gave me that first delicious glimpse of purple. I snapped this pic a couple days ago and the other bulb still has not bloomed yet.......go figure!

.........and here is that promised picture of the geraniums i planted this past weekend.....I think its going to be a pretty showing this summer........now what to plant in that smaller pot.....it gets full sun....hot sun.......i'm leaning toward ice plant......any other full sun plants that do well for you even in the high heat of summer??? I love petunias but i'm thinking they  might be best in the back yard with morning sun.....

I have so much i need to be doing.....cleaning the kitchen (ah yes...must do the adult chores first)...sigh....then its play time....lots on my plate in the craft room......next few posts with definitely be artsy crafty.......that 'Super Secret Project' really kept me from working on a lot of things that i already had in progress.... See you soon! Hugs! deb

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

I did it................

............i finished the 'Super Secret Project' and its going in the mail today...........I cannot wait until i can tell you....your gonna be jumping up and down and wondering how i EVER kept it to myself. LOL!

Got out for my three mile walk today......beautiful...sun shining ...about 65 degrees....everything blooming....tonite a storm system blows in and keeps us chilly and wet for a day or two then moves on out to give us a glorious weekend that just cries out for a day trip to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park......... what's on you agenda??
Hugs! deb

Monday, March 4, 2013

My Christmas Cactus......


..............is ever so happy.........its so happy it decided to bloom for Easter too!
Crazy!!!
The sun was shining on the bright petals so prettily this 
morning i just had to run and grab
my camera....


...............I made spaghetti sauce in my crock pot today...MMMmmm..yum...and i decided to try something
new...MEATBALLS!!...can you believe i've never
made meatballs before?! Tell me how are you suppose to 
brown meatballs on all sides?? ...their round...stop laughin..
i can hear you ....okay well they ended up more like meatcubes
than meatballs but they did come out yummy
and thats all that matters right? :)


I lugged 5 big clay pots from TX and this past
weekend i bought what i needed to plant at
least one of them...the biggest one....it huge...i mean
really huge....i'll take a photo for next time...I spent a
little time this afternoon planting it....I tore up some 
Styrofoam to lay in the bottom of the pot to take up some 
room and help with the drainage then put some rocks in and 
some good potting soil on top.  I bought 3 red geraniums. 
I hope they grow....Geraniums is one plant i've never tried at home before....cross you fingers.....

See! I have a pink one with a little white thats extremely happy and a red one thats only putting up that one bud and next to it is a white one with a little pink that has about 3 buds.....Once you get the hang of it these guys are so easy to take care of.......I water about once a week.......they are cactus but like water a little more than your regular cactus......i put enough water in so a little sits in the bottom of the wrappers then about an hour later come back and dump out whatever water is remaining. Get a feel of the weight of the pot when the soil is wet..Then  just repeat whenever they start feeling really light when you pick them up..........Its one of those plants i KNOW i can keep alive..... :) 

PS.....no artwork to show.......still working on that super secret project i don't want to jinx.........By the time i can tell you about it you'll forget and you'll be like what secret project........sigh.......Well hang in there i'm almost done working on it then at least i can show you some other artsy stuff.....Hugs! deb

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Did you Ever......

........just run out of words........first i was down and out with allergies........just no energy to even make a blog post....then i kinda fell out of the habit of posting......every time i would sit down to make one i would find i had nothing to say......i'm sure it didn't help that my camera has been gathering dust so no new pictures to share......

I have an art project i REALLY want to share with you but can't just yet......its a secret........something i need to keep to myself right now......until i KNOW for SURE is really gonna happen then i'll be shouting from the roof tops........i just don't want to jinx it.....that may not be possible but i'm not one to mess with fate.........I want to share sooooo bad .......so bad that now i'm like ...okay now what do i talk about............lol

A family member and i hiked up here today.......So gorgeous! Weather perfect in the 50's ....a little windy....one minute you want a jacket then you don't .  You've seen this picture before i believe....yep its the hills of Livermore......love that place.....I have to say climbing the hill was even easier this time.....i think all the stair climbing in the new house has paid off. LOL!   So many people were out enjoying the weather. Climbing on the hills like ants. People and their kids or dogs. People on bicycles or with walking sticks.....People are so active around here.......its good to see.....Lathrop where i live is like a ghost town compared to Livermore.....When i'm out and about walking in the neighborhoods i see nobody.........weird ......its like everyone just goes in their houses and stays......Well if the weather is nice where you are i hope you get out and enjoy it! 

So , sorry for the boring post......I'll find my voice again soon! Promise! P.S. OH! almost forgot......'Jack the Giant Slayer' ? Two thumbs up!!! We loved it! Good fun! Hugs! deb