Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Sketches........

.............well i was going to join Dion Dior with her Friday Sketches... but i don't see a post from her this morning.........so.... I will just share whats going on anyway....... :)...Aaahh DionDior is back!!! so here we go! ..... The cat's in the tree sketch is coming along .........albeit slowly...... I think i spend more time 'eyeballing ' it.......... trying to decide where i want the boxes...how i want the limbs to go....... Sometimes i won't touch it for a week...... then i'll pick it up ...eyeball it and add a little bit or take away......... 

This process of pulling an idea out of my brain and putting it on paper is not easy for me...... This tree exists no where else but in my imagination........ thats not how i learned to draw....... I do fairly well when i have a picture in front of me......... I'm a good 'copier'... but to pull something like this out of my imagination...well... its almost like 'giving birth'...... But i LOVE The idea that it exists no where else but in my head...... and that it is truly MINE.....my idea...my concept....... I like the challenge........ Sketches like this of mine don't always work out...... but some do... and i'm still liking this one.... The top of the tree will continue on off the page.... Not sure if thats okay or not but i just can't seem to put a top on it...LOL! 

I'm not sure about the bird but i sketched it and inked it and its a part of it now... The image in the header is the latest one and i where i stand now with it... I don't know about you but i'm lovin' the roots at the bottom.......  Hugs! deb

After some deliberation i've decided to join Paint Party Friday even though there is no paint on the page yet...its still in the sketching stage...........

Thursday, August 28, 2014

On a Road Trip..........



..............to Sacramento a few weeks ago....and we came upon this truck.....what is that in the back????



..........what could that be?????


.......did you guess?????  Tomatoes!!!! Roma tomates i think....We see so many of these trucks! This must be tomato country! I don't know why but they always make me smile... It just seems odd i think not see them in crates or boxes or something......... Soon all these tomato trucks will be pumpkin trucks!!! That is a sight to behold too.  I'm kinda lovin' living in this Agricultural region of the country.  Cherry trees...orange trees... peach trees....almond....walnut....olive trees...grape vines.... fields of stuff i don't even know the name of ...but would like too...... I wish the farmers would put signs out for us ignorant people and tell us what they are growing... Oh i know corn and cotton from living in TX but so much is hard to identify.... Last year i saw HUGE pumpkin field!  I see alot of hay around here too.......  Well i just wanted to show you my tomato trucks! :)  Hope your having a great week!!! Hugs! deb

Monday, August 25, 2014

Is There Anything Better......

 ............than 'tea' and good conversation.....or in my case coffee . :) And you won't mind will you if i continue to work on my current obsession.....?  What a week! The things i could tell you!!!  And on top of all that an EarthQuake!!  that thankfully we didn't even feel...   We had our own sort of earthquake.... or hubby did at least....




I get a phone call what was it? Wednesday...... 'Honey i've been rear ended..........' Needless to say the car that hit him got the worst end of the deal... i think it was totaled.  Ours is about $3000 in damage.......... The collision actually knocked the hat off of my hubby's head and nothing does that...not rain not sleet nor snow or high winds!!  At first hubby thought he was okay then about midnight that night the pain in his neck really kicked in and we ended up at the hospital Thurs. morning....thankfully nothing serious just strained muscles . He took the rest of the week off work and felt much better going to work this morning..... I think he's more upset about his poor baby truck being hurt and that he will have to drive a rental car for about a week..........So all's good......

Remember this???  Well this image was accepted at MisterDressUp.com to be put on tshirts for one week. I thought you might like to go check it out and just see how it looks on a tshirt. Its pretty cool i think........Love to know what you think!

And if we were sitting around drinking coffee....or tea or ........ i would HAVE to tell you about my friend Eileen's GiveAway....You know because i'm nice like that.... :)  .......She is having a relaunch party that includes some terrific GiveAways and i wouldn't want you to miss out (a piece of my artwork is listed!)....... So if you have a minute....after we finish our 'Tea' ofcourse pop over there and show her some love.........


And........since we are spreading around the love stop by and say hi to Kathy who also happens to be launching a new blog AND having a GiveAway......... See !! Look at all the gossip i have to share this morning! :) The kind of gossip that might help you WIN something!! I hope your having a wonderful T Tuesday! I have company coming next week so you KNOW what i will be doing this week! ......drumroll please......CLEANING........... uughh.....Linking with Elizabeth !!  Big Hugs! deb
   

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Still Here.................

The earthquake didn't even wake us up this morning....lol......... But it does have us looking at earthquake insurance....What i wanna know is how did USAA know the earthquake was coming ???? Just this week we received something in the mail from them asking us if we wanted earthquake insurance..... :)  

Trouble is its not cheap....... and the deductible is HIGH...  They say only 12% of people in CA have earthquake insurance...... hmmmmm not sure what we will do yet.... but it takes an earthquake to get us thinking about it... Hugs! deb

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Memory is a Fickle Thing.......


I've come to the conclusion that i have no control over what my brain decides to 'hold onto' and what 'fades into oblivion'......I like to think i hold onto the good things in life and let go of the not so good...But like i said i really don't think i have control over that. But i'm generally a happy person..... a glass half full kinda gal. :)

I can't tell you about the things i've forgotten because...well.... I've forgotten them. But i can tell you about a few of the silly things i do remember for no apparent reason.......



Hubby needs a plant hanger at his work. This man has a green thumb that neither one of us knew he had! Look at those plants! When was the last time you looked for a plant hanger at the store? Do you know how difficult they are to find these days? Does no one hang their plants anymore?  I did find some on Etsy but for me the prices were a little steep. 

I learned a few macrame knots back in grade school and if you can believe it i STILL remember how to do it......at least i think i do..so far so good....I bought the metal loop a little bit too big......ah well live and learn......and a roll of twine was only $5.... I have some face beads left over from the yogurt cup project....So i'm giving it a try ...fingers crossed!

I had two years of Spanish in high school......30 some odd years ago..ahem.....I barely managed to pass them.....My wonderful powers of memorization was the only think that saved me...... I cannot hold a conversation in Spanish but i still have many words and phrases memorized..... Why? I don't know........ Its not like i've had opportunity to practice over the years......but its there taking up valuable real estate in my brain..... I can count in Spanish.....I can say the alphabet in Spanish...I can say the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish.....I know all the words to 'La Cucaracha'  and can sing 'We Wish you a Merry Christmas' in Spanish.Why?Why does my brain hold onto such things...? Any odd things that just stick in your brain?  :) Hugs! deb

PS... I'm linking with Elizabeth's T stands for Tuesday.......and if you all are looking for something liquid in this post look at the picture of my hubby......look at the shelf above his desk....look close.... you will see a 5 hr energy drink..........its the best i could do... :) 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Sad Day.........

........................I don't do comedy.........but there was one man other than my husband who could usually make laugh...........Robin Williams..... We were so surprised and saddened to hear of his passing..........apparently by suicide......How can someone who made so many people smile and laugh and perhaps take themselves a little less seriously.........  be so sad himself....?    My all time favorite films of his are ofcourse Mrs. Doubtfire......Patch Adams.....What Dreams May Come. If you have a favorite movie please do share........Rest in Peace Robin..... Hugs! deb

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I'am Absolutely, Completely , Totally.....Irrevocably ....

HOOKED!........... on making 5X7 postcard size Art......2 of these are actual postcards using cereal box chipboard and one is a 5x7 flat panel canvas.... Click it large for better view........  It WAS tricky getting a picture here... I wanted you to see that the dragonfly and flower were mirrored surfaces(actually they were Wall Art picked up at the DollarTree ) but i didn't want to totally obscure the picture...  Practicing my shading here with the blue.... I STILL suck at it...... Once in awhile i get a better one but shading with paint is still rough for me.....   So two of these are winging their way to new homes and one i 'am going to HANG ON THE WALL!

I like to create with COLOR (as if you haven't noticed) But i do not like to decorate my house in BRIGHT colors..... but i DO want to hang my art on my walls....so.........something had to give......... So i have decided to have spots of color through out the house.... I'll show you when i get some more on the wall..... One of these spots is my stairway wall...at the bottom of the stairs. Its not really suitable for anything else and its just stark white...I thought a whole bunch of 5x7 art would look great grouped there...... so stay tuned on that... 

5x7 is just a perfect size....isn't it? Not too big as to take too long to finish and not too small that you have to squint to see the details...perfect...sigh.... okay... i better get busy! Thanks for stopping by!!!! Oh! And if your at all interested in swapping MailArt postcards with me let me know!!!  Just an informal, no pressure PostCard swap.........Hugs! deb

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A 'T' stands for Tuesday post............



I use the word 'Tea' here very loosely.... :) Today it is Diet MUG rootbeer........ Love it!  AND no caffeine..... cutting back on caffeine is something i've been striving for the last couple of years.... My coffee in the morning is Folgers Half Caff and my diet sodas i reach for are caffeine free...... My hubby drinks diet Dew which i happen to love too...so i'm not beyond grabbing one now and then but as a whole i have cut back my consumption of caffeine waaay back........ I just woke up one day and for some reason took note of just how much caffeine i was consuming in one day......... go ahead...think about it......I never did before...  Between the coffee in the morning and the Diet Dews during the day....well i just felt the need to change something.... I even went down to decaffeinated coffee but i just didn't like it so i thought half caff was a good compromise and i actually like the flavor...... 




The birds were having a meeting this morning and posed for a couple pictures. They are quick little buggers! But i did end up with a few shots........

Click on this one .........it looks like she's talking to you...... :)  .....

Hubby and i have really not gone to the movies this summer.... we just got totally burned out on crowded crowded movie theaters and rude obnoxious people....we had reached our threshold and it just was not enjoyable anymore..... In our small town in TX if you went to a matinee during the week you were almost guaranteed to have the theater to yourself or nearly so.... But not here in CA. It doesn't seem to matter what time of day or what day of the week you go its always packed........ So we've been waiting for the movies to come out on DVD's........ Here's a few we've caught.........

Rio2........ I loved the first one and i'm not a cartoon movie person...this second one i did not make it all the way thru.... But hubby really liked....... This one i felt the story line was really ho-hum....and the songs...meh....

Noah......... i had misgivings about this one because i'am not a religious person but i have always enjoyed the story of Noah....And the special effects of all the animals looked really great in the previews AND ofcourse i wanted to support 'Hermione' in her new venture......lol.........Well in the end i was glad i did not pay to go to the theater to see it.....  I have never read the bible...... i have only a grade school understanding of the story of Noah as i was taken to Sunday School when i was little but i do not remember being taught that Noah struggled with the thought of killing his family......I found that very odd......... So i would love to know from someone more knowing if this is truly part of the bible...... So this movie ... not impressed........

Transcendence ....... Johnny Depp........ ho hum........it was Okay.... not good not bad just well ho hum...... Again saw it on video and glad i did not go to the movies.......

Transformers Age of Extinction........ We DID go to the movies to see this one and we truly enjoyed it....... Great special effects.....good story line i think and great new actors in the series.... This one was worth it... but its also the one where we came to the conclusion that our movie visits are going to be few and far between... People...... just  too many people........ hitting the back of your seat...talking and using their phone during the movie and looking like theres something wrong with you if you look perturbed... 

I did catch a wonderful movie on TV this past week... 'Shakespeare in Love'.....Remember that one???  I really enjoyed it this time around too..... I've been keeping up with the 'Last Ship' series and 'Falling Skies'..... 'Face Off'....'Extant'.......'Defiance'..... 'Under the Dome'..... What are you watching??? I'm linking up with Elizabeth's  'T' stands for Tuesday! Come visit everyone!!! Hugs! deb

Friday, August 1, 2014

Another take on Boxes.......


Hi there everyone!!! I'm joining DionDior for her Friday Sketches again....Knowing that i would like to have something to show every Friday has really been motivating me to pull out the sketchbook .I know its not the best picture as the sun was coming thru the curtain but i hope you can see the sketch in progress.... I had another idea about 'Boxes'........ I still have a ways to go but i have started outlining some of it in Pitt pen.  Oh! I struggled with those kitties...but i was determined..grrrr...:)  Tell me how can you live with a black cat for what 8 years and not be able to draw one...uugh.. Finally though i think i have them looking like cats...stay tuned!


Three weeks of 100+ temps has the garden looking a little worse for wear...sigh...you know a little crispy around the edges....  oh well... This little guy doesn't seem to mind that the garden is not at her best right now... 

I got him a little wet while watering this morning and he proceeded to give himself a good bath.....  I MUST tell you my praying mantis story from childhood....So if you have time......



When i was in 7th grade i think we lived in North Carolina for a couple years in a trailer on a dirt road and a favorite pass time was riding my bike up and down that road......not much traffic ...just a quiet country road really...So there i was riding up and down when all of a sudden from the side of the road runs a brown praying mantis across the road in front of me... I stop....it stops...Looks at me and tilts its head from side to side ...you know how they do that right?  They always look very intelligent to me...like he(or she) was accessing me.....then he scurries on across the road......Now all this would not be a remarkable story if i didn't tell you that this praying mantis was anywhere from 8 inches to a foot tall!  I know your sitting there shaking your head thinking i was hallucinating..... but i kid you not....... To this day it was the largest praying mantis i have ever seen.  He was large enough and looked at me long enough that i got a good look at those claws and just when i was starting to get a little nervous he went about his business.....

I love to see praying mantises in my garden. And this baby size is just fine... I'm not sure i WANT to see one that big again. :)  Have a great weekend!!! Hugs! deb