Monday, April 24, 2017

T Stands for posTcards, skeTches, and a Crash and Burn........



GoodMorning all my T people!!! And everyone who comes to visit!  I'm still whittling away at all the bits and bobs i've collected.. cutting and clippings that i somehow thought would be great in a PostCard.   I have all these in a big pile on my desk... taking up room and i somehow never get to them.... no more!!! This is the year of using them up! So the above lizzard had been lurking on the desk for awhile..... I wish my handwriting had been better...darn... 


Still on fawn watch around here.... I have yet to see one although our neighbors tell us they have seen one.... a strangely light colored one... almost white they say...  The dynamics around the house have changed somewhat from the previous two years...  The deer may no longer feel as safe coming here.... Our closest neighbors tore down all those trees to build their house and they are closer to us now and have 5 noisey dogs..um..yea.... and they have their property lit up like Ft. Knox...... plus another neighbor has bought up alot of property around us and has commenced cutting down alot of trees and clearing land...lots of bulldozing going on all day and saws... so... things have changed around here...but i've always heard said that change is the one thing you can count on...nothing ever stays the same...........I still see alot of pregnant does around so we'll see...


Above was just me fiddling in the sketch book.... i had an idea for a tree.... but afterwards i thought those leaves hanging down just looked out of place...but what to do about it..?  Those two peacocks are just me trying to salvage the drawing.... i added them and their blue tails hanging down and the decoration across the top to tie it all together ...and i kinda like it..... :)


And now for the crash and burn...........sigh... Did you ever have a thought or plan and it looks great in your head but in reality its just 'ugly'..... ?


I tried many different colors and worked it and worked it until i finally ended up with this black and gold... the quote on front was going to be 'The eyes are the window to the soul'.... 


Do any of you remember the above photo of the Afghan Girl published in National Geographic in 1985? It was taken by Steve McCurry.... I was a senior in high school when this first came out but i remember it.. I remember the way those eyes just reached out and grabbed you......My shot of it here doesn't do it justice . Well i recently inherited a HUGE stack of National Geographics from the recycle center and there she was... 


They had gone back and found her 17 years later and photographed her again.. And i'm not convinced... they were not totally convinced they had found the right girl...  To me the eyes are vastly different... She's had a hard life... but can that change the swirls of color in her eyes?? So these magazine images were in with my bits and bobs for making PostCards but i didn't like the results..

But if you want to see a pretty PostCard... look no further than the one i received from Ms. Krisha!!! She had fun blowing paint around with a straw...!! Thank you Krisha.. I love it!!! The crash and burn PostCard was for you.... back to the drawing board... lol Thank you to everyone who stopped by to party.... I hope you had a fun time!  I'll be around to visit... Big Hugs! deb 

23 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

Love your beautiful tree, and the lizard postcard is wonderful. Sorry there is so much building going on, here they are encroaching on a nature reserve, just sad. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I remember that National Geo issue. I loved the cover so much I bought it, but then I often buy NG and subscibe off and on. Not sure if that IS the same girl. Who knows what the years can do to a face. I think eyes age with time. When someone started buying up land around our neighborhood the next thing we knew we had a subdivision. I hope that is not the case for you. We never see the wildlife we used to, even though we are very close to a county park. 5 miles of natural woods along a creek that empties into the river bay at the end of our road. But it is fenced and that keeps the deer safe on the other side.
xx, Carol

kathyinozarks said...

Oh my I would be very not pleased with all those trees coming down-a real shame for sure-and get you close people neighbors on top of it-ugh
I am always curious what art you will share-I do love the peacock one--and I agree with you those two women do not look like the same person to me either. Have a good week hugs Kathy

Rita said...

She looks like she could be the same woman to me--with a lot of years on her. More unhappy eyes. But not sure. My eyes don't look the same, I don't think, after many years. They seemed to have had more color to them when I was younger. I wonder if eyes get paler or change color as we age? Interesting question. I wonder if you could google it--LOL! :)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I LOVE the postcard you made, and really like that you are using your art instead of just keeping it in a pile. It's too beautiful to keep it to yourself. I also like the peacock tree. It's imaginative and I like that.

I saw both articles, because my friend Sally gave them to me. She's been a Natl Geo subscriber for years and years. She sometimes gives me her old ones. Age does strange things to faces, but I have NO idea it did things to eyes.

Your sharing Krisha's postcard is adorable. And is that a new mug?

Thanks for sharing your art and coffee with us for T this Tuesday.

I feel bad for you that your neighbors have started to encroach on your property like that. I know you chose the place for its isolation, so that must have come as a blow when others started removing trees and bulldozing the land.

Let's Art Journal said...

What a fabulous postcard, it fits the sentiment perfectly and the warm colours are gorgeous! Oh I do hope the deer aren't frightened away by all the changes and your pencil drawing of the fawn is adorable. I love the tree and positioning the peacocks either side works really well with their lovely tails cascading down the page - perfect! Loving the postcard from Krisha too, the rainbow colours and technique is so much fun :-) . Wishing you a Happy T Day! J :-)

My name is Erika. said...

So much fun art. I don't think you crashed and burned.I think it is just a false start that is awaiting something else to be done to it. :) Lucky you to get that colorful postcard too. I remember Krisha showing it on her blog. Sounds like your neighborhood is changing a lot, but it its safe the deer seem to know. I would love to see a white fawn someday. It might have some mystical meaning. Hugs-erika

chrissie said...

Terrific artwork in this post thought he eyes weren't bit scary if you looked closely as I did.

Have a Happt T Day

Love Chrissie xx

Krisha said...

Oh Deb, I'm glad you enjoyed the silly PC fish. I did receive the beautiful PC you made for me.....I truly LOVE it......you are so clever!!!! Been so busy just living life that I have neglected my poor blog....and now school will soon be out and I'll have the GDs.........sheesh! where does the time go???
Take care and be well my friend!!!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Fabulous art this week Deb- you are such a fantastic artist - great to use up all the things! I should do this as well!
I am sorry about hearing that from the deer and the trees.
Happy T-Day Deb!
Nice card from Krisha!
oxo Susi

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

Yes, I remember the 1st photo. She was hauntingly beautiful. Those eyes ... I share your doubt about the 2nd picture. The only similarity between the two photos are the eyebrows. The color of the eyes and shape of the nose are totally different. It's odd they couldn't research her better. But then, in a war-torn country ...

Beautiful peacock tree! Adding the peacocks was brilliant.

I'm sorry to hear about all the development. But there's still enough land around for your furry and feathered friends, right? It just takes time for them to feel safe and return again once Mother Nature has healed some of the wounds.

Happy T-Day,Deb! Hugs, Eileen

Darla said...

The first postcard really caught my eye. I have a large framed gecko in the dining room at the River House. Using up your bits and pieces can be daunting but fun. Hope to see more of your work as you make the pile smaller.

Halle said...

Beautiful drawings...
Happy T day!

Divers and Sundry said...

I love your face-to-the-sun quote :)

That cup would be delightful for coffee. I agree about the NatGeo photo. It seems more like a family resemblance than the same women.

Happy T Tuesday!

Dianne said...

I remember those eyes too!! brilliant photo...and yes, I think we've all tried an art piece that we just wren't satisfied with! put it away and maybe come back to it later. Maybe try blue to go with the eyes? well, you'll figure it out. Sorry to hear about all the neighboring trees...kind of sad when a lot of trees get cut down. Your yard may have to become the sanctuary. and I love your peacock tree! wouldn't change it. the way the leaves are done within the tree really remind me of a spread peacock tail! happy T day!

Lisca Meijer said...

Yes, that NG face is very famous. I subscribed to NG from 1972 until 2011 when I moved to Spain. I don't remember seeing the 17 yr later photo. I know eyes can change and this woman looks like she has had a very hard life. It probably is the same woman, but whoa, what a difference.
I love your lizard card and the quote. Also the drawing of the fawn is exquisite. All those changes might have scared them off, whgo knows.
The tree drawing is beautiful. I love it. The peacocks are a very clever improvement.
What a fun card from Krisha!
Happy T-Day,
Hugs,
Lisca

The Weaver of Grass said...

Sorry not to have written lately Debs - I will take up the pen again I promise.

back2brack said...

Love the colors of the Lizard. Great idea with the peacock on the tree. I also remember that photo. I think they did a piece on it on one of the news shows, maybe 60 minutes. National Geographic always had amazing photos. Happy T day!

Meggymay said...

Its such a shame that nature has to suffer from mans need for more space. I hope your deer population grows not fades. I liked reading your post today and seeing your super art.
Happy T day.
Yvonne xx

CraftyViolet said...

Makes me sad to think of all those trees being bulldozed down...but like you say, there is always going to be changes and you cannot control other people's decision.
Love the postcard and your drawings...as usual.

I remember that photo as well and I wasn't 100% sure the updated one was the same girl either. However, my eyes change colour so perhaps hers do as well. My eyes can be either: blue, green, gray or hazel. Odd I know.

I have a huge pile of 'stuff' I collect to and I'm also determined to use it up this year. Good luck to both of us!!!!!

CJ Kennedy said...

We have deer here, but it's been a long time since I've seen them. I know they are around in winter because I've seen their footprints in the snow.I did manage to see a mama and two babies emerge from the woods behind the house. It was early morning and very foggy and she just stepped out of the mist. Because of the lighting, mama looked silvery. That has me thinking the eyes of the girl from the magazine might have a different color because of the lighting. I love your peacocks and tree. It reminded me of a mandala.Happy T Day

johanna said...

you really have great drawing skills... the fawn... and i´m totally in awe with the peacock tree!!
i envy you for this stack of nat. geographics!!
happy belated t-day and have a great week!

pearshapedcrafting said...

What a dreadful shame about the loss of trees and maybe wildlife too! I love your drawing and the way you used those eyes! It is difficult to tell if it is the same person! Love Krisha's card!! Apologies for being so late! Chrisx