Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Soft and Delicate


It is raining today.....that's good, so that the flowers outside can bloom faster.  Yay! I sat down and wanted something ultra simple.....downright straightforward, and as soft as possible.

This is what I came up with.


I used cotton candy pink and an almost mint green, I'm going to call it chartreuse though. And I didn't go any further than that. I truly wanted to keep it just like this....it was so faint and soft when I finished it up that I wasn't sure it would photograph well....always a tough one with lighter colors....

Will probably duplicate this design in other colors as well for some quick, 'ready-to-mail' cards.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Peonies

It would seem as I get older, I sleep less....WAY less.....especially during the weekdays....then I crash on Saturday and Sundays and can barely wake up in the morning....anyone else like that?  And yet, somehow, I still -- miraculously -- am able to function....I have no idea how....

I've been modifying my exercise regimen - changing it up from day time to night time to help me sleep better but that has its downfall. I'm too tired and lazy to exercise at night so I do it during the day when I'm most energetic.....but obviously it's not making me tired 'enough' to fall asleep naturally...does that make any sense?

So, hence, here I am...almost midnight....painting and blogging....

Are you getting tired of my flowers yet? I thought I'd give it a try with some detail on a peony....it looks similar to a rose, doesn't it? Hard to differentiate the two on paper, so I tried to give the petals a different shape.


I kept the single flower as the focal point and added just a few flourishes.  Kinda fun mixing up the colors on the leaves.

And earlier in the day, I painted a small blue cacti plant....such the rage nowadays...cactus.....succulents....they're everywhere! This is just a very sweet little number....nothing complicated about it....used only 4 colors, blues, black, white, and brown:


That's it for now....enjoy the rest of your weekend! xo

Friday, March 17, 2017

Calla Lily

Happy St. Patrick's Day!! Did you all wear green? And got a little bit of luck in? Hope so. ;)

I've been yearning to try Calla Lilies - that was my wedding flower - and I absolutely adore the beauty of a Calla Lily.  Trying to branch out and try new flowers and different concepts all the time....

I studied a Level 1 and a Level 4 tutorial on Calla Lilies and painted a few....the one on the left I was going for a more whitish petal and green stem but it turned out yellowish green, and the one on the right was a much deeper, almost blood red color....I also wasn't expecting it to turn out quite that bold. But I'm satisfied with this first attempt. I'll definitely be practicing this flower a lot more.


And more birthday cards I made for some crafty friends - lots of flourishes and more delicate colors:


This one is a fun mix of blues and greens with just a dab of purple:


It's been a great week but I'm totally ready for my weekend.......See you later!

Love and Stuff! xoxo

Friday, March 10, 2017

When the sun is out and you feel like playing....

.........with lots of different colors! Just a few things I've been working on this past week or so....

Purple....this is one of my top colors. It's like a magic potion - I'm drawn to this color....for some reason, when I work with purple/lavender - it's done with simplicity....I don't know why I associate simplicity with this color, but I do....I kept it purposely uncluttered:


And I mention all the time that tulips is one of the most difficult flowers for me!! I keep trying really large sized tulips and never like them so - what do you do when all else fails? You - minimize......I decided to make these much smaller in size and go for a more whimsical-in-nature look:


And I worked on a much larger piece earlier in the week, but instead of an 8 x 10, this one below is a 5 x 7 piece of wall art that I sent off to another friend who requested one.  This one I used only pastel colors, it's super light in tone and made some vertical vines on both left and right sides of the card stock:


And the last one, a small notecard with one large, blue rose on the front:


What a productive week of painting! Can't wait to turn the clocks forward and rejoice in the happiness of spring time!! Yay!!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

An 8 x 10

I finally got to sit down tonight and work on that bigger palette that I spoke of on a previous post.....A very sweet, dear friend of mine requested if I could make her an 8 x 10 piece of wall art for her home - so I obliged.

Was I a little nervous? Oh yes.

Was I scared to death I would make a mistake mid-way through - a definite yes...

But I forged on and finished this in roughly under 3 hours.  It was soooo much fun! After I got going on most of the bigger strokes, I wasn't really too worried:


She requested bold not soft, so I went with pretty much a little bit of every color imaginable - reds, purples, blues, various greens, pinks, oranges, yellows, and even threw in tiny bits of black and brown.  I will give this to her as is and she can frame it however she chooses.

I'm going to do a softer version later - probably just for me to keep - but I really enjoyed working with this much larger surface! I can't even imagine how long it would take to do one of those gigantic boards that you see in painting classes! Gasp!

And here are some regular sized cards I made a few days ago:


And worked with some light and loose watercoloring of Wildflowers on this one:


Ready for another beautiful and sunny week starting tomorrow, can't wait!!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

I may be a little bit giddy......

WHY??

Because I see signs of spring! Awwwwww......

Oh.My.Goodness.

Spring.

I heard birds chirping out my bedroom window this morning and right now I hear them as I sit here typing.....my son also reminded me that we have Daylight Savings in two weeks.....that means at least 2.5 more hours of sunny playtime! ;))

Spring......makes me happy.  You don't even know....my words alone really doesn't tell you the giddiness inside of me....

So I've been wanting to concentrate on details - instead of just the entire look of some of my paintings. I lack emphasis on putting little details on just one flower and I really want to improve on that.


I really want to just look at one single floral and dive into all the little nooks and such and be able to make it look realistic....it's going to be a great personal challenge for me.... it will take a lot of time and patience. I can't wait to practice more.

Almost Friday, hope everyone is having a beautiful day! xo

Monday, February 27, 2017

Soft vs. Bold

I made a card yesterday which was super soft in nature and a card today which was very bold in colors...two totally different looks:


I think red is starting to grow on me.....


Here's my little mess during my creating time today.


Love my little floral ink trays from Daiso, super dirty and grimy (I really don't wash them well), but I love them, really sturdy and re-usable.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Take time to reflect...

I'm really trying to branch out and use more colors that I don't normally lean towards, and I'm trying to play it up with my leaves, learning different shapes and sizes. Different brushstrokes, etc.  For this card, I mixed in yellow with green and soft vs. dark blues. And that's it! Only two colors - great challenge for myself to see how I could spread the colors around.



That sentiment is from a very old stamp set called Zenspirations from Impression/Obsession.  I thought it would go well stamped in the middle of this painting. I think it's quite fitting for so many reasons and so many people!! Everyone is on a journey of their own, no matter what it is that you do.....

If you are progressing in your own journey, that is wonderful! If you are not....then keep trying...never give up!

I'm so excited to start in a couple of weeks, if not sooner, a larger palette....making an 8 x 10.  I've never painted on anything bigger than a 6 x 4 so it will be interesting and a lot of fun!

Have a great week ahead everyone, enjoy! xoxo

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

For no two flowers are ever alike.....

Made this tonight and it will be going out to a sweet lady who is really not doing well.  She's in the hospital....and letting her know I'm thinking of her...... I thought this might bring her some happiness and lift her spirits a bit....


I had a little roughness with my leaves today for some reason but I think they turned out ok....I decided to use only one color for the roses instead of multiple colors...added a touch of very faint yellow as well.....and a few inklings of brown.

And looooook! I saw signs of spring today while I was out! GASP!! And the picture doesn't do it justice how really beautiful it was IRL.....it was more of a purple not pink! And you know I ADORE purple...sigh.....can't wait to see more flowers blooming everywhere soon!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

If a rose could only be blue.....

Happy, Happy Valentine's Day weekend, my friends! I know lots of people are celebrating a bit early since Valentine's falls on a Tuesday, how about you? I created a few cards tonight in the spirit of 'heart' day.

I've always wanted a blue rose.....the great thing about art is that you can create anything you want in basically any color you dream of.


And I also made a totally TRADITIONAL red, for those who love the deepness of red roses....


Have a beautiful week, ahead!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

I tweeted on Twitter that I sometimes use pink way too often.....haha....I probably do....in my world, if I could....I would probably have my own pink room. ;))  So, today, I chose a different color palette, a super bright one and used only pale, light and dark blues, oranges, yellows, yellowish green, and citron.


I tried to make this as colorful as possible and to give out that sunny and super warm feeling!!! Hope it makes you happy and cheerful and lets in plenty of sunshine wherever you may be!!

Have a happy Wednesday! xo

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Gasp.....I used red....

....can you believe it? Red...being my least favorite color, I decided to go ahead and dabble with it today...and I added one single orange flower in the center as well.....orange - another color I don't work with a lot....


But I do like how the deepness of the red gave this - what would have been another very soft looking collage - a definite 'ummppff' of color.

I also worked with Hydrangeas and have been having a really difficult time with this particular flower....it's ok, I'm not sure I totally love it....It's hard to tell I used both purples and blues on this - it looked very spotty at first, so I made it more wet and blended the two colors together to soften it up.


I kept softening it up by rounding the edges even more, but then I think it's too 'mushed' looking, ha! If that makes any sense. Anyways, that's what practice is all about.....I'll definitely keep practicing Hydrangeas - one of my most favorite flowers ever!!

Have a fabulous week!! Go enjoy the Super Bowl people!! xo

Monday, January 23, 2017

Let me count the days.....

....until my beautiful spring blooms arrive!! Actually...despite all of this freezing cold weather, I have already started seeing signs of 'spring' everywhere I go....stores getting out their spring lines and with Valentine's around the corner.....it's eye candy everywhere!!

Today, I did some watercoloring just before dinner and I was easily frustrated. I don't know why but you all know what I mean...some days....our crafty ideas just click and it works, other days, nothing seems to really produce on paper what we had envisioned.  Today was one of those days. I struggled with about 4 different palettes - and I simply just didn't like any of them.....so they all ended up in the trash.


I almost decided to clean up but I just left my paints out and went ahead and prepared dinner thinking I would put all the inks and paintbrushes away later.....well, afterwards, I decided to just try and paint one. more. time.  And so I did. Didn't think too hard about it and made this little mesh of everything together.

I always love adding in a very subtle touch of browns for the leaves here and there, just to balance out the pinks and purples which are my go-to colors.

Think I'll keep it blank for now without a sentiment.....

Looking forward to a beautiful week ahead!! The rain is dwindling down and we are finally getting some sunshine here! Yay!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Little Love Birds

Today, I was in the mood to play with a little something more whimsical, light, and airy......so I chose to practice painting birds again.  It would seem large birds are a bit easier, but the smaller I want them to be, there is an added layer of difficulty, so I really took my time on these cards today.  So fun!

These are my two love birds speaking their own language. The tiny sentiment is from an old Mama Elephant set:


These birds are chirping up a storm. The sentiment on this one is from SSS. :)


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Hello Valentine!!

Oh my! Who's ready for Valentine's?? I love Valentine's.....actually it's a little BITTERSWEET for me this year!! I'll explain......now that the little man is getting older, I do less and less and less planning and preparing crafty things for school, such as little Valentine's cards, class parties, all the sweet little handmade treat bags, goodies, party favors...... I look back and really miss those things.  It was a lot of fun....but now he's older, and a lot of that has gone away.....which is ok in a sense....

....I'll always cherish those younger days....but now I get to concentrate and have a little more time for me and for 'bigger' people, like you and I.  I get to do a little more for people in my past as well as my present....I get to really look and realize those who mean the most to me.


So, simply saying 'I adore you' goes out to quite a lot of people, not just kids...but you know who you are! If I've ever sent you a card, or wrote something to you, or spoke with you, maybe I worked with you in the past, maybe I know you now, maybe I haven't met you but we have spoken on the phone, perhaps we've spoken through social media, perhaps we've had lunch together, perhaps I know you from far away - and perhaps I will never meet you, ever.....but still - you know....I adore you....

Maybe I will have more time to send out cards this year.... ;)) I sure hope so! xoxo