Sunday, August 24, 2014

Just a quick post so I can get back to reading about Colored Pencils! I'm trying to get down to some actual painting/coloring instead of spending the entire evening watching YouTube videos of someone else doing art!

I just realized how many books I have piled on my coffee table and that I haven't gotten around to really looking at them. I have now read the first few pages of The Complete Colored Pencil Book! :) I've had the watercolor book for a while and have read some of it, but want to get back to it. The Little Critter books I say I bought for my grands, but I also bought them because I love to look at the illustrations, right? Oh yeah!

 
The view from my chair. I don't know if you can see the beautiful billowy clouds behind the pine trees, but they really caught my eye, so...
 
I got a closer view.
 
One of the ancient swap willows. I don't think it has many years left, but I still love its wild beauty!
(They were ancient when we moved here 25 years ago!)
 
I started adding some watercolor to one of my ATC's on the left. The leaf on the right was a scribbly little picture I did with my Prismacolor pencils. It was fun and quick. I'll have to cut it out and stick it on a card or something!
 
My informal little painting setup. My poor little camera was having fits trying to figure out what to focus on! (Sure, it wasn't MY fault!)
 
My herd of turkeys from this morning. It was a rainy morning, but a gloriously sunny day when I got off of work. :)

That's it for now. Hope you're all enjoying the end of summer at your house!
God bless and shalom!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Pencil sketches of my next set of ATC's "Autumn Leaves"

I just finished these last night and have been watching some watercolor videos to give me some ideas about how to paint them. Should be fun!




Have a great day! I'm off to work soon. Working the evening shift, which I haven't done for a while.

Peace and joy to you all. :)

The Big House...

I'm still reading The Big House, but I was snooping around Google trying to find actual pictures. I thought for sure this was it, but found out this is a house down the road from it. But still you might find it fascinating to look at the pictures of this house because I see so much inside of it that looks like what I imagined from the book. Just click the picture to go to the site where they have lots of photos of the inside. (If I did it right!)

http://bferry.wordpress.com/2011/09/28/wings-neck/
 
This is a picture of the actual Big House after renovations have been done.
http://woodsholeinn.com/2012/04/02/the-big-house-on-wings-neck/
Don't click on this photo unless you want to know how the story ended. :)
It doesn't look as sprawling as I imagined it, but if you look at the left side and how tall it is I can still see how there would be lots of floors, attics and mysterious passages. Hope this isn't a spoiler to those reading the book. I just wanted to know more!
 
Shalom!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

More turkey fun!

I am so blessed to have been adopted by this turkey family! :)

As I was sitting in my favorite chair, watching my Secrets to Drawing videos, I glanced out the window and here was my little turkey family, back again! My meadow must contain many delectable things. Mama Turkey actually ventured into my yard for a moment, then got nervous and walked in her stately fashion back into the long weeds. (I think she could hear the guy narrating my video.)


 I tried to capture all of her "chicks", but it seems a couple were always in the high grass. There are 8-10 of them and they're about 3/4 of the mother's size. She's raised quite a nice brood.

 I'm having so much fun watching them. I hope and pray they are safe from the traffic on the county road that runs next to my property. The lake is on the other side. I hope they keep coming around all winter. Maybe I can spread a little grain?
 Even at their relaxed pace they cover a lot of ground. If you look right at the center of this photo you can see a few dark specks close to the edge of the woods. They have a nice place to live here. Lots of woods and grassy pasture full of seed heads. The mother was so watchful, hardly eating at all while the kiddos were busily gobbling up insects, seeds, etc.

That's what I'm up to right now on a great day off. It's overcast, which is nice because it's staying cool. All of my windows are open allowing the breeze to drift through. I'm beginning to feel a little eleven o'clock-ish (though it's actually 1:00!) so I think I'll have lunch! (I slept in until 9 this morning!! I think I was a little under the weather as well as tired from work, so it was a good thing.)

Turkey update...they came back and they're getting bolder!



See, I told you they were real! Aw, it's fun having pets. Especially wild ones with no upkeep! :)

Have a great day filled with the shalom of the Lord. :)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Art school...on a budget!

Hey, folks! I just ran across this art course while surfing through YouTube art videos. A nice young man I was watching recommended this course and, I must say, I think it's a pretty good buy. For $30 you get a whole slough (slew?) of videos (5 hours worth) covering all phases of drawing, including colored pencils, pastels, etc. I'm on video 7 and have learned about 1, 2 and 3 point perspective (mind bending!), hatching, cross hatching, stippling (which I already knew about) and am looking forward to learning some stuff I don't know! It's a good basic drawing program that I hope will fill in the blanks in my knowledge so I can draw better. If you're interested it's called The Secrets to Drawing. Doesn't cost anything to listen to the intro video! :)

A couple of photos just so this isn't all text, lol!

I've been scattering sunflower seeds on my deck. I'm seeing a lot of these little blue guys. Yesterday was a rainy, cool day, so many of them were fluffed up.

 When the sun came out later beautiful storm clouds raced across the sky.

Right now I'm watching people buy homes in exotic places via HGTV. I have no desire to be chained to a big mortgage like they are, but it's interesting to peek inside other people's houses, right? :)

This photo taken just now. Twilight. I'm off to bed to a chorus of peepers (frogs) and crickets. Lovely and cool.


Shalom, my friends. :)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Two little monkeys jumping on the bed!

I had loads of fun with Audrey and Hazel last night. Mom and Dad went out to eat, which they don't get a chance to do very often. Meanwhile, the girls got to play with Grandma's toys, which makes them seem "new"! (Wish I had taken more pictures, but they kind of stop playing when they know they're being recorded for posterity!)

One of the first activities was jumping on Grandma's bed. If my bed was up on a frame, I probably wouldn't let them do this. But it's close to the ground. I sat by the window most of the time so nobody would bump their noggin on the window sill. (Safety conscious at all times.)

 
Hazel was fascinated by all the embroidered birds on my quilt. She kept asking what kind they were. A few of them are obvious, others the embroiderer (not me) took some liberty with thread color, and so they are open to interpretation.
The girls were also interested in the sports "buttons" I have displayed on my bookshelves. Most of them are pictures of their mom from when she was in sports. They kept asking for more of them.
 

I usually keep the door to this room closed when they visit because there's so much to get into on the bookshelves, but I thought it was about time to let them explore.
They had a hard time believing that this was their mommy, and their Uncle Josh and Jordan!
 And that this was Grandma and her little brother!
Later some painting and splashing about was enjoyed.
Do you see how Audrey is painting with an old toothbrush? After a while I noticed her fiddling with it and then she asked, "How do you turn it on?" Ha, ha! Silly low-tech toothbrush!
The evening went off without a hitch. As I was visiting with their mom and dad later there was a "thunk" and a scream. After an injury-free evening, Hazel had bumped her mouth on the edge of the coffee table and was bleeding all over. Well, upon closer inspection, the injury seemed to be fairly superficial. After some time in Mama's lap she was ready to play again. Kiddos. They are very resilient!
Here is my latest ATC for the "Build Your Own Bizarre ATC" swap.
I'm looking forward to a fantastic and restful weekend off. In fact, I'm about ready for a nap now! (It's 9 a.m., but I've been up since 6, and probably should have slept longer. But, at my age, I don't really have much control over sleep. Know what I mean?)
 
This just in...mail call!
 
Faye, over at Faye's Adventures in Art , sent me an envelope full of ATC's! It was one of her recent giveaways. Isn't it just like Christmas to get this stuff in the mail!
Four pages full of miniature art from around the world!!!
 Faye's butterfly card is beautiful!
 These are my other two favorites!

Fun, fun, fun! Thanks so much, Faye! :)
 
You all have a great weekend!
Shalom!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What? Four days since I last posted?!?

Well, maybe it's because I haven't done anything spectacular? No, wait, that would apply most days! :)
 
Feeling a little sad about Robin Williams. He seemed to be a nice man. I just re-watched "Dead Poets Society" which made me more sad! I should have done like daughter Micah and her family. They're going to have a Robin William film festival, but they're watching the funny movies. She mentioned Jumanji and I suggested RV.
 
It's a beautiful day off and I've been taking it easy as I try to do every day off. It doesn't do a whole lot of good, so I may break down and make an appointment with a nearby chiropractor who seems to be very knowledgeable about many things. I need to find out what all the fatigue, sore muscles and joints is all about. My insane job would probably do this to anybody, but maybe there's more to it. I just hate to give up time off to go!
 
Meanwhile, my current ATC swap is entitled "Bizarre ATC's" and is hosted by Noodlerabbit88 (Katie) who lives in London. The idea is to choose objects from three different lists and then mix them together to come up with a picture. Very fun idea! I chose pirate, igloo, coffee cup, flag and moon for this one.
 
 Then I chose giraffe, owl, giant tree, mushroom, fashion accessory and forest for my number two card.
 I got the idea for my forest from this sketch I made years back. It's something I copied from "Each Peach Pear Plum" by Janet Ahlberg. When I saw the word "forest" on the list this leapt to mind!
 Do you see the dark spots in the middle of this picture? (A very bad shot indeed.) That is a mother turkey and 8 or 9 baby turkeys. They just marched across my meadow and it was fun to watch them. The mother is probably 3 feet tall when she stretches her neck to its full extent. The young teenage turkeys were flapping around, jousting with each other. In other words, playing!
Micah came over with Audrey and Hazel yesterday after work and they played in the yard. Then we came inside and the girls did some painting and played with toys a bit, but they had to leave fairly quickly. On Friday evening I'll babysit them while Mom and Dad have a date. Then they can really  play with whatever they like, pound on the piano and paint up a storm. Looking forward to that, followed by...my weekend off!! :D

I'm off to do some more reading and maybe some eating.  That sounds like a good idea!

Blessings and shalom to all.