Saturday, July 12, 2014

44th World Wide Sketch Crawl

Well, today's the day!  It's the next WW SketchCrawl!  I know I haven't posted here in a long time, but I need to post this in order to get it on the WWSC site.  And I'm just SO great at computers!  NOT!  Anyway, today I chose to do Ron working in our yard.  I took a LOT of artistic license & eliminated all the houses between us and the mountains!  But I like how it turned out even if it's only in my imagination!  And I'm trying to hone my ink and wash skills, so this is about where I'm at for now.  And now that I've done this, maybe I'll post more soon!  LOL!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Thank you veterans for your service!

That means you too, honey!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day!!!

I know I said I wasn't going to post anything until I got all my stuff updated, but I just had to wish everyone a very happy earth day!  Found this photo online, but don't know who took it.  If you did, let me know & I'll give you credit!  Love your Mama everyone!  ♥

Saturday, April 19, 2014

2014 WW Sketchcrawl 43

OK...still haven't updated my blog.  I've been busy in the studio painting.  But today was the first 2014 WW Sketchcrawl 43 and it's the first time I've ever been part of it.  It was cloudy and cold here in New Mexico, so I stayed in with a warm cup of tea & sketched that!  I used pen and watercolor.  Here's the sketch:
I "pushed" the colors to try out some new ideas.  Hopefully soon I can post some of the sketches and paintings I've been working on!  Until then, wishing you all a Happy Easter, Happy Passover & Blessed Ostara!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Happy Spring Equinox!

Here's hoping you all have a beautiful Spring Equinox!
Blessings on you for a fruitful season!

This was strapped to the leg of a carrier pigeon and landed in my blog for Pat!!!

I've been taking some online classes.  In one of them there was a wonderful piece of art done by a woman called Pat.  I really liked it & commented, "Holey Crapoley!  This is great!"  Or something to that effect.  Anyway, she asked me how I would illustrate "holey crapoley"!  So, being the crazy person I am, I immediately got on the job!  I looked up Thomas Crapper and found out all sorts of info, like he did not invent the flush toilet, but developed related inventions such as the ballcock.  He heavily promoted sanitary plumbing and pioneered the concept of the bathroom fittings showroom.  Prince Edward asked him and his company to supply the plumbing for his country seat of Sandringham House in Norfolk, thus giving Crapper his first Royal Warrant.  The firm further received warrants from Edward as king, and George V as Prince of Wales and king.  Crapper held 9 patents for water closet improvements, but none for the flush toilets themselves, even though his advertisements implied the siphonic flush was HIS invention!
But was this enough information for me?  Nope.  Further investigation showed that the word crap is actually of Middle English origin; and predates its application to bodily waste.  Its most likely etymological origin is a combination of two older words, the Dutch Krappen: to pluck off, cut off, or separate; and the Old French crappe: siftings, waste or rejected matter.  In English, it was used to refer to chaff, and also to weeds, or other rubbish.  Its first application to bodily waste, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, appeared in 1846 under a reference to acrapping ken, or a privy, where ken means a house. I had enough information to do a couple of small illustrations for Pat that would explain how I would illustrate "holey crapoley".  And here you have them!

I'm sure this is WAY more information than anyone needed to know, but it just goes to show what it takes to create a fun illustration or two for a pal!  Hope you like it, Pat!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Well, it's 2/14/14 and it's 77 degrees here in New Mexico!  Our crocuses are blooming as well as some of our other bulbs.  So I just had to share a pic I made of a photo I took in our yard today.  Hopefully I'll be able to update my blog soon!  Been busy with art lessons and watercolor paintings!
Life is wonderful!  Hope to see you all soon!