Saturday, November 14, 2015

Update on Mom

My mom had to go back for surgery to have a wound vac put on her surgery area.  She will have that removed on the 24th.  Then I have no idea when she will get to go home.    May still have a long haul to get thru.  My nephew has a cold now (I had one for a week). and can't go around them so I have dad here with me tonight.  We are up right now and he's talking up a storm.  

We went to bed way too early and have been up twice tonight.  As it's only just after midnight, we may be up a few more times.  

I did finish my Christmas cards for the Christmas card exchange on Wetcanvas.    The cards are in the envelopes and addressed with stamps.  Ready to go. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Mom and Dad

I have not posted much as I have been busy with my parents.  

My mom fell at home and had to have hip surgery.  She is now in rehab across town.  Dad has some dementia and is home across town in another direction.  So between sitting with dad and visiting mom, my days are pretty full and exhausting.

When Mom goes home, I will have to be with them both for quite a while until mom can manage by herself.  Looking forward to the time when I can be home with my Penny and Dizzy.  I'm sure they are ready for that too.  Locked in the house all day is pretty boring for them.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Scavenger Hunt #422

 #1 shelf
#2 hat
#3 napkin holder
#4 napkin
#5 chain hanging on napkin holder
#6 knife and fork
#7 nail clippers
#8 something that finishes - glass nail file
#9 from hobby other than art - crochet hook
#10 miniature tin sauce pan
#11 from this season - pumpkin candle
#12 salt and pepper shakers
#13 patterned fabric on the teddy bear
#14 light fitting
#15 condiment - packet of soy sauce
#16 saw

I used the Steven Reddy technique. First a pencil drawing, then thick ink outline and erase pencil. watered down black ink for first of 3 part grisaille shading, Then second shading with watered ink. Final ink is still watered down but darker for just the darkest areas. Then watercolor that is not really bright but muted. Add hatching sparingly. Go back over the dark outlines, then use white gel pen to add some highlights and to outline some areas around items to make them come forward. I took his class on Craftsy and have watched it several times. Well worth the time and money. Ink, Watercolor, on watercolor paper. 9x12 inches.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

My Dizzy

This is my miniature schnauzer Dizzy.  She is white but this piece makes her look salt and pepper.  The original photo is dark also.  This is done in graphite and colored pencils on 9x13 watercolor paper. 

I have done several line-type sketches of Dizzy but have never taken the time to do one that is detailed.  All that hair is scary. 

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Trying a Different Style

I took some classes on Craftsy and have been trying some different styles.  These are all done on tan suede mat board with colored pencils.  The mat board came from a framer and they were leftover pieces.  I really like the way these turned out and I have really enjoyed trying what I learned on the classes.  It has also been fun to get back to using only colored pencils. 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Dove in the Dead Tree

I have an apricot tree that has died.  I decided to leave it in my yard so that the birds could use it.  And I could photograph them.  Well it fell over.  Now it is just a dead tree.

Before the tree fell, I was able to get a few photos of some Dove perched in the branches.  Here is one that I decided to draw in graphite.  It's in my Moleskine Watercolor Sketchbook.  5x8 inches or 10 by 16 inches for a double page.  This one took just over a page.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Scavenger Hunt Items

Some of my plants I painted for the Scavenger Hunt on Wetcanvas.  Two varieties of Prayer Plant, a piece of my Creeping Charley, and one of my African Violets.