Thursday, December 18, 2014

Catching Up




I finished up the Wetcanvas Christmas Card trade and all of my cards have been received  by their new owners.  I have received several of my cards.  It is so much fun to get Christmas mail.  

The two photos above are from a private Christmas trade I did.

I am thinking of starting a new ATC trade for the new year.  I just have to come up with a theme that interests me and would interest about 20 others.  Considering I have been in over 40 trades on Wetcanvas and probably more than that on Drawspace, a good number of themes have already been done.  Have no fear...I will come up with something.  Then I have the decision of whether I want the troubles that go with a trade hosting duty.  Waiting for sign ups, gathering all the addresses, explaining when some don't follow thru with their obligations, and keeping everyone happy.   But most of my trades have been happy experiences.  And I still do monthly private trades with a few close friends I made om the Drawspace Forum.

I have been neglecting my blog posts lately and hopefully in the new year I will be able to get back to at least weekly posts.  That will be a nice goal for me. 

Another goal I have set starting in January is that I am going to try to do a daily art and writing journal.  I plan to do something every day, not a whole page, but something.  I will be using a 9x12 inch watercolor Sketchbook Journal by Strathmore.  Some days there will be just a small entry, other days I may fill a page.  Some to do lists may make the cut and even some scavenger hunt items.  I need to get back into daily art and hope that this will get me back on track.

My friend Sue will be joining me in this daily journal.  She is having problems with one of her 4-legged babies (surgery) but hopefully she will be able to do her journal justice while her baby recuperates.

If anyone out there needs a goal for 2015, join in.  I will be posting most of my entries on here and probably some on my Facebook page.  

Thank you to all my loyal friends. 


Friday, November 28, 2014

November virtual Paintout






The Virtual Paintout was in Luxembourg this month.  This is done on a 4x6 inch piece of watercolor paper in colored pencil and pen.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Spring Song Sparrow





It has been a long while since I posted.  I haven't been doing any artwork lately.  Instead I have been crocheting, sewing, and knitting Christmas gifts.  I am still not finished but today my wrist is sore.  So I wanted to give it a rest.

I have been yearning to get my hands on a pencil or paint so tonight I grabbed the mechanical pencil and got started on a Spring Song Sparrow. The photo is from Dave Slaughter from Wetcanvas.  It is graphite on the smooth side of watercolor paper from a Strathmore Visual Journal that is 9x12 inches.


Monday, October 27, 2014







 This is a Yellow-Crested Stork from Botswana. Photo by Patrick Hedges on Wetcanvas. When I saw the photo, I just had to draw and paint it.  Watercolors, colored pencils, and pens.  9x12 inches in Strathmore Visual Journal.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Two More Cards---Two to Go

  " Ho Ho Ho"

"Christmas Goose"

Two more finished and two more to go.  Watercolors, colored pencils, and pens.

More Christmas Cards



I have two more of my Christmas Cards for the trade on Wetcanvas.    The top one is titled "Santa's Helper"  and the other one is "Guard Dog".  Watercolors, colored pencils, and pens.  The Guard dog card has some glitter gel pen on it.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Leftover Christmas Balls






 I called this one "Leftover Christmas Balls".  I didn't want to include the piece that holds the hook .   Cardstock with colored pencils.

Christmas Cactus Waiting for Blooms






This is the second one I finished today.  The first one was done on the paper upside down.  And no way could I use it the way it would open.  So trash that one.  This one started out different too.  It was supposed to be the left side as the bottom.  But the fold was on that side.  So now the stems start on the top instead of on the left.  At least I was able to save this one.   Watercolor paper with watercolors, colored pencils, and pens.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Christmas Ccard Exchange

I joined a Christmas Card Exchange on Wetcanvas.  There are 13 participants so I will have 12 cards to do and mail.  Not everyone will make all original cards, but I will.  Some will make one or two original and have copies printed for mailing.  Since I have the time and it keeps me doing something, I like to make mine each original.

I have 3 finished and one more started.  All are on watercolor paper, with watercolors, colored pencils, and pens.