Monday, September 21, 2015

Halloween is coming… NFAC is here!!

Another summer has passed, how quickly it goes, it seems like it just started! I am starting on Halloween already, so check on eBay for my Halloween art!

Here is my first but not my last:

He is on eBay now, and will end on 9/27.

Also up for bid is a Nibblefest auction, they start at only 99¢ and it too will end on the 27th. The theme this month is "Dragonflies".

And to welcome fall I have a wild turkey with pumpkins and leaves, who ends tonight the 21st.

Click on pictures to go to auction.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 13, 2015

I'm back for 2015

It's been a long time since I posted. I will just say 2014 wasn't the best year for me, I lost my mom who was also my best friend, and later in the year had a small stroke. I am almost back to normal. I am so thankful for my brothers and S-I-Ls, who are more like sisters, and my nieces and nephews for getting me through his bad time.

I am starting to list on eBay again, mostly older art that I have. I have begun to finish up new items that I hope to list in the coming weeks. Below are items that are for sale now:

A new laminated bookmark and older pastel drawings:
The Snow Clouds

Little Kitten Big Collar

The Tabby Cat

St Basil's Rats

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Last month I entered a contest, (see post below) and tied for second place. This month the theme is "Wings" and I was looking thru all my old art and decided to enter this painting I had done a few years back of two pigeons sitting on ornate architecture in England.

Wish me luck!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Eggs contest

This is my entry in the Eggs contest. I had done this in 2008, the title is, "Pick mine, pick mine!" as these two mice want their mom to choose which Easter egg she thinks is decorated best. It is an ACEO, (which is art sized 2.5x3.5 inches) and done with colored pencils on Canson Mi-Teintes paper.

I hope everyone is getting through this awful cold snowy winter. I cannot wait for spring to arrive! Come on crocus! Crocus are my first sign that spring is coming.

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year's!

Just wanted to start the new year right, with a blog post and hope I can do at least one a month in 2014.

Plus it wouldn't be complete without some of my newest art!

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's almost Thanksgiving already! I've been keeping busy working and drawing. Shown are 3 cats and Rattie Reunion III. If you are interested these are all available on eBay now, click picture to go the the auction.

 This is Fluffy looking up from a tabletop.
Girly Girl peeking out from a dark space in the basement with a bit of light illuminating her cute face.
 Although based on my tabby cat, I made her gray, with hints of blue, to keep it a bit monotone. She just decided that sitting and sleeping in a pie tin is the best way to relax.
and last but not least is Rattie Reunion III. They missed last year so decided it was time for another reunion.

I am still using pastels and really like them and feel they suit me. I am still trying different brands and papers as money permits. Their only downfall is being delicate, but it's not too bad as I do use a bit of fixative to set them.

I hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

It's Pastel time!

My new favorite medium is pastels. (Shown to the left is my latest that I did of my dad for my mom for Mothers Day.)

 All mediums have their strengths and weakness' and lately I've been on a venture to try mediums I haven't used in years. I've been revisiting watercolors, trying gouache and tinted charcoals and now pastels.

I was never a fan of pastels. I think the reason is when I was younger I used charcoal for portraits and would blend with my fingers. I tried that with pastels and could never get the look I wanted. I realize my problem was just using one flesh tone. Recently I tried a portrait with the tinted charcoal and realized that they just blend themselves if you start with a base fleshy color and layer it with other colors as you go along. It works beautifully! So having had fun with the charcoals I decided to go with pastels since they have more of a color range.

I like the fact that it is so easy to keep the color shades the same. With acrylics the paint dried too fast and when remixed it may not be exactly the right color. Pastels eliminate this problem. I usually start with a burnt orange and layer it with pencils in the reddish yellow family and add white and light colors for highlights. I rarely use my finger to blend anything.

The only down side is that they smudge. Not as bad as I thought they would but it is a problem. I do spray them with workable fixative just to hinder the smudging a bit.

Well now that I may have bored you with my explanations I will show you my progress.

This was done with tinted charcoal and I realized blending right on the paper with the various fleshy colors works pretty darn well!
Tinted charcoal
Tinted charcoal

Pastel. As soon as I returned from the art store with my new pastel pencils I drew this.



Pardon the way this post is. As much as I feel I am computer literate and like google I have trouble with this blogger. I can never seem to get stuff where I want it to go. The picture of my dad is up top because when I removed the caption that wouldn't center it decided to put him up there instead of down here. I have no idea why. arrrrgggghhhh

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day!