Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Fourth of July!

It's almost over in my part of the country, but I can still hear a few pops and booms from neighborhood fireworks. It's always so hard to coax the kids to sleep when the sounds of nearby festivities floats in through their windows! They really need to rest - it's been a tough week for all of us. Colds and fevers meant we didn't get to see friends who we've been longing to visit, several hours of sitting in traffic on clogged highways, and a random pinched nerve in my neck. Yeah, it's been a who-tossed-the-match-into-the-firecracker-shed kind of week. Whew!

To end the day I'm sharing a painting I did a while ago, to remember Who binds the restless wave (that's a great description, don't you think?) and also to Whom we owe our thanks for freedom in this great nation (for those on the sea as well as the rest of us land lubbers!).

I hope you enjoyed the holiday! Here's hoping for calmer waters next week for everyone!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

New cards

This spring has been busy - busy producing artwork! A box full of lovelies came back to me lately from the printer....mmmm, I love the smell of fresh ink. And the sound of printing presses. And the potential in reams of blank paper. The whole printing industry is really fascinating and worth a field trip if you can swing it. My creative staff (read: children) came along on my proofing visit and were a bit disappointed that they didn't get to see these giant machines in action, especially after I hyped up how amazing they are. Maybe next time, guys.

But look - new cards!

And this sweet little imprint on the back -

I cannot tell you how exciting it is to see my own art in print! And now I get to share it with you - these are for sale over in my shop, either individually or in a set. And because I'm blown away at how expensive greeting cards are in the store, I've determined to keep these much more affordable.

Have a great summer! My little studio is enjoying inspiration from the wild outdoors and I can't wait to share more with you soon!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A cupcake for everyday

Every day should be a celebration! I painted this cupcake thinking it'd be a fun piece to hang up when family birthdays roll around, but it's so happy I think it needs to be up all year long! 

I hope to get prints and cards made of this soon - I'll let you know when they're available!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

One Word Weekend - Olives

The past few weekends have slipped away from me in this series. Blame the allure of spring weather. This time I have a page from my watercolor sketchbook - it started as a page to clean off my brush, but some of the colors inspired me to paint some of these delicious little gems. Too bad there aren't any in my house right now!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A peek inside my sketchbook....Lilacs

Still smitten with the lilacs around here. This time, I'm preserving them in my art journal with a quick watercolor and ink sketch. Too bad I can't preserve the smell. Mmm.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Spring blossoms

Our poor yard is getting a facelift this spring, which means my poor body is getting a workout. There is lots of digging, dividing, trimming and transplanting going on around here! 

Several big hostas were divided to fill in naked areas around our deck. When we bought this house, there was one giant - and lonely - granddaddy hosta in the back yard. I've been dividing it over the years and now have over a dozen plants taken from the original! Hostas are so easy to grow and look great; they are my favorite thing to put in areas that need a little oomph. Can't wait to see what these guys look like when they've filled in a bit.

This huge spirea was planted right in front of our house door. You couldn't even see the door from the street! The branches grew out so quickly we were constantly hacking them back just to have room to walk into our house! A friend helped dig it out, then we pulled it out of the ground the rest of the way with a tow rope hooked to my van. I was worried it wouldn't survive the move, but it budded and looks great! Now it's in our back yard where we can actually see the lovely blooms. 

And oh - the lilacs! This was a true gift from God. I didn't know this bush was right by my kitchen window when we bought our house. Having moved to the South from Michigan, I missed the lilacs that are so common there each spring. Someone told me they didn't grow in the South - guess they were wrong!

The smell wafting into my kitchen is delicious!

But watch out for bumblebees before you decide to bury your nose for a whiff!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Keep smiling!

A quick doodle for lettering practice. Warming up the watercolors for a wedding project today. I hope to squeeze some art time in between teaching school and soccer practice tonight!