Friday, July 17, 2009

Painting 2

Here is a photo of the painting I created last weekend! (Happy b-day to Jennifer!) A trip to the beach with her and her young'un in May inspired this image in my head. While I worked on painting the ocean--much harder than one might think, I might add--I spoke to Amb over the telephone about art and traveling and having the time you need. Painting a picture for one best friend while talking to the other... does it get any better than that? Well, maybe if they'd both been there with me in person....

And the $2 frame from Goodwill with the painting in it:

I'm off tomorrow for three weeks to Europe, so I'm sorry to report I'll not be able to post for awhile. When I get back, however, I'm sure I'll have much to share!
Be well.

Saturday, July 11, 2009


I have always wanted to paint. In the past, I've never felt very satisfied with my paintings. But that is beginning to change! First of all, I can see that practice has been helping. Second of all, I can use other media to help with the affects I can't achieve with acrylic paint (probably due to lack of training and practice), like doing shading with colored pencils. Third, I can add other components that makes the art more dimensional and textured, and man-o, that makes the art my style, more original to me. This is a big revelation and I couldn't be more excited about it!

This is a card I made for friends Marilee and Ryan, who got married last weekend near Pagosa Springs, CO. Probably one of the most beautiful places I've been to, ever! They are very outdoorsy folks, thus the theme for the card, and the rainbow and two people are done in colored pencil and then glued to the card with spacers so that they pop off the card. I love how the card turned out. It was about 7 x 12" in the end. Be sure to click on the image if you'd like to take a closer look.

Today I did another painting in this style, and framed it in a frame I found at Goodwill this week for $2! Gotta love that place. I'll post that one soon.

Meanwhile, I've made a new friend, Tara, of the Tinkerfrog blog. We met through the apron swap, and this week I had her over for a fun afternoon of talking about art, quilting, Colorado, cooking, and work life. It was a splendid time, and we are both glad to have made a new art friend. She is hosting an online quilting bee, which looks like a ton of fun. If you're interested in joining, visit her site! It seems like a low work-commitment, and at the end, you have the blocks you need to complete a quilt top for yourself. Hmm... the possibility!