Friday, March 31, 2006

encaustic wax cards

Some cards I made using mi xed media collage and encaustic wax. I love the technique. I always like to have some cards on hand. The way I started this whole art thing was buying rubber stamps (because I thought I could not draw ) thinking I would save so much money on greeting cards. LOL! Well, many thousands of dollars later, I have not saved money, but I have had a lot of fun, and from cards and rubber stamping, I went on to mixed media collage, and from that I went on to actually attempting now to draw. I believe this is what is known as a "run on" sentence...... So it's a good thing.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

collage of Woman

I do love my journal art. This is just some more collage which I painted over with acrylics.

Cover of Art Journal

Another of my art journal covers. I used crumpled tissue paper and applied with gel medium, painted over with acrylic paints and added dragonfly.

encaustic brain

Another example of encaustic wax on a tag I made with various collage ephemera and rubber stamp. I then applied to a page in my art journal.

Kiana at the beach

A day at the beach with my granddaughter, Kiana. We are so fortunate to live near the ocean and enjoy all of the pleasures. Within a few hundrew yards here is a tidepool teeming with all kinds of ocean creatures.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006


Today was candle day. First a pencil drawing of my fragrant pillar candle. Then a pen drawing of a silver candlestick . I tried those books again for practice on angles. Still not quite there but working on it.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Just returned from three days in Tucson, AZ. We are trying to decide if we want to relocate there. I took a few pictures and posted the ones I like on my Flickr site. I finished reading "The Zen of Seeing" and decided to try my hand at contour drawing. I did a couple blind contours, and a couple of, as I call it, half-blind contours. You can view them below.

Hydrangea Contour

Two more contour drawings -- the first one was really blind. The second was "half-blind". It started as a blind contour but I peeked! These are dried hydrangeas from my garden last year. They are in one of my favorite pewter pitchers.

Potted Plants #1 and #2

Two more attempts at the potted plant -- this time really observing it. The first attempt was very deliberate and slow. I tried another time and just tried to do a looser sketch. By now the plant and I are becoming one. We are really seeing each other. I truly got so much from the book "The Zen of Seeing" I highly recommend it for people who are just learning to sketch/draw.

Potted Plant Contour Drawing

After reading "The Zen of Seeing", I decided it was time for a contour drawing. I love this little potted orchid. It has beautiful dark green leaves with light red veins. I attempted to just "get into" the plant, to be the plant. I drew very slowly.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Encaustic Wax Journal

I took a class from Lisa Renner over this past week-end. Great class - love working with encaustic wax. The texture is marvelous. This scan does not show it very well.

Animal portrait from photo

I couldn't resist this beautiful, expressive face. It is from a photo, but at least it holds still!

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

EDM Challenge #57

Micro drawing is somewhat challenging. But this was fun. Love my granddaughters. This does not do them justice....I may just have to draw them in person.

EDM Challenge 50

I redid my entry sketch. Still looks a bit off as far as angles. The bar stools look a bit "drunk"!

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

EDM Challenge - Self Portrait

The teeth drove me crazy. Just cannot seem to convey them as I think I see them. But overall, I'm happy with how this turned out. I will do more over time, and it will be interesting to see the changes.

Monday, March 06, 2006

The Real Me

I worked from this picture as I could not stand in front a mirror and do my self portrait. As Danny says, working for a picture does result in a flatter image.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Hot Shower

After being sick for a couple days, I stood in the shower in the morning and just felt so grateful that I have this wonderful shower. It made my day sunny. I decided to draw it so I will remember the feeling it gave me.