Sunday, April 23, 2006
I really did not have to go much farther than our yard to find these natural wonders. I'm fascinated by the fountain grass with its hundreds of little hairs as it sways in the breeze. The morning glory that grows on our fence is almost indestructible. The seed pod from the Liquidambar is innocent looking enough but don't step on one in your bare feet or you will never forget it. In the fall through winter hundreds of them litter our sidewalk. They also crunch when I run over them with the car. I almost wonder if they could destroy the tires.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
This was a fun journal page. I just read Karen Michel's new book "The Complete Guide to Altered Imagery". I had to try one of her techniques. Here I used a magazine image, gesso over it, and gel pens and water soluble crayons. I also tweaked it a bit with computer software.
One of the most luxurious experiences for me is the pedicure. I get to sit in one of those great spa chairs that massages my back while some cute little manicurist (whom I cannot understand) pampers me, rubbing my lower legs with oil and painting my toenails. Remember all problems in life are resolved by wearing big gold earrings and red toenails. At least that's what I read somewhere.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
The orchidolas were a gift for Easter from my darling husband. I had to draw at least one stem, so I incorporated into my journal art. My art journals are my first love. At least until I learn to draw better. I am registering for a drawing class for summer. Meantime, I will just keep drawing.
Monday, April 17, 2006
In my March archives I have a sketch of this candlestick. This time I sketched from a closer view and different angle. My intention was to draw only the bobeche with prisms, but then I kept on going and drew the candlestick again. You can see where my hand did not "mind" my eyes.
Friday, April 14, 2006
Thursday, April 13, 2006
I drew my scented geranium with my micron pen. It's so detailed, my hand actually started shaking after trying to get all the fine leaves and stems. I then decided to color it. However, it is delicate and there is not much color to it. The green is a rather gray green. I used watercolor pencils and the watercolor brush. See the colored one below.
I decided to color my scented geranium. It's so delicate, and it's such a treat. The ground is waking up, warming up and spring has begun here in Southern California. I love my garden. This year we had new grass put in the back yard; did a major clean up. So I anxiously await the various plants blooming at their time. We have our first two Double Delight roses. I think the first bloom on roses is always the most beautiful.
Thursday, April 06, 2006
This drawing on the left took me about 10 minutes. I did it with my Micron pen. The pencil drawing took me about an hour. Lots of erasing and working on shadows. I think Danny has the right idea for beginners.... work with a pen and if you don't like the line, make another one next to it. I just get too involved with pencil, and I work too hard to make it "perfect". I had more fun drawing the ink drawing.
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Sunday, April 02, 2006
This little orchid sits in my windowsill to greet me every morning. I think it is just about spent. It lost a bloom at the top. I wish I were better at getting them to rebloom. It takes forever, but when they do, the blooms last for several months.and then used water.