Saturday, September 28, 2013

It's Time To Paint!

Oh..... such a nice rainy cool fall day!  Perfect day to do a little painting.  I have an upcoming art retreat centered on balance and motion.  I've been trying to decide what to take to work on for 3 whole days..... My first thought is to do a pastel of a lovely horse that resides at the stable where I ride.   But, to be quite honest, I'm a bit tired of working in pastels (although I will most likely have time to do this piece, and probably will at least get it started).  But in the meantime.......  I looked around, and my eyes landed on this sweet little old gardening encyclopedia that my friend, Jessy, gave me.

Do you remember these?  I think they were sold as individual editions at the grocery store back in the 60's.  I thought, "wouldn't it be fun to paint on some of the inside pages".  Sort of an art journal, but without all the wording (there's plenty already on the pages, and I'm not one for adding inspirational phrases).  I decided I would paint scenes from our gardens and yard.

The above is a painting of little Firefly.  He's a stray that loves to sit in the grass at night and be with us while we enjoy our "deck time".  I feed him, but he's pretty wild and won't let anyone come within petting range.  I think firefly is ours now even though he doesn't know it.

We were so lucky to have lots of red breasted grosbeaks visiting our feeders last spring.  This one was more orange than red, and I loved the days that he hung around in the trees.

So..... I think I'm going to work mostly in my garden book at the retreat.  I've got lots of ideas for paintings, and I love getting something done quickly... and instead of loose paper, they're nice and neat in their sweet old gardening book!

I've also started a "doodle book"  where I do pencil drawings and color with pencils, pastels, and oil pastels.  The type of art that's portable and doesn't require trips to the sink.

It's all just for fun!!!


Friday, September 13, 2013

My Happy Colors

New Hooked Bag

In The Garden

On The Mantle

In The Studio


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

My Riding Adventure

Hubby made a little video of my riding lessons.  I enjoy the peaceful evenings in the barn with friends Maile, Debra, and of course, the beautiful horses!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Pink Is The New Orange

It's warm, quiet, and turning fallish at the doorstep.  I've been tweaking my garden a bit to give it some color.... yet I love the way flowers are turning, drying a bit, shades of golds, dirty greens, and browns are starting to appear.  I've looked so forward to fall lately, and decided to make a little pastel painting using some of my favorite colors.

Pink is my new fall color!  I just can't come up with a color that doesn't go well with pink.  I love the oranges, golds, greens and purples next to the scrumptious hot pink pastels.

I've been hooking away on a new bag to take to my art retreat in October.  Once again, completely inspired by these luscious colors!

And..... a lovely new shawl is now blocking made for a friend.  Exciting color here as well!

Waiting for the cool crisp temps to go with the gorgeous fall palette!