Monday, May 20, 2013

Home is Where My Heart Is Doodle



I love to doodle with Zig Millineum pens and my Prismacolor colored pencils. It is very relaxing.  I can pick it up to work on it any time outside of the studio.  (I have trouble sitting down with nothing to do with my hands, so I always like to have something nearby to work on.)  This is one that I just finished.  It represents my HeartHomes in the Four Seasons.  I had to include a little Owl and a little Red bird.  I've included two close ups, so you can see the details.   I have the flowers of spring, the yellow and orange leaves of fall, the snowflakes of winter, and the greens of summer. Just an example of how I relax and have fun. Hope you enjoy!


Beth  



Thursday, May 16, 2013

Put Your Big Girl Pants On...

...or have a Pitty Party?  or both?  Do you ever have those days or weeks that you feel like you are getting nothing accomplished? You just don't feel like doing much of anything? Is it just me or is this more common than I think? Sometimes I just want to sit down, have my pitty party, take a nap, then wake up feeling better, ready to start checking things off my to do list...with my big girl pants on.  Move on.  (Note to self...The Pitty Party didn't help anything!) I don't like to whine, but it's been one of those weeks for me. I've been worried about some things that have drained my energy.   I started out with lots of energy and motivation.  I went to the garden center and bought lots of pretty flowers to plant in the yard to spruce things up outside.  After figuring out where everything is going to go, I started planting.  I got about half of the flowers planted before I had to stop and clean up and go out to the ball park to help out in the concession stand.  So by the end of the evening, I was worn out and feeling about 20 years older than I should feel. So I crashed and burned.  Each day since, I've tried to plant a few more flowers, trim some trees, and water the flowers so all this effort doesn't die!  A few years ago, this would have taken me 2 days to plant the flowers and then sit back and enjoy!   But this time,  it is taking a little longer.  I am feeling every muscle that I've used all week. My bum knee is not cooperating very much either.  It is getting done, but slower than I would like.  I'm sure it will be worth it once it is done and the flowers start to grow.  And I know that many people are hurting much more than I, so I am grateful I only have a few aches and pains and that I have the time to work in the yard.   For now I have to put my Big Girl Pants on (panties doesn't sound very much like a Big Girl, does it).   So even though I feel like I haven't accomplished much, I have.

My lesson learned here is to take time to enjoy the flowers and the sunsets. Time goes by way to fast!  Enjoy it!
   
Beth  




Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Did I say that I love making Owls?


Well, I have probably said that I enjoy painting them, but recently I have made a few owls out of clay too!  So I will be making more clay owls this week.  I may come up with some other little critters too. You never know what will happen when I start playing with the clay.  You can find the little purple and lime green owl in the top photo, here...in my Etsy Shop.


      
        Beth  

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Annual Girlfriend trip to New Orleans

The annual girlfriend trip rewind! I spent four days in New Orleans with my long time girlfriends from high school.  We go on a trip together each year. About 5 years ago, we decided that we should get together for a weekend and catch up.  After we had so much fun, we decided to make it an annual event.  Before that, we rarely saw each other because we were busy with our own lives since the wedding showers, weddings and baby showers of our younger days. Then a personal tragedy for one of our girls, brought us together.  We realized that we should be there for each other, no matter what!
Time goes by so fast and things change.  We all need our girlfriends to get us through the ups and downs. It is always such a relief to get together.  This year we had 5 out of 6 of us. We really missed our friend who could not make it, but we had a great time! A really great time! (We are getting together with her in a few weeks.)  Our trips are not filled with fancy events, just time together exploring and seeing the sights and lots and lots of laughter!  You know the kind of laughter that you can have and not worry about what people think, about laughing too loud or too much or at the wrong time.
One afternoon, we spent a few hours having drinks and appetizers on a balcony, just enjoying the music and the weather.  While we were there we were able to experience this wedding party going down the street. Then they stopped just below us and danced and took pictures! It was great to experience the culture from our 'little' balcony.    We went out to eat each night, wandered around the French Quarter each day, played games, and laughed a lot.  So it was a great week! I wish we lived closer to each other so we could get together more often.  

I also took a lot of photos of the local architecture.  If you know me, you know that I love to draw architecture! Well, I was in heaven with all of the interesting doors, shutters, windows, iron work and all of the Old French feel in the architecture. The colors are pretty awesome too!  I have plenty of photos to use as references for some drawings and paintings!

On a side note, I will be looking out for a book that should come out next year. One of our cab drivers told us that he is in the process of writing a book about his 52 years as a cabdriver in New Orleans.  If his (Giovanni's) book is half as interesting as our cab ride, the book should be pretty interesting!!


Beth  

Friday, May 10, 2013

Pet Portrait in Pencil

I recently finished a custom pet portrait done with graphite pencil.  This little cutie is name "Allie" and she is going to be a gift for her 'daddy' for his birthday!

She was drawn with graphite pencils on Stonehenge paper and is 5" x 7".




Beth  

Painting a Pumpkin on Canvas

Decorating for Fall   Fall is finally here. The days are getting shorter and the weather is cooling off. Now it is time to pull out the ...