Happy Fourth of July!

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The first thing I want to do is appologise to all of you.  For some reason I set this post to publish today, not the forth of July weekend.  Why….who knows.  I can think of many reasons, however I found it tonight and I don’t have any idea why! So i’m going to publish it anyway.  The flowers are from my friend Johnelle’s garden, and so beautiful I couldn’t resist.

Today is a special day, a day to have family picknicks, & the gathering of friends & family.  This is a weekend we all love to go to a special place to camp, or for some of us, the retreat might be a “staycation.”   For many, fireworks are a yearly part of the 4th.  For us, this year we didn’t go.  It was too cold here in North San Diego for me to sit comfortably.

I hope all of you had a safe and fun 4th of July.

What do we do when it’s to hot to do anything?

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Now as the summer heats up, and we all get just a little at the end of our rope, this is the time to sit in front of a fan and  sketch.  As  I’ve told everyone many times, I’m a “Goldie Locks Girl!”  I like it just right….not too hot, not too cold.  Needless to say, this is not my favorite time of year.  It is way too hot for me to function, and if I do go out of the house for any reason, it has to be early, late,  or I’m out.

What do we do?

This is what I do… I will sketch, draw on rocks, cut images out and glue them on paper, sometimes I look for ideas on Pintrist.    Sometimes I’ll take a picture out of the paper or a magazine, and just draw it.  This gives me an idea of how to shade a subject or the perspective of a subject next to something else.

That’s cheating!

In my eyes, that’s just practicing.   Art students copy the masters all the time enabling them to study a particular artist, a method, or just perfecting their skills.  I’m working all the time on simply getting better at what I do.  If I’m not trying to sell these little sketches, how can it hurt anyone.  On the other hand, I think it’s very difficult for me  to copy a piece of art.  I can’t help changing things, sometimes a little, sometimes a lot.  I always have to put “me” into what I do.  So, no I don’t think I’m copying anyone.

Inspiration comes from everywhere!

Often I say that I’m inspired by many things.  It could be nature, or someone elses style, or color palate.  I love color, and I’m always seeing something new, and creative in my world.  Isn’t that why we take classes from an artist we admire?  I frequently sign up for an online class in hopes of learning a new technique.  The classes are usually Pen & Ink, or Sketching on the Move (that one I’m still working on).  But I believe everything we do, think, and experience makes us, and our art more interesting.

I thought this little video would be of some help in getting everyone going, because I think it never hurts to get another kick start, or see something from another artists eye.  Coffee shops are a great place to find new material.

Thank you for following me, and checking in to see what’s happening. Each of you provide me with a wealth of inspiration, and add to my creativity.  I hope I can do the same for you.

See you soon….

Rabbit Skins???

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Fortunately we don’t have to boil “rabbit skins” any longer to be able to have Gesso. However this artist brings up a couple of points that are worth listening to.  For me, this looks like a lot of work, however it depends on the type of art you are painting, and how particular you need to be.

Take a peek, see what she has to say, and maybe she will speak to you, it can’t hurt!

Happy Gessoing!

 

A Unusual House Guest

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It’s been a couple of weeks now, the peace in our home is defining since my long time friend Ruthie and her two doggies left here for destinations north to Salt Lake City, Utah.  You see Ruthie decided after working several jobs for many years, that it was time to retire and put a bucket list together.    She is a baker and a cook of just about anything you can think of.   She arrived at my door as a birthday surprise to me, with an ice chests of baked goods and lots of love.

My friend Ruth has the biggest heart of anyone I know and she is among  my oldest friends.  In time not age!  The lemon bars are to die for.  I say that  because I froze them so they (I) wouldn’t wolf them down.  I now have a freezer full of fresh peaches right off the tree, and as you can imagine,smoothies are in my future.  I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the rhubarb cake that disappeared before I could share with the rest of my family.   Ruthie has been Aunt Ruthie since my kids were little.

What did Aunt Ruthie bring them?

Uh,  herself!   I haven’t any idea what happened to the fresh-baked rhubarb cake, but if I’m in a good mood, maybe I’ll share a lemon bars with them…..

How about Zip and Snap?

It was a little crazy at first…Daisy, Zip and Snap got along fabulously so we didn’t have problems there, but our home is under 1000 sq. ft. and everywhere we stepped there was a dog. After a couple days the dogs were bored with the whole situation and removed themselves to a quiet corner.  See you can have lots of dogs in a small space, and it works out just fine.

It now seems very quiet and maybe just a tad lonely.  Daisy is still looking all over the house for her furry friends.  We had so much fun and ran around (almost) like we use to, checking out all the thrift stores and having lunch at the most unusual places.  What were we looking for? We didn’t know, just a treasure with promise….  You never know what you’re looking for until you find it!  It was a fabulously fun visit with promise of more get togethers.  Ruthie lives a mere five hours from us, and not an impossibility for another visit.   Being exhausted is part of having fun, and I’m exhausted!  But….

My heart is full!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Shadow Knows!

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Like many other artists, inspiration pops up in the strangest places….  This is one of those times even a simple photo can inspire us.

I’m a terrible quick sketcher!  So I take pictures, and then I sketch them imperfectly.  Go figure!!!  

Personally, I think perfection is for cameras, and since I’m not  a perfectionist any longer, I embrace imperfection.  To be honest, my hand shakes, and perfection is no longer an option.  I laugh and make fun of myself because I’ve learned to laugh at myself…..a healthy way to look at life.

So I thought a shadow might inspire someone else.   Enjoy!