Sunday, May 31, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
today was birthday lunch day in Hudson. Its the halfway point for my sister and I to meet, and the fact that it is a charming river town with fun shops and restaurants seals the deal. We found lots to be inspired by in the gallery/shop "Seasons", in particular a couple books about artist's gardens. Martha was inspired to buy a gorgeous, LARGE pot (5 ft. tall)for her own garden. I'm letting some of the ideas incubate for my garden-in-progress. And we topped the day off with the best dessert ever, the dark chocolate habanero cake at the San Pedro Cafe. MMMMMM
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Actually, it was yesterday and it was also a holiday weekend so I'm a day late. I recently came across a beautiful, large (12" x 16"), leather-bound journal with hand-made watercolor paper pages. It was a gift from my daughter several years ago, and of course, it was empty because I couldn't imagine what I could do that was worthy of such a lovely thing. And I decided that if not now, when? It seems sort of like covering the furniture with plastic waiting for a special occasion.
So, for my birthday this year (and the plan is, for many future years) I painted a self-portrait in the beautiful book. Here's lookin' at you, babe.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
the theme for the day seemed to be dirt. The morning was spent removing it--from various rooms and laundry--and the afternoon spent waiting for more to be delivered. Two cubic yards now sitting in the driveway waiting to be moved into new garden beds. Looks like tomorrow will be about dirt too.....
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Every spring I pick a bouquet of lilacs and attempt a painting. The fact that I do not have a single painting of lilacs around tells me that this is a fairly futile exercise. But I love to look at them and smell them and I do love to paint them. One of these times I will get just the right balance between the tiny flower detail and the large bunched shapes to capture the "essence" of lilac.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
I started a new journal today! The old one is filled to bursting and looking at its thick pages feels like an accomplishment. Since this is all an ongoing experiment and learning process, my new journal is a new size and shape. We'll see how I like it. (I did just notice that a full page spread in the new book doesn't fit on my scanner. I'll have to work on that.)
It seemed appropriate for the first entry to sketch Dean trying out our brand new hammock. I admit it was an impulse purchase because of the colored stripes--thanks Target!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I've seen some beautiful birds in the past week. Is it spring fever, mating season, migration time? Probably some of all of that. The first hummingbird was at the feeder this week, I saw an Indigo Bunting and a pair of Orioles on a run this weekend, and a feeder full of goldfinches.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
I spent the day playing around with encaustic paints--which is basically wax painting. I'm trying to learn from a book--it is definitely trial and error, but I'm looking forward to being able to do some cool stuff once I get the hang of it. Here is today's effort--pretty simple, and at this point hard to tell that it is any different than regular paint.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
I'm still suffering from a crappy cold (or as I've been told, "the whine flu") and didn't feel very inspired today. But I did have some fun with a bleach pen and bits of hand made paper, experimenting to see how each one reacts with the bleach. Lots of fun possibilities.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
The word of the week at Illustration Friday is "hierarchy". I didn't have any ideas for that subject until I heard a particularly long and involved description of a single drink being called out by a barista at Starbuck's this morning. Probably whether you are judged to be at the top or bottom of the "coffee heirarchy" depends on whether you are being ranked by the person taking your money, or the person preparing the order.
Friday, May 1, 2009
I went to a show at the Minneapolis Institute of Art today called "Art in Bloom". Its an annual event where local florists and designers create arrangements inspired by pieces of art in the museum. There were a few that were fairly pedestrian in their interpretation and design, but many more that were wonderfully imaginative and whimsical. It was too busy there to try and do any sketching so I used my own pink tulips for my "bloomin' art".