All our cards have been sent out, so I thought I would post a copy of the watercolor I put on the front of them. Last year my watercolor Guru (Catherine) painted a sketch of her Christmas Cactus which was pink-colored and my cactus had just bloomed bright red--so I thought to try it for myself. I was pleased with the result and decided to save it for our cards for 2008--and here is the cover. To anyone who sees this: Merry Christmas!
Sunday, 14 December 2008
This is a watercolor sketch I did in 2003 when we were in Grindelwald, Switzerland--part of a 50th Anniversary trip--where we started out in Frankfurt, Germany and drove thru Bavaria and other parts of Germany. The view out of our hotel window was this Church steeple in front of the mountains--and I had a table to work on right there. I ended up using this for a Christmas Card picture that year. Brings back fond memories.
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
This was a beautiful scene that we came upon after leaving the Tetons in Wyoming. We just entered Yellowstone Park after a huge snowstorm--I quickly sketched what I saw in my sketchbook, and my husband took a photo of the scene and this is the one I decided to paint. The reflections were awesome.
Friday, 28 November 2008
We have a historic barn/farm 2 miles down the road from us and it looked so lovely one Sunny Winter morning that my husband took a photo of it--and I decided to watercolor it. This is the painting that is over my mantel in an earlier post (see below). Someday, I may use the picture to put on a Christmas Card?
Saturday, 22 November 2008
We were watching TV one night and to keep my hands busy--so I wouldn't feel like I was wasting time watching the tube--I got my sketch book and "did" my mantle. Did I spell it right? or is it Mantel??? Also, that's a 'sketch of a painting' I did over the mantle.
Monday, 17 November 2008
Monday, 10 November 2008
Saturday, 8 November 2008
We visited this Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway and have pictures of it in different seasons of the year.I decided to do a painting of it after we arrived home. We were on our way to Blowing Rock, NC. Has anyone heard of the "Mitford Series" of books? They are based on life in this little town and are quite addicting.
Another place we love to visit is Mingus Mill which is quite South in the Smokies. I usually get my "Stone Ground Cornmeal" here.
OOh, that cornbread is so good. I'm really on the food kick today.
Maybe it's because I'm being careful how much I eat. :-)
Sunday, 2 November 2008
We just returned from a week at the Great Smokie Mountians National Park. It was "peak" color! I couldn't stop picking up the pretty leaves, thinking I could make them look pretty good in watercolor. It was fun dropping colors and letting them mix on the wet paper.
Thursday, 16 October 2008
We have a lovely MetroPark in our area and the trees this time of the year are stunning. I did find it hard to capture in watercolor--but I did a little sketch while my husband was taking some photographs. A lot of people were enjoying the day.
Wednesday, 8 October 2008
Monday, 6 October 2008
Sunday, 5 October 2008
This past summer at my Sketchbook/Watercolor Class, we were walking around Bay View, MI looking for things to paint. My husband was there and as we passed a very small lily pond, I asked him to take a photo of it--and I would paint my version of it later...and I did.
It was probably a little muddier (?) around it, but you know, "artist's license."
Monday, 29 September 2008
Went back into my digital camera for this picture I took down in the Smokie Mtns. last spring. These are quite rare to find--and we happened on about a dozen plants while walking behind an old cabin. What a find! They grow only in Pine-Oak Forests among fallen dried leaves & moss.
Sunday, 28 September 2008
After my end of the Summer Watercolor/Sketchbook/Journaling Class, I decided to make my own W/S Journal Book. Carefully folding and tearing the Aquarius II Sheets into pages--I had it bound together and what a fine Watercolor Sketchbook I have now. The watercolor moves very nicely on this paper. Thanks Catherine!
Thursday, 18 September 2008
This little museum is located under the Blue Water Bridge where the St. Clair River opens into Lake Huron. As you can see in the sketch below, Freighters go through here thru and from the St. Lawrence Seaway.
Saturday, 13 September 2008
This past Wednesday was a beautiful day--and my husband and I decided to take a day off and drive up to the Blue Water Bridge area and he would take photographs and I would watercolor.
We stopped on the way at the Park on the St. Clair River to have a bit of lunch on a park bench right at the riverfront. A slice of Pizza and a lemonade in our hand was just delightful.
Then, on we went up to Port Huron. The water was so Blue and there were freighters to watch.
A fun afternoon. We took the "long way" home all the way along the water thru Marine City and Algonac, and around Anchor Bay. Ended up at Sindbad's along the Detroit River for dinner.
Our local Watercolor group that I paint with had a booth at the Depot Day Festival--located at the "Witch's Hat Historic Village" in South Lyon, Michigan. The depot (as you can see) has a roof at one end that resembles a witch's hat.
It was a beautiful day and our group had a fine time together--our "Tent" was right across from the Station.
Thursday, 28 August 2008
Sunday, 24 August 2008
Spent a week up North in Michigan last week--Painting with others in a Sketchbook Journaling Class. The last day, we painted along the shore of Little Traverse Bay. I chose to paint a couple of the summer homes along the shore (from a distance). It was a beautiful day and I didn't like that it was our 'last' painting session of the week.
Sunday, 17 August 2008
I like the old-fashioned flower garden "look" when there are Hollyhocks of different shades all lined up growing tall along the brick wall. I had to cut mine all down after they reached their peak because of extensive leaf rust and holes.
The Hollyhocks I have growing along the side of my home were looking fine until deer came along and ate ALL of the leaves top to bottom. Hope they tasted good.
Friday, 8 August 2008
I've been somewhat under the weather, but am starting on the way "up."
The only Yellow Door I've seen was in England, however it had Wisteria draped all around it. I wasn't sure everyone would recognize them............so come on in anyway.
Wednesday, 16 July 2008
Friday, 11 July 2008
We have a wonderful Farmer's Market in our area every Thursday. Love to see the fresh produce as it ripens and is brought in for our pleasure. Summertime is worth waiting for!