Sunday, November 13, 2011

Needlefelting class that I held at the Burlap and Roses shop in NewVirginia.

 Photo's from a Needlefelting class that I held at the Burlap and Roses shop in NewVirginia. The gals in the class were so fun, we had a great time. The final pic is of the cup cozy (my design) that you could choose to make.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Felted Wool and Watercolor

This piece is done using felted wool 
and watercolor crayons. The background 
fabric is a medium weight muslin.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Two more Baby Cards

Here are two more cards,
for a new baby, using  one of
my carvings printed on muslin.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Print on Muslin of one of my own carved images

Here is a print that I did on Muslin,
with one of my carved images.
Printed with permanent ink, and then colored with watercolor crayons. Used a Copic waterproof black
marker for the  le fluer and merci script writing. 
I love those pens, they say permanent and 
that is what they are.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pencil and Watercolor Portrait

This Gal was a true farm women
in every sense of the word. I didn't 
know her personally, but I grew to know  her
through her loving granddaughter's
tales of her. She grew most of her food 
and canned it all herself, including jams and jellies.
She dealt with the farm animals. As an elderly 
lady she was knocked down by a Bull Cow and
got back up and shoved it aside. She chopped
her own wood. Not too many years before her
death she was out chopping wood when she
accidentally smashed her thumb, and 
in her characteristic 
way she left her work gloves on thinking
that it would be better later on in the 
day...only to find out it was getting worse! 
She ended up having to have it amputated.
She was one tough cookie, but tender enough to raise
a granddaughter like her own. I would have been
proud to have been able to call her my grandmother! 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Final piece of art in the 30 day challenge! :) Thanks for looking!

Colored Pencil
This is the final piece of 
art in the 30 day challenge that 
I set for myself.
I have enjoyed this so very much.
Made me realize how much more I can 
achieve with my art on a day to day
basis. Now I will be working on 
larger pieces of art. I have a few 
commissioned pieces that I 
am looking forward to working on.

Crab Apples, Pencil

Crab Apples
To make up for the day I missed! 

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

Abstract Acrylic
Didn't think I would ever say that 
I enjoy doing abstract paintings.
But I love the freedom of
just starting and seeing where it
takes you!
This is number 25 in the series.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Water Color Collage and Ink
                                   Spring is here....Well, at least on paper! 

# 24 in the series

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Multi- Block Carving of a Baby 
Used carving to make a card.
Number 22 in the series.

Monday, September 19, 2011


Just having fun! 
This was a very tiny drawing.

Number 20 in the series.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Crewel Work Cards

Three more cards using the 
reclaimed Crewel Work.
I like to think that the artist
that created the original work 
would be happy to see it have a 
second life. It was so badly 
damaged by the acid in the backing
(wood paneling) that it wasn't 
pretty any more.

Crewel Work Card

Crewel Work
Card made from some 
damaged, recycled embroidery.
couldn't bear the thought of throwing
some ones hard work away, so 
I gave it a new life!

Leather Pyrography

Leather Pyrography

Using suede , I burned an
image  of a little kitty.
This medium is so 
soft and delicate to work on,
and the results are nice.
Might make a little pillow 
out of it.
Number 18 in the series.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Simple, Fun, Carving

Received a grouping of 
new, different  carving materials
from a dear friend. This is a very simple 
carving done on one of those new
pieces. Like my old faithful
better, so far. 
This is number 17 in the series. 

Calligraphy. Pencil and Ink

Used colored pencil and 
some ink here.
 This is number 16 in the series

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Watercolor and Ink.
Thought I would paint the 
four seasons. This, of course,
is Autumn, with the Canada Geese flying south. 
Spring and Summer will be along soon!
This is number 15 in the series.

Monday, September 12, 2011

        Gift tag Collage
          # 14 in the series

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Collage with Calligraphy

I love the feeling that the thought
of Winter gives me. Chilly, blustery,
an air of anticipation greets me with just the
mere thought of winter.

This is number 13 in the series.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

A Carving
Made a  small carving of an airplane and banner,
 used it to make a fun thank you card.
Drew some clouds in for the background.
Showed it to my hubby-who happens to be a pilot- and he 
quickly pointed out that the tail is missing it's stabilizer bar! Ooops, well we can
just imagine that it's there, because I can't put in what has been carved away!
This is number 12 in the series.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Watercolor of Daisy center

 Decided to do another close-up
this time the center
of a Daisy.
Number 11 in the series

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Detail of the inner parts
of a Stella Daylily.
Love to look at things
closely, the most amazing
shapes jump out at you!

Number 10 in the series.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Pencil Portrait of my Grandmother Casber, born
in 1893.

She was such a neat person, and a very good artist.
I loved going to her house. It smelled of
oil paints, and turpentine and other 'artsy' things.
Besides the fact that she always had
green grapes just for me! 
I wonder what she would have to 
say about this portrait of her....
Over the years I have drawn and painted her
at least three times.
All of them from just a  small photograph that I
have of her, probably taken when she was
about 18 or 19 years of age.
On the back it says - written lovingly by my grandfather-
My Sweetheart, My Dear Wife, An Angel of Mercy.
#9 in the series

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Multi-block carving.
Used the drawing
from earlier in this challenge for
this carving. 
This is number 8 in the series.

Monday, September 5, 2011

A watercolor, done mostly with pure 
liquid pigment. Quite abstract for me, I think!
 Number 7 in the challenge.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

This is a Collage, using some art I made by 
dripping and blowing water color paint.
Then filling in detail with pen and ink.
I then cut different parts of the painting apart and 
layered the design.
This is number 6 in the series.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Kiwi Study

Here is a pencil study of some Kiwi's
that Nina thought I should draw.
Used colored pencil here, and just a touch of 
ink for the seeds. Colored pencil is interesting
to use , building the colors one 
on top of the other to get the final look.
This is number 5 in the series.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

First attempt at Oil Painting!

This is my first ever attempt at 
oil painting. I think I have always 
been a tiny bit afraid to try it- I am 
not sure why. My grandmother 
loved it and I believe it was
her medium of choice. But it has 
always seemed like it was not a good 
fit for me, even with out ever trying it!
Now that I have, I can't say 
that I love it, but I will try it 
again ....someday.
Anyway, this is number 4 in 
the challenge. :)

Purple Flower

Flower from my garden drawn in
colored pencil. 
Number 3 in the challenge. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

This is our dog, Schatzie.
She was snoozing on her favorite
wool blanket and she was such a perfect little oval
with all her paws tucked in, I couldn't not draw her.
This is number two in a month long challenge I am doing
with my daughter, Nina. However she is 
writing a  poem every day, and I think Seth
decided to create a new Lego design every day!

Monday, August 29, 2011


 Drawing of my baby, Cosmo.Used
colored pencil on watercolor paper.
She is such a sweet little kitty.
When the kids and I went to get
a kitty, we came home with two. I
simply could not resist her 
cute self!
This is the first drawing in a month long challenge
to do some type of art every day.
I am excited to see what happens, and 
share it with you.

Joy Shared Painting

Watercolor and ink.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Coffee and Cupcake, Anyone?

Painting using
water color, colored pencil, and ink.

Painted Dining Table

This is our dining room table. 
Design is drawn
so it would make sense with the
two leaves, just one, or using
none of the leaves.

Hand drawn wedding program

Wanted to share the wedding program
I drew for my daughter's wedding.