Saturday, August 26, 2006

Studio Progress

I've been so busy working on my studio that I haven't had time to finish the watercolor I've been working on. The walls have been plastered, the electrical is done and the door has been framed. John and I fall into bed exhausted every night from all the work that we've been doing but it is so worth it. We are on schedule and we should have the studio finished in a couple of weeks. I can't wait! And I get to keep the original door that I bought for it. Yay!

Friday, August 25, 2006

Inspire Me Thursday -- Paints

Although this isn't a newly created painting, I decided to enter it in this week's challenge anyway. Typically, I paint interesting(to me) architecture using watercolors, but I wanted to try a landscape using oil to challenge myself. What I wanted to convey to viewers with this painting was a feeling of peace and tranquility and a little mystery. When I look at this piece I can feel the foggy mist against my face and I can smell the Spruce and Pine trees that gather on the shore. This painting is titled "Hush" and measures 24"x36" on stretched canvas.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Inspire Me Thursday

I'm inspired by interesting architecture. I love to paint old structures with lots of character. This is a watercolor of a house made of stone that I had passed many times when in town and just had to paint.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Illustration Friday -- Match

These windows match.

New Painting

I thought I would post my progression through a watercolor painting. Here are the beginning stages. It's a painting of two different kinds of plant life growing from beneath the stones on a beach.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Oh Lovely Sky

While at a friend's house the other night for supper, I took this photo from the back deck. I thought it was a lovely picture, despite the power lines and pole. I love how the houses and trees are silhouetted against the sky.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Soap Making

I made some plain, unscented soap yesterday. We were down to our last bar and I had to make some quickly so I used the hot-processed method. I made it in the crock pot which took about an hour from start to finish; it was ready to use this morning. I used soybean oil and olive oil as the main oils and a couple of ounces of castor oil. The result was a lovely hard bar with lots of creamy, lathery bubbles.

Monday, August 14, 2006

More Progress

We've done some more work on the studio. The subfloor has been laid, some gyprock has been put up and the strapping for the other two walls is up. My husband tends to over build so he used two by four for the strapping.:) I'm very excited! I was lying in bed last night trying to figure out exactly what I will need in my studio. I want to make sure I get it right the first time. Plenty of workspace, lots of storage and good lighting. Special shelving for large pieces of matboard and paper is a must...

Friday, August 11, 2006

Fungus Art

Isn't this cool? It's fungus that was growing on a piece of wood outside my house. It looks like a tree in a dark landscape.

Illustration Friday -- Play

The play of shadow shapes against the warm sand.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

A Leak!

I have a minor problem with my studio. There's a LEAK! Right above my window. Its been pouring here incessantly for a couple of days and I thought I had fixed the little leak problem, I quess not. Now I have to wait for the rain to stop so I can go and tar up that spot again. We can't put any gyprock up until it is fixed...

Framed Up

After a long day and a few mishaps along the way, we finished framing up my studio. Yes, I'm very excited! Although the space is small (I lost a foot of space) it is all mine. The door that I picked out for it two years ago( a really cool french door with a an old-fashioned key)is too big.:( I have to hunt around for something equally as cool or cooler and hope I can find something. I decided that whatever the door I will paint it a really funky color. Our goal is have have it finished by September, so keep checking back for updates and progress pics.:)

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

My Studio

The last couple of days were spent cleaning out the garage to make room for my new studio. I'll have a really nice spot in the corner with two windows, one facing north and one facing west. I can't wait to finally have a place to call my own where all my art stuff is in one place and not scattered all over the house.:) My workspace and shelving units will be custom made by my awesome husband, John, making the most of the 10x13 foot space. I'll have working surfaces along two walls where I'll have a place to paint and a place to matt and frame my work. I make my own frames so I'll need lots of room for that. I'll also have a cozy, little corner with a comfortable armchair to sit and reflect and recharge my batteries after all the creative frenzy.:) The image is the way it looks now. I will be posting progress pictures so stay tuned.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Inspire Me Thursday -- Black and White

Here is a photo I took of my cat, Cleveland, who happens to be black and white. He was a little wary at first about having his photo taken, but soon relaxed and enjoyed the attention. Hermione and Roman Emperor, his siblings, are black and white as well. Unfortunately, they got wind of the photo shoot and were a no-show.:)

Illustration Friday -- Capture

With this watercolor painting, I tried to capture the lovely colors and shapes of the beach rocks as well as the shadows cast by the sun.

More Pages

Thursday, August 03, 2006

My First Altered Book

Here are some pages from my first altered book. Blogger won't seem let me post any more images today so I'll post more pages later.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006


The Regatta went ahead today despite the cool temperatures and the pouring rain. I'm glad my family and I aren't die-hard Regatta goers because we'd be there now wandering around soaking wet and miserable. The roads are practically empty (just the way I like it) with many businesses closed for the day. I enjoy driving the best when the roads are near empty listening to music and drinking coffee. Above is a mixed-media collage piece I did a couple of months ago.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Inspire Me Thursday -- Music

"Look at the stars, look how they shine for you" are lyrics from a song by Coldplay, one of my favorite bands. I seem to have a thing for stars lately.