Friday, December 9, 2016

The last show of the 2016 Holiday Season . . .

The Lincoln Craftacular!

This is the first year I've been able to do this show and what a night!
People came ready to BUY!
I LOVE my little antique table!
And those boxes and advertising memorabilia always make me clutch my pearls.
Mink Chow - love.
If I had had time to take pics of the crowd, I would have but it was busy from the time the opened the doors at 4:00 to those early shoppers to 9:00 when we all began packing.
Over 80 artists and crafters with an incredible array of work.

I think (I think) I was the only watercolor artist there (woohoo!) so for sure I hope to be invited back next year.

Did I mention that the temps outside hovered around 5? These folks were BRAVE!

So much sold tonight including a few that I have really grown attached to.
I'm never sure if people understand the attachment to and the meanings behind these little paintings.
I hope so.
These have found some wonderful homes.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Surprise snow days . . .

The forecast - light rain, maybe a flurry. The end result - 6" of wet snow. But what a great day to warm up the shop and clear the bench for watercolor playtime.

With flakes falling as big as chicken feathers, staying in and watching the cedars change was enough inspiration to experiment with faded greens and foggy distance. Learning how to pale out the snow and fog is more than just adding water - it's greying out a color and learning value differences.

You know how some sketchbook artists can hold up their sketchbook to show you the lovely scene they just painted? Well, apparently that's an acquired skill. Or maybe my scene was too far away. And photographing with your phone in one hand and your painting in the other, all the while trying to bring the background scene into focus so it all makes sense? Harder than it looks. Trust me. You can barely make out the scene across the road. And the Burning Bush at the end of our drive? Pssshh.

I love this old Mulberry.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Show - repack - show . . .

What a weekend!
Prep and pack for a two day show,
home with the jumbled mess,
and another two day show.
Actually, there is another show in there and in all of the packing,
unpacking, repacking, unpacking, repacking,
the photo escaped.
One more event for the Holiday Season in two weeks.
I only hope that this replenishes the $$$ spent on materials in 2016!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Twigs and leaves . . .

Why oh why does this remind me of the phrase:
Eats shoots and leaves?
These are quick little studies done after a trip to the yard to see 
what's dropped overnight.
Actually, lots.
I hate to see the leaves go but excited to see what they reveal.
It's hard to see through all of that greenery sometimes
and I'm one who enjoys grey days and leafless trees.
Not always. Only in the late fall.
The droppings for today:

Mulberry Tree

Pin Oak 

Elm Tree

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Inktober Day 4 . . .

Inktober : Day 4
Prompt : Hungry

I've chosen just a portion of what I used for the 'hungry' prompt.
An empty bowl.
This sketch has the feel of the political cartoons you see on the editorial page, I think.
Only this portion pleased me - the handle.
The rest was just a bowl.
So now I'm only a day behind. Or two since today is 6 October.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Inktober . . .

October = Inktober
New month, new challenge. 
A pen and ink drawing every day for 30 days (yeah, right) 
and a list of prompts to help spur me on.
Still, once in a while something like this comes along that artists like me are inspired to participate in just to get creative juices flowing.

 Day 1 : Fields here in the Great Plains are being harvested. The cut corn looks sheared like carpet. Little piles of corn that missed the grain trucks are on the sides of the gravel roads. Grain trucks lined up at the elevators in queues a mile long. Here on the prairie is where the work of providing food for the world is done.

Day 2 : The prompt word is 'noise' and leaves constantly dropping all around is the inspiration. On a dry patch of what used to be mud but is now cracked earth is a single leaf from an old mulberry tree. Leaves crackle as they blow across the rough dirt. In short order, the trees will be nearly bare and the ground covered with mulberry, maple, oak, and leaves from all of the shrubs and plum thickets.

Day 3 : The prompt word is 'collect' so I arranged three of my little collection of lustreware bird toothpick holders. I can't resist buying one of these guys whenever I find one (rarely) and I do think they're pretty cute.

Each of these three drawings has reminded me of the lessons in composition, value, and sensitivity in line. Lots more to learn but these challenges are so valuable in the process of art.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Across the gravel road . . .

The beautiful, ever-changing view across the gravel road from our farmette.
This scene moves easily from full on snow in January and February to patchy snow in late winter, pale greens in the spring, tall Big Bluestem in summer months, and the eventual blonding heads turning rusty red when summer's over.
I love every month and season of this view and have been thankful for every year we have lived here that the land is protected CRP, never having been broken.
To think that this is the same field that was burned off in the spring to eradicate weeds and was so soon green again is wonderful to have witnessed.
I will be painting this same scene again with the fall colors and quite possibly a few of the blackened earth during the spring burn.