Thursday, September 25, 2014

I've been experimenting

 I have been trying new things. The watercolor above
was started with a sketch, then traced using acrylic white gesso 
that I had put into my gutta bottle with a tiny fine tip. I let it dry
 and then proceeded with the watercolor, painting the 
background first. I did this on 140lb watercolor paper in my 
Sketchbookery hand made journal. I think I would do this process
again only using a larger format.
 I do like how this turned out even though it felt strange painting
watercolor on canvas.  I used Daniel Smith watercolor grounds on
 the canvas letting it dry for 24 hours. It really has a different feel to it
when painting. Very different from wc paper. Will try this again.
 front view
 I was looking at different blogs I like. This one gal is a oil painter.
She paints with a palette knife. So out came my acrylics and I 
gave it a try. There is a lot of paint on this canvas. LOL
(sorry about the shine)
It was fun. I shall keep practicing with the palette knife,
it takes some getting used to.
So that's what I've been up to.
How about you???

Monday, September 15, 2014

Around The World Blog Hop

I have been invited to do a post for the
Around the World Blog Hop, by my blogging friend
Barbara Lilian. She is a delightful lady who lives in 
France with her husband "Mr. France". She has the most gorgeous flowers
and she paints. I was delighted to find her posts awhile back. You 
should visit this delightful lady and enjoy here posts.

So for those of you who do not know me , this is me
on a good day....
and this is me after I have finished painting cards, weeding the 
many gardens I started 23 years ago, when I had the energy and playing with my new little 
puppies Cooper and Max.

Cooper and Max
came into my life last February. These wonderful little bundles of joy

helped heal my broken heart after losing my beloved Teddy to cancer.
They have done a great job and They are growing up into wonderful
little dogs.

So here are a few of the questions that were asked of me,
What am I working on.?
 Boy that's a loaded question that could take pages to answer. But
mainly I have a shop on Etsy called Wildflowerhouse that I try to keep 
filled. I also sell my cards in a shop down in town. I am also working on some large painting for a gallery show in Oct.-Nov.  I am a water-colorist and I do acrylic painting. Had to give up oil painting due to allergies.
Why do I create what I do?
I love all things nature  and love capturing it on paper, canvas, etc.
I love making my own journals when time allows. They are filled with 
memories and paintings.
 I guess I have been creating ever since I got my first box of crayons.
How does my creative process work?
I always have a sketch book with me. I have been known to draw on napkins
when in a pinch. ( you just can't take this girl anywhere) Camera is always at the ready too.
Things pop into my head in the middle of the night, so I have paper and pen 
on the bedside table. From all these the process of creating my painting comes
to life. I like plein air work when no one else is around. I'm a bit shy about
that but I am working on it. 
I will end  with telling you that I live in the foothills of the Cascade mountain chain
in Washington state. We usually get around 90 inches of rain to Seattle's 40 something.
 But this summer we have had little to no rain and one worries about fires.
I designed (with the help of a fabulous architect) my log home. Had it assembled in 
Montana and then brought here and reassembled on my 13 acres. I am surrounded by 
trees and mountains and lots of wild animals.

 The weather is turning to Fall with warm days and cool nights.
So as I close I have invited two fantastic ladies to join in this hop.
 They are, drum roll please.
Marcy Antle  and you can find her here with all her absolutely gorgeous
jeweled creations.
and 
Donna Liljegren and you can find her here. Now Donna is the most fantastic quilter that I know.
I must add that she shares her blog with her wonderful little Corgi named Tag. He blogs on Tuesdays and always has a lot to say.
These ladies will be posting on Sept. 22nd for the the Around the world blog hop.

I must add that I am a few hours late posting but I had computer 
trouble. So sorry but all is OK now I hope.
Thanks for visiting and I would love to hear from you.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Enjoying the Fall Weather

You wouldn't think it was coming into Fall
what with the temps in the 80's. When the sun
goes down it cools off just enough.
But soon it will turn chilly as it is already showing
in my Japanese maples with touches of red and orange.
But the pots on the  deck are giving their last hurrah!
The flowers are spilling over and enjoying the early morning sunshine.
I love the fact that the elk can't get to them. I know they
would if they could. LOL
Have been painting deck rails and botanicals. I prefer the botanicals.

So that's what I have been up to besides praying for a mild winter.
That would be nice.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

New Cards

Finally was able to sit down and post
new cards on my Etsy. Here's
what I've posted so far.






Now it's time for a

Have a great weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Farmers Market, Fireworks and Evening Grosbeaks

Thursday evenings are North Bends
Farmers Markets and there is always
good things to get.

Then we had the Festival at Mt. Si
this last weekend complete with fireworks.

They were beautiful. I was worried they would not have 
them due to the fire danger. But they did and there was no problem.

And yesterday the Evening Grosbeaks arrived and put on
quite a show.

They flew back and forth quickly in and out of the pines'
landing for short times in the yard. They were to fast moving
to get any good pictures. They  all sang like a choir and  it was
so enjoyable. I hope they visit again soon.

It rained last night and a little this morning.
We sure needed it so I thanked the rain gods for sending
it our way. I hope eastern WA got some as the fires continue there. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Beautiful Sky.

Saturday night on my way to dinner. The day had been very hot.
I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the sky. My photo
doesn't even begin to show how grand it was, but
just wanted to share it with you.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Finished My Journal.

Stitched the Chevron stitch for the binding.
I sure am enjoying Mary Ann Moss' class Sketchbookery.
Having some fun with lettering.

More lettering

and more lettering. Love this journal as
I have used several different papers. Toned paper in earth tones,
140lb. cold press watercolor, hot press watercolor paper. All great
for experimentation.
These are some perennial plants
I purchased for the big pots on the deck.
I am planting lavender and wild grasses in the garden.
The elk don't like those.
I hope they don't like them!!!!!!!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Where have I been....

Well I've been right here digging weeds and restructuring my gardens.
( Pictures soon). Plus watching the devastating wildfire here in 
Washington. I was over in Eastern Wa last week to see my friends
new home in a beautiful area.. So far they are safe. But it was very very
 hot. I used  to ski  and stay in Leavenworth a Bavarian  village just over
the pass and they have had fires near them. Further NE we lost a town
and the fires are still out of control. There are 50 fires
burning in Washington at this time. We have had NO rain until a 
quick drizzle last night here in my area. My heart goes out
 to all those families who lost their homes
 I also have all those wonderful fire fighters in my prayers.
I'll keep you posted.

On another note I started Mary Ann Moss's class
Sketchbookery. She is so entertaining and has me
laughing as I work. I am a little (lot) behind due to
gardening but have a whole year to catch up. So far this 
is what I've done.
This is the inside covers so far of the book I am making.

This is the covers.

Color charts for watercolor
Mixing color combinations 

Now I have to sew in the signatures (pages)
and I'll be ready to start the sketching.
If only the weeds would stop growing!
I hear them at night plotting their next growth spurt.
I do, really I do.

POSTSCRIPT....
When I went to water my vegetable garden it was gone.
Oh the garden was there but the vegetables are now in the tummy
of a very large elk. I hope he enjoyed the green and yellow pepper,
carrots, lettuce. winter squash, and cucumbers. I see he left a 
radish or two. He could have taken a few weeds. Darn that gourmet beast.
Broke the fence too.
Now you know where  have been.LOL 

Monday, July 7, 2014

More Flower Cards





All watercolors and fun to do on these
HOT days. Am loving all this glorious
weather. Went over to Green Lake in
Seattle and spent the afternoon sitting
by the lake painting. There was a 
nice breeze coming off the lake. 
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday
weekend.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Watercolor Cards



 Something bright and cheery!



We finally have a little rain which my garden so needed.
So my zinnias will be bright and colorful. 

Blackberries are everywhere and I don't like to think
about the chore of weeding them out near the house.
But if I don't want the bears to join me for dinner
it has to be done. At least I can snack as I weed.
Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Some Quick Sketches of Flowers I've Planted


Keeping a new sketchbook of plants around the property.



I really love adding potato vines to my pots. They really are hard working little plants 
that add some sparkle.