So many blessings to be thankful for and so many opportunities to share those blessing with those we love.
We had the opportunity to eat dinner prepared by a Mennonite family last week. Thirty two people from our church, drove 35 miles in a car caravan to eat and share some time together and in a home of a dear Mennonite woman and her staff of two. The meal consisted of roast beef, mashed potatoes, two salads, home made bread, green beans, noodles and three different pies. I chose the coconut cream pie and tasted my husband's peanut butter pie. Both to die for! We ate in their modest home where they host these meals on a weekly basis. All severed family style. The home was decorated country style and had most of the modern conveniences we have grown accustomed to. A nice experience and would recommend making reservations if you are ever in the Seymour, Missouri area.
I also have had the pleasure of working in my studio and want to share a couple of projects with you. I am very thankful when I have time to paint, draw and create. It's what keeps me sane!
Here is my latest woodland girl, "Lost girl" Painted with acrylics on a birch wood board. The leaf detail was added by a stamp I made. I loved painting the feathers and her fur scarf. This inspiration came to me from a local magazine of girls modeling their clothes out in the woods. Fitting for this time of year. She is for sale if anyone is interested.
My next project is a large wooden snow flake ornament. I thought it made a great blank canvas and decided to do an image transfer of a deer on it.
I found this deer image on pinterest. Gathered my scissors, cut around the image, as closely as possible.
Using a stabilo pencil and charcoal, define your lost edges, details and add greenery. I also added a few red berries with white highlights.
Antique the edges with Deco art brown. Splatter snowflake edges with white. A fun and easy project to make with the family or as a gift.
Enjoy this beautiful time of thanks as you share time with family and friends.
Have a blessed Thanksgivng!!
Friday, November 21, 2014
Monday, November 10, 2014
It has been a stressful month of hospital trips with my husband. I am so thankful that he is well again, but the woods and my studio have helped me keep focused and thankful for what I have. Taking an online class of Woodland girls with Jeanne Oliver, made me more aware of my surroundings. The class came at a very good time for me. She encouraged us to go out, collect, draw, paint and sculpt from natures' bounties. This gave me the prompt to go out instead of sitting around and worrying. Giving a little of myself to nature and receiving so much more in return.
I have had an old reader that I turned into a art journal. As I have said in the past, I love painting on the old pages. The day I wanted to go out and gather, it was raining. Not pouring, but a gentle rain. I loved how the rain drops sounded hitting my umbrella and the crunching of the leaves underneath.
The pages on the left are my gatherings, the right are my watercolor drawings of what I found. This was such a fun idea and I wanted to share it with you.
I love picking up feathers found on the ground. I have an entire jar full of them as part of my decor. This is one I found last spring.
Next, I painted on a wood slice, old book cover and in my watercolor art journal. Love painting these nature beauties.
I hope you take the time to look around you. walk in the woods the park, start a journal and enjoy this wonderful season of Thanksgiving.