Monday, May 21, 2012

Finch and Crow

This little guy was inspired by the sweet little purple finches that have been coming to our feeder this spring.  A beautiful bird with a wonderful song to sing.

purple finch

I played around a bit with this piece.  I started with some nice splattering of coffee for the background and then drew in the bird.  I used a lot more watercolors in this piece than I'm  normally comfortable with.  I still haven't quite figured out watercolors yet, but I keep trying to work with them and find a technique or style that I like using.   The feathers were done with painted recycled coffee filters and tea bags.  The outlines were done with some homemade walnut ink.  Originally I was going to leave the background alone, but it just looked so plain and empty to me, and then I just kept adding and adding with watercolor, painted tissue paper and tea bags.  Hopefully I didn't add too much!

The crows around here have also been entertaining us.  This little guy left the nest on Friday and anytime ANYTHING got near it, it's parents would cause quite a raucous.  Cawing and cawing until whatever it was left.  They even chased several cats over the weekend, at one point there was about 8 crows going after one cat!  When our kids or our dog would go out to the swing set, the crows would sit just above in the trees and yell and yell  at them.  Very impressive parenting!  Today I found him out on our fence.  The parents were near by cawing a bit, but then left.  I'm wondering if they think he is old enough now to take care of himself?  I'm not sure.  This little guy stayed on the fence for about 45 minutes and then finally flew away to the top of our neighbors chicken coop.  I love watching the crows, so big and really quite beautiful,  such a smart bird that doesn't get the respect it deserves!

Sunday, May 20, 2012


 A few little wonderful snippets from our weekends this month. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


For some reason I had a strong urge to use A Lot of  pink.  I'm not sure why, but maybe it had something to do with all the pink tutu's from the dance recital,  or maybe  all the beautiful spring flowers in bloom, or perhaps Amelia's love of all things pink is starting to rub off on me.  Hmmm??   For what ever reason, this painting is the result.  I had no plan except I knew I wanted to use pink and I wanted circles in it.  This painting has a lot of both!  I hadn't used my recycled coffee filters in awhile, so they made it in the painting, along with my favorite material which of course are the tea bags.  I also used one of my least favorite art supplies quite a bit, Prismacolors.  I wish I liked using them, but I'm never happy with the results, maybe I just need to learn how to use them.  

Today I found out I was accepted into my first ever art fair!  The Driftless Area Art Festival in September.  I've been wanting to do a few art fairs but have never had enough nerve to apply.   The thought of talking to people about myself and my art for a whole weekend terrifies me, but I figured it was about time to face that fear and go for it.  I had nervous butterflies just applying for it, I can't imagine how I will feel come September.  Tomorrow I'm going to write my to do list and get started so I'm not totally scrambling and freaking out come September.  I'm always sad when summer is winding down, so this will give me something to look forward too.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Dance Recital

 After talking with my mom today, I realized that I had forgotten to post these beautiful pictures of Amelia from last weekend, I had started this post but somehow was distracted and had forgotten I hadn't published them.  Amelia had her very first dance recital and it was one of the cutest things that I think I have ever seen!  She was so sweet to watch!   Luckily there wasn't any stage fright!   I was never into all of this girly stuff as a kid, but as a mother, it has been a lot of fun to watch.

Amelia was so excited for  the rehearsals and the recital.  She loved being with all of her little friends, watching everyone dance and she especially loved watching her teacher dance, for  her that was very special.

Sweet little roses for a sweet little girl.  She loved it!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Illustration Friday: Hitched

The swallows were circling over the tree tops as they hitched a ride on the wind.

Hitching A Ride


I've noticed the swallows swooping and circling above the tree tops lately while hanging out my laundry.  They dive, swoop, circle and change direction with incredible speed and swiftness.  It's quite a sight to watch!
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