Monday, April 24, 2017

Natalie

Yesterday I posted an older face I had done in felt a while ago - me with our 2 cats! I was just too tired to create a new face. I'm pretty happy with what I've accomplished so far, so I don't stress if I miss a day.


Today I took out my Prismacolor pencils and did a new portrait, a woman whom I named Natalie. I spent longer than usual on this one and really got into layering colors. At the end I added a few touches of dark brown Micron pen. I've decided that daily portraits are enough, especially if I'm going to do 100 of these. Coming up with the stories is just too much. I hope that, at some later time, I'll come back to some of these characters and create stories about them.


Thank you so much for stopping by.
I hope you've had a very good day!!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Susie

"Susie" is just popping by to say
Happy Earth Day!!



Friday, April 21, 2017

Meghan

Today I worked on a sketch of a girl which I had begun yesterday.


Meghan

She loves her new kitten
and cuddles it like a baby.
It is her first pet and she wants it to feel
loved and protected!


This is the sketch I made yesterday, and I changed the cat's head and
modified the lines of the girl's shoulders and hair.
I love to have a day to reflect on a sketch before completing it,
as mistakes are more obvious the second day.
And I'm loving the softness achieved by using Prismacolor pencils
and a touch here and there of Micron pen.


Thanks so much for stopping by!


Thursday, April 20, 2017

A Sketch and a Visit

Today was a busy day, so I only had time for a sketch.
Tomorrow I'll revise this a bit, color it and give this girl a name.


I went to New Hampshire today with a friend who had to pick 
up some medication from her dog's veterinarian.
The vet also treats rescue animals and I was thrilled to be able to
meet this barred owl named "Pixie".
He was so quiet and serene and, since owls are an obsession of mine,
it was a real thrill for me to see one close up.



Also, a baby squirrel was being fed with a syringe
and was absolutely adorable with his greediness and squeaking!


I hope you've had a wonderful day!
Thanks for visiting!!


The Handmade Joy Exchange 2017

The wonderful Anne Butera from the blog My Giant Strawberry has hosted yet another wonderful Handmade Joy Exchange this year and I was fortunate enough to be a participant!
My "Joy Partner" was Nichole from Vermont, who sent me a lovely package of handmade items, carefully placed in a deep green cloth bag, which I am anxious to use as a canvas for embroidery!


Inside the bag there was 
(1)a hand bound vertical sketch pad, the cover of which was embellished
 with beautiful calligraphy and watercolor flowers
(2) an original watercolor painting of a bouquet of flowers with a sweet green matting
and (3) a hand made patchwork pincushion with a pretty pewter button in the center!


I commented to Nichole, when I received her package, that it always strikes me, when I do this exchange, how kind people are and how talented. Receiving this package from a perfect stranger, who worked so hard to make each item, makes me feel warm and hopeful. Since then, I've been following Nichole on Instagram and have seen even more lovely paintings of hers! 


The person for whom I was to make something is Joan, a wonderful woman who has a cat rescue and adoption center on a small island in Greece. The center is called God's Little People, and you can read a bit about Joan here.
Being a cat lover myself, I could think only about making something having to do with cats!
I decided on this pillow with cats made with wool appliqué and the name embroidered in the middle.


Here are close-ups of some of the cats I was inspired by on Joan's blog, including one little blind cat.




Joan enjoyed the pillow and we have kept in touch through Facebook.

All in all, the Handmade Joy Exchange has been a very enjoyable experience!

Thank you Anne, for hosting this great exchange!!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Amelia


Amelia

She is strong and opinionated and she rubs
many people the wrong way.
She has had to learn, after years of repression, 
 how to express her feelings,
but her words come out harsh and unfiltered.
Time will teach her to speak confidently,
conveying her ideas with strength and certainty
without needless hostility.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Katie

A quick sketch with colored pencils for today, which 
I colored in my doctor's office waiting room!
The name was an easy choice for me - our daughter's 
nickname when she was little!


Katie

Her eyes are constantly sparkling with wonder
as she discovers new things to be excited about!
She loves bugs and chipmunks and every kind of little animal
that wanders through her back yard.
Her aqua bike is her favorite belonging as she speeds around 
the block with her best friend every non-rainy summer day.
She's a curious girl with a sense of adventure
and her joy in the possibilities of life
guarantees that she will have a good chance at happiness.