Friday, July 18, 2014

Peachy Keen -Paint Party Friday


I've posted this little fairy before, but I thought she especially fit a summery color palette of raspberry, peach and a splash of lemon.  It must be so gleeful to be a fairy child--can you imagine what fun it would be rolling an orange hither and thither? 

I am delighted to post this peachy little fairy as a part of Paint Party Friday.  Next week I'll paint something completely new and different to share.  Have a lovely day, everyone!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Demure -Guest Heart Thursday


This demure miss was actually drawn on grey-toned paper with black and white Prismacolor pencils.  The scanner turns the grey colored paper into a warm brownish feel.  I kind of like it!

This lovely young woman reminds me of a movie star from the 1970's.  I drew this from my head--so perhaps an old memory from the past flew through.  Of course, I have hidden hearts in this drawing.

For more heart art, photography and altogether fabulous heart stuff from around the world, visit Clytie at Random Hearts for Guest Heart Thursday.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Mother Nature -Summer of Color


This is a drawing of my Mother.  We laughed because in the picture she is WAY too short and looks a bit out of proportion.  So we figure since she's Mother Nature, she's actually rising up out of the earth--that way we can imagine she is as tall as my darling Mums.  Mom is tall, graceful and queenly--she would actually make a wonderful Ma Nature.


Above is the palette of colors to be used.  What a lovely challenge!  I hope a little blue and brown are allowed--Mother Nature must have the additional colors.

There is a fun story behind this drawing.  Mums and I were at Costco shopping for dish soap.  She could not find the one she'd always used and was a bit disappointed.  A delightful Hispanic man, very short in stature asked if he could help her.  When she explained what she was looking for, he said he was very sorry but they didn't have that kind of soap in stock anymore.

Said my Mother sweetly, "But that's the kind I always use."

Said the little man, "I know."

Replied Mumsie, "Do you know who I am?"

With wide eyes, the poor man practically bowed.  "Yes, I do," he whispered.

Then Mums stretching to her full height and leaning a bit forward, said, "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature."

As he hastily backed away he said, "I know." Then without another word he scurried out the storeroom door as fast as he could go.

Mom and I stood open mouthed.  Mumsie said, "Do you think he really thought I was Mother Nature?"  To this day we laugh over the incident and I tease her about being Mother Nature in disguise.


But as you can see above--Mom does indeed have a deep connection to nature, the woods and her garden. (wink)  (This is actually an untouched photo I took of Mumsie--the angle of the sun was perfect for that bit of glorylight you see.)

It is so delightful to be a part of drawing to a specific palette of colors.  To learn about the fun to be had each week visit Summer of Color.

Have a lovely summer day all you wonderful people!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Fiery Cheetah



I love fireworks.  This year I used a different setting specific to fireworks and the result was some amazing photography.

As you know I often see things in clouds and nature.  This time I saw something in the fireworks.  At first I thought it might be a dragon--but as I worked with the original, it turned into a cheetah.


Above you see my original photograph. Do you see the cheetah?  If truth be known, it really could be a  dragon.  In time, I am sure there will be a wee dragon born from this same fiery photograph.

Have a lovely weekend friends!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Toez and the Faery -Guest Heart Thursday


This tiny watercolor is the size of a baseball card, only 2.5x3.5.  My niece and I were happily painting at the dining room table, when I noticed Toez the Polydactyl Cat had climbed into one of the chairs to see what we were up to.  She was so interested, and my niece was so darling, I had to draw them both.  Of course, she is a fairy and I've hidden hearts in the painting.

Have a lovely day and Happy Guest Heart Thursday!

For more heart art, photography and altogether fabulous heart stuff from around the world, visit Clytie at Random Hearts for Guest Heart Thursday.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Stitch and a Prayer


Writing is art and having had the lovely privilege of helping Mumsie edit her manuscript, I am full of joy to introduce you to her newest published novel, A Stitch and a Prayer.

Dad would have been so proud.  Just before he flew away to heaven, he learned Mum's manuscript had been accepted.  I can see his happy grin--those expressive sparking eyes--he was so pleased for Mumsie.  I know he would be SO proud, seeing it published now--to hold a copy of the book in his well-worn hands.  I am sure he is smiling.

The cover of Mom's book was chosen because it closely resembles an old black and white photograph of our family's original cabin, tucked into the old growth trees.  In the forests and canyons of my childhood one can still find one or two old growth survivors.

Mom has been writing since the late 1970's.  She's written both fiction and non-fiction and I adore her writing style.  The way she writes fills my eyes, heart and my soul.  She is an amazing woman and I am  fortunate to be her daughter.

You can find A Stitch and a Prayer for sale at Abingdon Press!  Mom also has a wonderful blog at Everybody Loves a Story.  I am proud of my darling Mumsie--I hope you all drop by for a visit.

Have a lovely day!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Wrapped in Mist -Guest Heart Thursday


A few weeks ago (on my birthday) my dear girl Rena married Luke, her own true love!  I am SO happy for her--she positively glows.  This watercolor painting is her wedding gift.  Of course, I have hidden a few hearts in her misty veil.



Above is my reference photo.  When I saw this wonderful photograph by Holly Butler of Roselynn Photography, I had to paint it!  

I had posted this painting earlier in the week, but for some reason, Blogger ATE it.  Since there are hearts hidden in her veil I thought it perfect for Guest Heart Thursday, so I re-posted it!  

For more heart art, photography and altogether fabulous heart stuff from around the world, visit Clytie at Random Hearts for Guest Heart Thursday.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Heart Tangle -Guest Heart Thursday


I haven't done one of these for years--I seem to remember doing something similar to this type of drawing, when I was in high school--bored and doodling in class!  Nowadays, they are called Zen tangles. My sweet Niece Victoria does them--and I am in awe of her work.   



For my birthday, she drew the beautiful piece you see above!  I am SO honored. ...and inspired!--the Heart Tangle is the result.  Thank you, Victoria!  You are so wonderfully talented, and I love you!

For more heart art, photography and altogether fabulous heart stuff from around the world, visit Clytie at Random Hearts for Guest Heart Thursday.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Sweet Red Poppies


Here is another Ink and Wash, or Sumi painting.  This one is of a poppy.  Years ago I grew them in my garden.  The color, the texture of the petals, and the graceful way the flower would whiffle and bow in a gentle breeze, were a delight to my eyes.

Again, painting this way, is unlike anything I've ever done before.  The brush truly does have a mind of its own!

Poppies bright
Soft petals glow
Sleep deeply

There are some interesting facts to be discovered about the red poppy.  Unlike the its cousin the opium poppy, this colorful plant contains no narcotics.  It can however, be used as a sedative because it has a non-poisonous sedating alkaloid called rhoeadine. The blossoms and seeds of the red poppy are often added to cough syrups.  The plant’s leaves and petals can also be used in a standard infusion to treat sore throats, cough, and chest congestion, catarrh (excess mucus), hay fever, asthma, dyspepsia, diarrhea, dysentery, insomnia, nerve pain, and other respiratory complaints.

A few crushed poppy heads added to a linseed poultice--1/4 lb. linseed, 1/2 oz. olive oil, both well stirred in one pint of boiling water--will reduce pain and swelling. The flower is also used as a dye in teas, wine and even ink.

http://bethlniquetteart.blogspot.com/2014/06/broad-leaf-dock-sumi-painting.html

I've posted the above painting before, but I'm adding it in here with a link, as there is a better description of Sumi and Ink & Wash painting included with that post.

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Coffee Spot Beauty -Guest Heart Thursday



The story behind this sketch is rather funny.  The folks from ServPro were here cleaning up after our chimney fire.  It took almost five weeks for those wonderful ladies to deep clean this old place.  

I was sitting at the dining room table drawing a bit to pass the time, because there were people in my office.  Someone asked a question, and I left my sketchbook behind.  What I didn't realize, is that in my haste to be of help, I had dribbled coffee all over my drawing.

By the time I returned, the spots were already dry.  SO--I decided to make the coffee stains into flowers. Sometimes mistakes can be the best thing!  I really like how it turned out.  When I finish it, I'll likely use watercolors.

And of course, there are hidden hearts to be found--how many can  you see? 
 

Above is my reference photograph for this graphite drawing.  My lovely and talented model is Melissa, who's face I love to draw.  She is a wonderful Friend.

For more heart art, photography and altogether fabulous heart stuff from around the world, visit Clytie at Random Hearts for Guest Heart Thursday.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Wary Heart Walker -Guest Heart Thursday

 

It is dangerous in this lovely maiden's world.  Who was it she heard?  Perhaps a dragon?  Or a warlock?  She is more than up to the fight.  Of course, I have hidden hearts in this drawing--how many can you find?

Above is the reference photograph for this graphite drawing.  My lovely and talented model is Rena, who has as great an imagination as I do.  She is a wonderful Friend.

For more heart art, photography and altogether fabulous heart stuff from around the world, visit Clytie at Random Hearts for Guest Heart Thursday.

Wrapped in Mist -Guest Heart Thursday


This is a watercolor I painted of my sweet girl Rena, who got married mid-June on my birthday!  What a darling, beautiful girl she is.  This painting is her wedding gift. Of course, I have hidden some very subtle hearts in her misty veil.


My reference photo was taken by Holly Butler of Roselynn Photography


For more heart art, photography and altogether fabulous heart stuff from around the world, visit Clytie at Random Hearts for Guest Heart Thursday.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

A Broad-Leaf Dock




I have been trying my hand at a new art form.  It is called Sumi, or Ink and Wash painting.

A few years ago, my children gave me a beautifully embroidered box.  Inside, gently protected by a velvet like cloth, were two sticks of pressed charcoal, a tiny porcelain bowl for water and an equally small spoon.  There was a palm-sized piece of flat charcoal, with two depressions in it--a teaspoon sized area for a teeny spoon of water and another smaller impression to rest the wet brush.  The stick of charcoal, rubbed against the charcoal indentation filled with water, produced a darkish ink.  Two brushes made with real hair were included.

Painting in this medium with these brushes is unlike anything I've ever done.  It is inexact and one never knows what the brush will do--sometimes it seems to have a mind of its own.  Therefore, it is no surprise that an Ink and Wash painting is said to capture the spirit of the subject.  So, to paint a flower, there's no need to portray it exactly as one sees it--instead, the goal is to convey the subject's liveliness and fragrance--to capture the unseen presence of that which is being painted.

Here is an Ink and Wash painting of a Broad-Leaf Dock, a plant I often find growing in my garden.  I even wrote a Haiku poem about it!

Roots grow deep and firm.
Long leaf to heal the fiery burn.
Cools the painful scorch.
~Beth L. Niquette

I discovered the broad-leafed dock can be found wherever stinging nettles grow.  Nettles are prolific here in the Willamette Valley.  What I didn't know, is when one is stung by the nettle, a scrunched pinch of the leaf of the broad-leafed dock placed upon the area, will instantly take away the sting. 

In times past, the broad-leafed dock was said to be good for the treatment of blisters, burns and scalds.  The roots were used to make a tea which was said to be helpful in the treatment of jaundice, boils and coughs.  An infusion made from the root was even thought to reduce acne and other such skin problems. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Daughter of the Sea -Guest Heart Thursday


This graphite drawing from my sketchbook is the preliminary sketch for a commission I'm working on.  I'm drawing this for a dear friend of mine, who will be giving the finished piece to her daughter for her birthday!  


Above you can see the original photo I've been working from.  Her real name is Denise, and I have had so much fun figuring out what her hair should look like as a mermaid.  

Of course, I have hidden hearts in this drawing--how many can you find?

For more heart art, photography and altogether fabulous heart stuff from around the world, visit Clytie at Random Hearts for Guest Heart Thursday.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Dew in the Morning -Guest Heart Thursday


This beautiful fairy from my sketchbook was inspired by an old print in a fairytale book.  Tuesday morning I met a young woman at the doctor's office whose name had the meaning of dew in the morning.  And so I was further inspired.  This is a dew fairy, a type of winged being who, in the dawn of morning, encourages luscious drops of light and reflection to gently rest upon the plants and trees of the earth.  

There are hearts hidden in this drawing--how many can you find?  

Have a lovely day and Happy Guest Heart Thursday!

For more heart art, photography and altogether fabulous heart stuff from around the world, visit Clytie at Random Hearts for Guest Heart Thursday.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Baby in Blue Rose


My husband and I spent five fine days at the Oregon Coast in a cabin owned by a friend of ours.  It was sunny and gorgeous.  Such a romantic time!  I also spent some time painting this darling baby boy in a blue rose--it is a commission for a friend of ours.

I thought I would share him with you, he turned out so cute

Above you see the original photo. What a sweet boy!

Have a lovely week, everyone! 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Apple Orchard Fae -Guest Heart Thursday


I love this little faery.  I have used this pose and model over and over again, and never tire of all the variations!  Of course, I have hidden hearts in this graphite drawing from my sketchbook. 


Above you see the reference photo for this sketch.  The model, Melissa--is one of my sweet  young friends whose face I dearly love to draw.  
 






Have a lovely day and Happy Guest Heart Thursday!

For more heart art, photography and altogether fabulous heart stuff from around the world, visit Clytie at Random Hearts for Guest Heart Thursday.