Sunday, February 28, 2010

Daffodil Faery

This picture was a recently commissioned piece. I'm so glad the lovely lady who commissioned it was pleased. There are daffodils everywhere here--they are pushing up through the earth, springing brightly forth in all shapes and sizes. I love daffodils--they are the picture of Spring. I think we might be one of the few places in America right now with daffodils!

So, I share this bright little faery with you today. To my friends who live in places where the snow still lies heavy on the ground--Take heart! Spring is near!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Angel on a Stick

Last year, even in our green valley, the snow fell and actually stayed for a day! I love the snow, and I've missed it! I suppose--if I were to endure months of the white stuff, as some of you have--I would probably feel differently.

The day I found her, I was crunching along in my oversized rubber boots when I spied this delightful Angel on a Stick. The snow had taken her shape on the straggles of a blackberry vine.

Above you see the angel as I first took her photo. I didn't have to do much to enhance this darling Angel on a Stick.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Fuchsia

I love Fuchsias. When I first saw my dream house, they were hanging on the front porch. Alas, in the busy summer months, I often forget to water plants hanging out front--so I put up fake ones which often fool my little hummer friends.

I have been down with a bad head cold--fever, aches, stuffy nose, plugged ears--but I'm better this morning. All I've been able to do these past three days is sleep and sit--and draw. This Fuchsia girl is one of two pen and inks I started. Enjoy. When I get 'em done, they'll be quite colorful.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Cloud Perch

This Cloud Painting was done in 2008--one of my first. This little faery looks quite comfortable. I am sure that cloud upon which she is perching could be a gorgon, or a dragon--what do you think?

Above you see the little faery as I first captured her with my camera.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

New Dwarf in Town


I have always loved Dwarves and often found "evidence" of their presence in the forests of my childhood. How extraordinary to find one of my old friends floating into town over the trees of the back yard! He's such a darling Dwarf cloud--nice to see him again after all these years. (grin) I know--I know, I have a GREAT imagination!
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I've added the original photo above so you can see what I saw in the sky. A friend of mine thought this cloud formation might have been an actual funnel cloud. EXCEPT the funnel is pointed upward not down....hmmmm....

Monday, February 15, 2010

My Imagination

As you can see--my imagination ran away with me on this day! This is a rare self-portrait from when I was a LOT younger.

DADDY UPDATE: Mumsie says Dad is doing much better. It helps that he's able to take his neck brace off to eat and rest a little more often. This will strengthen his neck muscles and stimulate healing of the broken bones. Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness and prayers. They mean so much to me and my family.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Melancholy

It was a gentle face I found in the clouds that day. The lines of his mouth and eyes were striking. I felt a great tenderness.

Above you see this kind, Melancholy man, as I first saw him.
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DADDY UPDATE: Dad went to the neurosurgeon for his checkup. Though the bones in his neck have made progress healing, he must wait for a CAT scan and those results before the surgeon will allow Dad to take the brace off. He's allowed to have it off three-four times per week to eat and rest. Please continue to pray for Dad's fractured neck bones to heal. Dad is frustrated and unhappy--please pray that God will give him distracting spots of joy throughout each day.
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Thank you so much for all your prayers, love and concern.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Swan in Wood

I love to peruse the mountains of driftwood tossed along our beaches in winter storms. I came upon this amazing Swan in Wood on one of those wandering forays. Isn't she lovely? As you can see I didn't have to enhance much--though adding in all those feathers took some time.

Above you see the swan as I first found her.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Cowboy

I've always had a soft spot in my heart for Cowboys. Those rough and tough fellows who work so hard on ranches and farms across our great country are amazing. I love their world. I also enjoy summertime rodeos when they rope cows and ride the big bulls and bucking horses. Scary!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Fairy in Rose

This is a doodle I drew during a service. Sometimes people might think I'm not listening, but that's not the case. When I doodle I remember what's being said better. There are words in the border of this picture--they're kind of hard to make out, but they're there. I believe the words are peace, hope and love.

One of the things I do with nearly every drawing is to hide my name somewhere in the piece. It is usually an intregal part of the drawing--and unless you know where to look it is hard to find. I do this because there are actually people out there who might want to pass my art off as their own.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Flight of the Eagle

I was flabbergasted to see a great eagle with wings dramatically outspread over the back fence. There was no mistaking his eagle eye.

In many of my photos you will see old cedar tree where the squirrels nest. I love that old cedar. It is a friendly tree. In winter the small birds flock to eat its heavily laden cedar buds--the birds sometimes hang upside down like tiny flitting Christmas ornaments.


Above you can see the Flight of the Eagle untouched. As you can see--I didn't have to do much to enhance this great bird soaring through the evening skies.

DADDY UPDATE: Yesterday morning I pulled into my parents house looking forward to a long walk in the forest with my darling Sissy. Instead I spent most of yesterday in emergency with Dad and Mom at the Veteran's Hospital. Dad had a mild stroke which has mostly resolved itself. We are to watch him closely to make sure this stroke wasn't a precurser to a bigger one.
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Dad goes to the neurologist on February 9th, to find out if his neck has healed enough for him to live without the neck brace. Please pray for the broken bones in his neck to heal--Dad is so miserable and fights with that brace every day--it makes it difficult for him to eat, drink, swallow and sleep.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Genie and the Moon

What a funny fellow to find floating across the skies--I think he was in pursuit of the moon! If you look closely, you'll see it's right in front of his nose.

Above you see the Genie as I first noticed him floating across the sky.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Chickadees

This is one of my first attempts to draw birds in pen and ink. I love Chickadees. They are wonderful birds. When a storm hits, you won't find these little fellows hiding in safety. Nope -- they fiercely wing right into the teeth of the wind and seem to enjoy every moment of it. This winter they've flocked to my back yard to eat the seeds I put out.

My brother once told me if I were a bird I would be a Chickadee. I like that. They're plucky!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Mask

When I saw this mask in the sky I did a double take! At first it seemed a little scary. But as I looked closer, I observed her eyes seemed friendly--shy even. Perhaps that is why she wore the Mask.

Above you see the Mask as I first viewed it in the sky.