Friday, June 23, 2017

Candice -Paint Party Friday

This is  Candice.  I did not have a reference picture for this lineart drawing, which started out as a midnight graphite doodle.  I do a lot of doodling when I can't sleep at night.  I love how it turned out.  It wasn't until after I was done that I realized this girl looks exactly like one of my sweet nieces.

It is very warm for our part of the world--in fact, they expect heat records to be broken this weekend.  I love the good weather, but don't do well in hot temperatures.  However, there's a nice solution--at least here in Oregon where water is plentiful.  I just head for the park by the river--go wading and splashing with the young'uns, and all is well.  :D

Have a lovely weekend, dear Friends.   Enjoy your family and may you find joy and laughter in the sunshine.  Happy Paint Party Friday!

Friday, June 16, 2017

She is Beauty -Paint Party Friday

I like the way this particular piece turned out. I believe it will be spectacular when I put it into Pen and ink.  This piece will go into a coloring book I am working on for this Fall.   I adore this girl's graceful pose and artless confidence--indeed she IS beauty!

Above you see my lovely model, Rena.  And by chance, her favorite Disney cartoon happens to be Beauty and the Beast.  I love working with her--she is a photographer's dream come true.

Have a lovely weekend, dear Friends, and Happy Paint Party Friday.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Lifted -Paint Party Friday

I have had lots of trouble sleeping at night.  I miss my Beloved husband very much--and the nights are the worst.

So, when I am unable to sleep, I often doodle.  The doodle above took several nights of drawing.  It is called Lifted.

There were tears in every line as I drew this--but when it was done, I realized it is a picture of my song of hope.

Above you see my reference photo.  This beautiful picture is of lovely Jessica, a DA stock model.

God bless you all, and Happy Paint Party Friday. 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Against the Bricks -Paint Party Friday

I love the style of Art Nouveau.  I loved the look of it before I knew the name of the style.  I have my wonderful brother-in-law Paul to thank for educating me about the artwork of that era.  He lives in France now.  Alphonse Mucha, one of my greatest inspirations, moved to Paris in 1887. 

Above you see the lovely Jaymasee, a DA stock model.  I love her pose and the flowers behind her.  The drape of her costume is exquisite.  In my drawing, I think I should have drawn her a little taller! 

Have a lovely weekend, sweet Friends, and Happy Paint Party Friday!


Friday, May 26, 2017

The Woodsman -Paint Part Friday

In High School he was my long-suffering best buddy, who put up with a LOT from me.  These days he is a hardworking fellow who finds lots of time for travel and rugged outdoor activities.  I recently found a picture of him and loved it, so decided to draw his likeness.

Above you see the photo I used as a reference.  I really like this picture.

Have a lovely weekend, sweet Friends and Happy Paint Party Friday!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Tiny House on Sunset Hill -Paint Party Friday

Hello sweet Friends.  I have been busy speaking in Washington State and then traveling over 500 miles to speak to a wonderful group of ladies in Spokane, Washington!

Whist there, my dear sweet little sis once again introduced me to Sunset Hill.

Amid the gatherings of moss, mushrooms and catnip, we came upon this amazing little home.  You can see how I was inspired.

Have a lovely weekend, sweet Friends, and Happy Paint Party Friday!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Little Boy Blue -Paint Party Friday

The original cloud for this cloud painting formed over the back fence in the alley. I was astounded--I had very little work to do. The little fellow's profile was perfect.

Above you see the original cloud.  Such a sweet little boy blue.

Have a lovely weekend and happy Paint Party Friday!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Sunflower Angel -Postcard Friendship Friday

I posted this back in 2009.  It has been such a busy couple of weeks, I'm re-posting.  

Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers. They are so cheerful and full of sunshine. If you look closely you will see this lovely lady is a sunflower angel. Her wings are hidden. I've met this angel, and she pours goodness and beauty over everyone she meets. What a blessing she is.

Notice the cup of coffee in her hand...or is it peppermint tea?  I will let you decide.

Have a lovely weekend and happy Paint Party Friday!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Happy Birthday Honey -Paint Party Friday

Today is his birthday. 

I drew this for my husband in 1984.  It was our very first Valentine's Day together.  I will always miss my Beloved.  He was so vital and full of life and humor.  I love him so much.

Blessings to each of you today.  May God give you love and joy beyond anything you could think, ask for, or dream.

Happy Paint Party Friday!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Abby's Little Fairy Friend -Paint Party Friday

 I am going to see Abby on her birthday.  I am working on her birthday present--and it is half done.  All that's left to do is to add some color!!!  Isn't my sweet Niecey beautiful?  I hope she likes the idea of a wee whimsical fairy sitting in her hair.

Above is my reference picture of dear Abby.  I adore how she's done her hair.  :D  The camera loves this precious young lady.

Have a beautiful weekend!  Happy Paint Party Friday. 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Grapevines in Spring -Paint Party Friday

Here she is, my Lady of the Grapevines.  I had so much fun putting the detail into this drawing.  One day she will be in my coloring book featuring these beautiful creatures--it will be out sometime next Summer, entitled Fairies, Fine and Fair.

Above you see my lovely models Emily and Melissa.  They are so sweet to pose for me--Melissa on the right, is the young lady featured in this drawing.

It is so beautiful outside today--Spring has finally arrived almost overnight--here in the Willamette Valley.

Have a beautiful weekend!  Happy Paint Party Friday. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Good Morning! -Paint Party Friday

It has been so difficult to be online this time of year with pending taxes and year-end items all combining in one huge cloud of paperwork.  I took some time to draw last week--just a page or two.  I am studying a wonderful book on cloth and how it wrinkles.  This lineart drawing is the result.  I really like drawing cloth.

Have a lovely day, dear ones.  The sun is shining this morning.  I hope you had a lovely weekend, dear Friends.  Happy Paint Party Friday!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Her Prayers -Paint Party Friday

I have been away for quite some time.  I have missed all you wonderful people.  Though it has been nearly two and a half years, this past month has been one of the most difficult since I lost the love of my life.  This is a drawing I did just after he passed away--I completed the lineart version last week.

I hope you enjoy the details.  The sea is a picture of grief--how it is always there--the light house signifies the hope of landing on solid ground and the Light which guides me.  The boat represents courage and strength.  I will battle the rising waves--I will hang on.  The high seas engulfing that tiny craft will soon smooth themselves into peace.

Above you see my lovely model Rena.  I adore this photo--there's a sunbeam coming down upon her.  Something the camera did all on its own.

I hope you have a lovely weekend, dear Friends.  It is good to be back.  Happy Paint Party Friday!

Friday, February 17, 2017

A Time for Weeping -Paint Party Friday

This month has been especially hard for me.  I think of the book of Ecclesiastes, written by King Solomon and found in the Old Testament of the Bible.  He was the wisest man in the world and had a lot of wonderful things to say.  In chapter three, he writes, "there is a time for weeping and a time for laughter."  Ah, how true that is.  This has been a month of tears for me, as I miss my Beloved with all my heart.

David, the Psalmist wrote, The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18) I have felt the crushing burden of grief, hardly able to function under the terrible pain of sadness, missing the love of my life.  Yet there is hope. 

I am trusting the Lord--the One Who loves me--He will bring me through this and there will be joy in the morning.

Have a lovely weekend, dear Friends.  

Friday, February 10, 2017

Fairy Friends -Paint Party Friday

While out of town, taking care of my sweet Grandma who just turned 91, I did a bit of doodling.  Here is what I came up with.  I have always believed cats have wings--they just don't show them when humans are present. But this young lady is a fairy--so she gets to see them.

Toez the Polydactyl Cat, who has claimed me as her human, often wraps her tail around my arm, just so.  Toez still has not shown me her wings.  (grin)

Have a great weekend and Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Cats in the Forest -Paint Party Friday

Speaking of felines, my own furry little friend, Toez the Polydactyl Cat, is comfortably seated between me and my computer, her front paws resting on my forearm as I type.  I laugh, because her head bobs up and down as I press words into the keyboard.

Since I arrived home, she has been so affectionate she's embarrassing herself!  (grin)  The last time I was out of town, she wouldn't look at me, or "speak" to me for two days.  Not this time--she must have missed me, but good.

I adore cats.  This picture started out as a doodle and ended up a full-fledged picture.  I hope you enjoy this bit of lineart.

Have a beautiful day, and Happy Paint Party Friday!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Bachelor Button Faery -Postcard Friendship Friday

This is a drawing from my mind.  The model here is my little niece--who shows up in my artwork all the time without my thinking about it.  This is a Bachelor Button Faery.  I love those flowers with their cheerful sky blue color and how they love to dance in the wind.

I have been away from my computer, on the road.  I have missed you all!  Hope you have a great weekend!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Angelic Warrior -Paint Party Friday

This is a Cloud Painting I made for my middle daughter for Christmas one year.  This Angelic Warrior could be one of my all-time favorite pieces of cloud art.  I love the wings, hair--and the weapon in her hands.

I clicked the original photo from our back yard. 

I find the heavens are full of fascinating and wonderful things, if only one would look up--I have a habit of walking along looking into the skies.  I trip a lot.  (grin)

Above you see this angel as I first saw her.  As you can see--I didn't have to enhance much.

Have a lovely week and Happy Paint Party Friday!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Dreams of Flight -Paint Party Friday

I finally had to take a moment and just draw.  I haven't had much time for art, since just before Christmas.  I couldn't sleep one night and this popped out of my brain.

Years ago I was treated to a hot air balloon ride.  It was an amazing experience--one of the highlights of my life.  It was exactly like I felt as a child when dreaming of flying in the sky high above my home.  To be in the air above the ground in that way seemed so natural and right.  Here this little fairy is dreaming of flying... 

She will be in one of my coloring books someday.  I am happy to announce I did a one-time run for a coloring book--self published and sold a few copies through facebook and by word of mouth.  It has been an exciting time for me.  Now that I see people really seem to like them, I'll be doing one through Amazon.

Have a lovely week and Happy Paint Party Friday!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Lady of the Hill -Paint Party Friday

This is a drawing from last year at this same time.  I added color to it last week and I rather like the way it turned out.  This is my sweet middle daughter, who's beauty and kindness lend enchantment to every piece of art I feature her in. 

It is very cold where we are--for our area of the world 17 degrees is REALLY cold.  I can't remember feeling this cold in my life!  But the sun is shining and it is a new day.

God bless you everyone and Happy Paint Party Friday!