Illustration Friday

I have been following Illustration Friday just to see what artists’ come up with for ideas.  I am not sure what inpsired me today, because it was a crazy day.  At lunch time, I was already drained and ready for the weekend, but had the strong urge to draw instead of eat my lunch.  So I took Surrender and immediately started to draw.  I was inspired by the idea of embarrassment.  When I am embarrassed, you know it, because my whole face turns red and all I want to do is hide.

So.. ta-dah!  Here is my idea of surrender!

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Falling Snow

So far, I am sticking to my weekly posts!  Yay me!  Well this is a day late, but I blame it on the snow falling yesterday.  I started this yesterday morning after my last class of the day.   The snow was gracefully falling from the sky.  The forecast predicted that Mother Nature had an angrier snowstorm in mind for later in the day with threats of freezing rain.  Well, the snow continued to fall in big white shapes all day and we were dismissed early from school.  So I put my blog post on hold so that I could enjoy an afternoon of play.

Before the snow storm, I enjoyed a much needed three day weekend.  I skied really hard with my River Runners on Saturday and Sunday.  We finally got a decent amount of snow; it was much needed on the mountain.  Saturday morning we skied at Barker and Spruce.  American Express and Right Stuff had some great snow and we carved out some great turns.  In the afternoon we traveled over to Jordan and Oz for a few runs on Eurkea, and Rogue Angel.

Sunday morning we skied at Aurora Peak; with a two runs on Vortex and couple runs on Airglow and Black Hole.  I was very proud of my River Runners.  They will be taller then me pretty soon, but man, they are really good skiers!  They make me laugh and push my buttons at the same time.

With all the skiing I have been getting in; I have also been drawing up a storm. Haha!  Still trying to stay focused with my creative ideas and manage to get in some creating time every day.  It may only be for a few minutes or a couple hours.  Here is my latest watercolor drawing.  Mostly just a study for a future painting. I actually went back and made the girls dress more orange.  There wasn’t much difference between it and her skin.  I just didn’t get a chance to re-take the photo.

New drawings

I have been a busy bee drawing almost every day!  That is a huge accomplishment for me.  I often times get caught up only doing what I need to and forget to stop and spend time doing something I enjoy.  I was driving home from school one day and started paying attention to things that I usually just drive by.  It made me think about how much I miss day to day because I am used to it or just take it for granted.  Since that day, I have been making a point of paying attention to everything that happens.  It just amazes me how much we all miss when we just go through the motions of our daily lives.

I am also trying to fit “creative time” into my routine when I get home from work.  So far, so good.  Most of the time it is sitting on the couch with the tv on and my sketchbook and markers out on the coffee table.  I am pretty good at drawing and watching tv.  Not sure how I do it, but it works.

Drawing was always  more of a chore for me, mostly because I didn’t think I was ever really good at it.  This past year, I have discovered a style of drawing that works for me.  I always felt that drawing was suppose to be realistic and precise.  Well, after eight years teaching elementary art, I realized it is more fun and more challenging to draw with a more whimsical, child-like approach.

Hopefully I can get some more posts up with more snapshots of my work.  Enjoy!

Wind will send my dreams flying

I was about to say good morning, but it is clearly afternoon!  I might have slept in this morning.  I didn’t get to bed until after midnight, so I think it is ok that I slept until 11am!   I needed it, I didn’t do much teaching in a classroom this week, but it was eventful!  Went off with the 5th grade to work on leadership and team building skills at 4-H camp and then off to a conference yesterday.  Phew!

Haven’t had a lot of time to sit down and work on some creative endeavors.  I did sit down today to work on a gift for my friend Stephanie.  She is getting married today!  So happy for her and Brian!  It will be a fun time this afternoon celebrating with all my friends!

Above is a glimpse of my kitchen island where I worked on a watercolor painting for the love birds.  I am waiting for it to dry so that I can add the last details and then mat it!  I really hope they like it!  I wish both of them love everyday, unexpected kisses from each other, smiles from across the room, fun filled days, quiet moments, spur of the moment adventures, and humor to keep them going.

No Matter Where I Go….I have supportive Friends

Micron pen 8x10" sketchbook drawing

Hey everyone, thanks for the supportive comments on facebook after my last post.  It means a lot to know I have such great friends that care!  I don’t have many emotional days anymore but a few sneak in here and there and it helps me to get my feelings out.  I have had a much better couple days and feel very inspired.

I have a strong desire to sit down and create.  Lots of ideas brewing and no time to place them on paper.  My schedule is frantic these days.  Hopefully I can find some down time tonight to work at home.  Probably not but it doesn’t mean I wont try.  Christmas is right around the corner and my goal is to make things for close friends and family members.  I better get working because the ski season is quickly coming and we all know that when the snow flies I want to be making turns on the snow.

Thanks again for all the positive energy you have sent my way!

A New Direction

I had painted this large canvas a few weeks back with greens and blues.  I wanted to explore different techniques that would create various textures.  I smeared glue on the surface and then let it dry a little before I painted on top of it.  It created a really fun crackling surface that you can see in the blue sky.  I also used some saran wrap to create some fun texture in the tree and grass.  After that, the painting sat by my door awaiting a spark of creativity from me.  It stared at me, I stared at it and we played this game until I finally had the courage to try painting something new.  I wanted to add something whimsical and very child like.  So I dove into my sketchbooks and found a drawing I had done last year of two kids.  It was very cartoon-like but I enjoyed the simplicity of my drawing.  So I added them into my painting and changed a few things to make the couple look a bit older.  I also wanted to add some fun owls in love perching in the tree.  I am pretty happy with the outcome.  I might work on the house a little more.  It doesn’t feel finished yet.  I am proud of myself for going in a different direction with my painting and adding in my love for illustration.  The use of acrylic paint and markers was a fun exploration!  Tell me what you think?

Summer vacation!!!

IMG_0281 by luvsnow.

Jake is ready for Summer and so am I!

The time is finally here, SUMMER VACATION!!  I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t ready for a break.  Don’t get me wrong, I adore all my students.  Really, truly, honestly I do!  There comes a time every year though, when I need a break to collect myself and regain my strength.  I need a little time to miss them and then I will be already to start a new year with fresh ideas and new energy!

What am I saying!  I don’t actually get a vacation….I work all summer at our school day camp!  Bahhh, what a short lived dream I just had.  I do get to work with the kids in a different way.  At camp it is a little more relaxed and I have WAY more fun because I get to be a bit more silly and build some wonderful friendships that being a “teacher” doesn’t always allow.

I have a few goals for the summer that go beyond my usual reading list, weekend get-aways, and family get togethers.  I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY want to focus on getting myself into a “create my own artwork” mode!  I keep having this great dream where I am selling my own work and getting lots and lots of requests for artwork!  It makes me smile just thinking about it.  I also have this dream that one day I will have my own studio where I can teach private art groups during the summer.  I think a two week summer camp style class in my studio through out the summer would be great!  What you do you think?  I am not sure if I could get enough kids/parents interested in this, but I am gonna keep investigating and dreaming about it!

New Pens and Markers

I think I might have found a new obsession.  I absolutely adore using my pens and markers right now.  I have been very attracted to using patterns within my work and have found that my Staedtler pens and new Faber Castell pens are perfect for the job.   Now I don’t know if I am in love with what I am creating, but it is a fun process none the less.

I do miss working with Jake and Pepper as subject matter though.  I will have to re-visit those two cute puppy dogs again soon.  They just have the funniest personalities to try and capture on paper.  Jake was much easier to illustrate with his folded ear and fun little tail.  Pepper on the other hand, is my challenge.  Maybe it is because she is my dog and I know her so well.

San Francisco Imagination

Height of Land-but ended up looking like something else

On another note, the ski season has come to an end for me.  Not only is my ankle telling me to slow down but the snow has quickly melted away up at Sunday River and I can’t bear to ski between mud patches  and grass.  I would rather call it a season and count down the days to next season.  For now, I am fine with allowing Spring to breeze in and make everything green again.

My last day of skiing, well I only took one run folks, was enjoyed with some great friends and my wonderful mom!  We enjoyed margaritas and dancing.  It was a good time!

Happy St. Patricks Day!

I am pretty sure that I have very little Irish descent in my blood line, but I still love this day!   It’s a good thing too, I didn’t want to be pinched for not wearing green!

Worked on a new piece today during my break…..another inspiring piece to keep me going!  I tried to think of one word adjectives to describe myself!  I was able to come up with a lot!  Does that mean I am full of myself?

Journal entries

I feel so much better today!  I wasn’t sure if school was a great idea last night, but this morning I awoke with a much better feeling in my throat and my head!

Last night I couldn’t sleep….go figure.  So I worked in my journal and created some new entries.  I have been doing a lot of soul searching lately and have felt the need to write down anything that keeps me positive.