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!


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.

Some new artwork

Together, mixed media

Well, as usual, time has lapsed between posts!  December flew by with lots going on.  On top of hosting Christmas parties and finishing up the holiday shopping, I also started River Runners at Sunday River again.  I missed my kiddos so much.  They really aren’t kiddos anymore though, a few of them might be taller then me pretty soon.  Pre-Teenagers…….oh jeez, lots of energy and lots of socializing.  Should be a great season, I just wish we had more snow! Please?!

For holiday gifts, I made my girlfriends each a piece of artwork and some cute ceramic miniature houses.  It was so much fun to settle into the creative process for a few weeks.  I also left all my materials scattered around the apartment.  I don’t have a studio space to work in.  I set up shop on the kitchen island and that means I have to pick up after myself after each session.  Very annoying when you aren’t really done with a project.  So, for the holiday madness, I decided to ignore the mess and the anxiety I feel around it for a couple weeks so that I could get some things done.  It also helped to have a deadline!

The above picture is just one of the 9 pieces I made.  I went with a theme about women and the courage to believe and live our lives fully.  I used various mixed media techniques and lots of various materials.  My favorites were my Zig writer pens, Copic pens, Golden acrylics, and various stamps.


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.

Reach for the Stars

The past couple weeks have been difficult.  It has been hard to maintain a positive attitude when life seems to keep throwing curve balls my way.

My stepmother passed away a couple weeks ago.  She was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer and lost the battle after only seven months.   When something like that happens to anyone, you feel it is not fair.   With Faye, it seemed extremely unfair.  She was the kindest person I have ever met.  Her devotion to anyone in her life was never questioned.  She loved fiercely and everyone that met her instantly adored her.     I feel short changed, because I only knew her for seven years.

It is one of those love stories you hear about.  Faye and my Dad had known each other since they were kids and after high school lost touch with each other.  Thirty-five years later at their high school reunion, they found each other and fell in love.    It was the kind of love most people spend their entire lives looking for.   For my sister and me, we felt that Dad had finally got what he deserved.  Happiness.

It seems unfair, that my Dad’s love story was cut short.   I look at him and see how lost he is with out her.  When she finally let go, my dad sobbed.  He picked her up in his arms and wrapped her arms around him.  It is unfair that Faye’s life was cut short.  The hundreds of people that showed up to pay tribute to her life demonstrated the impact she had on everyone’s life.   As her best friend said, she may not be physically with us anymore,  but she will live on forever in our hearts.  Our smiles will be a reflection of her impact on our lives.

After lots of reflection on Faye’s life and how she chose to spend it, I realized that I hope to spend my life the same way.  I hope to make people smile and treat them with the same amount of kindness.   I know that it takes a special kind of person to create that kind of life.   I may not be able to do it just like Faye, but I am sure gonna try.

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.

Plagued by illness and injury

Have you ever had strep throat?  This is my first time with the very uncomfortable, almost too painful for words, sore throat.  I woke up Monday morning with what I thought was the sore throat segue into cold thing.  Tuesday morning, my throat felt small and it was difficult to swallow.  It brought tears to my eyes every time I had the need to swallow!  Now eating or drinking, well forget it!  I think I have lost 5 pounds since Monday.  I’m ok with that!   Well, on my drive to school, I started thinking about what might be wrong with me and strep came to mind.  At school, I quickly researched symptoms online.  Looked at my throat in the mirror and saw white patches…..ew!  Decided I best be getting out of school and called the doctors.

Luckily the doctors were able to squeeze me in for a check on my throat.  The doctor said my throat didn’t look happy.  You think?  They did a throat culture that confirmed it.  24 hours after taking penicillin, I feel so much better.  It still is uncomfortable to swallow or eat, but nothing like yesterday!

O yea, and did I mention that I have been dealing with an ankle sprain for a couple months?  I was afraid to have it looked at.  i don’t want them to tell me I can’t ski.  So I have been taping it and doing my best to ignore the pain.  Well I finally got an air cast for it yesterday and it already feels much better.  I think I should have looked into that cast a long time ago!

With all that has been going on, I did manage to make a new illustration!  I finally feel like I have captured Pepper’s personality in this illustration!  Let me know what you think!


Yay! It’s Friday! Last week it felt like we were finally having winter. This week it feels like spring! I have my classroom window open and can hear the kiddos yelling at recess. I don’t think I am ready for those sounds or for spring yet. I want to keep skiing! I want more snow!

This afternoon I will be performing the dance moves to Thriller with my 4th and 5th graders. We learned the dance at Summer camp. It took a lot to learn it and the kids wanted to have an encore. Why not! It was so much fun to learn and it is nice to brag about!

Here are a few drawings I was able to squeeze in this week. The first drawing was for Illustration Friday. The topic was Perspective. Enjoy!

Valentine Designs

Quick post to show you two pieces I created for Valentines Day!  I am looking forward to skiing all next week and taking a break from the classroom.  I also have a picture of a piece of art I created when I was 11 years old.  I gave it to my Grandmother because she loves loons.  Well, she gave it back to me for Christmas and it has been proudly displayed in my classroom.

Tuesday Pizza Night

During the winter months Tuesday nights are spent at the Matterhorn Ski Bar eating pizza and enjoying a drink with friends.   There are very few Tuesdays that  I have not spent there when the snow is flying.  I look forward to the opportunity to get out mid-week and socialize.  After leaving there last night, I was struck with an idea for a new illustration.  Well honestly, a few illustrations.  Let me know what you think.

These were some doodles in my sketchbook that developed into a design……i kinda like them.