Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Art Classes, Pastel Pigs and a New Painter

I am so tired right now, but after three classes in Round Rock today and a two hour workshop at Jerry's Artarama tonight; I also feel very lucky.  I get to do what I love, teach art.  :-)

Earlier in the day my 4-5yr olds painted papers for Eric Carle style caterpillars, then my 6-8 yr olds made Van Gogh style flowers in vases with oil pastels, and then my 9 -12 yr olds made chalk pastel PIGS and they turned out super cute!! (Not that the other projects weren't super cute too, but I forgot to take pictures of them. ha!)  :-D

Then I ended the day teaching an adult class with just one student (because three people didn't show) at Jerry's, we had fun, and he did an awesome job, AND it was his first time ever doing any kind of painting!!

We did a seascape in watercolor, and a simple landscape in acrylic.


Saturday, February 25, 2012


This was a long week, but in some ways a nice one.  Earlier in the week, I traveled with family to attend the funeral of a family member.  Although it was a very sad occasion, it was nice to spend a little time with the family that was there.

After getting back into town, my friend, Carin, offered to have people over for snacks and for me to practice teaching a book binding lesson.  Turns out I have several kinks to work out, so it was a good idea.  Ha.
This Saturday morning, I am letting the stresses of this week go while enjoying a warm cup of Spiced Fig tea with honey, and planning my next attempt at a two hour book binding lesson. 

Hope everyone is having a relaxing, stress free Saturday!

P.S. - This was my "brunch" today... I have a problem... (admitting is the first step to recovery right?!)

Ham and cheese filled brioche.  Lord  help me, they're delicious!!!  :-P

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Little drawings and paintings

I can't wait until I get my facial identification catalog!  I plan to "go to town" on drawing for my forensic portfolio as soon as I can. While I wait, I've been working on sketching and watercolor painting.
Tonight, I've just been playing around with and sketching with watercolor pencils, and playing with filters on my recently downloaded GIMP program.  Not sure why I liked the blue filter.  Just did.  It's a wonder I've been able to get any drawing done, my eyes have been so blurry the past week or so.  I'm hoping it's just allergies and they will get back to normal soon.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Spiced Fig Tea, Tiger Time, Drawing, Painting, and Hulu... sigh...

This morning, with my cat Dolly behind me, and my little Tigerlily snuggled up next to me, I am determined to get some of my creative ideas out of my head and onto paper, etc. Spiced Fig Tea from the Steeping Room, here in Austin is one of those tea blends that just gives me a cozy feeling when I drink it (especially with a little honey added). I've been listening to a wren singing outside my home. I've only spotted her once, and she was SO cute. I think Bewick's wrens are my favorite birds. They have such a cute little song, and they are also so silly and ridiculous with the way they build their little nests in some of the strangest places. Still between the wren and some photos I found of a neighbor's morning glories and cardinal climber, and a pic of red cypress vine. I am inspired to begin painting some images of birds and flowers. (Hmmm... there's a handsome cardinal out there tempting me to paint him too.) I think my workshop this past Thursday on O'Keeffe Poppies inspired me to attempt painting more images of birds and flowers, something I haven't done much of in the past. It kind of seems strange, considering that plants and gardening are some of my favorite things in the world.

Happy Sunday, and wish me luck. I hope to post some images of my work later today.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Art Night Out - O'Keeffe Poppy

Last night at Jerry's Artarma, I hosted an Art Night Out
workshop, where I taught a watercolor painting lesson on Georgia O'Keeffe style poppies. What fun! Here are some of the beautiful paintings.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Ladies Art Night Out!

This Thursday, February 9th from 7 - 9, I will be teaching a Ladies Art Night Out workshop on Georgia O'Keeffe poppies.  Sign up and bring along some friends!  You are welcome to bring snacks and wine with you to Jerry's Artarama off I-35 for the workshop.  All art materials will be provided.

Hope to see you there!