Monday, February 1, 2016

more winter comfort

while the winter temperatures continue to drop outside,
 me and my doodle pencil have been oh-so-happy inside 
channeling lots of goodies on my comfort list.   
for example, a personalized set of "elvie gloves" 
to keep my hands warm….

heading outside wearing
a pair of super cute boots, a beanie, and
 a polka-dot scarf….

wrapping up in a toasty blanket 
while enjoying a bowl of tomato soup and grilled cheese sammie….

wearing a pair of argyle socks and bunny slippers 
while swooning over the intoxicating aroma of 
chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven….

and always, always having a mug of hot chocolate nearby.
(actually, the cookies and hot chocolate goes for any time of the year…!)

it's winter and it's crazy cold outside,
but i'm super happy with so many things that truly warm my heart!

{note:  the only thing i would change about this artwork is the paper.  
this project began as a simple doodle on a piece of textwove paper 
that i randomly pulled out of my drawer.  as i continued to work along,
i really struggled against the softness of the paper and it didn't take
well to erasing at all.  next time i'll definitely grab my favorite
fabriano artistico 140 lb. hot press paper!}

{supplies:  this artwork was created using derwent watercolor and
 inktense pencils and a .3 mechanical pencil on arches textwove paper}

Thursday, January 21, 2016

winter comfort

happy new year!
 after experiencing one of the longest creative-dry-spells ever,
i welcome 2016 with my arms stretched up to the sky
and much joy in my voice!
 woo hoo!

but while i've been busy wrestling with a creative-dry-spell,
Mother Nature has been hard at work 
creating a super cold-spell….yikes!

so, me and my doodle-pencil have been hibernating….

and taking full advantage of all the comforts that winter brings!

{this is a work in progress, lots of blank spaces to be filled…stay tuned!}
supplies:  derwent watercolor and Inktense pencils, .3 mechanical pencil}

Monday, December 21, 2015

merry everything!

from the top, middle, and bottom of my very grateful heart,
i thank you so much for all the love, comments,
personal notes and support you've sent my way this year.
and especially for your sweetness in response to my
"fuzzy wuzzy dad" post,
i'm so very thankful for your kindness.
your words were a big hug of comfort,
and i'm forever grateful to you for
sharing a piece of your heart with me.  xox


i hope you have a beautiful holiday season….
i'm sending you big holly-jolly wishes and
many chocolate-covered hugs for a very
Merry Christmas and happy, creative 2016!

big love,
{and puppy kisses from gidget!  :)) }

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

fuzzy wuzzy dad

this artwork was created with love in remembrance of 
my sweet Dad who recently passed away.

saying this little fuzzy-wuzzy rhyme with him as a young girl
is one of my favorite memories….
partly because of the rhyme, but mostly for the fun of
the tickle-fest that would always come at the end!

Dad was a loving, devoted husband of 57 years to my Mom,
the world's best father and grandfather,
a highly decorated Fighter Pilot in the Air Force,
an avid bass fisherman…

and one of the best art teachers i've ever had.

he taught me the art of whimsy,  the art of keepin' on,
the art of self-discipline,  the art of laughter,  the art of detail,
the art of silliness,  the art of improvisation,  the art of respect,
the art of always living up to your potential, and
 then taking it a step further,
the art of not sweating the small stuff, but
taking the time to see and enjoy the small stuff,
the art of being a friend when i needed a friend, and
 being a dad when i needed a dad,
and most importantly,
the art of always showing the special people in your life
how much you love them.

i'm missing you so much Dad,
and i'm celebrating the pure blessing of being your daughter.

Friday, October 2, 2015

his name was chip

i'm truly honored and super excited to be this week's Featured Artist
over at Documented Life Project 2015 
and i'd like to send out a big hug
and many thanks to the Art to the 5th gals for inviting me!!  woo hoo!

this week's DLP art challenge is to use deli paper on your journal page,
and the prompt is "you had me at hello"….

so, i took the challenge and prompt,
and threw in a bit of chocolate
(because you can never really have enough chocolate, right?)….
and this is my finished journal page,
featuring my zero-calorie chocolate chip cookie made from deli paper!


here's a video showing my entire process from start to finish!
i hope you have tons of fun using deli paper this week!!

thanks again to the gals at DLP!
you can read more about Documented Life Project here.

you can watch this video in larger format here!

Sofft tool, deli paper, micron pens, 6B pencil, watercolor, matte Mod Podge,
heart stamp, Staz On ink pad, washi tape, needle, embroidery floss,
tape runner}

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