June 23, 2015

having fun with watercolor

A lot has been happening around here. School is out for Hannah and Nathaniel, so our daily schedule has changed quite a bit. Trying to keep those 2 busy is a job in itself! I've had some job changes so new doors are opening and I am looking forward to all that lay ahead. In the midst of it all, I've had a chance to play with some new pieces and pick up my watercolors again. I always seem to forget how much I love watercolors.

I've kept most of these pieces small (5x7) so that I could work on different styles and designs without committing to anything too large yet. I am still having such a hard time committing to just one medium or one style. I absolutely love, love, love them all! I couldn't even claim a favorite color if I tried. Do most artists go through this? It is so hard to market what I do with such a wide-ranged style. As a graphic designer I often have to produce a specific style according to the clients requests, so I am used to creating a different 'look' from one job to another. I guess that's where some of this comes from, but really, I have always been this way. Is it a curse or a blessing? I'll just keep creating what is in my heart and God will take care of the rest!

May 3, 2015

let's catch up...

Time just goes by much too fast around here. I'm sure you're familiar. Kids, teaching, work, art projects, home projects....well, LIFE! Blog-time has suffered though I have to confess....I have really become quite enamored with Instagram and well, that's where I've been instead. Is that a bad thing? Feeling a little guilty for not being here, too. So let's catch up a little....

Hannah and Nathaniel in Miami visiting the Wynwood Walls
Hannah and Nathaniel are always keeping me on my toes. They are growing so fast and silly as ever. They are both Scouts and school keeps them extra busy, too. We've even worked in a few adventures in the midst of it all. Gotta slip in some fun to balance it all out!!

Big-Eyed Fish, Acrylic,  24" x 24"
On my end, in-between the teaching and work, I have been able to get some projects started and completed.....commission pieces and works for inventory. This little guy I started back in 2011, I think. 2011!! For some reason I never finished his eye and the poor guy just sat there year after year while other projects were started and completed. Crazy!! 2015 was the year to give him an eye...and so I did!! I like him. He's quirky and bright and colorful. Fun!!

String Art Elephant, Gift for Hannah

String art. What fun! I don't think I've done one of these since high school. My photos aren't great but the thread is metallic silver and the wood is stained the most iridescent plum color. Very pretty and best of all, Hannah loved it.

Vintage Bible Page, Pen & Ink, Prismacolor Colored Pencils (approx 5"x7.5"), Incomplete
I've worked on lots of vintage bible and book pages and still need to photograph them all. Once I do, I will post those. This one I had started of Daniel in the Lions Den received so much attention and requests that it made me come to realize I really needed to consider prints for the bible pages. I didn't think it was something I was going to consider, but I am definitely rethinking that original idea. So much to think through when you are trying to develop your business.

So many more projects to show you, but will have to wait for another day.
Until then...Blessings!
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