Thursday, February 4, 2016

Spring Is In The Air

 well, for now at least!! Thankfully the higher temps are quickly melting all the huge mounds of snow and I can see much of the grass again. And on Monday I was delighted to be greeted by a large group of robins flying overhead and even visiting my yard for worms and leftover crab apples on our tree. I have always thought them to mean spring is truly just around the corner even though sometimes robins will stay year-round.

 The page was painted with some yellow, turquoise and pink paint. then I glued down a gelli printed deli paper over it. The robin and branches was painted with acrylic paints with a touch of colored pencil. Circles were punched from printed papers then enhanced with charcoal pencil. The music notes were stamped using Jet Black Staz-On ink.

 My page was inspired by my photo of one of the robins I had taken, along with this piece:

 It was in a post by fellow blogger Carol who ends her posts with wonderful random thoughts for the day. I LOVE this one with those happy, bright colors!

  I see many of you are doing the 29 faces challenge and I am enjoying all the creative faces you all are posting. I really thought I'd do it this time around but just knew I wouldn't accomplish a face a day. So instead I will share a new face when I get one done. I 'm using a very small book (4" x 4") and plan on filling it with quick face sketches. This is my first entry:

 She was inspired by Jane Davenport's lessons in her book. I used only colored pencils and then just a teeny bit of water to activate some of the lines. This is not watercolor paper so I had to go very lightly. The plan is to do a variety of faces in a variety of mediums such as pencil, pen, paint, oil pastels just for practice.

  BTW- Jessica Sporn is revisiting her posts for her Stencil Test Drive each month and offering a giveaway too! In this post she revisits her frame stencil and I was one of the participating artists (thank you Jessica)! Do have a peek into her gorgeous, colorful art and why not enter the giveaway too?

 OH, anyone watching Downton Abbey??? OMG- I am still shocked by that unexpected scene at dinner!! Never saw THAT coming!! That's all I can say about it in case anyone hasn't seen the last episode yet, but, oh my!

 Linking to Art Journal Journey; Art It Friday- Show Your Face; and Paint Party Friday.

"When Spring returns, the earth becomes a child who recites poetry."    Rainer Maria Rilke

Monday, February 1, 2016

February 1st's Gift

  We have been so fortunate the last few days to have temperatures in the 40's  (and going into the 50's the next two days) to melt away those tremendous piles of snow we've had!

 Being it is now February my thoughts are definitely on Valentine's Day- my favorite holiday along with Thanksgiving, and getting closer to spring. To my absolute delight and surprise I was greeted by a large group of birds like this one taken in my back yard this afternoon:

When the robins appear they are a sure sign that spring is not far away! And I will choose to take this sign any day over what any groundhog may reveal tomorrow (Groundhog Day) as to whether we have 6 more weeks of winter if he sees his shadow, or if he doesn't and we have an early spring. I watched the robins digging up their worms in my yard and singing and it truly made my heart do a happy dance!!

 There is a new theme over at Art Journal Journey  . I was hoping to have a completed journal page to enter but alas that didn't happen. Here is the WIP:

 Napkins and some gelatos...and then my muse just up and left-hmph! Thankfully she WAS with me when I made these cards:

  My cards and ornaments are almost all finished by using a pouch of Valentine scraps of papers and bits so I'll share the rest in my next post.

 Linking to Moo Mania and More (Use Your Scraps); the Simon Wednesday Challenge (Anything Goes); and T Stands for Tuesday.

 Wishing you all a wonderful week, and whatever makes YOU break out into the happy dance!

   " Keep your love of nature, for that is the true way to understand art more and more."  
                                                                                                                    Vincent Van Gogh

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

When A Blizzard Strikes...

  ...what do YOU do??  As most of you have read or seen on TV or experienced yourselves, much of the northeast got HAMMERED - many places with over 30 inches of snow over the weekend!!! We were one of those places- 31.2" total when all was said and done late Sat. night! Our local news deemed it was a blizzard in our area-dropping sometimes more than 3 " an hour with blowing winds and very little visibility! People lost power in various areas and although we got lucky I tried to prepare by baking and cooking extra meals and keeping the grill attainable if need be. Hopefully none of you lost power either! I feel especially badly for the shoreline towns which were again devastated by flooding and my thoughts and prayers go out to all.

 So of course I have some pics to show :

    I didn't get another pic of the final 31.2" cuz hubby went and dumped the heavy snow off the back patio roof-onto the picnic table and then cleaned it off.

                                                   view from the back door

                                                 view from the front porch

         our son's car-it's there somewhere! He was away in Killington, Vermont for a long weekend-and guess what ? They didn't get one snowflake!!!

  and poor old Annie-I had to shovel a path every hour before she would venture out!

 Enough of that. Hot coffee and a snack:

  A most delicious molasses muffin! The house was filled with a gingerbread aroma. These muffins are packed with a rich, comforting flavor and yet are light and not so sweet. Hubby loved them so much I just made a second batch! We both wish to thank Elizabeth very much for the easy recipe she provided in this post. And speaking of,  do come visit also at Elizabeth's T Stands for Tuesday-you just never know what kind of treat you'll find amongst the link ups!

           Wanna know more about this piece?  You can find the details  HERE.

  One last bit of art for this week:

  Another winter wonderland journal page! Again, (my habit as of late) the image was printed - correction- painted over a gelli plate deli paper print glued to the page. The snowflakes are glittery foam stickers. Linking to Art Journal Journey (winter wonderland theme);  Art It Friday- Show Your Face; Paint Party Friday.

  Hope you are all safe and warm, and thanks so much to my newest followers, along with those of you who have stuck around for so long. Mwah!

 " I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug; you know, with a white quilt. And perhaps it says 'go to sleep darlings, till the summer comes again'. "          Lewis Carroll

Thursday, January 21, 2016

A Winter Storm Approaching?

 Well, tis the season. As of this moment our local forecasters are predicting it to begin Fri. eve and end Sun. AM with an accumulation of  up to 12 inches along with gusty winds and possible power outages! It can snow but I pray we don't lose power. Looks like many of the northeast and coastal states south of PA will be dealing with this too. Whatever comes there's no choice but to accept it. I'll embrace the time indoors to do some more decluttering along with art and reading. What will YOU do?

 Speaking of winter here is another page I have done for the winter wonderland theme going on this month at Art Journal Journey:

 The page began with another of my gelli plate deli paper prints.  Several blues and white acrylic were mixed on a brush to paint the hills of snow. Then my snowman was painted on. Words are digitally added. It was all I could think of as he does look VERY happy in the snow! Know who this famous snowman is??  You can find out at the end of the post:)

 My other art to share for today is a practice page and my first finished piece as part of my newest online class called Nature's Canvas (painting faces on sticks, branches and driftwood). It's taught by Tania Bains. This is a perfect combination for my love of nature and desire to continue learning techniques for painting faces! There is so much content and videos packed into this class and I am thrilled to have found it just by checking on a link my friend Patty had in a blog post.
 Have you ever done that? You know, just clicked on a link that ended up taking you somewhere delightfully unexpected?  Oh do share!

 Practicing quick sketches of faces:

 And my first painted face-on an oak leaf:

  I was actually surprised and so happy about  how well this came out! It's hard to see but there are lots of layers on her face and in her hair. And now another leaf is waiting to be painted:) I am just dying to try driftwood and sticks but it is WAY too cold for me to go out looking for any right now. The leaves I can find in my own (or my neighbor's) back yard.

  Oh, and before I forget-the snowman? He's Olaf from the movie 'Frozen'! At least, he's my version-my son says I put weight on him:)

  Linking to Art It Friday - Show Your Face , Art Journal Journey, and Paint Party Friday. I'll be around to visit throughout the next few days-provided we don't lose power-fingers crossed.

                                " If you want to be happy, be."        Leo Tolstoy

Monday, January 18, 2016

A Celebration...Or Two!

 Another week has gone by and we are nearing the end of January-already??? Hope this week has begun on a good note for everyone. In my last T post I mentioned we were expecting to get some of our first snow-and we did!! Tuesday evening presented us with a wicked but fascinating snow squall! Thankfully it didn't last long and I even went out and got some photos of it-just for YOU:) Scroll down to the end for the art part.

  I had no idea what I would get because the snow was blowing on my camera and in my face but I thought that last two which appear to have orbs floating around were pretty cool!

 Hubby had a birthday this past Sunday so first we celebrated Sat. night by going out to eat at one of several favorite places downtown-the Hotel Bethlehem.  Our crab cake dinners were fabulous-no fillers in those cakes!:

and the manager whom we got to know came over and offered Bill dessert on the house!

                         He chose a molten lava cake and enjoyed every bite.

 Sunday I made a traditional spaghetti and meatball dinner with homemade sauce, salad, Tuscan garlic bread, and a homemade chocolate cake (hubby's request). Our son and his girlfriend and my Mom came over. We began with champagne and opening of gifts:

                               Mom insisted I show off the whole apron:):)

                               Opening the fun gift I got him which was this....

 an Elvis Presley Bobblehead!! And knowing my Mom would LOVE this herself I got her one too!! I only got this because Bill mentioned something about having one when we were discussing Elvis while his Peanut bobblehead was looking on:) My son and I joked about this being the way we like Elvis-silent-ha ha!! However, Elvis music was on the CD player all evening cuz after all , it was Bill's birthday.  Elvis came along to sing happy birthday too:

 We all had such a blast and laughed the night away, and I must say it was a perfect evening!
Here's to my T Stands for Tuesday gals, and especially Deb :). Personally I got enough Elvis, so that should last for another year (at least when I'm home:)!

 I managed to squeeze in some art by doing this journal page:

  I bet most of you know what artist this inspiration came from! As for my new online class I just began delving into it so you will have to wait until my next post later this week to see some art etc.
Linking this to  Try It On Tuesday (theme is "silhouettes" ), along with Art Journal Every Day later this week.

 Be well, and have a wonderful rest of the week!

                               " Life is a celebration, enjoy it well."        Uruj Shahid