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Yep, more lampwork

Thursday, October 27, 2011
 I'm still processing more photos of beady babies.  Hopefully, I will get some more sets up on Etsy.  The shop is still kinda lean.
 I've also have a pile of Mooner list as well.
 Here lately, I've also been working with Bob (the hubby) with his show schedule too.  Plus I'm now showing jewelry, 2-D work, with Bob's baskets at the Art Bank.  So I've had to break away to set up the display there.  Plus...well, it will be great to be back in the swing of First Fridays again.
Later Gators,

Drive By...working in my Etsy Shop...FINALLY

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

It's good to be back...I'm in the process of filling up my Etsy shop.

Later Gators,

New Watercolor...well mixed wet media is more like it...Mouse, my cat

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
I've been working with Mouse, my cat, as a model with many of my drawings in my sketchbook.  This time I decided to work on loose paper instead.  

Arches 140lb with Daniel Smith watercolors, pen & ink, and Turner Acryl Gouache.  The gouache is fabulous to work with!!!!

Later Gators,

Sketches at Fall Foliage

Thursday, October 13, 2011
I've recently had to ask myself, is visual journaling worth the time?  The answer is yes.  It has made a huge difference in my creativity but even more so to both my paintings and drawing skills. 

Onsite drawing differs from only drawing from a photo.  Mostly because of the way our eyes view the vista.  A camera lens will turn the photo into a 2-D image...anyway, it does make a difference.  My work isn't as flat as it used to me. 

 The above and below are close ups of the spread.  With the weather changing though, I will most likely be working off of photos. 
Back to work with me...I've got lots to do...back to glass.

Later Gators,

Sights of Fall

Monday, October 10, 2011
 It was a busy week...into a busy weekend.  Bob's first outdoor show was at Fall Foliage...which had very low gate attendance.  It was still nice to go to a festival.  I've got lots and lots of rough drawings to finish up in watercolor, sketchbook only.  I've taken enough pictures to maybe do a large watercolor of a couple of scenes. 

The below is in a Moleskine sketchbook that I finished up yesterday.  Currently, since I've put bird seed in the feeders, I've been almost under attack sitting outside.  They are fearless. :-)  They also pay no attention to Briggs...the wonder Sheltie. 

 The colors of fall are wondrous this year...

Ok...back to getting some work done. 
Later Gators,

Today is a Cat day...the yarn harlot...entry in my visual journal

Thursday, October 06, 2011

She sits in sunbeams, fully relaxed yet fully alert...listening to the sounds of the sidewalk.

She is curious with a tail a quivering, and wonders of her stratosphere.

She is an explorer and hunter; she wants to chase crickets -or- be the yarn harlot she is.

Now for what's happening...I'm helping Bob get ready for his first outdoor show with baskets. Plus photography...beady I'm not in the best of moods right now. Photography is the bain of my existance...when when it comes to glass.

Later Gators!

ZIG Calligraphy Pen Review...Coffee...Mouse, the wonder kitty

Wednesday, October 05, 2011
I'm normally overjoyed by certain packages…things that contain either glass or paint.  Pretty much all my raw materials arrive via by USPS or FedEx sometimes UPS.  I live in the art supply store wastelands of Indianapolis.  The closest is a drive to Evansville to Dick Blick or for glass, Bloomington to ABR.   Anyway, I splurged this time and ordered some ZIG Calligraphy pens. 

They are acid free, archival, pigment ink, nice color selection, double ended (2mm and 5mm), and will work on watercolor paper with great ink flow.  The last one, well, is one the harder traits to find.  They are a quick dry, waterproof, fade proof, and lightfast per Kauetake.  They don't bleed or feather either. I have tested for some of these claims and I’m really impressed with them so far.  The only thing is that they need to be stored horizontally to keep both tips well inked. Also, make sure that you hear a snap when you put the cap back on...they don't always catch well.

These pens are wonderful in journals and sketchbooks.  More so when you have handwriting like mine.  I’ve never really been into fancy letters…great to view but I really didn’t want to spend the time learning.  These pens make it much easier for me.

On another topic, I've been working more with pen and ink studies...then sometimes adding watercolor.  The above is a sketchbook spread with Mouse being the main subject matter.  Normally she's quick and playful...but she can be bribed with with treats. :-)

Gotta go...time to get some work done around here.

Later Gators,

Update and Wild Things...

Saturday, October 01, 2011
It is beautiful rain, cloudless sky, and a bit cool.  Perfect beadmaking weather.  Bob and I have a couple of things to get to Pet Smart for cat food, those sort of things...then I'm on the torch.  I was on the torch until late last night. 

Hopeful...I keep saying that, I will get the 100 or so beadsets photographed this coming week and get them posted on Etsy. 

I finally got to the eye doc...yep, new glasses.  Ya know, sometimes it really sucks getting old.

The below is something that I painted in my sketchbook this was quick but interesting.

There is a beauty and grace to wild things.  Some like big cats, bears, and hurricanes are better seen from afar.

Later Gators!