Monday, March 23, 2015

Woke up to snow this morning. Not very much but better than nothing. Now that our apricot trees are bloomed out it has froze twice which usually happens every year anyway. This last week I have still been enjoying my Prismacolor pencils. I ordered Prismacolor verithin color pencils for details and Prismacolor stix for coloring in backgrounds. Hopefully some of the artworks will be nice enough to matt and frame which I really hate getting into. Most of the inexpensive frames are plastic or some kind of foam and the ready made matts don't come in enough variety of colors. Back to Dick Blick, they do provide the right stuff but getting all the goodies to do it right is expensive so it will have to wait awhile. If I would just quit buying art supplies I could save. Ha!  Mean while there is enough to do. With the days getting warmer there is all that grass and weeds taking over. Then there is the garden which I plan on doing very little but maintaining what is doing well and that's to much. I'm posting some more photos of color pencil work and more older painting on gemstone. Hope your next week is great! 
 March 23, 2015 snow on warner mountains.
 Mouse in color pencils.5"x7"
 Evan, our grandson in color pencil and watercolor. Approximately 8"x10"
 Quail on mahogany obsidian. 4"x6"
Painted with acrylic on rock slab. 6"x9"
Mixed media: watercolor and color pencil. 9"x12"

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Artwork Posting Continues!

I'm back. Can't post all the pictures as needed. Our internet is so slow that I'm going to try again. Hopefully I can post a mixed media of our Granddaughter Krista, another unfinished color pencil and some more acrylic on gemstones. Thanks!

Krista, our Granddaughter, mixed media 9x12"

Prisma Colored pencil portrait in process, 9x12" Kona Classic toned artist paper.

Canadian Geese 4"x 6" on Rainbow Obsidian, mined above Davis Creek Ca. "older commission" Gemstone quality.
This piece has a backdrop of Eagle Peak with refuge scene.

 Approximately 9x4 1/2" painted on pink onyx. One of my favorite gemstones! "Sold at Art Show'

Prisma C.P. used on Kona Classic Paper. She has mule deer eyes along with mini antlers. 8x10"

Foxy on kona Classic, 8x10 inches, Prisma C.P.

Gypsy's Portrait on Obsidian and Color Pencil Portraits

We have had no winter except for freezing nights and now an early spring. I'm trying very hard to stay away from the new seed catalogs. They have sent another set just to torture me. I think I will be spending enough time just keeping everything wet. If the well doesn't go dry.  For right now the apricot trees are blooming and new green leaves are beginning to get thicker as each day goes by.

My clay is still waiting to be manipulated into dolls but colored pencils will not leave me alone. The days are not long enough. I sit down to do some sketching and look up at the clock and 4 hours have gone by. I will post some artwork using Prisma color pencils. The tan paper is Kona Classic, acid free and recycled it takes the color pencils very well. I have really enjoyed it. My daughter told me about it so I made another order to Dick Blick for different sizes as well as some more color pencils.  A couple of the colored pencil studies will need more work but thought I would post them anyway. I do like the challenge as well as watercolors. I am also hoping that the flat work will help with my sculptures. I will soon find out.

One of the photos enclosed is of my friend Betsy's horse. She and her family have many horses, goats, cattle and now and then a pig or two or three or four. The ranch is huge and beautiful. The photo was from a second batch. The light was not right the first day and I went back a month or so later and took several photos with better light. ( Good light is everything). Her little horse has gypsy bloodlines mixed with  Shetland and whatever else, I don't know but she is pretty and a sweetie. This is just a head shot painted in acrylics on mahogany obsidian and coated 2 times with envirotex.

 Wow! a big fat droopy fly just went by in front of my face. Now I suppose that means early summer! Ha!   Well until next time Best Wishes!