Tuesday, October 23, 2012

5 year Blog-a-versary

I missed it.  October 10th was my blog's 5 year mark!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

(Scarbrough) City Grocery - Complete

Tonight I finished Scarbrough City Grocery.  Who would have thought?  Shhh, don't tell Dad.  He will find out in 2 months!  I almost blew it this weekend when he was here.  He was helping me carry something and started up the stairs!

I had to include this 'behind the scenes' picture.  I did some furniture moving this weekend so my helper is stuck to me like glue....a little unsure!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

City Grocery Round 3 - YES 3

After visiting Oxford this weekend I was determined it was time to finish this once and for all.  (I started this in 2010...embarrassing.)  I have honestly been scared and intimidated and was not crazy about where the painting was headed.  I was able to use a working varnish to bring it back to blending life...slightly.  Worst case scenario....I mess it up.  Best case scenario....Dad has a Christmas gift.  Wish me luck.  This one has more lines than Square Books (I didn't think that was possible)!  It is possible I could finish this in one more sitting...definitely two.

 Then I can work on my next piece.  Here is the inspiration.  Yes, it is a picture from a picture (the original picture came from Hunter's phone).

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Cotton Wreath

Thank you Pinterest for another wonderful wreath idea (and Dad who gathered cotton for me in the rain)!  I had planned to put the wreath on the front door but am afraid the cotton would become too weathered.  I want to use it next year, too!  

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Ann's Magnolia - Framed

When Ann (my aunt) passed a way last month I knew I couldn't let go of this painting.  There is no doubt she and my Mom were my blog's top viewers.  On top of that, she loved magnolias.  I thought I was a crafter until I spent an extra long weekend in New England at her house.  She puts me to shame (in the organization department as well).  I will always look at this painting and be reminded of her!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Photography Class

I had come to terms that my pup would never learn to love the camera.  Then this happened.

Something changed.  Sure, I learned the focus beep was not helping the situation but it wasn't until this week that Brody really felt comfortable in front of the camera.  I am THRILLED.  This comes at the perfect time.  Photography classes have been on my mind for some time.  Thanks to a Groupon and Sarah's encouragement, classes start Wed at the Bham School of Photography.  I cannot be more excited!   I have taken one class before BUT it was pre-digital...so this should be fun.  I think a little photoshop is even involved...

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Southern Magnolia Take 4

I had no plans for this painting when I started (just practice getting my feet wet again) but I think I have already found it a home (guest bathroom)!  Darn if I always end up loving the paintings on odd size canvases.  Framing will be a chore. :(  I am not allowed to buy canvases anymore without standard size frames available!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Southern Magnolia - Take 3

I love documenting a painting's progress!  It never gets old (to me)!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Southern Magnolia - Night 2 (and my new student)

I have a student in the art studio these days.  I think he is beginning to like it...the bone helps. (Meet Brody!)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Southern Magnolia

I've wanted to paint the magnolia photo mentioned in this blog post for awhile now.  In fact, I am horrified to say it seems like yesterday but it was 2 years ago.  Scholastic activities ARE over...so here we go!
Let the fun begin!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Business Cards

I cannot remember how long ago I first mentioned business cards.  Exactly one day after I finished my last final, I designed two! They came in this week.  Thanks to Tiny Prints for the $20 gift card.  Two of my very favorite pictures are on the cards.  Not sure when I will be using them...but good to have nonetheless!

The back is precious with a leaf imprint design.  I am not showing the picture because my phone number is listed and I am not sure I want to broadcast that on the web quite yet, especially with the spam messages I've received lately.

I will be learning Photoshop soon to edit pictures.  I AM SO EXCITED.  Maybe I can channel the inner nerd from middle school.  I had a website on geocities and made graphics of animals and my friend and I would "adopt" them out to homepages.  Too much info?  :)  I purchased the software with my student ID.  I have to live it up while it lasts. :)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Not exactly art

I have done absolutely no painting in MONTHS.  You haven't missed anything.  Great news is I picked up a little something on my way to class Monday.  I hope it is my ticket to painting again.  ONE MONTH.

I was thinking today at lunch of an old blog post on my yard and my resodding.  Gosh, it was almost exactly 2 years ago. 
Happy Spring!