High School Art Class

I’ve not taken many Art classes past my high school days, but I loved walking into the Art room way back when. It had a smell to it, kind of earthy like clay and crayons. It was always kind of dirty in a cool way and finding an unbroken crayon, pastel or piece of charcoal was rare. I vaguely remember the funny little square Conte Crayons and have to admit, back then a paint brush interested me far more.

I bought some a while back and thought they’d be good for on the go sketching in my Moleskine journal so the other day I had a few minutes to play in my journal and I pulled them out. They were laying in the box, pristine and unbroken, each one nestled in its little compartment. I started to sketch and was quickly engaged, surprised at how smoothly they laid down on the page. I was even more impressed with the detail I was able to get with them. These pages took only a few moments, some Conte Crayons and a blending stump.

This medium will be perfect for working outside in the sunshine. I love to sneak out for a few minutes of solitude and vitamin D every chance I get. I’m liking these crayons so much I went back and ordered a box of colored ones. Sometimes the overlooked, simple supplies can be just the thing to inspire you to go back to the basics.

Mind Wide Open November Challenge

It is that time again, time for the MWO challenge! This months image is shown in the detail shot on the left. A truly lovely one. The theme is ‘Beloved’.

I had already started this pieces on a 16×20 canvas. It is one I was working on for my bedroom and though I had the window in the corner, it still needed something. Gail’s image was the perfect thing! Inspired by the feeling that I am always, eternally, waiting for my DH to come home from his pilot job. The words read, ‘She waited for what seemed an eternity’, finish that off with ‘for her beloved’. She keeps him in her heart as she looks out the window anxiously awaiting his return. Voting begins November 8th. My beloved comes home tonight:-)

Fall is Here

Well, there is no denying it, fall is here. The leaves are piling up in the yard, the nests are empty of birds, and the nights are cool. I found a lovely little birds nest in the young maple tree in our front yard. It is a reminder of the home that it was for a little family of birds. One of my birds has flown from my nest, and one is spreading his wings with thoughts of what college he would like to attend. These are exciting times, but also a tad sad as life is ever changing. This piece, Empty Nest, was inspired by these things. One little leaf clings to the tree and the little nest is empty of eggs. While these things bring a touch of sadness, we still have the promise of spring, the warmth of being inside by the fire in the winter, and the memories that never leave us. Tuck away these little treasures so that you may pull them out on a crisp fall morning, and look forward to the adventures that still lay ahead.

Post #3 on My Latest WIP

Here is a picture of my WIP. I have added some flowers to soften the edges on the bottom, and I have them flowing out of her hand to represent the abundance of natures gifts. Her hat is now adorned with a colorful band and another little flower, while faint images of butterflies flit around in the background. Now I get to start on the little finishing touches. This is probably my favorite part in the process. I like the piece now, and it always amazes me how the finishing touches, while seemingly small, will make such a huge difference in the final work. It’s all in the details. I love to try and draw the viewer in for a closer look, letting them find little unexpected touches on closer examination. I hope to get some studio time today, but if life gets in the way today, the anticipation of nearing the finish line will keep me happy.

Latest WIP


Summer is slow going for my artistic pursuits. I have been busy with some submissions for publication, but have been itching to work on something new for my etsy shop. This is my latest work in progress. She is inspired by summer, infused with bright colors that remind me of the summer sky
and the beauty of the garden. She is even going to have a little ‘Mini Pearl’ tag hanging from her hat. I always think I like one season better than another, but I think I truly like them all, each for what it has to offer. I hope your summer days are long and lazy and filled with family and friends.