Sunday, September 13, 2015

Time for a Break

Dear Ones,

All is well, but I'm going to take a break from blogging for ... I'm not sure how long. I still don't have a good spot to create vignettes to photograph, and I didn't intend for this to turn into solely a blog for sharing my attempts at creating art.

My 5-year blog anniversary will be mid-November, so I will try to do something around that time, if not before. But for a very long time now I've felt my blog has been dying a slow death, and I don't know if it, or my interest in it, can be fully revived. Time will tell. I like to share the titles of books I'm reading, so will probably keep that up on my sidebar ... and Pinterest, too, at least until "enough is enough"!

My brother is doing well, and might even get to take a break from hospice care for a bit! Quite the miracle since he was expected to pass away months ago! I'm still helping him quite a lot, which is my pleasure to do so.

I hope everyone enjoys a long, lovely Autumn!

My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Colossians 2:2-3  NIV

PS: I'm getting a lot of spam, so comments are off now, but my email (which I sometimes check) is on my sidebar. Thanks much!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Put on a Happy Face!

"Grey skies are gonna clear up! Put on a happy face."

Hi All!

Should you be needing a little lift, here's a link to Dick Van Dyke and Janet Leigh singing this fun song from Bye Bye Birdie. Or if you prefer, here are the great Tony Bennett and James Taylor (with a bit of talk; song begins about 48 seconds in).

He gives us "a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair."
Isaiah 61:3

Hope you are enjoying a happy weekend,

Sunday, August 30, 2015

My First "Morning Glories" Drawing

This morning I finished adding colored pencil to a sketch of morning glories I made a month or so ago. I don't really have too much else to share, so a page or two or three from my art journal is my go-to today. However, I will share toward the bottom a poor snapshot of the moon last night. It had the best "Man in the Moon" face I've seen in my lifetime. Anyway, it wasn't until I had my drawing all colored that I realized I had spaced out on one of the leaves and drawn the veins the wrong direction:

I was wrong on my pencil sketch and blindly followed through!

Forgot to shoot the sketch before I began adding color.

I was fairly satisfied with it otherwise, but the blatant error got to me and I attempted to fix it:

With Auto Correct:

Here is a page of a few morning glories I did in order to practice coloring them. The shapes were a couple stylistic(?) ones I saw done on youtube (more or less):

I took this shot upside down, and then rotated it in Microsoft Office Picture Manager. It makes me feel like I'm looking down on a plant that's reaching up: 

Here's the moon photo. The real thing was stupendous!

Can you see him? 

A kitty sketch page (not the page I wrote "Yikes" on). I'm enjoying trying "this and that" art.

And finally, in homage to the end of August and the upcoming unofficial end of summer (whether that's September 1 or Labor Day for you), here is a photo of a very tired, thinned out hibiscus that's still getting buds. However, the poor thing has really slowed down and the blooms are much smaller now. I guess summer has almost run its course, and soon this plant will, too.

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Have a blessed week!