Saturday, March 19, 2011

More from the Florida Keys

The weather has been perfect, so there hasn't been much down time for my art.  I put more finishing touches on my watercolor of my backporch view.  I'll up load it when I'm completely finished. I also started a Flamingo drawing.  Here's what I have so far.

This one will have a lot of detail and I'm hoping I will have time to finish it when I get home (wishful thinking!!)  We're heading back to day, although I have to be back in Miami on Tuesday for business, but there will be no time for much of anything on that trip. Maybe I can tuck my flamingo family in my suitcase and work on it at night.  We'll see!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Florida Keys

Just a quick watercolor from Cudjoe Key.  I sat today in a cute little adirondock chair overlooking our bay in our back yard.  It was hot, but the rum and mango juice helped....I just love spring break!!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Willow Roses

Spring is in the air - even though it is rainy and dreary, I can smell it in the rain, hear in the trees and see tiny signs of it everywhere.  So yesterday, I started working my class for April since I will be traveling over the next few weeks, wanting to get ahead for once!  I was initially leaning towards the FiFi/Fido lines with its spring palette of colors, but I just wasn't feeling it, if you know what I mean.  I just got those papers in this week and I haven't had a chance to think about it, walk around the table and look at them to come up with ideas for what I want to do with them.  I have had the Willow papers in for a while and I knew immediately at some point in this new teaching adventure, I wanted to take a different twist with them.  They were designed for family heirloom photos, which is fine and I am sure I will take that challenge on as well, but I was drawn to the ivory, rose, black and gray papers more so than the blues, so I went with it and, voila', my Willow-Roses design.  No Anna Griffin designer influence here - all me.

It's a two page layout featuring box-pleats on both pages and a lot of cutting with a craft knife (too many small details for scissors).  I even added a filet-style mat on the main page.  Tres' cool!  I was thinking "Mother's Day" when I designed it, which always makes me think of my grandmother who passed away from breast cancer.  So my teaching fees on this class will be donated to breast cancer research this time.

No dates yet for this class..Maybe the Sunday before Easter, otherwise with will be May 1.  Stay tuned.