Playing with Color

This little birdie expresses my sentiments exactly.  Just as little time creating at my sewing machine puts me in my happy place–something I haven’t had time to do a lot of lately.love-to-sew-originallogo

As with my last post, I’ve playing with the color on the computer.   The above painting is the original.    Below is the computer enhanced version.  I do kind of like the brighter colors which I can’t seem to create as well with watercolor.   love-to-sew-brightlogo

Which do you like best?

Day 20 Jungle Cat

Is this a cat?  Is it a tiger?  You decide.   And do heart trees grow in the jungle?  They do in my world!  This one is pure fantasy fun.

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Watercolor on Aquabord  5×7 inches.  $38 with easel   See it now in my Etsy Shop.

Whimsical Animals in Winter

I had fun creating these two little paintings.  Though I’m noticing now that my reindeer and the lamb might be in the same family.  The facial resemblance is quite striking!  Oh well, it’s supposed to be naive, folk art.  These are not photographs!   

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I’ve also added both of these, with a few others to my Etsy shop today.  Remember I’m offering 20% off through Monday.  This is a one time opportunity and won’t be repeated.  All of my paintings are one of a kind, so shop soon so you don’t miss out.

Have a great weekend!

Winter Fox

Woodland creatures seem to be all the rage now.  I did see a fox in our neighborhood over the summer.  It was a treat.  Who knows where he came from.  This fox looks a little cold.  At least he has a few friends to keep him company.

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5″ x 5″ on Ampersand Aquabord

 

Sweet Home with Dog

Be it ever so lovely, there’s no place like home.  Home, sweet, sweet home–especially if a dog lives there!

Previously, I have added a few kitties to my pics for you cat lovers out there.  But I can’t leave the dog lovers out.

I have never been a cat owner, but have had a couple of dogs.  So therefore I must place myself in the dog lovers camp.  We had a little black dachshund when I was growing up.  His name was Sparky.    I became convinced he was the best dog in the world.   I had already  married and moved away by the time he died.    I was glad I wasn’t there.  Sad.  For years my boys wanted a dog.  We finally gave in when I thought they were old enough to do the work it takes.  (Well they were old enough, but of course it was Mom and Dad still did everything).  Beau was a large, lovable golden retriever.   He became our 3rd child.   When Beau died after 11 years, it left a big hole.  Sometimes I have thought about getting another dog, but I think better about it.   Dogs are a lot of work and it’s so sad when they die.  Don’t want to go through that again.   I do pet every dog I meet on the street, though.

Whether you are a dog or cat lover, their companionship is one of life’s simple pleasures.  Enjoy!

Image  Sweet Home with Dog 5 x 5 inches watercolor on Etsy

 

Yellow Tabby

This tabby cat is enjoying the outdoors with his buddy.  Who says birds and cats have to have an adversarial relationship?  I’m painting and posting from sunny Las Vegas where I have come to have a nice visit with my Mom.  Image

We are going to see Donny and Marie (Osmond) at the Flamingo hotel tonight.  I first saw their show almost 40 years ago as a teenager here in Vegas (where I grew up)  It was a great show then and I’m sure it will be equally entertaining tonight.  I’ll let you know all about it.

Quilter’s Home

Can you tell a quilter lives here?  If you are a quilter, can people tell as soon as they walk through your door?  How about before they even come in?  I must admit I proclaim my addiction right on my front porch where there is always a seasonal quilt tossed over a chair.  If that wasn’t clue enough, guests are bombarded with quilting first thing in my front foyer.  What’s your quilting house like?

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Autumn by the Lake

Day 30 Yay!!    Now I can take a rest.  I feel like I’ve really grown as an artist.  I like the work I did this challenge better than what I started with the last challenge in January.  Leslie will have to do this again so I can keep improving!  I almost doubled the number of people following my blog for which I am grateful.  In means so much to me to have someone look at my creative efforts.  I hope you will keep checking out what I’m doing in the days and weeks ahead.

I am especially grateful for all of you that sent such nice, supportive comments on my paintings.  It has really given me the confidence to keep trying.  I thank you for that.  I will keep painting and I will keep quilting.  And I will try to believe that the best is yet to come!

Here is my last painting for awhile.  It is larger than the rest and I really tried to push myself to do my best work for the 30th painting.  I love color, pumpkins, houses, funky birds and quilting.  I tried to get them all in this last one.

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Spools

I was able to do a little painting on my recent vacation.  Sewing is a familiar theme and thread is definitely a part of my life.  I doubt I ever leave the house without some thread attached to my clothing.  Some people seem to think they need to point this out to me–as though I should be embarrassed to be seen that way in public.  To me it is a badge of honor!

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