I like to make all kinds of quilts, from postcard to king-size. I have a Gammill longarm quilting machine, several domestic sewing machines, and also work with a Babylock Embellishing machine. In the past few years, I have tried my hand at painting with watercolors and art journaling. I also throw in a little nature photography and the occasional travel or grandchild pictures. Thanks for stopping by!
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Mountain Barn Watercolor Painting
For another Christmas gift to my husband, I matted and framed one of the new watercolors that I painted last fall. I began the painting in a workshop with Tom Jones during Art of the Carolinas.
Mountain Barn, 2011
For those of you who live in the area, I have been having my artwork framed at Michaels on Capital Boulevard in Raleigh. I have been happy with their assistance, materials, and service.
It is in a wonderful format which provides a working sketch, step-by-step instructions with photos, and a photo of the finished painting. Mountains are the subject of several of the lessons, so I know I will be trying them out.
We got a good chuckle when I opened the book and read the personal inscription by the author: "To my new friend and fellow artist Charles: Have fun painting and remember you are better than you think you are." Charlie is many wonderful things, but have never known him to be an artist! I take that back, he was a true artist on the trombone for many years.
There is also a nice little value sketch drawn on the inside cover under the inscription.
He also included a small colored painting on watercolor paper. Tom is a generous artist, as I found out during his class, when he provided all paints and paper for our class, and also gave away the demo painting.
I have been procrastinating all day because I have to take the ornaments down off the Christmas tree. We usually wait until New Year's Day, but we had a leak right before we left for our trip. Either Charlie over-watered, or the water container has a leak. Thankfully we mopped it up before we left, but I expect it is still damp under there, and we need to take it down before our wood floor starts to buckle.
It was a beautiful, cold morning, though, and I took Kasey to the greenway for a walk.
She was on high alert for awhile, stopping and perking up her ears. I thought we might see some deer moving around, but we did not. She gets equally excited over squirrels. I am glad to have a dog to give me a good excuse to walk on pretty mornings like this.
Love having my doggy back home! So does her daddy.