Summertime

Summertime for sketchbook project
Oh how I miss sunny, warm days!! I got a little bit nostalgic, looking at some photos from this past summer. The kids loved the hammock. They’d spend so much time in there, swinging and playing together…they always got along if they were in the hammock.
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Her Very First Day of School

Her Very First Day of School–for Sketchbook Project
It was her very first day of school, waiting for the bus.  She’s clinging to her big brother’s hand. 
She’s only four, but here we have full time pre-school. I kind of thought four was a bit young for full time and was of a mind to only let her go a few days a week, but she won’t stay home! She loves it.

Christmas Morning

“I Got It!” for the Sketchbook Project
Christmas Day! My nephew opening his “BIGGEST” present with my daughter and son watching…they were almost as excited as him…It was also the first time they’d seen him since last year.
I don’t care so much whether I get presents for Christmas anymore…this year was small things…eclectic hippy earrings and natural soaps…I like that kind of thing:) But do I ever love just watching the kids! It brings me back to childhood. The excitement and anticipation of Christmas morning. 
Funny, though, how they play with the new toy for five minutes, but they’ll play with the box the toy came in for half an hour! LOL!!

Read Me a Story

Read Me a Story — 8″x10″ oil on canvas
You’ve all seen this image before, if you’ve been following, but I loved how the sketch turned out so much that I wanted to turn it into a painting. This started out as a color study, but I ended up liking where it was going, so I finished it. It may turn into a larger painting one day…who knows. This feels pretty finished to me, though. I really focused on staying loose, except in the focal point, and I feel like it is a pretty successful painting, which is unusual for me. I usually hate everything once it’s finished. But maybe I’m on a roll. I’ve liked the last two, as well! Yay…I think I may be unblocked! I haven’t done a large painting, yet though, so that is the next challenge.
Anyways, ciao for now…

The "Old-Time Hat"

The Old-Time Hat — 8″x10″ oil on canvas NFS
This was my son’s favorite hat for a while. We got it at Barkerville, an historic gold-mining village in Northern B.C. where they re-enact the history. He loves it there, and he calls this hat his “Old-Time Hat”.
This is another painting I finished yesterday in a few hours. I’m really focusing on being loose and painterly, and not thinking to much. It seems like if I can mostly keep my head out of my art and use my intuition, it turns out better. I still try to keep “the rules” in mind, but in the back somewhere…:)

Fishing for leeches

Fishing for Leeches — Sketchbook Project

This is from a photo of my kids at the lake this summer. My husband has a band, and he was hired to play for a wedding near Tatlayoko Lake, at a ranch way out in the middle of the wilderness…Bracewell’s Lodge. We were given this rustic cabin on a leech abundant lake to stay in…no electricity or running water, with mice running over us in the middle of the night…but it was still a blast. The kids had so much fun, and instead of being grossed out by leeches, they were fascinated by them…so much so that they were obsessed with catching them, which is what they were doing in this picture. 

Once Upon a Time

  Once Upon a Time — for Sketchbook Project

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been almost a week since I last posted. That’s not like me. Well, my life just got silly busy. I’m catering for the road crew that’s repairing the damage after the flood, and I’m working on a large painting, and I’m designing my necklace/pendants for the Etsy shop. I didn’t manage to get into the craft fair this year. I was too busy cooking for hungry pavers.
But, here are my munchkins, again:) Jacob is reading his sister a bedtime story.
Maybe I’ll just dedicate the rest of this sketchbook to them. The only crappy thing is that I have to send it away!  I spent a bit of extra time on this one. I’m trying to sketch using painterly concepts, and I think this would make a great painting if I could just force myself to stay simple. I tend to get caught up in the details, and try to finish backgrounds, and I want to break myself of that habit and stay painterly. I’m really happy with this one. I wish I could keep it.

My Little Artist

                                                     My Little Artist — Sketchbook Project

My little darling Rhiannon, from life this morning after breakfast. As soon as she sees me sketching she jumps up to get her crafty stuff. She has to be creative if I am…I love it:) Except she cut a piece of construction paper into at least a million tiny little pieces today, which I had to clean off the floor…oh well, it’s worth watching her enthusiasm, and also, it’s a way to get her to sit in one place for a while, if not totally still.