Saturday, December 25, 2010

Go Tell It on the Mountain

Christmas was lovely this year ... but I have missed being in my studio! In fact, I was starting to get a little cranky. Thankfully, it is almost time to turn my focus back to the painting I left unfinished two weeks ago. But first, I need to listen to James Taylor sing "Go Tell it on the Mountain" ... one last time ... before letting go of Christmas for the year!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Bah, humbug!

Tonight is Christmas Eve ... the perfect time to watch one of my favorite movies ...
A Christmas Carol ... 1951 ... black and white ... with Alastair Sim. Traditionally, I will wait until everyone is asleep before settling in to watch Scrooge transformed from a bitter old miser to a kind and loving soul! Same story ... same ending as last year (and the year before and the year before ...) but I enjoy everyone of its 86 minutes! I love this story ... Christmas would not be complete for me without a visit to Ebenezer Scrooge ... thank you Charles Dickens!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Morning Sketch No. 5

This little morning sketch was doodled straight from a Garnet Hill Christmas catalog ... I loved playing with all the Christmas images ... especially the snowman ... something we rarely see in West Texas! It was 80 degrees earlier this week ... so this little exercise really helped me get into the Christmas spirit!

Happy 88th birthday!

One small gingerbread house ... created on a cold and gray birthday afternoon ... for my mother ... by her granddaughter and two great grandchildren! Heavenly!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Morning Sketch No. 4

100 lb. Strathmore Bristol smooth

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Morning Sketch No. 3

Sitting on the floor thumbing through a stack of Christmas catalogs, I could not believe what appeared before my eyes ... dancing across the page were Santa's reindeer gloriously decked out for the holidays in leotards, feather boas, high heels and jingle bells! Christmas ornaments extraordinaire! It was no surprise to discover these divine creatures were the work of Patience Brewster ... an artist who always makes me smile! I could not resist grabbing my microns and sketchpad for a tribute to these joyful creatures ... thanks Patience!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Cafe Lago ... summer 2011

In the quiet moments between Thanksgiving and Christmas I have been doodling and dreaming for an exhibit I will be hanging next summer at Cafe Lago in Lakeway, Texas. Cafe Lago has always been a favorite exhibit spot for me so I want to make next summers exhibit really, really fun for us all! Rambling through a stack of favorite books has always been a great way to fire up my creative engines ... sooooo, here we go!