"If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you."

Monday, September 27, 2010

Monday, September 6, 2010


I fell in love with this flower when I first saw it at Callaway Gardens. 
This painting is 4" x 6"

Purple Flowers

This painting started out as a card that a friend gave me several years ago.  I kept the card because I loved it so much.  I'm glad I kept it so I could paint it!  This painting is 8" x 10"

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Three new ATC Cards

This card is for a trade with the theme 'Cactus.'  I used a strip of sandpaper to make the desert floor.  I painted the sky and cactus with watercolors and used a copic pen for highlighting.

This card is for a lottery with the theme "The Beach."  Again, I used sandpaper!  This time for the beach sand.  I used patterned paper with watercolor highlights to piece together the ocean.  I painted the sky with watercolors.

This card was created for the Gothic Arch Challenge.  The challenge is "Numbers."  The card is titled "Hate to Wait."  This card started out as a large painting I did in watercolor class.  While working on this painting, we had fun by making up a story for the subject of the painting.  We decided her name was Crystal and she was a lady of the evening who was impatient because her 'gentleman caller' was late.  I didn't want to re-paint Crystal for this card, so I made a copy of the painting.  Dresden scrap and a bit of ribbon completed the card.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Dress Challenge - September Dress

Here in Georgia, September is definitely not the start of Fall weather!  My dress for September for Alice and Camilla's Dress Challenge is simple and 60's, and still very summery-looking.  My Mom had a dress very much like this.  The reason I remember it so well is that she wore it during a vacation trip to Chicago and it appears in many photographs.  She made it herself, as she did all of her clothes, and mine as well.

I painted the paper with dabs of watercolor and after it dried, wadded it up in a ball.  I then unfolded it carefully and glued it to the dress form, using a brayer to add the crinkly details.  I then used a thin marker to highlight the flower shapes.  The boat neck was a very popular style in the 60's.