Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Some things i've been doing lately...

I bought a butterfly embroidery pattern from pam garrison, so that's fun and relaxing to do a few stitches at a time, i am such a fan of her doodles...


and then i've been adding some new flower drawings and alphabets to a little sketchbook...



trying to keep up with my project life album, adding photos and journal cards and other little bits from my days to my small album. and having an iced coffee with it makes it even more enjoyable...

and i also planted some pansies for the fall, a happy mix of colors, i love pansies so much.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

new paintings that i have for sale


I've been inspired lately to do some whimsical paintings on wood and i am selling them on my articents website if any one is interested. They were a lot of fun and relaxing to create something that i feel in need right now to just brush paint around and add doodles and flowers and little etching doodles and more layers of paint...



 this first one is 10x14 and its called butterflies dancing and its 48.00 here


this second one is 10x10 and its called in the rose garden and it's 35.00 here


this third one is a small one its 5 1/2x8 its called the daisy field and its 18.00 here


and the final one is larger 14x10 and its 48.00 here

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A journal page about my ancestry dna


This is a journal page that i created after doing an ancestry DNA test. I thought my whole life that i was mostly German with the last name Bomgardner and my mom's mom is German but i only had 6 % of that and i have 55 % Great Britain which came as such a wonderful surprise because now it makes sense my love of England and Scotland and everything British. That comes from my dads side and he just never really knew much about his ancestors or where he came from but my mom has done a lot of searching for us and found many interesting things. Its been a lot of fun and i wanted to do a journal page and share it here on my blog. I do believe it can be an important thing to know where we come from. A lot of families talk about it but some don't anymore, so its nice through technology to be able to find out.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

My favorite lotion and a lovely new magazine


This is a rose geranium lotion that i first found out about in Victoria mag. I love it, it has such a wonderful smell and the painted label is one of my favorite parts too.



and this is a new magazine by the publishers that do Somerset Sudio magazines. It is so nice it's like a book with so many wonderful articles and enjoying the simple pleasures in life, it is all put together so well, very inspiring. And i loved the cover so much, i wanted to do a sketch of it.



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My 'Sketchbookery' class pages...

I'm having so much fun in Mary Ann Moss's sketchbookery class and i wanted to share some of the pages here. I have a really large sketchbook/art journal and a medium sized sketchbook.

This first page is a field guide page i want for a walk to gather some plants to draw and label, i'm not sure if i labeled any of them right though...

This was a page where i tested out some new pens i ordered and a practice alphabet that i copied from one of the really great font/lettering books that Mary Ann mentioned and she probably won't mind if i mention them here.. lettering and alphabets by Albert Cavanagh and circus alphabets by Dan x. Solo. So many ideas in these books.


This was a page inspired by Mary Ann when she created a "splashy page" painting outside of the lines and a lot of water on the brush. Really fun and different from my usual way, which is the fun part of this class its stretching my ideas and inspiration and techniques.



 
This is the smaller sketchbook and a bolder look that was also a lot of fun, i'm drawing with different sized pens and just having fun with it...


a drawing of avocados with a green pen and the other page is drawn with a tiny pen and really delicate



Even though i've been drawing or painted for about 17 years its so much fun to take a class and learn something new. a new way to look at something you've done for a long time. So i'm really glad Mary Ann put this class together. I've only done a few online courses but each time I always learn so much :)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

sketching

here are a couple of current sketchbook pages, some mini rose bouquets and i drew my iced coffee today, my favorite summertime treat, i am addicted...




This is the antique book that i found yesterday that i plan on using for mary ann moss's sketchbookery class i am such a fan of hers she is so much fun so i decided to splurge this summer and take this fun class.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

my garden and nature sketchbook

This is my new sketchbook, a simple small size, not intimidating so that i will sketch random things when i'm in the mood and i can carry it along on nature walks for easy sketching.


  
this page has a favorite quote from Maya Angelou that i always need reminding of ...







Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Art journals past and future...

I have about six art journals that i have made and i thought i would share a few pages from some old ones and three pages that have been collaged but not finished yet. I like to go through my old journals every once in awhile and look for inspiration for my newer journals. I wanted to share it all here...



So first some of the pages from past journals...






and these are unfinished but i like to collage a lot of pages at one time and then go back in later with words and more embellishments...