Thursday, October 24, 2013

ICELANDIC BLUE POPPIES and ABC BOOK FIRST PROOF


The 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge taught me a lot about the importance of daily painting if you want to improve.   So I've been working in a couple different sketchbooks, and trying to get in my painting practice every day.   Today's watercolor sketch is one of my favorite subjects - the Icelandic Blue Poppy!  

Sketching it out in pencil, then pen . . .
and finally, watercolor.

Next . . .   

the first proof of,
O is for the BIG OAK TREE,
Children's Rhymes from A to Z
is in.  

The colors are vibrant and everything is looking great!  It looks like the printed books will be ready in the next couple weeks, so it's way ahead of schedule.  I'll be placing the order based on sales made in my Etsy shop plus a couple extras.  If you're interested, the book listing is here, and the personalization option is here.  Etsy automatically adds the shipping cost to the book, so if you're local (Milwaukee area), I'll be refunding you the shipping amount when you pick up the book.



Thanks for the visit!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

WATERCOLOR JOURNALING


Since working on the 30 Paintings in 30 Days, and then an ABC book for my brand new grandson, I've grown to love using watercolors.  The supplies are so easy to transport, they dry quickly, the colors are VIBRANT, and there are so many ways to use them. I had never really tried them out until I needed a way to keep painting while on the road.  So, that's just one of the many wonderful things that came out of my participation in Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 Challenge and Plein Air Palette Knife Workshop.

So, as things progress, I'll be posting news about my Alphabet book, but I'll also be posting some pages from my watercolor journal.  Today . . . a few pages of some watercolor sketches of Ruby's Old Yellow Barn and some outbuildings.






Thursday, October 17, 2013

DONE. KIND OF.

There's still a lot of work to do, but for the most part, my little ABC book is done.  Now for some fine tuning.  So - here is X, and Z, AND a new cover and title.

You can pre-order the book in my Etsy shop, Gillyflower Cottage






Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Y IS FOR A BIG, WIDE YAWN

I've skipped ahead to "Y" but "X" is in the works.  I'm almost there!


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

V is for VILLAGE, W for the WINTER WREN

Only three more letters to go for 



THREE MORE LETTERS FOR "A LITTLE PERSON'S ABCs"

A Little Person's ABCs 
is getting close to being finished.  Five pages to go!  You can pre-order the book here at my Etsy shop, Gillyflower Cottage.  I've been looking into a local graphics business for publishing - hence the better price!  






Thanks for stopping by!  

Monday, October 14, 2013

R FOR LOP EARED RABBIT and some NOTECARDS for the shop!

Another page for Jack's book, A Little Person's ABCs.  This one is for his mom, Kate, who had many a Lop Eared Rabbit in her childhood.  Maybe Jack will too?



And . . . a new addition to my Etsy shop, Gillyflower Cottage . . . several different note card styles that have been professionally printed with my original artwork.   Frame one and bundle up the remaining note cards for an affordable gift, or use the cards as is. 
Cards measure 4 x 5 1/2 inches. 
Available now.

Coming soon.
Coming soon.
Coming soon.
Coming soon.



Sunday, October 13, 2013

Q IS FOR THE QUIET WOODS

Today we drove out to Holy Hill to see the fall colors.  It was quiet, and still, and peaceful - a beautiful day and perfect for a walk in the woods . . . which inspired my page for Q!  



You can pre-order the book in my Etsy shop here.  You can also purchase an option to personalize your book on the "G is for Grandmas and Grandpas" page to make the book specific to YOUR child/grandchild.  

A LITTLE PERSON'S ABCs - FOUR MORE LETTERS!

While the rhymes are all written, the paintings for my little grandson's alphabet book are moving along.  Sixteen done, ten to go!

I've also been looking into places to publish the book and found a great one, so it looks like I'm right on target for having the book available for mailing by mid-late November.  You can pre-order the book in my Etsy shop here.  You can also purchase an option to personalize your book on the "G is for Grandmas and Grandpas" page to make the book specific to YOUR child/grandchild.





Thanks for checking in!

Friday, October 11, 2013

L IS FOR THE LOOPTY-LOOP

Almost halfway!

J for JACK, and K for KITCHEN and NOW IT'S ALL ON ETSY!

I've had a lot of inquiries . . . "Where can I get this book?"
So, you can now pre-order on ETSY with 2 opportunities to personalize the LITTLE PERSON'S ABCs for your own child or grandchild - delivery estimated by mid-late November.  More on that at the end of the post.  

Here is J, which stands for Jack, of course.  The Etsy copy will have a different word in the place of Jack.  (I know not everyone has a son/grandson named Jack!)  That "J" page is coming soon.



 And, K, for the KITCHEN!  (The "K page" in the Etsy book will not have Jack's name on the refrigerator drawings.)

A LITTLE PERSON'S ABCs offers lots of great opportunities for growing your child's vocabulary.  As they become readers themselves, the rhymes offer creative practice for oral reading fluency.  Check out the A LITTLE PERSON'S ABCs in my Etsy shop,


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

MORE ALPHABET BOOK PAGES!



 Every day I'm adding something new to my little grandson's alphabet book.  Today, the introduction and two more letters.  

Monday, October 7, 2013

"G" IS FOR YOUR GRANDMAS AND YOUR GRANDPAS

"G" FOR JACK'S ALPHABET BOOK

G is for your GRANDMAS and your GRANDPAS 
near and far.
They love you more than you can know,
you are their shining star!


(I'm also working on a "generic" version of 
Jack's alphabet book.  It will be in my Etsy shop 
as soon as it's done as a 'print on demand' book.)

Sunday, October 6, 2013

AN ALPHABET BOOK FOR JACK!

Almost two months ago I became a grandmother and I couldn't be more thrilled.  A few years ago, I wrote about his mom and dad here.  Now little Jack is here, and while he won't be reading for a couple years, but he certainly needs to be read TO. And what better for a grandmother to read to her grandchild than her very own words!

So here's the beginning of my version of an ABC book, just for JACK, written and illustrated with him in mind!



 (There had to be a bicycle in the book, of course, 
since his dad is quite a cyclist!)




So, every day or so, I'll be adding to this book for him.  I hope to have it done in time for his baptism in a couple months.  I hope you'll check back now and then to see how it's coming along.  When the book is complete it will be available for purchase in my Etsy shop, Gillyflower Cottage.


















Tuesday, October 1, 2013

30 IN 30 COLLAGE . . . AND . . . MOVIN' ON

30 IN 30 
COLLAGE

An overview of the 30 in 30 CHALLENGE!
My paintings can be purchased here.

And now . . . to move on.
Today is a sketching day - at the old Ebel Barn.  Can't wait!

A big thank you to Leslie Saeta and her 30 in 30 brainstorm to get people motivated to PAINT!
You can see everyone's collages here on Leslie's blog.


Monday, September 30, 2013

IT'S HERE - DAY #30!

DAY 30
of
30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS

A WALK BEFORE DINNER
11 x 14 oil on canvas board

For purchase information, click here.

I painted one from a photo taken while we were on Sandbridge a little over a week ago.  So many people roaming the beach - families, couples - even a young couple pushing a stroller on the packed sand right near the water.  Such great memories of a beautiful place.


Sunday, September 29, 2013

PRINCE OF ORANGE - 16 x 20 inch oil on stretched canvas

DAY 29 
OF
30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS

PRINCE OF ORANGE
16 x 20 
NFS

I did today's painting with a palette knife and oils - about 3 months ago.  I was unsuccessful with three different attempts at painting a true "Day 29" painting - so I had to resort to pulling out one of my previous paintings.  This one hangs in my home, so it won't be listed at Daily Paintworks.  

This poppy, "Prince of Orange", has huge, glossy, tangerine petals and will last for years in the garden.  

Tomorrow is DAY 30 of the challenge.  The end.  
I'm trying to decide what to paint for the last day.  I have two different ideas and both involve the palette knife.  That seems appropriate since the idea for this challenge comes from Leslie Byrd Saeta, the palette knife artist whose workshop I attended this month.  I learned so much at Leslie's workshop - one thing I learned is that I really do enjoy using the palette knife for painting.  It's a challenging way to paint, yet has quite a bit of forgiveness.  And there's something about the freedom it gives you - those beautiful, juicy colors take on a new depth when they come off the knife in different thicknesses.  A painting can almost look like it moves because of all the texture.  

Done for tonight.  




Saturday, September 28, 2013

RUBY'S YELLOW BARN #2

Day 28
of
30 Paintings in 30 Days

I painted Ruby's old yellow barn on Day #15 of Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 Challenge and it's now on it's way to Massachusetts.  I loved that little painting because it represents where we live.  Everyone knows where to find Ruby's farm with the yellow barn - it's a real landmark around here.  So, I painted another one tonight, this time a little larger.  


Ruby's Yellow Barn #2
4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches
 watercolor/300 lb. cold press
(mat included)

For purchase information click here.

Friday, September 27, 2013

BLUE ON BLUE - 11x14 inch oil on canvas board

Day 27 
of 
30 Paintings In 30 Days

Something a little bigger and different today - an 11x14 palette knife painting on canvas board.  I toned the canvas with an orange-red paint for a little interest on the edges. This is loosely based on a vase of flowers I had last spring.  

Also, working on my 30 in 30 "flip book" now - only a few days to go and I can wrap it up!

BLUE ON BLUE
11 x 14 oil on canvas board

For purchase information click here.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS

DAY 26
of
30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS

"WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS"
8 x 8 inch oil on canvas panel

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It's a beautiful, fall day in Wisconsin and I wanted to paint something that was a reflection of that.  What could be better than three bright, sunny lemons?  Their crisp yellow color and muted background remind me of our landscape right now.  The leaves are just barely beginning to change to their yellows, oranges, and reds, and as they fall, the color of the whole landscape changes.  Done completely with a palette knife, this was a fun and challenging one to paint!

FOUR MORE DAYS!
:-)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

SUMMER LUNCH - 6 x 6 inch oil

DAY 25 
of
30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS

We arrived at home yesterday after putting nearly 3,000 miles on the car (Brookfield, Wisconsin, to Sandbridge, Virginia, to Asheville, North Carolina, and back to Wisconsin again).  I got all set up and started painting, but nothing seemed to work. Maybe I've gotten too used to painting in hotels.  I guess I need to get reacquainted with my old setup.

So, it's a recycling day for the 30 in 30.  I painted this little 6 x 6 for a friend a few months ago using both palette knife and brush.  It will work just fine for today!
SUMMER LUNCH
6 x 6 oil on gallery wrapped canvas


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

MADDIE - 4 x 4 inch watercolor

Day 24
of 
30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS CHALLENGE

This is the last "hotel painting" of our trip home from Sandbridge Beach.  It has been an added challenge each day to keep up with daily painting while traveling.  Only 6 days to go!


 "MADDIE"
4 x 4 inch watercolor
Painted from a photo I took near Monches Farm, Colgate, WI.
                                 
    And a little playing around . . .          

Friday, September 20, 2013

FISHIN' BUDDIES - 5 x 7 inch watercolor

Day 20
of
30 Paintings in 30 Days

FISHIN' BUDDIES
5 x 7 watercolor

I'm thinking about being a grandparent a LOT these days!  My brand new little grandson is 6 weeks old now and it feels like I haven't seen him for WAY longer than he's even been in this world!  So this little painting represents all the fun experiences I hope to have with this little guy.  He means the world to me and I can't wait to build a relationship with him over the years!



Wednesday, September 18, 2013

RIPE AND READY

Day 18
of
30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today was the first day of Leslie Saeta's three day palette knife painting workshop here in Sandbridge, Virginia.  Our day focused on technique and color mixing.  This is such a fun and challenging way to paint and the thick and textural results are so interesting to look at.  Tomorrow will be fantastic - painting plein air on Sandbridge Beach all day!  Can't wait!


RIPE AND READY
6 x 6 inch oil on gessobord


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

FLANDERS POPPIES - 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch watercolor

Day 17
of
30 Paintings in 30 Days

This petite painting, Flanders Poppies, is named after the meadows of Flanders, Belgium.  During the Great War the poppies in Flanders' meadows stopped blooming due to the constant tramping by troops and warfare.   However, when the war ended, the poppy seeds were still there and sprouted, grew, and bloomed in the fields once again.  There is even a poem written to tell this story called, "In Flanders Field", by John McCrae.

FLANDERS POPPIES

For purchase information click here.

"Flanders Poppies" is a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch watercolor that will arrive carefully packaged and shipped - ready for matting and framing.