Thursday, October 5, 2017

INKTOBER DAY 4

Another day, another acorn!
I love these things - they just don't have a bad angle!








It's not too late to join in with Inktober.  Just do a little ink sketch of anything, and post it with a hashtag.  Be courageous! 



Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Cinderella Pumpkin Night


  The colors, the deep grooves, the shape of Cinderella pumpkins are beautiful.  And expensive!
So, my group of willing ladies and I are going to give it a shot.  We're going to make our own Cinderellas and ours will last forever!  My plan is to use canvas drop cloths for the shape, fishing line for the grooves, and grapevine for the stems.



Check back in a few days to see our masterpieces!


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

INKTOBER DAY 3

INKTOBER DAY 3

Today, a bundle of berries I found on a shrub at the coffee shop.  The colors are so beautiful, it was hard to stick with the Inktober guidelines and use only ink.  Maybe another shot using watercolor is in order?  


And, these days I'm loving drawing acorns so now to hunt down oak trees to find unusual specimens.  The challenge is to find the ones that made it to the ground in one piece before the squirrels get to them!




Monday, October 2, 2017

INKTOBER IS UPON US

INKTOBER  

"Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month. I created Inktober in 2009 as a challenge to improve my inking skills and develop positive drawing habits."   - Jake Parker

Day #1

Day #2

What a fun way to go into fall!  Small ink drawings are quick and satisfying.  After a wonderful summer full of gardening and outdoor activities, fall is the perfect time to nestle in and pull out the ink bottle and nibs!   

Today, a walk to find seed pods and leaves . . . and a video I've posted before.  This was one of my mom's favorite songs.  Melancholy, but so beautiful!


Autumn Leaves



-Nan

Monday, September 11, 2017

GRANDMA'S NATURE CAMP IS COMING!



It's almost here!!!
Jack and Lucy 
are coming!

It's time for some great books, fun snacks, painting, 
nature crafts, and marshmallows around the fire!


HURRY, Jack and Lucy!!!
Come back to see our Nature Camp in action!







Monday, March 20, 2017

ANOTHER CREATIVE NIGHT WITH THE GIRLS


It's the first day of SPRING, so a good time to make 
something to celebrate the end of WINTER!

This project was inspired by a recent trip to Anthropologie - one of the greatest places to find unusual dish towels.  So, this time we'll be doing a little creative painting on fabric.  All we need is a 1/2 yard of cotton fabric, a small amount of white fabric, and acrylic paints.  Everyone can make a towel that will perfectly match their kitchen colors.

I'll be sure to post a picture of the finished 
masterpieces - they are certain to be beautiful!

"Bearing Flowers Dish Towel"
by
Anthropologie



Saturday, February 25, 2017

TIME FOR A SPRING TEA

I was talking to some friends about Pinterest recently.  Everyone says they save all the ideas and then rarely ever look at them again.  So, I'm pulling out ideas, some old and some new.  It's time to go through some of those Pinterest boards and do something with all that I've saved. With spring right around the corner, here's a start to planning a 
May Day Tea 
for a bunch of wonderful women.

"What potent blood hath modest May!" -Ralph W. Emerson

Following, are some of the ideas I'm using . . .

                                                                   crushculdesac.tumblr.com



youcouldmakethat.blogspot.com

youcouldmakethat.blogspot.com

   


Spring needs to be celebrated - especially 
when you live in Wisconsin!



💗

Friday, January 27, 2017

STITCHIN' WITH THE GIRLS

There's nothing like spending an old fashioned, cold winter's night embroidering and chattering with your girlfriends.  What a night of camaraderie and fun, while making a project for Valentine's Day.  All were successful too - no frustrations or flops!










(Spring girls' night already in the planning stages!)

Thursday, January 19, 2017

MORE VALENTINE IDEAS


MORE VALENTINE IDEAS FROM A FEW YEARS AGO . . .

There may no longer be young children in this house, but I think one still needs to decorate for the "other holidays", like Valentine's Day, kids or no kids!  Big people love the holidays too!

  So, today I made a valentine banner for the front entryway, and also put a little valentine tree in the dining room.  I typed out some love quotes in the typewriter font, cut them in strips, and glued one onto each piece.  Then you can embellish to your heart's content.  I just used ribbons and some cut out hearts, but you could add buttons, charms, lace, sheet music . . . anything!  I used these for gift tags also.

Enjoy . . . again!

And, of course you must have the essential Valentine's Day question . . .
Just a couple punches at the top of each piece, a little ribbon woven through, and you're done!  This is an easy project that would probably be even more charming if you let your young children help!







GIRLS' CRAFT NIGHT FOR VALENTINE'S DAY


VALENTINE'S DAY 
is right around the corner 
and THAT sounds like a
good time for another craft night!

I'm setting down the paints to prepare for a night of stitching with the girls.  Some red thread, red wine, and red velvet cupcakes are in order!


Come back to see what we've been up to!




Sunday, January 15, 2017

IN THE LAVENDER - 8 x 10

 IN THE LAVENDER
8 x 10 inches
pen and ink

   

Available for purchase in my Etsy shop here.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

LAVENDER PATH


Another English beauty, this is Avebury Manor, Wiltshire. 

Done for Day 3 in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge, my theme is Buds and Buildings. 
This one takes in both. The gray stone with the lavender, and the greens in the 
grasses and trees make a beautiful combination anywhere but especially in nature.  

LAVENDER PATH
5 x 7 inch pen and ink watercolor

This is a 5 x 7 original pen and ink watercolor.
It will arrive with an 8 x 10 black mat, in a clear cellophane sleeve 
for protection and ready for your frame.  
Ready to ship, you can find it HERE.


Monday, January 2, 2017

BEEHIVE COTTAGE

The subject of my Day No. 2 painting for 30 Paintings in 30 Days is Beehive Cottage, located in Branscombe, Devon, UK.  This home also serves as the village post office in Branscombe!  

Again, I used 300# watercolor paper.  This is a 5 x 7 inch original watercolor with a black 8 x 10 inch mat included.  

A light pencil sketch, followed by a watercolor wash.
BEEHIVE COTTAGE
5 x 7 inches, 300# cold press Arches watercolor paper

Wrapped and ready at my Etsy shop HERE.

Come back tomorrow for 
Day No. 3 of the 30 in 30 Challenge.



Image used for this painting is courtesy of pmp-art.com - a site 
that provides copyright free images for artists.




Sunday, January 1, 2017

PAST HER PRIME


 From my boys bringing a seedling home from school when they were small, to cottage gardens bobbing with blooms, the sunflower is a favorite of mine.  So I'm starting off this year's, 
"30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS CHALLENGE" 
with this happy and easy to grow flower.


"Past Her Prime"
5 x 7 inch original watercolor
with 8 x 10 inch black mat






Packaged and ready to ship from my Etsy shop HERE.



Saturday, December 31, 2016

HOME PORTRAITS with MATCHING NOTE CARDS


Home Portraits and Note Cards

Order a home portrait in January 2017, and your order will include ten professionally printed and personalized notecards/envelopes.   These notecards are great for regular correspondence 
but also make nice "We've moved!" announcements.


Click the photo below to order your own personalized home portrait and note cards.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/184270408/penink-home-portraits-from-your-own?ref=shop_home_active_1




30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS . . . AGAIN!

The new year looks to be full of new and interesting opportunities.  I have lots of exciting plans in the works - from trips to warm places, a watercolor/sketching workshop in a place I've never visited, garden plans for my own new home, and so much more!  Of course, all these things bring new opportunities to create art.  And an appropriate way to kick it all off is with Leslie Saeta's 30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS CHALLENGE.

Leslie always suggests choosing a theme for your 30 in 30 participation.  So I'm combining my love of flowers with my love of doing home portraits.

For the month of January, 
I'll be doing daily blog posts in a series entitled:

*** B L O O M S  &  B U I L D I N G S ***


All artwork for the 30 in 30 will be for sale in my Etsy shop the same day it is posted on the blog. 

So, sign up for daily blog updates with your email address right under my profile at the top of the sidebar.   ----------->

-Nan

Monday, December 26, 2016

BELLA GOES TO CALIFORNIA and 26 UNDER $50


BELLA
12 x 12 oil on canvas  

 There's something about a new year that makes me want to have more spare surroundings.  So, I've been spending some time getting my art room all sorted out.  Pitching, paring down etc.   In doing this, I came across "Bella", a painting I did a couple years ago and had almost forgotten about.  Then I woke up this morning to the news that she's getting a new home in California!

This has inspired me to clean out the shop! Start fresh! 
Buy some fresh paints and brushes and get those new ideas on canvas!


So, starting today there are 26 items in my shop listed at 
under $50.00!  
Check them out HERE.
Look for the ***** after a listing name to 
find the new priced items and start fresh yourself 
with a new piece of art for your tired 2016 walls!


-Nan












Thursday, December 15, 2016

LAST DAY FOR HOME PORTRAIT SALE

Thank you - it's been a busy season for drawing!
  
Today is the last day to order your 8 x 10 inch 
HOME PORTRAIT 
at 40% off the regular rate.  
To ensure a wrapped portrait for Christmas, the shipping rate applied at checkout 
will mean hand delivery of your portrait in the Milwaukee area 
on Thursday, December 22.  

All out-of-town customers will be sent a beautiful gift card to put 
UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE 
for the recipient, announcing the portrait to come!


Click HERE to order!


FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, ALL THE INFORMATION YOU NEED IS BELOW:

Your home is special to you. Fond family memories of holidays, special events, and growing a family are made here. Treat yourself to a lasting memory of your home or lake cottage with the commissioning of an original, hand-drawn pen and ink home portrait. Home portraits make great house warming gifts too!  

You supply the photos and email them to me in a digital file - iPhone or similar photos are fine - you don't need a fancy camera. Please send several views. Photos taken low to the ground (looking UP at the house) from the front corners of your lot or beyond, are usually the best and show off your house's greatest angles. Just make sure you are far enough away to catch every corner of your house and landscaping. Also, to catch those great line defining shadows on the house and lawn/snow, take your photo on a bright, sunny day. If you would like certain trees/landscaping added or left out, we can arrange for that too. This is for a house portrait only (no people or pets, no exceptions please). Do you want to add just a spot of color to your portrait? I'd be happy to paint your front door. Just mention that in the order notes. Please let me know if you need the drawing by a specific date. Otherwise, allow 10 days from the date when all photos/information have been submitted, for shipping of your portrait.  

This listing is for an 8 x 10 inch home portrait with a surrounding area of white measuring 11" x 14" (to fit a standard size 11" x 14" frame). It will be tucked into a clear cellophane protective sleeve so you can wrap a ribbon around it and give it as is, or frame it yourself.  

FINISHING TOUCH IS THE FRAMING OF YOUR HOME PORTRAIT. I suggest using a narrow black frame which looks clean and classic with a home portrait. The surrounding white area I leave around the portrait sets it off nicely.

A commissioned home portrait allows you to give a personalized gift for a favorite hostess, house warming, Christmas, lake cottage, or childhood home for a reasonable price. And you won't have to worry about giving a duplicate gift!

Wondering how to get your home photo to me??? Just stand outside your home, directly in front, and snap a photo with your smart phone or digital camera. When placing the order for your Tiny Home Portrait, there will be a space providing for sending me a message and including a photo. That's it!!

8 x 10 portrait is ON SALE for $72.00, from now until December 15th!

Note: frame not included 

I accept PayPal, credit cards, and Etsy Gift Cards.

Friday, December 2, 2016

8 x 10 HOME PORTRAITS on SALE!!!

HOME PORTRAITS
for
CHRISTMAS!!

My 8 x 10 pen and ink home portraits are on sale until Dec. 15.  
Only $72.00 (that's 40% off) for your 8 x 10 matted home portrait.

That gives you time to receive your order in time for wrapping and gifting this Christmas.

Go here to order!


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