Sunday, January 14, 2018
Sunday, December 10, 2017
STILL NEED IDEAS FOR THAT SPECIAL
PACKAGE UNDER THE TREE?
I'm busy in my workshop creating some
one-of-a-kind gifts and
there are still a few days to order yours
in time for Christmas morning!
H O M E P O R T R A I T
ordering deadline for
Friday, December 15th
Click HERE to order.
(Free Christmas gift wrapping upon request!)
"Give a memory of HOME this Christmas"
Friday, November 17, 2017
Wrap up a Home Portrait for under the tree this year.
Right now my Home Portraits are with 10% off with the coupon code GILLY10 at checkout. Your 8 x 10 portrait will arrive matted and ready for framing. Click here to go to my Etsy shop.
Friday, November 10, 2017
On a sunny, summer day I drove past a farmer's field in southeast Wisconsin where a small herd of cows was milling around. When I walked up to the fence every head turned my way, and out of curiosity, started lumbering toward me. The next thing I knew there were about fifteen of them all jockeying for position. They were eager to pose, shuffling around so everyone got a chance in the front row. Once they decided I had nothing to offer they got bored and mooved on . . .
but I walked away with a bunch of great photos to work off of.
The three girls below made it onto the first canvas. They want to be part of your farmhouse decor!
16 x 20
oil on panel
Painting is sold in a solid black frame shipped free of charge. Click here to go to ETSY.
Sunday, November 5, 2017
"The Old Eble Barn"
oil on panel
The old Eble Barn was a stately landmark in Wisconsin for many years. It took two days for 36 men to raise the barn in 1936, but it stands no more. The barn was such a familiar part of the Brookfield landscape, standing firm as Blue Mound Road developments came closer with each passing year. When I heard of the coming destruction of the barn, I spent a day sketching on the grounds and taking photos.
This painting can be purchased from my Etsy shop by clicking here. This 12 x 12 inch original oil painting comes is in a solid wood, black, 'floater' frame. ("These unique frames are so named because the illusion they create is that your artwork is "floating" within the frame instead of being covered by it". -Blick)
Friday, November 3, 2017
It's that time of year again! Do you want a unique and one-of-a-kind gift for that special someone on your list? Maybe a home portrait is just the thing you're looking for. Your home is special to you. Fond family memories of holidays and growing a family are made here. Treat yourself or a special person in your life to a lasting memory of a home, lake cottage, or other special place with the commissioning of an original, hand-drawn pen and ink portrait. Home portraits make great house warming gifts too!
Now is the time to order to ensure receiving the portrait in time for Christmas giving. Plus, right now, there's free shipping on all home portraits! Click here to visit my Etsy shop.
A collage of some of the home or special place portraits I've done in the past.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
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
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
"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
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!
Monday, September 11, 2017
Monday, March 20, 2017
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"
Saturday, February 25, 2017
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 . . .
Spring needs to be celebrated - especially
when you live in Wisconsin!
Friday, January 27, 2017
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 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!