"What one can see out in the sunlight is always less interesting than what is behind a windowpane."

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

All Ready for Halloween!

Last Saturday night was spent making a
scarecrow outfit for Mary.
 After 4 years of being an army man,
(Yes, I bought it too big to get many
Halloweens out of it!)
Nic wanted to be something different.
I couldn't blame him.  So he was
super excited to be
Captain America.
 Mary, my good little girl, helped her
Mommy stretch a dollar and let me
make her outfit for her.
After seeing a beautiful woman
on Pinterest with her face
painted like a scarecrow, Mary
happily agreed to be one.  
 Remember this black cat she made?
 They can't wait to go

Monday, October 14, 2013

Giving This Old Car a New Life

What to do with an old yellow car?
Make it a get away car for little menaces who
think tricks are more fun than treats!
 Or maybe they're just innocently
driving to a Halloween party.
 Either way, they're getting
where they're going - Halloween style!
 This little ghost is in charge
of driving.  Based on his
expression, he must be driving
the Pennsylvania Turnpike
during rush hour!
 This little trick-or-treater is dressed
up like a bunny.  I had a few of these
for Easter and instead of an Easter
egg I have her holding a JOL
bell and goodie bag.
 The witch is my fave!
Like the bunny, her head is actually
a vintage doll's head and her
body is needle felted.
I used black velvet leaves and trim
taken from a 1930s hat to make her
skirt and cape. 
She holds a flag in one hand
and flying bat in the other. 
Reminds me of my younger years...
the excitement of getting dressed up
for trick-or-treating and 
Halloween parties.
Funny how taking my own kids out
now is just as fun.....in a totally
different way.
Don't wait up!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

First Pen and Ink Drawing!

This is the actual pen and ink drawing I
copied from the picture below.
Obviously, I didn't choose this picture for its beauty,
but with so many different lines and values,
I thought it made a great learning piece.
This is the original.  Mine has a much longer
neck, which was a mistake on my part.  But,
since it's a caricature, I actually liked
the exaggeration.
Next, I'm doing a charcoal drawing taken from a
photo of a real polar bear and her cub.  I can't draw animals,
especially real-life ones, which is probably why
my teacher's making me do it!
With so much going on since school started
it's nice to have a little something of my own.
Hope you're all taking some time for your
own creative outlets!