Sunday, December 30, 2012

Deer Trek - in our yard!!

It can hardly be a good sign for gardeners when deer are hanging out around our little city lots. They were quite a sight in the middle of the night/Friday morning though. While I saw the four deer, Dick only saw these tracks, but they do tell a story. We even followed them a bit in the neighborhood. They were headed up toward a main street.
Designer Credits:
all Anna Aspnes
-template: Holiday Template Pack No. 1E
-paper: ArtPlay Palette Night Before Christmas
-alpha (4): Glitter AlphaNumberSet No. 7
fonts: EwieD, Impress BT

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Heritage Photos in the Snow

Snow is predicted to arrive rather soon. Not looking forward to that, but it seems like a good time to share two pages I put together recently. The first is my mother and me when I was a baby. It sure looks cold! The song was even written the year I was born. The second is Dick's Aunt Gladys as a young woman, maybe 1939 or 1940. Her grinning in the snow always makes me smile. She was a super lady.
Designer Credits:
by Anna Aspnes
-background, transfer: ArtPlay Palette Christmas Tree
-card: 4 X 6 ArtsyKardz Christmas Tree
-wordart: Nostalgia WordTransfers No. 1
-alpha: Glitter AlphaNumberSet No. 6
-border: Doily Edge Overlays No. 2
fonts: Staccato222 BT, Boopee

Designer Credits:
-papers, sparkles: Shimmer by Kitty Designs
-bells, bow, snowflakes: Santangles by Maya de Groot
-brush (the "branch"), trees: ArtPlay Palette Christmas Tree by Anna Aspnes
font: Mystical

Monday, December 17, 2012

Drawing #35 - Northern Delights

It might be something in the air that the new drawing has a bit of the holiday about it. My intent had nothing really to do with the season, but was influenced by birds we're seeing and a new tube of paint in alizarin crimson. I even like to say its name and could hardly wait to open it and spread some color. I've again dipped into my box of old stamps and used four versions of a Swiss stamp of a landscape. I both scanned and photographed the drawing, again the small sketchbook size. There is so much greater depth and brighter color in the photo version so that is what I'm posting here with its digital framing.
As always, click on the image to see it larger.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Drawing #34 - a better look

Before wrapping, packing and shipping "Texas Rocks" I took some quick photos to add to yesterday's scans. The photos show so much more of the texture and better color, so I thought I'd share the different look. You can see it wasn't lying quite flat, but it is still an improvement over the scanned version, I think.
And thanks to Deb and Helen for your super comments!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Drawing #34 - Texas Rocks

You could take the title in different ways, but I refrained from writing ZZ Top in the drawing and stayed with the literal version because this was designed for a geologist who lives in Texas. Since she doesn't follow this blog (or even know about it, I think) I can post it now for the rest of you to enjoy. The collage elements come from a photo with a rocky outcropping of mountains and a map of Texas from an old atlas. Ideas for this came to me all at once and just about drew itself. I'm also grateful for a Sharpie paint marker that I recently found. It goes over everything very nicely. I've used it some on the larger piece that's in the works. The image of this one is about 5 x 8 inches.
As always, click on the image to see it larger.