Wild Clematis

I am seeing lots of wild clematis on my morning walks. I took a bunch of photos and decided to do a watercolor sketch in my sketchbook.

The leaves don’t really look like this in the wild, mainly you just see the flowers and vines. But it needed some leaves so I just added them in from a different photo.

Another item of note, we finished our ski chair this afternoon. I will be posting about it soon over on the Felting and Fiber Studio so you can see the finished chair and hopefully see it in its location for the summer before the auction. Have a great weekend!

Happy New Year!

Here we are at the end of 2016 and looking forward to 2017. It’s hard to believe how quickly the years zip by. I am really looking forward to 2017 as I have finally signed up for Level 3 Art and Design with Gail Harker. I have wanted to take this class for years and it has finally worked out so that I can. It starts in February and I’m excited to get started.

I am working hard to get my last online class completed so I edited photos, put them in the right places in PDF’s and edited videos today. So I’ve only got a bit more to go and then machine stitching on felt will be ready to go. I think that I will probably hold the first class in March.


Here’s a sketch I did this week of a pile of rocks. This stack of rocks is on the path that I follow in the summer time when I walk every morning. And the rocks are really different colors. I think the top two in the sketch look like they are a bit off balance as I got the angles slightly off but I did like the way the sketch turned out.

Happy New Year and all the best for a creative 2017!

Sketchbook Update

I have been working in my sketchbook intermittently. I showed you the weeping birch sketch but thought I would play around with it in Photoshop to see if I could color the background. But I couldn’t figure out how to do that easily. I always forget how to use all the features and the complexity of the program always discourages me from trying much. But I can add filters to see the different effects.

Sketchbook - Weeping Birch cropped

Here’s the original.

Sketchbook - Weeping Birch bas relief

This is the bas relief filter. So it does give the effect of a colored background somewhat.

Sketchbook - Weeping Birch glowing edge

This filter is called glowing edge. Essentially just reverses the colors in this sketch.

Sketchbook - Weeping Birch palette knife

And this one is called palette knife. I think I could use this to carve a lino cut stamp. I might give it a try if I can get it transferred clearly enough.

Sketchbook - Yellow Hibiscus web

This is a recent sketch that I drew from a photo from my Hawaii trip. The scanner just didn’t pick up the shadows and the highlights on the flower very well. Maybe a photo of it would work better. Hope you have a good weekend. Thanks for stopping by.



Playing in my Sketchbook

I always take my sketchbook with me when I travel and I recently took a trip to the east coast. These are a few of the pages that I worked on during my travels.

The top two were rusted already and I added the blue. The other two colorful ones had a layer of paint and soy wax and I added a bit more color to them, filling in the areas that were white from the soy wax. And the last one is a sketch I did at my sister’s house. This is a seed pod from a Sweetgum tree. We don’t have them in Montana so I picked up one on my walk and sketched it.

These two I did at home. I like the one on the right but I’m not so sure about the one with leaves. And thanks Teri for your suggestion of adding some black pen. Hope you all have a good weekend.

Sketch While You Wait

I was waiting this morning while my husband underwent a procedure. So I took a long my sketchbook, Inktense pencils and a water pen.

Mountain Orchid

This is a sketch of a Mountain Orchid from a photo my sister took while she was here. It’s also known as a lady slipper. I worked on this sketch for several days and had painted the center portion with white acrylic paint so that it would cover the background green. These are really cool flowers and I like how the sketch came out. I think it would be cool to try to felt one of these flowers in gigantic size compared to the real flowers.


Here’s the photo of the flower. I now see some details that I didn’t get into the sketch and the scanner didn’t catch all the shading I did on the white part of the flower.

Purple Flower

Here’s the second sketch I worked on today. This was quite a complicated flower but once I got started it wasn’t that hard to recreate. I can never remember what these are called but I have them in my front flower beds. They spread like crazy and take over but the deer don’t eat them so that works for me. In case you’re wondering, my husband is doing well. Have a great weekend!