Thursday, June 29, 2006

Haiku - FIBS

Well, here is my first attempt:


not a cloud
breezes will not blow
time to stop and listen softly

List Friday for Pomegranates and Paper

Raf took this on June 2, 2006, in Stephenville TX. Visit Raf's Rincon.

Where I have been on the 4th of July:

1. As a child in Texas in the '40's and '50's, we usually stayed home, had a picnic with friends and my granny who lived next door. I do remember Daddy getting various small fireworks. One was a firework that you placed on the ground, lit it, and it travelled all over the ground sparkling. Daddy always called them "Mother-in-law Chasers", because the thing seemed to follow Granny wherever she went. So she usually sat up on her porch, out of the way.
2. For several years Raf and I went to Maine over the summer and thoroughly enjoyed the Independence Day celebrations there. They seemed more meaningful, probably because Maine was involved in Independence...Texas was not. They always had spectacular parades and wonderful fireworks displays.
3. A few times we have driven out to our local country club where folks are allowed to shoot off their own fireworks. We never shot, just watched.
4. Once we went to Possum Kingdom Lake to watch the fireworks display, only to discover we were there the wrong day...they never hold them on the 4th. Who knows??
5. Most recently we drive the 42 miles south to my hometown, Stephenville, Texas, where at their park (which used to be my friend, Helen's, father's pasture) we have a grand time. There they have built a wonderful amphitheatre. On the 4th they have a musical show and a huge fireworks display. Many of our family and friends join us for a picnic on the grounds. This year Gary P. Nunn will be performing, and, since we are in a state-wide burn ban, who knows if we will have those long awaited fireworks?

Poetry Thursday - Poetry Everyday

Fixin' To

I'm fixin' to do that
As soon as I kin
I'm fixin' to do it
I jest don't know when.

I'm fixin' to fix
That ole washin' machine
I'm fixin' to do it
You know what I mean.

I'm fixin' to cut
Down those little ole trees
I'm fixin' to do it...
As soon as I please.

I'm fixin', I'm fixin'
Don't 'xactly know when
But I really will do it
As soon as I can.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

2 More Siouxie-Quities

Well, I've been making some more pins. The larger one is of felt with beaded arms, fishing swivel legs, and yarn hair. The other is only a face with yarn hair. I am using Twinkling H2Os for the face painting, and it is working very a shimmer to the faces.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Going to the cats and dog

Tennessee Jake Brake, age 2 1/2
Gus our best cat, age 13
Sadie, age 12
Poke, the "Cat from Hell" or Hell Cat as Jennifer calls him, age 14

Well, everyone was relaxing yesterday. Our kitties and our puppy are great to have around. Most are old, though one is young. We enjoy them immensley. Hope you'll enjoy their photos.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Don't Judge us Just Because we are Called Episcopal - We are Anglican!!

This has been a hard week for those of us you are conservative Angelo Catholics, as the Episcopal Church in the United States as decided to throw out Christian and Biblical teachings and strike in a totally non-Christian direction.

The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Fort Worth has issued this statement:

"The Bishop and the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth appeal in good faith to the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Primates of the Anglican Communion and the Panel of Reference for immediate alternative Primatial oversight and Pastoral Care following the election of Katharine Jefferts Schori as Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. This action is taken as a cooperative member of the Anglican Communion Network in light of the Windsor Report and its recommendations."

We are in the Diocese of Fort Worth and applaude our bishop and this committee for making our stand known to the whole of the Anglican Communion.

I believe that the only thing we can do right now is to behave the way we believe Christ would wish and to pray, attend Mass, and work together.

God bless the Anglican Communion Network, and particularly the bishops of the dioceses of Fort Worth, Bishop Jack Iker, Quincy, Bishop Keith Ackerman, and San Joaquin, Bishop John David Schofield. They are the leaders as we fight for our Church.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Siouxie-Qutie Pin

Siouxie-Q Pin
Originally uploaded by siouxsue42.
This is made of felt, beads, clay, and yarn and can be created in all sizes, colored, and styles.

These take about an hour to make. The paper clay takes about a day to dry, but the res doesn't take too long. It's fun to make and everyone loves them...especially the rosy, red nipples!!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Fabric Doll Pins - North Central Texas Mixed Media

I made this pin for my friend Louise.
Sandi Wheeler made this pin for me when our North Central Texas Mixed Media Group met. She made one for each member present.
At our most recent face-to-face meet-up Sandi Wheeler made each member a fabric doll. In turn I made one for my friend, Louise, and intend to make more shortly.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

another Moggie/Moggy

Raf was in bed, so I decided to try and draw another cat in particular, just a tabby moggy. This was pen and ink with prismacolor pencils on watercolor cold press 140 lb.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Saturday offerings

Jake from and white cat...needs loads of work
flower to try out my new Derwent Inktense the intensity of the color!

Between the exercises for my p/t and Raf's stomach and b/p stuff, this has been a ---- of a day, but tonight I tried, not too successfully to draw Jake for I Draw My Cat and to try out the Inktense pencils. They are sooooo intense!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Drawing at the Famous

The Famous Water Company in Mineral Wells uses the old wells which were discovered in the 1800's a curative...the water with lithium cured "The Crazy Lady". Today the Famous sells water and in the spring they also serve meal Saturday, June 17, beginning at 7pm. Reservations are suggested.

Carol Elder, owner, is allowing me to come to the garden and draw. Here is a lily I drew this morning. I used micron pen with prismacolor colored pencils on moleskine. I tried the technique Cynthis Padilla uses of not coloring in all the plant.

Monday, June 12, 2006

EDM Challenge #71 - Sport

Just a quick rendering for one of my favorite sports...sumo wrestling. I'm not a very big fan of team sports (unless my grandchildren are playing), and Raf and I enjoy sumo and world's strongest men about as much as any sport.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Jungle - Illustration Friday Challenge

Illustration Friday's Challenge this week is "JUNGLE". The song, "It's a Jungle Out There", the theme song for MONK, kept running around in my head. It was written by Randy Newman, and I tried to illustrate Monk's feeling of a jungle.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

One Elephant Ear

One Elephant Ear
Originally uploaded by siouxsue42.
Well, I took photos of the plants today, and this afternoon I drew this elephant ear from a photo. I used colored pencils on moleskine, but I don't like it artistically nearly as well as I do the ones before using pen and ink and watercolor. Technically, I suppose this one is better, but I don't like it. I think this is saying to me, again, that I like working in pen and ink and watercolor better than colored pencil...and I like to results much better. What do you think??

Elephant Ear - plein air

Elephant Ear - plein air
Originally uploaded by siouxsue42.
I am lucky enough to have found a small garden at the Famous Water Company here in Mineral Wells. Carol, the owner, is allowing me to come any time to drawn and paint. Today was the first day. I am not particularly pleased with the drawing, but I did enjoy doing it. It was done with mircon pen and Derwent Watercolor and graphitint pencils and niji brushes on moleskine.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Pear - compare

I would like your honest comments about which medium you think I should concentrate on, pen and ink with watercolor or colored pencil.

This was done with Prismacolor colored pencils on regular moleskine.

This one was done with pen and ink and colored with watercolor (which I don't really like as well as regular moleskine for this application).

Any suggestions you could give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!

Sunday, June 04, 2006

I Paint My Cat Flickr Group

I joined the Flickr group, I Paint My Cat, because I wanted to practice drawing cats...which I find very hard. I don't seem to be able to draw them from life, as they move, so I took the photo below of Gus...our best cat...and then drew him in colored pencil.

Gus, age 14, photo taken yesterday
My rendering of Gus in Prismacolor Colored Pencil.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

List Friday -- The Muses

New art supplies -- just received some new Prismacolor colored pencils and the colors and texture of the color makes me yearn to use them...tomorrow I will
Music -- particularly Celtic, as in Cherish the Ladies, or Latin, as in Del Castillo.
Bird Watching -- Seeing the birds at my feeders, and seeing the black-bellied whistling ducks with the red feet and pink bills
Other's Art -- I am constantly inspired by all the people on my yahoo art groups who do such amazing work
Turning off the TV, the books, the computer, the Noise -- getting away from the excuses NOT to paint or write

Friday, June 02, 2006

Faerie ATC Swap for APL Creations

Rapunzel, let down your hair!
Faerie gliding down a moonbeam
Dance, Faerie, Dance.

These are ATC's I just created for a faerie tale swap.


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