Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Pen and Ink Bottles and Shading

I am using Claudia Nice's book, First Steps Drawing in Pen and Ink, to refine my drawing abilities. This bottle was copies from a contour drawing she made.
This one was from a stippled drawing she made.
Then I set up this bottle and drew it using stippling. This book is really helping me!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Falling into Autumn

Using Claudia Nice's techniques, I drew these two leaves as ATCs for friends of mine. I love Claudia's methods!

First Sunday in Advent

OLD TESTAMENT: Isaiah 2: 1 - 5

Isai 2:1 (NRSV) The word that Isai'ah son of A'moz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2 In days to come
the mountain of the LORD's house
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and shall be raised above the hills;
all the nations shall stream to it.
3 Many peoples shall come and say,
"Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
to the house of the God of Jacob;
that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths."
For out of Zion shall go forth instruction,
and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
4 He shall judge between the nations,
and shall arbitrate for many peoples;
they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more.
5 O house of Jacob,
come, let us walk
in the light of the LORD!


Psal 122:1 (NRSV) I was glad when they said to me,
"Let us go to the house of the LORD!"
2 Our feet are standing
within your gates, O Jerusalem.
3 Jerusalem--built as a city
that is bound firmly together.
4 To it the tribes go up,
the tribes of the LORD,
as was decreed for Israel,
to give thanks to the name of the LORD.
5 For there the thrones for judgment were set up,
the thrones of the house of David.
6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
"May they prosper who love you.
7 Peace be within your walls,
and security within your towers."
8 For the sake of my relatives and friends
I will say, "Peace be within you."
9 For the sake of the house of the LORD our God,
I will seek your good.

122 Laetatus sum (ECUSA BCP)

1 I was glad when they said to me, *
"Let us go to the house of the Lord."

2 Now our feet are standing *
within your gates, O Jerusalem.

3 Jerusalem is built as a city *
that is at unity with itself;

4 To which the tribes go up,
the tribes of the Lord, *
the assembly of Israel,
to praise the Name of the Lord.

5 For there are the thrones of judgment, *
the thrones of the house of David.

6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: *
"May they prosper who love you.

7 Peace be within your walls *
and quietness within your towers.

8 For my brethren and companions' sake, *
I pray for your prosperity.

9 Because of the house of the Lord our God, *
I will seek to do you good."

NEW TESTAMENT: Romans 13: 11 - 14

Roma 13:8 (NRSV) 11 Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; 12 the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; 13 let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

GOSPEL: Matthew 24: 36 - 44 (RCL)

Matt 24:36 (NRSV) "But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, 39 and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. 41 Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. 42 Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43 But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Quick and to the Point...Thanks, Guys!

Yesterday Rafael and Darrell cleaned out the shed. It was a total mess, but that got it all cleaned out, we went through everything, threw tons of stuff away, and then Darrell insulated the ceiling and the walls. It will be much warmer in there now...much warmer...or colder, as the case may be. Carolyn did a ton of work, too, toting and carrying stuff all over the place, and Bethy got in on the act and helped carry the loom to the shed. Today Raf and I went through some other stuff, but the cold weather has old arthur...itis acting up a LOT!

Friday, November 26, 2010

More Thanksgiving Photos

Carolyn's 3, Joey, Beth, and John
Christi's Jennifer and Carolyn's Beth
Our 4 grandsons, Travis, Tim, Joey, John
Tim eating
John's Diesel
Turtle telling me there is a big, black monster outside!
Bethy journaling
Christi and Bethy

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Beautiful Day!

This was early this morning. Top to bottom, 1. Son-in-law Darrell cooking; 2. Bethy making a face while sitting on her daddy's lap; 3. Carolyn and Rafael watching the Macy's 84th Thanksgiving Day Parade; 4. Snacks while we prepare food; 5. Turtle gets out of the way in preparation for John's big German Shepherd, Diesel.

More to to come tomorrow. Up to 48,138 words in nanowrimo as of this morning.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Cooking and a Leaf...a busy day!

This is the raspberry pie I made for ME. I got the recipe here at
Thibeault's Table , and it looks delicious. Can't wait to try it.

These buttermilk pies are for my daughter, Carolyn, who loves them. I never make them the same way twice, but they always turn out ok.
These pumpkin pies are for everyone else! Made from the recipe on the Libby's 100% pumpkin can.
This cranberry sauce is never made the same way twice, either. This time with honey, orange juice, apple/raspberry juice, orange zest, and pumpkin pie seasoning.

I'm glad I drew this yesterday, because I never got to draw today! Boooooo... I did, however, write 1900 words for nanowrimo.

Leaves, Starving Artists, and Writing

Last night I made Kielbasa & Kraut Medley that I got from Cathy Johnson and Joseph Ruckman's blog called Starving Artists...in the Kitchen. I am including their recipe here, but they have many recipes on their blog:

4 6-8” kielbasa (about 2 lbs)
2 C sauerkraut
4 small apples (Jonathans are good), cored and sliced
1 large onion, quartered and sliced
Canola oil

Brown the kielbasa well in a little bit of canola oil. Remove from pan, add onion and cook until glazed. Add apples and cook until slightly browned. If you’re drinking beer or hard cider while cooking, you can add a little of that. Add kielbasa and kraut. Stir up well, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes. Serves six--or makes wonderful leftovers!

Try this. It is wonderful. I will be really good for a church covered dish dinner, too!

Toni Kelly also has a great soup recipe group on Facebook called Soup Night and Recipe Swap. It's getting to be Soup weather again, after all.

Yesterday my daughter, Carolyn, came over and asked for my beef stew recipe. I don't have a recipe! I told her sort of what I do, but, hey, I just do it as I feel it. You know?
Here is yesterday's leaf with sepia pen and light gray brush pen added.

I am looking out my studio window at the golden wisteria leaves with butterflies dancing all around. Decided to go out and take some photos...they don't do it justice. I am always amazed at our fall butterflies, and, of course, in Texas we have leaves that are still green, as well as those turning color. We have many colored leaves in Texas, and this fall, probably because of a wet year, the colors are riotous! Hey, if you haven't been down Texas Highway 4, you better do it soon and they state is going to impound it...grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

And here is our "cammo" cat ready for fall. In fact, the first day of dove season she got more than our son-in-law! We tell her not to eat the red ones! lol
Today I am up to 44,112 words in nanowrimo!

Well, that's all for today, folks. God bless you and yours.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Writing and Art Today

The is the WIP of the VanGogh project from willowing.org.
This is part of my studio...showing a card Toby sent me, Blick oils, leaves, and a pencil drawing of a leaf.
Pencil drawing of one of the leaves.
The leaves..the yellow one from our yard, the others from the church.
Mixed media card for Thanksgiving from my friend Toby with whom I grew up in Stephenville, Texas. Toby never forgets a holiday!

Today I caught up on nanowrimo. I did 3100 words today with a total of 41,506 in all. 50,000 does not a novel make. Publishers don't want it with less than 80,000. They like them over 100,000. Raf is editing the first novel now, but his laptop is in the shop, so he has to work on his desktop.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Today was Wonderful!

Church. Always a good thing!

Then. . .

Then we met with most of our family at the Hulen Movie Tavern in Fort Worth to see Part 1 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. John made reservations for 11 of us including his girlfriend, Sarah, Raf and me, Kathi and her kids Dani and Tim, and Christi and Brian and their kids Jenn and Travis. This is one of our many family traditions.

I REALLY liked the Movie Tavern. Very comfortable, good food, good sound, wonderful visual! We will go there again.

Then on to Central Market...twice in one week...for good food!!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

in the Manner of Van Gogh WIP

This is the WIP of a mixed media piece I am painting for willowing.ning's monthly November Art Challenge. Tam's challenge:

"One of the most famous of the old masters, with such a sad life, mesmerizing many of us in this day and age with his stunning paintings!

"This month: try to create a painting in the painterly style of Vincent van Gogh."

If you enjoy a monthly challenge and the ability to discuss with other artists around the world, this is the place for you. Also, tune in to willowing. org for lots of inspiration or follow Tam on Facebook.

Thanksgiving/Christmas Boxes

Today about 20 of us from St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Mineral Wells, Texas, delivered 30 Thanksgiving/Christmas boxes with enough food to feed a family of four for two weeks in each box. This is a tradition our church's Outreach Committee has done for years, and it really meets the needs of our community. The people we delivered to were very grateful, and it is heart-warming to see that we are helping our townspeople...especially the elderly. We don't honor the elderly the way they were honored in the past, and this is quite a shame.

Friday, November 19, 2010

ATCs for November

The willowing and friends art challenge for November has several parts. The ATC swap theme is butterflies. These butterflies are headed for Canada. I know it will be cold up there, but I think their recipient will keep them warm! Enjoy! Tomorrow I will work on the other challenge, try to create a painting in the painterly style of Vincent van Gogh. I have a start, but I have a fur piece to go.

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