Fall Issue

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This illustration is for a devotional about vessels.  The theme of this fall issue for Daughters of Promise magazine is ENOUGH and how we can know/have/are what is enough – as vessels to be filled and poured out.  Are we enough?  Do we believe God is?  Are we filled by His love, peace, joy, hope, and truth?  The style of illustration is folk art inspired and the magazine editor added the background color they wanted – I love the look of the dark background!  Can’t wait to sit and have a read through!

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Autumn and Art Class

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I had to rescue this monarch from the cold, rainy day outside!  Autumn has arrived with it’s chilly nights and rainy days!

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I have a craft class to teach for homeschool group this year.  I’m doing a gift theme for all my girls this year.  Crepe paper flower gift toppers, hand stamped wrapping paper, paper cut pop-up greeting cards, and hand painted mugs for the actual gift!  I’ve got examples of the crepe paper gift toppers ready for the first class, to give them ideas for shape/color/sizes!

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I’m also working on a hellebore flower pattern for a publication this winter!  It’s a challenge to get the right proportions, shape, etc…but I think I’ve got them worked out – I’ll share all about this project when it’s finished and printed this winter ; )

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And, of course, I’m still doodling in my sketchbooks at every opportunity!  It’s basically my exercise/practice – keeps me limber in my mind and hands and pushes me to better performance!  That’s what I’ve been up to lately.  How about you?  What fills your free time?!

 

Autumn is Pink

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Pink is everywhere in my world these days – even at the zoo!  I’m drawn to it’s soft blush in the transition from summer to autumn.  My hydrangea, dahlias, and fall anemone are all in shades of pink.  I’m also working on a template for paper hellebore flowers!  Stay tuned for that ; )  Do you have a favorite late summer/autumn color right now?

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Sketchbook

 

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I’ve been more in a doodle-in-my-sketchbooks mood lately.  Sometimes painting on final peices just feels to difficult, when there’s other things in life that need more attention.  The boys started school again between family vacations on the weekends ; )  It’s a big year for our 7th grader who is going away to Harpswell Coastal Academy for the first time.  That leaves just me and my 5th grader for homeschool this year!  I’m sad to say goodbye to summer…but time marches on and so must I!

Twinleaf

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Painting these flowers may make better use of my resources then growing them – the flowers are so short lived in the spring time!  I love the shape of the leaves and seedpods though…maybe someday I’ll add them to my woodland garden!  I’ve been enjoying as much time as possible painting out on my porch this summer!

On another note – I found these cute little beaded moccasins and couldn’t resist – even though they are only “vegan leather”.

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