Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Butterfly Beauty

This is my most recent piece - and just took a few hours. So thankful for this template by Ben Kwok on FaceBook, at Ornation Creation. He creates the most amazing templates and we decorate them to our hearts desire!

I decided to use white on black for this one, but am also going to try a coloured one.

It reminds me of some previous work I have done - ends up looking like crocheted work. I love the clarity and simplicity of it.

This picture doesn't do it justice, unfortunately, but perhaps clicking on it for an enlargement would help.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Christmas in June

Both of my male British cousins sent me lovely greeting cards this past Christmas. They are so beautiful - winter scenes of an English Village - that I have kept them with the intent of drawing them. You can view my version of the one my cousin Snafu and his wife sent me, a few posts back.

It has taken me 5 months to complete my cousin Alan's card, but finally, here it is:

I love the splash of colour in the bottom left corner.

This is the original:

Scanning this hasn't done it justice, but it is especially lovely because of the 'silver dust' snow on it. I hadn't realized how very difficult it is to draw snow without using a white pencil/crayon. I opted against using the silver dust as it can get very messy!
Looking forward to what my cousins can come up with next Christmas!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Snowed Under!

Well, a slight exaggeration. But it sure feels like it, considering just how long this snow has been around - a good number of months now, with no thaw in sight. And we are hoping for a gentle, lengthy thaw, or many of us are going to end up with flooded basements!

Even the squirrels are desperate...too much snow to find their hoardings from the beginning of winter. They are now reduced to the seeds dropping from the bird feeders above. The reindeer looks like he is still smiling, but I think he is actually gritting his teeth. Unfortunately, his owners are unable to reach the electrical cord to bring him in. Our whole neighbourhood still looks like Christmas...decorations everywhere. The Christmas lights we spread across the bushes in front of the house are totally buried.

There is at least a foot and a half of snow around us all in this neighbourhood. Not counting the piles from shoveling.
View from living room window

view from my armchair

Back garden

Oh, the indignity of it all...

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Finally, a cat that doesn't make me sneeze!
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Monday, February 24, 2014

The hurrier I go, the behinder I get!

As usual, so much to post, so little time to do it.
But had to post this one.
My cousin, snafu, and his better half, sent us such a beautiful Christmas card this year. And you know the old saying, "Imitation is the best form of flattery."
Well, this is just the kind of scene I love to draw, but have not yet been able to draw one from my imagination, so decided to do my own sketch of this. It was SUCH a delight to draw!
Here is my version:
I call this English Village. I intentionally left the decorations off the Christmas trees.
and here is the original:
It is a charity card, by the Sue Ryder Care charity - copyrighted!
My sister tells me I have a very light hand, and I can see she is right. So I will need to go over my copy with  a VERY fine pen...I am terrified of ruining wasn't done in a day! But at least I have it scanned now.
Interestingly, my other cousin, A, also sent a beautiful Christmas card of a typical English scene.
I am going to work on that one next!
Thanks Cuz's!!