Saturday, December 27, 2014

El Tigre

Ever since I saw Pee Wee's Big Adventure I wanted his awesome tiger he sported on the handle bars of his bike. I've looked online an haven't found one thus far..bummer. Meantime I love tiger's and old circus animals and images, probably because my great grandfather was a lion trainer and his son my grandfather was a monkey trainer and did wonderful shows and was an artist as well who painted his own prop's and scenery. It was a child's dream to spend time with my grandpa and be behind the scenes with him at the zoo. Anyhoo I'm getting all nostalgic and I just really wanted to come up with a fun tiger drawing that I can possibly print on fabric and make myself a garment. Here's a few with some potential, either way I enjoyed this days sketch.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Birdie on a Bottle

I'm a bird lover, so no doubt you will see many in my new sketchbook project. I feed lots of little tweet's on my back deck and thus have constant inspiration. My Grammy and I made little terrarium's and other little nature craft's when I would come stay  over and this watercolor remind's me of those lovely times with her.
Happy Tuesday!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

In my sketch book

Ok so i have sketchbook's galore yet have not one complete, so I am going to try my darnedest to fill an entire book with what I will call artistic discipline. I feel the need to train myself to not only stimulate my creativity if possible on a daily basis but also fight the procrastinator in me and eventually hold an entire work in my paint bespeckled little hands. I admire so many artist's who have volumes of work and so here I go with mine. Oh and since time has always been a giant factor in my willy nilly ways, I'm going to try to give myself 30-60 min max so I can motivate myself to squeeze art in as much as possible! Aaaand page one starts with me watching Emma and admiring the dance and all the lovely gown's and here's my take.
 Happy( and hopefully an artsy) day to you!

Friday, December 12, 2014

An Ode To Dottie Angel

Oh Dottie Angel how I love your cheery, comfy, colorful frocks!
So much I admire them that I will try with all my might to make my own, with my limited sewing skills( as I just snip and sew on the fly) . 
I try to wait patiently for that day ( hopefully soon) when your patterns make their grand debut... But alas.. Until then I find that I am constantly tempted at the  Store Ala Fabrique ( totally made that up- aka: The Fabric Store) and all its bolts and bolts of vintagey florals, calicos, and other goody goodnesses ! 
 I finally just give in, purchase my yardage, then carry on to the Casa where I rummage through my stash of real vintage textiles, laces and notions and then plunk down all on the studio floor and let the vision (albeit simple)begin. 
Add an unusual pocket made from an old  fabric sample and a wonderful handmade lace collar from my Grammy ( I attached it with snaps for careful wear) and I found I was pleased as punch at my not so pretty as yours but uniquely me and wearable frock of my own. I shall wear it proudly and think of you , and thank you indeed for your inspiring way's and wares.
 Oh so sincerely, Dawn