Sunday, June 16, 2019

Happy Father's Day

HWNSNBP and the newest grandson taken last weekend.  A new little fishing buddy.

Friday, June 14, 2019

ICAD 2019 - Week 2

As I mentioned, I'm working ahead on the ribbon portion and I've found that it's absolutely necessary as I didn't take into account the parts of the ribbon from future cards that are also on present cards.  Since the rainbow has an order to it, I can't just start randomly with a color - one has to flow to the next card.  So I've had to set them all out to see just how far in advance I have to work to get a particular card done.  In one or two cases, I've had to work a week out on the ribbon.  Live and learn!

Day 8 - Goggles

Day 9 - Macaron

Day 10 - Sapphire

Day 11 - Palm 

Day 12 - Tapestry (which turned out to look more like a rag rug to me)

Day 13 - Balcony
From The Balcony of the Casa Rosada - Evita

Day 14 - Thread
Faux embroidery.

I had a real crazy thing happen to me last Saturday.  I had been working on my goggle card the night before as I've been trying to do, and was tired and left it on the table overnight.  When I woke up in the morning, it was where I had left it, but there was a word written on it that I cannot, for the life of me, remember putting there. It has nothing to do with the prompt whatsoever.  HWNSNBP swears, and I believe him, that he did not do it.  So the question is, who did?  It creeped me out so much it took me all day Saturday to want to get back to finishing it.  

I'm seeing FARCE but I don't know why it's there.  Strange.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Sunshine Comes From New Zealand

Going through some photos I realized that there are quite a few that I hadn't posted including these.  This card came from my blogging friend Sunshine in New Zealand as a note of thanks for thinking of here in a special way after an accident she had.  I organized a card party of sorts for her in March with my Pig Ladies, hoping to lift her spirits and it seemed to have done the trick.  She got cards from as close as California and as far away as Ireland, with the majority of them coming from right here in New Jersey which isn't just down the block either.  

Isn't this so true.  My "Pig Ladies" embraced her with thoughts of a speedy recovery and concern for her well-being.  They worked a little flying pig magic you might say.

Even the outside of the envelope was decorated.  

I am blessed with such wonderful and caring friends.  I know Sunshine said she was going to thank everyone individually when she was feeling better but I wanted to say thanks also.  You made my heart proud!

Friday, June 7, 2019

ICAD 2019

June rolls around and it's time for ICAD - Index Card A Day brought to us by Tammy Garcia aka Daisy Yellow.  Tammy provides 61 days worth of prompts for this two-month challenge.  Check that, there are a few more than 61 prompts as she also provides warm-up exercises for the week before - all being totally optional.

I was loving doing the rainbow ribbons in my sketchbook and thought it might be cool to try them on my index cards.  There were several decisions to be made thought.  First, would the ribbon be contained on each card or should I link them together?  And if I linked them together would it be for the entire two months or a shorter period of time? Second, the medium for the ribbon.  In my sketchbook I had been using watercolor markers, but there would be a lot of blending involved and index cards don't really allow for much blending.  Once you touch the marker to the paper it soaks in making blending pretty hard.  And I needed to decide what the background to the ribbon would be.  Would it be simply a different type of media, or would I use the prompts.

So here's what I decided.  The ribbon would be colored with colored pencils - a somewhat inexpensive set that was easy to use.  The ribbon would link through the cards and I would only do the ribbon on the first month - so 30 days (31 including the title card).  And I'm trying to use the prompts as the background filler of various media, but not necessarily different on each day.

Day 1 - Mailbox

Day 2 - Peppermint

Day 3 - Magenta

Day 4 - Reflection

Day 5 - Tourist Map

Day 6 - Leaf or Petal

Day 7 - Stencil

This is how I started the ribbon. I taped 31 cards to a wall and started drawing the circles and then penciled in the loops. I made sure to carefully number the cards so I could do them in order. 

I am working ahead on the ribbon part so I can keep up with the daily prompts on schedule.  I'm looking forward to seeing it all put together at the end of June.  Then I'll have to think about what to do for July......any suggestions?

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Sunsets, Baby Blues, and a Little Boy

I have some posting to catch up on.  Here it is June and I've not shared a few things from May yet.  I'll start with the sunsets.  Sunsets at our home in Branchburg aren't as easy to capture as the ones in Barnegat for a couple of reasons.  Because we're on the ground and pretty much surrounded by trees there really isn't a clear line to capture the color, but every once and a while, the color is so spectacular that the trees make it a little more dramatic.

Standing in the driveway to take that picture, I turned around and the windows on the house reflected it all so I tried to capture that too. 

Some more sunsets from Barnegat.

Last Friday night the sun looked like that "Red Rubber Ball" in the sky as it set. 

And our five little bluebirds fledged just before Memorial Day.  Hoping for a new nest at home but I can report at this time that there's a nest being built in the new box that we put outside my bosses window at school. 

We had some play time with this little guy this past weekend. He's growing up so fast!

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Pineapples and Rainbow Ribbons

I was staying at my daughter's house to help her after her little boy was born and was inspired by her love of pineapples.  She has a few in various forms scattered through her house.  The pineapple is a symbol of welcome in the south and because the Chinese word for pineapple is so close to the word for good luck it has become a feng shui symbol of fortune and wealth.  I guess it's a good thing to have around then!

Some of these were quick little drawings that I did while she and the baby were sleeping.

And when I got home I started experimenting with adding some tangles to the pineapples as well as incorporating some rainbow ribbons.

The ribbon theme kind of got away from me in the one below, but there's still a rainbow of color.

And this one was done in a larger sketch book with some Posca paint pens.  I'm thinking I'm not done yet pursuing this theme and may try one or two on canvas to see if she would like to add to her collection.

I guess I'm also not done with the rainbow ribbon theme that I started whilst doing the "Everything Circles" challenge.  These continue also.

Right now I'm getting ready to participate in ICAD once again.  And I'm toying with an idea than doesn't involve the prompts.  Let's see if I can pull this together by Saturday when it begins.