Five Years.

poppies May and June are non-stop parties for us now.  We celebrated our five year anniversary this year, last week actually.  Phew, like a snap of the fingers it went that fast for me.  Raul's mom watched the kiddo for us and we went out for a delicious dinner.  We need to do it a little bigger, five years and all, so we are planning a road trip this month.

The colors in this painting were my wedding colors, pretty much my favorites.  Warm all the way.  Peonies and roses, our wedding day was beautiful.  Spring time and these colors have not worn out their welcome with me at all.  Love ya babe!

Illustration Friday - Liquid

liquid This is my attempt for Illustration Friday's "Liquid" and also an entry for 52 Designs.

I did something a little different this time.  I have been wanting to try inking again and I have tried crow quills before.  I found this Introduction to Illustration video (inking and watercolor intro) on YouTube and was inspired to experiment with tones and brush work.  Need to keep from getting stagnant and try different things right?  I'm pleased with how it came out! Two people that inspire me are Hope Larson (inking and line skills) and Sophie Blackall (watercolor skills).


Higgins Waterproof Ink Windsor Newton watercolors Windsor Series 7 Round Brush in 00 Watercolor paper tablet by HandBook

Happy Tuesday!

Illustration Friday - Storm


Bunny is so hungry, there's a storm in his belly.

My attempt for Illustration Friday's Storm. Some parts of my Illustrator process take too long so I wanted to see if I could work on those with this image.  The experiment was a success, working in AI is a puzzle sometimes.

I'm reading a few books at the moment:

Drawn to Life Volume 1 : 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Class by Walt Stanchfield

A Field Guide to Fabric Design: Design, Print and Sell Your Own Fabric by Kimberly Kight

Making an Impression: Designing and Crafting Artful Stamps by Geninne D. Zlatkis

IF - New

christmas bear Christmas is over? Bah humbug!  Can't be, I love it too much and it is flooding my sketches still.  ;)

This is my attempt for Illustration Friday's word, New.

I'm enjoying my vacation and all of the organization for months is paying off now.  All we have left is my side of the master closet (ahem), Raul's office/my sewing room and the pantry to go.  I love ABFOL and the biggest takeaway from her site was the mail system.  That is by far the best thing for us because we don't continually each have a pile of mail to go through for each of us.  We have a folder for each of us, a TO PAY folder, and a TO FILE folder.  That way we can go through our own folders when we want to and there is no paper trail or paper piles all over.  For coupons I got a little zip up pack from the Container Store and I keep that in the main car we drive.  That way the coupons are always with us on the go.  Plus I installed apps for Michaels and JoAnns so I can have their most up to date coupons as well.

Do you have any organization tips?  I am pretty much obsessed with it now.