Sunday, May 31, 2015

Pens...Pens and More Pens

Creating custom pen holders was something that Chris and I were doing to take care of students in my classes. But we have been overwhelmed with requests for special painted designs and colour combinations. I love the ideas that have been coming from the customers. The designs are stretching me. We currently have a 12-15 week waiting list to get the pens done and shipped. Hoping to bring some to IAMPETH this year as well. Here are a few recent pens. I love the bunny pen!!!
It was created after I posted an Easter illuminated design. I will probably make one for myself in the future. Chris turned the pen out of Holly and it is a dream to work with.
The Pink Princess pen is done on Canadian Curly maple.
This Cyclamen pink pen is also done on Canadian Curly maple and embellished with offhand flourishing. Having fun with these designs.

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Haven is Ready

Winter has given up and the outdoor studio is set up and ready for work!
Seasons go by too quickly here for me to stay indoors doing my work in my little studio. I love to be surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature as I work. This year, study time is with a new Botanical painting book by Muriel Thurstan and Rosie Martin.
The book has beautiful step by step instruction and is worth the price for the colour mixing section alone. I am not a huge fan of the double primary mixing system but I am giving it a try with their recommended colours.
I think the colour that always me threw me off in that system was having Cerulean Blue as my warm blue. The authors have recommeded Prussian Blue as the warm blue and I am enjoying the variations it is capable of. Spring and Summer are my busiest seasons but I am looking foward to the lessons I can continue to learn in my little outdoor haven.