The first pictures.

I’ve been scrambling this month to meet the self-appointed goal of completing 3-4 paintings (which turned into drawings) for a local gallery/framing shop by the first of November.  The owner kindly volunteered to frame a few pieces for me and put them in the window to see if they sell.  One of the main reasons why I do work on commission is that it’s so darn expensive to frame things anymore, so this seemed like a really great opportunity to me (she’ll subtract the cost of framing if the pieces sell). 

Two Pomegranates

Anyhow, after a few hours and quite a bit of wasted gouache, I realized that painting just isn’t working for me at the moment.  I’ve always been more of a drawer anyway, so I returned to my old friend, the Prismacolor Colored Pencil Set.  Colored pencils are fabulous.  They give you so much control and can be as messy or precise as you like.  And the colors layer beautifully – the closer you look at a drawing, the more vibrant it becomes.

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In the end, 3-4 drawings turned into 3 drawings due to a sewing project that I randomly decided HAD to get done.  So, I present the pomegranates and the squash.  The pomegranates are studies for a large commissioned piece that I need to finish by Thanksgiving and really want to do well, and the squash was just because I really like orange and yellow.  I’m dropping them off at the gallery this afternoon, so if you’re walking downtown Pullman and happen to stop by the At Home Designs window, you might just see them in their framed glory.

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Tim, this post’s for you.

The first real real post.

The last one probably didn’t count, being real short and all.

First off, I’d like to acknowledge that the main reason I’ve started a blog is that my dear brother just moved to Japan.  He has an extraordinary interest in my art and craft (okay, mostly the art), and I’m going to try to live up to my promise to show him what I’ve been working on. 

I’ve also been inspired by the host of indie crafting blogs that I discovered a few months ago.  I don’t know that I’ll be able to post as often or as interestingly as a lot of the ones I read, but I really want to play, too. 

Lastly, my clever husband is a devoted blogger who has lots of good things to say.  What I lack in cleverness I shall try to make up in pretty pictures.