Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! For something a little different, I got out my pastels this week and followed a bunny tutorial presented by Art With Viv.

Easter Bunny
Easter Bunny

While the pastels were on my desk, I was inspired to make a painting of the true meaning of Easter.

Happy Easter
Happy Easter

I hope you are well and finding fun ways to pass the time during the quarantine. Stay safe!

Quintessential Ireland

We recently returned from a spectacular trip to the Emerald Isle, and even in the autumn there was plenty of green to behold!  This painting might not be the best in technique, but it holds many special meanings and is a reminder of the lovely things we saw.

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Our knowledgeable tour guide explained Irish traditions, history (look up the word Boycott!), and folklore. Sturdy stone walls enclose patchworks of land, stretch for miles along roads, and really are anywhere barriers are needed; most have been around for centuries.  I also included a St. Patrick’s cross, some sheep, ruins, a patch of land with visible potato ridges from potato fields of long ago, and a “farm” or forest of non-native conifer trees used for industry.  The trip was blessed with sunny days, and the Irish landscapes were stunning!  PS: Contrary to the sentiments of my fellow travelers, I kind of enjoyed the scent of burning turf 🙂

Congratulations, Liz (Sister Mary Elizabeth)!

My goodness, I can’t believe how this summer is flying by! The last post I made was Memorial Day, and it seems like life has been a whirlwind since then but mostly with good things. We took a family vacation to our favorite beach, Topsail Island, NC, and enjoyed it immensely. It is so nice to spend some quality time with our grown children, and a beach vacation is a terrific way to catch up with them. My work has been extremely busy lately too, which is not a bad thing but it makes me not want to spend any extra time at the computer if I don’t have too. Lastly, I’ve always wanted to learn to draw so I have been taking self-taught drawing and coloring lessons on the internet and YouTube. My colored pencils and watercolors are getting a good workout and I will share some of those creations another day.

Today’s card is a special one I made for a friend of the family, Liz. My son and Liz met when they were in first grade and were fast friends. She would play at our house often especially during the summer, and I’ll never forget all the commercials they used to write and tape with our now-ancient video camera. Her path led her to pursue a life as a nun with the Carmelite order in St. Louis, and just last week she made her First Profession of Vows. I was delighted that her sister uploaded some pictures and videos of the Mass and ceremony and posted them on Facebook. Congratulations, Liz – or Sister Mary Elizabeth to be exact!

Cross Congratulations Card

Cross Congratulations Card

The cross was dry embossed with a Darice “Cross with Words” embossing folder onto Core’dinations paper, which was then lightly sanded to let the words show through.

Cards with a Religious Theme

My friends and I sometimes make cards for a local hospital’s chaplain who likes the cards to have a bit of a religious theme. Here is the latest batch I made for her, and I was excited to use some of my new stash of sequins to brighten them up. I didn’t use sequins on all of them because I was afraid they would make the cards look too feminine, and I enjoyed using some of my patterned papers and mixing and matching.

 

Dove Card Shades of Green

Dove Card
Shades of Green

 

Dove Card, Orange and Turquoise

Dove Card,
Orange and Turquoise

 

Dove Card Greens and Oranges

Dove Card
Greens and Oranges

 

Scrolled Cross Card

Scrolled Cross Card

 

Cross Card

Cross Card

 

God Bless You Card

God Bless You Card

 

Currently in the works are some special-request baby cards, and I am also enrolled in an online class called Watercolor for Card Makers. I am enjoying this class immensely and learning so much, but boy do I have a lot of practice ahead of me.  Also, Happy Mother’s Day to everyone out there, and especially to my Mom and Mother-In-Law who are some of my best encouragers ever.  Love you both!