Monday, May 30, 2011

Shedding Season Has Begun!

Lydia has begun shedding earlier this year.  I don't know if that is a reflection of the harder winter this last year.  Or if it is a warning of the hotter summer to come.  I hope it is more about the winter passed than the summer coming.  We have a brushing session like this daily now as I attempt to save my carpet from looking like the yard.  But the funny thing is the clumps in the grass don't stay long.  The birds think Lydia's hair is lovely for nest making.  I imagine little baby birds all snuggled up in white blankets of Lydia's winter coat.  I wish I could be in just the right spot at just the right moment to get a picture when the birds come to gather.  They look so funny as they fly away with tufts of white hair hanging from their beaks - kind of like little Santa Birds.    

Wind and Honey Creations

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Learning to Draw with Wonderful Pencils

This fat little bluebird is the drawing I will be teaching in The Artful Gathering 2011 this summer.  The class is entitled An Enchanting Bluebird.  He was drawn and shaded with a Derwent Graphic pencil and then the color was added with both Derwent Inktense and Derwent Watercolor pencils.  Derwent has left their competition in the dust in recent years as they have repeatedly introduced new and wonderful lines of high quality art pencils.  There seems to be no end to what they imagine you can do with a pencil.  You will find that the Inktense are no exception to this.  The colors are intense and beautiful.  And the possibilities are wide.  I hope you will join me for this Artful Gathering class.  You'll see what I mean about these pencils.  Prepare yourself to fall in love with them!

This little girl and her friend the swan were also done in a combination of Derwent Inktense and Watercolor pencils.

Wind and Honey Creations

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Artful Gathering

Join Me July 17 - August 20 for The Artful Gathering - an online art retreat.   I will be joining 15 other talented teachers to bring you a wide variety of classes.  I am teaching a drawing class that incorporates both graphite pencil as well as water based pencils for color.  This class would be suitable for beginning artists as well as intermediate level drawers.   Just think.  You don't have to wash clothes, iron, pack, schedule a flight, reserve hotel rooms, eat fast food, or even get someone to sit with your pets.  Instead you can sit on the couch in your jammies with the cat in your lap and the dog on your feet.  And you will be joining artists from all over the world to take a wide range of art classes.  What fun it will be!  Check it out at The Artful Gathering

Wind and Honey Creations

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