A Craftsy Class: Sketching in Motion (#1)

The guest room renovation took most of my energy and all of my time, so it was soothing as well as mesmerizing to watch Marc Taro Holmes swirl his pencils, pens, and brushes across the paper, and like magic create what I long for: an illustrative watercolor.

I’m taking his class called Sketching in Motion, and while it looks simple when he does it, it’s far harder than I ever imagined.  He wants “fast.”  I want “fast.”  But it is a mystery to me how he can work that fast and produce such intriguing and attractive little watercolors.

I’ve watched the entire program a few times, and it was only yesterday I felt I could produce something that indicated movement.  They’re all smudged and not even close to being the contour drawing he requires, but at least I got phase one on paper.  Tomorrow I’ll be pulling out my ink pen for phase two.

So in an effort to encourage (patsye-speak for embarrass) myself into sketching every day, I am putting these feeble attempts out there for your amusement.  Each day they’ll either get better or worse.  Time will tell.

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In Lieu of Watercolors

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This has been an ongoing project, but aside from adjusting one set of closet doors and waiting the arrival of a special order 10-lite door for another closet, THIS project is finished.

What was done?  New floors, new molding around floors and doors, new glass entrance door,  new window (replacement of a small, round porthole shaped non-egress window with a five foot side-sliding tinted one), reconfigured single closet with new trim on shelving, new doors and new shelving in large closet, crown moulding, chair railing, wallpaper, paint, new fan, new shag rug, new shades, all new electric outlets and switches, and new linens.  All the furniture was my son’s, but we bought a new mattress set.

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If this doesn’t sound like much, it took me over two months of work, much of it on my hands and knees or on a ladder to complete.  Except for the installation of the window, electric, and fan, I did all of this by myself.  Scroll for more photos.  So I’m back to my watercolors for awhile, but then I start on the master bath!!!!  (Will post photos of any additions as they happen.)

 

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Overstock vs. Joss and Main

beddingI get between 100-200 spams a day. Granted, they are sent directly to my spam mail which gives me the option to look or not, and occasionally I’ll look.  Recently I found a sale at Overstock.com that intrigued me, and I not only looked, I came within seconds of buying a quilt for our new guest room bed.  But I hesitated because I’d yet to “snorkel” for a better deal, something I always try to do.

The Laura Ashley king quilt set I almost bought at Overstock.com was listed, on sale, at $144.o0 with free shipping.  I found the identical king quilt at JossandMain.com for $79.95, also with free shipping.  Hum?  Didn’t seem quite right, so I went back and rechecked my figures, and even did so again today to make sure I’m not confused, yet those numbers are correct.

So Overstock was not the deal it purported itself to be, but for this particular purchase Joss and Main was.  Furthermore, my quilt arrived in two days.  That was a little mind boggling in itself.  I’ve changed my mail to allow both into my mailbox because some of the rooms in this house have transcended the renovation stage and are now in the decorating stage.

I’m not saying one site is better than the other (in case all you little corporate lawyers are reading), but had I paid that extra $65 for the quilt and found out later, I would not be happy, and thought I’d share this experience.

Click KING on each site to see for yourself.  (And if these prices change in the future, perhaps my readership is larger than I thought.)

https://www.jossandmain.com/Time-to-Unwind-Venetia-Quilt-Set-in-Gray~LEY1201~E17757.html?keyword=venetia

http://www.overstock.com/Bedding-Bath/Laura-Ashley-Venetia-Grey-Reversible-Cotton-3-piece-Quilt-Set/8814055/product.html?refccid=63KSQ3BXYD23C42KNZUXQE3XYE&searchidx=10

 

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Another Knitter; Another Avatar

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Something The Pumpkin Cat Might Do!

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It’s been so long since I picked up a paint brush (of the watercoloring kind), I almost forgot how to paint.  Some of you might agree that I did.

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Long Winter’s Nap

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They were both “fixed” the other day and it’s probably more comfortable for them to be on their backs.  The holidays are winding down and I’ll have more time to paint and post after the first of the year.  In the meantime, to all my friends in the blogosphere and here with me in these gorgeous mountains, have a wonderful New Year; stay safe tonight; and thank you for all the beautiful handmade cards, presents, and well wishes.

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My Holiday Wish to You: PEACE ON EARTH

As seen from Mars

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Who wants a kiss?

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Holiday Blues Watercolor

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Another Knitter in Watercolor (just a few more to go)

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