Tag Archives: wine

A Red Blend

I was doing blind contour drawings of a red wine bottle in my sketchbook and added some watercolor:


I really like how the colors blend into each other – much like a bottle of Cab-Merlot, don’t you think?

I decided to add some color pencil to them to see how it would change them:


Sorry the light isn’t better!  They look totally different now – what do you think?

Fun to experiment!  😄

Cheers!  🍷

A Wine Doodle

I started this doodle in my sketchbook last Saturday:

Doodle for wine blog

And I have been working on it for 5 days!  It was a good activity to start at the lake when a cool wind was blowing.

I am thinking of starting an additional blog on wine so this was my inspiration.

This is one of the largest doodles I have done – my journal is 9 x 9 inches.  I used Micron pens and also a Sharpie fine point pen.  The Sharpie pens seem to last longer and are cheaper to buy.

I am going to add shading to it with pencil.  Do you think I should add color to it?  Would love to know what you think!

Happy Creating!  🙂

Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder – Part 2

The experiments with the magazine collages led me to create this beaded wall hanging that I created in 2008: Ms. C - beaded wall hanging It started me on a new path.  I created my beaded collage with a story in mind. Close-up of Ms. C beaded I want to introduce Ms. Chardonnay to you!  I created her “dress” with the flavors and aromas of Chardonnay wine. Ms C close-up of beadwork Such as melon, a pear, green apple and peach!  Can you find them in the photo above? close-up of tiara Ms. C is a former beauty queen from California!  🙂 This is why she is wearing a tiara! One of the reasons I started blogging is because I enjoy writing stories.  So I have decided to stop waiting for the “perfect” day and start! I will be starting an additional blog soon on my wine “characters.”  I hope you will join me! Happy Creating!  🙂

Rete Mirabile

This word is Latin for “wonderful net.”  It is pronounced –                                      rete mi·ra·bi·le (mĭ-rä’bĭ-lē)

It sounds like a bottle of wine to me….

Rete Mirabile - about birds feet

Actually, this is what keeps duck feet from freezing in cold water.

According to Bird Note, “Rete mirabile is fine, netlike pattern of arteries that interweaves warm blood from a bird’s heart with the veins carrying cold blood from its feet and legs.  This interweaving warms the cold blood in these veins before it reaches the bird’s heart. This system keeps the bird’s legs and feet warm, even without leggings and slippers.”

And what about the tiny songbirds feet?  “This birds’ feet lack sweat glands and stay dry. So, there is no danger of them freezing to metal perches.”


My Art Journal Birds

In January, I started keeping a daily art journal.  I have always kept a written journal but I wanted to start including a drawing in my journals.  I have found this experience has really improved my drawing skills.

I thought you might want to see some of the birds that have shown up in my journals:

bird scrap in journal

The above one I created with paper scraps that were lying around.

Here is a more realistic looking Flamingo that I drew:

Flamingo from sketchbook

And sometimes an imaginary bird shows up:

thingamabob bird

I find that when I look back on my completed journals, it’s the images I enjoy the most, such as these:

drawings from journal page - remembering mom

So I decided to sign-up for an online class called:  Sketchbook Skool.  Maybe you have heard of Danny Gregory?  He is the artist who started these online classes.

I’m taking the class called, “Beginnings.”  I have just started watching the videos and I like that I can work at my own pace.  I also like that I can access the class information and videos forever.

So you will be seeing more of my art journals in the future.  Maybe you will want to join a class with me?

Happy Creating!