This part of my blog is all about the things I collect or the things I make myself. I love so many things, I paint and draw and want to learn oils and pastels. I knit and crochet but want to learn tatting. I embroider and can turn my hand to most things given a chance. So much still to learn and do. I live in hope of some day reading all my books, learning all I want to learn and now I am learning to blog. You will often find my original poems, poor as they are I offer them here. I also appreciate other people art and will feature things I find that I have enjoyed. That includes pictures of fairies and fantasy or maybe just anything beautiful.
I try to use my own photo's as much as possible, sometimes I borrow from the web. If I inadvertently use your picture without giving credit, please do let me know and I will either credit or remove it, I hope you will do the same with mine.
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A few from my journal..........

I am beginning on journal number 4. I actually need to buy a better one, this one does not take watercolour. I must get another like the others. I suppose I could use this one for pencil and crayons.
Well, I have found that the pictures do not photograph well. The colour is never good but ah well.
I have been doing a lot of faces and enjoying doing it. I actually like this one.
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I like to exaggerate the eyes. Its not realistic I know, but I am into fantasy, fairies and such. So for me anything goes.
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Then there is the more comic book style that I thought would do well as a childrens illustration.
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And more of those
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The inevitable flowers.
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Again I am not going for realism here. I am still working on my more relaxed method (smile)
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I love Laurie's owls (I love a cloudy day) so I took a look at a picture I had and made an attempt. Not very good I am afraid. See.........I am trying too hard again. I got too involved and pulled back too late so its neither loose nor realistic but here it is
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and this one was no better...........I think I must sketch a better picture to begin with. Some things I just can not do without overdoing.
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Laurie how do you do it girl.........
Just one more for this time.....
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I did a lot more, I filled a book but they do not copy well via the camera and they are not that great to begin I will save for another day when I have more courage to post them.


  1. While blog-hopping I stumbled onto your site and I'm so glad I did. Your illustrations should be on greeting cards - I love your style. Two months ago I had never touched a paint brush but on a whim (and to get a friend off my back!) I attended one of her china painting classes. Needless to say, I'm hooked. Your forget-me-nots in the tea cup are beautiful. Can't wait to stroll through your previous posts. -- Jan

  2. I like you owls, the one flying I think is very good.

  3. I haven't been on blogger for a week and just moderated a comment and checked my blog roll and I'm so glad I came here just now to see your illustrations. There is something so exquisitely charming and comforting, and real about seeing your artwork, almost like calling out a child to play by playing, or someone who forgot how to laugh by laughing.....I remember I did one illustration in my life ever! took a pencil to paper and copied a leaf, and I loved it! Art is so very unique to each one of us and that is what makes it so precious and personally beautiful. I love the first one, it is so like me on a very very good day! LOL....especially the eyes and those tight curls I adore so very much because my own hair is straight, but I love the long tight coils of curls....and all your other illustrations too!

  4. loving all your pages, especially the very detailed sketches. Annette x

  5. your face drawings are very good! Awesome eyes!!

  6. Well Janice, you know I follow Laurie's blog too and I have to say, I think your owls are great! They are your owls! I truly like them ;o) Laurie would be proud ;o)

  7. I just discovered your blog. Your artwork is lovely. It does take a certain amount of courage to share our art with others. I find that I have to take a deep breath and just go ahead. To me, the beauty of the work is experiencing things through each different artists' eyes.


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