Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Butterflies with flowers pencil drawing

It seems that butterflies are happier with flowers about so I've added a few to my pencil drawing.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Butterfly pencil drawings

While I'm thinking about a new butterfly composition for an etching I want to make, I thought I'd draw a few butterflies in pencil. No color! - which gives them a different look. I'm planning for some color in my etching but it wouldn't be as bright as a painting could be. It's more difficult to get bright colors when etching.
You can follow along here as soon as a design comes to mind! I'd love to add some words with screen print but it's a challenge in my small studio. But it can be done. We'll see!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Raggedy Ann and Andy

I was fortunate to be at the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Va. for a few days last month and in a shop window, I saw these Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. It seemed so funny to see so many gathered in one spot!
I read that they were created by an American writer, Johnny Gruelle, in 1915 after his daughter, Marcella, brought him an old handmade doll and he drew a face on it. It inspired a book called "Raggedy Ann Stories" which was published in 1918. Her brother, Raggedy Andy, was introduced to the public in 1920 with the book "Raggedy Andy Stories". It appears that the characters are still fairly popular today!


Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Sassy Sunflower

I love this sign with the sunflowers outside a little store not too far from my studio. The Sassy Sunflower - Decor with Attitude! I wonder what kind of attitude. Oops, of course, it's sassy! But it's worth checking out!

Monarch in Door County

When I went to Wisconsin, I was on the lookout for butterflies but wasn't really too successful in finding many on my travels around the area. I did find this one in the garden in front of the art center. I don't know what the plant is but it's very pretty and the butterflies love it.