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I’m learning how to draw as an adult and I’m going to share my ongoing efforts with the world!

Candy Corn Queen 2011


She started out as a sketch on tracing paper, just like last year. I decided on an Elizabethan style queen and  initially sketched out a castle along with her….but I changed my mind on the castle later on.


After the basic sketch was done, I made a copy of it, and began drawing in all of the details of her costume, adding candy corn wherever I could.


Instead of a crown, I drew a rose that matched the rose pattern on her under-dress, and put it in her hair



I cut her out, made some more copies, and started playing around with some different color combinations.  It’s amazing how many different ways you can color something with just black, yellow, and orange.

A more serene background, with a large moon and birds flying in the distance, allows the queen to become the central focus of the picture.

I think I might need some better glasses! Good grief, I was going cross-eyed coloring these tiny candy corn!


At this point I thought she needed something else to make her costume fancier.

Then I remembered “Hello Doily!” I ordered this stamp from Stampin’ Up a few weeks back and hadn’t used it yet.


Is this a gorgeous stamp or what?

It was the perfect size for a layer of lace behind her collar, and a single section of the doily became a small lacey fan.  It’s so cool when stuff works out like this!



Used my extra small x-acto knife to cut out her finger just enough to ‘hold’ the fan handle.


Used some ‘Black Soot’ Distressing Ink to color the background. These inks have become one of my all time favorite products ever, I use them constantly.


Now she seemed complete in all of her candied splendor…..she just needed a little SPARKLE.

 


She’s finished! And I hope you have some fresh candy corn to enjoy this weekend!

You know I do.  🙂

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Moonlight Maiden


I used Derwent Colour Soft pencils and ZIG Millenium pens to draw this maiden in the moonlight.

I’m not a big fan of the scary stuff this time of year. In fact, the only witch I’ve ever been fond of is this one.  But I do like to draw and make things that come along with this season: large yellow moons, colored leaves sailing in the breeze,  wise looking little owls, portly pumpkins of every size, and lots and lots of candy corn.

I hope you are enjoying the beginning of autumn with your favorite things. Have a wonderful weekend!


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“Lady in a Marsh” Sketch






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Butterfly Drawing with Hydrangea Petals

This is ‘purple’ week over at the Summer of Color challenge.

My inspiration was The Purple Hairstreak Butterfly.

I haven’t drawn anything in a while so I put my stamps, collage sheets, and stickers away for this one. 

I used my Derwent pencils–using ‘Imperial Purple’ for the dark shading on the branches, instead of brown like I would normally do.

And now for a little departure from nature…

Using some purple colored chalk, I lightly shaded in some color in the center of some pressed hydrangea petals.  Over the years the pressed flowers get prettier and prettier.  They look like old yellowed paper.

I carefully separated some petals and added them on the wings,and then put some in the tree.

A common question I’m asked these days is, “Do you need anything?”   I’m never sure how to answer this questions because there are many things I need, but they’re not things other people can give me. 

The message here is the only answer I can come up with.

Check out more purple art at Summer of Color.

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“Stare Cards” for CS

I wish people would stop staring.

I designed some cards to give to people who stare at Knox.

It’s happening more and more frequently.  People can’t help themselves. Their eyes keep looking over at him.  They don’t say anything but their eyes ask the questions loud and clear.

 “What’s wrong with that baby? Is he OK? He doesn’t look quite right.”

Many can’t contain their curiosity and ask the DREADED QUESTION.

” How old is he?”

Here we go again.

And when I tell them they don’t believe me because he looks so small. 

Then their eyes start asking questions again.

“Fine,” I say to myself. “I’ll tell this one person.  I’ll go through it  one more time.”

 

It’s a strange thing having people stare at your child.  I’m not sure I’ll ever get used to it. 

 But I am going to give all of those questioning eyes something to read from now on.  I’m going to hand them a card.

It will answer all their questions, and hopefully, get them to stop staring.

I drew several different designs, trying to keep it simple.  I figured something hand-drawn would catch people’s attention.

At first, I wanted to make them the size of an ATC, but I couldn’t fit all the words on it.

 

I kept re-tracing it and making changes until I liked it.

Here’s the finished design. I copied several onto cardstock and then added some bright colors with highlighter pens.

And I know a certain big sister who is ready and willing to hand them out.

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Butterflies of Denmark

I’ve continued reading about other families who have had children with Cockayne Syndrome.

All the stories are hard to read and I always cry.

But ignorance is not bliss with this disease. I need to know what to expect so that we can give Knox the best care that we can while he’s here with us.

For example, instead of saying to myself every day, “We have at least 3-7 years with him,” I now know that any of his organs could fail at any time.  The small comfort I took from the “average lifespan of CS2” is gone.

I try and live each day as if it’s the last, kissing him and playing with him and smelling his sweet baby smell as much as I can. I can’t imagine not being able to smell him…moms, you know what I mean. 

As hard as it is, it helps to know that there are other families on the planet that have faced this tragic disease. There aren’t many, but there are some.

I’ve learned that some families have lost not only one child to CS, but two.

 This happens when a child with CS goes undiagnosed for a while because the disease is so rare.  Doctors can’t figure out what’s wrong until the child is a few years old.  Then, by the time the diagnosis is reached, a sibling has come along. And the second child has CS, too.  It seems so cruel and unfair.

  The parents had no clue.  They didn’t know the condition was genetic.

One such family lives across the ocean and they had the only two children with Type II Cockayne Syndrome in Denmark.

Both beautiful boys are in heaven now.  You can read about this family’s heart-breaking journey online. It was while reading their information and looking at the photos they shared with the world that I began to understand what was  happening to Knox. 

 I’m thankful for their willingness to share what they’ve been through so that families like ours can obtain a diagnosis sooner.

I drew a picture in my sketchbook a few weeks ago, thinking of this remarkable mother and her two sons who are now “butteflies”.

The white flowers are ‘Margeurite Daisies”, the national flower of Denmark.

I copied the design onto a small framed canvas and colored it with pastel pencils and a blender.

They live near the sea, so I added the lighthouse with the Danish flag on top.

I rubbed it with some Walnut Ink

Then I added some color back into it in a few areas with the pastels.

 I’ve been mulling over some ideas of ways to raise money for CS research.  Printing my butterfly drawings on greeting cards and selling them on Etsy is the only thing I’ve come up with so far.  It’s a small thing, but I want to do SOMETHING.  If you have any other ideas, please comment or send me a pm.

More awareness=More funds=More Research=A CURE.

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Heart Of A Different Color

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“I’ve Forgotten My Lines”

 

If you don’t know what to say to me these days, it’s OK.

I don’t know what to say, either.  I’ve forgotten all my usual lines and

can’t seem to come up with any new ones.

Does anyone have a script I can borrow for this next act?

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All The Words You Said

EAT THEM.

Yes, YOU.

Eat them all.

You said,”It’s not God’s will for your baby to be sick.”

You said, “Knox will thrive and grow, in Jesus’ name.”

You even said God would give him new DNA.

You said I needed to CLAIM the promises that are available in Christ

   *in order to*

Take hold of the HEALING POWER available to those who are favored and blessed.

After you choke them down, please say another prayer for my baby.

Not for miraculous healing, but for mercy.

Mercy on his little body.  Mercy on his life. 

Mercy for you and I.

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“Variations”

 

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