Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Welcome Spring!

Spring greetings everyone!

It is not officially spring...yet....but it is looking like it today as it's a pleasant 50 degree Sunny day here in Frederick, MD and hopefully, where you are as well.  

As many of you probably already know, the celebration of spring is being kicked off by Operation Write Home this Saturday, March 5th, with the Spring Bunny Hop on their Stars and Stamps blog,  and I'm sure all the cardmakers are geared up and ready for this marathon of inspiration.  I look forward to checking out as many of the blogposts as I can, but am not actually participating myself.  However, thought I'd better put out the welcome mat anyway in case some of my blog comments entice one of you to visit me here too.  And here's  my greeting card of welcome to you in honor of spring's lillies and approaching Easter season.  The photo doesn't really show up the green base or the gold embossed cardstock.

I believe I mentioned in a previous post that I had planned to attend a pastel painting studio at our local arts center, which I have been doing the past few weeks.  It's been great to get me motivated as I've been hibernating too much all winter and needed this inspiration to paint again.  So, thought I'd share a couple of the pieces that I created.

This is done from a photo of a fall scene with a chapel tower, and I liked the layout design so tried my best with it.  I haven't titled it as yet, or framed it, but plan to do that soon.
Another one I completed was also taken from a photo at Loch Lynn, Scotland, and the foreboding stormy sky inspired me to want to paint it.

I completed another woodland scene and am still working on a floral, but will share those with you at another time.   I was pleased that I was able to get these done in the past few weeks, and now with spring coming,  hope to keep this going. 

Thank you again for stopping by to visit me,  especially if you got here during the OWH Spring Bunny Hop, and hope you'll continue checking out the creativity there.  And in that spirit, here's a card using Sandy's great little
digi bunny.
Bye bye now!



Donna Hanley said...

What a beautiful card. I wish I could paint. Even lessons would not help. I admire your talent. The flowers and leaves look so real, like I could smell them. The bunny card is adorable. Your other two paintings are just gorgeous. It's nice to be retired and have more time to "play" with our passions, isn't it. I'm loving it, myself.

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Hi Delores, wow your paintings are really something! I'm so glad you left me a comment so I had a link back to you to visit :) I hope your weather warms up soon so you feel like getting out more. I'm sitting here barefoot and have been all day, I'm in Arizona and it's still 70 degrees at almost 7 PM. OH, I'm glad you liked the box of goodies I sent you :) Hugs, Jan

grandmalee said...

I'm so happy that you were able to attend those classes! We all can use this type of inspiration no matter what level of artist we are. I was absolutely stunned by your paintings! The second one struck me off guard since I thought it was the photo you were working from. That sky and the light source in the water is stuinning! I would love to be able to make something that makes you look around to see if a storm is brewing in your living room! The first one took me a second to realize it was also a painting. Your colors are so vibrant, and I adore all of the gorgeous colors in the trees! I love the dimesion you were able to achieve with both of these paintings. Thanks again for posting them here for all of us to see!

I love you cards! You really show your love of art in your cards! I love your color choices, and your eye for detail really shows. It's been nice seeing someone that has never made a card progress so quickly!

I think I will end up taking your advice on the Cuttlebug. I love that it is smaller, and it seems to do everything that I will ever want or need. Thanks again for your imput!

Thanks again for stopping by my blog, and I look forward to seeing some more from you, too!

Tammy said...

Hi Delores! Both of you Easter cards are wonderful!! ...and I absolutely LOVE your paintings! They are stunning! Thank you for stopping by my blog!
Tammy :)

Carol L said...

What beautiful cards and paintings! You are blessed with an amazing talent for beauty! Thanks for sharing these gorgeous creations with us!

SueB said...

beautiful paintings. I don't know what it tells you about a person but I think the stormy sea's my favorite! thanx for sharing!