Friday, June 5, 2015

Fruits, Veggies, and All Things Like That

Yahoo-Friday! I can't believe how fast this week went by. I am one week closer to school wrapping up for the year and me having a little summer down time.
This past week I crossed the line from working along in normal  mode to the point where I need this year to be done! Work always seem explode at this time and there seems to be an endless list of things that  must be done right now.The kids have also  shut down and I am so ready to wrap things up. I finish with my seniors on Monday morning and then I am just down to my sophomores.
10 more days with them!
And Friday also means it is Paint Party Friday. Thanks to Kristen and Eva for hosting.
So today I have a few assorted things to show you.

Sketching and then water coloring fruits and veg for the class I am taking with Tracy Fletcher King. I've spent most of effort mixing colors to try to get a more accurate color for each piece. I didn't know water coloring is all about the layers. I've got to practice more with my shading. But I've learned a lot already.
AND
how relaxing.
I haven't gotten very far into the class but Tracy is an excellent teacher and I am enjoying it and myself quite a bit.
(And a very good way to escape the end of the school year hullabaloo.)
We've also done these circles and practiced getting out colors smooth and even and working within the lines.
Must practice some more!

And here's a journal page I am also linking up to Art Journal Journey.
Thanks to Valerie and Susi for hosting that site!
The theme this month is masculine and feminine, and I am going the traditional feminine route with this piece. The background is a Gelli print that I made on some bright pink paper.  I made the houses by die cutting the shapes (Sizzix/Tim Holtz) and then did a bunch of drawing and coloring with Copics. I didn't make the houses for this particular page, (boy did I enjoy making these buildings), but they fit so well I decided to add them. Then I die cut the woman (Sizzix) from black paper and added the stamped quote from Dyan Reavely.
This lady's stance is so confident. I love that about her.
Not a meek 1950's gal who let all the men put her "down" in her place.

So anything big on your plans this weekend?  I have a few possibilities floating around in my head, and I am looking forward to meeting new people and maybe doing a bit of shopping or boating.
Whatever I end up doing, I am excited for a little break from work and hopefully some recharge before another crazy week (graduation week) begins.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

16 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful work, love the water colours, and the lovely journal page you have made for Art Journal Journey - great idea! Hugs, Valerie

sheila 77 said...

Your AJJ is terrific, I love the pretty houses crowded together in a friendly way and your quote is very amusing, I'll take that advice! The red background works very well too.

Tracey Fletcher King said...

So excited to see you have gotten so much done despite the end of school year busy time... You have made a great start and I am so happy you are finding it fun and relaxing... Love tht radish and the asparagus... Awesome start... Xx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

First of all ... Thank you for joining us at Art Journal Journey Erika with this very feminine and arsty piece - love it-
and I can tell you that it looks all so good what you show here from your class with Tracy.. seems you have a lot of fun!
Happy weekend!
XXX
Susi

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Frozen peas, ha ha. Actually frozen peas are always good. Nice sketches. Tracey is so talented, and watercolor seems a real challenge for me, good for you taking the class. Just listening to her voice is fun. xox

Linda Kunsman said...

Great job with your fruits and veggies in Tracey's class! I so wanted to take it but already have more than enough going on. My hope is that she can offer it again:)Fantastic journal page, and such a fun quote by Dyann-love it! Have a great weekend!

Faye said...

Looks like you have gotten the hang of Tracey's workshop lesson. Your fruits and vegetables are wonderful.

GlorV1 said...

Your fruits are looking good. Good practice for me. I need to learn different thing and this looks like a great idea. Great job and enjoy your down time.

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I love the looseness of your sketched and watercolored veggies. I also really like the your minimal use of color in your feminine art journal page. Blessings!

Diane Baker-Williams said...

Your water colors are looking good. I know that working with them is much more difficult than it looks. Your journal page is outstanding! Those house really do look fun to color in! But most of all that quote made me just laugh!
School ends for us next week! Just want to be done with this year and hope for a better year next fall!

ULKAU said...

Great houses page with a funny quote! Ulrike

Meggymay said...

A fantastic page, love the quote you added, the houses look awesome.
Yvonne

blogoratti said...

Really great artwork!

Linda said...

I love your talent. The colours are gorgeous. :)

Nancy Bridges said...

Your veggies look fantastic and love that 5os girl!

Nancy Bridges said...

Your veggies look fantastic and love that 5os girl!