4/17/2014

Ft. Worth's Main Street Arts Festival

Wayne, my daughter Kim and I went to Main Street Arts festival in Fort Worth this past weekend.  It was great fun.......a day of soaking up lots of inspiration from the work of wonderful artists, being outside on a beautiful day, and then of course......the food!

My favorite thing is meeting and talking with the artists and hearing the stories behind their art.   I collect their cards and enjoy spending time on their websites later. 





I am always drawn to handmade journals and there were two book artists at the Festival this year.... Iona Handcrafted Books  and Mind's Eye Journals.  Both of them create gorgeous journals!!  I love the smell of the leather and just handling these beautiful books. I have a hard time tearing myself away from their booths.

I am also drawn to graphite artists as this is the medium I am mainly working in now. (No pun intended).  There were two graphite artists at the festival this year.....Robin Lauersdorf who's beautiful drawings of Universities make gorgeous diploma frames.  I also like his drawings, reminiscent of Escher.   My favorite is "When the artist is away, the mice will play".  I was also very impressed by David Bjurstrom's work.   He draws breathtaking skies! The clouds he creates are amazing...as are his animals.

Another artist's work that really caught my eye were the wood engravings of Aaron Hequembourg.  He and his wife live on her family's 1815 farm and he uses the wood from sharecropper's homes on the property in his art.  His work is fascinating!  So is his story. My favorite piece in his website Gallery is "Josephine cutting Apples".  He had several other pieces at the show that were also stunning!


As you can tell, I look forward to Main Street every year!





3/15/2014

My Windowsill......




Still waiting for Spring to officially arrive...

enjoying my indoor garden while I wait......























3/09/2014

Roatan Honduras.......













 Cacao 
"The Chocolate Tree"





 Coffee Beans




 Playing with monkeys.....






 Watching the creation of cameos from conch shells.....





and handmade cigars......




 Having some fun on the chairlift at Mahogany Beach....





 and gorgeous ocean views from the same chairlift.....








3/08/2014

2/06/2014

My Brother's Art

My youngest brother, Stephen Prophater, recently posted this drawing on his website.  I think it is Stephen's best Home Illustration yet.......


As you can see, I come from a talented family.  Please visit Stephen's website to see all of his incredible drawings and paintings.

2/03/2014

Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

During our recent trip to Natchitoches, Louisiana, we stayed at the Church Street Inn.   They have a lovely courtyard complete with tables and a fountain to sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.






 While we relaxed in the courtyard, Wayne enjoyed people watching while I started this sketch of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.  The back of the church faces the Inn.


I wasn't able to finish the drawing there....it was a bit too cool to sit outside long enough.  So I have been working on it during my lunch breaks. 




The interior of the church is beautiful! 





I loved all the stained glass ....




 






1/30/2014

Road Trip!!

Wayne and I recently took a road trip to Natchitoches, LA.
One of my favorite places to visit there is the Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile....


 It is a wonderful old store full of useful, fun and unusual items. I loved the colorful toy aisles.

 Bins full of marbles....



and toys from my childhood....



 Displays of merchandise....things that were sold in the store many, many years ago...






These skylights were used to light the store prior to electrical service.  I love the umbrella display....




 There is so much to see in this store!





This cash register, original to the store, is still in use....


 For me, its a wonderful place, full inspiration, color, patterns, textures and a bit of nostalgia. 


More of our trip to come......









1/27/2014

My Fiber Art

For my dear friend, Margaret in Canada and those of you who follow my blog and may have also wondered.....
I have not given up on textiles.


 In fact, I have a project pinned to my design wall now......

I have been auditioning fabrics and planning ways to alter them to get the look I want. I've also been playing with dryer sheets, tulle, Lutradur, batik and commercial fabrics, cheesecloth, paint, ink.....looking for just the right elements.

The following photo is the inspiration for this piece......

I took this photo of a beautiful sunrise at Beaver's Bend State Park in Oklahoma last year.  I lightened it so I could make out all the details.

This is the first fiber art piece I have started in quite awhile.  I had surgery on my very dominant right hand last year and then experienced some complications.  As a result, I have a difficult time using scissors to cut out intricate fabric pieces...even with the soft touch spring-loaded-easy-on-your-hands variety I have been using for years.  It is slow going.  My Doctor encouraged me to draw as part of my recovery therapy so that is why my focus has been on pencil drawings.   Fiber art is still my first love and there will be more to come in the future.  

Thank you for asking!


1/24/2014

The Eyes Have It......

I have been busy drawing even though I haven't posted in awhile. Here are a few of my doodles  created during breaks at work......


It's a little creepy looking, but I've been working to improve my eyes.




 I had left the first page in my sketchbook blank.   I finally decided it needed filled up....


This was just fun, mindless doodling.




12/28/2013

Wayne's Gift

Wayne has been carrying this tiny, torn photo of his mother in his billfold for a long, long time.
  It is a photo that is very special to him.  He looked into having it professionally restored but the results weren't what he was hoping for and it would have been quite expensive.  My brother recreated the photo for Wayne earlier this year in pencil. We loved his work. Our styles are different so I thought it would be interesting to try drawing it myself. This the result.....



12/25/2013

As Promised......

Now that the gift has been delivered, I can show the entire drawing
as promised in this earlier post, Sneak Peek.....






12/24/2013

Merry Christmas!


A Joyous Christmas Wish from Wayne and Dawn!

Photo taken on the front porch of the Samuel Guy House Natchitoches, La. 




Luke 2:10-11
I Bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior which is Christ the Lord.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but
 have eternal life