Friday, February 13, 2015

The Ice Bouquet

(c) 2015 Karen Todd

"From its chamber comes the whirlwind, and cold from the scattering winds.
By the breath of God ice is given, and the broad waters are frozen fast." 
Job 37:9-10

When I was young and living at home, I would see beautiful, feathery patterns of frost on the windows during the winter. It always amazed me that there could be such beauty in created by the wind blowing the water around. 

With newer windows that seal good and tight we don't see these lovely creations as often. This one made me think of a wild flower bouquet. Just look at the flowers interspersed with feathery leaves. Isn't it wonderful! 

Was this created by just some passing wind or did the Lord pass by and leave a special gift for us to enjoy?  I believe that the Great Artist was at work. He knew that I would be blessed by His handiwork, because that is the kind of God I serve.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

Some beauty to share from my garden...Dianthus and Sedum...both are perennials and make great filler plants.

Some more beauty to share...look at the deep pink of this Dianthus!

This called Canterbury Bells. They are Biennials. The butterflies and bees love these!

Lovely Pansies!

Who can resist a Minature Rose! You can see this is growing nicely in a container.

Have a lovely Mother's Day!

"Strength and honor are her clothing, she shall rejoice in time to come.

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness.

She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children rise up and call her blessed, her husband also, and he praises her.

Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all.

Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.

Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates."

Proverbs 31:25-31

Monday, March 31, 2014

A Study of Snow!

"God thunders wondrously with His voice; He does great things that we cannot comprehend. For to the snow He says, 'Fall on the earth,' likewise to the downpour, His mighty downpour."
Job 37:5-6

This year, with all the beautiful snow, gives a great opportunity to "study" it. To look closely at it for colors, shapes, shadows, light. I have never actually painted a snow scene and I know that I would have painted it wrong.

So lets look at some of these pictures! This first picture I took was to see how footprints looked in the snow. All of the little depressions, the light, the shadow...and what colors do you see?
I see blue, white, grey and some purple...and different shades of each of those colors as well.

Where we live, there are many very large boulders. They are wonderful for climbing on and give some interest to the landscape. As you can see they are interspersed throughout the woods. So how do we distinguish between the rocks and the snow covering them as opposed to the snow around them? I think some of it will be done through shadow and light. The rock in the foreground has the potential for getting lost with the snow behind it, but the snow on top of it seems to have kept the shape of the rock pretty well and having the tree just behind it, serves to make a very nice break behind it. It has the potential for bringing more depth into the picture.

If you have seen my pictures on Etsy, I think you know that I really enjoy the base of the tree. :) So I have to include one in the snow! It is interesting how there seems to be a "well" around the base. I'm not sure why that is. If you know, I'd love to hear about it! So this picture allows for the smoothness of the snow, the bending of the shadows and light and the various colors that seem to pop out...some nice contrast as well as some nice blending.

I love all the shadows across the snow! I think the hard part will be to make those stones "come alive". There will have to be depth so they don't look "flat".

This picture is a little more interesting in that you have the trees at different distances. We still see those same stones on the left but because of the trees, I think it may be easier to convey. What do you think?

A lovely landscape! There is also some good depth and I like the little twigs that are poking out. They contrast with the trees.

Another lovely landscape, but this time we have the added challenge of the foot prints. I think that would be a little more difficult to capture.

My final picture, a sort of "overview" of what we have looked at in more detail. Have you ever painted a snow scene? Do you have some suggestions or comments for me? I'd love to get some feedback!


Life sure gets busy...

It has been a little while since I've written here. Life can certainly become busy, don't you think? I have been working at "catching up" from last year. Unfortunately, my elderly parents had a very stressful year with their health and my sister and I needed to drop a few things to make sure that they were cared for.
We are in a better place now! They are able to live at home and they have a few wonderful women coming in on a daily basis to take care of their basic needs and transport them to appointments. This is a great blessing!

So, with that said, I'm sure you wonder if I had time to work on any new designs. A little sketch here or there was done....Oh, and toward the end of the year, my daughter got married! You know what goes into all of that!!!

Okay, I will post a few of the things I managed to squeeze in here and there! :)

This is a multimedia piece combining chalk, color pencil, ink and pressed leaves. These leaves came from a wild rose vine that I found in our yard. There are so many different types of leaves that can be used to add dimension to a piece.

At the bottom of the same multimedia piece I attached some smaller pressed flowers and leaves.  Made them a little more like a taller stand of flowers.

This design was a commissioned piece for another Etsy shop. It was a fun diversion from all that was happening with my parents, to come up with a design.
I started by combing Google for images of top hats and images for gloves that could be combined into a picture like you see. There were plenty of hats, but most of the pictures of gloves showed them side by side.

I wish I had more to share here but this is it for now.  If you have a topic that you would like to see here, or you have questions, leave me a comment! I'm looking forward to hearing from you!


Monday, January 27, 2014

How Much Time Do We Really Have?

"Soft Tree" color pencil, graphic pen and blending chalk

How Much Time Do We Really Have?

We have 16 hours a day to accomplish all that we need to and still get 8 hours of sleep. Sixteen hours, times 6 days in a week, equals...96 hours a week! Notice that I have only included 6 days. We should have one day a week for recharging. So how will we use all those hours? What will be your priorities?

One thing that I have found is that taking one hour a week for planning makes a big difference in how much I can accomplish.  Making 2 with my larger tasks and another with smaller, bite-sized tasks that can be done between 5 and 30 minutes.

I believe that it is all those, 5 to 30 minute tasks that can really push those big tasks over the finish line. Each of these smaller tasks either contribute to the large project or task at hand, or the finishing of them lightens the mental load that keeps us from really focusing on that bigger project.  Either way, defining them is important for blazing forward.

How do you see this helping you to accomplish more?