Sunday, June 17, 2012

Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there. 
Do you have a fond memory that sticks out over all the rest?  Or maybe just several sweet memories that are all great. 
Personally my favorite was when my Dad would take me fishing with him and my brother.  Dad would spend most of the time telling my stories, when most guys would have told a kid to be quiet.  I remember many exciting fishing trips where there were no fish caught, but I heard some great stories.  I love you dad and wish you a great day.  Hugs, Love/Miss you, Christy

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Week of April 15th. Listings

This weeks work involved doing watercolor ink drawings all week.  I started a new series on tiny detailed buildings.  I really like these.  And as usually some bird drawings/watercolors.  I really love doing animals and birds if you can tell.  The following birds are from ref drawings, and the buildings are made up.  All are watercolor and ink on watercolor paper.  ChristyLDesigns selling on Etsy.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

What's in my sketchbook?

This week I spent much of the time finishing some of the drawings I did last week by adding colored pencils (prismacolors).  Here are some of my sketches from this week and some finished drawings I will be putting up on Etsy tomorrow.  Happy Easter everyone!
Chicken, This is Cindy Buttons the hen, from!/pages/Ducks-and-Clucks/135074249898463 on facebook, ink.
One of my kitties named Angel!, ink drawing, I'm not happy with the face on this one but it was a quick sketch.
Cat, ink drawing

Wolf, from pic, ink.

Seagull from picture I took up at Sandusky, Ohio last summer, ink.

Ink and watercolor on dictionary page, matted.

Ink and watercolor over colored pencil on watercolor paper.

Colored pencil and inks.

Colored pencils and ink.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Here is the last of my pictures from last weeks sketching. As most artists know it takes practice to stay sharp and productive. I have found that the more I draw and paint, the more I am enjoying the process of creation each piece. I used to feel like I had to spit something out, but now I am finding it more of a relaxation process. Here are the pieces:
Old woman with spinning wheel, ref. photo, pencil.
Cardinal, ref. photo, colored pencils over watercolors.  This technique I read about on Wetcanvas, it really makes drawings pop!

Flower, ref. photo, pen/ink.

 Brushes, ref. photo, pen/ink.
 Bee/flower, ref. photo, pen/ink.
 Tree frog, pen/ink.
 Bird, pen/ink.
 Old town, from ref. photo, pen/ink.
I am really enjoying the ink drawings.  I used a couple of different pens and have found my new favorites as Uni-ball Vision needle and a Rapidiograph with india ink.  Check back next weekend for more from my sketchbook.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

I wanted to show a few more pages from my sketchbook, from this past week and today.
First is a window with window box, from ref. photo, pencil.
Wolf from ref. photo, pencil.

Road from book picture, oil pastels.

Fence from, pencil.

 57 Chevy from photo ref, pencil drawing.
Will post more pics tomorrow.  I am finishing up some pen/ink pics right now.
I thought I would start sharing what I have in my sketchbook each week.  The following are from the past week.  I often practice using reference photos from the internet or in magazines.  The first here is done in oil pastels.  I haven't used them much before so this will take a lot more trial and error.
 Barn from reference photo, pencil.
 Farm truck from reference photo, pencil.
 Chickadee bird from Birds and Blooms magazine, I also did a painting from this that is listed on my Etsy.  Pencil.
 Orange from ref. photo, pencil.
 Victorian house from ref. photo, pencil drawing.
I will be posting more sketches and drawings as I finish them each week.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Listed two of my mixed media paintings on Etsy.  I am waiting for several oil paintings to dry...don't you love watching paint dry?  Anyway, take a look at today's listings.  They contain vintage and antique papers, lace, paint, marker, glue, varnish, photographs, stamps, prints, and misc. papers.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

New Listings

After a week off with a horrible cold....
Just listed some fun new pieces.  These are mixed media and I plan on making matching greeting card prints and bookmarks, gifts, etc.

Here is a peak:

Monday, February 13, 2012

New listings

Today I listed some new needle felted items and one miniature oil painting.  I will be listing more paintings throughout the week. 

Saturday, February 4, 2012

I just wanted to say that I can make prints of any of my paintings, 8 by 10 prints available for 10$, 5 by 7 prints available for 7$, convo me on Etsy, or email me at

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Tiny paintings

I drew and painted these tiny painting on watercolor paper. These would make cute doll house miniatures or collector items. Paintings measure 1 x 1 and 1 by 1 1/4. These are tiny paintings on  little wood frames.       

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Meet Tom the Cat

I wanted to start a children's series of paintings, these are acrylic on canvas or canvas boards.  Big and bright for little ones to enjoy.