Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Conga
A happy New Year! Grant that I
May bring no tear to any eye
When this New Year in time shall end
Let it be said I've played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year.
-Edgar Guest

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Here's a image I recently finished.

It was an assignment for a continuing education class.
If you would like to see the "How it was done" post on my blog you can go to

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Season's Greeting's and Santa's Letter

To all of you at WaWe have a Merry, Merry Christmas (Hanukkah, Kwanza) and a fantabulous New Year!! I'm looking forward to seeing what creative treats are in store for the new year!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Letters to Santa

Two days late (which is probably better service than most of my customers get) and it's not really a letter to Santa but a kid delivering his list in person. . . kinda the same theme, anyway, I guess.

Christmas letters

We didn't have the american version of Santa Claus in my country when I was growing up (we do now), so I thought it would be interesting to post 'Grandfather Cold', because it was him that I used to write letters to.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Dear Santa

Helping a buddy out at Christmas time. Digger can't write so what's a gal to do. Happy Holidays.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Cookies anybody?

Happy Holidays WaWe! And Peeps!

Sorry I haven't been around much. I have far too much going on in my life right now and am just managing to tread water!

Kitchen renovation is heading into week three. Looks like it will be longer than 4 weeks because of the holiday next week. I would never ask anyone to work on a holiday weekend. Holidays should be sent with loved ones.

My book art is not progressing as quickly as the kitchen, however. I had no idea how distracting having the kitchen torn apart would be for me. I mean the studio is on the OTHER side of the house from the kitchen. But there is kitchen stuff everywhere and I keep tripping over it and not knowing where stuff is and it's making me a bit nuts.

And if that wasn't enough, I am having medical issues again. So I spent several of my days going to various doctors' offices for various tests. I am not pleased.

Above are the only holiday cookies I will be able to make this year. Enjoy them! So grateful to be a part of this wonderful group of artists.

PS. If any of you like Cyd Moore, I interviewed her on my blog yesterday. She is as fun in person as she is in her artwork. Please stop by and leave me a comment! Daily Art Food

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Season's Greeting From Vanessa Newton

Wishing Everyone at WAWE a very Happy and Blessed Holiday Season!
And a Hilariously Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Let it Snow

I actually got the painting done for Let it Snow ... now for Santa's letter ...

Monday, December 14, 2009

Let it Snow

I'm a little behind, sorry, this time of year gets a little nutty. But here are the B&W's for Let It Snow. I'm going to try to get the painting done in the next few days.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Let it snow "Winter day's work"

This is a 5 x 7 Watercolor titled: "Winter day's work". I used this one for my Studio Holiday postcard.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Let it Snow

This is my first post. I haven't really worked on watercolor for a long time. I'm glad to be included in WaWe because I think it will rekindle my enthusiasm for watercolor. It is my favorite medium but it is so frustrating...this can be seen in my illo. Started out okay with pure watercolor in the landscape portion but blew it with the subject...hence, acrylic to cover up the mistakes. Hopefully, practice will teach me how to avoid that. If they were all perfect, I'd be driving a nicer truck.

Thanks for the invite, Linda. Happy to be here.

Let it snow

This is an oldie but still a favorite of mine. The original was sent to a friend in Portugal who is a big fan of beagles :-) We adopted our dog Constance a little over 6 years ago. They were not sure how old she was then, somewhere between 6 and 8. So she is at least 12 years old now, a senior girl, but still full of energy. And she has these long, long ears that flap in the wind!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Santa Letter

"Dear Santa: Please bring the cat lots of toys to play with. Love, Mouse." This was a quick one that popped into my head. Mr. Mouse would like "world peace" (in the mouse world) and one way to do that is to keep the big cat busy!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

let it snow

hi all! sorry i haven't visit here since...forever.. but i happen to have quite a lot of works about 'snow','s one of them. hope you all like it.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Let it Snow!

Snowy days are best spent with friends, so let it snow!

Tried to adjust the light and dark in PS but it still doesn't look quite like the prescanned original.

Let it snow... as long as we have our lanterns

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Let it Snow (correction)

The horse's knees were bothering me, so had to fix them. Also, adjusted little girl's face!

Let it snow...(I wish)

As long as she can be with her best friend, it can snow and snow and snow...
(mixed media)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Let It Snow (Winter Nostalgia)

Twenty years has gone by since I last saw you.
I still remember your crisp scent in the morning.
Your soft touch as the wind blew.
The cold awakening as I gathered you in my hands.

Now it's that time of year,
when everything seems clear as yesterdays.
Those days when I would leap in joy,
to catch you in my arms.

Winter has come.
How I miss you terribly...

Let it Snow

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Let It Snow

i believe in watercolor.
i let it snow.
happy holidays, everyone!

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Friday, December 4, 2009


Let it Snow and A letter to Santa

Don't you just love the holidays??
This is Gouache on new mixed media paper.
Have fun with the December prompt WAWE's

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Thanksgiving Pumpkins
Thankful = Friendship, Family, Fall, Food & the Lovely things in life - flowers and otherwise.
I'm thankful for a holiday that slows me down and makes me take notice of the little perfect things in life.

Thanksgiving dinner

I wish you could see the original... the scanner that I'm using at the moment just changes all the bright colours into mud.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving thoughts

I'm thankful for different cultures and family traditions! Many people are afraid of things that are different, but I think if you embrace differences, your life becomes richer.


There are all kinds of thanksgiving like lying in a grass filled hill making pictures from the clouds. Being grateful there is someone to share your joy makes it all the sweeter.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving Thoughts - an oldie but a goodie.

Oh my goodness, I have not had time to paint anything at all the last week or so. I can't believe all of the great work that has been posted here the last few weeks. I must go back and take it all in. I'm so thankful for all of the inspiration other artists bring!

This is a painting I did a while back. Pumpkin pie is my favorite dish during this festive holiday. So, Pumpkin Pie Here I Come!

Closet Gnome

A humming, a twitter, a buzz, a noise beyond hearing emanated from the deep, dark, depth of the closet.

A puff of air, a small breath of breeze, a flicker of curtains opens a slit of light from a bright moon lit night.

Caught by a moon beam, held by a boy's clear sight, a closet Gnome stands frozen and frightened to move a minute muscle.

Perhaps unnoticed or not believed, perhaps thought to be imagined or seen as night's shadows dancing.

Hoping Mortimer the Gnome wills himself unseen to make himself invisible.

Knowing and now seeing what he knew all along his eyes locked and fixed on this creature of beyond.

The boy Felix stares gluing his eyes refusing to blink scared that his magical creature would disappear.

"You there. I see you. Yes you." And in a breath Felix and Mortimer were side by side, face to face and eye to eye.

"I know some serious magic needs to happen now or I couldn't do this." And with that Felix touches Mortimer with a eruption of faerie dust.

"I know something magical when I see it."

"It is a well known fact that Gnomes live among us unseen. This has been going on for a long, long time and we like it that way. Sometimes people will see us and do not believe it, this happens all the time. You got to be nuts to believe in little people, you need glasses. Well those are the rules and that is just the way it is. Grow up! And go back to sleep I am just a dream. Forget about it."

"Now you touching me like that was out of line. OK OK maybe I do owe you a little magic. And maybe all this Faerie dust is a dead give away."

"Caught in a moon beam; they warn you, they tell you never ever get caught in a moon beam. So I did. Big deal. Or it wouldn't be if you hadn't touched me. Now my whole world is changed. I have to... never mind. Magic is what you want and magic is what you will have."

Surrounded by white fluffy clouds flying in a toy red boat Felix steers and guides not knowing where. Mortimer wedged in the front of the boat with arms out stretched like a plane.

Mortimer; "You can not find where we are going by knowing how or by looking. There is no route in fact the more you think about it and try to find it the more it will elude you. Do not try this on your own. Just follow the Faerie dust."

Just then the clouds part and an island appears flowing in the sky.

"We're here. We're here. I'm home. I'm Home"

The Island is lush and green and thick with forest.

There is soft gentle music flowing and inviting.

As soon as they land Mortimer scrambles out and scurries into the forest followed closely by felix never leaving him out of his sight.

And so it begins....

Charlotte travels again

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Character drawings

Still working on Minnie, the St. Bernard, character. Not consistent yet with the character but having fun working on it! You wouldn't think that a 100 lb dog could jump and play like a puppy, but she does (just get out of her way--she doesn't know her own strength)!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Pippi Longstocking (a character in an adventure)

Itty Bitty Bear is back

And doing double duty: for WaWe and IF: Music. Not exactly an adventure for this character, but a quiet moment with a friend. He's really quite fond of music and dancing!

Charlotte travels in her dreams

Charlotte doesn't get into many adventures during the day, but at night she's brave enough to ride around on a wild thing!

Saturday, November 21, 2009


On chilly evenings little Samantha would find herself in another world when she snuggled up with an old leather bound book filled with whimsical stories of far away lands...

Still catching up here! This was really more of a rough draft to play with the colors and ideas. I rushed it a bit and so it's definitely not where I want it to be, but I'm really amazed at how looking at the image after it's scanned helps me see what I want to change and adjust.