Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sunday Sketches & New Year!


Good morning.  I'm terribly sorry but I've not been well the past few days and just realized it's Sunday!  Forgive me but let's postpone Sunday Sketches this week.

Here's to wishing everyone a wonderful, magical New Year in 2013!  :)
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Friday, December 28, 2012

Paint Party Friday


This is a sneak peek (WIP) of the painting I'm working on for my roommate.  It's one of her Christmas pressies (yes, I'm late!).  :)  I think it's coming along really well and can't wait to complete it.

I'm off to rest as I've not been feeling well.  Both my roommate and best friend had the flu this past week and I fear it's taken it's toll on me.  Sigh. :/  I'll be back to visit everyone as soon as I can.  Hopefully, someone can add me to the list?!

Happy PPF!

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas with LOVE


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of my wonderful peeps!

With love and blessings for all. ~
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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sunday Sketches


Hello and welcome to the last Sunday Sketches prior to Christmas!  :)  I've been enjoying getting back into the swing of things in the bloggie world and LOVING touching base with all my wonderful peeps again.

Above is another cuppa doodle artwork.  I'm really loving the challenge from doing artwork on paper/cup.  You should really try it some time!  Hee

OK.  Off to see what everyone else is doing.  Happy Holidays to everyone!  xx

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Friday, December 21, 2012

PPF and Angels


It's so great to be back amongst my wonderful peeps and talented artists.  :)  I've finished Fall semester and now have 6 weeks to doodle and paint all I want! Yeah!

Above are two angels for a children's book I'm working on for another wonderful lady.  Looking forward to it's completion process and revealing the final project to everyone.

Here's wishing everyone a wonderful, holiday season!  xx

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

WOYWW - Feels Good!




Hooray!  Fall semester is completed and I've got 6 entire weeks to frollic in the snow, make art and do whatever I want.  Well, almost whatever I want!  Uh huh :D

Since I've last participated in WOYWW, I've found a way to rearrange my room and creating a cozy setting to doodle away at my desk.  What do you think?  I'm loving the view and have spent the past two mornings nestled up with a hot cuppa, Christmas music, my hot water bottle - all the while being surrounded by my wonderful art supplies.  Ahhhh...home at last!  Hee

OK.  I'm off to see what everyone else have been up to the past oh, two months!  :)

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sunday Sketches and CELEBRATION!




I've so many exciting things to share today.  Uh huh.  First thing, I received my final grades for all four of my Fall semester classes - all A's!  Can you say, OH MY GOD?!  :D  I couldn't stop crying as I was completely ecstatic but my heart also ached as I wanted to share such an achievement with my father.  (Most of you know he passed away last year from a terrible battle of cancer.)  I sure hope he can see me from heaven!  :)

Above are some pretties I've been working on, now that I'm on a 6-week winter break.  I had an art show yesterday and it turned out wonderful.  During the show, I collaborated with my wonderful friend Carmen, and we collected hats, gloves, scarves and backpacks for the local homeless.

OK.  Now off to see what everyone has been up to!  I can't wait to get back to a regular routine of art and peeps!  :)

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Sunday, December 09, 2012

Sunday Sketches



Welcome to another wonderful, creative week of Sunday Sketches.  I hope everyone had a good week.  It's been finals week for me.  I've one more term paper to write (4th one!) and one more final on Monday.  On an exciting note, I received a congratulations email from my Journalist professor saying -

"Alexandra --- You received the top grade this semester -- you did fine work and it was wonderful to have you in class."

 How exciting is that?!?!  I actually started crying at the table, with joy and sadness.  Joy for the accomplishment.  Sadness, for I couldn't share it with my father.  I sure hope he can see me in heaven.  I know he'd be proud of me.  (Tears)

The above photo is a new project I'm working on and hoping to have completed by my next art show next weekend.  Any guesses as to what I might be creating?  :)

OK, I can't wait to see what everyone else has been up to.  Please be patient with me in responding as I'm buried in studies for wrapping up my Fall semester.  Thank you for all of your warm thoughts and prayers.

Happy SS!

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Sunday, December 02, 2012

Sunday Sketches


Above are just a few doodles and what knots from this week.  I've been writing term papers like you wouldn't believe.  Only one more week of classes and then a wonderful 6-week winter break before the next semester begins.  Yeah! :)

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sunday Sketches


It's time for another wonderful week of sketches and such.  I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving.  Above is another watercolor card idea I've been working on.  It's coming along but feels like it needs something else.  Yes or no?  :)

OK.  Off to see what everyone else has been up to.  I feel like I'm missing out on so much.  The last two weeks of the Fall semester are wrapping up and that means research papers out the ears!  hee

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sunday Sketches



Hello and WELCOME to Sunday Sketches.  I hope this little note finds everyone doing well.

I had my second art show at Truman's Coffee House and was quite excited. Although feeling terribly ill, I stayed as not only were the proceeds raised to help pay for my rent and bills, but I had decided to donate 10% of what I made to the Murphy Center of Hope to assist the local homeless individuals.  I was so blessed!

Above is a snapshot of my setup as well as some doodles I'd done especially for the show.  The cocoa with candy cane sold within 10 minutes after painting it.

Happy SS!  Looking forward to visiting everyone.

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sunday Sketches


It's time for another week of sketching and what knots.  As usual, a fairly hectic week.  The Autumn semester is about to wrap up, so the homework, exams and final research paper deadlines are quickly approaching, too.  Ack!

Anyways, above is some art I've been working on for a customer.  Quite cute.  I had alot of fun painting, while surrounded by a large group of kids watching me, at Starbucks this weekend.  Made my heart smile.  :)

OK.  Off to see what everyone else has been up to.  Happy SS!

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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

More cuppa art


Another inspirational cuppa, while on break at school.  Now, it's back to the books as I've a Myth Abstract piece due tomorrow night and I'm beginning to feel a bit overwhelmed! Ugh!

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Sunday, November 04, 2012

Sunday Sketches


Hello and welcome to another super fun week of doodles, dots and what knots!  Woo hoo!  :)

The idea above of using the cup is not my own but totally had fun attempting it myself.  I loved using my own art and challenging myself to start a trend of drawing on paper/cups.  Everyone should try it at least once!

OK.  Busy, busy weekend of online History tests and writing papers, so putting this up a little early for peeps.  I'll make my rounds as soon as I can.

Thank you EVERYONE for hanging in there with me, your continued support and fun here in the bloggie world.  It truly means alot to me.

Happy SS!

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Friday, November 02, 2012

WOYWW - Carvin' PUnkINs!


Hello and welcome to my desk!  It's constantly on the go as I'm still trying to work out space and such for one in my room.  So, today's desk is from Perkins!  haha  I sketched this little illustration on a napkin while studying for my Western Civ Exam that's tomorrow.  Hee

So, alas...back to studies but wishing EVERYONE a fun and delightful PUNKIN' DAY!  :)

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Sunday Sketches



Welcome to another wonderful, snowy (at least here!) week of Sunday Sketches.  It's been a crazy busy week with term papers, exams and homework quickly piling up.  Oy!

Anyways, above is the completed Aromatique painting I shared with you last week.  I apologize for the poor quality photo.  I've yet to find my camera since I moved!  This is from my phone.  Oh dear me!  Regardless, the actual watercolor turned out quite lovely and my customer is quite pleased. Yeah!

Now, off to see what everyone's been up to this past week or so.

Happy SS!  :)

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Paint Party Friday


This is one of the several wonderful commissions I'm wrapping up today for a local coffeehouse.  I've enjoyed creating these and am looking forward to more!

Still pushing through my college studies.  I finished the Mid-term with all A's.  Pheweee!!  :D

Happy PPF!

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sunday Sketches




Hello and welcome to another fabulous week of sketches and what knots!  So glad you could join us this week.  :)

Above is a WIP I'm working on for a customer.  You can see where I'm at developing a watercolor painting of their logo.  It's coming along quite nicely.

OK.  Off to visit everyone else.  Have a super Sunday!

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sunday Sketches and Art Show


Good morning!  I apologize but Sunday Sketches will be unfortunately postponed this week as I'm doing an art show this weekend at a local coffee shop, Trumans.  It was initially just yesterday but am cozied up in the corner with my table of whimsical delight (see above) to greet the lovely customers once again this morning.

Please accept my apologies but please DO leave a comment so I can visit your lovely artwork later.

Have a SUPER day, from me to you!  :)
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Prepping for the Holidays



Just popping in to say I'm still prepping for the holidays!  Many things are ready but still alot of other things to finish prepping!

Above are a few of the holiday cards and tags available for this holiday season. Yeah!  :)
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Sunday, October 07, 2012

Sunday Sketches

Hello and WELCOME to another fun week of sketching, doodles and what knots!  Yeah!  :)

Above is another WIP of an idea for the holidays.  I've so many unfinished projects, it's really sad.  However, I'm doing my best to stay atop my studies, which is priority at this point.  Hopefully, next semester will prove to be a little lighter for me so I can focus a bit more on my art.

OK.  Now it's time to see what everyone else has been up to.  Happy SS!  :)

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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

WOYWW - Unsettled Mess


I'm still struggling to make do for the time being with not having a workspace.  As mentioned last week, my old workstation just wouldn't fit in my room at the new place, so quite frustrating.  Almost every day I'm digging through the mess above to find something.  Grrr

Any suggestions for the interim period?  :)

Other than this "minor" issue, I'm still plugging along on misc art projects as well as college classes.  In fact, my first exam grade - 92%!  :)

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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sunday Sketches and Punkins


It's that time of year again for crisp, autumn leaves, apple cider and PUNKINS!  Oh and of course the splotch birdies once again!  (wink wink)

So WELCOME to another fun week of Sunday Sketches.  I'm looking forward to what everyone else has been up to.

**Posting a little early for my UK, Australia, etc peeps

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

WOYWW - Coffee House LOVE




I've finally been able to catch up and it feels great!  I've been able to pick up the paintbrush once again and truly spend some quality time on art commissions set aside the past several weeks.

Above are a few WIPs of a basic and holiday card I'm designing for a local coffee shop.  It's quite exciting and so far.  The feedback received is amazing.  Yeah!

On another note, I'd give you a peak of my current workspace but I have none!  Not even a desk.  I had to move just over a week ago due to serious ventilation issues in my home.  My previous art desk doesn't fit into my new home.  Sigh.  So, eventually, I'll be sifting through the local antique shops for a new one.  :)  Until then...

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sunday Sketches



Good morning and WELCOME to another fun week of doodling, sketching, painting...and what nots!  :)

Above is another Beatrix Potter illustration I've attempted to paint and love it oh so much.  Perfect for the cozy weather making it's way in here over the past week or so.

Now, off to see what everyone else has been up to.

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sunday Sketches and moving

Good morning!  I did it again - dropped the ball as I've been moving all weekend.  My roommate and I were transferred to a different unit due to the ventilation issues at our last apartment.  Oy!  We're all moved but my art supplies and such are packed, so no piece for me this week.  My apologies.

However...if you've prepared this week, please do go ahead and post as I'd love to visit everyone later this afternoon (after cleaning old place).  Happy Sunday!! :)

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Sunday, September 09, 2012

Sunday Sketches


I'm posting Sunday Sketches a little early as I practically miss it every weekend right now, with my studies.  It was great to see/visit everyone last week!

This is a little holiday card idea using Morris the Mouse.  I'm considering having some little Xmas lights draping around the cuppa, whilst having him dreaming about jammie dodgers and such.  We'll see.

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else has been up to this past week.

Happy SS!  :)

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Sunday, September 02, 2012

Sunday Sketches


Good morning and happy holiday weekend!  I seriously can't believe how fast the weeks pass anymore.  I hope this little note finds everyone doing well today.  :)

I'm presenting you yet another collage of more clip art from the teacher's project.  Believe it or not, I've still a few more to do but having trouble wrapping up with the intensity of my Fall school schedule.  Maybe it will happen over the holiday weekend?!

OK...Off to see what other have done.  Happy SS!

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

WOYWW - Myth and Art



I'm pushing through my art and studies - barely, but doing it!

It's been an intense semester thus far but it's also planted some new, creative ideas within.  I'm looking forward to the "art time" I've carved out of my schedule a few times a week to simply give myself a mental academic break, along with keeping the creative juices flowing.

Here's a snapshot of the Myth studies kicking my butt right now, along with a small watercolor painting of my favorite things to have while studying - tea and cookies!  Uh huh.

Happy WOYWW!  Hugs to everyone.  :)

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sunday Sketches


I can't believe it's time for another round of Sunday Sketches!  What happened to the week? Oh dear me.  Well, I must report my first week of Fall classes went very well and am pleased with my study habits at this point.  It's double the load compared to my summer semester but still enjoying it.

Pictured above is another round of the clip-art I've been working on.  Not quite finished but oh so very close.  I can't tell you how happy I am with the results of this project as well.

OK.  Looking forward to visiting everyone!  (Please do forgive me for not getting to everyone was last week).

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

WOYWW




It's been ages since I've been able to participate in WOYWW and it's quite exciting.  I've been buried in college studies as well as misc art projects on the side.  I know financially, it's been one of the toughest times in my life, however, I am the happiest I've ever been as well.  God has been good.

Above are a few snapshots of the things coming and going on my desk this week.

I do plan to visit everyone, but will do so after my Mythology class tonight.  I do hope you'll be patient as I slowly get back into the swing of things.  I've totally missed my wonderful blogger peeps these past few months.

What do you do to gain some balance in your life when you're faced with change?

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sunday Sketches


It's time for another fun week of doodles and sketching.  Yeah!  I'm so glad you've decided to join us this week.  Grab a hot cuppa, pull up a chair and come along for the wonderful, creative ride.  :)

Here we have one of the final clip art illustrations.  This project is in its final stages - 360 completed and about 20 or so to go.  Phew!

Happy SS!  Let's see what everyone else has been up to this past week.

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Happy Birthday


Happy birthday to me.  It's a hard one this year, remembering the loss of my father, but filling it with great, wonderful memories.  From unforgettable concerts and wonderful friends, to perfect hot cuppas and hugs.  I'm truly blessed.
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Friday, August 17, 2012

All I Could Ever Need

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The sun fades as evening tip toes its way in, wrapping up the day with painted soft hues of blues and pink across the night sky.  It feels like it's been forever since my eyes have gazed upon such beauty, so calm and serene.  Life seems way too busy anymore.  I need balance.  I need more beauty.

My silhouette grows in detail against the large glass pane, as the evening sky becomes darker.  Green dress, black sweater and a soft, multicolored scarf wrapped snug around my neck.  I settle down in my chair; hot cuppa in hand.

Summer has basically come and gone. Autumn's stirring up a tease with her early morning lullabies of cool breezes and sweet scents.  Where has the time gone?  It seems like it was just yesterday my father passed, I resigned my job, moved to a new home and resumed my college endeavors.

My birthday is just a few days away, reminding me that it was just a year ago I last laid eyes upon my father.  I remember pulling my chair up beside his bed, stroking his arm and singing softly in his ear with hopes of bringing some small measure of comfort to his frightened heart and mind - of death standing at his door.

I'm thankful for the few friends that surround me, supporting and helping me push through my first birthday without daddy.  My heart is grateful and beyond words this very moment.  I soon realize it's these friends who give me balance and pour all the beauty I could ever need into my heart.
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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Sunday Sketches


Hello!  It's time for another week of fun sketching, doodles and what nots.  Uh huh.  So, come on in and join the fun.  Everyone is welcome here.  :)

Above is another snapshot of the clip-art project I'm beginning to wrap up.  Only a few more letters to go.  This project has gone so well the teacher has asked me to illustrate her upcoming children's book.  I'm quite delighted!

OK.  Happy Sunday!  Off to see what everyone else has been up to.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Wonderful New Pretties



I'm excited to share with you some new professionally printed greeting cards.   Remember when I shared this design with you a few months back?  It's now been transformed into the lovely greeting cards above.  Yeah!  And let's not forget the revised Sunday Sketches tree awhile back.  It too has been transformed into wonderful, high quality greeting cards. You'll find these available in my shop for purchase.

Today, I'll be focusing on finishing up the wonderful teacher's clip-art project I unfortunately fell behind on due to being terribly ill for a few weeks.

So, happy Thursday!  Here's a hot cuppa to you, my lovely peeps.  :)
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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

With love...

It's been a long 10 weeks this summer, pushing through World Geography and Art History, but - I DID IT!  I'm happy to say my summer semester is officially over and a much needed break is now here.  I'm looking forward to getting caught up on some projects unfortunately placed on the back burner not long ago.

On another note, I've had to tuck away alot of thoughts, feelings, emo - all to stay focused on school.  The most pressing thing in my mind?.....My birthday is in 2 weeks - it was the last time I saw my father - he died less than 2 months later from a horrific battle of cancer.

My heart still aches.  I felt a deep loss this morning, as if he left this world just yesterday...
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Saturday, August 04, 2012

Sunday Sketches


Welcome to another fun week of Sunday Sketches. Yeah!  We've had a few new peeps join us over the last two weeks, so don't forget to pop in and say hello.  :)

Today has been such a wonderful day for me as I feel like I'm able to breathe for the first time in 10 weeks or so.  Yesterday I submitted my final essay for the summer semester and after tomorrow (Monday) I'll be on break for two weeks before Fall classes begin.  I'm looking forward to catching up with so many things, including my art and projects pushed to the side to focus on studies.

Above are a few WIP's over the last several months I hope to complete over my small break.  Any thoughts or ideas?

OK...off to visit everyone else.  Happy SS!  :)

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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Climbing UP and OUT!


(Artwork:  Completed painting of a WIP I posted here awhile ago.)

It's been challenging getting back into the swing of things after being ill for so long and still some hurdles to hop over before a full recovery.  But, I'm slowly climbing up and out!  Uh huh! Everything has been out of whack, including my diet.  I've not had a real hot cuppa in almost two weeks due to dietary restrictions.  Sigh.  Someone please enjoy a hot cuppa of English Breakfast or PG Tips for me, would you?

It's the not worst position I've been in but it's still been terribly discouraging at times.  My professors have been very flexible with my homework as well as my clients and their art projects.  Much gratitude here.

Much love to everyone.  Thank you again for your ongoing thoughts and prayers.
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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sunday Sketches and Recovering



Good morning.  Posting these lovely painted TOMS I did shortly before I became very ill.  These were for a friend's daughter's birthday.

Nothing else at this point and time for art as I'm still in the process of recovering, watching my diet right now and desperately trying to catch up from missing classes last week.

Hope you have a wonderful day!  :)

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