Sunday, December 28, 2008

December Bear Sketch

Holiday Bear-Nancy Van BlaricomHoliday Bear on cardstock
Today as I go through the house picking up a few of the holiday decoration's to put back in stroage boxes, I gathered up this bear and his female counterpart that I had sitting on the couch. He's been with me a number of years and I've often thought of painting him but never took the time. Today was a great opportunity. Darn, why didn't I paint it on some nice watercolor paper? Freedom comes easier when there isn't the pressure to make it perfect, don't you agree?
Are you thinking of some artist goals you'd like to accomplish this next year?
Are you taking stock of all your accomplishments this year?

Sunday, December 21, 2008

December 21st, Winter Solstice

This is the north end of the island- Harstine Island

This first photo is from the very north end of the island, looking toward the main land and a couple of other islands.
From the aprox. same location as yesterday

The second photo is from about he same spot yesterdays photo was taken from.

snow from our front door

And the last photo is looking out our front door and you can see the snow that accumulated on the red chairs and the top of our fence. When I measured our snow accumulation I found aprox. 6 inches on my deck.
This is Winter Solstice!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Almost winter solstice ...

Almost winter soltice - Nancy Van BlaricomI thought you might like to see this photo I took yesterday about 10:30 a.m., on my daily 2 mile walk. Today on our walk we saw less sun, and we are seeing more accumulation of snow ... but it is still beautiful. How appropriate having snow so close to Christmas.

.....walking in a winter wonderland.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Bad timing ...

This photo shows the center of the room, while the bookcase is being painted.

As you may remember, in my post earlier this year on (August 16th), I did a lot of cleaning and eliminating of unused items in my studio. I still feel as though I'm pretty crowded and want to get rid of even more stuff from the studio. I've emptied my book case and painted it white. I've left this book case unfinished for years - and now, during the holiday's, I feel the need to paint it,...bad timing. This gives the bookcase an illusion of looking like there is more space and not stopping the eye with a darker look of unfinished wood. I've also taken out my artists type drafting table to give me more room and I will try to get by with the storage table you see here to paint at. Also, I'm thinking of adding a little more color in this room with a valance over the window, leaving the walls white ... but why the urge to do this now.? All of this is really bad timing don't you think?

Hopefully soon I'll be finished with this project and it will inspire me to use my watercolors once again.

Happy Holidays

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Another Sandpiper

Sandpiper #2 - Nancy Van Blaricom Here's another bird for my small 5" x 5" bird series.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Harstine Island Holiday House

Doors open at 2008 Holiday House This is a photo I took 5 minutes after the doors opened at the local Community Club for the annual Harstine Island Holiday House Bazaar. People were packed into this old building that is on the National Register of Historical Places in Mason Count Washington. A wonderful old building that is still used for many of social gatherings.
This was the second year I have participated in this local bazaar and can't believe the amount of people it draws from all around the area ... not just the islander's. I really don't think a bazaar's is the best place to show 'fine art', yet it seems to be a great place to sell note cards and that's mostly what I sell.
I had a great time visiting old friends and making new ones ... A great way to start the holiday season, don't you think?