Raindrops on Snapdragons, Stitches in Turquoise

Rainy days. Everything looks more saturated – the greenery becomes greener, flowers stand out as rare pops of color, the tree branches contrast dark against the bright colors.

Raindrops are featured on petals and leaves – shimmering like little starlit orbs.

The sun shining through the grey clouds eliminates strong shadows, and assures no detail will be lost. I couldn’t help myself – I had to get out the camera and take these pictures of my garden today. Thunder and rain only add to the majesty of the plants.

Rain is perfect for a mug of coffee and indoor projects. My Upcycled choice of the day?
My brand new (and very old) sewing machine:
This beauty was a $5 find at a garage sale this weekend.

Works like a charm, and just needed a bit of cleaning. They even included all sorts of extra needles, bobbins, pins, and other helpful supplies. I’m thinking it might be from the 1970’s, but I’m not sure. It’s very heavy – a quality machine made out of all metal.
I’m not sure if I can really express my excitement in finding this.
I can’t wait to start creating all sorts of upcycled works with old fabric finds.

And, of course, I must include some wonderful Etsy Finds:

A Whimsy Little Garden

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A Melancholy Day

A new illustration for the Monday Artday contest subject – Melancholy:

“I Think We’re Bored.” :: Egbert : Gwendolyn : ALMI Owls ::
Colored Pencil on Bristol Board
One of those days, where even the most active owls run out of plans.

Check out the print for sale Here.
Check out the Monday Artday contest blog Here.

Lemme See!

A new ACEO card:

Check out the original ACEO Here.
And I also worked on a new Egbert card:

ALMI Art

Check out this ACEO print Here.

Another Day, Another Dollar

Another morning of drawing. Mornings when I don’t have art lessons to teach, I work on my little pieces. I enjoy a cup of coffee and a few inspirational ideas to get started. I just started on Pinterest (search for me!).

Everybody In

Everybody In :: Almi Owls :: Colored Pencil

 

Shipping out a few ACEO cards today. I especially love to see repeat customers! I have several consistent bidders, and it always makes me happy to know my artwork continues to go to people who love it.

More Please!

I have been busy! Among other things, I’ve gotten married, bought a house, and continued drawing! I have been teaching art lessons and I have started up more illustration – selling quite a bit on eBay, I should be able to better keep up with this blog now.

Like my art? Search for “ALMI art” on eBay and you can purchase original ACEO’s! I buy ACEO prints from other artists all the time – they are a blast to get in the mail. ACEO’s (Art Cards Editions and Originals) are small works of art (3.5″x2.5″) and are a significantly cheaper way to own original works of art from artists. They can be collected into albums like trading cards, framed or matted. They are fun to create and fun to collect – check them out and look for much more to come!

Meet Bosco  ALMI Owls
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Walter - Owl Illustration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Much Love – ALMI

Happy Summer

So, things have been really busy. My dad says, “When it rains it pours” and he is right! I went from having part-time work and trouble finding what I was looking for, to enough work to keep me busy for ages! It’s great, though, and I’m very excited about everything happening. I plan to keep up on this blog, and I really appreciate all the encouragement. It’s much easier if you know people are interested in looking – otherwise you are typing on a blank page for the empty realms of cyberspace.

I’ll leave you with an image of a piece I did last summer for an Art in the Park event, and leave you with the promise of my new stuff to come.  :)

crazylady

Aubrey Hepburn, Acrylic

crazy busy!

Wow! The last two weeks have certainly been very busy! Finals, then graduation, moving out of the dorms…packing, and unpacking, and then re-packing for vacation! I am leaving for New York tomorrow morning for a few days, then heading down to Florida – and stopping in DC and Pennsylvania on the way down! SO, I apologize for the infrequent posts, but they will definitely pick up in June, and perhaps I will even be able to post while I’m on vacation!

I haven’t had a chance to upload anything new, but I don’t want to leave you without any work. Here are a few things I’ve worked on in the past years of school:

Class Study, Acrylic, 2007

Class Study, Acrylic, 2007

My prof and some of his favorite past times.

James Brown, colored pencil and watercolor pencil, 2007

James Brown, colored pencil and watercolor pencil, 2007

James Brown and Co. for a Tribute to the Fro: 1960 series I did.

Bob Dylan, Colored Pencil, 2008

Bob Dylan, Colored Pencil, 2008

 

A Bob Dylan Christmas present I was commissioned for.
 Enjoy and please leave comments. Oh, and PLEASE leave website addresses or blog sites so I can visit your work too! Many of the comments give me no way to stay in touch with people looking at my work!  :)
 
-crazylady

meet the crew…

Oswald, Walter, and Regina:

Owl Trio, colored pencil, 2009

Owl Trio, colored pencil, 2009

Oswald is a brainiac, and entirely too confident in his abilities of reasoning. He is the leader of the group (at least he thinks he is!) and he often gets in trouble with his hard head.
Walter is happy-go-lucky. If something can go wrong for him, it does, but he always finds the silver lining and never seems to mind for more than a second or two. Crying over spilled milk is certainly not his thing.
Regina is a clutz. She is happy and tries to impress, but usually does it while flat on her face. She is the voice of reason in the group – just keep her out of the china shop.
Colored pencil on bristol board.
-crazylady