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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Little Koala

I was sketching koalas and decided to create a new ACEO card:

Colored Pencil on Bristol Board
Check out my Prints and Originals on eBay Here.

Also, be sure to check out my other blog as well! I post different illustrations over there.

Sketchbook

Just thought I’d post some sketches I’ve been working on lately. I would really like to be part of a Sketchbook/Moleskine Exchange – where you start a sketchbook and pass it back and forth between members of a group, once the book is full they ship it back to you.

I’ve been following a few blogs about it, and I emailed one of the people to see if I could get in on it. Please let me know if you are part of a group, or thinking about starting one. It’s really sad when people aren’t dedicated to it, though, and it falls apart, so I only want to do it with people who are prepared to finish strong. :)


   

Oh…and for those of you who didn’t know – today is Pancake Day. I heard it on Twitter (follow me: @ALMIart). Thanks for all the comments I’ve been getting lately!

 

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
Really?

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

Doodle Again…

So, I was doodling again, and I was thinking about actually turning some of my work into products..like coffee mugs, or aprons.. What do you think?  I’m not exactly sure how much it would cost, but it would probably be really fun to get in the mail… At least, I’d be excited. 

So, you tell me: Would you  be willing to pay $20 for a mug with owls or some elongated animal illustration on it?

rabbit, jellyfish and fish doodle, Sharpie marker on notebook paper

Leave me a comment with your thoughts on the coffee mugs…or any other product you would like to see me print. I am very serious about this… :)

crazylady

Back At Last…!

Well, I apologize for the long break, but I am very encouraged with the comments left in my absence (people are reading!).  I have taken a job teaching art to children everyday, ages 5-9, and I love it!  They certainly appreciate my drawing skills as much as I appreciate theirs.

Thought I would leave you with a doodle I did a few weeks ago:

Gorgia Blue, Sharpie Markers on Notebook Paper

I decided to redraw her today with colored pencil, warm colors, and slightly smaller features:

Gorgia Orange, Colored Pencil on Bristol Board

I was so frustrated with my scanner – he refused to connect to the computer, but freaked out whenever I tried to scan anything.  So, the picture quality is a little on the bland side since I had to use my camera… oh, well.

Thanks for reading…I always appreciate feedback!  Remember to leave me your blog addresses too!

crazylady