Showing posts from February, 2015

Diva's Weekly Challenge: Year of the Goat

This week's Diva Challenge is to do a tile, in the style of your choosing, to celebrate Chinese New Year on Thursday.  This year is the Year of the Goat, or the Year of The Sheep, depending on who you ask.  I love both goats and sheep but I can draw a better sheep so that's the one I picked. Throw in a couple of Chinese Lanterns among the tangles and it didn't take me long. Especially since it's only artist trading card size. Fun! It was good to work on a smaller sized piece since I have been working on a 3' by 2' piece for a couple of weeks now.  I got a hugantic piece of beautiful rice paper and laid it on the kitchen table.  You know how some people have a table with a jigsaw puzzle going all the time?  Same concept only no puzzle, just a big piece of paper to doodle a way at when I have a few (or a lot) of minutes to spare. Doesn't look that big in the pic, but it seems huge compared to the stuff I usually work on which can be as small as 1.5"

Tropical Therapy

Is was a cold and blustery day here in Madison   High winds causing white out conditions from the skiff of snow we got last night and -30 wind chill factors. I had to be out and about in it because I had an oil change appt. at 9AM. It was nearly impossible to get out of bed as I lay listening to the wind howl outside. So I decided that since I was going to be halfway to it anyway, I would drop into Olbrich Gardens for a little mid-winter tropical therapy. The parking lot was chock-a-block full when I got there at 10AM and I almost turned the car around and headed right back home since the best available space was quite a distance from the door, but I sucked it up and went in anyway. Come to find out, the reason that it was so crowded was that there was a fine arts craft show going on! I spent a few minutes looking at all of the pretties; pottery, weaving, paintings and jewelry before I went into the conservatory. BONUS!!! When I went to get a ticket to go inside, I