Here's a prayer that those of you who share the East Coast with me were able to come through Irene's visit unscathed. She was quite the unwelcome guest, and we've spent the day cleaning up after her mess -- however, we still have our home and our health, and we're grateful.
In between the urges to sew, I've spent time during the past months learning and practicing watercolor and journal techniques, inspired by Alisa Burke's workshops and the encouragement of so many of you, dear readers. Here's a peek:
I loved Alisa's whimsical paisleys, so I tried a few of my own . . .
In this sketch, I tried my hand at shading with watercolor pencils -- I used so much water in one spot that the background paper just melted away, and I had to glue on another piece (the fact that I didn't throw the drawing away shows that I'm learning to embrace imperfection, don't you think?) . . .
Here, I learned how to mix the color chartreuse (it was a bit like cooking: a little of this, a little more of that -- and then remembering what I did so I could repeat it) . . .
I decided to try the watercolor pencils again and had better luck with my Tree of Flowers (I am nothing if not persistent . . .)
The bottom of the page awaits some inspirational journaling -- with luck, that may happen on a future sleepless night.
My thanks to all of you for being there on the other end of my computer . . .