Do you find the color changes in the Autumn leaves as interesting as I do? We didn't have much color this year. Oh, there were a few fabulous trees that seemed to shout their personality, but they were far a few between. The one Ginko tree, that I know of around here, turns really bright yellow. I have a vivid memory of finding those leaves when collecting for a project in 1st grade. They were so different and a bit exotic and mysterious to me even then.
As it turns out, the tree really is somewhat of a mystery. They are the sole survivor of a group of trees from when dinosaurs roamed the earth. The parts of the leaves, seeds, and bark, for medicinal use in Asian cultures has been known for thousands of years but remains a little mysterious to those of us who do not study that type of medicine.
Today I am Grateful for that Mystery and the Curiosity that led me to research the information. I used to be known as the "Research Queen". Maybe I will be again some day! Follow me at Cindy Rippe - Artist on facebook to see some of my November Sketching Challenge posts.
As we struggle to make sense of things, life looks on in repose. Author Unknown
I am grateful for the friends that haven't let me forget that deep down my artistic talent is still there. "It will come back in time" Well the time has come my friends. I making time for art again. I'm planning again and coming up with ideas for new projects again. There's no doubt it will take time, I'm not going to like everything I create right now, but I am trusting in the process. I love you for believing in me.
A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails. Donna Roberts
Today I'm grateful for a change in my point of view. Even though I am still struggling with my self confidence I continue to take small steps on the Journey to find my Creativity again. Even more amazing, to me anyway, is that when I was having a bad day today I followed through on my 30 days of Gratitude Sketching. I'm slightly embarrassed each time I press the publish button but at least I'm trying. Follow me at Cindy Rippe - Artist on facebook.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 NIV
Day 3 - Thankful for Family & Friends & the courage to Create
Have you been following my Cindy Rippe - Artist page on Facebook? I have challenged myself to sketch and post something I'm thankful for each day in November. It's kind of a big deal for me. 2 years ago I passed out here at home (Dr over-prescribed a medication) and sustained a concussion near my brain stem. Post Concussion syndrome (as well a few Auto Immune issues) has been interesting to say the least. Things are SO much better. I wasn't prepared for the loss of my Creativity though. There's this "fear of failure" thing that I've been fighting for the last year. So, again, sharing my sketches with my facebook fans is a huge step for me. My family and friends have been so encouraging and keep telling me that I just need to get started and it will all come back! So this blog post is dedicated to Lee, Jon, Jason, Sarah, & Bella, Bev, Alice, Lauri, Jeanette, Kelly Hoernig & Madeline Faiella. Thanks everyone! LYM
“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” Desmond Tutu
It wasn't a bad day, just a busy one. Even though things are so much better for me, days like today, wear me out so quickly. I just couldn't wait to get home to our cozy little house. You know what though? I am truly thankful for that exhaustion. The feeling of accomplishment makes it better. I can sleep tonight knowing that it's so much more than I was able to do before. So I guess today I'm "Grateful for the Growing."
“Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace. ”
I've gone through quite a bit with my health the last two years. Fortunately, things seem to be under control and I have so much to be thankful for. Join me in 30 days of Gratitude in November. Maybe my posts will inspire you to share what you are grateful for too!
Today I am grateful for the last minute decision to stop at The Gardens at Catigny Park over the weekend after a fun lunch visit with our son, Jon. The weather was unusually lovely, for this time of year, and the roses seemed to be enjoying it just as much as we were. Aren't they lovely? The faded petals and rose hips really put on a show!
“The rose speaks of love silently, in a language known only to the heart.” -Anonymous
|Snow Drop Love - a beginner class in Colored Pencil Play Date 2015 ©CindyRippe2015|
I sketched the idea for this design around Valentine's Day. Taking a few creative liberties, with the way the plant actually grows, I styled it like a heart. The flowers nodding toward each other was originally sketched to create a more pleasing design but I noticed later that it looks like they are connecting with each other. Like two flowers in love. My class started the week that Spring began so the Snow Drop seemed like a good choice.
For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.
Song of Solomon 2:11-12 ESV
|Working with Color Charts ©CindyRippe2015|
When I prepared to record the video this week I searched everywhere for those charts. You may remember that I've downsized my studio. Well there are BOXES and BOXES of supplies and reference material that I haven't put away yet. I thought they were pretty well sorted but... apparently not enough.
As I was looking through my digital files, for an image to use for facebook post, this picture popped up. I can't remember why I took the picture but I'm glad that I did. I was with my friend Kelly Hoernig as she taught a colored pencil class. She let me come along for the ride and I worked in the back of the class on my own projects.
So.. back to the Importance of Color Charts....most paints, colored pencils and markers look very different in their packaging. If you take the time to make samples you'll see what they look like on the surface you normally use. It's so much easier to choose colors this way.
Art is the triumph over chaos. John Cheever
|Bev, Mom and I holding hands ©CindyRippe2014|
She's been very loving and appreciates all the help we give her now. It wasn't like that most of her illness. She now holds our hands, gives us a kiss and says "I love you" or "Thank You". I think of it as a gift from God. He knows we are tired and need to have loving memories to carry in our heart after the struggle ends. We are all ready. Dad is waiting for her too.
I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. - Psalms 16
|Creek at Pilcher Park. Joliet, IL ©CindyRippe2014|
I was in search of Virginia Bluebells and there were millions of them. Waves of the bell shaped blue flowers covered the landscape. I will be posting pictures of them soon, along with an assortment of other spring flowers, but wanted to share this picture first. The creek winds through the woods along the trail and was incredibly peaceful today. If you look closely in the upper left you can see some of the bluebells growing under the trees.
The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man. Author Unknown
|Flora enjoys the Hyacinths at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show - ©CindyRippe2014|
Quote by - Rainer Maria Rilke
I can imagine her tapping her foot, crossing her arms and thinking, "What the heck are you doing? You should be in here creating something new!" I think I have a mix of Spring Fever, as I get a glimpse of flowers and new growth on a warm day, and then get totally bummed out and depressed because it's still cold here most days.
OK, Flora.... next week I'll come back to the studio and we'll get creative. Until then I get to spend time with the family on this glorious Easter weekend. Looks like we're FINALLY going to have nice weather again.
The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances. Robert Flatt
Blessings Cross by Cindy Wollenzien
|Design by Mary Jo Leisure|
Isn't this a perfect gift for the dining room or kitchen wall? Contact me in the comment section if you'd like to purchase one to paint on too!
Come Lord Jesus be our Guest;
And let these gifts to us be blessed.
|My kitchen island this week - ©CindyRippe2014|
Once the plants finish blooming they'll be moved to the basement under grow lights until I can plant them in the yard for the summer. Just thought you might like a peek into another part of my life.
I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden. Ruth Stout
Flora was so happy that she wanted to dance among the flowers! For more information about stained glass like this click HERE.
|Flora gets up close to check out the details of the orchids.©CindyRippe2014|
Today I took Flora with me to the Chicago Botanic Gardens. It's the last weekend of their Orchid Show and I didn't want to miss it. There were thousands and thousands of flowers and even though the March winds were chilly today,it was nice and warm inside the greenhouses. Flora and I want to thank Amy Litner for helping us get up close to the flowers and take this picture.
|Relaxing by the greenhouse where it was nice and warm. ©CindyRippe2014|
Great art picks up where nature ends. Marc Chagall
|Illinois Snow - March 12 - ©CindyRippe2014|
It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! Mark Twain
|Not much Art being made around here lately - Flora's Friday Art Adventures|
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
|Flora helps out with the Lily Drawings today - ©CindyRippe2014|
To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat. Beverly Nichols
|Flora loves Pink - ©CindyRippe2015|
This post is supposed to be about Flora's Art Adventures today but I've been pretty busy as a caregiver and helping family members and there hasn't been enough time for art. But I guess that's what love is all about and I'm lucky to be here on earth to celebrate that love and those relationships.
So I'm spending my Valentine's Day today taking care of Mom and loving all the pink that I see in the holiday decorations around me.
We love because he first loved us.
1 John 4:19
|Bella, Flora and Sage have a painting party ©CindyRippe2015|
|Close up of the fabric print - I'm sorry that I don't remember the manufacturer.|
|Bella really enjoys this easy project. ©CindyRippe2014|
|Just fill the design with color and iron to set the dyes.|
|Mom was feeling a little better so I set her up with watercolors at the hospital ©CindyRippe2014|
She really enjoyed painting for a while. Flora helped by hold the water color book and Mom thought that was pretty funny. She has "busy hands" syndrome now with her Dementia and this will help. There are a few other things that she can do but both Flora and I are partial to this one! I bought her a set of Crayola watercolors today (washable) that she can use at home. I wish I would have thought about bringing one of my Aquash™ Water Brushes with. That would have been even easier for her to use. No worries about knocking over the cup of water.
I have another kit set up for painting acrylic washes with pen and ink. I'll show you that one later.
Flora wants to know what is in YOUR travel art kit?
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. Thomas Merton
|Record cold temperatures and snow this year ©CindyRippe2014|
All seasons are beautiful for the person who carries happiness within. Horace Friess
|Flora tries to help out with my book sale - Flora's Art Adventures - ©CindyRippe2014|
After realizing that I haven't done anything with the books for a ling time I decided to start selling them. Flora agrees with me on both counts. They are wonderful tools to learn by and I don't have the room for them now!
Please help us out and visit my ongoing sales on facebook. I'll be posting them in "destashing" groups and will let you know when each group is listed on my Cindy Rippe - Artist facebook page. To make sure you don't miss any of the the bargains (there will be much more than just books eventually) CLICK LIKE on my page
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|Flora's been helping me with my 2014 Daily Planner - Mixed Media Techniques - ©CindyRippe2014|
|Before and after - Mixed Media Daily Planner for 2014 - ©CindyRippe|
After drawing a blank calendar template on the monthly pages I taped the edges with washi tape (butterflies by Tim Holtz) and then taped the divider directly onto the first page of each month with matte transparent tape. While sketching a flower for each month I laid a piece of tracing paper on the top of the template. My original intention was to only paint/sketch over the blank squares but as you can see I got carried away. I just reinforced the inked dates and lines after I finished painting. Freehand sketching gave me the freedom to make the plant grow in any direction that I like.
Each page has a different color scheme that I carried out to the border with a wash of acrylic paint. I painted right over the transparent and washi tapes. I chose one butterfly on the washi tape to paint and detail (SEE ARROW above) To add more color to overall look of the planner the tip-out pages and loose "TODAY" divider are decoupaged with scrapbook papers. (not shown here) I used matte medium for that.
|Samantha and Flora learn to mix watercolors ©CindyRippe2014|
|Nolan, Samantha, Cash and Flora mix watercolors and we have a great time! ©CindyRippe2014|
I've been playing with watercolors again in my sketchbook and Drawing Devotions project and this was a way for me to share my inspiration with them. I had a wonderful time and we imagined that Flora did too!
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. Pablo Picasso