Tuesday, September 16, 2008

When Ike Gives You Lemons...

Make a flower bouquet. Yes, stupid Ike knocked down two of my three big sunflower plants. One is completely demolished but I'm trying to salvage the second. I have it tied with a ribbon to 3 skewers and a garden spade and it's propped up with an outdoor chair. It looks totally ghetto though so I'll spare you the after photos. But here's the before:And the flowers I salvaged yesterday. That plant was nearly spent so I'm not too bummed that I lost it but Chloe cried for a while on the way to church. The bouquet is nice and is a good way to end the summer I think. And, yes, I do realize that I have no reason for complaints since it will be weeks before Ike survivors have showers and hot food. No tragedies here...And here's another little something that I finished last night. It's my first "person" painting and was inspired by a picture that I took of the girls at Jim Warren park. There is much room for improvement but I'm happy with the way it turned out. For some reason when I take a picture of this painting, Halle's hair looks orange but it doesn't actually look that way. I had to paint it a little darker because otherwise her head would be transparent and that's just not a good look for anybody. I will not be posting this in my Etsy shop though. For one, it seems like I'd be selling my kids and secondly who besides me is going to want a painting of the backside of my kids? I'm having trouble figuring out the best way to get pics of paintings which is my big holdup on the shop. These watercolors are too big to scan properly and a picture of a painting isn't that fabulous. I do have some smaller paintings like the first sunflowers that I did and possibly "green apple and vase" and another one that will go up in the next couple of days. I'll probably give a print to the grandparents if they'd like one. I'll make sure to let you guys know when stuff is up in the shop.

7 comments:

Mary said...

I like the sunflowers in your window. It looks like they have a nice view of their more fortunate friends outside too.

The painting is very nice...I think you have a great knack for getting the right colors. Your girl's backsides look very cute.

Tisra said...

How very cool. I can't wait to see that in person. I'd be happy to scan images for you/ with you. I just scanned a few bigger ones here at home and used a cool feature in Photo shop called photomerge where you can join together multiple images (great for me because the larger paintings don't fit on my scanner). The other option is to take a picture and lighten it until it looks "right". Anyway, I'll help you- c'mon over!

Angie said...

Amy~ The painting of the girls is gorgeous! I LOVE the colors you used and it came out so nice. Can't wait to see your shop!

Amy said...

Thanks, ladies.

Tisra, I really do need to come over. I've given myself a deadline of Friday to have stuff in my shop and I feel like I'm not going to make it. Perhaps if I spent more time actually working on it instead of blogging...

Mom said...

I love the picture of the girls.

Amy said...

Awww, thanks Mom. I'll make a print for you.

Christy said...

Sweet! I don't know...lots of people like to buy pictures of kids they don't know. Look at Ann Geddes' work. But I understand that feeling of selling your kids. I have photos of my kids that go years back and I've thought about doing something with them....but...it feels so personal.