I was excited when several years ago, a woman I didn’t know, contacted me about including one of my sketches, Autumn Tree, in a book she was writing. Priscilla Vernier is her name and her book, Notes ‘n Quotes, has just been published.
This awesome book can be read up, down, across, forward and backward!
“Discover The Playful Art…of word symmetry.
Allow….your imagination to freely travel.
Read…. between the lines bouncing across the page.
As Well As….down each page occasionally arriving with more than one message.”
It’s a wonderfully unique book and makes a thoughtful gift.
If you’d like to purchase a book, please contact Priscilla by email at <firstname.lastname@example.org> or on her Facebook page.
One of my wild giant twig bird’s nest purchased by Lulubelle Photography. Here are a few of her VERY special photographs!
Painting outside this past weekend – It’s summer and it’s hot! But, it sure feels great to be out in the fresh air. Lots of bugs everywhere though — I painted some just for the practice and I filled the page.
(SOLD) “Bug Collection” 15 x 23 inches watercolor by Judy Beck Lobos
Here’s another with a few vegetables thrown in…
Pull up a chair and join me in the garden.
The “Native Plants in the Landscape” conference at Millersville University offered a workshop taught by Landscape architect David Hughes. He taught us how to create miniature chairs made with invasive trees and plants gathered from the woods.
I wasn’t speedy enough to complete my chair during the workshop, so I took it home in pieces. I finally completed the project.
The Little Chair
Mr. Gray with The Little Chair
I split long, leathery yucca leaves into long strips and wove them to create the seat. The yucca leaves are flexible and strong.
“Garden fairies come at dawn,
Bless the flowers then they’re gone.”
Now they will have a chair to sit upon!
I’m teaching a Japanese Brush Painting Class. These are the works of my students.
The class is really “getting it” and it is exciting to see. This week we studied the “Plum Blossom”.
As a “friend of winter,” the plum blossom most vividly represents the value of endurance. In the midst of winter, before snow melts and the swallow returns, plum trees blossom onto the barren landscape, bracing the harshness of winter and reminding us that spring will come. Celebrated here is the vitality of life, endurance through hardship, and hope that life will regenerate.
I painted these sketches on hand-made paper for a friend. She is making a book for a gift and wanted a sketch for the cover. It was really fun to paint with watercolor and ink on this paper– it’s got such a nice texture to it and the paint and ink soaked right into it –in a nice way.