Monday, February 24, 2014

Doggie Dayz

Dog Dayz


I am so glad to be back to sketching!  I don't know if any of you hit dry spells but sometimes I just can't seem to get enough momentum to break through the 'whatever it is' that seems to sit like a cloud on me.

So I brought out the Big Guns...Old detective Movies on Netflix, Diet Pepsi and a Scarlet Lime Pen and just decided to draw what was around.  
If you've been around long you'll know...we always have lots of Doggage around the Freibott House.

So Dogs have always been a big part our lives and we believe Very
strongly in 'Applying Dogs' both for Therapeutic and Relaxation Purposes.

Now that we are home more, I am really enjoying spending time with our Fur babies- and Walking Dogs helps me quiet my ADHD Mind and Body and helps me relax.  My dogs have "Walk the Mom" on their agenda every day.

I hadn't really ever sketched Doggies before, but I really wanted to try this last Christmas.  After a few tries I made these little Canvases for my In laws

It was SO much fun!  I was really nervous, but when I relaxed and decided to do a more 'Cartoony' version I felt a little better:)

I have always wanted to draw my own doggies...but if you Say you are going to Draw your very own Doggies- it behooves you to make something that looks Something Remotely like them! Let me tell you there have been a lot of 'Dog-like' Critters in my Notebook- but none that you would Recognize!:)

On one of my recent trips to the Thrift Shop I scored a National Geographics Issue with Lots of great Doggy Pictures in it.  For some reason, drawing "Dogs in General" is not as scary:)

Ok- so there have been LOTS of sketches that did not look AT ALL like any of my dogs:)  Trust me that will be another post!  Pig-dogs, Dogs that look like sheep...Goat-dogs...:)

Anyway- here are a sketches that Finally seemed to look like the Original...:)

Here's our Chug-a-bug at the lake:)

And here is Her Royal Highness Spot....she is quite Regal...

OK- so I'm getting closer at least!

Now- Bear is our Quietest Sweetie- but getting a Realistic Sketch of him has completely eluded me.

So I decided to just try to catch his expression when I told him we weren't going to watch another Episode of Psych:)

Anyway- I am hoping to one day do little paintings of my Own Doggies....we shall see how it goes!

So...when you fall on asleep on the many wet noses do you wake up to?

Love to all!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Collage Sign Project

Quick Collage Project

My Dad asked me to make him a Sign for his Fabulous new Patio/Back Yard. 

He handed me the Wood- Just a piece of Plywood....but this way I knew it was exactly the right size...

I had a General Idea of what he wanted it to say.  It was going to go on the "Buffet" area of their Cute Patio and he wanted something to Welcome guests.

So Here's what I chose:)  I played around with the Size a bit- and then just printed it out on regular Paper.

Then I painted the whole thing the Green Acrylic there in the upper right hand corner there..

I Mod Podged on some "Masculine" Scrapbooking Paper and kept the pallete kind of 'Greeny Neutrally'...

I left the inside with just the Green and added another Good Coat of my Mod Podge Gloss.

Next I decided to indulge my Burlap Obsession and Covered the Center with some Christmas Left Over Christmas Burlap Ribbon.

I used a whole lot of Mod Podge on the Burlap to make sure it was saturated.  Then I cut out my Words....more Mod Podge and let it all Dry.

Next I used India Ink in Sepia around the edges of all the Paper, Burlap and Lettering.  I ended up going over it again with some Brown India Ink Marker and Good Old Fashion Mom Spit:)

I Mod Podged everything One More time and Voila!  I did have my Mom put a Good Coat or two of Clear Coat Varnish because it will be Outside.  I'll find out what kind she used.

I got to give it to my Dad on his 71st Birthday:)

Had a great time with this one and it was kind of  'Out of my Norm' so a good Challenge all around:)

Looking forward to their next Patio Gathering!

Love to all!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

February Catch-Up

Quick February Round up!

Hi Everyone!  

Just wanted to catch up a bit!  
We all kind of took turns with the Flu Bug that went around..which led to much Sick Day Boredom...

This led to some very weird sketches...

Here we have my Very First Chickens...
I always imagined my Chickens would be a little bit Edgy...

This is what my Doggie Bear looked like when he found out I wasn't going to let him sleep on the couch after a 'Sick Day Psych marathon"...

Fortunately we were almost better by Valentines Day:)

These are my two Cyber Cats...the only kind we aren't allergic to:)

So now we are all back to as 'Normal' as we get around here:)

I've got a  couple of Projects in the works- 
How is your February Going?

Love to all!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Another Cancer Free Check Up for Nick!

This month was Nick's eight month Check up.  We are blessed with an "All Clear"!  Woohoo! We celebrated with Starbucks...Nick is drinking Hot Chocolate...the Gateway Drug....:)

We also made the final arrangements for Nick to Graduate and walk in Cap and Gown this May, so it's been a big week around the Freibott House!

We don't have to go back down for testing again for 8 whole weeks!  Woohoo!  Thanks to everyone for all your prayers and support!  I look forward to taking Goofy Cap and Gown Pics:)

Love to all!

Back from a Break!

Back from a Break!

Hi Everyone!  I have had the awesome opportunity to start Personal Training again so I have been a happy little gym rat for the past few weeks.  I am working with such a great group of people and having a great time.

We've had a bout with a Flu bug but are finally all back on track again.

I have had some time to do a few sketches and have had a really good time drawing Doggies lately.   I've been able to spend so much more time with our own Doggies now that we aren't travelling down to Phoenix all the time and it's been fun:)

I saved a few National Geographics that had some really cool Dog  Pics so I've been sketching's much easier when they hold still for you!

Love to all!