Monday, March 30, 2015

Coffee Filter Easter Wreath

I'm trying to get into the Easter spirit even though we still have snow on the ground and it's 43 degrees outside.  I made a coffee filter wreath over the winter using a piece of pipe insulation and a few dozen white coffee filters.  Wish I could say I thought of that great idea, but I didn't. I saw it while browsing Pinterest one night.
I did, however, customize it and I'm happy that I can keep it hanging on a mirror all year with different ribbon, silk flowers and other doodads.
My fav clip art site is The Graphics Fairy.  She posts adorable vintage postcards for free! And tons of other ephemera images. I've done lots of fabric transfers using them.
 I downloaded the ones I wanted with Easter themes and printed them on regular printer paper. I brushed a couple coats of Liquitex Matte Gel on both sides. Let them dry and then I cut them out. The gel gives them flexible bodies! I simply attached them with paper clips 'cause that's what I had on hand and I like the utilitarian look of that.
Can't wait to show it to my sis and my nieces!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Causeway Beach

So, here we are in Ft Pierce, FL.  Of all the places we've been in Florida, this is our favorite spot. Specifically, along the inlet from the ocean to the Indian River.
I was here a time or two back in the 60's when I was a kid. We would be on our way to visit my relatives in So. Florida. Traveling with another family who were dear friends, we'd stay one night with their grandparents on the Indian River. Happy times!
We like it here for various reasons. Along A1A, it is relatively quiet. There is a certain feel of "Old Florida".  The US Navy Seals trained here during WW2, and there's lots of history regarding that time.
The Atlantic is so beautiful here! Very blue and rugged. Pelicans everywhere! We can ride our bikes to places and never get in the car for days. Really good local places to eat, often with live music.
The beaches are plentiful and free. Most are not dog friendly, but they are fairly liberal with the rules and I always take my toy poodle, Ginger, with me in her backpack.
The water on the inlet is calm so I prefer that beach. I managed to do a quick 5 x7 plein air painting while sitting in the blazing sun on the Causeway Beach. There were a lot of snowbirds out there that day, but I chose to leave people out of this one. I felt I had to edit a lot out in order to simplify the scene. I considered this a warm up sketch and hope to crank out a couple more before we head north next week.
I must stop being so particular where I set up, what I'm wearing, what the wind conditions are, how bright it is and what palette to use! Getting started is half the battle!