Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Twins!???!


I just got back from a great weekend trip in Houston
visiting an old high school friend and her new little additions to her family,
twin boys!

Pretty much a weekend of cuteness overload...




The weather was perfect (well, slightly hot but manageable lol) and we just stayed in chatting and catching up Friday, and then Saturday we drove out to a mud race with the twins and her hubby. She is 5 months from the delivery and getting back into running, and it was so inspiring to see her climbing over all sorts of obstacles and trudging through mud and muck to the very end!








While she and her friend Michael triumphed over physical feats, Barry and I were on babysitting and photography duty which was quite all right with me!

We pretty much just got to relax, enjoy the beautiful weather, and entertain the little ones. Total win!




After getting my first taste of a mud run, Maria and I are hoping to do the Gritty Goddess coming up in October in Galveston. We are definitely getting a hotel room with showers though for afterwards, and then can enjoy the rest of the weekend exploring, fresh and clean lol.


These guys are so tough!!!

Later that day we left the twins with her hubby and spent a few hours at the Houston Zoo which was so much fun! I literally do not remember the last time I visited a zoo, and we ended up getting pretty lucky with the animals being out.

Just a few snapshots :)


  


  

 Loved the giraffes...they were so adorable and kept walking by us only a few feet away!

  

 Such a great trip! Even though its been so long since connecting with my friend, we seem to settle right back into our friendship naturally. I am so privileged to have someone so special like her in my life, even if not in my city.

Feeling thankful!



Monday, May 19, 2014

Back in Color


So... its been awhile lol.


This spring was pretty tough for various reasons, but one big change was I signed up for my first painting class! I have always been overwhelmed and intimidated by paints coming from a black and white world; there are so many things to consider and learn when painting that just are not an issue when drawing or sketching. So I made the decision to try an actual course at the local college and I am so happy I did.

There were a lot of not so fun projects including my first experience with nude figure painting and sketching, but I am really happy with the progress I have made overall. 

 

These little guys ended up being part of my series I created for our final. Since its just Watercolor I, the assignment centered on creating cohesive pieces just as much as our technique. I completed these and then also did multiples using looser techniques for experimentation, but these were the ones I like the most. Very whimsical for now!

Its wonderful to be able to use color any way I want...
Its like drinking your first glass of cold water on a hot summer day!





This one is just something I wanted to try on my own, from an original pencil drawing of mine. At the time we were painting very simple still-lifes and nudes, and I just craved something girly and colorful!

I started out wanting it to be more minimalist buuut the whole biting thing required more detail than I had anticipated sooo viola.

 It was definitely a needed break from the impersonal assignments of class, and I realized how important knowing which elements of a piece need to be detailed and which can be loose in order to come off just the right way. 

I still have so much work to do and many things to learn, but I am enjoying my current exploration of watercolors!