Thursday, July 31

Throwback Thursday, the Whimsy Collection~

It's throwback Thursday, Sherbert Ink style. Unfortunately, I don't have anything new to share but I thought it might be fun to dust off a few of my past favorite pieces and revisit them for a minute. :)


This is the second piece in what I fondly call the "Whimsy Collection". To this day it is still one of my very favorite pieces. It really made me feel like an artist. Sometimes I still can't believe that I painted it! HA! I love how this little guy looks so innocent and sweet. He very well may be my white rabbit of paintings,  I am forever chasing the feeling that I somehow managed to capture here in every new piece I create. 



What would a collection of paintings focused on whimsy be without a flamingo in a top hat? :) This lovely little guy first appeared in May 2013. My sister gave me the challenge of painting a flamingo and so I did. It was a brave new concept for me to just paint something because I wanted to. I love his little top hat and his stance. He is definitely up to something! :)

Thus concludes my little Throwback Thursday Sherbert Ink style. Thank you so much for stopping by. With any luck the stars will align and I will get creatively unblocked and have something new to share really soon. TTFN!
xoxo,


Friday, July 18

Hope~

Many apologies for my long absence. This has been one heck of a year around here. Just when I think we are finally getting back to "normal" life swings in like a wrecking ball and knocks us off course. I can't even get into it really. It's just too much. So, instead I am going to share a new piece with you. She has been sitting on my desk in various states of evolution for over a month. I give you HOPE.




She has come so very far, the girl with the red hair. What I originally started out with is miles from where she ended up. It took me a long time to say that she was complete. She is sailing and she is accompanied on her journey by her friend the black bird and Hope, her trusty boat. I really feel like she is more then just a painting, she is a story humming along in the back of my mind. Who knows where she will end up. For now she is hanging out here on the sea of life, content. That's about all for now. I am going to try really hard to have some new things to share really soon. Thanks for stopping by.
xoxo,

Hope is a 7"x11" Mixed Media Collage painting on canvas


Tuesday, June 10

Around Here~

Hello friends! There are so many things happening around here lately. Unfortunately, painting isn't really one of them. Ho hum! 



Let there be light!


As I mentioned in my last post my darling husband is in the process of putting a light tunnel in our kitchen/studio. So far this is what it looks like. Slowly but surely! LOL! The main focus of our world around here has been the last day of school. That day is today! Hurrah! It's finally here.



The anticipation around here has been at a fever pitch. Time for Summer vacation. Well, more like staycation this year. Nonetheless, there are popsicles to be eaten, bottles of bubbles to spill, and knees to skin. Bring it on! Before we can jump headlong into the festivities there are teachers and a wonderful bus driver to thank for an absolutely delightful school year. I really don't think it could have gone better! :)



I must admit that I CASE'd this card from the gorgeous new Stampin' Up! catalog. If you haven't seen it, drop what you are doing and get yourself one! It'll be worth it. Having said that I don't love this card but, I didn't feel well yesterday and of course I left my card making to the last day. I needed 5 of them and it's been ever so long since I have actually made a card. So, I settled on this nifty little design (the original looks better. :( )


I found this idea for the gifts on Pinterest. I found the cups at Target and I filled them with a nail file, Ghiradelli Chocolate Squares, lip balm  Lemonade and Ice Tea singles, and a nail polish. Just a small way to say "THANK YOU". The teachers work so hard and honestly I don't know how they manage. If it was up to me there would make loads of money and have all expense trips to somewhere tropical every Summer. Since it's not up to me they get a cup with goodies and a card. :)


Since I left the gifts to the last minute. Why do I always do that, anyway? I realized last night that the gift bags I thought  I had, I actually didn't. Tissue paper and ribbon to the rescue! I didn't want the cards to get lost so I popped them in the envelopes and punched a hole in the corner, then threaded the ribbon through the hole to attach it. A little washi tape sealed the unruly seems. Voila! And that is what we have been up to. I am so hoping to have something artsy to share really soon! Let's see how well I can manage creating art and having kids home at the same time. TTYL!
xoxo~






Thursday, June 5

Love You So Much~

Hello, hello Friends! My kitchen/studio is currently a disaster due to the fact that my lovely husband is installing a skylight. I am so very excited for the prospect of proper light in my dark, little studio. However, it's taking longer than expected and it is making it a real challenge to paint anything. :)


Love You So Much

I have been working on this piece for a few weeks now. I had it mostly complete and than just... nothing! It can really be a challenge to pick up where I have left off once the mojo is gone. This little lady might look a little familiar. Well, she is the second in a series I have been working on for ever so long.


Forever And Always

This lovely was the first. This piece really has a special place in my heart but I have wanted him to have a friend. I can't exactly say that I love her as much as I love him. Still she is a cutie and I will leave it at that. Who knows what is next. I can't imagine that this is the end of this series. So, we will just see what comes next. I do love an adventure! :) Thanks for stopping by.

xoxo,



Love You So Much is an 8"x10" Mixed Media Painting on Canvas Panel
Forever and Always is an 11"x14" Mixed Media Painting on Canvas Panel

Tuesday, May 27

*72 Hour Food Kits *

Hello friends! I have been meaning to put together 72 hour kits for ages. If you are not familiar with 72 hour kits please allow me to introduce you. The basic idea is to have food, water, first-aid, and toiletries to last for three days, in an emergency. Today I am going to show you what I have included in our food kits. I packed 6 kits (One for each family member) as well as a separate bag for our dog Daisy. Let's get to the bags!



1 Gallon of Water per person, per day. That is meant for drinking only. This doesn't include water for cooking, washing, etc.

Morning 1
2 Packets Instant Oatmeal
1 Packet Cocoa (1 Packet Chai Tea In My Personal pack for each day)
1 Fruit Leather

Lunch 1
1 Peanut Butter Cracker Pack
1 Fruit & Grain Bar
1 Granola Bar

Dinner 1
1 Packet Top Ramen
1 Fruit Snack

Morning 2
2 Packets Instant Oatmeal
1 Packet Cocoa
1 Fruit Leather

Lunch 2
1 Bag Peanuts
1 Granola Bar
1 Box Raisins

Dinner 2
1 Can Tuna/Salmon
1 Fruit Snack
1 Applesauce Cup

Morning 3
2 Packets Instant Oatmeal
1 Packet Cocoa
1 Fruit Leather

Lunch 3
1 Handi Snack
1 Granola Bar
1 Peanut Butter Single
1 Mini Candy Bar

Dinner 3
1 Can Ravioli


Extras
5 Butterscotch Candies
5 Jolly Ranchers
3 Powdered Juice Mix Singles
1 Fork
1 Spoon

Each meal is sealed in a zip-top sandwich bag and all of the meals are together in a gallon sized plastic bag with the extras. Each family member will have their bag of food in their own backpack. We also have a can opener in the "master" bag that either my husband or I would carry. This is just the food supplies. I will go over the other supplies in another post. You can see a video of what is in the bags over on my Youtube Channel.

There is also a lot of great information on Pinterest.

This isn't the fanciest food but it will keep us sustained in an emergency. I have small children and that was definitely a factor in some of my food choices. I selected things I knew they would eat and that didn't take up too much space or add too much bulk to the pack. The other thing I made sure of was that everything that went into our bags has at least a ONE YEAR SHELF LIFE. That way I will only have to rotate the packs once a year. It would be a shame to have only expired food in a crisis. That about covers the food portion. If you have any questions please let me know. Thanks for stopping by!
xoxo,



Friday, May 23

Always~

TGIF Friends! We made it through another week! I don't know about you but it's been a crazy week around here.


Still, I wanted to make time to pop in and share this sweet little piece that was commissioned after my Art Sale. It was fun to paint another of these darling little 6"x6" canvas panels. It's such a fun and easy size. It is a huge honor when someone likes your work enough to ask for a specialized piece. That's all I have for today. Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a happy and safe weekend!
xoxo,



Wednesday, May 21

Waiting~

Finally, I have some art to share. It's been too long, I know! What can I say? Life has been busy and sometimes art just gets put on the back burner. It's really a bummer but not something I can control right now. Blah, blah, blah! ;) On to the art...


A nice detail shot, don't you just love it? What is she thinking?




Waiting

I have been working on this piece for ages. Seriously, M-O-N-T-H-S. It's high time it was finished and put on the wall. I just couldn't seem to get it just right. Once the painting was finished I went back and forth as to if she had something to say. Basically, I think she is just "waiting" and she is ok with that. The world is swirling around her in vibrant, violet swirls and she is just closing her eyes and waiting for... whatever. :) Seriously, thank you so much for stopping by Sherbert Ink. I hope you have enjoyed the journey. Have a lovely day!
Until next time.
xoxo~

Waiting is a 12"x12" mixed media collage painting on canvas.

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