Thursday, November 25, 2010

Ornament #4

Ornament #3

This one really doesn't look like the original, but I thought that I would post it any way.

Ornament #2

Another ornament, the pictures really don't show them at their best...

Ornament #1

This is one of the Christmas ornaments I have been working on.  These will be gifts to friends, family and co-workers, I hope they like them.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Hex of it All

This is another shot at making a Penn. Dutch Hex sign and making it up as I go kind of thing.  I just sort of used the inside of the designs.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Mr. Sun

It's my birthday today.  My big plans are driving my daughter to her all girls school, picking her up after school and driving her to the all boys school for marching band and then driving back to pick her up after marching band. And somewhere in between, I have to drive to the town an hour north of us to have lunch with my mom and her friends and make dinner.  Happy birthday to me.  Yes, I'm feeling a bit sorry for myself...  Last year I spent my birthday in Northern Ohio at a teachers conference and had a much better time.  The girls (other teachers) and I spent the whole trip using my birthday as an excuse to celebrate.  I think I still build my birthday's up to be bigger than they should be, but in reality they are just another day.  I did receive lovely thoughtful gifts from my family, and one daughter even cleaned some of the house for me without me having to ask her, so from here on out I will concentrate on all of the good things about the day... and ... not that the toilet is backed up and I now have a new thing to add to my list of what to do on my birthday.  :o)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Flower Buttons

I finally finished a drawing!  It feels so good to be able to sit down and draw again.  Now, how do you keep the family from just dropping in to talk because they see that it's nice and quiet in your room?  Oh well, I finished a drawing.  I know I will miss them all when they leave to start their own families, so I try to always at least listen while they talk, maybe just not making eye contact the whole time.  :o)  I sketched this drawing out on bristol board and started by adding color to the circles with water color.  I added all the pen and ink  at the end.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Magazine clippings

Some more of the magazine clippings I have been working on,  Love the clothes!

Some art work from my students

I thought it might be fun to show you some of the art work done my kindergarten art students.  They will make these into necklaces next week. 

What I have been working on in my spare time

I had bought a few old magazines over the past 2 summers, I have been going through them lately and cutting out images to use in my future art work, here are a few of them.  I mostly use these in my personal journals.  I used to use them in ATCs, which I haven't done for serval years now.  I still love ATCs, I just have perfered to make larger art work at the moment.

Pen and Ink of a church

I draw buildings from time to time, this is one that I just finished of a local church, it will be a gift for a gentleman that is being promoted in this church.  So shhh, don't tell anyone. 

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Alphabet Dreamin'

I woke up one morning thinking about this drawing, I gues I'm thinking about going back to school soon.  I added doodles to all the letters and if you look real close you can find the names of family members hidden in around the letters.  I had a great time making this drawing, but my eyes were a little crossed by the end.  I hope you have fun looking for all the hidden pictures.

Friday, July 9, 2010

The Flowers of Dawn

My latest doodle, I love to do these, I can just sit and relax and draw.  Meanwhile I can sip on my ice water and listen to a movie or music or ... 

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Swirls of Color

After such a long break in drawing, I felt like taking a more free flow approach to my drawing.  It feels so good to have some quiet time to myself again and to be able to just doodle. 

Finished Kitchen

The kitchen is 99% done, my husband only has to finish the trim around the cabinets and put the toe kick in and It will be complete.  I have to paint the ceiling and do some touch ups, but other than that it feels so good to be able to work in my kitchen again. And I Love all the new storage!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The plaster is sanded so the wall cabinet are UP!  It feels so good to have cabinets again.  Now for the base cabinets, counter tops, sink, micro wave, and painting...
Turns out that it was a good thing we took all the cabinets down, the old ones were hung up with 3 or 4 nails each other cabinet and they were starting droop on the wall.  We got the dry wall and plaster up last week, what a mess!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Flower Basket

This took me a while to find the time and energy to work on it.  I'm so ready to draw again but so many other things have to come first, dern it!  This drawing was a new thought or idea to disect a flower basket into 3 parts.  One circle represents the basket, one the leaves, and the smallest circle the flowers.  I had so much fun doing this one.  I especially love the way the flower circle came out.  Now back to getting the kitchen done, then mother's day party for school, the bike-a-thon for school... you get the idea.  My summer starts in 5 weeks.  yes!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The wall cabinets and soffet are down and all the instullation from the attic came down too.  We have filled 3 garbage cans full of cellulose!  The hardest part is keeping up with the things falling from the ceiling.  I tried to cook last night after scrubbing the kitchen, things kept falling on to the stove.  We will be eating at the dinner down the road again tonight.

What's up at our house

This a picture of my daughter in my old kitchen, we have started to pull the cabinets out.  The soffett has to come down yet and all the cabinets need to emptied (not in that order).  Anyway -- MY HOUSE IS A MESS!!  and it's driving me crazy (in a good way) but it is taking away from my drawing.  I'll get back to it very soon - I hope

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Spots of Red

I had a little bit of fun with the circles twisting them here and there. My daughters loved the color that I put in my last drawing and suggested that I try just one color this time, so why not? A little shading here and there and voila`.
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Thursday, April 1, 2010

February 23, 2010

 This is a line drawing I had finished in February 2008. I go through many different moods about what kind of art I want to make and when. I had drawn this picture and decided that I would use the ink watered down for the shading. In person the shading is a lovely gray color, after scanning the picture the shading had a muddy brown look, so please imagine this drawing with a gray shading and not this muddy color.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Pennsylvania Dutch Throws UP

I worked on this drawing on and off for about a week or so.  I wanted to try adding color to one of my pen and inks.  One of my favorite things to see on old barns are the Pennsylvania Dutch Hex signs.  I love the colors and patterns.  This is my shot at capturing the image with a little Zentangle twist to it, of course.  :o)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Moleskine - Doodle

This is another one of the drawings from the Moleskine.

Moleskine - Blue Doodle

This is one of my drawings I did with my new ink I had gotten from Christmas.  My youngest daughter had been in an accident about a year or so ago and my job lately has been to sit and wait while she does Physical T. I had bought a Moleskine note book and some pens and as I waited I drew.  This picture is from my Moleskine.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Note Cards - Zen/Doodle

This is one of the Zentangle/Doodle, cards that I pulled together. 

Note cards - School auction

 These are some of the cards they will be auctioning off.  Nothing big, just cards with the school logo on them, (kind of)  I changed the logo a bit here and there and added more detail, because you just can't have enough detail.

Daisy - Note Card

I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong, but I can't seem to get the photo to straighten out.  Oh well.  This is some of what I have been working on,  note cards to sell on Etsy, plus some note cards for my friends school Silent Auction.  I'll post those next.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Cloudy Day

This is my latest Large black and white drawing.  Some one on another site asked me how I got everything so perfect.  My only excuse is I'm a quiet perfectionist.  Every time I start to draw, I can't help myself, I try very hard to make each line staighter than the last and each circle the same as the last circle... Crazy I know, but I can't stop, that's all the fun. 

Friday, February 26, 2010

Sun Spots - July

I just finished this drawing today.  I really like the contrast between the black and white. It's been crazy around here with school projects, doctors appt... It feels good to have it done, now to find the time to work on a new one.

Summer Sun - June

this is the finished drawing of Summer Sun. 

unfinished - Summer Sun

This is an unfinished print of my June's drawing.  I thought that it would be fun to just post a look at one of my drawings in progress.

April Showers Bring May Flowers -- April #2

This is my second drawing for April in my calendar series. I like the size, the added flowers and vines.  I might try to expand this idea in another drawing, now to just find the time to draw...

Stained Glass Window - April #1

My idea was to make some kind of cloud and rain drops to represent April (April Showers, bring May flowers).  When the drawing was complete I decided I wanted more of a free form and fewer straight lines, so I drew another cloud and rain drop picture.

Patterns of thy Flower - April

This is April drawing, some of my favorite flowers to see after a cold and snowy winter are the tulips and daffadils.  The little white flower are my interpertation of a flower from Chile called Rock Purslane, I found it in a flower book I had inherited and thought it was a happy flower.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Irish Spring Tree - (March)

My daughter helped me to name this drawing too.  What do you think of my little clover flower/pineapples?  I had a lot of fun working on this drawing, clovers always remind me of summer and making those long clover chains and crowns of flowers. 

Hidden Hearts - (February)

This is the second drawing from my idea of a drawing representing each month of the year.  While I was drawing this particular picture I was listening to Stephen Kings Movie "Tommy Knockers", every time I look at it I think about that movie.  Anyone else out there do the same thing - remember what you were listening to when you were working on a certain piece?

Soul of a Snowflake - (January)

This is where my Preschool teacher training came in a little bit. I needed a theme to continue getting new ideas for my ink drawings, so I snitched a lesson plan idea and I started creating a drawing for each month of the year - this one is for January.

Lost in a Circle

When I draw I start by sketching the basic design out in a light pencil, using circle templets, a compass and a ruler.  Once I have the basic design drawn done I get to do my favorite thing - use ink to draw the lines I want to keep and to create my little patterns.   It measures 6" x 9", it's a bit smaller that the other drawings on this blog so far.

Night Blooms

My family had had a hard couple of years with our health and I am finally able to sit down again and start to draw starting Dec. 2009.  I had posted some of my pictures on my Flickr account (under l.stoner) and I got a lot of possitive feed back.  This is my first drawing like this one in about 2 years.  This pictures measures 10 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Into the Looking Bowl

I love the name that my daughter came up with for this drawing, I think that it really captures the whole feeling of the drawing. This is another drawing from 2007's note book.

Sun Flowers

I love flowers, can you tell? I love them any where I can find them, in a vase or a garden or a drawing.   This print measures 10 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Sun Kisses

The girls are helping me name my pictures, I am so bad at that part.  This drawing was completed in February 2007.  I love making that checkered pattern you see in the flowers and I use it in just about every one of my drawings.  This picture measures 8 1/2" x 10 1/2"

Wondering Flowers

My youngest daughter said these flowers looked like some thing from "Alice in Wonderland", so she named them "Wondering Flowers".   I colored the background with my Rapidograph pen, I loved the effect the pen and ink made on the solid black background. This drawing measures 10 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Let the Flowers Sing

I thought that I would see what my little circle drawings would look like as a flower arrangement.  My daughter named this picture too, she said the flowers look like they are singing. This pictures measures 10 1/2" x 8 1/2".   I finished this drawing in 2007. 


This line drawing is 10 1/2" x 8 1/2". I was now starting to thing about other shapes getting a little pattern added to them, so why not try a square? This is another one of my drawings that I had hidden from friends and family thinking that people wouldn't like them.  This is the first time I have shown this drawing on line.  I had finished this one in November 2008.

Stars in the Sky

Ok, if you can make one circle with patterns in between each ring, why can't you make many circles with pattern and place them one on top of the other? This drawing was completed in March 2006. My daughter named this one for me - "Stars in the Sky"

Radiating Out

I decided to get my old school pens out and start drawing again. I made many of these drawings of a circle in a circle and adding some of my patterns in between the lines. If you look close you'll see that each of the circles are a little off set from the other circles. I hid these drawings from friends thinking they were just something I would like and no one else. I was thrilled to discovered on the internet, there were other artist out there that enjoyed making these little doodles too.