Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Blooming Beauty

"Spring is a whimsical wanderer,
blooming beauty along her path."
~ Angie Weiland-Crosby ~

This beautiful image of a young woman &
apple blossoms is on loan from my mom.
It's a yard long, antique framed print! The
frame itself wasn't sturdy, so I was able to
remove the image - very carefully - and
scan in sections. It was then digitally
pieced back together. Thankfully, my
dad's fixed and built many frames,
so I know he'll be able to restore it.

For the tags, I decided to focus on the young
woman's face, and then searched my Pinterest
images for apple blossoms. The postcard with a
fence in the background was what led to the
weathered white wood. I saw the endpaper
that reminded me of the lacy details in the
woman's clothing... you can see how
it gradually came together.

Here are the free graphics
& sources 
used in my artwork:

*The Graphics Fairy*

*The Old Design Shop*
Aged, stained endpaper
*TuckDB Ephemera*

*The Feathered Nest*


*Lilac & Lavender*
"Antiqued" lined notepaper

*Digital Two for Tuesday*

*Image Event*
(website no longer active, so
linked to image via Pinterest)

The blossoms & leaves in plenty
from the apple tree fall each day;
The merry breezes approach them,
and with them merrily play.
~ Heinrich Heine ~

Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

O Springtime Sweet!

O springtime sweet!
The whole earth smiles
thy coming to greet;

Our hearts to their
inmost depths are stirred
by the first spring flower
& the song of the bird...

~ James Freeman Clarke ~

Here are the free graphics
& sources 
used in my artwork:

*The Graphics Fairy*

*The Feathered Nest*


*Starsunflower Studio*
Round apothecary label

"Earth stirs herself from a long cold sleep,
To welcome the sun & warm gentle rain,
Gladdening the heart as a promise she keeps,
As we open the door to spring again."

~ Mildred L. Jarrell ~

Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Winter Greens

"The wind lifted me up into the trees, where I danced to the rhythm of the evergreen, swaying to the tune of the northern breeze, frozen in timeless melody."
~ Christy Ann Martine ~ 

My childhood home had pine trees on one side. Some were pretty tall. While outside, probably bored, I got the idea to climb all the way to the tip top of the tallest one. Up I went, without telling my mom or little brother - who would obviously - tell my mom.

It didn't take long to figure out long hair didn't fare well in pine branches and sap. I tied it back & kept going. The further I climbed, the more I noticed the tree that once seemed still, was not. Before long, we were swaying side to side - far enough. Mom must've thought she should check on me. She yelled for me from the back deck. I stayed as still as possible, and watched her from above. She never saw me, and went back inside.

I stayed up there for what seemed like a long time after. There was only a light breeze, and it was so peaceful that time seemed to stop. All at once I realized it was starting to get dark, and I didn't want mom looking for me again, so back down I went. It's funny - I never thought as a kid that would be one of the memories I'd hold onto 30 years later...

Here are the free graphics
& sources 
used in my artwork:

*Tuck Ephemera*

*The J. Paul Getty Museum*
*Image Event*

*Lilac & Lavender*

*The Graphics Fairy*

*Boston Public Library*
White flowers

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