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Feb
13

Weight Watchers Journey Take 4

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Ten Months after Weight WatchersThanksgiving before Weight WatchersI have delved into the weight watchers journey yet again over the past two weeks.  I was online reading and ran across a blog that has been a joy to read – the post that struck me that day was 100 and 100  when I originally lost the 50 pounds of waddle, I would not exercise, for crying out loud, I had to change my eating habits, and I was not going to exercise…but we all plateau.  This post reminded me.. it’s gotta be done.

Realizing I was at the point of umppfff..when I got out of bed, I headed to my local WW meeting.  I hemmed and hawed for several months..been there, done that, met goal 4 times.. originally loosing 50 pounds in 10 months.. as you see by these pictures and my huge plate of food! Thanksgiving 1998 – with the Turkinator.. 27 pound bird.. think it all went down my gullet.

I have found alot of great advice from the gentleman who posted 100 and 100 and I found it through Entrecard.   Saphrym gives a daily blog of what is going on through his weightloss journey..and in a round about way keeps saphrym-rocks007.jpgpeople in check that he is not even aware of.  

After my meeting tonight, loosing 7.6 pounds in two weeks, and counting every morsel that goes in my mouth.. I jumped on his blog and ran across an interesting contest, and thought..what a way to end my day.  Work has been miserable, and I am trying to keep a positive attitude going on, even had to take a mental health day yesterday..so not to be unemployed,  I end my day a positive note.. My three minute sketch – Saphrym Rocks…keep up the good work, the good writing….

Good Night Book, Good Night Computer, Good Night Moon! (by the way..is an awesome book!).

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Feb
12

Jim Morrison – Break on Through

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Jim Morrison Sketch DrawingBreak on through to the other side! We chased our pleasures here, dug our treasures there.  But can you still recall, the time we cried?

Jim Morrison’s elusive behavior through out the late sixties defined his persona.  Man of mystery, enchanting and mesmerizing.   The moment his lips touched the microphone’s and the music came from the depths of his tortured soul, the audience was captivated and could not get enough of the creature they demeaned “adonis”

Truly a magnificent looking man, Jim’s ungovernable behavior through out his entire career seemed to only add to that mystic.   Appearing to be catatonic like often times on stage, Jim’s energy drew any crowd into his very own ritualistic ceremonies.

In my opinion one of the best live performances of The Doors is Live In Pittsburgh 1970 – as many of my readers know, I am a huge Stevie Ray Vaughan Fan, and one of my favorites of Stevie’s is Close to You off The Sky is Crying (Willie Dixon) – The Doors – Ray Manzarek sings this song on this 2 CD Set as well, and it just kick’s bootie!

This is one of my first sketches of Jim that I ever did, the original is now in the hands of a very nice young man Patrick that I work with.  He takes care of all my shipping needs! Done in woodless graphite, and using a light smudging technique, I didn’t go over board with the blending, because I wanted it to be a little more crisp..

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Feb
10

Nominated Excellence Award

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excellence.jpgI was nominated for Excellence! Thanks Mandy!

I am now supposed to pass it along – and nominate 10 of my own.

I am re-adding Mandy – if you haven’t visited her blog yet!

Texas Medical Freak – Her medical journey and very useful information pertaining to medical conditions that plague so many.  Met Mandy on Entrecard – loyal reader!
I can has cheezburger – Great pictures – great fun – just worth the daily laughs
Station Amotica – hilarious adventures and just plain old fun things going on
Bloggeries – a place that I have learned so much through his forum
Heavens Graphics – A beautiful blog with alot of graphics for download and some beautiful work.  Someone who came to my blog because of the Stevie Ray Vaughan Card.
Saphyrm – a personal journey regarding weight loss, as well as so much more
Sue Ellen Cowan – My Art Club – another self taught artist that has such beautiful work
Guitar Players Center – spectacular reviews, and offerings for anyone that is into music
The Dog House – Useful information for dog lovers and with alot of great information that we don’t normally think of on a day to day basis
Knot Gypsy Designs – beautiful beads and knotted jewelry – quite a crafter, and a person who reached out at the very begining of my blogging experience to lend advice!

Soul to Soul

~ Susie.

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Feb
09

Street Survivors – Lynyrd Skynyrd

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Street Survivors Lynyrd Skynyrd Sketch

Done!

In woodless graphite, and plain old grade school color pencil for the flames. 

Lynyrd Skynyrd – Street Survivors Pencil Sketch Drawing.

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Feb
09

Lynyrd Skynyrd Drawing Sketch

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Origanally they called themselves “My Backyard”, well, my backyard is full of snow at the moment, leaving me to my studio and an group that became an Icon in Rock.

Lynyrd Skynyrd Street Survivor Pencil SketchOnly being inducted into the Hall of Fame in March of 2006, Skynyrd’s Southern Rock has hauled ass into many of our headphone’s and out of many 8 track decks during the 1970’s. 

The crash that claimed the famed band members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and backup singer Cassie Gaines, will remain a tragic memory in the original band’s history, on February 5th, 2008 –  the 30th Anniversary – Street Survivors Two CD Deluxe Set was released.  With previously unrealeased Album Mix and the bands final recordings.  The legendary sound of Lynryd Skynyrd will continue to live on in music history.

I was asked to do a sketch of the original album cover – for a gift.  MCA Records removed the flames on engulfed the band members on the original album sleeve, and replaced the band on a solid black background.

This sketch is half done, and I have used Woodless Graphite – Soft Pencil and I will incorporate a slight bit of color in the flames to represent the original idea behind it.  For a dedicated and loyal fan.

The completed Lynryd Skynryrd Drawing!.

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Arnold The Terminator in three minutesArnold Schwarzenegger in three minutes! A contest is happening at Station Amotica not your usual contest, but a fun one at that! Draw a magical unicorn or a picture of Arnie from memory! This is what I came up with..the old image from Terminator. 

 Sketching should be fun, and not always accurate, so I throw this out with Arnie and his attitude!.

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Feb
06

Pencil Sketch – Practical Magic

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Original Sketch of Sandra Bullock and Nicole KidmanWe could all use a little magic from time to time, this is one movie that no matter how many times I have watched it, if I am remote racing, and find it, I have to stop and I am there until the end.  

This particular drawing was one that I did for someone who is very special to me! Someone who taught me that friends are like sisters!

I did the original sketch completely in charcoal, and wanted to add a bit of a twist for my friend Jilly…aka Carol – so I scanned the original drawing and did a bit of photoshop work Pencil Sketch Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Practical Magicwith a variety of  brushes. 

I found one awesome dragonfly brush that I added touches of in the corners of the sketch, adding color to the sultry lips of Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman and by adding the dark background, it brings the two of them to center focus.  I added a bit of foggy mist around the background, to give a more haunting effect to the two characters. 

I love taking the original sketches I have done and adding a bit of a digital twist to them, with the amount of software packages out there, the possibilities are endless.  I gave Jilly this on a nightshirt as well, iron on transfers can be alot of fun, and can also give you another outlet for your work. .

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Feb
05

Stevie Ray Vaughan's Hat – Painting

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Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Hat PaintingIt is titled “Top-Shelf SRV Music”  from Vintage Guitar Magazine

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Friends was released a few months back, and IMHO, no matter what Stevie plays on, or who Stevie played with, his style and his sound was always recognizable.

A true fan thirsts for the next album, the next concert, and the next street side appearance but in the case of our late great blue’s legend that will not be happening, we can only continue to enjoy what has been released and continue to be hopeful that there is more hidden in the archives and estate.

Have we heard better Stevie? I would say absolutely, someone gave me a track of Stevie performing I’m Crying and the lyrics are classic  heartache, soul searching and down to the knitty gritty of blue’s music.   The track I got, seems to date back some many years, but is it signature Stevie, I can hear it, and there is not a day that goes by that I don’t listen to at least one of his famous tunes and the scream of his guitar shakes my bones.

Everyone can critique Stevie & Friends in their own way, but for those of us who; no matter the day, no matter the mood, when you hear that first cord hit, you immediately feel a smile embrace your being, and you instantly are thrown into the depths of what Stevie Ray Vaughan was all about.  He was a man that walked a road not much different than most of us, with questions and uncertainty as he states in his AA speech on page six  he says….

I used to think that if it wasn’t done my way, that it was completely wrong and it couldn’t be anything close to right because you just didn’t know. I know it’s kinda, it’s…sometimes I found out that it’s real comfortable not knowing everything…

Chew on that a little while..as my husband always says to me.. stop being an “in-charge”  do something that envokes your passions, do something that you love, and remember…..once in awhile, to use the words…”no doubt” they can be profound.  

I will confess, the spirit that guides me through life, aka – guardian angel, spirit guide… always uses the expression, “no-doubt” so I felt it fitting to add that to the bottom of Stevie’s Ray Vaughans Hat.. No Doubt, either don’t doubt what’s in front of you, or in awe.. you can sit back and revel in what is truly a miracle happening around you.

I painted Stevie’s Ray Vaughans Signature hat, because of it being an icon and a statement. I started this many months back on a solid semi-gloss back ground of a shabby piece of particle board, it had divets and grooves, that lent a bit of a challenge factor to the entire piece, trying to get the curves of the hat correct.  This was done entirely in acrylics, with a smidge of enamel paint for the edges of the hat, and the feather for texture.  .

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Feb
04

Entrecard Contest win 400 credits!

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400 Entrecard credits are up for grabs! General Marketing Blog is having a contest!  Entrecard is a great way to get to know fellow bloggers and find some fun niche area’s that can help enhance your traffic and exposure!.

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Feb
04

Chickadees in the Snow

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Chickadee’s in the SnowSnow, Snow Go away!

Can we have any uglier weather?  Fog, snow, rain and just plain old garbage, I realize somewhere at this very moment that people are out listening to the surf, beer or margarita in hand, and watching the pelicans hunt the fish…and I am stuck in Chicago!

I sent this enamel painting down to Missouri, where they obviously miss the snow!  I obviously do not! My husband plows snow for the Village, and I know he certainly doesn’t as I can hear the snores escalating as he falls to sleep for the third time today, after missing the entire half of Super Bowl XLII, because he was plowing!

I miss the cats and the deck with a twelve pack of corona light, and my friends down there!

Done on a six paned old antique window with mullions in tact, these two sweet chickadee’s and chipmunk look over the holly and the berries.

I used a thick enamel paint to create the mounds of snow below the 3 furry friends.  With a bit of silica sand added in, adding a glistening effect on the holly and spread through out the painting..

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