Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A New Beginning

There are few things I love more than a brand new sketch book!  It sort of reminds me of back-to-school days, when you got new spiral notebooks and number 2 pencils and a fresh box of crayons!  Nothing sweeter in my mind!  All things full of possibilities! 

This morning I pulled a fresh sketchbook from the drawer so I could begin sketching the 2015 Christmas ornament collection.  (I am well aware that it is June 10th.  I am well aware that most of you are thinking about swimming pools and baseball games and flip flops and all things summer.  Being an artist that sells HANDMADE holiday decorations, I have to be in a different mindset this time of year.)

I prefer small, spiral bound sketchbooks.  They are easily portable, and you can fold the book back on itself.  This one is 5.5" x 8.5", a perfect size for me.  I try to catch them on sale so I can have a back-up on hand.  And while a simple number 2 pencil is great, these days I like to use mechanical pencils.  This Pentel .7mm is my favorite. 

The first blank page.  Oh, the possibilities this holds! 

And here you have it!  The first sketch of 2015!  A sneak peak, if you will, of my ornament collection.  I've never done any ornaments with owls, and they are so popular right now, I thought it was time to try them out.  I have high hopes for this sketch.  I think it will make a really cute one!
As I've been sketching, I've had yesterday's production in the oven.  Snowmen.  I do KNOW it's summer!  (In fact, in Omaha yesterday we were flirting with 100 degrees!  The thermometer on my card read 100 for a split second!  UGH!!  Last week at the same time we were 64 and raining!  Talk about being all over the place, weather wise!)
It's time to get back to the studio.  More snowmen are calling my name!  Have a wonderful SUMMER DAY! 


  1. I am excited that you are thinking about Christmas because, I kind of like your ornaments - A LOT!!!!! I can't wait to see what you come up with.

    1. I'm sure you will find several ornaments to your liking, Ila! You are the reason I've kept going all these years! I wouldn't want to disappoint my biggest fan! LOL!

  2. I want and owl one this year. Go ahead and set one aside for me...before you even get them made :)

    1. I have the owl one finished, and it turned out great! I think you will really like it! Looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks!