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15 posts from July 2009

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Random Sketches


Take a stroll through my sketchbook...

Below are my random 5 minute sketches.  Well, some of them may have taken me 10 minutes.  They are quick sketches - in other words, I wasn't all that concerned with accuracy as much as I was about just having fun.  They are rough, quick, and part of my sketchbook that I thought you might enjoy glancing through. 

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

An Angel Making Deviled Eggs


Yes, he is an Angel.  Yes, he is my son.  No, he is not a "Mama's boy."  Yes, I dote over him like crazy.  No, he doesn't say "aw, Mom" when I hug him and kiss him and pinch his cheeks and rub his ear lobes.  Yes, he is definitely a cutie pie.  No, he doesn't like math.  Yes, he does like helping Big Dad in the kitchen. And, Yes, he is going to be a heart-breaker some day - but when he does get married, he is going to make one young lady a very lucky gal - why?  Well, one reason is that he likes to cook.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Matthew's Portrait in Progress


No laughing at this video, okay?  I can't help it if my mind goes blank staring at and talking to a camera.  I would never have survived as a broadcast journalist - or an actor.  Forget it.  Me and camera's don't really mix.  Anyway, today, I was working on Matthew's portrait and in this video you see me hangin' out in my overalls trying not to totally screw things up like I did with his last portrait.

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Jalapeno and Sundried Tomato Twice Baked Potatoes


For a nice, not so heavy, vegetarian, summer dinner, Beth whipped up a delicious jalapeno and sundried tomato twice baked potatoes, and now you can too!

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How to Stretch Your Own Canvas


Live from my UStream Show today, learn how to stretch your own canvas...

I'll be back on at 5pm EST today showing everyone how I sand and prime my canvas before I start the sketch.  Hope you'll stop by!


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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Live Streaming on UStream from Inside My Studio!


What fun!  I think.  I am live broadcasting on UStream from inside my art studio!  If you would like to stop by and see what I am painting and doing in my studio, then stop by, hang out with me, look over my shoulder at all my mistakes, listen to my music...

No commenting on my gray hair.  Ya hear me Beth?  Ya out there?  I'm not coloring my hair.

My online show is called "In My Studio" with Artist Susan Vaughn.  That's me.  Duh.

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Drawing Lesson by Jon Gnagy - Snow Scene


Just what we need - a snow scene to cool us off from this summer heat.  I took a break today from my laundry and was snooping around the web for information on Children's book illustrators when I came across this video of Jon Gnagy.  I couldn't believe my eyes.  I used to sit in front of the television and watch him draw - mesmerized by his perfection and ease of hand.  "I want to do that!" I'd yell to my Mother"Mommy! I want to draw like that!" 

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Friends & Photoshop Actions


Before we moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, we lived in Woodbine, Maryland on 3 acres in a community of only 15 homes all on about 3 acres each.  It was a nice community and one of the best things about it was our neighbor Lisa and her 2 children, Alison and Conner.  Lisa and I became fast friends and so did Sarah and Alison.  Moving didn't make a difference that much except that we didn't see each other as often.  We've putted our way up and down the interstate to Maryland and back a number of times to see them and they've come to North Carolina to hang out with us too.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Life for a Struggling Creative


I have a confession to make, and deep down, I know that what I am feeling is something that most artists and creative souls experience - a deep struggle with creative satisfaction, a feeling that I will never reach my full potential if I don't let myself experience the process fully.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

A Walk Through the Wetlands


No, this is not North Carolina.  No, I am not soaking up the sun and sand in Florida ... But Beth is!  Well, sorta.  Beth lives in Delray Beach, Florida and she has a high school reunion in the near future, so she wants to look hot.  Of course, that isn't going to be difficult for Beth because Beth has always been hot - and not because she lives in Florida either.  In my opinion, Beth turned 39 and never aged a day after. Lucky gal.

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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Is This All There Is?


What is that song?  That old one that goes "Is this all there is?"  I think I'm having one of those days where I've had too much time to reflect on my life, smile at some of the risky behavior of years past, and mope about opportunities lost that will probably never be.  Yep, it's one of those days.

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Tuesday, July 07, 2009

How to Make Your Own Shower Curtains


See this bolt of fabric?  I bought it 3 years ago to make a shower curtain for the children's bathroom.  I'm the Queen of Procrastination.  It's one of my personality defects.  But today, I got off my tuff and decided to do something about it.  So, I set up my sewing table and pulled out my sewing machine and set up shop in our sunroom.

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Monday, July 06, 2009

Charlotte Symphony, Spoons, and Lots of Smiles


It was Friday night, July 3rd, and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra was having a free concert in Southpark and there was going to be a wonderful fireworks display too.  So, other than the cost of gas, we decided it was well worth the fun to take the children to hear the orchestra and enjoy the fireworks.  We were also hoping it would not be as crowded as if it were on the 4th.

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Friday, July 03, 2009

Summertime Craft & Cooking Fun with Kids!


Now that the kids are home and out of school for the summer, around here we are always looking for something fun to do with our kids.  I, personally, do not like them sitting in front of the computer, playing the Wii, or X-Box, all day long.  It is bad for their eyes and bad for their brain.  So, we limit their use of electronics and encourage our children to read and do other things that are better for them - like crafts, cooking, painting, playing outside, riding their bicycles and scooters, playing board games, and reading.  There is so much that they can do that does not require an electronic device or a computer, and I recently found 2 books that have encouraged my children to try something new and fun.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Baked Bird's Nest for a Summer Morning Breakfast


This has got to be the most interesting breakfast I've seen yet, and of course, that's because Beth's culinary skills have no limitations. Talk about delicious, nutritious, and a perfect way to start your summer morning.

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