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Monday’s Sneak Peek

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Good morning!
I’ve been busy with customs orders for both my sewing shop and my art shop for the past month or so. It’s always fun to paint and sew for customers, using new fabrics, new designs, painting new ideas, and new surfaces.

I am adding new items in both shops this week.  Here’s a sneak peek:

At SibStudio:

sibstudio dot com painted wine glasses
Red Poinsettia wine glasses – set of two

At  SibStudioSewing:

Wristlets and clutches coming to sibstudiosewing at Etsy
Wristlets and Clutches

The navy blue and white anchors and the turtle wristlets are already up on the shop. The rest are coming this week.

Enjoy the day!!


Yellow Tulip Painting

Posted in Art Work, and Peeking Behind the Easel

What a cold and snowy winter this has been…! Yesterday brought another inch or so and more predicted later on this week. So what to do? Paint spring flowers is what I am doing!

This week I finished a 6 x 6 inch painting of yellow tulips. I use photos of tulips I’ve taken over the years as my references. I chose warm yellows for the flowers because I like yellow tulips and for the warmth of the color.  The leaves are painted with blue greens and touches of purple. The background is a purple – azure blue blend to help pop the yellow tulips.

Kathy Sibley painting
Yellow Tulips

I like the 6 by 6 inches canvases – not too small and not too big. The gallery wrap canvas means no framing needed. You can frame it if you like, but the sides are painted so the painting looks great hanging frameless.

A great size
A great size

Stay warm and enjoy your day !


Daffodil Drawing, Part 3

Posted in Art Work, and Peeking Behind the Easel

Finished! Here is the finished drawing:

SibStudio at Etsy
Finished daffodil drawing

I am happy with how it turned out. I wanted to capture the simple beauty of daffodils in black and white.  I kept the drawing to a roughly 5 x 7 space as I worked. After playing with different size matting and color, I opted for a slightly larger matting to focus the eye on the drawing. I also thought that the white matting helped to bring out better contrast between the light and dark of the drawing.
You can find this drawing at my art shop – SibStudio  – on Etsy.

Daffodil Drawing, Part 1

Posted in Art Work, and Peeking Behind the Easel

The daffodils are in full bloom here in Pennsylvania! I love watching them open and turn up towards the sunlight. I had to stop and grab my pencils and capture their simple beauty.

The weather is still iffy with rain, so I took some photos as references to work from.  I start my drawings with  a very loose sketch with a HB graphite pencil of the basic shapes of the flowers and leaves.  For a small drawings, a clip board is a great tool to mount the paper on.

daffodil drawing
Starting of the daffodil drawing

I worked with 4B, 5B, and 8B soft graphite pencils. 4B is my favorite because it is just dark enough to get great contrast in the details and still be able to lift it off with an eraser to create lighter areas.  I started in the negative space between the leaves to establish the darkest parts of the drawing, and began laying in the stems and leaves.  Stay tuned to Part 2!