topsail

I’ve traveled to Topsail Beach, North Carolina this week. Been having fun, relaxing in the sun, swimming in warm soothing waters, and of course arting.

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Tools of Trade

Florals

Daisies

What have you been up to this week?

kyrrha

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shasta love

We were in Mt. Shasta the other weekend. It was hot and beautiful. Here is a picture of the refreshing Lake Siskiyou.

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What have you been up to this week?

kyrrha

 

 

rainy day font

I learned how to make my own font this week. I highly recommend ‘Create Your Hand Drawn Font‘ with Jenn Coyle on SkillShare. I started out by sketching my font in pencil and then filling it in with pen.

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Then I scanned it into PhotoShop and cleaned up the letters.

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Lastly, I imported them into Illustrator made them into vector files. I made both a lower and an upper case.

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Lastly, I imported them into Glyphs, which I got for free for 30 days. Happy me.

Here is what it looks like in word.

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Here is what it looks like in a drawing. Love that it matches my style of hand drawn art.

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What have you been up to this week?

k

ny city

We’ve been visiting NY this week. Check out some of the pics. Here is a mural in the lower east side. I just love the street art!

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This was a BEyouTIful floral I found on the ground in China town.

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And of course, the classic shot down the street.

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Loved this mural in the Bronx.

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Below is an exhibit of Jeff Koons at the Whitney. It was SUPER fun!

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We rode bikes along the upper west side to the Washington Bridge. Was great to spin our legs.

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Here is a seat at a local doughnut shop. Piet LOVED them.

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Here is some more street art from the High Liner.

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More street art…

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Last but not least, the view from the apartment that we stayed at in the lower east side. LOVED the view.

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What have you been up to this week?

k

edisto, ocracoke and hatteras

I’ve been on the east coast for the last week and a half and it’s been fun. I started in Charleston and then went to Edisto Island. Here are two pictures from Edisto area. The first is the Piggly Wiggly, which is their local grocery store. What do you think “Nature Food” is?

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Here is the lovely bike trail that we got to ride to the beach on each day and the house we rented. It was on a golf course. The house was nice, but I would have preferred to be on the beach.

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After Edisto, I took a two and a half hour ferry from Cedar Island to the Outer Banks or OBX as the locals call it. I LOVED Ocracoke. The island is built up on one side and there are 13 miles of pristine beaches. The B&B I stayed in was a super cute, old cottage. It was pure heaven. I got to relax, draw and go to the beach every day.

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Hatteras wasn’t as nice as Ocracoke. The entire island was built up. Here is a shot from Virgina Beach, where I stayed on my way to see my family in Pennsylvania.

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LOVE the colors.

What have you been up to this week?

k

 

 

charleston, south carolina

We’re visiting Charleston for a couple days. Love this beautiful city. It’s been storming and it is super green and lush. Below is a picture of a local cemetery. Really neat with all the over growth of flowers and weeds.

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This bird was at the entrance of the cemetery.

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It’s a West African symbol called Sankofa, depicting a bird looking over its back. Which means “learning from the past in order to move forward.”

Here was a cool bookstore called Blue Bicycle Books. This was parked out front.

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Also came across some of Shepard Fairey’s work. Loved this one at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. It was huge, this is the side of building four stories high.

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Lastly a shot from the Pavilion rooftop.

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Have a great week!

k

bend, oregon

I went to Bend last week to visit a dear friend of mine. It was over the July 4th weekend. For those of you who haven’t been to Bend on the 4th of July, you are missing out on life. They have this wonderful pet parade in the morning, a Freedom ride with hundreds of dressed up cyclists in the afternoon and then in the evening, they have wonderful fireworks over the Butte.

Check out some the pets from the parade. People have goats, dogs, birds, iguanas, roosters, and even flying dogs. It’s fun!

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As far as art goes, I’ve been obsessed with sun flowers. Check out the fields we passed on the way to Bend off of highway 505.

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I’ve been growing some in my back yard too. Here’s a new blossom.

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I’ve been working on some sun flower art. I’ve got to turn this into a pattern.

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What have you been up to this week?

k

telluride, crested butte and boulder

We’re home from a wonderful two weeks in Colorado. It’s was really beautiful.

Check out some pics from our last week. We mountain biked along the river in Telluride. It went in and out of the woods and there were tons of daisies in the fields.

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We hiked to a waterfall called Bear Creek falls. It was a huge waterfall.

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On Monday afternoon we left Telluride and drove to Crested Butte. Here is our first hike on Tuesday. We wanted to hike the Oh Be Joyful trail, but there was a raging river we couldn’t cross. So, we ended up on this beautiful fire road with lots of daisies and purple flowers that I thought were lupin. I MUST come back next year in July to see more variety. I hear that the fields get to be filled with different alpine flowers. I want to hike the trail over to Aspen. It’s on my list.

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On Wednesday I rested and Piet went out on a bike ride. Below is a picture he captured of the wonderful aspen trees.

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On Thursday we headed to Boulder. Below is a picture of a lake beside the highway. It was so beautiful in the stretch from Crested Butte to Boulder. I want to investigate next year.

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Next week I’ll get back to art and pattern making. What have you been up to this week?

k

fun and wonder of telluride

We’ve been in Telluride this week. We planned to be here three nights. It was so beautiful, we extended our stay. Here are some pictures of our adventures.

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The balloon festival has been really fun. They took off at 6:15 this morning and filled the sky with their glorious colors. Glow is tonight. At dusk they will fill the main street and it will be quite magical.

Have a good one.

k

santa fe, new mexico

We’re visiting Santa Fe this weekend. It’s been down right hot. Here are some pictures.  The one below is from the Temple Beth Shalom. I loved the star of David against the white and blue.

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This is the house we stayed at for three days. It was within walking distance to Artist Way and the downtown.

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Love the color and pattern of the Masonic building which is for lease. Can you imagine art studios?

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There was fabulous art. Loved this sculpture!

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Below is what a typical home looks like. Love the curves and softness.

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Here is a shot from Fort Marcy, above town.

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Have a great week. We’re off to Colorado today. Will post more.

k