Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter time

Happy Easter!

 Easter weekend has arrived with some interesting weather with it! We had the beginnings of a Black South Easter yesterday-just no rain. A BSE in our part of the world is the strongest wind with horrendous weather that uproots trees, roofs off houses etc. 
Our usually calm and friendly sea with monster waves that came right up the ramp!

My colourful mandalas have taken a while to complete, but I played and finished.

Finished! Thanks Eden Elle for the inspiration

Last weekend was such fun at Nippers-we had our Micro Nipper Carnival! The Micro's don't compete because they're too young still, so we have a carnival every year at the end of the season just for them. (Micro Nippers are 4-8 years old). We had 4 of our clubs in the Western Province taking part with Fish Hoek having 52 little lifeguards in training! All in all we had 110 little people on the beach that morning!

The start of the Beach run-which was only 400m!

Challenge 111 took me the whole week to do - not from lack of inspiration-but every time I wanted to sit down and tangle, something else came up!
CHallenge #111

 We're off to Durban on Wednesday for South African Nipper Nationals-35 clubs and over 300 NIppers over 3 days,Thurs, Fri Sat-and then fly back home on Sunday and back to school on Monday...hectic week ahead!

HAppy Creating everyone and hope you have a blessed Easter with family and friends
PennyB xxx

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Hi all!

I can't believe  another week has gone by so fast! The last 2 weeks of our 1st school term are always crazy, but this year it's even crazier! We have 3 days next week as Thurs 21st is a Public Holiday and Friday is a school holiday...and the last week school breaks up on Thursday as Friday is Good Friday! Our Nippers all have Bootcamp next week as well: training every night from 5-6:30, with dinner provided and then a sleepover on the Saturday as the following weekend is South African Nipper Nationals in Durban!
 (And then after all of that, it's back to school!

Phew! I finally finished my pencil drawing of a White-fronted Bee-eater. I usually draw flowers - I'm a lover of bright colours-but this bird got my attention, so....

This is the picture in our Country Life magazine.

Stage 1: the sketch

Stage 2: colour added with Inktense and Graphitint pencils and then watered. I then got stuck into the head with the dry pencils...

Stage 3: the body, using layers of dry pencil and lots of little feathery strokes...

Stage 4: the finished branch and bird!

I wasn't so sure of the Challenge this week from the Diva....I had a few ideas, but none worked. It was the Enthusiastic Artist who finally gave me the inspiration I needed to complete my tangle. (I even used one of her strings!) I'm really chuffed the way it turned out...AND...I used a few new tangles too!

Challenge #109: tink, scallops(with a Penny variation), paizel, twile

Now to find another picture to draw with my pencils...! I have found some awesome photos on Eden Elle's Pinterest page. (She's the Draw, Doodle and Decorate lady, and I LOVE her blog - She has so many wonderful ideas!)

Happy Creating

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Step by step...

Greetings from a very hot Cape Town! Today for the most part we are house bound as it is the Pick 'n Pay Cape Argus Cycle Tour...36 000 cyclists...105km starting in Cape Town and ending in Cape Town after riding around the peninsula! We can't get out of our suburb today as the race comes past until 3pm this afternoon!

The eldest gannet has had an AMAZING week two weeks ago..she secured her first photo shoot on Saturday for a major clothing retailer here in SA! She was scouted at a school rugby match last year by a top model agency here in Cape Town and has been for some training. I got a phone call on Monday saying she was on Saturday, we were flown to Durban (2 hours by air) for the shoot for the autumn fashion insert and then flown home!

Her Z-card!
And on top of all this, she came 2nd in her high jump at the Inter schools athletics competition on Tuesday, and went through to the zonal trials on Friday. AT the High Schools inter house swimming gala: she came 3rd in butterfly and 1st in backstroke, and both her relay teams came first! I am such a proud mommy at the moment!!

One of my favourite blogs to visit on a regular basis is Draw Doodle Decorate. Eden has the most wonderful ideas with colouring in with markers and her paintings are amazing! I'vw started a circle design like hers and am busy with the colouring with my new Sharpie markers that I got when we were in Orlando on holiday.
My Draw Doodle Decorate inspired drawing about to be coloured.
More colour...

I'm finally managing to get the challenge completed and uploaded this week! I will freely admit though,I don't like this tangle! I played around trying it out and ended up with the page below! It's very seldom I give up on a page. I was determined to finish it and went through quite a few of the entries to The Diva's weekly challenge before I found one that I thought I could work! (Thank you Margaret Bremmer)

Challenge #108: Keeko, Whyz and leafy things!

I've got a few more arty creations that are being finished off, so I might even blog twice this week!!

OMG...I almost forgot...this is the maiden blog on my birthday present from my wonderful hubby....a laptop!!!!

Happy creating