Thursday, April 23, 2015

Busy Bees

Beekeeping from the beginning.

Beekeeping from the beginning.

Beekeeping from the beginning.

Beekeeping from the beginning.
Things have been busy here at the GB studio.
I'm working on a few different illustration projects and that's always exciting,
 but I look forward to simply painting for me - which seems like a luxury these days!
I took a beekeeping class this winter which is something I've always wanted to do.
I helped my neighbors install packages of honeybees into their hives last week.
So far so good. We checked the hives on Sunday and the queens are alive and well!
That's me with our mentor who is firing up the smoker.
We really didn't need it. The bees are so calm and docile.
I'll look forward to helping my neighbors this spring and summer.
Hopefully I will have beehives of my own one day!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Making Plans

Birds are very distracting when I am trying to work. ��
I'm working on roughs for a fun illustration project.
I can't live without my kneaded eraser!
Making plans.
I really do enjoy drawing. Illustration projects often require a bit more planning.
Piecing some ideas together. ✂️
I rarely draw out ideas in advance of a painting when I'm painting for myself.
Working on roughs for a fun illustration project.
Sometimes it's fun to work differently, play with new ideas,
and change up my routine just a little bit!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Be Mine

Be Mine
Hello all! A sweet deal just for you!
I'm having a shop SALE! 
Enjoy 20% off prints and paintings through February 14th.
Use coupon code: BEMINE at checkout.
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Studio Days

A light snowfall today. The dogs are loving life!
GB studio
Back in the studio. We're toasty and warm, 
painting flowers and working on some new illustration projects.
amaryllis and winterberry branches.
Amaryllis and winterberry branches.
As soon as it blooms I'm going to paint it!
Palette puddles.
Palette puddles.
tiny insects
A pile of tinies.
This watercolor of paperwhites has sold 
but I have large and small prints available in my shop!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Old Dogs. New Tricks.

old dogs. new tricks. Old Dogs. New Tricks. New Year! 
Happy new year all! I hope 2015 is off to a great start for you. 
I'm pleased to say that I finally launched my WEBSITE! 
 I had to take my own advice and just put it out there. 
I can tinker endlessly and the new year seemed like a great time to go live. 
You will also see a few small changes to my blog as well.

  Watercolor palette The GB sudio is humming along. My paint and brushes are out. 
Truly, I never suffer from a lack of inspiration and ideas. 
My goal this year is to focus just a wee bit more.

  Winter berries. I keep dreaming about doing more botanicals. 
 These dried winter berries are simply divine. 
So, I think a good place to begin is working with what's around me. 
I always think it's best not to make things too complicated. 
 Do you make resolutions or set goals for the year?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Golly's Cookie Factory

biedermeier houses
My cookie factory in full swing this week!
Pressing biedermeier houses with my molds from House on the Hill.

speculaas ready to bake
Speculaas pressed and drying before baking. Recipe from House on the Hill.

hazelnut checkerboards
Hazelnut Checkerboards are simply deelish. Recipe from Joy of Baking.

Tis the season. Walnut cookies.
Walnut Cookies are one of my favorites. Recipe form Martha Stewart.

Springerle cookies are just so beautiful. 
I love my new lady gardener. She fits in perfectly with the bees.
Recipe and molds from House on the Hill.
I wish you all joy and happiness!
Merry Merry!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Nature Collections

nature collection
Nature Collection
butterfly roost
Butterfly Roost
log no . 74
Log No. 74
New watercolor paintings in my shop today.