Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Cleaning out the Cobwebs...

One of my goals for the new year has been to tie up as many lose ends in my life, as possible. To that end, I was going through an old file cabinet, today, and found this colored-pencil drawing I did of my daughter, Sarah, when she was a little (a very little) girl. I thought I might have lost it, or it was still in storage in Florida, but to my surprise and delight, there it was...tucked neatly away in my files.

Maybe...I should draw more. I am a bit spoiled by the computer. Not that drawing skill is not necessary in a computer. In fact, basic drawing and painting skills are a big plus, if you do digital work.

Here is a pic some of you may have seen before. This is a digital painting, taken from a photo of Lance's daughter, when she was younger. All that's left of the original photo is the face. Everything else was digitally "painted" using various brush tools. I clipped the wings from a black and white line drawing of a butterfly. They were cut apart and painted, individually, then repositioned behind Rachel's back to make her into a fairy.

I'm always turning people into fairies. I guess I've been doing it for quite a while. Here's one of my earlier attempts using the computer and a photo of my sister, Ruthanne, in a long-ago Easter dress that my Mother made. This one was more photos and filters, than drawing, but I did have to draw and paint the wings and the mushroom.

Well...there's more fairy art in my files, but it will have to wait for another blog. I really just wanted to post that early drawing of Sarah. I was so happy to find it. :)

Happy New Year, everyone!

© 2008 Bettina Makley


May Terry said...

Happy New Year to you too, Bettina! That's a gorgeous drawing of Sarah. I like the other computer work you're doing, too.

:-) May

Bettina Makley, aka Fairywebmother. said...

Thanks, May! Blessings upon blessings!!!

Fly'sOintment said...

Hey, I know that little girl in the drawing!! always loved that:)

mousewords said...

I just love the colors in your art, Bettina! They're uniquely your own, and so lovely.

I have a question for you, my friend! It's on my latest blog post:

;-);-) Have fun!

Laume said...

Did you know there is a fairy named Cobweb, from A Midsummer Night's dream? Those are all sweet photos. Isn't it a great feeling when you find something you thought you'd lost!

~Izabella said...

gawd what a beautiful song you are singing in your playlist!! you have an amazing voice~ I am all teary eyed!!

xo ~Izabella

Bettina Makley, aka Fairywebmother. said...

Thank you, so much Izabella! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! :)

Cherie said...

Hello Bettina,

I just wanted to let you know that I am enjoying my walk through your beautiful websites this morning.

I was at eBay, wondering about's been on my mind since I first saw you creating your wonderful friends!

I was looking for some information, how to get started and such...and will continue to search your site for info! I believe you are an excellent teacher.

Also enjoying your music as I go.

Have a joyous day!


Bettina Makley, aka Fairywebmother. said...

Nice to see you, Cherie! Thanks for visiting and for your nice comment! I hope you found what you are looking for, but if not, I'm open to questions. :) I started my felting with a kit, which was recommended to me, as the best way to start. It's been fun exploring different wools, needles and techniques, but I still have much to learn, myself! I find lots of cool information in blogs and I've also been enjoying the info I have found on YouTube. Lately my Muse has me focusing on my Healing Art Journal. YouTube has been great for inspiration!

Thanks, again, for stopping by! Come back, soon!