Thursday, January 22

Valentine hearts...


 My studio is cool in the winter~

After dinner I bring projects to the living room and
cozy up beneath fuzzy blankets!


Here a stitch... there a stitch...


Muslin Valentine hearts with my pen & ink illustrations~


January has been passing quickly~
We will soon hear the hum of bees in the flowers!



Hope you're having a wonderful week!
Wishing your heart every joy~

Saturday, January 17

"Love Song" Chickadee punch needle...


When I finish with my day in the studio~
I still find joy in creative fun!


Sharing my progress & what influenced my Valentine punch needle~
"Love Song"
Copyright Michelle L. Palmer


Little pencil sketch...


From one of my fabric illustrations!
I wasn't courageous enough to add ALL of those words~

Working on special orders and Etsy pieces by day...
When the natural light rests for the day I will retire to the living room
with a hot cup of tea and my little Chickadee friend!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, December 30

Little hearts to welcome in the New Year!


When I count my blessings~
I count you twice!


Thank you for sharing your year with me~
For following along in this exciting art journey!


Hearts that share so much love...
Creativity...
Life...
Joy!


Wishing you all the best in 2015!


Prayers that your year will be filled with great health!
Great happiness~


That there is always a friend at your side...
Love in your heart...
Hope...
Peace...

Happy New Year, Dear Friends!

Monday, December 22

To all who serve~


Thank you for all you do for our beautiful country...
For each of us...
Every day~







You and your families are in our hearts at Christmas and always~

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season~
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sunday, November 30

Winter Watercolors~


Hope your Thanksgiving Holiday has been filled
with wonderful memories~


Walnut ink and watercolor play...
In between special orders, holiday cooking and dressing the house!


Winter friends that have disappeared from our lawn for now...
We are enjoying a warm and sunny day!


Not a creature was stirring... 


Meadows filled with joyful conversations~


We woke to a blanket of wet snow Thanksgiving morning...
Every tree was dressed in white~
The gardens coated with shimmering layers!
While the pies were baking I sketched Queen Anne's Lace~

Wishing you a joy-filled week, Sweet Friends! 

Monday, November 10

Honoring our Veterans & their families~


~Veterans Day~
There is something so very special about those who choose to serve.
Your courage...
Your pledge...
Your hope...
Your strength and resolve...
Your commitment and willingness...
For all you have given and for all that you gave up &
to your families that stood beside you~
THANK YOU.






Remembering you!
So very grateful for your service and commitment!

Hope you have a wonderful week~

Saturday, October 25

Watercolor palette


When I started teaching myself watercolor (as a teen)
I read every how-to book I could find.
Experimented with papers...
Purchased the best brushes I could afford...
Most of the artists I studied used the same basic palette.
That is what I followed and happily used for years~
It was economical and traditional.


When I began licensing my art I started to expand my palette.
Fabric collections, flag designs, calendar pages...greeting cards---
With so many varied products I wanted a varied palette.


Through the years I have found my personal favorites...
Windsor & Newton
Holbein
Daniel Smith


A trip into the city finds me at the Fine Art Store on
West Main Street~ fineartstore.com
I become lost in the options.
Held tightly by my very limited budget!
That way I am sure to behave ;)


My budget yesterday was for a green. ONE green.
The greens on my palette are running low.
I have been searching for something different for a while.
I can make several greens from all the blues,
ochre, golds & yellows that I have...
Finding a 'nice green' will save me time.
If a client decides to expand a collection, it is nice
to have less mixing to do... more consistency.


MaimeriBlu offered a sample card near their display~
It is a nice way to try out pigments. Do they stain?
How do the colors behave on my favorite paper?
Can I lift out highlights?
Do they glaze nicely?

Autumn colors keep me inspired~
Hope your weekend is off to a great start!


Tuesday, October 7

Thursday, October 2

Rose hips along the Erie Canal...


With so many lovely September days~
The rose hips and bittersweet along the Erie Canal path
are brilliant red & vibrant yellow-gold!


Fall colors are in full swing!


A few snips...


A photo session to record them fresh...


Sketched out in walnut ink that I made last Fall...


With a few puddles of watercolor and
sunshine streaming through my studio windows~
I have a small collection of framed originals to share in my Etsy shop!

I hope your October is off to a wonderful start!