Thursday, December 6, 2012

Oh, December!

Oh, December!  We've entered that time of year when I can't remember anything and I have to rely on lists and my calendar and my iPhone to keep me on track.  There are so many extra activities, holiday parades, holiday sings at school, holiday parties, gifts, plans...I get a little frazzled.  I somehow found the time to draw this Hungarian folk art bird which I am loving.  I love it in black & white, love the graphic nature of it, but I think I will love it even more in color and will do that soon.



Mostly what I have been doing lately in my free time is reading.  I find it funny that in the year I've been blogging I have not mentioned reading because I love to read.  I read about 3 or 4 books a month but in the last 3 weeks I've read the Night Circus, Gold, The Art of Fielding and am now on The Second Empress. 

What are you reading?
Friend me on Goodreads and you can see follow my books and I can follow yours.  (Hopefully this link works...I've been having a hard time with it!)

Finally I leave you with this pencil sketch of more Hungarian inspired flowers...this was done a couple of years ago but was lost in a sketchbook until this week.


Happy Paint Party Friday!  I'm hoping for equal parts relaxing and getting some holiday stuff done.

Paint Party Friday

38 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness I love that bird! I just adore the shape you drew all the flowers in. I love it in black and white too. But, I'd be curious to see it in color too! LOVE! :)

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  2. Love your black and white design, really beautiful! Happy PPF!

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  3. Beautiful flowers- gorgeous color and detail. I am a flower loving FOOL!
    Also, your link does work and we are now friends on Good Reads! Night Circus was one of my favorite books I read this year, and on GR it led me to a lot of other great books!
    Happy PPF,
    Stephanie

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  4. I love your folk art bird! Can't wait to see it colored in! Happy PPF!

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  5. Your folk art bird is beautiful. I too can't wait to see it colored.

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  6. It's so beautiful!! I love folk art!!

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  7. I'm looking forward to seeing your folk art in color. It's very pretty as B&W

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  8. Your folk art is wonderful! Happy PPF, Kim

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  9. I'm impressed you get that much reading in. I'm a slow reader myself. I'm one of those people who reads every single word in a book - no skimming. Makes for maybe one book a month :) Night Circus is on my list. Beautiful painting. Happy PPF

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    1. I admit I do find myself skimming sometimes and have to force myself to slow down but I get so curious to find out what will happen that I just want to go faster! I hope you like Night Circus, it's entertaining.

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  10. i love reading, too, but can never seem to make the time to read as much as I'd like to-- for some reason, it always feels like a guilty pleasure to me. i'm lucky if i get through 2 books a month!

    i love your hungarian folk art... it has such a joyous feel.

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  11. I love your Hungarian folk art. So beautiful! I look forward to seeing it colored but I also love it in black and white. I'm a big reader too, a book or more a week. It's something I do in my evenings, which is NOT my creative time. Happy PPF!

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  12. Lovely Hungarian Folk art pieces-your bird is gorgeous even without the color! Happy PPF!

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  13. Beautiful work and am sure they would make wonderful embroidery patterns. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  14. Just beautiful. Your santa is awesome. Thanks. HAPPY PPF!

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  15. These are lovely! I agree with Netty that they would make wonderful embroidery patterns!

    I've been having such a hard time reading lately. I always want to be DOING, so unless I'm reading before bed or at a time when I can't be doing anything else, I'm awfully distracted. Probably the best book I've read recently is Barbara Kingsolver's The Lacuna.

    Happy PPF!

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  16. I love the detail you got into the bird. I also love to read! I'll have to check out your link. Happy PPF!

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  17. Pretty art! Reading a Sue Grafton early novel! Just finished reservation blues by Sherman Alexie! I read myself to sleep at night!

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  18. Hi Rita! What a nice flower design ♥
    I also read a lot, will check the books you mention but I am not in the site you said.
    Hugs!

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  19. I have faced that same dilemma with things I do that I really like in black and white, but want to add color to--Thank goodness for scanners!

    Happy Paint Party Friday!

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  20. I love your Hungarian folk art, both the bird and the flowers. I'll have to search that kind of art; I haven't seen it before and I really like it!

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  21. I love the Hungarian flowers. . . beautiful. I did friend you on Goodreads. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  22. Oh my gosh I've had a bit of a crazy December too (although it sounds like yours had a lot of very cool and interesting things)! I love the Hungarian folk art bird. First, I didn't know that was a style (and what a cool idea), and you've done it so well! I think the colored version will be a knockout.

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  23. lovely flowers, can't wait to see your bird coloured in!

    http://cmlk79.blogspot.ca/2012/12/paint-party-friday-tequila.html

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  24. Beautiful work. i love the hungsrian bird. I also love to read although art and blogging have taken up much of my time recently and I am due a good book. I think the 'Night Circus' sounds like one I might enjoy :) Thanks for sharing your link

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  25. Firstly, thank you, thank you for visiting my blog and secondly I LOVE your Hungarian folk art inspired pieces. They are truly lovely. The bird is so beautiful in black and white. I can't wait to see it in color as well!

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  26. Your sketches are beautiful, Rita. I love that Hungarian style art is your signature thing! I didn't know you liked to read - My daughter is a bibliophile too. She could sit and read for hours at a time. I prefer articles and "how-to" books, but I do enjoy a few good novels. Life of Pi was my most recent favorite. I like the classics, too! happy december to you & yours. :)

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  27. Yes, it really is a frantic month! Good that you still find time to make some art. Looking forward to seeing your gorgeous folk art bird in colour!

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  28. A paint party! That sounds fun. I'm reading, "A Clash Of Kings" by the way.

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    1. Oh, I loved that book...the next one in the series is my favorite! I'm stuck on number 4...I can't seem to get through it...

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  29. Wow - love that folk art bird. I also love it in b&w - but I think it will be even more fabulous in color!

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  30. Love the black and white... maybe you could do two versions...? Because color would be beautiful too! Enjoy the season!

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  31. Love your work. Nice you show us the B&W first. Hope to see the color one too. HPPF

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  32. Ooooh, I love the bird! It does look great in black and white but I think it will be gorgeous in color too. Thanks for sharing the earlier piece too, it is quite charming.

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