Monday, March 29, 2010


Here is a little sketch I did on altered paper (I collaged tissue paper and painted gold paint on top) of a little Italian vespa.  I used a combination of charcoal pencils, paint and marker to complete this mixed media drawing.

Ciao for now!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sunday Painting Show and Tell

Good morning (or afternoon...depending on what time of day you are reading this!)  I hope you have had a lovely weekend!  It was sunny and not too cold here in Ohio yesterday!  All of my bulbs that I planted last fall are starting to come up:)  Very exciting!

I recently started taking an acrylic painting class on Thursday nights and I wanted to show you some of the paintings I have started on.  Both paintings are not finished by any means, but I thought it would be fun to show their progress!

This is a little garden scene that I found in an old Martha Stewart magazine (I have a whole collection!)  I just fell in love with this picture and had to paint it.  Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a little set up like this in your backyard?  This painting above is actually cropped!  The right side is giving me trouble, so I will post the entire picture when I have finished it!

The scene below is painted from a picture I took when I was in Florence.  I posted a small sketch of this last week also!  This painting still needs some major work on making the lines a little straighter, but hopefully I will finish it soon:)

So there you have it!  There is my show and tell for today!  

Have a lovely day:)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Spring Clothing

abooknew2, originally uploaded by michelle brunner.

I cannot wait to wear sleeveless tops and a lovely hat to shield myself from the sun! Too bad that might take a couple more weeks here in Ohio! To compensate I will just wear lots of spring colors like pink and yellow:)

Hope you are enjoying some spring fashion of your own wherever you may be!

(This little pen on acrylic sketch was done in my altered book. The figure is a woman from one of my books on the 1920's.)

Lately I have been up to....

Hello Lovely Readers! Sorry I have been MIA lately! But I am back for now:)
Here is what is new with me lately:

I recently signed up for a painting class and have been working on some little paintings. It is SO relaxing and wonderful to go to a class and actually sit and paint and NOT worry about anything else for 2 hours! The first class we painted fruit from observation. Here is my mini painting I started there:

It is a pear and a banana from observation.  The pear is a little off...kind of looks like a mango! Oh well!

Here is a fruit inspired sketch I did a little while ago and just found.  I did this during my "interior" phase.  I used to be OBSESSED with home interiors and would constantly peruse Pottery Barn catalogs or Elle Decor in search of the perfect room to draw!

I also picked up a new sketchbook!  Very exciting to have a BRAND new sketchbook!  Here she is:

I painted the cover blue and glued a little white leaf cutout to make the sketchbook a little more personal. It is a mini one which makes it easy to bring everywhere!  I am envisioning in my head taking this with me to coffee shops and drawing the regulars sipping their lattes and eating biscotti.  I will have to post any drawings  I do!

I have done a couple of drawings so far in my new sketchbook.  They are pretty sketchy and rough but none the less were fun to do!
Here are some:

The top one is of a pot of flowers I just bought and the bottom one is from a picture I took when I was in Florence, Italy  a couple years back.  I am turning the bottom one into a painting right now in my painting class!  Will post soon!

So anyways...that is what is new with me!  What is new with you?  Hope you have a happy Spring Saturday!

I will leave you with this fabulous song from Scarlett Johansson and Pete Yorn called "Relator."  I have been listening to their new cd The Break Up a  LOT lately.  It is an amazing cd and I recommend it!