Wednesday, March 7, 2012

'the tree tender' ~ watercolors, gouache, oil pastels, casein paint and beeswax on old book page - approx. 4" x 6"

well, that was certainly a nice break! i've been reading and painting and walking and savoring these winter days, and now it's march! truly, it doesn't seem possible - nor does it seem possible that daylight savings time starts this weekend...

i'd like to give 'the tree tender' (she tends trees) away,

as well as a new pocket moleskine sketchbook, a caran d'ache 'luminance' buff titanium colored pencil (for faces, and also you might want to see what these 'luminance' pencils are like), and an 8B derwent drawing pencil. i've gotten a lot of new art supplies recently, so it feels very good to give some things away. if you'd like to have your name in the hat, all you have to do is say so in your comment; otherwise i'll assume you're just popping in to say hi...

watercolors in stillman and birn 'gamma' sketchbook - 4" x 6"

i'm almost finished with the stillman and birn journal that i started in january. i have loved this book! long story short is that it's a gem; great with watercolors - the paper can take a lot more water than i initially thought, and 4 pages from the end it's still laying open flat with no 'gutter' in the middle.

as you can see i'm on a lip thing. i decided that i needed to understand them better, so that's what i'm trying to do. otherwise i'm still drawing mostly faces...

i'll leave you with this video of a young robert rauschenberg.

not only do i resonate with his words, i don't think i could ever tire of listening to his voice...

please note: if you don't receive a response to your comment it's because i can't reach you via e-mail or by leaving a comment on your blog, but i've put your name in the hat. also thank you for your kind and supportive words... xoxo

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  1. So glad to see you back- a little grace note in my day! Love the work you've been doing and I'd love to put my name in the hat for the beautiful tree tender and other goodies! What's generous give away!

  2. So happy to see you back! I've missed you...
    Oh, please, do put my name in your hat for your most generous giveaway.

  3. Hi Lynne, welcome back, I wondered where you had gotten to. Please put my name into the hat, I'd love to have a piece of your art work. Good Idea to practice on the lips, I should do that too, my lips leave much to be desired.
    Full moon, clear skies here, just beautiful out.

  4. Lynne's back!!! Yay! And with the beautiful Tree Tender and more great links!

    Put me in the drawing. I am feeling lucky... Ha ha. : )

    And your lips! I thought of this silly song right away...

    I hope it links correctly.

    I really missed your posts. So glad you are back.


  5. Welcome back! "the tree tender" is wonderful! I would love to have my name in the hat to win this prize pretty please. I enjoy seeing your work.

  6. a double treat day, both you and the full crow moon appear today! I love the tree tender. He looks so wistful though, delicate and wistful. He is delicate and sensitive by nature and feels so much more at home amongst the trees than his fellow humans. In fact he thinks he was probably a tree in his former life.

    He is saddened by the fact that his rather well-to-do family does not understand him and his love of trees. They find tree tending a wholly unsuitable occupation for a young man. This takes some of the joy out of his days. And yet he does what he must.

    And of course I would love to be entered into the draw.

  7. Yippee, Lynne's back !!! Hope your break was fantastic, because your art is ! Please put my name in the hat for the give away. xo Kim

  8. I missed you. :)

    You are so generous and I would be thrilled with art from you.

    Love your page of lips. You always inspire me.


  9. pleased to see you back after the winter break - I too have missed your writings. So kind of you to have a giveaway and I would love to have my name in your hat ;0)


  10. Hi Lynne, your break sounds wonderful!
    Please add my into the hat. What a generous giveaway you are having.
    Did you try kissing an assortment of lips during your lip study? That would certainly add some spice to it! :)
    Isn't March wonderful!

  11. Love the painting on old book paper. I still need to try the encaustic work someday. Thank you for a chance to win this lovely giveaway!

  12. Glad you're back! Would you please put my name in the hat too?
    best, Annie

  13. Welcome back Lynne...I missed your wonderful posts!
    Please put my name in for your wonderful draw...that caran d'ache luminance pencil sounds divine and the The Tree Tender is beautiful in its simplicity...simply tending to the trees.

    Jacky xox

  14. Oh, I've really missed seeing your posts in my reader, so glad to see you're back. Of course put my name in the hat, but really I'm just popping in to say hello and tell you that you were missed.

    Hope you are enjoying your Spring all the way at the other end of the globe, as I am write this by the silvery moonlight across the lake.


  15. Hat . Name. In. Please.
    Good to see you.

    Love the way you just turned up agin like you'd just had a little lie down .

  16. I got a big smile on my face when I saw your post! Welcome back - I did miss you! It sounds like you've had a wonderful break in the winter woods and I'm so happy you met the 'tree-tender'!
    What a generous give-away - I would be thrilled to have a piece of your work.

  17. Happy to see you posting again...I've followed you for a long while and really enjoy your faces. I even posted recently about my trials using your tutorial. Fun! Thanks for the generous give away offer, I've never owned a moleskin.

  18. I'd love to be in the hat too. Keep making those faces!
    Nice sets of lips you have there,
    xoxo Kim

  19. You have been missed. I always appreciate your offerings. And yes I'd love to have my name in the hat for the giveaway.

  20. Welcome back..... love all things Do share a story or two of your time with the tree's. Would love an opportunity to win such a gracious giveaway. Thank you!

  21. welcome back sweet P ... so many lovelies! tree tender and luscious lips!
    And thank you for the Rauschenberg video - god I love that man and his work!

  22. i really love your work.....just found you not to long ago.....and i would love to have you put my name in the drawing.... ;-)

  23. So glad you are posting again! And I'd love to throw my name in the hat too!

  24. Hooray!! You're were missed. As soon as I saw the Tree Tender I gasped...literally took my breath away. Definitely throw my name in the hat - fingers crossed..the tree tender must live in my home!

  25. yes, you were missed! please toss my name into the drawing hat! thank you so much!! i LOVE this piece...and am loving the sketch book too!! thank you for all the great reviews you have done here and for sharing your supplies!!


  26. Well I cannot pass up a Lynne Hoppe face for anything. So drop my name in this game of chance if you will!

    I was wondering where you have been, always good to see your posts!


  27. Oh my, would I like to have one of your face paintings. I'm one of the people (the only one?) who gave a shot at painting one back when you posted the tutorial. Love the tree on her head. I'd have one if I could.
    Thanks and glad to see a post from you!

  28. hey friend...nice to see you and the tree tender...she looks like an acorn that has dropped and is now wondering if she will sprout into a tree not knowing that she's already a sapling and will bloom soon...and in 50 years she will produce her own acorn and her young will continue the journey she has started. she's in thought (and not wordless by any means) and concerned about how to strive and survive. the colors are wonderful (almost a little subdued) and the texture grand. I wish you'd put a little how you used the bee wax up for neo-folks like me. intrigued by that. i have to re-watch the video but when he was talking about the most difficult color, before he said it, i thought red. red is a difficult color - for me. one i hardly touch. the "film projector" sound also reminded me of a cat purring. so spring ahead love. xox thank you for my morning treat. ani

  29. oh my god i want to win.
    winning would be great.
    do you have horses?
    fo some reason i have it in my head that you do. maybe you showed pictures of them or something?
    i can just scroll back through a bit later to see what put that in my head.
    i'm feeling very inspired by the tree tender.
    who am i kidding? i'm always inspired when i come here.
    i copy everything you do.
    (in a good and flattering way)
    i MEAN i don't copy it in a good way, i mean that i mean well.
    forget it.
    you know what i mean.

  30. Blogland wasn't quite the same without your cheerful and thoughtful posts, Lynne. Please do put my name in your hat for the Tree Tender. Happy day to you, sus

  31. hello Lynne,

    I have been wondering, in using your non-dominant hand for art and as often as you do.... is it no longer your non-dominant hand? I wonder if at some point if you want to continue with your N-D hand that you will have to switch to the other hand for it will be less familiar with creating art?

    thanks for sharing this film. I enjoyed watching him talk as well, his expressions captured me.

    such a sweet little heart in your hand and magical light.

    love your lips.....
    I have never heard of the Luminance pencils... i looked them up, they are indeed pricy and you have me SO curious about how they feel and look on paper! I will have to try them or one, some day.

    Such a wonderful give away! wahoo to the lucky winner, please include me. I love your tree tender... even the title is wonderful.

    lovely day to you~

  32. Hi Lynne!

    His voice is unique, isn't it?! I liked the part of letting brushstrokes show through grief....I've had art console me on many an occasion...

    On a happier note, it is always nice to get new supplies to play with....your lip studies are wonderful! I can see these framed and displayed in a powder room (wouldn't that be cute...heehee!).

    Please include me in your generous giveaway!
    Thank you so much,

  33. I am happy to see you are back! Pleace put my name in your hat. Tree tender is so beautiful...


  34. I'd love to have chance to win these lovely gifts. The Tender Tree is so mystical. Please add my name to the giveaway hat!

  35. I've missed your posts so much so really excited to discover a new post today. Breaks are a good thing to do, step away, take stock of all those things that need tending to and then step back refreshed. Love the new painting and please toss my name in the hat.

  36. Hi, I would love to be included in your giveaway. I am listening to the artist's recording you posted. Very interesting. I like how he said he met many nice colors doing his study on colors.

  37. It's always fun when you post and share your artmaking. You leave a gap when you take time away for yourself... please count me in on the drawing.

  38. i didn't get the sun today, but i got your wonderful post... really enjoyed the rauschenberg video... fascinating, will have to listen to it again...
    you were well missed... xox
    ps I would never turn down a gift from you ... grin

  39. Happy to have you back. Please add my name to the hat.
    Linda Cunningham

  40. Welcome back! I missed your girls so much. This one looks positively "well nourished" and I'm sure really good at tending trees. Put me on your list, it's fun to win things, I guess... ;-)

  41. Yes, please.
    I'd love to have a chance at winning.
    Love the tree tender!

  42. welcome back to the ethers... and thanks for the rauschenberg.

  43. wow ..... wowie
    Please put my name in the hat ..... how exciting !!!

  44. I love your work in Seth's new book...and i would love to win one of your works are so generous in so many ways! Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez stewart

  45. It seems you have been missed with all these comments..I know Ive missed you even though I have not been in blogger land much my self.
    Of course throw me into the hat and wow I hope I do not land on the rabbit..HeeHee.
    Okay so bad
    Take care my friend.

  46. My goodness, but have I missed you! Welcome back. I'm glad you've had such a lovely break, but so happy to have your words and art back again.

    Please, throw my name into the hat, please. How lovely of you to share!

  47. Welcome back. You've been missed! Just finishing up a 10 week drawing class and journaling is the purpose of learning some drawing skills. I would love to receive a gift Rome an artist I admire, follow, and try to emulate in my small portraits. There is a pleasing ethereal quality to your work that always WOWS me. Thanks for sharing yourself with us on your blog

  48. Hi Lynne, great to have you back! Just love the tree tender, she has such a caring and concerned little face. Do think Robert Rauschenberg has an interesting way of looking at his art. Quite like his work too. I can see why you admire him so much. What a beautiful generous giveaway you are offering to your fans! A big YES from me, please count me in! Cheerio, Marg. ox

  49. DO count me in! I am among the many happy to see your return!

  50. Welcome back! I've missed you, and I see I'm not the only one who did!
    You find the most amazing art supplies! I hadn't heard of the Caran d'Ache pencil yet. Please add me to your long list of people who would LOVE to receive this generous gift from you.

    "the tree tender" looks very serious about her important work. I love her little hat!

  51. a new post AND a giveaway?! love your work...i'm definitely in for the giveaway, maybe some of your creative energy will travel with the goodies as well :)

  52. I'm coming out of lurking to say I would very much like to go into the hat to win the tree tender. Thank you for the chance and for all the little tips and tricks you post here.

    Sliding back into the shadows now :)

  53. Yay...I'm so happy you're back!!!
    Love your work and yes 'please' put my name in the hat :-) x

  54. Lynne, I missed you! I love the tree tender, and would love to be put in the hat for the drawing. Well, you know what I mean, I think.
    So nice to see your post on my sidebar again! xxoo

  55. I love it! I would be honored to be put in the hat for the drawing.

  56. I am soooooo glad you are back!
    My name in the hat please.
    Chtistina G. Trevino

  57. Wonderful post i thought of u last week and thought "Lynne's due back soon" lol did miss u looks like im not alone lol dont get too good at those lips i love your style , i do know u want to grow but what u do u do good...yep please put me in the draw and thanks.....

    hugz bev

  58. I've bookmarked you for a reason:
    Thanks, and yes, please include me in your drawing gift away!

    thanks and sweetest of blessings,

  59. You always make me smile, and you always inspire me! I missed you. I love the Tree Tender who so tenderly cares for all the trees...
    I have always wanted to try a Moleskine - but they are a bit dear! Put me in the hat, I won't mind if I don't win!

  60. Please add me to the hat! I would love to win this wonderful prize. I love checking in to read your blog, so I'm glad you're back.

  61. Hi Lynne, I love your work. Thank you for the give away. I would like to put my name in the hat.

  62. I discovered your blog just a little bit before your hiatus and I am so happy you're back as I find your work incredibly refreshing & inspiring! I look forward to following your artistic adventures! Please drop my name in the virtual hat for this lovely giveaway...thank you!

  63. Just dropping in to say hi and that I have missed you !
    Oh, and if I should be chosen as the recipient of the beautiful treats, that would be oh so fun too !

    Glad your break was a good one, and that nature and time filled you with inspiration.
    Here's to March and the spring time glories arriving daily.
    Light and love, my friend !

  64. I could just hug a hat like that
    tree hugger

  65. Ooooh, please put my name in the hat! I love your work so much. I come here for inspiration often.

    xylia_brown at btinternet dot com

  66. Lynne, I have really been inspired by your faces. Thanks for sharing your art and the tutorial as well! I would love to have the opportunity to win a piece of your artwork so please include me!

  67. If it's not too late, I would love to be included in the giveaway. Thank you for all your helpful tutorials!

  68. Love your style of art Lynne. I haven't tried those pencils yet; and here I thought I had every mark making took ever made. :) I'd like to be included in your giveaway if possible.

  69. I adore the tree tender!!!!!!!
    I too have missed you. So happy to hear you've been enjoying the last few winter weeks. Oh please include me in your generous drawing. Thank you.

  70. Thanks for the opportunity!
    I love doing giveaways as well!
    I feel so happy to share my art,and it also makes feel good,when someone is happy about winning.;-)
    Beautiful gifts!

  71. reading this as I recoperate from a surgery and just love the video ,,thanks for that ,I have been in an art class at our art center and just recently finished a painting that was inspired by him! love love your style and your honesty in your post! Thanks for blessing my day of long waiting and sitting as I mend!