Author Archives: Sharon Ivy

New House Photos

Has been a busy last few months around here.  I haven’t been good about posting photos of the progress on the new house and studio, but here a few I took last week.  We’re hoping to be finished in just a week, with final inspection on or around December 19.  YAY!!!

Can’t wait to see swings on each end of the front porch.

Those 2 double windows on this end of the house are in my new studio.

The antique wood floors are so beautiful!  This is the master bedroom floor shortly after the stain was finished.  The stain is still wet.

The newly stained floors in the open living area.  They look great with the beams surrounding the fireplace.


Moving Along on the House

I’m not getting much creative work done since the house building was started, but that will be a temporary thing (I hope!).  We now have a slab, a storm room and a wastewater treatment plant.  Framing materials were delivered yesterday and the framers rolled in this morning.

Can’t wait to see walls going up!



House Essentials

We’ve been running around trying to see what’s available in flooring for the new house.  We knew already that we wanted wood floors in the open living/kitchen area and in the bedrooms, with ceramic tile in the bathrooms, utility and mud rooms.  I want to keep things relatively neutral so I can easily change colors and textures when the mood strikes me.

I had been dreading being bombarded with all the choices available, but was pleasantly surprised to find these things pretty soon after beginning our search.


We were hoping to be able to leave the concrete floor in the studio bare, but in order to pass the final inspection, the floor must be covered or finished, so we settled for stained concrete there.  The builder says he will coordinate the color with the wood floors so we have continuity throughout.

Then, on to the brickyard.  We knew we wanted this Burnished Slate color for the metal roof, so kept that in mind when choosing brick.

Metal Roof - Burnished Slate

We both quickly gravitated to the Shellman Bluff brick and decided it was the right one.

Brick - Shellmans Bluff

So far, things are falling into place more easily than we thought.  Of course, this is only the beginning and there are SO many more choices to be made.


Beginning To Build

I’ve been snapping a few photos as we’re preparing to build our new house and studio.  I want to share them here on my blog to keep a record of the process.

My husband, Danny, spent 40 years as a heavy equipment operator before he retired a few years ago.  He loves running equipment and I know he misses it more than he will admit.  He got the chance to climb back on a dozer for a couple days while the dirt was being hauled in for our house pad.  As the trucks were dumping dirt, he was spreading and packing it and shaping the pad.  It was fun watching him doing something he loves so much and does so well.



He says he’s “old school” and that operators like him are a dying breed.  He scoffs when we drive by a construction site and see a dozer equipped with GPS units that control the positioning of the blade.  He’s proud of the fact that he has the skill to grade “by eye” and have it be near perfect.

It’s a good thing when a man is proud of his work.




Feather and Flower Seeds

Have been wanting to paint a feather, so I played around with this shape and added some graphic elements. The page looked bare, so I dug through my ephemera stash and found this handmade seeded paper that had just the right colors in it and I glued it to my page. Guess I’ll never know now what kind of flower seeds were in that paper…



Back to My Sketchbook

I want to work more in my sketchbooks this year and found this partially used mixed media sketchbook when I was unpacking a few of my art supplies.  The paper isn’t the best, but it will take watercolor and marker without bleeding through, so I’ll use it to do some doodling and designs.

2016 Journal IMG_0936_edited-1

I sketched sections of this design in pencil using HB lead in a Staedtler lead holder.  LOVE my Staedtler lead holders. I keep HB lead in one and 2B lead in the other.

Tokens IMG_0968_edited-1

With the sketch finished, Winsor & Newton pan watercolors were used to lay in the color.  This is my favorite watercolor palette, the Martin Mijello airtight palette.

SIPP Logo with watercolors_edited-1

The watercolors were allowed to dry, then Pigma Micron markers in sizes 05 and 1 were used to emphasize the lines.