Designing a Postcard Ad for RE

Airstream being pulled

Today while listening to classes on real estate I decided it was a good time to sketch while listening.  Multi-tasking and now I need to add color and come up with a By Line.  Anyone have any ideas?  Here are some I was thinking about:

Thinking about making a move?

Ready for a change of scenery?

Where do you want to be at this point in your life?

Don’t think I need to to exert this much energy to move?  What is your idea?

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Designing a Postcard Ad for RE

How does your day begin?

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Everyday in my home I wake up to a variation of this view.  It took a long time in life to get to the place where I wake up and can’t wait to see the view of the morning.  I kept buying and selling and then building and selling to make a profit on each so I could move to somewhere with a better view. I am in the smallest home, other than my first in Del Mar, California and I love the view the best!

Many do not understand this obsession, but living in the Pacific Northwest we have this incredible opportunity to live our lives with amazing views or using a word I heard for the first time “Fablioso” views. If you don’t live where you love the view you wake up to, then perhaps it is time to think about moving?

That is where I came in to help you find just the right view.  As an artist and a professional (ASID & IIDA) interior designer (Yes I passed the two day test) and having worked to earn a PhD in Business Marketing, I can do a great job for you!

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How does your day begin?

Home of my Interior Design Client

Van Buskirk

Over the course of about two years, we totally redesigned my friend’s house.  She loves it and is the best client.  Our last task was to select colors for the exterior and for her door.  Benjamin Moore HC 45 for the exterior and bright aqua for the front door.  The house looks great.  It is so heart-warming when things come together and everyone is happy.

Home of my Interior Design Client

Hats off to a New Beginning

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Sometimes we just have to start over.  When going back into real estate a few months ago, I joined a “team” where I thought I would comfortable.  I thought I would be just selling homes and strictly working with buyers. I love all of it, but working with people is the best part of real estate.  You get to meet people from all walks of life.

I am a happy, but calm person and loud explanations just don’t resonate well with me.  I discovered that discussions in this manner no longer worked in my life, so I have taken off the hat of a team, pictured above and moved on to do my own thing in my own happy and calm manner.

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The umbrella is gone and I am going to have a great time “out in the rain” growing my real estate and interior design business.  Hopefully people will understand and appreciate the benefits that come from working with not only an experienced real estate broker with high ethical standards, but with a professionally experienced interior designer.

Having designed and built four homes for myself and as spec homes, I understand the process of building and construction.  Having designed those homes from the ground up I know what it takes to make a space work. Teaching for eight years at The Art Institute of Seattle helped me learn how to share knowledge with other people.  Publishing a book taught me organizational skills beyond the norm.  (Please check out “Drafting for Interior Design” at Amazon and many other sources.)  Working with clients the first thing I always remember is listen to what they want, not what I want.

Not only as an interior designer, but as an artist the proper use of color fascinates me and would love to help my clients work beyond the colors you see in so many homes to one that sings to them.

So here I go and here is the first post card I will be sending out to anyone and everyone I can think of.  Please send your address to me at kingstoncove.studio@gmail.com if you would like to be on my mailing list.

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Cheers to new beginnings!

And by the way every client buying or selling a property with me will receive a original hand drawn for you from your favorite angle of your new or old home so you have it for loving memories.  Here is one I recently sent to Australia.

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Hats off to a New Beginning

How to get rid of Tent Caterpillars – Article by Ann Lovejoy

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Kitsap County has been hit hard by tent caterpillars in recent years, and the infestation is increasing. If these pesky critters ravaged your garden, eradicating them in the moth stage will reduce their presence next year.

Tent caterpillar moths emerge several weeks after the caterpillars cocoon. They are large (about 2 inches across) moths with brownish, cinnamon or rusty red wings. Sprayed on host foliage, Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) is the treatment of choice for caterpillars. However, since tent caterpillars don’t eat during their brief moth stage, Bt is not an effective treatment for the moths. Though the moths live for about three days, they often hatch out in flushes. Where tiny young caterpillars were still actively feeding while husky 2-inchers were looking for nesting spots, moths may appear for several weeks.

To lure the moths to their doom, replace porch and outdoor lights with yellow bulbs. (Yellow light is especially attractive to moths, though ordinary lights work fairly well, too.) Place wide bowls of water under the lights, adding a little vegetable oil. This makes a film that coats moth wings and smothers moths quickly when they follow the light’s reflections into the water. Where the moth invasion is heavy, fill large buckets (or a kid’s wading pool) with water and a little oil, then float tea light candles at dusk as the moths arrive.

For future protection, encourage bats and swallows (which eat night flying moths in large quantities) to move in by installing swallow houses and bat houses. Russell Link’s wonderful book, “Landscaping With Wildlife In The Pacific Northwest,” offers placement tips and do-it-yourself patterns for both.

Tent caterpillar moths begin laying eggs immediately. To take advantage of them in that inert stage, we can call on almost-invisible parasitic wasps to defend our plants. Many nurseries sell Trichogramma wasps, tiny, pin-sized creatures that don’t sting people. Instead, they lay their own eggs in the host eggs of the tent caterpillars. When the wasp eggs hatch, the tent caterpillar eggs are destroyed as the baby wasps eat their way out. To get the most bang for your buck, place wasp egg cards in trees that were heavily infested by the caterpillars, since these will generally have the most egg cases. Each card contains about 12,000 wasps, enough to cover an area of about 2,500 square feet.

Another line of protection comes from horticultural oils (including dormant oils, sun oils, and superfine oils), which can smother tent caterpillar egg cases. Spray the oil on defoliated trees and shrubs as soon as you notice fresh egg sacs this summer, and repeat next winter when trees are naturally bare. This summer, hand pick any visible egg cases as soon as you notice them (they look like Styrofoam). Egg cases can be crushed, burned, or added to active worm bins or municipal garden waste containers.

Don’t just toss egg cases down on the ground, or the caterpillars may find plenty to eat when they hatch next spring. Although they prefer to eat foliage of fruit trees, roses, alders and cottonwoods, emerging tent caterpillars can subsist on grass and perennial foliage just fine. Don’t put egg cases in your own compost either, unless it gets hot enough to bake those little eggs. Tent caterpillar moth eggs are tough: one year, I put some in a plastic zip bag for show-and-tell garden talks and by spring, voracious baby caterpillars were eating their way out of the bag.

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How to get rid of Tent Caterpillars – Article by Ann Lovejoy

And for our local Tourists….

Bainbridge Ferry

Poulsbo Clock in color

Living in the Pacific Northwest we are surrounded with not only beauty, like taking a ferry ride at sunrise or sunset, but we have the fun of a wide variety of cultures.  In Kitsap County we have Poulsbo, our local Norwegian Village with lots of fun shops and now lots of great restaurants.  My last post featured the “famous” Poulsbo Telephone booth and today I added one of the Washington ferries and the clock from downtown Poulsbo.  Tell me your favorite tourist spot in the PNW and I would be happy to draw it for you.

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And for our local Tourists….

Pen & Ink

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This last weekend I had the pleasure of taking a pen & ink & watercolor class with a well known artist.  Pen & ink has always captured my attention, especially after writing my book “Hand Drafting for Interior Design”

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Working on the drawings for many days, I found pleasure in the hand drawn line and taking this class I got to put to use all the drawings and techniques I shared in my book.

The group of people that came together for the class were talented, funny and made the weekend such a pleasure.  But the drawing was just pure delight, and learning a new way to add a tad or splash of color to the drawings, made me want to draw, draw, draw and water color a little.

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Shining Through

Shining Through

Imagine the sun slipping through the gray clouds with a little glimmer of gold on the roof tops.

It is fun to try different things.

When I was in the same painting class/group for twelve years, the lead painter/instructor was always telling me what I could do and what I should not do. Now that I no longer go to that painting session, I feel the freedom of feeling good about trying a lot of different things without someone trying to put a stop to my experimentation.

I realized when I left the class and walked by this persons new studio/gallery that all the paintings looked alike and that mine were mini replicas of the artists work.

At that moment in time, walking with my youngest son, who pointed out the same thing I realized I could make my own educated choices about what worked and what did not work (for me)

For an artist it is important to sell your work so you can sort of make a living, but it is also even more important to feel good about what you are doing.

In my other painting experience I was doing a lot of traveling and bringing in enlarged photos, which I shared with everyone in the group. Later I thought about it and it devalued what I was doing, for there would be four or five paintings of the same scenario, that photo I shared with the group.

Sometimes it takes doing and looking back later to realize you learned all you could from that situation and it is time to look forward.

If you look closely at this painting, there is gold leaf attached to the oil paint, and if you look even closer you will see more drawing on the clouds. I love sketching and this painting combines those two loves.

Hope you like it.

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Nude with Glasses

Nude with Glasses

Decided to try using new water soluble pencils with pens in our drawing get together last night. The pens are SO unforgiving and after my last weekend my art confidence was at an new low. This is the only drawing that was even presentable

Next week I am back back to charcoal and will try new things in the privacy of my own studio.

Wonder if any of you have ever gone through a period where one or two people say something slightly degrading about your art and you believe them enough to let it set you back a year or two or day in your forward progress.

Teaching should (at any age) be a positive experience for the student and make them feel better about themselves. Share your opinion. What do you think?

When I taught interior design at The Art Institute of Seattle, we did a lot of sketching in our classes and I always thought it was important to say more good than bad about anyone’s work. I watched so many of my students grow in ability and confidence.

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Painting Demo by Darrell Anderson

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It is always fun to watch someone else approach to the painting of photo. Today Darrell gave a wonderful demonstration of painting a simple pot of Geraniums.

You can see it from start to almost finish.

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