An Inside View

Thank you all for your kind words of support for my hip surgery.  I am doing amazingly well.  I still get tired but am able to walk without any support and have very little pain.  I get my stitches out this Friday and hope that I will be given the green light for driving!

I have a little something different for today’s weird bird…

Birdhouses!

Our snow is finally melting and it looks like Spring is on its way!  This makes me think about birdhouses.  Plus, I have been making mini house collages in Carla Sonheim’s 2019 Year of the Collage class.

I created these eccentric birdhouses in my sketchbook recently.  I limited myself to using a circle and 2 other collage scraps for each one.  I randomly glued them into a square and then went back and added details with a pencil.

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One of them looked like it had an inside view.

This inspired me to create this collage from a variety of magazines:

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An Inside View of a Birdhouse

What kind of weird bird do you think lives here?  I know it is a bird with extremely good taste as the framed chicken is from a Klimt calendar!

Happy weird bird Wednesday!  

Cheers! 🙂

A Sunny Smile

I am taking a short blogging break.  This morning I am having laproscopic surgery on my right hip to repair a labral tear.

I have been trying to prepare for surgery the best I can.  The freezer is full of food, the house has been cleaned and I have lots to read and art videos to watch!

I know that whatever clouds may send…

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There’s a sunny smile waiting for me from you, my friends!

May you give away a sunny smile to someone who needs it today! 🙂

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

Outside A Window

I love the view of this crabapple tree outside my kitchen window:

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This photo was taken in May when the tree was showing its spectacular pink blossoms!

I decided to add a photo of it to my mixed media sketchbook as the tree inspires me all four seasons!  I colored the photo with color pencils so the flowers stood out.

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And below is the Robin that I painted and showed you in my last post:

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Inspiration of place can sometimes come from what we see outside a window in our home… Below is a photo of both pages together in my art journal.

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What view inspires YOU, outside a window?  I hope you share it with me!

Cheers! 🙂

The American Robin

I haven’t drawn a REAL bird in awhile so I decided to try the American Robin.  

I have been observing them outside my kitchen window snacking on dried red berries from my crabapple tree.

I started with a light pencil sketch on 140 lb cold press watercolor paper before I added a wash of color:

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The robins have been fluffing up their feathers to keep themselves warm since we still have winter with more snow on the way! ;-(  Apparently, the robin’s body temperatures are 104 degrees Fahrenheit so by fluffing up their feathers they keep their bodies warm.

I finished my painting by adding details with watercolor pencils:

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I will be adding this American Robin to my mixed media sketchbook.  I will show you my completed page next Monday.

When I see a Robin in winter, I will picture them a little differently now.  A sauna comes to mind… perhaps there is a future weird bird here! 🙂

Happy Friday!

Cheers! 🙂

P.S.  If you’d like to see a previous post I did on a Robin, you can find it here:  An American Robin   It is wonderful to look back and see how I am making progress in my drawing and watercolor skills!

Plain Vs. Peanut

Plain vs. peanut?  

M&M chocolate candies of course!

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And two weird birds:

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Plain Vs. Peanut

I wonder which one is Mars and which one is Murrie?

According to Mentalfloss.com M&M stands for Forrest Mars, son of the Mars candy founder, who invented, patented and began manufacturing the candy coated plain variety in a factory in New Jersey in 1941.

Mars talked to Bruce Murrie, son of Hershey’s company president about going into business together.  Their sweet deal melted like chocolate in a hot car in 1949 when Mars bought out Murrie’s share for 1 million.

Q:  What were the 5 original colors?

A:  Red, orange, yellow, green and violet

The signature “M” wasn’t stamped on the candies until 1950, in black rather than white.

Peanut M&M’s were introduced in 1954 in a tan color… It wasn’t until 1960 that they came out in colors like the plain variety.

Mars was allergic to peanuts so he never got to enjoy a handful of his creation…

I recently purchased a bag of the peanut M&M’s that inspired me for today’s weird birds!

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

PS. May your day be extra sweet! 

Inspired by Place

I started a mixed media class last week with Lendon Noe, hosted by Carla Sonheim.  The online class is called, “Inspired by Place.”

I find it an intriguing subject.

Is place a home, perhaps a memory such as a childhood home?  Is place a feeling, a sense of calm from being with nature?  Or is place from your imagination?  There are many other possibilities!

I was inspired to create this collaged landscape of a place I hold dear to my heart in my art journal:

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It is a view of Chimney Rock at Priest Lake, Idaho.

I love this place!  It holds a special memory where I have been spending my summers since childhood.  It brings me a feeling of peace when I see it in person and from photographs such as this one:

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And it is a place that I sometimes go in my imagination when I need to relax.

What place inspires you?  I hope you share it with me!

Cheers! 🙂

When you leave a beautiful place, you carry it with you wherever you go.” – Alexandra Stoddard

Postcard Winner and Square-A-Day Project for February

I’m pleased to announce the winner of my postcard art contest goes to Kerfe at Methodtwomadness

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Please email me your address Kerfe to Jillwcm@comcast.net and I will put your postcard in the mail!

Thank you to those who participated in the drawing!  I plan to do another one in the future so stay tuned! 🙂

Below is my Square-A-Day Project for February:

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What square makes you smile?

Cheers! 🙂

Hang On!

Today I have a “gaggle” of weird birds!

I had so much fun making one that they quickly multiplied… kind of like a bunch of hangers on laundry day! Lol!

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I drew these Hanger birds by looking only at my subject (a clothes hanger) and not at my paper.

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I like how they came out a bit wonky…

Hang on!  And have a happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

Is Your Glue Bottle Half Full?

I’ve been working on my postcard art over the weekend that I told you about in my last post.  (Hint:  There is still time to participate in my free drawing… Just add a comment in my previous post!)

I used both positive and negative shapes in my design for this postcard:

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It got me thinking about glue… I use a LOT of glue in collage.

Sometimes I get “stuck” on the negative of life, perhaps this is when my glue bottle is half empty?

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Yet, I do try to focus on the positive… even when life is extra “sticky” and the glue makes my fingers stick together.  I’ve heard some people won’t do collage just for this reason alone!  😉

I don’t mind when the glue sticks to my fingers as it reminds me of my childhood when my glue bottle was ALWAYS half full!  And so was my imagination!

How about YOU?

Cheers! 🙂

Happy Mail

Yesterday, I worked on creating some happy mail

I made three postcards to exchange with classmates in “2019 Year of the Collage,” online class with Carla Sonheim.

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A Fish

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Color and Pattern Play

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Just for FUNny

 

This book has several excellent ideas as well:

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How about YOU?  Do you like to get happy mail?

I am giving away one postcard (original art) in a drawing, please comment below if you’d like to participate in one chance of winning! 😃

A winner will be chosen randomly on Thursday, February 28, 2019 and announced Friday, March 1st, 2019! Good Luck!

Cheers! 🙂