Category Archives: Animals

Weird Monday?

I enjoyed creating with my hand-painted collage papers over the weekend.  Carla Sonheim gave us a fun assignment to cut out random collage shapes from our own painted papers with our eyes closed!  Who knew this could be so fun and freeing!!

This cat and mouse showed up first:

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Then Louise…. Louise loved to dress with lots of color and patterns:

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I just love Louise’s sense of style, don’t you?!

And lastly, this friendly beast made its appearance:

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It is a Rhino-leaf-a-rear-as!  The children loved to ride this beast at the strange animal zoo…

I hope this silliness gives you a smile today!

Cheers! 🙂

A Donkey-Pig

I was went to target practice yesterday… with a paint brush and acrylic paint!

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It was an experiment in mixing and layering opaque acrylic paints.  I started with a base of yellow, red and blue.  I mixed variations with white, gray and black paint.

Below is a sample of each one on one page:

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I’m not real excited about the colors and found the exercise a bit tedious.  Yet, it was good practice with learning to use a paint brush in small spaces.

I created this donkey-pig with overlapping circles:

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I learned this technique in Carla Sonheim’s 365 – Creating Art Everyday online class.

I hope you are on target for a fabulous day!

Cheers! 🙂

A Yackety-Yack

I spotted a yellow, Yackety-Yack

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Who was yacking with a wild Yak

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But this silly Yak wouldn’t talk back… Can you believe that?!!

If you are feeling out of wack, I hope today’s post puts you back on track!

Or at least gives you a smile! 🙂

Happy weird bird animal Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

Random Pick Drawing

One of the assignments I am enjoying from Carla Sonheim’s “365” online art class this year is Random Pick Drawings.

Carla chooses two words out of a hat and we are to create a drawing, using our own imagination.  Recently, she chose the words, fox + bucket so I created this picture:

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“Mary Fox was excited to cross one of her dreams off her bucket list!”

I’d like to go on a hot air balloon ride some day too! 🙂

What’s one item on your bucket (wish) list?!  I hope you share your dream with me!

Cheers! 🙂

Clear Skies

We have been dealing with smoke from wild fires in our area for several weeks.  Not only do we have poor vision but the air quality has been awful!  This photo was taken last weekend at the lake:

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So we were thrilled to have a few drops of rain and wind to clear the skies this last weekend!

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Yesterday, we were able to enjoy a short boat ride and breathe in fresh air in clear skies.  It was wonderful to see blue sky and mountains again.  Hoorah! 😃

We noticed the air and water temperatures were cooler and leaves starting to change to autumn’s glorious show:

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It was so nice to enjoy the beauty around us again!  We hope that the firefighters are able to get control of fires around us so that the smoke stays away.  We still need rain badly.

Even the wild animals are hurting from the dry weather.  I found this wild bunny eating an apple from a neighbor’s tree.  The deer love the apples but I have never seen a bunny eat one!

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Such bizarre weather this year, everywhere it seems…

Stay safe friends!

Cheers! 🙂

 

Dreaming in Color

The Dreaming Zebra Foundation is a (501)(c)(3) charity providing support so that children and young adults are given an equal opportunity to explore and develop their creativity in the arts.

How did Dreaming Zebra™ get its name?

The answer is that every zebra is unique, just as every child is one of a kind! Zebras are black, with white stripes that are as individual as fingerprints. At Dreaming Zebra, our mission is to encourage children to embrace their individuality, to express themselves creatively, and to follow their artistic dreams. Hence the name, Dreaming Zebra!

The Dreaming Zebra Foundation was incorporated in Portland, Oregon in the interest of promoting greater access to the arts for children and young adults. Our founders recognized a pressing need in many communities for the promotion of charitable donations of art and music supplies to support individuals, schools, and other nonprofit organizations serving youth and the arts.

Core to our identity is the belief that all children, regardless of their financial circumstances, should have access to art education. As a public charity powered by volunteers, this belief drives all that we do.

The Dreaming Zebra Foundation’s supporters share a common passion for education, the environment, and community, and as such, we are able to connect the synergies between those who support the arts and those in need.

I am so thankful to have ART to express my creative JOY!

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I hope you join me in sharing this gift of expression by giving to the Dreaming Zebra Foundation.

All it takes is one dream to make a difference!!

Cheers!  🙂

Cute Critters

I’ve been taking an online watercolor class from Danielle Donaldson.  It is fun to learn to paint in someone else’s style.  I hope to apply bits and pieces to my own style.

I don’t paint a lot of “cute” but these critters were fun to do – a bear:

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And a hound dog:

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They might make fun cards when I need to cheer someone up – like YOU!

Cheers!  🙂

Learning To Draw

Drawing doesn’t come easy for me but I am amazed how just a little practice can improve my skills.

I am taking Carla Sonheim’s year long online class called, “Y is for Yellow.”  You can find out more about it here:  http://www.carlasonheim.com/2016-y-is-for-yellow/

Lately, I have been drawing LOTS of animals.  One of the exercises that helps me to really SEE an animal is to draw with my non-dominant hand.  Here are a couple of my pages:

After drawing the animal with my left hand – which takes quite a bit of concentration, I draw it with my EYES CLOSED!  I have to say that my eye-hand coordination is starting to improve – here are a couple of my pages from my third day of practice:

The bird on the right is a Flamingo if the legs don’t give it away!  hehe!

The other drawing I have been doing is called “smudgies.”  I define the head  and the body of the animal with soft pastels and smudge it.  Simple details are added with pencil to complete it.  I have to say that I like this exercise the best!  Here are a couple pages:

I hope you give some of these drawing exercises a try and tell me what you think!

Happy Drawing!  🙂

Go Cougs!

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My husband and I got to attend a football game on Saturday at Washington State University (WSU) in Pullman.

It was a beautiful fall day – sunny and warm for our car ride.  We saw many wheat fields in the Palouse:

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It was fun to attend a game to support the Cougars – even though we did not attend college there!

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There were many students at this game against the Oregon State Beavers, as you can see in the above photo.

My husband and I enjoyed cheering on the WSU Cougars – Go Cougs!

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I decided it would be fun to try drawing a Beaver:

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And a Cougar – in my sketchbook:

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It really helped to do some practice sketches first:

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We were happy that the Cougars beat the Beavers, 52 to 31!  YAY!

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Cheering YOU on for a FANtastic day!  😊

Happy Monday!  🏈😄❤️