I enjoy giving myself little challenges when drawing… and learning more about my subjects.
Painting different colors of watercolor in my art journal helped add color to a blank page…
I then challenged myself to use mostly black pens – each pen a different variety – to draw Cactus; from the book I showed you in this post: Drawing Cactus and Succulents
According to Dictionary.com; Cactus (noun) and plural can be cacti, cactuses and cactus!
As a definition: Any numerous succulent plants of the family Cactaceae, of warm, arid regions, having fleshy, leafless, usually spiny stems and typically having solitary, showy flowers.
I never really thought about a “cactus” being a succulent plant!
I challenged myself to create these “succulents” with a variety of green pens:
Succulent (noun): A succulent plant as a sedum or cactus… and as (adjective): Of a plant – having fleshy or juicy tissues.
What I learned from this challenge for myself:
- Calligraphy pens are great to draw with…
- Going outside the color “square” is OK!
- I really do have eight green pens.
- Creating challenges makes drawing fun!
- I enjoyed learning the names of plants… must be a weird bird idea in there somewhere!
Do you give yourself challenges when you are creating? I’d love to hear what you do!
Posted in Art Journal, Cactus, color experiments, ink, nature, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged art challenge, art journal, Cactus, color play, creative ideas, drawing, ink, inspiration, sketchbook, succulents, watercolor
Thank you for your good wishes for my recent surgery. I so appreciate it! 🙂
I have been drawing Cactus and flowers in my sketchbook since my last post and coloring them with different markers such as Tombow, Copic and Artist’s Loft (an inexpensive brand from Michael’s Store).
Did you notice the paper collage for the Cactus planters?
I was excited to buy U.S. postage stamps with Cactus on them this week!
Posted in Art Journal, Cactus, Drawing, Flowers, paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, Cactus, coloring, creative play, drawing, flowers, happy friday, markers, paper collage, sketchbook
I decided to take another little blogging break as I need to have a second surgery. Not my hip this time, thank goodness. 🙂
I had a Mammogram and the doctor found a small lump that has to be removed. I am thankful it is not cancer! Praise God! It is a good reminder the importance of getting an annual Mammogram.
I recently painted a couple of pages in my art journal:
I just love the texture I got, don’t you? I started with black gesso, added several colors of acrylic paint with a brayer and used a stencil on some parts. I started drawing a vine with a black micron pen and flower shapes with a paintbrush and black Sumi ink.
I used leftover paint on my brayer for this page. It was easier to draw the flowers without so much acrylic paint on the page.
I liked this first book of Botanical Line Drawing so much:
I decided to treat myself and purchase the author’s second book on Drawing Cactus and Succulents. This book actually has the names of each plant so I can learn as I go.
I like the simple steps of illustration in both books.
Perhaps I will have some interesting journal pages to show you when I return. I plan on joining my cat with some Cat Napping while I heal.
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Art Journal, color experiments, Flowers, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paint, art experiments, art journal, cactus and succulents, color play, creative play, drawing, flowers, fun, learning, rest
I love the view of this crabapple tree outside my kitchen window:
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.
And below is the Robin that I painted and showed you in my last post:
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.
What view inspires YOU, outside a window? I hope you share it with me!
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, nature, Trees, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged 4 seasons, art journal, bird, Crabapple tree, flowering tree, inspiration, nature, Robin, trees, watercolor
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:
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:
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! 🙂
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!
Posted in Art Journal, Bird Painting, Uncategorized, Watercolor Birds
Tagged American Robin, Draw A Bird Day, drawing, learning, real birds, sketchbook, watercolor, Winter
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:
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:
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!
“When you leave a beautiful place, you carry it with you wherever you go.” – Alexandra Stoddard
Posted in Art Journal, Lake, landscapes, Mixed Media Collage, paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, childhood memories, imagination, inspired by place, lake, landscape, learning, mixed media art, online art classes, paper collage, peaceful, quotes
I purchased a new art journal called, “Dylusions” by Ranger from Amazon last week:
I like the thick cardstock pages which are perfect for collage. I also like that it has an envelope in the front of the book for storage:
The paper size is 11.25 inches by 8 inches. The book comes in other sizes but I liked the size of this one. I like that the cover is plain brown paper so I can decorate it myself.
I created one of my “hidden pictures” collages over the weekend. I like the “I Spy” books, how about you?
There is something meditative about cutting and glueing paper that I enjoy.
I hope you have fun finding the items in my “I Spy, collage!”
What other treasures can you find that I didn’t list?
Posted in Art Journal, paper collage, Uncategorized, word of the day
Tagged art journal, creative play, dylusions journal, hidden images, meditative, mixed media art, paper collage, poetry, smile
I recently purchase this book from Amazon:
It has some fabulous ideas that have sparked my imagination!
Such as this collage exploration:
It was inspired by the recent “winter storm” we got over the weekend!
Yesterday, I did some organizing of my art supplies. It inspired me to create these three collages that I glued in my art journal:
Each collage above has hand-stitching, can you find it?
Posted in Abstract Art, Art Journal, book review, color experiments, imagination, Mixed Media Collage, nature, paper collage, paper scraps, Repurpose, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, collage exploration, color play, creative play, imagination, inspiration, mixed media art, nature, paper collage, Snow, Winter
It is fun to glue shapes on paper and see what appears, like this collage in my art journal:
Sometimes adding doodles with a black pen helps me work through life’s problems.
Yesterday, these strange inventions appeared!
I wish the medical field could invent a cure for dementia… My hubby’s mom is really struggling with this terrible disease. And we struggle finding her good care.
Sometimes it is these strange creatures or inventions that show up when I need a smile.
I hope this whimsy brings a smile to your day as well!
Posted in Art Journal, Doodles, Humor, imagination, Life, Mixed Media Collage, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged art experiments, dementia, life, mixed media art, paper collage, relaxation, smile, strange inventions, Weird creatures, Whimsical Art