One of the highlights during the month of December is the special music…
Last weekend, I heard a trumpet solo and today at church, I listened to a violin soloist.
I like to close my eyes and listen, it brings my heart JOY!
What special music do YOU enJOY during the month of December?
I hope you share it with me.
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Tagged art journal, December, drawing faces, happy day, joy, memories, paper collage, singing, smile, special music
I recently completed an online class from Anita Lehmann called, “Translating Landscapes.” The class was hosted by Carla Sonheim.
I am still learning so much from this class!! Anita is a wonderful teacher. She is also a licensed architect in Washington State.
Exploring the elements of design in landscape has helped me to SEE my subject in a different way. I am learning to see more abstractly as “shapes.”
We warmed up with a favorite subject of mine, PEARS! I enjoyed experimenting with a variety of art materials using the design elements on a 6 x 6 inch paper:
Next, I applied the design elements to my photo from the lake:
Here are my favorites from this exploration:
“Motive” combines several design elements into one design.
If you’d like to learn more about Anita H Lehmann and view her art, please check out: Anitahlehmannartist.com or ahldraws on Instagram.
Posted in Drawing, Lake, landscapes, Mixed Media, Still Life, Uncategorized
Tagged design elements, drawing, Exploring landscape, learning, mixed media art, online art classes, pears, the lake
Her heart overflowed with love…
She felt grateful for this gift…
So she gave it away freely!
I think LOVE is a gift that I can give away “freely”… How about you?
And the funny thing about this gift, the more I give it away, the MORE I get in return!
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, Faces, gelli printing, imagination, love, paper collage, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged art journal, drawing, gratitude, hearts, Love more, paper collage, quirky, smile, whimsical
I remember how my grandma made my sis and I matching outfits as kids. My sister is two years older than me.
Sometimes these memories come to me when I’m making art. Does this happen to you?
I created this art in my sketchbook last night. I started by glueing a stocking hat and sweater for a dog from one of my Gelli-plate printed papers.
I then drew my girl’s face. Next, I glued her vest and pants to the paper. Kind of reminds me of paper dolls… I drew her arms and boots around her collaged “clothes” and the dog around his “sweater” from my imagination…
The proportions are a bit off on my girl but I like the dog! Lol! ☺️ And the poem I wrote reminds me of my childhood and how much fun we used to have playing in the snow.
I have always thought it would be fun to have a little dog to dress up in matching outfits!
P.S. The child in me wishes it would snow but the adult says, “Please, only in the mountains! I don’t want to drive in it!” 😉
Posted in Art Journal, Dogs, Drawing, gelli printing, imagination, paper collage, poetry, smile, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged art journal, childhood memories, creative play, dogs, drawing, imagination, mixed media art, paper dolls, poetry, smile
This weird bird was recently spotted in a jungle somewhere…
A Crawfish-Bibbed Spear-Head Bird
It is so hidden in camouflage…
That it takes people time to recognize it.
Yet, if you are patient you will be lucky to see…
A rare sighting of this bird!
I hope it gives you a smile today…
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!!
Posted in color pencil, Drawing, gelli printing, Humor, paper collage, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Word Play
Tagged collage, color pencils, creative play, dictionary words, drawing, funny, humor, Imaginary birds, imagination, smile, Weird Bird Wednesday, whimsical, word play
I have found new JOY with pencil sketching lately.
It has become a relaxing activity in the evening and my day does not feel complete without a quick sketch!
I find myself focusing on faces yet I am also “drawn” to nature.
This woodland fairy combines a face and nature into one sketch:
My inspiration came from the cover of this book and an oak tree in my yard:
It is one of my favorite books for learning to sketch and paint fairies. It has so many wonderful ideas to spark my imagination!
These are the supplies I used for this drawing:
From top of the page to bottom: A Faber-Castell Graphite Aquarelle 8B pencil, Pentel waterbrush, Pentel Graphlet 0.7 mm mechanical pencil, shading stump and a kneaded eraser. I used a Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook.
I started with the Graphite Aquarelle pencil and added shading with the waterbrush. I finished adding details with the 0.7 mm mechanical pencil and shading stump. A kneaded eraser is wonderful because it doesn’t damage the paper and can be molded to erase small spaces.
I encourage you to draw every day! Try different pencils, papers and subjects. It will change how you see the world around you!
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Tagged art practice, creative play, daily sketching, graphite, happy, imagination, inspiration, joy, nature, Woodland Fairy
I continue enjoying drawing these quirky faces…
Experimenting with different drawing materials such as a Pentel Sign Pen:
I messed up her neck a bit so I gave her a high collar. Hehe! 😉
I used same pen over watercolor for this gal – I like how this pen bleeds a little with water:
When I went to my local art supply store recently, I met Linda Schneider (LindaSchneiderArt.com) who does beautiful calligraphy. I used to do calligraphy when I was in college. Linda self-published a book using calligraphy flourishes to create women’s hair, hats, etc; called, “Designing Faces, Figures, Florals and More!”
She inspired me create the faces I’m showing you today.
I used a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen for this drawing:
What I like about this pen is the ink is permanent. It is a little harder to control than the other pen however. This pen also comes with refills.
And here is a mixed media piece that is a bit wild:
I started with a light background in watercolor, added her face with the outline using a black Micron pen, added Neocolor watersoluble crayons and more scribbles with the Pentel Sign pen.
Who knew that drawing faces could be so fun!
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Tagged art experiments, art journal, creative play, drawing faces, fun, imagination, ink, inspiration, quirky
The Feckenham family had similar features…
And could easily be found in a crowd!
Hope these funny faces give you a smile today!
Posted in Drawing, Faces, Humor, imagination, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged drawing, faces, family, funny, humor, imagination, quirky, smile, watercolor, whimsical
Fall was in the air this last weekend at the lake!
I always like when the wild rose hips turn a blushing reddish-orange:
I did a pencil sketch of them in my journal:
I enjoyed taking these photos of Autumn’s Display to share with you:
I hope they brighten your Monday!
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Tagged art journal, autumn, Colorful, nature, peaceful, pencil sketch, photography, relaxing, sketchbook, the lake, wild roses
We were challenged to make a quirky character on any surface using any material from my online class, Drawing Quirky Characters…
This assignment was just what I needed to get my creative juices flowing again!
I started with a previous drawing and folded the paper in half vertically. Using the white gel pen sketch as my guide, I cut out my quirky gal with scissors:
I don’t think I could have invented this hat without my scissors… (It reminds me of a hat that Wilma from the Flintstones might wear!) 😉
Lucy Cooke suggested I use it as a stencil so I did in my sketchbook with fluid acrylic paint:
Next, I drew details with pencil, added watercolor pencils, pan pastels to soften her features, black pen, white gel pen and color pencils:
I think she is “berry” quirky! How about you?!
Note: This was a fun way to create my own stencil. I look forward to using this idea with other subjects too.
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, Faces, Humor, imagination, Mixed Media, Paper Cutting, stencils, Story, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art, Word Play
Tagged art experiments, creative play, drawing faces, imagination, mixed media art, nonsense, quirky, smile, whimsical