It is hard to believe that Spring will be here in two months where I live in the Pacific Northwest!
We recently got about a foot and a half of new snow! So pretty when it is fluttering down from the sky but not so pretty when the snow plower piled the driveway with a huge berm yesterday…Ugh!
I finished my doodle from last week! YAY! 😀 If you didn’t see that post, you can find it here: A Little Doo-da-ling
It was super fun to work on it a little each day when I had a few minutes:
And the finishing touches:
I added two colors of color pencils to complete it. I’d love to hear what you think!
Posted in color pencil, Doodles, Drawing, Uncategorized, Zentangle
Tagged color pencils, creative play, doodles, drawing, micron black pen, patterns, relaxation, Snow, Spring, Winter, zen, zen doodles, zentangle
I prefer to draw from a reference photo but yesterday, I decided to try drawing from memory:
It helped to have a good teacher. The teacher was Jeanne-Marie Webb from the online class: Paint Your Heart and Soul 2019. This year the theme is painting loose.
I drew two faces with charcoal pencil, Derwent Inktense Blocks and chalk. Next, I fragmented the faces by cutting up the eyes separate from the nose and mouth. I glued the features so they didn’t completely match on a separate piece of paper. I collaged my Gelli-Plate printed papers with my drawings.
I am starting to see improvements in my face drawings… Hoorah!
How about you, do YOU enjoy drawing from memory?
Posted in Drawing, gelli printing, imaginary drawings, Mixed Media, paper collage, Trees, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged chalk, charcoal, drawing, drawing from memory, faces, Gelli-Prints, imagination, Inktense blocks, Jeanne-Marie Webb, mixed media art, online art classes, trees
I recently started an online class that is completely out of my comfort zone.
I love the colorful art of the teacher, Ardith Goodwin so I decided to give the class, “Distortion of Eyes and Noses” a try!
I thought you might enjoy seeing how I created a whimsical eye yesterday from one of the assignments.
I started with a watercolor background to give me inspiration. I drew a quick sketch in pencil.
I used the pencil sketch to get my creative juices flowing. I added details with a black permanent pen and additional color with Tombow markers.
I finished by softening the watercolor around the eye with gesso and a quote:
I encourage you to change the way you look at things!
Posted in Doodles, Drawing, Faces, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged Ardith Goodwin, creative play, drawing, eyes and noses, ink, inspiration, love learning, mixed media art, online art classes, positive, quotes, smile, watercolor, whimsical
Happy New Year Friends!!
Have YOU put on a your creative thinking cap(s) for 2019?
I purchased this art book a few years ago…
It is just the daily inspiration I need in the new year!
I made a book-marker for it… You can see I have a square as part of my design (see yesterday’s post).
What inspiration will YOU use in your creativity in the new year? I hope you share it with me!
Cheers to new creative discoveries! 🙂
Posted in A Square A Day, Art, Art Journal, book review, Drawing, Faces, imagination, Uncategorized
Tagged A Square A Day, art journal, book review, bookmarker, creative inspiration, drawing, faces, gelli-printed paper, happy new year, inspiration, learning, sketchbook
December is a season for…
Holiday celebrations with family and friends near,
A bouquet of flowers with reds and greens from my dear,
It’s a season of giving and sharing good cheer,
And saying, thank you, to YOU, my blogging friends this time of year!
Wishing you ALL a very Merry Everything!!
Posted in Color, Doodles, Drawing, Flowers, love, Nature Photography, poetry, smile, Uncategorized
Tagged celebrate, Christmas season, Colorful, creating memories, December, doodles, drawing, flowers, good cheer, gratitude, handmade cards, happy, poetry, smile, thankful
I often find myself thinking about holiday traditions this time of year and remembering times from my childhood…
This drawing of a sweet girl recently appeared in my sketchbook and I was reminded of the faux hand muffs that my sis and I had as young children, anyone else remember them?
I don’t remember wearing them very much as they weren’t the most practical in keeping my hands warm. 😉
One of my holiday traditions that I started several years ago was making this easy and yummy, Caramel Snack mix:
I thought you might enjoy making it apart of your holiday tradition!
P.S. Do you have a favorite childhood memory or holiday tradition? I hope you share it with me.
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, imagination, recipes, Reflections, smile, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, childhood memories, drawing, holiday traditions, memories, quirky characters, reflection, sketchbook
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.
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, Faces, paper collage, Reflections, smile, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
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