Life can give me unexpected surprises… How about YOU?
When I discovered this quote yesterday on the Internet, it encouraged me:
Last Saturday, I discovered these flowers from A Walk In The Park
They were my inspiration for today’s artwork in my journal…
I hope my art and this quote will encourage you to smile too in difficult times.
Sunny weather last weekend changed to 30’s and SNOW this weekend! 😮
I’m thankful we were able to get our yard work done yesterday before the snow accumulates…
Wishing you one thousand reasons to smile every day!
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, fall, Flowers, Mixed Media, nature, paper collage, smile, Sunny Sundays, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, color pencils, flowers, gratitude, inspiration, mixed media art, one thousand smiles, paper collage, positive attitude, quotes, smile, Sunny Sunday
Many of you may know that I LOVE puzzles!
So when Carla Sonheim recently gave the assignment on her “365 video class” to create A Puzzle Picture, I had to give it a try!
I started by creating an imaginary shape in watercolor. After a couple of watercolor layers, I added detail with color pencil and shaded with a 2B pencil. And my imaginary animal(s) appeared!
Next, I cut my paper in half and added elements that fit together like a puzzle:
From each side of my square:
It was a fun challenge to get the elements to line up and create an interesting picture:
I hope you give it a try!
And allow your imagination to let go like a child’s balloon in the sky…
I hope you weekend is FUNtastic!
Posted in color pencil, Drawing, Flowers, gelli printing, Humor, imaginary drawings, paper collage, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged 365 phew class, color pencils, creative play, drawing, gelliprints, humor, imaginary animals, imagination, mixed media art, puzzle art, puzzles, watercolor, whimsical
Zen doodle meets Weird Bird Wednesday!
The Calendula Bird AKA the Marigold bird loves to flap its wings and spread the seeds of flowers in the Fall so that we have a beautiful Spring!
Did you know that deer don’t like to eat this flower? I like to plant it at the lake in the summer where deer like to nibble on all leaves, flowers and fruit – like this skinny one:
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Posted in Doodles, Drawing, Flowers, gelli printing, Mixed Media Collage, nature, Nature Photography, paper collage, paper scraps, Photograpy, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Whimsical Art
Tagged Calendula, creative play, Deer, drawing, flowers, gelli-printed paper, Marigolds, nature photography, pattern play, relaxing, sheet music, Weird Bird Wednesday, zen doodles
Avast ye! (Listen up!)
It is that time of year again to go, Trick er Treatin’ and collect some treasure! (Candy)
Last year, I carved a pumpkin, you can see my post here: Sir Earhand, A Ghost And Frank
This year, I decide to draw one:
I remember many childhood years of “Trick or Treating” in our neighborhood and filling a plastic pumpkin bucket full of Halloween candy. How about you?
When we returned home, my sister and I always had to dump out all our candy on our pink bedspreads and compare our “booty” er, candy!!
I think my older sister was a pirate one year… we usually had create our costumes instead of buying a one. One of my favorite memories was when my sis dressed up as Granny… but that is for another year!
Happy Halloween to the child in all of us! 🙂
Posted in Drawing, fall, Halloween, Humor, Mixed Media Collage, paper scraps, Uncategorized, Word Play
Tagged autumn, childhood memories, costumes, drawing, fun, Halloween, happy, humor, paper collage, pirates, pumpkins, smile, word play
YAY! I did it!! 🙂 I created 50 fish on Instagram before October 31st!! WHOOT!!
Perhaps you remember the art challenge with two creative friends started on September 1st that I told you about here, Catch The Fun
I enjoyed creating a fish almost every day in a different art medium. (Click on “Fish” in the drop down of catagories on the right of your screen to see more). It became a real challenge to come up with a new way to create a fish each day!
Some fish, I wanted to throw back into the creative pool…
And some I envisioned differently…
But I decided as long as I was having fun…
Then I was HAPPY!
My FINished fish with a little Halloween twist!
Posted in art challenge, Drawing, Fish, Humor, imaginary drawings, Mixed Media Collage, paper scraps, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art, Word Play
Tagged art challenge, art experiments, art journal, art journey, creative play, fish, Halloween, imaginary fish, imagination, learning, mixed media art, paper collage, word play
FUNny Fish Saturday?! Yep! 🙂
This is what happens when work takes priority! Glad it’s the weekend! How about you?
Hope these funny fish give you a smile today!
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, Fish, FUNny Fish Fry-day, Humor, imaginary drawings, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Whimsical Art, Word Play
Tagged art journal, fish, funny fish, happy weekend, humor, imaginary fish, imagination, smile, watercolor, whimsical, word play
I invented this word, perifish.
I thought it was an interesting word for this post about a pear and a fish.
I was experimenting with Rembrandt soft pastels yesterday and this wild pear apPEARed:
Do you think it is of the Rainbow variety?
And Sennelier extra soft pastels for this colorful fish:
It looks like a happy, Clown fish to me!
Color always brightens a cloudy day for me – I hope it brings you a smile!
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Tagged art challenge, Colorful, creative play, drawing, experiment, fish, happy, happy friday, pear, smile, soft pastels, word play
I was feeling dog-tired yesterday after work so I decided to mix things up for today’s Weird Bird Wednesday.
When I posted this doodle on Instagram recently, my sweet and talented friend, Carol at Carolscreativepapers.wordpress.com told me she saw a bird and dog in it:
What do you see? I hope you share it with me!
I find creating these zen doodles very meditative. I always enjoy it when I get one completed because it means I can start something new!
Wishing you a happy day!
Posted in Doodles, Drawing, ink, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Zentangle
Tagged creative, doodle, drawing, hidden images, ink, meditative, pattern play, relaxing, Weird Bird Wednesday, zen, zen doodles, zentangle
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:
“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!
Posted in Animals, art challenge, Art Journal, Drawing, gelli printing, imaginary drawings, Mixed Media, paper collage, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art, Word Play
Tagged #365phew, Bucket List, drawing, dreams, fox, gelli-printed paper, happy, hot air balloon rides, imagination, mixed media, paper collage, random pick drawings, smile, whimsical, wishful thinking
I’m taking an online art class with Karine Swenson, hosted by Carla Sonheim… (Yes, I know I’m addicted to online art classes!) This one is a little different for me as it is learning to slow down, observe and draw a subject of my choosing.
I chose a pear. Sounds PEAR-fectly easy, doesn’t it?
I have done several sketches of this golden fruit and it is not as easy as it apPEARS!
These are some scribbly pencil studies I did yesterday:
The one with the added shadows is my pick of the crop!
Onto a value study with Conte crayons. The first one looks a little like a leaning tower of PEARZA! Lol! 🙂
It really helps to look at a photo of what you are trying to draw – as I could SEE where I needed to make some corrections:
A little more balanced now… I still need to draw it MANY more times, PEARhaps!
The value study is to help me understand my subject better before I paint it. I think I will try to paint in watercolors and acrylic next week.
Karine said that one of her teachers told her, “the subject doesn’t have to be perfect, just believable.” Good advice.
Posted in Drawing, Uncategorized
Tagged Art, drawing, fruit, Learning to draw, observing, online art classes, pears, pencil, Practice, sketchbook, Sketching, value study