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!
Posted in Art Journal, art supplies, Drawing, Faces, Fairies, imaginary drawings, nature, Uncategorized
Tagged art practice, creative play, daily sketching, graphite, happy, imagination, inspiration, joy, nature, Woodland Fairy
I can imagine my sweet fairy hovering under the tender leaf of a Bleeding Heart as its flowers unfold in the Spring warmth:
I have enjoyed reading your comments as I progressed on my collage. It is nice to know that we can ALL allow our imaginations to create wonderful stories on our canvas, sketchbook or wherever we create our art!
I wanted to show you my beginning piece next to my completed one:
Be sure to keep your eyes open for a tiny fairy in you garden or a walk in the woods! You never know where one will turn up next!
Posted in Fairies, Mixed Media Collage, Uncategorized
Tagged acrylic paints, Art, bleeding heart flower, creative, Fairies, flowers, Gelli-Prints, imagination, mixed media collage, old books, old photos, paper collage, playful, progress photos
I was singing a song of praise this morning with the rest of the congregation, when a young child – probably about the age of three, started pirouetting in the front of the church.
As the musicians played and we sat in our chairs, this child twirled around in a circle like a fairy trying out her new wings – a little off balance and yet so full of promise.
Her cotton white skirt filled with air as her budding arms arched over her pixie haircut and a slight joyful smile touched her innocent lips. Every now and then she would give a short skipping jump with her soft leather shoes.
I envied her carefree spirit. She wasn’t aware that she was the only one spinning in circles on this warm Spring day. She was content dancing to her own rhythm.
I wished that I had the ability to dance or create art with so much freedom of expression! And then I remembered that I do have that liberty – I am the one who chooses how to dance to this rhythm called life. I have the ability to twirl and spin! I can fling paint around on a canvas creating an abstract or delicately paint the magical wings of a fairy. It is my choice!
And so I have decided to spread my fairy wings and fly high above the trees! I choose to dip and dive into my paints and move beyond birds as my focus on my blog.
I have created a bird a day for 137 days this year and over 101 days in 2014. This equals 238 days of flying feathers, colorful nests and real and imaginary birds! I want to continue creating art every day but widen my focus to the world around me. I have learned a great deal about birds and will continue my study of them – just not every day.
Like creating this party outfit for Fairy Daisy:
Life is a celebration! And I’m ready for a new dance! I hope you will continue to join me on my artistic journey of discovery.
Posted in Art, Fairies
Tagged Art, black micron pen, color pencils, dance, discovery, Fairies, fantasy, flowers, Gelli-Prints, gouache, happy, imaginary, joy, watercolor, wings