My hubby was listening to the jazz pianists, Bob James and Keiko Matsui from their album, “Altair and Vega,” last evening while I was working on this doodle:
I thought the title of one of their pieces, “The Forever Variations, was fitting for my doodle which started simply:
And patterns grew in complexity, much like their music:
I had a Micron pen explode on me, so I’m working some “spots” into my design…
It is a work in progress that I’m enjoying while listening to the smooth jazz!
What music do you enjoy listening to while creating? I’d love if you shared it with me… It might inspire me in my next doodle!
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Tagged abstract, drawing, imagination, ink, jazz music, meditative, micron black pen, relaxing, zen, zen doodles, zentangle
Today’s weird bird is rather loud…
And this Trumpet Beak likes to toot his own horn…
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Posted in Drawing, gelli printing, Humor, imagination, Mixed Media, paper collage, paper scraps, smile, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Weird Birds, Whimsical Art, Word Play
Tagged Colorful, humor, music, paper collage, smile, Wednesday, Weird Bird Wednesday, Weird Birds, whimsical
When I was at the lake last weekend, my hubby discovered this strange fungi (wild mushroom) growing under the garbage can and pushing it up on one side:
My husband, who knows how much I enjoy taking photos of these strange natural sightings; told me about it…
I couldn’t resist a photo or two!
I looked it up on the internet yesterday and discovered it to be of the “Puffball” fungus family. Seriously, the Puffball fungus family of Agaricaceae.
It is sometimes known as the Brain Puffball, I kid you not! 😉
It looked to me like it had a hidden message in it… kind of like “dad” since it was Father’s Day weekend… I guess all families have their strange
fungi family members! Lol!
I created this wild horse using a masking tape technique recently. I scribbled copic markers inside the tape as my first layer before adding watercolor.
I hadn’t planned on creating a horse but after I removed the masking tape, he appeared! Lol! 😉 I added pan pastels and watercolor splashes to soften the image.
The masking tape was EXTRA sticky so I tried my next
animal creature using washi tape. Below is a before and after photo:
I learned this technique from Carla Sonheim. I think it would be a super fun activity to do with children. (The washi tape was much less sticky and worked better than the masking tape for me.)
When I took this photo at the lake Saturday evening, I saw a horse head in the storm clouds afterwards:
Do you see it? I must have had horses on my mind!
Hope your Monday starts out in a slow trot and not a fast gallop!
Posted in Animals, Art Projects for Kids, Horses, Humor, imaginary drawings, imagination, Mixed Media, nature, Nature Photography, smile, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Whimsical Art
Tagged Art Projects for Kids, clouds, horses, humor, imagination, markers, masking tape, mixed media art, nature, nature photography, smile, the lake, watercolor
I read an article from our local newspaper yesterday about a mom whose son recently graduated from high school. No big deal, right? Happens all the time…
Upon further reading, I learned that her son was born with a hole in his diaphragm and the doctors only gave him a 50/50 chance to survive. While he was in the hospital Neonatal ICU, struggling for every breath, this new mother placed two fingers on his laboring chest and whispered, please. When he exhaled, she whispered, thank you.
In the weeks that followed as her son grew healthy and strong with no lingering complications, each breath seemed like a miracle. This mom continued her prayer ritual of whispering, please when her son inhaled and thank you when he exhaled. Faced with the fragility of life, each year became a milestone to celebrate with her son!
This story reminds me of taking the time to say, thank you to people who I appreciate in my life. Sometimes it is good to recognize the milestones that are big and small…
I made the above card for a friend recently. I was inspired by these beautiful pink roses:
I thought you might like to learn how I made it. 🙂
I discovered that sea sponges make great roses! Just dab a damp sponge lightly in acrylic paint and twist your wrist as you apply the paint to paper. Adding several colors, gives it some depth. And a few splatters of watercolor gives it pizzazz!
My lettering came from an idea in this book from Joanne Sharpe. I used a permanent black Micron pen.
One doesn’t have to have a milestone to say, thank you; who do you know that would appreciate getting a handmade card in the mail?
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads this weekend…
Posted in Acrylic Paint, Flowers, Handmade card, imagination, Life, love, smile, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Whimsical Art
Tagged acrylic paint, handlettering, Handmade card, milestones, roses, sea sponge, stories, thankful
You have heard of a June Bug, right?
Well, why not a June bird!
I decided to try a little something different for today’s weird bird and collage over a watercolor tree I had previously painted in an art journal.
I “repurposed” the word, June from an old wall calendar in several languages and used a page from a weekly paper calendar… I don’t buy weekly calendar’s anymore since I use my cell phone but I still like to buy monthly calendars each year for the inspiring artwork. How about you?
Hope your June is taking flight for a fabulous month!
Posted in Art Journal, gelli printing, Humor, imagination, Mixed Media Collage, smile, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Whimsical Art, Word Play
Tagged art journal, creative ideas, fun, humor, June, mixed media art, paper collage, watercolor, Weird Bird Wednesday, word play
Perhaps you remember my watercolor circles I created in April: My April Square Project…
After my black and white doodle, I was ready for some color! So I decided to use my black and white doodle for April: Finding Balance
And I moved on to May and June!
I recently did this playful watercolor from my imagination:
After cutting it up, I mixed it with my colorful circles:
And got not just one… but TWO month’s projects:
And of course I had to see how they looked next to each other:
So fun to play… wishing you a creative day!
Posted in A Square Project, Abstract Art, Color, color experiments, imagination, Painting, paper collage, smile, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged A Square Project, abstract art, art experiments, circles and squares, color play, Colorful, creative, creative play, fun, patterns, watercolor
I recently purchased two synthetic “Dagger” watercolor brushes from Dick Blick.
I learned about these brushes from my blogging friend and talented artist, Patty Anne. Please check out her beautiful watercolors on her blog: Patty Anne Art
I had never heard of this brush and loved the results that Patty Anne got with her roses.
I started by just experimenting with the 3/8 brush by “testing the waters” so to speak…
I found it extremely relaxing not painting anything specific and just experiment with the brush and color. I created this on 300 lb watercolor paper:
Afterwards, I outlined the shapes in a black Micron pen and added a few houses. It looks like a whole new world to me!
This last weekend, I created this abstract in my small watercolor sketchbook:
It was super fun to add details with a black Micron pen and gel pens in different colors. What do you see?
I encourage you to experiment with different materials in your art! You may discover a whole new world to explore!!
Posted in Abstract Art, Art Journal, color experiments, Doodles, Drawing, imaginary drawings, Mixed Media, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Whimsical Art
Tagged abstract art, art journal, color experiments, creative play, doodles, fun, gel pens, learning, micron pen, mixed media, sketchbook, watercolor, watercolor dagger brush
According to Dictionary.com –
A Floccus is
- (noun) A small tuft of woolly hairs.
- (adjective) Meteorology (of a cloud) having elements in the form of small, rounded tufts.
My version of a Tufted Floccus:
This weird bird often appears to be scowling and yet I think he is only focusing on his next meal… (something I seem to be thinking about a lot lately since I’m trying to loose a little weight!)
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
I hope this bird gives you a smile today…
P.S. I imagine you won’t look at tufted clouds without thinking of this weird bird! 😉
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Tagged dictionary words, drawing, funny, gelli-printed paper, humor, Imaginary birds, paper collage, smile, Weird Bird Wednesday, whimsical, word play
Which “one-liner” bachelor will Betty choose?
Betty is tall and blonde, weighs the size of a peanut and lives to sky-dive from a plane in all 50 states wearing only a bikini…
Meet Mike… Bachelor #1
Mike pumps iron in the gym 7 days a week… still lives with his mother and likes to ride a unicycle.
Meet Richard… Bachelor #2
Richard is very theatrical and hopes to be an actor one day. Perhaps you have seen him in the Nursery Rhyme Production, Little Boy Blue?
And last but certainly not least…
Meet Stan… Bachelor #3
Stan tends to blush easily especially when he eats jalapeños peppers…
Stan is a chef in a well-known restaurant, likes to swim naked with dolphins and rides a Harley Motorcyle.
Which bachelor will Bachelorette Betty choose?!
I look forward to your answers!
P.S. I drew the one-liner faces, painted them in watercolor and then wrote my stories…. Just a little silliness to give you a smile!
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, Faces, Humor, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged art journal, drawing, faces, humor, personalities, smile, watercolor