I just love Sharon Mann’s sunny art, don’t you?
I was delighted to receive her postcard art recently in an artful exchange through the mail!
We each created six postcards, 4×6 inch size in any art medium. (I forgot to take a photo of mine so you will have to look at Sharon’s blog). 😉
Perhaps you remember our other artful exchange? If not you can find it here: The Speedball Bird
I enjoy making art in this “postcard” size so I’m sure you will see more of it!
Thank you Sharon for brightening my day with your cheerful art!
Posted in art challenge, Mixed Media, postcards, smile, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Whimsical Art
Tagged art exchange, color play, Colorful, creative play, happy, mixed media art, postcard art, sunshine, watercolor
I am in LOVE with the flower photos and gardens of my sweet, blogging friend, Ali at The Mindful Garden!
She grows the most gorgeous flowers in her yard!! And takes stunning photos of them too!
With her permission, I tried to paint some of her tulips yesterday in watercolor.
Here are my process photos:
Watercolor is a difficult art medium for me. Perhaps I struggle too hard to make my flowers look “real.” And yet, I always feel like I learn to “see” my subjects a little clearer when I try to draw or paint them.
I do hope you check out Ali’s blog! Her gardens are always a delight to my senses!
Posted in Flowers, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged creative inspiration, daily art, flowers, gardens, learning, nature, Spring, Tulips, watercolor
I splashed some watercolor paint around on hot press paper the other day…
It reminded me of coloring eggs as a child.
I cut some egg shapes out of my painted paper and decided to add them to my table for Easter brunch. They will make good name plates as you can see in the right photo:
My grandma placed a few candies in paper muffin cups at each person’s table setting… it was such a fun idea that I use it too!
I had a few minutes yesterday to make an Easter sign for my table and color a few more eggs! 😉
Coloring eggs with watercolor on paper is so fun! I encourage you to give it a try!
I enjoy giving myself little challenges when drawing… and learning more about my subjects.
Painting different colors of watercolor in my art journal helped add color to a blank page…
I then challenged myself to use mostly black pens – each pen a different variety – to draw Cactus; from the book I showed you in this post: Drawing Cactus and Succulents
According to Dictionary.com; Cactus (noun) and plural can be cacti, cactuses and cactus!
As a definition: Any numerous succulent plants of the family Cactaceae, of warm, arid regions, having fleshy, leafless, usually spiny stems and typically having solitary, showy flowers.
I never really thought about a “cactus” being a succulent plant!
I challenged myself to create these “succulents” with a variety of green pens:
Succulent (noun): A succulent plant as a sedum or cactus… and as (adjective): Of a plant – having fleshy or juicy tissues.
What I learned from this challenge for myself:
- Calligraphy pens are great to draw with…
- Going outside the color “square” is OK!
- I really do have eight green pens.
- Creating challenges makes drawing fun!
- I enjoyed learning the names of plants… must be a weird bird idea in there somewhere!
Do you give yourself challenges when you are creating? I’d love to hear what you do!
Posted in Art Journal, Cactus, color experiments, ink, nature, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged art challenge, art journal, Cactus, color play, creative ideas, drawing, ink, inspiration, sketchbook, succulents, watercolor
Yesterday, I experimented with Ecoline liquid watercolors. I just love how vibrant these colors are right out of the jar. It was fun to wet my watercolor paper first and then drop in color with an eye dropper.
I learned some of these techniques from the online class, Flower Magic hosted by Ivy Newport.
I added F&W acrylic ink in gold on top of this flower. I also added salt over the wet paint but it was extremely slow drying.
My next flower, I added Inktense pencil by sanding the pencil over the wet paint. I like the look of the fine granules.
And my last flower I added Ecoline gold. It didn’t spread as well as the F&W Acrylic gold ink. I also added Inktense pencil shavings in two different colors.
There is little control in this method of painting with an eye dropper. It definitely felt like flower magic as each flower took shape.
Do you have a favorite color combination? I hope you share it with me.
Posted in Uncategorized, Acrylic Paint, Watercolor, Abstract Art, Flowers, imagination
Tagged flowers, imagination, acrylic ink, Colorful, creative play, abstract art, art experiments, online art classes, gold ink
I love the view of this crabapple tree outside my kitchen window:
This photo was taken in May when the tree was showing its spectacular pink blossoms!
I decided to add a photo of it to my mixed media sketchbook as the tree inspires me all four seasons! I colored the photo with color pencils so the flowers stood out.
And below is the Robin that I painted and showed you in my last post:
Inspiration of place can sometimes come from what we see outside a window in our home… Below is a photo of both pages together in my art journal.
What view inspires YOU, outside a window? I hope you share it with me!
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, nature, Trees, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged 4 seasons, art journal, bird, Crabapple tree, flowering tree, inspiration, nature, Robin, trees, watercolor
Yesterday, I tried my hand at asemic writing. According to Wikipedia, “It is a wordless open semantic form of writing…”
“It may flow as an abstract expressionist scribble which resembles writing but avoids words.”
Watercolor, Purple India Ink, Acrylic Bronze Paint
”The key to asemic writing is that even though it is traditionally “unreadable” it still maintains a strong attractive appeal to the reader’s eye.”
Watercolor And Elegant Writer Pen
”It seeks to make the reader hover between reading and looking. All of this is similar to the way one would deduce meaning from an abstract work of art.”
I didn’t actually write words with meaning until this last one:
Watercolor And Elegant Writer Pen
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Posted in Abstract Art, Mixed Media, Uncategorized, Watercolor, writing
Tagged Asemic writing, creative play, Happy Valentine’s Day, love, mixed media art, Scribble, watercolor
Perhaps you remember my post last week where I told you about my Square A Day project. If not, you can read more about it here: A Square A Day…
I recently finished the square doodle that inspired the idea for my project:
I’ve titled it, Be Square!
I created a box for my 2019 square project with monthly dividers. I am writing notes on the back of each card with the date, description and inspiration for the square. I may use my completed squares for inspiration when I get stuck in a creative rut in the future.
Below are six squares I have completed for January:
I find myself paying more attention to my environment and ideas I could use for future squares…
I think for once in my life, I’m OK to be square!
Posted in A Square A Day, art challenge, Color, Doodles, imagination, paper collage, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged A Square A Day, art challenge, color play, creative ideas, creative play, daily art, doodle, drawing, imagination, inspiration, paper collage, patterns, smile
Perhaps you recall the online landscape art class I told you about from Anita Lehmann? If not, you can learn more about it here: Exploring Landscape
I enjoyed painting these 1.5 x 1.5 inch landscape vignettes in watercolor; the first 2 rows were from my imagination and the last 3 rows were free photo images of lake and wheat field images from unsplash.com
I discovered a limited color palette and subject matter made the exercise more cohesive and less busy in my last 3 rows:
New materials I used for this project were removable tape – 1/8 inch and 1/4 inch in diameter that I purchased locally at Michaels and Art Graf watercolor graphite that I purchased online from Dick Blick:
I encourage you to give this exercise a try…
I learned to see landscape shapes and elements of design instead of focusing on small details. It also helped me to work quickly and get a feel of the landscape instead of focusing on minute details.
Posted in Abstract Art, Lake, landscapes, nature, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged Anita Lehmann, imagination, lake, land shapes, landscapes, learning, mixed media, online art classes, vignettes, watercolor, wheat fields