Category Archives: Whimsical Art

The Spectacle Bird

I speculate…

The spectacular,


Spectacle bird:



The crowd of spectators!

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

That’s Nonsense!

I think creating from my imagination is the most fun!  I hope you enjoy my ridiculous creatures:


I started each creature with a scrap of gelli-printed paper and then made up the rest of my animal, adding details with a black pen and color pencils.

And yesterday I created this silly Martian and told his story with this Limerick:


May it inspire the child in you to have fun and play in your art!

Cheers!  🙂

Good Gourd!

I was inspired by the gourds I saw on Sunday:


To create this “Autumn Winged Variety” bird:

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday, Friends!!  🙂

One never knows where inspiration will inspire you… Lol!

Sunny Side Up

I was on the way home from work yesterday and Martina McBride’s song, “Sunny Side Up,” started playing.  So I started singing along and before I knew it, I was feeling happy!


I’m hangin’ on to happy – like the song says!  And sending positive thoughts your way for a fabulous day!

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday, friends!  🙂

Meet Bob’s Cousin!

This is Bob’s Cousin, Dick…

As in un-pre-DICK-able:


One never knows when Dick will just fly in unannounced and spoil the fun…

Like last Saturday when I was hiking on a mountain trail with my hubby and Dick showed up unpreDICKable as always and I slipped and fell…

I didn’t break anything but ended up spraining my left big toe.  I got “the boot” from a trip to the ER:


Here I am at the lake trying to make the best of things…  At lease we had a sunny day!  Lol!

Wishing you a HAPPY day without a visit from Dick…

Cheers Friends!  🙂

When Life Gives You Lemons…

When life gave me lemons, I tried to draw and paint them in my sketchbook…


And create a collage using an old photograph:


And create the beginning of a story…

School was starting soon and all the kids dreaded Mrs. Lemon’s class!  She hardly ever smiled because…  Now it’s your turn to finish the story in a sentence or two!  🍋😉🌟

Did you have a teacher that you dreaded in school?!  I’d love to hear about it!

Happy Whimsical Wednesday friends!  I hope I gave you a smile today!!  😄

The High-Flying Unicycle Bird

Ladies and Gentlemen… Let me introduce you to the AMAZING Unicycle Bird for this Weird Bird Wednesday!

This unusual bird can sometimes be found inside a circus tent or outside on a telephone wire:


The Unicycle Bird has incredible balance for having pedals permanently attached to its thin bird feet.  Even more extraordinary is that its unicycle wheel NEVER goes flat!  WOWZA!

Cheers to you for an awe-inspiring day!  🙂

Clowning Around

I was drawing clowns in my sketchbook this weekend with a Stabilo “All” pencil.  I have heard good things about this pencil and so I wanted to try it out.

I decided to try “printing” watercolors on top of my drawings with a small Gelli plate and watercolors.  Here are my supplies:


I experimented with watercolors first by applying 1-3 colors to my Gelli plate and then pressing it randomly on the clown face:

I liked how the pencil bled with the paints.  It was spontaneous FUNZA!  So I tried some gouache paints:

I experimented on 140 lb cold press and hot press paper.  The last one I tried to create some emotion to my sad clown:

I like how the paint adds depth to the clown faces and hope to play more with this technique.  I’d love to hear what you think!

Happy Experimenting!  🙂

Stay CALM And…

Since today is National Tell A Story Day, I decided to combine it with my Weird Bird Wednesday

Harold flew in just in time to help me today…


“Hello Harold!  So nice of you to stop by and help me plant my flowers today!”  I said exuberantly.

“Why of course,” said Harold as he started scratching in the dirt with his feet to make room for my flowers in the planter, “I wouldn’t miss it!”


“You know I am very fond of flowers,” chirped Harold as he perched on a tree branch next to me.  “They add so much color!  And some even attract my friends, the Hummingbirds.”

“Why yes, Harold,” I agreed as I tucked my flowers into the dirt. “Do you have a favorite flower, Harold?”  I asked.

“Why yes I do, Ms. Jill!  I love Violets because in the fall I like to spread the seeds all over,” said Harold flapping his wings.  “Then everyone gets to enjoy them!”

“Thank you Harold for spreading the love of flowers!”  I exclaimed as Harold flew off in the sky.

Now you know how Violets, like these flowers – show up in unexpected places…

So, “Stay CALM and Garden On” like Harold.  🙂


The Wafflestomper

The Wafflestomper bird is often seen while hiking in the wilderness.  This bird is recognizable by its footprints and flannel checkered feathers…


Happy Weird Bird Wednesday, friends!!!

Hmm, I think I’m hungry for some waffles now!  Lol!  🙂