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Just Featured…

Sometimes I create drawing challenges for myself to make it more fun…

I created these faces by not filling in all the features with a Micron ink pen:


Next, I copied my original drawing and completed the faces on copy paper.  I created a couple of animals too!


I couldn’t stop at just one sketch, kind of like eating popcorn while watching a movie! Who can eat just one bowl! 😉


Just featured was very entertaining.  I hope you give it a try with your own drawings.


And if you are unhappy with a drawing, you can just cut it out of the picture!

It is a super fun way to develop a character or perhaps tell a story.

Who will you create?


One Colorful Cat!

I did this quick sketch of a cat tonight in pencil then added a sketchy black outline with a Pitt pen and finished it with watercolors…

It is one colorful cat!


Laura at Create Art Everyday  introduced me to this awesome book on Drawing Animals:


It made sketching a cat enjoyable for the first time in my life!  🙂

Wishing you all a Meowy Christmas!!

Cheers!  🙂

Hidden Images

I like finding images in clouds but sometimes I see them in trees too.  Do you see the face in this tree?


Sometimes I see animals… Like a camel’s face in this tree growth:


You have to use your imagination a bit…

I see a bunny in this rock:


And a heart shape in this one:


What images do you see?  I’d love to hear from you!

Wishing you a happy day doing whatever brings you the most JOY!  And maybe a little time to see images in the clouds, trees or rocks near you!


May you have a Sunny Sunday, friends!!  🙂

Learning To Draw

Drawing doesn’t come easy for me but I am amazed how just a little practice can improve my skills.

I am taking Carla Sonheim’s year long online class called, “Y is for Yellow.”  You can find out more about it here:  http://www.carlasonheim.com/2016-y-is-for-yellow/

Lately, I have been drawing LOTS of animals.  One of the exercises that helps me to really SEE an animal is to draw with my non-dominant hand.  Here are a couple of my pages:

After drawing the animal with my left hand – which takes quite a bit of concentration, I draw it with my EYES CLOSED!  I have to say that my eye-hand coordination is starting to improve – here are a couple of my pages from my third day of practice:

The bird on the right is a Flamingo if the legs don’t give it away!  hehe!

The other drawing I have been doing is called “smudgies.”  I define the head  and the body of the animal with soft pastels and smudge it.  Simple details are added with pencil to complete it.  I have to say that I like this exercise the best!  Here are a couple pages:

I hope you give some of these drawing exercises a try and tell me what you think!

Happy Drawing!  🙂

Jumping for Joy


I was jumping for JOY on Sunday evening when we finally got our power back on!  YAY!  So I created this “Toad-ally Electrifying Frog” in celebration.

I created a few other imaginary animals and named them too:



Do you have a favorite?  I’d love to hear from you!  😊

Happy Creating!  🎨

Go Cougs!


My husband and I got to attend a football game on Saturday at Washington State University (WSU) in Pullman.

It was a beautiful fall day – sunny and warm for our car ride.  We saw many wheat fields in the Palouse:


It was fun to attend a game to support the Cougars – even though we did not attend college there!


There were many students at this game against the Oregon State Beavers, as you can see in the above photo.

My husband and I enjoyed cheering on the WSU Cougars – Go Cougs!


I decided it would be fun to try drawing a Beaver:


And a Cougar – in my sketchbook:


It really helped to do some practice sketches first:



We were happy that the Cougars beat the Beavers, 52 to 31!  YAY!


Cheering YOU on for a FANtastic day!  😊

Happy Monday!  🏈😄❤️

Strange Bedfellows

Bob’s dreams were starting to keep him awake at night:

Strange Bedfellows

I seem to be having strange dreams lately…

This was my inspiration for this post.  LOL!

The weird creatures are blobs of watercolor paint.  I learned how to create these imaginary animals from Carla Sonheim.  She has an excellent book called, “Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals,” that I just love!

I added details and shading with a pencil and color pencils.  Bob is an old photo – a mystery man.  His pillow is a gelli-print and his bedspread is a doodle I did and copied.

My dad used to tell me, “Sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite!”

Sweet Dreams!  🙂