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50 Fish FINale

YAY! I did it!! ¬†ūüôā ¬†I created 50 fish¬†on Instagram¬†before October 31st!! ¬†WHOOT!!

Perhaps you remember the art challenge with two creative friends started on September 1st that I told you about here, Catch The Fun

I enjoyed creating a fish almost every day¬†in a different art medium. ¬†(Click on “Fish” in the drop down of catagories on the right of your screen to see more). ¬†It became a real challenge¬†to come up with a new way to create a fish¬†each day!

Some fish, I wanted to throw back into the creative pool…

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And some I envisioned differently…

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But I decided as long as I was having fun…

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Then I was HAPPY!

My FINished fish with a little Halloween twist!

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Happy fishing!!

Cheers! ūüôā

100 Days Of Drawing Faces

I posted my 100th face on Instagram yesterday! ¬†WHOOT! ¬†ūüėä I accomplished my goal of drawing 100 faces in a little over 100 days… Phew!!

Maybe some of you recall my first face I posted on April 4th – it was a quick sketch in one continuous line:

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100 days is A LOT especially when I am working full-time… (What was I thinking?!) and yet having limited time helped me to accomplish my goal because I didn’t have time to fuss over it.

I didn’t post everything I did like this one:

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I would have liked to have more time to do more like this one, where I mixed collage and acrylics:

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But I enjoyed trying a variety of art mediums:

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Sprinkled with a little humor:

I think this one is one of my favorites – Picasso style:

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And this one I did in watercolor with drips for hair:

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I found I could draw more realistic looking faces and even my own – or at least my better half! ¬†Lol! ūüôā

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I think the greatest lesson I learned is that it isn’t perfection that matters but PRACTICE!! ¬†Daily practice does make a difference….

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Especially in finding ones “style” in art! ¬†I found I really liked creating “characters” rather than REAL people:

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And yet, drawing a variety really is the best teacher!  Here is my 100th face:

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I’m sure it won’t be my last…

Yet, let’s FACE it, I need a little break from drawing faces!

Cheers! ūüôā

World Watercolor Month Starts July 1st

I had so much fun participating in World Watercolor Month last July that I decided to purchase a few new art supplies in anticipation for this July.

I splurged on a Stillman and Birn mixed media art journal from Amazon and decided to try a couple different brands of watercolor paint.  I also purchased a Quill watercolor brush.  Here are my supplies:

I couldn’t wait to try out my new journal so I had to splash some paint inside before I left for work!

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Charlie O’Shields at https://doodlewash.com¬†has been busy updating his blog and I must admit it looks soooo cool! ¬†I hope you check out, “World Watercolor Month,” at the top of his page and subscribe to his blog.¬† Charlie always has an interesting story to share with his amazing watercolor paintings!¬†ūüôā

Perhaps you remember some of my watercolor posts from last July:

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I really enjoyed painting the natural beauty around me when I was at the lake.  And I hope to continue this year plus add a few faces to the mix!

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Back to this morning’s journal; I added these letters to my painting:

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And splashed on more watercolor…

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I will add some doodles to my letters and show you my results later…

I hope you will join me in celebrating World Watercolor Month.

Cheers! ūüôā

Stop A Moment

I created this journal page before my surgery using this foam stamp, that I showed you how to make previously here.

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Instead of using paint, I stamped my paper with gesso and then finished it with watercolor.

Today, I wrote this quote by Leo Tolstoy:

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I have been forced to stop¬†a moment as I recover from foot surgery and I miss my daily art practice a great deal.¬†¬†I realize it has only been a week since the surgery yet I long to be able to sit again at my art table without my foot screaming in pain.¬† I must be patient…

Taking a break does have a positive aspect too as it allows time for me to evaluate where I am currently on my art journey and where I would like to be headed in the future.

Do you take the time to¬†assess your¬†creative practice from time to time?¬† I realize that it’s not easy for me to do this assessment¬†but important.

Cheers! ¬†ūüôā

Do You Remember?

I was recently struggling on how to paint this rose, do you remember?  Well, I decided to take this photo on a cloudy day so I had less shadows:

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This helped me to see the¬†STAR of the show – the rose and not the leaves, as Debi Riley so kindly suggested to me.¬† Thanks Debi!¬† ūüôā

I also appreciated the idea from Judith at Artistcoveries to do a value study first.  So I did this with my computer by printing my image in color and then in black and white:

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Drawing the rose shape with a black pen on top of the black and white image also helped me see my subject better.

Next, I decided to use a stencil of my rose to create these studies in my turquoise journal that I previously shared with you:image

The rose image on the left is from a stencil like I did here and the image on the right is a gelli-print like I did here.

Today, I started a watercolor painting on Aquabord inspired by Laura at Create Art Everyday who has been experimenting on this surface:

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It is only the beginning of my painting but I wanted to share it with you.  I hope to experiment with adding collage too!

I just wanted you to know that I remember ALL your kind comments and encouragement in my art journey!!¬† ūüôā

I don’t always have the time to comment on your art¬†like I wish I could but please know I appreciate YOU!

Thanks Friends!!¬† ūüôā