The Dreaming Zebra Foundation is a (501)(c)(3) charity providing support so that children and young adults are given an equal opportunity to explore and develop their creativity in the arts.
How did Dreaming Zebra™ get its name?
||The answer is that every zebra is unique, just as every child is one of a kind! Zebras are black, with white stripes that are as individual as fingerprints. At Dreaming Zebra, our mission is to encourage children to embrace their individuality, to express themselves creatively, and to follow their artistic dreams. Hence the name, Dreaming Zebra!
The Dreaming Zebra Foundation was incorporated in Portland, Oregon in the interest of promoting greater access to the arts for children and young adults. Our founders recognized a pressing need in many communities for the promotion of charitable donations of art and music supplies to support individuals, schools, and other nonprofit organizations serving youth and the arts.
Core to our identity is the belief that all children, regardless of their financial circumstances, should have access to art education. As a public charity powered by volunteers, this belief drives all that we do.
The Dreaming Zebra Foundation’s supporters share a common passion for education, the environment, and community, and as such, we are able to connect the synergies between those who support the arts and those in need.
I am so thankful to have ART to express my creative JOY!
I hope you join me in sharing this gift of expression by giving to the Dreaming Zebra Foundation.
All it takes is one dream to make a difference!!
Posted in Animals, Drawing, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged #dreamingzebrafoundation, #worldwatercolormonth, Art, Colorful, drawing, dreaming, grateful, joy, music, sketchbook, watercolor, zebras
Yesterday, I went to a potluck with some lake friends. I decided to try a new recipe using my Spiralizer – so I made this Italian Pasta Salad – without pasta! I used zucchini and I have to say, no one missed the pasta. I will share my recipe next week. Here is a photo of it:
Making this salad gave me the inspiration to paint sweet peppers for World Watercolor Month.
My subject matter – I was painting outdoors so my lighting changed but this gives you an idea:
My finished painting in my art journal:
I decided to splatter my background instead of adding the tablecloth. I think it looks rather festive, don’t you?
Posted in Art Journal, Food, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged #worldwatercolormonth, Art, daily practice, friends, inspiration, lake time, outdoors, pasta salad, peppers, potlucks, relaxing, summer, sunny day, watercolor
I love this quote by Graphic Designer, Milton Glaser:
Drawing is a form of meditation for me… And so is coloring my designs.
What is drawing for you? I hope you to share it with me!
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, Flowers, Uncategorized
Tagged 365 phew class, Art, art journal, color pencils, color play, coloring, creative play, drawing, flowers, inspiration, meditation, quotes, relaxation, summer
Creating a face every day on Instagram can be challenging for the 100-day project that I started April 4th. Yet, probably not in the manner you think! 😉
Let’s face it… I cannot draw a face with the SAME materials every day. I need variety!
I have created faces with collage papers but not on a collaged background. So this began my recent challenge for myself.
I started by randomly gluing pieces of papers in my sketchbook with a glue stick. I chose papers without a lot of pattern and light in color so my pencil sketch would show up.
Here is my collaged background and my completed pencil sketch of my first experiment:
I tried to select papers in colors that went well together but not spend too much time on it. In other words, I didn’t over think it!
My second one, I added color pencils to my pencil sketch:
Tomorrow, I will show you how I created my third collaged piece a little differently.
These were super fun to do! I hope you give it a try!
Posted in Drawing, Faces, paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged #the100dayproject, Art, art challenge, creative ideas, drawing faces, experiment, faces, inspiration, Learning to draw, paper collage, personal challenge
Many of you know how much I enjoy experimenting in art. Sometimes I just need an idea that sparks my creativity.
Blue tape, recently sparked my imagination. The tape is also called “Painters Tape” as it’s used to cover up baseboards and such when painting your house.
Carla Sonheim has demonstrated this method in several of her online classes but I decided to take it a step further last weekend. I thought you might enjoy seeing my steps of exploration!! Maybe it will spark a creative experiment of your own! 🙂
My first step was to tear the tape into uneven pieces and place them on my paper – I used 140 lb hot press watercolor paper (good quality paper helps to remove the tape without tearing the paper).
I created my face from my imagination. I had drawn 29 faces for 29 days (Actually I have drawn MANY more faces but I only posted that many on Instagram at the time).
Next, I added oil pastels and some pan pastels:
I removed the tape to reveal my face:
It reminded me of a mask so I decided to add a few doodles to fill in the spaces:
I added watercolor over the doodles because it just seemed like it needed a little something!
Here is a beginning and end photo next to each other:
Super fun to play with negative and positive shapes!
Posted in Art, color experiments, Faces, imaginary drawings, Mixed Media, Uncategorized
Tagged Art, art experiments, blue painter's tape, Colorful, creative, faces, fun, imagination, inspiration, learning, mixed media art, oil pastels, pan pastels, process
I have been reading about drawing faces from various sources and decided to try a go at a more “realistic” selfie using my new set of Rembrandt Soft Pastels:
I have only used soft pastels for drawing flowers so this was a bit of a stretch for me!
It helped me to focus on the “shadows” when drawing my face and NOT see it as a face – or MY FACE, eek! That’s really scary as I would spend waaay too much time focusing on wrinkles and double chins…
OH, I see I’m digressing! Lol! 😉 Here I am in my red glasses:
So I’m proud of myself for completing this first “REAL” selfie and to posting it here and on Instagram!!
Posted in Art, Drawing, Uncategorized
Tagged Art, drawing, drawing faces, experiment, Expressions, faces, fun, humor, Learning to draw, selfie, smile, soft pastels
“The aim of art,” according to Aristotle, “is to represent not the outward appearance of things but their inward significance.”
I used a melon baller, seed pod and seashells for my inspiration in these imaginary flowers:
I started with watercolor. Next, I added layers of paper collage with matte gel medium, watercolor, and white gel pen. I finished my piece with the quote from Aristotle:
What is the aim of art for you?
I think my aim for art is to create it! I just love to explore new materials and discover how I can create it into something new for me – and maybe you too!
Posted in Abstract Art, color experiments, Flowers, Mixed Media Collage, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged abstract, Art, color experiment, creative play, flowers, fun, imagination, inspiration, mixed media art, paper collage, quotes, seashells, the aim of art, watercolor, white gel pen
I love the abstraction in Picasso’s faces. It continues to inspire me for the 100 day project on Instagram.
The one below, I used color pencils for color and patterns – I was feeling tired when I created it:
And Neocolors II for this one – I used a Picasso drawing from Pinterest for inspiration:
I like Picasso’s use of bright colors and his abstraction in his faces. Pinterest is an excellent source for his artwork.
Happy Weekend! Cheers! 🙂
Posted in Art, Drawing, Faces, Uncategorized
Tagged abstract art, Art, color pencils, drawing, drawing faces, Expressions, faces, Learning to draw, mixed media art, Neocolor II, pattern play, Picasso, sketchbook
I was inspired by Picasso to create this face:
I studied several photos of Picasso before I drew a sketch in pencil. I colored my sections with oil pastels, using two different colors on top of each other. Next, I scratched into the oil pastels with the end of a mechanical pencil to create the patterns.
I finished it by cutting out the face with scissors. Oil pastels are a bit messy but I had fun experimenting!
It reminds me of one of my doodles…
Posted in Art, color experiments, Faces, Uncategorized
Tagged abstract, Art, Colorful, creative play, daily art, drawing, faces, fun, oil pastels, patterns, Picasso