Did you color Easter eggs as a child? I remember dipping them in colors of the rainbow! This doodle I did recently reminded me of painting eggs.
I enjoyed drawing these imaginary flowers and coloring them with Tombow markers and color pencils:
I then drew lines in between my flowers so I could color in the background:
It amazes me how color can change how we see things – even every day things like eggs!
Wishing you a color filled Easter! 🙂
Posted in Doodles, Drawing, Uncategorized
Tagged Art, birds, black micron pen, childlike, color pencils, color play, creative, doodles, drawing, Easter eggs, flowers, fun, imaginary, patterns, Tombow markers
I loved the hot pink Bougainvillea growing in Oaxaca! And I found a bright pink wall too…
Hot Pink! What comes to your mind when you think of this color? I’d love to hear from you!
As far as hot pink hippos… one of our drawing assignments was to draw a contour of a stuffed animal in Oaxaca. I kind of fell in love with the hot pink hippo:
Carla Sonheim taught us how to take our drawings a step further and create a colorful animal – a fun way to doodle! Here is my hippo:
Hip Hip Hoorah, it’s Saturday! 🙂
Enjoy your day!
Posted in Color, Doodles, Drawing, Oaxaca, Mexico Art Retreat, Uncategorized
Tagged Art, black micron pen, color pencils, color play, Contour drawings, creative, doodles, drawing, flowers, fun, gel pens, hippos, hot pink color, markers, meditative, Mexico, mixed media, Oaxaca, patterns, play, stuffed animals, Tombow markers, Zig Writer pen
One of the things I enjoy about blogging is the wonderful friends I make! One such friend is Sharon Mann! She inspires me with her amazing talent and her beautiful artwork. Be sure to check out her blog, if you haven’t done so at: https://mondaytuesdaywednesday.wordpress.com/
Sharon’s pattern play inspired me to start this doodle – a dancing tree:
Sharon recently posted her own pattern “vocabulary” that she used for her beautiful black and white bird. This started me thinking about what patterns I often use in my doodles.
I previously posted this “wrap” design on a tree last July, that you can find here and here.
I believe that Nature gave me the idea for my wrap pattern from this Oak tree. Below is a recent photo of it last Spring:
One day we came home from the lake about 10 years ago and this tree was bent over from a terrible wind storm. We were heart broken. We didn’t want to loose it so we applied some tree ointment and wrapped it in special tape from the Nursery. Amazingly, this tree not only survived but is thriving!
What inspires you to create the patterns in your artwork? I’d love to know!
Happy Creating! 🙂
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Tagged Art, black micron pen, Blogging, creative, doodles, drawing, friendships, inspiration, nature, nature photography, pattern play, trees
Backyard birds banter about bird bandings behind bird bath!
Happy Monday! 🙂
Posted in Humor, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art, Word Play
Tagged birds, black micron pen, color pencils, color play, creative, gel pens, Gelli-Prints, humor, imaginary, mixed media collage, paper collage, patterns, playful, tongue twisters, whimsical, word play
On the 3rd day of New Year’s, my true love gave to me:
3 plump Robins:
2 Doodled ornaments:
And 1 Northern Flicker in a Crab(apple) tree:
I took the bird photos from inside my kitchen window. Isn’t that male Northern Flicker (Red Shafted) just gorgeous?!
Here is a photo of all 3 doodled ornaments photographed together:
As you recall, I posted the first one (on your left) on Christmas Day.
We will take down our Christmas tree and ornaments this week. I couldn’t resist one last song for the holidays!
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Tagged birds, black and white, black micron pen, Christmas, drawing, holiday songs, humor, nature, nature photography, Norhern Flicker, Ornaments, patterns, pencil shading, Robins
I have a friend who has a really BIG heart! She donates her time to help kids in need by being an ELF! Her name is Elf Smiley and she works all year to help kids have ONE magical day with Santa each year.
If I was to doodle Elf Smiley’s heart, it would look something like this – with lots and LOTS of glitter of course:
The mission of Fantasy Flight is to provide 60 impoverished and at-risk children from the Spokane area – a special day with Santa, Mrs. Claus, the reindeer and his crazy elves! 🙂
It takes 100’s of volunteers and Alaska Airlines to make a special day each year for these children who have lost their sense of wonder and have a dim glow of hope. If you’d like to see photos about Fantasy Flight, check out this link: http://www.nwnorthpole.org/Photos.aspx
I was thinking my three doodles would look great together as a series:
What do you think? I’d love to hear from you!
Have a magical day! 🙂
Posted in Doodles, Uncategorized, Zentangle
Tagged black micron pen, childhood memories, children, Christmas, doodles, drawing, elves, gift of the heart, giving, hearts, helping others, love, north pole, patterns, pencil shading, Santa Claus, zentangle
I purchased a Poinsettia recently in order to paint it in watercolor. I decided to give it as a gift so that meant I had to paint it right away. Deadlines can be a good thing!
I decided to try a more painterly approach. Here is my first layer of watercolor over my sketch of black micro pen:
I decided to do a little research about this plant on Wikipedia. I was surprised to discover that December 12 is National Poinsettia Day in the United States. I had no idea! 😉
I added a second layer of paint:
According to Wikipedia, “The colored bracts—which are most often flaming red but can be orange, pale green, cream, pink, white, or marbled—are often mistaken for flower petals because of their groupings and colors, but are actually leaves. The colors of the bracts are created through photoperiodism, meaning that they require darkness (12 hours at a time for at least five days in a row) to change color. At the same time, the plants require abundant light during the day for the brightest color.”
So I added more color to the “leaves” and a few splatters to give it a little sparkle – after all it is on display around Christmas time.
I also learned that this plant is native to Mexico and was derives its common English name from Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Minister to Mexico, who introduced the plant into the United States in 1825.
I hope you enjoyed this little history lesson as much as I did! I’m not sure my Poinsettia watercolor is complete but my friend enjoyed receiving the plant as a gift as much as I enjoyed painting it!
Cheers to you! 🙂
Posted in Flowers, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged Art, black micron pen, Christmas, creative, drawing, festive, flowers, history, painterly, painting, playful, Poinsettia, watercolor