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Happy Easter!

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!  🙂

Hot Pink Hippos

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!

A Dancing Tree

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:

2016-1-19 A Tree Wrap

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:

2015 Spring oak tree in bloom

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!  🙂

Bird Banter

2016-1-17 Bird Banter

Backyard birds banter about bird bandings behind bird bath!

Happy Monday!  🙂

A New Year’s Song

On the 3rd day of New Year’s, my true love gave to me:

3 plump Robins:

2016-1-3 Three plump Robins

2 Doodled ornaments:

And 1 Northern Flicker in a Crab(apple) tree:

16-1-3 N Flicker Male eating berries

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:

2016-1-3 All 3 doodle ornaments

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!

Happy Singing!

Alice’s Tree

I really enjoy the spontaneity of creating and the memories that come with art making.

Since I have been using cookie cutters as stencils for my art this week, I decided on a tree shape today:

Tree cookie cutter

But after three days of black and white doodles, I needed COLOR!

So I added a tint of color with Copic markers over my doodle:

Tree doodle with markers

The patterns and wonkiness reminded me of Alice in Wonderland!  LOL!

This got me thinking about a friend of mine, Alice who used to decorate her Christmas tree with hand-blown glass ornaments that her nephew made – kind of like this one:

Hand blown ornament

I have this one hanging in my bathroom in front of a window.  (Please ignore the dust…)

I always thought my friend’s tree looked so magical with large one-of-a- kind ornaments hanging from its limbs and the light reflecting off the glass.  A little like the colors of my tree with color pencils added:

Tree Doodle complete

I miss my dear friend, Alice who passed away many years ago.  Yet, when I look at my glass ornament, I am reminded of our friendship and her colorful tree!

May the memories of your loved ones spark happiness in your heart today!

Cheers!  🙂

PS.  How do you like my new signature “JKK” on my artwork?

A Gift of the Heart

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:

Heart Zentangle

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:

3 doodles together

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

Have a magical day!  🙂

“Every Time A Bell Rings…

An angel gets his wings,” says Zuzu Bailey in the movie, It’s A Wonderful Life.

This classic movie starring James Stewart and Donna Reed is one of my favorite holiday movies.  So I created this doodle today in remembrance:

Bell Doodle

I used a bell cookie cutter shape (see yesterday’s post) for my stencil:

Christmas Cookie Bell

I think what I like most about this movie is the message.  Sometimes I don’t feel like I make much of a difference in other people’s lives but the movie reminds me that it is the little things that I do that can have a big impact on other’s lives.  A smile to a stranger, mailing a card to a friend who is sick or perhaps buying a bag of groceries for someone who is hungry.

It isn’t the big expensive gifts that people remember but kindness shown by a stranger.

Cheers Friends!  🙂

Sugar Cookies

I completed this doodle recently using a stencil:

Star Doodle

It reminded me of the cut-out sugar cookies I used to make with my mom when I was a child.  It seems like yesterday…

sugar cookie cutouts

We rolled out the sweet, chilled dough onto a floured cutting board.  Then selected the shapes:  a star, bell, tree, camel or angel.  Of course, we would have to sneak a taste of the raw dough!

After cutting the dough into shapes, we carefully laid them onto the cookie sheet.  We added colored sprinkles in green and red before popping the pan into the oven and setting the timer on the stove.

When the buzzer rang, we would excitedly remove the warm cookies from the oven and transfer them to a rack so they would cool.

The baked cookies melted in your mouth!  And they were perfect with a glass of milk…

Do you remember baking holiday cookies with your mom or grandma?  I’d love to hear about it!

Happy Baking!  🙂

National Poinsettia Day

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:

Poinsettia - 1

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:

Poinsettia - 2

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.

Poinsettia - 3

I also learned that this plant is native to Mexico and was derives its common English name from Joel Roberts Poinsett,[3] the first United States Minister to Mexico,[4] 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!  🙂