I remember as a child when I was eating dinner with my family, my sister and I were constantly reminded to have proper “table manners” and keep our elbows off the table! 😉
Funny how some of these memories come back to me when I’m writing this blog…
I was thinking about this collage I created yesterday with what I had on my art table in front of me.
It was done quickly.
Probably in less than 10 minutes.
(And probably with my elbows on the table… Good thing I wasn’t eating! Lol!)
What’s on your art table?
What inspires you to create carefree without thinking?
I hope you share it with me!
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Avast ye! (Listen up!)
It is that time of year again to go, Trick er Treatin’ and collect some treasure! (Candy)
Last year, I carved a pumpkin, you can see my post here: Sir Earhand, A Ghost And Frank
This year, I decide to draw one:
I remember many childhood years of “Trick or Treating” in our neighborhood and filling a plastic pumpkin bucket full of Halloween candy. How about you?
When we returned home, my sister and I always had to dump out all our candy on our pink bedspreads and compare our “booty” er, candy!!
I think my older sister was a pirate one year… we usually had create our costumes instead of buying a one. One of my favorite memories was when my sis dressed up as Granny… but that is for another year!
Happy Halloween to the child in all of us! 🙂
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Tagged autumn, childhood memories, costumes, drawing, fun, Halloween, happy, humor, paper collage, pirates, pumpkins, smile, word play
I think I saw a Mountain Chickadee on my Crabapple tree yesterday morning…
That was before my cat, The Bird Watcher scared it away!
It was my inspiration for a page in the art journal that I told you about in my post here: The Art Of Noticing
I must say, it was super fun to color with my Prismacolor pencils in a rainbow of colors! I felt like a child again.
What creative activities help you feel young at heart?! ❤️ I hope you share them with me.
Happy Bird Watching! 🙂
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Tagged art classes, art journal, bird watching, birds, cats, childhood memories, color pencils, coloring, creative play, drawing, humor, imagination, relaxing
I inherited all my parent’s slides and the slide projector. I have been meaning to view them again. I have fond memories from my childhood of watching them and eating popcorn in the living room of my family home…
This may sound silly when everything is so digitized today but there was something special about the hum of the fan, the click of the slides and watching photos of us appear on a “big” screen! 🙂
So today’s weird bird, A Slide Masked Owl is in memory of those simpler times:
Perhaps you didn’t grow up viewing slides on a projector but maybe you slid down a slide or two…
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Hope you “slide” through your day with a smile on your face!
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Tagged childhood memories, creative, creative ideas, dictionary words, fun, Gelli-Prints, happy, Imaginary birds, imagination, inspiration, old family movies, owl, slides, smile, Weird Bird Wednesday, whimsical, word play
When I was a child, I’d often wondered what strange fish were swimming in the dark blue lake water below me…
A person’s imagination can go wild!! Lol! 😉
Starting from the top of the page to the bottom – what names of fish do you come up? I hope you share them with me!
Posted in Fish, Humor, imaginary drawings, Lake, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged art challenge, childhood memories, creative play, fish, humor, imaginary fish, imagination, lake, strange, watercolor, weird fish
Remember connecting the dots with a pencil to form a picture as a child? Well, this exercise was a little like that for me.
The exception was starting with watercolor circles and splatters like this example:
And then drawing a face on top of the dots!
I used a photo in a magazine as my reference and this “Queen of Imagination” appeared… almost magically, like connecting the dots as a child!
Perhaps you remember my earlier experiments with this idea. If not, you can find them here.
Wishing you the JOY of creating art with childlike discovery!
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Tagged childhood memories, Colorful, connect the dots, creative play, discovery, drawing, faces, fun, imagination, mixed media art, pan pastels, paper collage, watercolor
I remember this game from elementary school – Four Square. It was a simple game played with a rubber ball and 4 players in 4 quadrants. Did you play this game as a child?
When I was experimenting with watercolors yesterday, I made these four squares and they reminded me of this game:
Afterwards, I decided to make it into my own “game” or challenge of sorts…And add a different art medium on top of each one… any ideas?
I will post my finished squares later this week.
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Tagged challenge, childhood memories, Colorful, creative play, experiment, fun, imagination, mixed media art, watercolor
I was learning a new art technique yesterday and this wild beast showed up!!
It reminded me of one of my favorite childhood books, “Where The Wild Things Are,” by Maurice Sendak.
This technique is called a Notan which is about blocking out shapes in black and white in order to master shape recognition. It can help an artist learn composition in design.
I watched a YouTube video on how to make a Notan if you are interested in learning more about it.
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Tagged art classes, black and white, childhood memories, composition, creative, fun, Imaginary creatures, learning, notan, playful, whimsical
When I was growing up, my neighbor had a Spaniel dog named, Ginger. Maybe this is what influenced my “blob” dog vase yesterday:
Or perhaps this piece of ginger root from the grocery store:
I hope your Monday’s “spot” on!
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Tagged art classes, art journal, childhood memories, color pencils, creative ideas, daily practice, dogs, drawing, flowers, fun, ginger, happy, humor, imaginary animals, mixed media
I had a dog when I was growing up whose name was Mugsy. Mugsy was a mutt…part German Shepherd, Terrier and who knows?
During the summer, my family and I would often pick wild huckleberries in the mountains. Well, Mugsy would eat the huckleberries right off the bush! So he was nicknamed, the Huckleberry Hound!
I don’t know why this memory is surfacing for me now…maybe because adding color to my doodle bowl from yesterday reminded me of it. I added color with my water-soluble Faber-Castell color pencils:
Can you find the Huckleberries in my doodle? I know Mugsy could!