Life can give me unexpected surprises… How about YOU?
When I discovered this quote yesterday on the Internet, it encouraged me:
Last Saturday, I discovered these flowers from A Walk In The Park
They were my inspiration for today’s artwork in my journal…
I hope my art and this quote will encourage you to smile too in difficult times.
Sunny weather last weekend changed to 30’s and SNOW this weekend! 😮
I’m thankful we were able to get our yard work done yesterday before the snow accumulates…
Wishing you one thousand reasons to smile every day!
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Many of you may know that I LOVE puzzles!
So when Carla Sonheim recently gave the assignment on her “365 video class” to create A Puzzle Picture, I had to give it a try!
I started by creating an imaginary shape in watercolor. After a couple of watercolor layers, I added detail with color pencil and shaded with a 2B pencil. And my imaginary animal(s) appeared!
Next, I cut my paper in half and added elements that fit together like a puzzle:
From each side of my square:
It was a fun challenge to get the elements to line up and create an interesting picture:
I hope you give it a try!
And allow your imagination to let go like a child’s balloon in the sky…
I hope you weekend is FUNtastic!
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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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I have been singing the song, well, not really THE song (MORE like the first stanza…) I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” by songwriter, Marvin Gaye all day.
I think this whole grape thing started with Jenna’s post on Friday, Pour The Wine. If you have not met this talented artist, cook and my friend at The Painted Apron – I do hope you check out her blog!
Here is my one “Grape” Fish:
Wishing you a HAPPY Sunday!
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Do you have a favorite ART supply? I love my Prismacolor Pencils!
I created this page in my art journal that I showed you in yesterday’s post.
Dick Blick was offering a fabulous sale on the Prismacolor Pencils so I splurged! 🙂
I have MANY art supplies that I like but these color pencils are something I use often in combination with other art mediums such as watercolor.
I think they are one of my favorites because of their creamy, soft leads and they come in MANY colors! ❤️
Do you have a favorite art supply? I hope you tell me about it!
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I imagine you are a bit nosey about the title of my post…
Well, today’s FUNny Fish Fry-Day is one that stands out, let’s face it!
This fish “Nose” is like no other! Do you think it has an excellent sense of smell?
Only the nose knows! Lol! 😉
Happy Weekend Friends! 🙂
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My blog title sounds like it could be part of the lyrics from Joni Mitchell’s song, “Both Sides Now.” 😉
However, my post today does involve some illusions… and imaginary fish!
The Carnival Fish was created by making copies of my “Bearded Hat Fish,” that you can find here: What Rhymes With Weird?! My copier was about out of ink so the fish is more yellow in color than my original.
I made two copies of my fish and lined up the images together in one stack. I then cut 1/2 inch strips being careful to keep my images in the order of my design. Next, I glued the two exact image strips next to each other on a piece of heavier paper with a glue stick. This gives it the affect that reminds me of the mirrors in a carnival thus the name.
The Cloud Fish reminded me of the lazy days of summer and seeing shapes in the clouds… My haiku says, “Lazy Cloud fish swim, Above the sea in blue skies, Slowly passing by.”
I created it with color pencils and Copic markers. What other images do you see in the clouds beside the fish?
My Jack Fish is a drawing of my cat, Jack – you can see a photo of him here: Why A Cat Needs An Umbrella My cat loves to eat canned cat food – especially FISH! (No, he doesn’t actually eat the whole fish but it makes for a good drawing.) Lol!
There actually is a REAL fish called a Jack fish! Did you know that?!
I hope you enjoyed my imaginary fish! Maybe they will inspire you to create with your imagination.
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I decided to add a new series to my blog with funny fish!
Fridays or as I will call them, Fry-day will be a great day to have FUN with some weird fish… and end your week with a smile! 🙂 (I hope!)
Today’s fish is the name of a REAL fish that I found on Wikipedia’s common list of fish from A to Z – The Bigeye Square Tail… I added my own artistic touch to it of course!
I hope this fish “lures” you into a FUNtastic weekend!
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I had planned to create more than fish this week but life has gotten in the way! So here is my doodle fish I drew with a black Micron pen earlier this week:
Last night I colored it with markers and color pencils – very fun! And colorful!
What do you think about coloring books for adults? Have you purchased them?
I find doodling and coloring to be very calming… how about you?
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A sassy Sash bird sizzles in the scorching summer sun:
With temps into the high 90’s this week in the Pacific Northwest… this bird is not the only one feeling the heat!
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Stay Cool! 🙂
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