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Poodles On Parade

My neighbor recently got a poodle in “party” colors (black and white) that inspired me to create a whimsical series in acrylic paint and watercolor.

I started by making random marks on a 22″x30″ sheet of hot press watercolor paper. I used golden fluid acrylics and permanent black ink with different size brushes.

Note: This is a great way to get over the fear of a white sheet of paper!

Next, I cut my large sheet of paper into smaller sizes. I had a total of 18 pieces of paper to creat my drawings.

Here are a five of my favorites:

I drew my poodles in pencil first and then used a permanent black pen. I used the marks on the paper to help me draw my poodles so they turned out a bit wonky! I finished them with watercolor.

Do you have a favorite?

One idea leads to another…

I made this birthday card for a friend:

And a weird bird showed up with a poodle do:

Dog gone it! I hope you have a happy Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

Meet Linda and Bob – Part 2

Below is the beginning of my art journal page from my last post:

And the completed page, focusing on using words with the letter “P”!

First, I drew a body for Linda and Bob, coloring them with color pencils.

I wanted to find an unusual last name for my characters, starting with the letter, “P” so I consulted this old book, “Cyclopedia of Names,” from 1911.

Here I found the name, “Pumbelchook.” The name’s description fit well into this section of my journal. (A bonus was many words starting with the letter, P!):

The part about mathematical problems, led me to a graph from an old book on Engineering Drawings to collage to my page. I liked the “patterns” and colored them with color pencils. I also created a few patterns of my own in ink.

Next, I gave myself some word prompts starting with the letter, “P” to generate ideas. I will share how I did this in a future post.

The title from an old paperback book, “Trouble in the Park” gave me a subject idea. It was a bit challenging to fit my story into the space provided so I printed it on my computer.

I changed the spelling of the last name slightly to “Pumblechook” for Linda and Bob:

I cut out the square drawing of the dog (Paprika) from December’s square-a-day project and glued it into the space under the story. I found the words, “peach pie” in an old cookbook. I created my pie slice image from a Gelli-print.

I really enjoyed the challenge of creating this way… What story would you give Linda and Bob?

I encourage you to add a story from your imagination to your art journal!

Cheers! 🙂

Matching Outfits

I remember how my grandma made my sis and I matching outfits as kids.  My sister is two years older than me.

Sometimes these memories come to me when I’m making art.  Does this happen to you?

I created this art in my sketchbook last night. I started by glueing a stocking hat and sweater for a dog from one of my Gelli-plate printed papers.

I then drew my girl’s face.  Next, I glued her vest and pants to the paper.  Kind of reminds me of paper dolls… I drew her arms and boots around her collaged “clothes” and the dog around his “sweater” from my imagination…

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The proportions are a bit off on my girl but I like the dog! Lol! ☺️  And the poem I wrote reminds me of my childhood and how much fun we used to have playing in the snow.

I have always thought it would be fun to have a little dog to dress up in matching outfits! 

Cheers! 🙂

P.S. The child in me wishes it would snow but the adult says, “Please, only in the mountains!  I don’t want to drive in it!” 😉

Cute Critters

I’ve been taking an online watercolor class from Danielle Donaldson.  It is fun to learn to paint in someone else’s style.  I hope to apply bits and pieces to my own style.

I don’t paint a lot of “cute” but these critters were fun to do – a bear:

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And a hound dog:

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They might make fun cards when I need to cheer someone up – like YOU!

Cheers!  🙂

Mixaphors

What is a mixaphor?  No, it isn’t an adult beverage…

It is mixing a metaphor which is a figure of speech that leaps from one identification to a second one and is inconsistent from the first one.  Sound confusing?  Well, it can be and that is the goal with a Mixaphor to create confusion instead of a fusion of effects.

Here is my example of a mixaphor:

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I encourage you to mix up your metaphors today!  If anything it will give you a chuckle or two!

Some days it’s fun to be a horse of a different color dancing to his own drummer…

Cheers!  🙂

Ginger

When I was growing up, my neighbor had a Spaniel dog named, Ginger.  Maybe this is what influenced my “blob” dog vase yesterday:

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Or perhaps this piece of ginger root from the grocery store:

I hope your Monday’s “spot” on!

Cheers!!  🙂

My Dog

I was looking at one of my prints from last week using up leftover paint:

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And this dog image just jumped out at me:

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And then I found this song about a dog:

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Which reminded me of my dog, Mugsy as a child.  Mugsy was really my sister’s dog but I know he loved us both.  I remember he had the softest ears and dark brown eyes.

Mugsy was a mutt – part German Shephard, part Terrier and who knows?  But what mattered most was the love he had in his heart!

And you could see it in his eyes:

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Have a happy day!  🙂

Go Spot, Go!

I learned how to create these “Picasso Dogs” in Carla Sonheim’s FREE online art classes for kids last week.  (It isn’t too late to sign up if you want to have some FUN!)

My first one looks like a dog on the go:

picasso dog on the move

I created it with Inktense Blocks and a black marker.

My second dog, needs a drink of water:

picasso dog drooling

He looks part raccoon…LOL!

And my third one started as a dog:

picasso toy mouse or bunny

And turned into a toy mouse or bunny on wheels!

I created the last one in crayon resist with watercolor.

These are fun to create with kids or if you are a kid at heart like I am, you will enjoy making these silly animals.

Happy Creating!  🙂

Dog Fennel?

I painted this postcard size watercolor at the lake:

Wild Daisy postcard

I painted it outdoors – this was my view:

fence post and daisies

I used a little artistic liberty and removed the green sewer pole sign.  My intention was to paint the daisies.  I discovered that it was not easy to paint small daisies…

Painting these “wild daisies” motivated me to get out my book on wildflowers when I got home:

Wildflower Field Guide

I still struggled to identify them.  So I took a closer look:

close-up daisy photo

And with the help of the internet, I believe they are a member of the Aster family.  There most common name is Mayweed.   They are also called Stinking Chamomile and Dog Fennel.

According to USWildflowers.com, “Anthemis cotula is an introduced species which is now found in every state in the United States and in most of Canada.  It can be invasive, and is officially listed as a noxious weed in Colorado and Nevada.”  I had no idea!

I kind of like the name Dog Fennel.

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Woof!

I encourage you to discover a new flower this week!  🙂

Happy Creating!

Oodles of Doodles

I thought you may enjoy a little silliness on a Saturday!

There once was a girl from Spoodle                                                                             Who loved to sit and doodle                                                                                           For hours on end                                                                                                            She’d sit with a pen                                                                                                      While eating a bowl of noodles!

Now here is my illustrated version:

Girl from Spoodle

Do you like to doodle like me?  Then you may be interested in taking an online art class with Diane Culhane that starts April 21st.  For a short video and info:

http://www.carlasonheim.com/doings-of-a-do-o-dle-with-diane-culhane/

Last night I took one of my gelli-prints:

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And looked for images in it to create a doodle:

Doodle on gelli-print

I also like to doodle while watching TV.  This is one I started the other night:

TV watching doodles

I find it very relaxing to draw patterns with a black pen.  I get some of my ideas from Zentangles.  I also like to look at the patterns and shapes around me.  Below is my progress I’ve made on this doodle:

Black pen Doodle - progress

Can you find the dragonfly, 2 birds, a spider and its web and a caterpillar?

Have a fabulous day!