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A Blue Shoe

I’m having so much fun painting shoes!  They are such a kick!  Lol!  🙂

This drawing was made by looking at my hubby’s old brown shoe to create my stencil.  Brown seemed too drab so I decided to paint it blue!  And I love Forrest Gump so the quote just seemed like a good match:


I added the stitching with color pencil and a few lines to make the shoe look worn.

I thought you might also enjoy seeing these sketches in my art journal:


I really like sketching in 2 colors as it adds more dimension.

Happy Drawing!  🙂

Blue Monday’s

I’m really enjoying Carla Sonheim’s class, “Y is for Yellow!”

The assignment to draw blind contours in my sketchbook was a little scary at first:


We were to draw 5 images from a magazine with a ballpoint pen without looking at our paper!  It was OK if the images overlapped.  And I kind of like the “collage affect” from it.

Next, I squinted my eyes to see the darker values of my subject and colored them with a dark blue pencil.  I used a light blue pencil to highlight the mid values.

Today, I found the assignment a little more fun!


I included some veggies in the mix!  🙂

I recommend you give this exercise a try!  It really does train your eyes to SEE your subject!  And if anything, it will give you a good laugh – always good on a Monday!

Happy Drawing!  🙂



Learning To Draw

Drawing doesn’t come easy for me but I am amazed how just a little practice can improve my skills.

I am taking Carla Sonheim’s year long online class called, “Y is for Yellow.”  You can find out more about it here:  http://www.carlasonheim.com/2016-y-is-for-yellow/

Lately, I have been drawing LOTS of animals.  One of the exercises that helps me to really SEE an animal is to draw with my non-dominant hand.  Here are a couple of my pages:

After drawing the animal with my left hand – which takes quite a bit of concentration, I draw it with my EYES CLOSED!  I have to say that my eye-hand coordination is starting to improve – here are a couple of my pages from my third day of practice:

The bird on the right is a Flamingo if the legs don’t give it away!  hehe!

The other drawing I have been doing is called “smudgies.”  I define the head  and the body of the animal with soft pastels and smudge it.  Simple details are added with pencil to complete it.  I have to say that I like this exercise the best!  Here are a couple pages:

I hope you give some of these drawing exercises a try and tell me what you think!

Happy Drawing!  🙂