Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks…
What are you thankful for?
I am thankful for many things, especially “nature” and its ability to soothe my soul in all four seasons in the Pacific Northwest where I live.
I try to get outside for some fresh air each day, even if it’s just a walk to the mailbox.
My cat, Jack walks around the backyard with me on the days when the sun is shinning.
I recently created an autumn themed mandala in watercolor using some leaves from my yard as inspiration. I also added iridescent watercolor for some sparkle.
I finished my piece with color pencils. I think I will frame this one!
Many thanks to each of you for your likes and kind comments on my blog this year.
Wishing you a day filled with Giving Thanks!
Posted in color pencil, nature, Watercolor
Tagged cats, color pencils, creative play, drawing, give thanks, inspiration, leaves, nature, seashells, Thanksgiving, watercolor
I am so proud of my nephew, Jerred Mace!
He is a design student at University of Washington and has created coffee sleeves with positive messages to spread JOY!
Check out his website: wjoyproject.com
Jerred is a very talented young man. He wrote a book of poetry that he self-published in High School. You can purchase a copy of it if you are interested, on his website.
If you are ever in Edmonds, WA on a Wednesday, please stop by Walnut Street Coffee for a cup of JOY!
Posted in Drawing, inspiration, spreading joy, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged color pencils, creative ideas, drawing, encouragement, imagination, inspiration, Jerred Mace, smile, spreading joy, watercolor
This weird bird flew out of my imagination!
I started with an eyes closed drawing and discovered what looked to me like a moose! So I added a little collage:
A blue Moose Goose is on the loose!
I hope this silly bird gives you a smile today!
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Posted in collage papers, Humor, imaginary drawings, paper collage, paper scraps, smile, Weird Bird Wednesday, Weird Birds, Whimsical Art, Word Play
Tagged creative, creative play, drawing, funny, humor, imagination, nonsense, paper collage, silly, smile, Weird Bird Wednesday, whimsical
The Buttercups are in bloom!!
My husband picked these flowers from the forest near our home.
The arrival of sweet, golden Buttercups must mean Spring is on its way in the Pacific Northwest. Hurrah!
I wrote this haiku to celebrate these first blooms in my art journal:
Golden petals show,
Announcing Spring’s arrival,
A forest treasure.
Next, I added quick mini collages. I enjoy experimenting with color combinations, texture and balance.
I was able to get outside and take two short walks this weekend. My hip is doing great!
I hope you are all staying well.
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, Flowers, Haiku, paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged art journal, Buttercups, color experiments, creative play, drawing, flowers, haiku, paper collage, sketchbook, Spring
You have heard of a cat’s pajamas, right?
Why not a bird’s pajamas?!
I got ideas from this book for their outfits:
What animal would YOU invite to a pajama party?
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Posted in hats, Humor, ink, smile, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Weird Bird Wednesday, Weird Birds, Whimsical Art, Word Play
Tagged creative play, cut-outs, drawing, drawing clothes, fun, humor, ink, nonsense, pajamas, smile, watercolor, Weird Bird Wednesday
My mark making has the feel of being on a carnival ride…
I started this doodle over a month ago and just finished it Saturday:
I used Micron pens and a new set of Uni-ball fineliner drawing pens.
Perhaps it influenced this one in my sketchbook with Copic Markers and Micron pens:
And the bright colors of watercolor, Neocolor crayons and Copic Markers in this one, definitely make me feel like having some cotton candy! Lol!
Sometimes life can feel a little like a carnival ride with its unexpected twists and turns.
I find creating marks and patterns quiets my mind and helps me tune out life’s stressful times.
Peace be with you! 🙂
Posted in Art Journal, color experiments, Doodles, Drawing, imagination, ink, markers, Mixed Media, peace, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged carnival, Colorful, Copic markers, creative play, doodles, drawing, mark making, meditative, mixed media art, pattern play, relaxation, zentangle
Last Friday, I showed you the beginning of this journal page:
I added a drawing of a weird looking bug and then discovered the dictionary definition for a Glow Worm on my page.I decided to explore this idea further.
Next, I added some acrylic paint and colored part of my bug with Tombow markers:
I added some interesting facts about a Glow Worm to my page and finished coloring my “beetle” wearing a hat… why not! 😉
I enjoyed learning something new while playing in my art journal.
P.S. I have decided to blog 1-2 days a week. I will be posting on Mondays and possibly Wednesday. I will be posting more on Instagram where you can find me at art_jill_kuhn
Posted in Art Journal, Bugs, color experiments, Doodles, Drawing, hats, imaginary drawings, markers, Mixed Media Collage, Uncategorized, weird bugs, Word Play
Tagged acrylic paints, art experiments, art journal, creative play, drawing, fun, imagination, paper collage, weird bugs, Whimsical Art
Learning to fly..
Is never easy!
A silly little drawing to give you a smile today!
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, Humor, imagination, ink, Life, smile, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday, Weird Birds, Whimsical Art
Tagged creative play, drawing, humor, Imaginary birds, playful, sketchbook, smile, Weird Bird Wednesday, whimsical
I have been preparing for a total hip replacement surgery on my right hip in less than 2 weeks…
Making extra meals for the freezer and creating easy recipes for my hubby. I am trying to tidy up the house too. 😉
It feels like a waiting game so in order to relax I have been doing more doodling:
I started each one with Copic Markers:
Adding black Micron pen on top:
It has been fun experimenting with color and patterns. I will make copies and use these patterns in my collages.
What do YOU do to pass time when you are waiting?
P.S. I will be taking a short blogging break and posting only on Instagram for awhile. You can find me at art_jill_kuhn on Instagram.
Posted in color experiments, Doodles, ink, markers, Uncategorized
Tagged color, Copic markers, creative play, doodles, drawing, ink, patterns, relaxation, waiting
I hope you have earmarked my post today from Monday…
I completed my journal page and story yesterday:
Earnie was all ears whenever someone said, “Chocolate!” His large elf-like ears elevated his hearing to an extraordinary level of expertise. Everyone attributed Ernie’s extra large feet (size 11) to his enormous nose. Ernie was Eve’s son and she was extremely proud of Ernie’s ability to play the piano by ear, while riding a unicycle. A remarkable talent “earmarked” by many of Eve’s peers at an early age… as an exceptional child. Eve on the other hand was more reserved and preferred to express herself with wearing expensive and elegant clothes and shoes… And unusual hats!
I hope you enjoyed my silly story… I earmarked it to give you a smile!
Posted in A Square A Day, Art Journal, collage papers, Drawing, Humor, imagination, smile, Story, Whimsical Art, Word Play, writing
Tagged art journal, collage, creative play, creative writing, drawing, faces, funny, humor, imagination, ink, mixed media art, smile, story, whimsical