Tag Archives: drawing

Creative Doodling…

As many of you know, I find doodling to be a meditative practice.

I like to draw patterns in the evening, often while my hubby is watching basketball or whatever sport is on TV.  My hubby gets VERY involved with the games and often “encourages” the team and refs to play better.  😉

So I doodle away…  Like this one I recently started:91F794CC-2A09-45C2-B934-8BDEC8140BD2

And have been adding to it, a little each evening:

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I was looking for inspiration for patterns and decided to look at this book I had purchased awhile back:

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It has lots of creative ideas with blank pages to experiment!  Super fun!

If I get stuck, I look at this book for inspiration.  I usually can’t “copy” the patterns but use them as a place to start my own doodle pattern:

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This doodle is approximately  5 inches wide by 5.25 inches in length.  I am using a Pigma Micron pen in various sizes – primarily .01

I try to balance shapes, patterns and value in my designs.  This is part of the fun!  I’m still working on this doodle and will post it when I’m done! 🙂

What inspires YOU to create patterns or doodle creatively?

I hope you share it with me!

Cheers! 🙂

We Grow Old…

I was experimenting in drawing and collage yesterday.   When I remembered this quote:

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I used my non-dominant hand to write it:  “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw

I like how my scribbly handwriting adds to the playfulness of my collage.

How do you keep playing to stay young?

Cheers! 🙂

A Daily Creative Practice

As many of you know, I enjoy taking online art classes – especially from CarlaSonheim.com

I started taking her first year-long class in 2013 with the Year of the Giraffe.  This year will be my 6th year.  I don’t always get to every assignment yet I enjoy the community and creative connections I make through her classes on Facebook.

I also enjoy the assignments as it helps me to think-outside-the-box and explore art in new ways.  Like this lesson:

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I used thread dipped in watercolor and a brayer to create the abstract above.  Below is another one I did with India ink:

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This year’s class is similar to last year’s – 365 days of creating daily.  The class started on Friday, January 5 so you can still sign-up and join in if you’d like. 🙂

Below is what I titled, Low Tide, where I used another piece of paper over the thread instead of a brayer to create my abstract:

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You have the option this year to get the assignments daily or weekly.  I currently signed up for daily but may change to weekly later on.

Yesterday, our assignment was to draw a piece of fruit blindfolded – the fruit, not me! Hehe 😉 I did an apple:

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I hope you join in the fun!!  Go to http://www.carlasonheim.com for more information.

Cheers to creating daily! 🙂

A Doodled Poodle Noodle

I finished the collage I started earlier this week, that you can find more about here, A Recipe for PLAY

Below are my progress photos:

She turned out a bit wild:

So I decided she needed a Limerick to tell her story:

There once was a girl who doodled,

Whose hair was curly like a poodle,

She dyed it pink,

Which made me think…

She may not have been using her noodle!

Happy Friday!

Cheers! 🙂

Sending You Holiday Cheer

Dear Friends,

Sending YOU some holiday cheer…

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I’ve decided to take a blogging break until the New Year…

I’m not feeling my best and need some rest,

I will keep creating and hope you will too –

Your blogs I love and friendships true,

Toasting you a glass of holiday cheer…

One that will last ALL through next year!

Cheers! 🙂

See you in 2018!! 🎉

Jill

Birds Of A Different Feather

Birds of a different feather flocked together recently for this group photo…

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Hoping it would bring YOU a smile today!

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

Patterned Socks

I wrote a little Limerick for you today…

There once was a red-tailed hawk,

Who liked to wear patterned socks,

He was quite the sight,

Especially in flight…

All birds thought his socks made him rock!!

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I’m wearing my patterned socks today, how about you?!

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!!

Cheers!  🙂

The Puzzler

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!

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Next, I cut my paper in half and added elements that fit together like a puzzle:

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From each side of my square:

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It was a fun challenge to get the elements to line up and create an interesting picture:

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I hope you give it a try!

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And allow your imagination to let go like a child’s balloon in the sky…

I hope you weekend is FUNtastic!

Cheers!  🙂

The Flower Bird

Zen doodle meets Weird Bird Wednesday!

The Calendula Bird AKA the Marigold bird loves to flap its wings and spread the seeds of flowers in the Fall so that we have a beautiful Spring!

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Did you know that deer don’t like to eat this flower?  I like to plant it at the lake in the summer where deer like to nibble on all leaves, flowers and fruit – like this skinny one:

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Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

 

Ahoy Matey!

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:

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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!

Yo-ho-ho! (Hahaha)

Happy Halloween to the child in all of us! 🙂