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A Face Haiku

Is it possible to create a face with just 7 lines? ¬†Yes, I say!! ūüėĄ

IMG_2474 1.  It starts with a line

2. ¬†And connects to a feature…

3. ¬†They are easy and fun –

4. ¬†But may look like a creature! ¬†Lol! ūüėČ

And here is a step-by-step example:

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I hope you give one a try!

Seven lines for a face…

Is all it takes!

Cheers! ūüôā

Dreaming in Color

The Dreaming Zebra Foundation is a (501)(c)(3) charity providing support so that children and young adults are given an equal opportunity to explore and develop their creativity in the arts.

How did Dreaming Zebra‚ĄĘ get its name?

The answer is that every zebra is unique, just as every child is one of a kind! Zebras are black, with white stripes that are as individual as fingerprints. At Dreaming Zebra, our mission is to encourage children to embrace their individuality, to express themselves creatively, and to follow their artistic dreams. Hence the name, Dreaming Zebra!

The Dreaming Zebra Foundation was incorporated in Portland, Oregon in the interest of promoting greater access to the arts for children and young adults. Our founders recognized a pressing need in many communities for the promotion of charitable donations of art and music supplies to support individuals, schools, and other nonprofit organizations serving youth and the arts.

Core to our identity is the belief that all children, regardless of their financial circumstances, should have access to art education. As a public charity powered by volunteers, this belief drives all that we do.

The Dreaming Zebra Foundation’s supporters share a common passion for education, the environment, and community, and as such, we are able to connect the synergies between those who support the arts and those in need.

I am so thankful to have ART to express my creative JOY!

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I hope you join me in sharing this gift of expression by giving to the Dreaming Zebra Foundation.

All it takes is one dream to make a difference!!

Cheers! ¬†ūüôā

A Letter Day

Yesterday, I finished doodling my letters in my World Watercolor Month sketchbook that I posted recently:

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This inspired me to use the letters, “WBW” for today’s Weird Bird Wednesday:

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I knew if I moved my paper around, I could find a weird bird in the letters… Can you find one?

This one flew off the page at me – so I added a few more details with watercolors:

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Next, I decided to doodle my letters with an ink pen to finish it:

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Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!!

Cheers! ūüôā

World Watercolor Month Starts July 1st

I had so much fun participating in World Watercolor Month last July that I decided to purchase a few new art supplies in anticipation for this July.

I splurged on a Stillman and Birn mixed media art journal from Amazon and decided to try a couple different brands of watercolor paint.  I also purchased a Quill watercolor brush.  Here are my supplies:

I couldn’t wait to try out my new journal so I had to splash some paint inside before I left for work!

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Charlie O’Shields at https://doodlewash.com¬†has been busy updating his blog and I must admit it looks soooo cool! ¬†I hope you check out, “World Watercolor Month,” at the top of his page and subscribe to his blog.¬† Charlie always has an interesting story to share with his amazing watercolor paintings!¬†ūüôā

Perhaps you remember some of my watercolor posts from last July:

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I really enjoyed painting the natural beauty around me when I was at the lake.  And I hope to continue this year plus add a few faces to the mix!

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Back to this morning’s journal; I added these letters to my painting:

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And splashed on more watercolor…

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I will add some doodles to my letters and show you my results later…

I hope you will join me in celebrating World Watercolor Month.

Cheers! ūüôā

Grumpy Cat

My cat loves to be outside during the summer months when the weather is warmer.

But¬†yesterday evening¬†he got trapped (briefly) inside the garage…

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He was¬†one grumpy cat! ¬†ūüė¶

Carla Sonheim recently gave an assignment in her 365¬†video class –¬†day #177 – ¬†to draw several quick one-liner cats and my grumpy Jack cat appeared! ¬†Lol!

Happy Drawing! ¬†ūüôā

Write And Draw

I used to spend hours writing my thoughts and ideas in a journal – not the journals you see now… mine were yellow note pads. ¬†Nothing fancy… ¬†Yet, writing helped me deal with life – the good times and the not so good. ¬†Can you relate?!

Yesterday, I decided to try combining writing with DRAWING – my new love! ‚̧

First, I did some writing with a permanent black pen. ¬†(I love “fine” black Sharpie pens and Amazon sells them really cheap).

Next, I found a face on Pinterest to use as a reference to sketch over my words with a pencil.  I added a little color with Tombow markers.  I softened them with a water brush.  Here is my result:

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I will definitely try combining writing and drawing again.

Cheers! ūüôā

Connect The Dots

Remember connecting the dots with a pencil to form a picture as a child?  Well, this exercise was a little like that for me.

The exception was starting with watercolor circles and splatters like this example:

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And then drawing a face on top of the dots!

I used a photo in a magazine as my reference and this “Queen of Imagination” appeared… almost magically, like connecting the dots as a child!

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Perhaps you remember my earlier experiments with this idea.  If not, you can find them here.

Wishing you the JOY of creating art with childlike discovery!

Cheers! ūüôā

Faces And Flowers

I have recently discovered mixing water soluble pencils and watercolors.

I quickly sketched these faces with a 6B water soluble pencil and then splashed some watercolors on the paper Рtrying not to overthink it.

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After the watercolor dried, I added more details with my (Faber Castell) Graphite Aquarelle pencils – in 4B, softening the lines with a Pentel waterbrush:

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It was so fun that I decided to try the same technique with flowers:

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I tried to create a quick sketch and loosely paint it with watercolors so the colors would blend on the paper.  Below, I added the water soluble pencil in 4B:

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Next, I hope to add some collage papers to these paintings.  I will post my progress next week!

May your day bloom with happiness!

Cheers! ūüôā

Wise Beyond Years…

A friend of mine has recently been¬†diagnosed with cancer. ¬†My heart goes out to her and her family…

I was thinking of her as I created this face yesterday.

I pray that she will be able to fight this terrible disease and win!¬† This face below¬†has¬†the determination and strength my friend has…¬†¬†And the knowledge that God is with her.

So MANY people are fighting and struggling with cancer.  Too many people!

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I dedicate¬†today’s post to my friend T and¬†EVERYONE who¬†is¬†fighting for their lives or supporting friends and loved ones battling cancer – YOU are wise beyond your years…

Sending love and hope! ‚̧

Drawing Is Thinking…

I love this quote by Graphic Designer, Milton Glaser:

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Drawing is a form of meditation for me…¬† And so is coloring my designs.

What is drawing for you?  I hope you to share it with me!

Cheers! ūüôā