My cat, Jack wouldn’t eat this weekend. Three agonizing days were spent trying to get him to eat! Sigh…
Finally, a fresh can of tuna was the winner! Hooray!!
Sometimes life catches us off guard and we must find ways to unwind… like this doodle I started awhile ago…
I completed it this weekend when I needed a distraction from a sick cat:
I’m so thankful the cat is back to his old self and now I can start a new doodle!
Posted in Cats, Doodles, imagination, ink, Uncategorized, Zentangle
Tagged cats, doodles, drawing, imagination, ink, meditative, relaxing, stress, unwinding, zendoodle, zentangle
Today’s weird bird is a strange case…
Could it be Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?
A before and after photo:
Perhaps it is just an ordinary “Two-Headed Hat bird,” not to be confused with this one: The Cat Bird
If you’d like to inspect it further, here is a close-up photo:
Hope your day is clearly fabulous…
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
Posted in Humor, imagination, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Weird Bird Wednesday, Word Play
Tagged Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, funny, happy, hats, Imaginary birds, ink, mystery, smile, strange, watercolor, Weird Bird Wednesday, whimsical
I continue enjoying drawing these quirky faces…
Experimenting with different drawing materials such as a Pentel Sign Pen:
I messed up her neck a bit so I gave her a high collar. Hehe! 😉
I used same pen over watercolor for this gal – I like how this pen bleeds a little with water:
When I went to my local art supply store recently, I met Linda Schneider (LindaSchneiderArt.com) who does beautiful calligraphy. I used to do calligraphy when I was in college. Linda self-published a book using calligraphy flourishes to create women’s hair, hats, etc; called, “Designing Faces, Figures, Florals and More!”
She inspired me create the faces I’m showing you today.
I used a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen for this drawing:
What I like about this pen is the ink is permanent. It is a little harder to control than the other pen however. This pen also comes with refills.
And here is a mixed media piece that is a bit wild:
I started with a light background in watercolor, added her face with the outline using a black Micron pen, added Neocolor watersoluble crayons and more scribbles with the Pentel Sign pen.
Who knew that drawing faces could be so fun!
Posted in Drawing, Faces, imagination, ink, Uncategorized
Tagged art experiments, art journal, creative play, drawing faces, fun, imagination, ink, inspiration, quirky
Do you remember the needlework or cross-stitch samplers? They were created to demonstrate or test a skill of needlework.
I have a friend, Marsha who creates the most AMAZING needlework!! I always enjoy seeing what projects she is working on! 🙂
This doodle reminded me of the cross-stitching I used to do…
A Doodle Sampler
It is like a sampler of doodle patterns that are all “interwoven” together!
It isn’t quite done but I thought you might enjoy seeing it anyway.
Have you ever done any kind of needlework or cross-stitch? I’d love to hear what you have created with thread!
Posted in Abstract Art, Doodles, imagination, ink, Uncategorized, Zentangle
Tagged abstract, creative play, imagination, ink, meditative, needlework samplers, patterns, zen doodles, zentangle
Some days the creative whimsy just doesn’t flow…
Yet, this little experiment with acrylic ink, water and alcohol did!
As you can see, today’s weird bird is a bit of a drip!
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!
P.S. Do you ever have one of those days when you have a creative block? What do you do to get your creative ideas flowing again? I hope you share them with me!
Posted in Humor, imagination, ink, Mixed Media, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday
Tagged art experiments, color play, creative block, humor, ink, smile, Weird Bird Wednesday
I don’t think we can ever have too much quirkiness, do you?! I love drawing these whimsical faces. 🙂
I created these drawings in the Dina Wakley sketchbook that I told you about in this post: A New Art Journal
The first drawing is extra scribbly. I started with a black Micron pen and added the white gel pen afterwards:
A young man in an extra tall quirky hat!
I’m really liking how the white gel pen pops on the brown kraft paper:
I added a little color and shading to these quirky gals with color pencil…
I am so enjoying Lucy Cooke’s Quirky Characters online class! Lucy recently did a short video of the quirky character drawings from the class – I hope you check it out at: ArtcyLucyStudio.com and go to her “Blog” which will lead you to the class artwork.
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, Faces, imagination, Mixed Media, Uncategorized, Whimsical Art
Tagged creative play, drawing faces, imagination, ink, mixed media art, sketchbook, smile, whimsical
I do not believe we can ever understand the depth of love…
And the power of touch!
I started my two hands in watercolor last week, if you recall:
And added the finishing “touches” in ink over the weekend.
Two people who “touched” my life with love recently passed. One a family member and the other the mother of a friend. Both ladies were 95 years old.
It has made me think more about how others touch my life and how I have the power to touch others with love.
Posted in color experiments, Drawing, Hands, imagination, ink, Life, love, Mixed Media, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged Colorful, Hands, ink, love, memories, mixed media art, Touch, watercolor
I recently purchased this book on Mandala Art from Amazon:
Since I am exploring art with my hand this week, I decided to try a hand-drawn mandala:
First, I drew my hand and then reduced its size on a copier. Next, I started with my flower pattern in the center, moving outwards, something I learned from the book.
Note: It helped to copy my reduced image of my hand on card stock for a stencil.
I used my stenciled hand to create a pattern on the rough grain, 140 lb cold press watercolor paper. I used a purchased stencil for the heart and tulip. I drew the diamonds and swirls free-hand as you can see above.
Experimenting with Ecoline liquid watercolors, I used yellow, red and green directly from the bottle without diluting it.
WOWZA! That red is so vibrant!! ❤️
I used Winsor & Newton Watercolor in Pernament Magenta for the flower petals in the center and Colbalt Turquoise Light for the tulip shapes – that I diluted with water. Interestingly, the yellow Ecoline color bled when I applied the turquoise color on top but not when I applied the Ecoline red undiluted on top of the yellow.)
After the paint dried, I outlined my pencil lines with a .05 Micron black pen for definition:
I’m not sure that I am done so I will let it rest a few days…
Have you ever created a Mandala?
Posted in color experiments, Drawing, Flowers, Hands, imagination, stencils, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged Colorful, drawing, ink, Mandala, My hand, watercolor
Do you remember tracing around your hand when you were in elementary school?
This is how my hand doodle started with a simple tracing…
Next, I started adding flowers and dots and swirl patterns and before I knew it, I had created this:
If I was to read my hand, I’d say that a new doodle series may be in my future! 😉
Happy Creating with your hands!
Posted in Art Journal, Doodles, Drawing, imagination, ink, meditation, Uncategorized, Zentangle
Tagged art journal, black and white, doodles, drawing, flowers, fun, imagination, ink, micron pen, My hand, relaxation, zen doodles, zentangle
OK, I agree, my title is a bit punny for one of the last five watercolors I did in July:
Next, I decided to expand my horizons (so to speak) and painted this landscape:
Not a subject I normally paint, so I was pleased with it… below is my reference photo I used from a photo I took of a nearby creek:
We recently had a full moon that inspired these summer stars:
I enjoyed playing with a dagger brush and different color combinations for them.
Time was short so I experimented to create this fantastic feather:
I used a straw to blow wet pools of watercolor paint and gold acrylic ink to give it some pizazz! The collaged letter, “F” I created from one of my leftover watercolor circles from a previous project.
I ended my last painting for July with this door and quote:
I was ready to close the “door” on this project and start something new!
Thank you ALL for your encouragement on this month’s project, as always, I appreciate your kind comments and likes of support… it means so much to me!
Posted in #worldwatercolormonth, Alphabet Art Journal, imagination, ink, Lake, landscapes, paper collage, Photograpy, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged #worldwatercolormonth, drawing, fun, imagination, ink, landscapes, learning, painting outdoors, paper collage, relaxation, smile, summer, the lake, watercolor