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Color Play

I cut more circles and squares from my hand-painted papers this week and created a new collage yesterday:


Color play cheers me up РI hope it will bring sunshine to your day too!

Happy December!

Cheers! ūüôā


Just Words?!

I’ve been drawing my own patterns¬†lately for collage papers.

I got the idea from Kara Kramer’s online class, hosted by Carla Sonheim. ¬†You can check out her class at¬†Improv collage


She got me thinking about words…

So I started cutting out JUST words¬†that “spoke to me” from old magazines and junk mail:


It helped to think about words I like AND different lettering “styles.”

Then I created a page of words that I can copy and use in my own artwork:


What WORDS speak to you to write and doodle on a page?!

I have to say that YOU inspire me every day in your art, poetry, photography, blog posts and encouraging comments.  Thank you!

Cheers! ūüôā

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!


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:


Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!

Cheers! ūüôā


Bird-Dog Tired…

I was feeling dog-tired yesterday after work so I decided to mix things up for today’s¬†Weird Bird Wednesday. ¬†

When I posted this doodle on Instagram recently, my sweet and talented friend, Carol at Carolscreativepapers.wordpress.com  told me she saw a bird and dog in it:


What do you see?  I hope you share it with me!

I find creating these zen doodles very meditative.  I always enjoy it when I get one completed because it means I can start something new!

Wishing you a happy day!

Cheers! ūüôā


Making Faces

I’m enjoying Lynn Whipple’s new online art class called, “Making Faces.” ¬†Lynn brings such energy and playfulness to her classes!

This quick sketch I did yesterday with Tombow markers and soft pastels:


If you’d like to learn more about Lynn’s online class go to CarlaSonheim.com

One of the things I enjoy the most about taking online art classes through Carla Sonheim is the friendships I have made through the years.  I learn a ton from the teacher(s) but I also learn from my classmates!  It is an AWESOME experience!! 

Cheers! ¬†ūüôā

P.S.¬† Lynn’s class gives me new inspiration for the “100 Day Project” that I’m doing on Instagram.¬† This is face number 56/100.

Instant Summer

Seems¬†our weather in the Pacific Northwest¬†has¬†gone from a¬†cool Spring¬†to above 80 degrees¬†in one day!¬†¬†Ugh!!¬† I do like warmer weather but prefer gradual increases in temperatures…

Here is a doodle I did a while ago¬†but I haven’t posted yet:


My cat loves the sunshine but even he was too hot to be outside this afternoon!  Lol!

Happy Friday!

Cheers! ūüôā

4 Color Painting – Done!

Thank you all for your input on my 4 color painting! ¬†I liked ALL your suggestions so it was really difficult for me to choose which ones to ADD to my pages…


I hope you like the additions I made and look forward to hearing what you think!

Thanks again EVERYONE for your comments and likes!!

Cheers! ¬†ūüôā

More Picasso Inspired Faces

I love the abstraction in Picasso’s faces. ¬†It continues to inspire me for the 100 day project on Instagram.

The one below,  I used color pencils for color and patterns РI was feeling tired when I created it:


And Neocolors II for this one – I used a Picasso drawing from Pinterest for inspiration:


I like Picasso’s¬†use of bright colors and his abstraction in his faces.¬†¬†Pinterest is an excellent source for his artwork.

Happy Weekend! ¬†Cheers! ¬†ūüôā

A Heart For Art

As many of you know, I LOVE color!!¬†¬†When Carla Sonheim assigned a self-portrait for her year-long¬†class, I couldn’t resist creating this paper collage of myself:


I realize it is MORE than just a self-portrait but after I saw a video about the Seattle artist, Kelly Lyles,  I decided to go WILD with color and patterns.

Perhaps you have heard of Kelly Lyles for her art cars? ¬†Well, she also likes to dress, very colorfully! ¬†ūüėČ

I hope to start wearing clothes with more color and patterns and care less about what others think!  How about you?  Do you like to dress conservatively or just have FUN?

Cheers! ¬†ūüôā

Amazing Feet!

Maybe you remember the art doodle I started before my foot surgery? ¬†I’m pleased to say that I have finished it! ¬†Here is the final one that is on 5.5 x 8.5 inch paper:


And here are the stages of my progress:

I am pleased to say my left foot is healing well from my surgery too!¬† I got my stitches out yesterday… YAY!¬† ūüôā¬† I will¬†have to wear my foot boot (brace) for another month but I am thrilled to be moving forward.

Thank you all for your kind thoughts and words of encouragement!

Cheers! ¬†ūüôā