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:
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!
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!
Posted in Drawing, Faces, Mixed Media, paper collage, Uncategorized
Tagged childhood memories, Colorful, connect the dots, creative play, discovery, drawing, faces, fun, imagination, mixed media art, pan pastels, paper collage, watercolor
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 – trying not to overthink it.
After the watercolor dried, I added more details with my (Faber Castell) Graphite Aquarelle pencils – in 4B, softening the lines with a Pentel waterbrush:
It was so fun that I decided to try the same technique with flowers:
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:
Next, I hope to add some collage papers to these paintings. I will post my progress next week!
May your day bloom with happiness!
Posted in Drawing, Faces, Flowers, Mixed Media, Uncategorized
Tagged abstract, Colorful, creative play, drawing, experiment, faces, flowers, fun, imagination, inspiration, mixed media art, water soluble graphite, watercolor
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!
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! ❤
Posted in Faces, Mixed Media, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged cancer, drawing, drawing faces, encouragement, faces, gelli-printed paper, hope, love, mixed media art, paper collage, sadness, watercolor
I used the cross-hatch technique to create shadows in the drawing of a man I found in a magazine. I had a little trouble with the shadows in his neck so he ended up looking much hairier than his photo! 😉
I called him, “cross-hatch man” on Instagram but I think he could pass for “Sasquatch Man!” Lol!
“Sasquatch” also known as Bigfoot in the Pacific Northwest is a large, hairy ape-like creature covered in hair. It inhabits forests and is considered more of a folklore and hoax rather than a living animal due to lack of physical evidence.
Hope your Monday isn’t too “hairy!”
Posted in Drawing, Faces, Humor, Uncategorized
Tagged creative fun, cross-hatch, daily practice, drawing, faces, humor, ink pen, Learning to draw, sasquatch, watercolor
I’m sure there is a story here… Somewhere!
Well, at least a “colorful” character or two…
Or six! 🙂
I cut two pieces of 9×12 inch hot-pressed watercolor paper into 4 pieces. Next, I painted positive and negative shapes in watercolor in a variety of colors, randomly adding a few splatters at the end.
When I had a few minutes, I drew faces from magazines, old photos and/or my imagination. Some of my faces are simple and others have more detail. I used a 2B pencil, Tombow markers, PrismaColor pencils and a Micron .01 black pen.
It was great fun to create these people! I hope you give it a try!
Happy Creating! Cheers! 🙂
Posted in Drawing, Faces, Mixed Media, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged art classes, characters, creative play, daily art, drawing, drawing faces, experiment, fun, imagination, mixed media, story, watercolor
Vim out on a limb…
Reminds me of
Who has been to the gym…
Pumping iron to stay trim!
Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!!
Posted in Drawing, Humor, imaginary drawings, Mixed Media, paper collage, Uncategorized, Weird Bird Wednesday
Tagged dictionary words, gelli-printed paper, humor, Imaginary birds, imagination, laugh, person, rhymes, smile, watercolor, Weird Bird Wednesday, word play
How many weird birds can you find in these watercolor drips?
How about now?
I’d love to hear your names for these weird birds!
Posted in imaginary drawings, Mixed Media, Uncategorized, Watercolor, Weird Bird Wednesday
Tagged birds, color pencils, Colorful, creative ideas, creative play, drawing, fun, Imaginary birds, imagination, inspiration, mixed media art, puzzles, watercolor, Weird Bird Wednesday
I’m a little behind… well, actually A LOT behind with Carla Sonheim’s 365 daily art class but rather than stress about it, I just do an assignment when I can.
Yesterday, I did this one when I was at the lake with ink pen. Our assignment was to draw textures around us so I chose nature.
I added a little watercolor to spice things up a bit:
Did you notice the dead mosquito? There seemed to be PLENTY of them this weekend…
Posted in Art Journal, Drawing, nature, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged art classes, art journal, drawing, fun, learning, nature, Sketching, texture, the lake, watercolor
The professor could be a drip sometimes…
So Maryann would come to his rescue!
OK, not really but the title sounded FUN! Remember Gilligan’s Island? If you lived in the United States the 1960’s and ’70’s… (I’m probably dating myself here a little…) 😮 Lol!
I created these paintings with watercolor paint drips and added shading and details with color pencils.
My hubby has the theme song memorized for Gilligan’s Island…Lol! Do you think he watched this show wayyyy too much?
Cheers and HAPPY memories! 🙂
Posted in Drawing, Faces, Humor, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged creative ideas, daily art, drawing, faces, Gilligan's Island, humor, the 100 day project, watercolor, watercolor drips
I just love Winsor and Newton’s Opera Rose! Such a brilliant pink – a perfect color to paint my flowering crabapple in watercolor that I drew previously here.
I tried to paint it looser and added a few splatters at the end.
Now, our second crabapple tree in our yard is blooming… with all the rain we had this Spring, it is “buzzing” with new growth! I have never seen this tree so full of blossoms.
I have a new subject to paint. YAY!
Posted in Flowers, Trees, Uncategorized, Watercolor
Tagged Colorful, Crabapple tree, love flowers, nature, nature photography, nature's beauty, pink blossoms, Spring, watercolor