Tag Archives: wax pastels

Funny Faces

I decided to participate in Teresa Robinson’s 1st selfie art day challenge today.  Be sure to check out her AWESOME blog on wordpress at One Good Thing!

It worked out well for me because I wanted to try Lynn Whipple’s face assignment for this month in the online class, Year of the Spark!

The assignment for the class was to draw one half a face of two different people on one piece of paper, like below:

Silly face - 1 before cutting in two

I drew a man’s face on one side and a woman’s face on the other on the one above!

Next, I cut the paper in half and then matched up different halves to create a whole face!  Below is one wild and crazy guy:

silly face - 4

I created half of my face and used it in the faces below – can you find silly, old me?  I numbered them for you:

silly face - 3

Number 1 is above.

silly face - 5

Number 2 is above.

silly face - 2 with me

And above is number 3.

Recognize anyone else you know?!  LOL!

Happy Creating!  🙂

A Pear-fect Treat

I seem to be thinking a lot about pears lately… so after I ate my one for dinner last night, I went to a local Farmer’s Market and bought 3 more!

photo of 3 pears

I needed to warm-up so I did 3 quick scribbly drawings with a ball-point pen to get the feel of their shape:

3 Scribbly pears

Next, I decided to draw a contour of them like I was writing a haiku – with only 5, 7 and 5 lines for each pear shape.  I scribbled water-soluble (Neocolor 2) wax pastels in vibrant fall colors:

3 haiku pears

And softened them with water:

3 haiku pears with wax pastels added

And finished with this written haiku:

Yellow blushing red                                                                                                              A juicy ripe pear-fect treat                                                                                           Sweet autumn harvest.

Have a happy day!  🙂

A Sunny Face – Part 1

I love how sunflowers face the sun!  They have such a sunny face…  :-)))

I was experimenting with Golden fluid acrylic paint and F&W acrylic ink for my abstract sunflower on 300 lb cold press paper:

sunflower - 1

I then added some Neocolor II watersoluble wax pastels:

sunflower - 2

And softened the wax pastels with some water:

sunflower - 3

I used bubble wrap to sponge on some white paint for the “seeds.”

For Part 2 – tomorrow, I will add some definition with a black marker.  I hope you will join me!

Hope you have a sunny day!  🙂

P.S.  Please forgive me if I am behind commenting on your blog!  I am super duper busy at work at the moment training an AWESOME new employee!  I hope to catch up on the weekend.  xo

My Dog

I was looking at one of my prints from last week using up leftover paint:

dog - 1

And this dog image just jumped out at me:

dog - 2

And then I found this song about a dog:

dog - 3

Which reminded me of my dog, Mugsy as a child.  Mugsy was really my sister’s dog but I know he loved us both.  I remember he had the softest ears and dark brown eyes.

Mugsy was a mutt – part German Shephard, part Terrier and who knows?  But what mattered most was the love he had in his heart!

And you could see it in his eyes:

dog - 4

Have a happy day!  🙂

Hoorah, Hoorah! It’s Draw A Bird Day!

Laura at Create Art Everyday – inspired me to create this bird for today!  Be sure to check out her blog for a list of all the FABULOUS artists who are participating in this monthly, “Draw A Bird” challenge.

So here is my collaged California Quail in my art journal:

CA quail - completed

I started by doing a quick sketch in pencil:

CA Quail - quick sketch 1

I then added an assortment of collage papers to create my quail:

CA Quail - step 2 collage papers

I used a variety of papers such as sheet music, postage stamps, a recipe, map, a photo of a fish head, rick rack packaging – to name a few!  Can you find them?

I finished by outlining my quail with a black pen and adding some water soluable wax pastel crayons to the background with a little water:

CA quail - completed

Have a happy day!  🙂

Leave It To Me – Part 2

Yesterday, I showed you one of my leaf experiments.  Today I will show you another one in different colors and leaves.

Here is the beginning:

leaf print 2 - 1

I really love the colors in this one!

So I didn’t add too many layers to it:

leaf print 2 - 2

Outlining with a black pen really adds to it, don’t you think?

It reminds me of crunching through a pile of leaves on a fall day.

I like this saying by Albert Camus:                                                                        Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.

Happy Fall, Yee all!  🙂

Leave It To Me – Part 1

I love fall and the leaves changing colors!  This has inspired me to do some experimental leaf printing.

In some ways, my finished piece looks a little like a map:

leaf print 1 - 4

I started by painting leaves from my yard with acrylic paint and then stamping them onto cold press 140 lb watercolor paper.  I then added some wax pastel crayons to the printed leaves and a little watercolor paint to my paper:

leaf print 1 - 1

I liked how this looks but wanted to add definition with a black pen – I used a Zig Writer 0.5 mm ink pen for outlining:

leaf print 1 - 2

I then added another layer of watercolor:

leaf print 1 - 4

And finished it by outlining the color changes with my black pen.

The colors feel like summer as it starts to change to fall.

Would love to know what you think!

Happy Creating!  🙂

Creating Art Every Day

I like to experiment with color and different art mediums much like my dear friend, Laura at Create Art Everyday!  You can find her AWESOME blog, here.

Below is an experiment I did recently with water-soluble wax pastel crayons, Tombow markers and Prismacolor pencils:

wax pastels and tombow markers & color pencils

It reminds me of curly ribbons wrapped around a birthday gift!  🙂

Laura has been creating some beautiful flowers in her sketchbook!  She inspired me to give it a try:

rose watercolor better photo

I sketched them in black pen and added just a hint of watercolor.

I took this photo of my roses in my yard for my reference:

rose bush in yard

Hope you find a little time to create today!  And if you need a little inspiration to get started, check out Laura’s blog!

Happy Creating!  🙂

Message In The Bathtub

Sometimes I mess up lyrics to songs and invent my own words….

I have always done this to Sting’s song, “Message in the Bottle.”  To me, it sounds like he is saying, “Message in the bathtub!”  Yeah, I know – I’m weird!

monogreen bird

I was surprised to learn at Dictionary.com  that there was actually a word – Mondegreen which means:  a misinterpretation of a word or phrase that has been heard, especially a song lyric.

HA!  I’m not the only one who does this!  YAY!

I think that my message for you today is to keep creating even when you don’t FEEL like it.

When I get stuck and don’t know what to do but WANT  to create something, I turn to the “Word of the Day,” at Dictionary.com as it always inspires me!

What do you do?  I’d love to hear about it!

Happy singing!  🙂

Bird Feathers

My cat, Jack caught another bird the other day…

Jack cat

I don’t like this part of having an outdoor cat!  I did have to chuckle a bit when he came into the house with a feather on each ear.  He was wearing the evidence!

I am hoping the bird got away but there were many feathers on the ground so I collected a few:

Mourning Dove feathers

And using this AWESOME book:

bird feather book

I was able to identify them as a Mourning Dove.

I never realized there are so many different patterns in feathers until I started studying birds!

So today, I decided to play with a feather stencil I purchased awhile ago:

feather stencils

Sometimes, it is just FUN to play with different art mediums and color combos:

feathers - mixed media

I experimented with Oil Pastels, Watersoluble Wax Pastels, Pan Pastels and Prismacolor Pencils.

I had not thought to try these mediums with a stencil!  So fun to play!

Do you have a favorite?!  I’d love to hear what you think!  🙂

Happy Creating!