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Do You Have A Favorite Number?

Some days I struggle with what to draw and write in my art journal.  Does this happen to you too?

Yesterday, I didn’t have much time to create so I gave myself this challenge:

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It got me thinking about cre8ting art with numbers.  Lots of possibilities here!  Maybe you would like to play along in your own art journal?

The scraps of paper are props for the start of an animal or face.  What would you draw?

The bingo numbers are a prompt to write about a game that involves numbers.  Did you have a favorite card game?  Perhaps you remember playing Bingo?

The measuring tape box is for making a list of anything but it needs to involve numbers.

And the smallest box is your box of magic – make it anything you’d like – but it does need a number in it!  Perhaps you’d like to write your favorite number in it?

I hope to show you my completed journal page on Saturday!  Stay tuned 4 sure!

Happy Journaling!  🙂

The Bazooka Bird

Have you heard of Bazooka chewing gum?Mockingbird 2

Well, the Bazooka Bird is related!

According to Wikipedia, “Bazooka bubble gum was first marketed shortly after World War II in the U.S. by the Topps Company of Brooklyn, New York. The gum was packaged in a red, white, and blue colour scheme.”

The Bazooka bird has the ability to chew gum AND blow bubbles at the same time!  WOWZA!

This bird looks a lot like a Mockingbird which is best known for imitating sounds of other birds, insects (and teenagers who like to pop their chewing gum).

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The Bazooka chewing gum included a small comic strip with their gum until November of 2012 when the company changed to a brain teaser.  (Who knew we should have collected those comic wrappers.  Ha!)

Bazooka Joe was a comic strip character, featured on small comics included inside individually wrapped pieces of Bazooka bubblegum. He wore a black eyepatch, lending him a distinctive appearance.”

Here is  the Bazooka “Joe” Bird:

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Did you notice the black eyepatch?

Happy Creating!

Birds Of A Feather…

In September of 2014, I joined an online challenge to create a bird a day (any art medium) for 101 days.  I’d never focused on creating art EVERY day or on ONE subject so I wanted to give it a go!

I joined the challenge with two international friends, Corinne and Kathrin that I’d met by taking online art classes from Carla Sonheim

Feathered Friends

“Feathered Friends”

Corinne set up a Flickr group – 101 Birds or More – where we posted our bird art and shared our journey together.

I learned a lot from this challenge!  One of the things was having the support and encouragement of my friends and others commenting on the Flickr site really helped me complete my goal.   Much like running a Marathon, when one of us started falling behind, the other one cheered us to the finish line!

I also learned that I knew very little about birds!  I was just beginning to touch on this subject and so I wanted to continue my journey.

It amazes me that each of us has continued to create birds!  It is enjoyable to watch our styles emerge and change over time.

We continue to support and encourage each other in our art.  Each of us has started a blog.  Corinne Bekker’s blog is Corinne Maakt  and Kathrin Werner’s blog is Kathrins World of Colours  – I hope you take a moment to visit their blogs.  Corinne likes to experiment in a variety of art mediums like myself and Kathrin’s birds will make you laugh!

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”  – Thomas Merton

Happy Creating!

Color Makes Me Happy

Writing assignment for Day 3 is to write – empty my mind without editing.  No crossing out or correcting spelling.  Just write for 15 minutes about 3 songs that influence me – I cannot choose them as favorites of all time but these 3 songs speak to me:

Pharrell Williams song, “Happy”

Cindy Lauper, “True Colors”

Michael Franks, “Dragonfly Summer”

I was thinking about what makes me HAPPY.  The color orange, creating art –  experimenting, playing with techniques, taking online classes, connecting with other creative people through Facebook and on my blog.

Color makes me happy!  Love all colors, the brighter the better!  I like orange the best probably because to me, it is a happy color.  My mom liked this color too.  Plus I look good wearing this color.  I like the color blue too as it reminds me of blue skies and summertime.  Floating on the lake in our boat and looking up at a brilliant blue cloudless sky with dragonflies dancing in a soft warm breeze.  And I like many other colors too.  I like the bright green of moss growing in the woods, spreading itself like lush carpet over rocks and across the path.  The yellow-green leaves of a birch tree.  And then there is my love of birds.

Hummingbird in color pencil

I think my favorite is a hummingbird.  Its brilliant colors on such a small body.  One has to be paying attention to see a hummingbird as it moves and darts about so quickly.  Hummers remind me of summer too since I see them a lot at the lake feeding on red flowers – Salvias and Geraniums.  I love the color purple too – sunsets, rainbows, Lilacs.

And there is yellow – another happy color.  Sunshine – ah, love to feel the sunshine on my face.  Like how warming it is as I sit in my living room writing.  I like walking around without a coat outside.  I like how it makes the flowers grow and the trees bud in the Spring.

Then there is Red.  Red, White and Blue!  What is there not to like about red?  Red lips and tongue from a popsicle, red balloons at a birthday party.  Red roses to celebrate an anniversary.

I do like color and I love using color in my art to create a mood.  I can always learn more about color too.

What are your true colors?  What colors make you happy and want to dance?  What colors do you like to wear?  What colors help calm and soothe you?  And what birds do you like because of their coloring?

If you are looking for something to make you HAPPY today, then google – Pharrell Williams, YouTube video, “Happy.”   Hope it brings a smile to your face!