Monday, February 17, 2014

Some New Sketches

I haven't been on my blog, lately. It seems like there are so many other things to participate in on the Internet, that I have been drawn away. Here are a few of my latest sketches and doodles. I have been taking an online sketching class with Jane LaFazio. She's a wonderful teacher and artist. I also am inspired by the work of Stephanie Corfee who does an amazing range of work: doodling, caricatures of children, pattern and design in acrylic and watercolor. 
I have to limit myself to working first on my own art and peeking at other's work later.




I'll plan on another post soon! I have more to share.
Now, back to art.

I hope you like what you see.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Delightful Doodling

Lately, I have been doodling a lot. It's relaxing and fun. There's another element about this that I have discovered. The act of doodling stimulates the brain in a big way. Whether I choose to try a Zentangle or do a free-form doodle of flowers, faces, colors and contrasts I find that my mind feels great!

What's hard to understand is that others don't bother to try it. Admittedly, I never did, not until I gave my self permission to start playing. Sometimes, the results are random and abstract.

Other results surprise and amaze me!

Many can be left unfinished.
 The nice thing is that I can always go back and do more, add details and sparkle.
Thank you for looking :)
Leave a comment!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Bloglovin

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Will all of my favorite blogs become inaccessible? I hope not, but just in case, I'm trying out Bloglovin. This seems like a lot of trouble, but my blogs are so worth following :). I really enjoy them so much.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Sources of Inspiration

This is an adapted Zentangle inspired by the book, Yoga for the Brain by Sandy Steen Bartholomew .
I revised the design and added color to some of it. It was a relaxing way to wake up my creativity.
 The other picture here was inspired by a tutorial from Dion Dior. My tablet is not allowing me to scroll to the photo. I made little notes around my art to remember some of the steps she gave.
These pretty petunias are a Mother's Day gift from my love.
He knows how much I like hanging plants on our porch.
Isn't the color beautiful? Summer is going to be lovely :)
I finally went to my computer to finish this post. For whatever reason, I couldn't finish on my tablet. I find that rather frustrating. The fact that I could begin to post from there is a step up.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

A Self Portrait

This morning I was struggling with my usual frustrations: making breakfast, walking the dogs, sketching a picture, working on a painting, sweeping the floor, etc. Because I'm a morning person, and I did not sleep well last night, I did not know what to sketch. After some serious thought, I decided to sketch myself  :). 
 Of course, I am much younger looking here, but what the heck.
 I thought I would share my sketch with my blog friends.
Have a nice spring day!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Some Watercolor

 Recently,  I have gone back to using some traditional watercolor to create a couple of  paintings.
Here are the results.
I just finished the Daisies and Oxalis today.


The second painting, Building A Sandcastle,  was done a few weeks ago.
I feel like there is so much more to learn about capturing details in a painting/
I don't want to overwork the paint, so I stopped before I damaged the images.

Sleeping Beauty

Over the weekend, my daughter and her oldest and best friend went to the Boston Opera House to see Sleeping Beauty. It was a fun experience. There were many little girls in the audience dressed up in their tutus and tiaras watching the performance. Of course, I wanted to reminisce about the show, so I did a little sketch.



Sunday, March 10, 2013

My Latest

Lately, I have been sketching a lot. I must say that on every post, but it's true! I sketch every day, almost. The problem is finding the opportunity to scan and post some of my efforts. That can be so frustrating. I have decided to put effort into putting myself first more often. This will be a work in progress. It's hard to undo old habits...very hard. 

I'll also have to plan more posts with other recent sketches.

With this sketch, I have created a new character and I hope to explore some fun things for her and her friends. She doesn't have a name, yet. I love her personality already. 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

A Work In Progress

Here's a new piece that I'm working on using watercolor paints. The picture quality is not great. I took it with my phone. When I finish, I'll scan it for a better looking image.
Even though I haven't been posting, I participate in
Art Every Day Month.
I met Leah a few years ago at a sweet workshop 
that she hosted. It was, for me, such an enlightening and enjoyable event. Thank you again, Leah for that glimpse into your process.
This painting is inspired by some art that I found online by Gustav Klimt. It's amazing how the work of others can inspire new ideas and foster creativity in ourselves.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Twinks



Last week I decided to try Twinkling H2Os, a product that I have admired for quite a while. 
I had hesitated to order any, because of the wait and shipping costs. Well, I'm so glad that I have moved past that stumbling block. Soon, a new workshop starts at LuminArt for Silks Acrylic Glaze, taught by Dion Dior. Both Silks and Twinkling H2Os have intense colors and added mica along with other minerals. 
This whole experience has become a stimulus for my latest creative block. That is an exciting and uplifting development.
I hope to reorganize my blog soon. I really don't want to start over on a new blog, but I have to so something to make this process work better.