Black Wolf Pup in the Snow

Hello Friends!

I started working on this wolf pup last week, but I just finished it today.

I went back to the surgeon who removed my gallbladder on Tuesday. He gave me the all clear on being able to eat anything I want now. But I don’t crave sugar like I used to which is good!

When all of my problems started in April and I was in and out of three different hospitals, I lost my craving for sugar. There were many times they had to put me on a liquid diet, so between then and now, I have lost about 30 pounds! I am feeling a lot better, but the doctor said I shouldn’t exercise for another two weeks. However, I will be glad when I can get back into my old routine.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug. πŸ˜ƒ

White Wolf Pup Peek-a-Booing from a Log!

Hello Friends!

It has been quite a year for me so far healthwise which is why my posts have been so few lately. But I believe I am definitely on the road to recovery!

I finally had my gallbladder removed almost two weeks ago. The pain is lessening, but I still feel little sharp pains when I yawn and when I first move to get out of bed in the morning. I also can’t sit for too long at a time without having to stretch out in the recliner. But I am thankful the operation went well, I went home the same day, and I am getting better every day.

It still may be awhile until I can really get back into my art. So I am easing back into it with my pencil sketching.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug. 😊

Wolf Buddies in Pencil

Hello Friends!

I am very slowly getting back into creating some art. So I decided to revert to pencil to start.

I looked around my studio at all of my paints, markers, and mixed media materials. But I just sighed knowing I am not ready to plunge back into those mediums quite yet. That’s okay, though.

I hope all of you are doing well. I have an appointment in a few weeks to consult with a doctor about getting my gallbladder out. I have been feeling great, though, and haven’t had any more problems. So I can’t wait to get it out to avoid ever getting gallstones again!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜ƒ

Wolf in Pencil

Hello Friends!

It has been a long time since I have been able to do any art, so I haven’t been posting in months.

It has all been due to a health problem that took months to resolve, but I am much better now. However, I won’t be able to finish the classes I began at the start of the year. That’s okay, though. I was finding that they weren’t what I was looking for anyway.

I don’t know how often I will be posting since it’s taking awhile to get back into the swing of things. However, in the meantime…

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😁

Character in Acrylic Inks

Hello Friends!

This is my second assignment for my Bootcamp Character Play class. We had to come up with an idea for making our character, Coco Moloko, into a plushie toy.

So! Since I love ballerinas, I decided to create a unisex Coco Moloko Ballerina toy. They come with poseable arms and legs, a skirt, leotards, wrist scarves, a wooden ballet bar, and four different shapes that can be attached and detached for their hands and feet. Plus, a bag for storing their accessories!

I never realized how hard it can be to come up with a new toy idea! I was thinking that more ballet outfits could be created in different colors and patterns and sold separately!

I feel a little discouraged about how I am creating these assignments. I am feeling like I really want to get an iPad at some point and learn how to use Procreate to do digital art. I just don’t seem to be able to get the depth and colors that I want for my illustrations.

On another note I have been having trouble with my left shoulder lately, so I have to begin going to physical therapy on Tuesday. Hopefully I won’t have to go for very long, though.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Character in Watercolor

Hello Friends!

Here are the illustrations for our first character, Coco Moloko, that I came up with in my Bootcamp Caracter Play class.

They are a donut who has to be decorated. So we had liberty to create them however we wanted. In the story that our instructor wrote, several ingredients are suggested.

I decided to show Coco inside the bakery with entering the decorating room with other donuts. Then I took close-ups of each stage. In my illustration they liked swimming through frosting, getting sprinkled, and being topped with a cherries. But unfortunately a chocolate chip hit them on the head, ha ha!

Anyway, I never realized how hard it can be to illustrate a character. In my next post, you’ll see how I changed the character and developed it into a toy which was our second assignment.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Donut Characters in Pencil

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I sketched these donuts for my class called Bootcamp: Character Play. We are going to be working on this character for a month and even being taught how to make our character into a toy!

I am already having fun with this class. It will be going until the end of May!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜ƒ

Dessert Characters in Watercolor

Hello Friends!

This is a watercolor I did for my new class that starts today! It is for the class Bootcamp: Character Play with Make Art That Sells as part of all the classes I signed up for this year.

We were given this free prep assignment to do before class starts. We were to draw desserts with faces. Some people did many desserts and some did one. I only had time for one.

So I decided to do a Banana Split Sundae in a banana boat. The blueberry and strawberry scoops are trying to save the chocolate from melting away!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Betye Saar in Mixed Media

Hello Friends!

This is my last piece for my class Redrawing Black History. I have enjoyed this class so much! I am bummed that it is over already!

This week we learned about the assemblage artist, Betye Saar. In the 1970’s she was a part of the Black Arts Movement. This movement dealt with stereotypes and myths regarding femininity and race.

Her most famous piece was called “The Liberation of Aunt Jemima. She said, “I had this Aunt Jemima, and I wanted to put a rifle and a grenade under her skirts. I wanted to empower her. I wanted to make her a warrior. I wanted people to know that Black people wouldn’t be enslaved by that,” meaning the stereotypical mammy.

Betye Saar is a very interesting woman and artist. She is 94 now! You can find interviews of her on YouTube. I enjoyed learning about her.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Elizabeth Catlett Drawn with Inktense Pencils

Hello Friends!

This past week for my Week 3 assignment in my “Redrawing Black History” class we learned about Elizabeth Catlett. She was a painter, a screen printer and a sculptor.

I wanted to show her age progression, because she began doing art when she was young, and evolved over her lifetime into an amazing artist!

She lived from 1915 to 2012! After she graduated high school in 1931, “she enrolled on a scholarship at the Carnegie Institute of Technology only to have her admission rescinded when the school learned she was Black. Instead, she enrolled at Howard University, her tuition paid with scholarships and the savings of her mother, a teacher. In 1935, she graduated cum laude with a degree in art.” (‘Triumph Against All Odds: Black Artist Elizabeth Catlett’ by Sandy Lewis, wednesdayswomen.com. I encourage you to look up this article! Elizabeth had to overcome many obstacles in her lifetime to get her art out into the world!

I have been enjoying this class so much especially because of the great black art history I am learning from Tamisha Anthony! I have always loved the richness of the African American culture. Their art, music, and traditions are really beautiful!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

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