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Play! It’s So Fun!

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I had the great privilege of watching Charlie O’Shields talk about his playful way of doing watercolor sketches every day. Not only that, but he also demonstrated his way of sketching with pen, watercolors, and crayons! It was quite fun. So we did these flowers using just three colors each time.

Charlie is a great encouragement to anyone who thinks they “can’t” draw which is what he has learned that many of us tell ourselves after we hit about age 9 and begin believing there are then “wrong” ways to draw and/or paint. When really? It is much more fun to do it without “rules.” Just be a kid again!

I know from my own childhood experience that I began to believe I couldn’t draw when my Jr. High art ‘teacher,’ I use that term loosely, made fun of how I always blushed whenever he called on me. He proceeded to make fun of me in front of the whole class and tease me about it. You can bet that class, which I had been looking forward to, ended up becoming the one I hated most besides Algebra that year!! I couldn’t feel anything except self-conscious every day in that class.

When the school year ended, I barely ever attemptedΒ  any art again until I HAD TOΒ in an art history class in college when I was 30! I hated doing the project we were assigned. All it entailed was drawing a tree in three mediums: pencil, pen, and watercolors (which I had never used before.) But…

The wondrous thing about that assignment, was I began to desire to doodle like I did when I was a kid. We only did a couple of hands-on projects. The rest, as they say, was art history! πŸ˜‰

Eventually, on my own, I began dabbling in the watercolors more, too, but I didn’t get really interested in art until I was married with two kids and home schooling them about 15 years later! I wanted our kids to experience their senses in every way they desired including pencil, pen, crayon, markers, paint, sand, glue, scissors,Β  etc. And I have boxes full of their lovely childhood art to this day. Their expressions of themselves in art are some of my greatest treasures.

So before you listen to your inner critic tell you that you “can’t” draw or whatever else you WISH you could do, just tell that voice to can it! Then get the stuff to start learning and doing what YOU want to learn and do! And then? Just try it! And KEEP trying. Most likely you will surprise yourself…and enjoy yourself! But most of all, hav fun!

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

 

 

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Dormouse in Hibernation

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I decided to draw a little hibernating dormouse in pencil.

Her name is Dot the Dormouse.

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

 

 

Collage of Nature

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On Sunday afternoon I decided to go through an issue of “Outdoor California” which is published by the Department of Fish & Wildlife, whom my husband has worked with for over 20 years, after listening to a guided meditation online which is what inspired me.

This issue I had on hand containing these pictures and words happened to go along with what I wrote after the meditation which was a lot about exploring the woods and feeling water on my hands and hearing birds in the air. So that was really cool.

Just as I finished, I heard a knock on the door. When I opened it, our son was standing there which was a great surprise! He had just gone hiking for awhile up at Mt. Lassen which isn’t far from us. So he stopped by to visit. We went for a short walk since my husband wasn’t home yet and visited until he came home. Then we all visited fo a little while longer.

So this turned out to be one of the most blessed Easters I have had in a long time! Plus, I didn’t have to cook; we ate leftovers!

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

 

 

HAPPY EASTER!

Hello Friends!

I decided to explore alcohol inks and acrylics on a small piece of canvas today. And this is what happened!

The grace of God in my life is always on my mind. I love the symbol of the empty cross, because it shows me that after Jesus died, he was taken off the cross, buried in a tomb, and rose again.

No matter what you choose to believe, I respect you as a friend. I know God shed His grace on me. And giving others the grace to choose their own beliefs has been a huge area of growth in my life in the last few years.

Happy Easter and blessings to you all.

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

 

Sea Turtle Swimming With Mermaids Mixed Media

Hello Friends!

The other day I posted my paper weaving project. Well, now it has been transformed!

Today I added a watercolor sea turtle, golden mermaids, a few other little paper sea creatures, and some words to describe how just the thought of being at the ocean makes me feel.

This was so much fun! I am really enjoying learning new things to try in the mixed media class I am taking online.

Just in case I don’t have a post for tomorrow, I hope everyone enjoys their Sunday whether you celebrate Easter or not.

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

 

Angel Fish Mixed Media

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This is a crazy mixed media piece I did yesterday. Just an acrylic Angel fish blowing bubbles with a mermaid, a few tiny crabs, a starfish, a sea horse, and a sea turtle. Can you find them all?

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ™‚

 

Paper Weaving!

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I like to surprise you with the unexpected once in awhile! I am takingΒ Miriam Schulman’s “Mixed Media Madness”Β class online. I actually am doing several classes right now so I don’t get bored. Ha, ha! Really, I think my A.D D. may just be in high gear. Or I just love variety! πŸ˜‰ Honestly, I know it’s a little bit of both.

Getting back to this paper weaving project, I was watching The Sandlot (the original) while I was cutting and weaving so I think I messed up in a couple of places.

I got a huge bargain on patterned and solid colored paper pads at Michaels…buy 1, get 2 free! So I scooped them up! I am going to be cutting this down to fit it in my art journal and adding some other stuff on top of it to make a mixed media piece.

In orher news, the magazine editor who’s publishing my leafy sea dragon article also accepted my drawing to publish in the article as well. So that’s exciting!

It is already getting warm here in Northern California. I just hope it doesn’t get hot too soon. More rain would also be great! Having an actual Springtime would be nice.

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

Bald Eagle Finished!

 

Hello Friends!

I did not have time to finish my Golden Eagle watercolor until today. It was another enjoyable painting to do!

Yesterday I worked on scanning my leafy sea dragons to email them to the editor of the magazine that my article is going to be published in called Stepping Stones. It took me a long time to figure out how to do it with our copying machine. So I didn’t do any art yesterday. But sometimes it’s good to take a break.

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

 

Bald Eagle Watercolor in Progress

Hello Friends!

On Saturday I had a great art day! I painted the 4×6 of my leafy sea dragon. I am very happy with how it turned out.

Then I decided to work on this eagle some more. I will be trying to finish it today. I am liking how this is turning out, too.

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

Cat & Chicks

 

Hello Friends!

The other night I decided to get my Chinese brushes and ink out to play! So I tried painting the back of a cat and the little chicks it might be looking at.

My first chick came out a bit dark. Painting with ink is definitely a challenge!

I have finished my pen and ink drawing of a leafy sea dragon and am about to do a watercolor of it also. I will be submitting these to the publisher in Monday, hopefully. I need to get them scanned to send in an email. I still don’t know for sure yet whether they will use either one, but just in case, I probably shouldn’t post them.

I hope everyone is having a great Saturday! I am getting ready to paint the watercolor of the leafy sea dragon and hopefully finish my eagle watercolor.

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

 

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