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Blue Jay in Pencil

Hello Friends!

I worked on this blue jay over the last couple of days. It is the second animal on the Autumn 2021 challenge for artists on Instagram. I am not stressing about “being behind” or feeling like I have to “catch up.” It makes the challenge more fun for me.

I hope you are all doing well.

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

Weasel in Pen & Ink

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The other day I saw a different list for drawings in October. And I decided I wanted to give it a try. The list is called Autumn Woods 2021. It is a list of 31 animals you might see in the woods this time of year. What is great is that we are encouraged to create them in whatever medium we want. So I don’t plan to use only ink for mine.

This is the first weasel I have ever drawn. It was a challenge to get its body proportions to look right. And I even used a larger sketch pad! I thought drawing it bigger would be easier, but it wasn’t. That’s okay, though. It was still fun.

I used Micro Pens and Arteza Brush Pens to add the colored scenery.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Kitty on a Pumpkin

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Hello Friends!

Yesterday, I decided to use watercolors to paint this. Then I used my Micro pens to outline everything and draw all the fur on our cat, Wampus.

I had a great morning just creating and listening to music. The weather has been nice and cool this week, so I had the windows open, too.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Halloween Cat in Pen & Ink

Yesterday I decided to draw our cat, Wampus, while she was napping. I already had this sketch in mind, a cat with a witch’s hat sitting on a pumpkin. Then I decided to add the other pumpkins, the moon, and the stars. This is just an ink sketch of a mixed media piece I plan to do. So I still need to transfer it to a canvas. Then I will paint it and use other media to add to the texture, etc.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Witch Hazel in Pen

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Hello Friends! 

I took a look at the Inktober prompts for this year yesterday, but none of them excited me. So….I am not going to follow the crowd. I decided to just do my own ink drawings this year, probably not every day, and center them around the themes of fun Halloween, witchy, and harvest things.

For this drawing I used my Micro Pens and Arteza Brush Pens. I bout new Micro pens and new sketch books the other day while I had $25 worth of reward coupons from Michaels to use before the seventh of this month.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

White Tiger in Pencil

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Yesterday, I drew this white tiger in pencil. I haven’t been drawing or painting much lately. But today INKTOBER is starting!

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Kitties in Pencil

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This week I took a break from doing any painting or mixed media. I have been reading a lot and exercising. But in the evenings I still did some drawing. These are all kittens I practiced drawing in different poses. But the top right one is a sketch of our grown cat named Wampus. She sat on the floor with her legs and tail all tucked up under her. So I knelt on the floor in front of her to sketch her. I think she was posing for me, ha ha!!

I am not sure what I am going to start working on this weekend, but I have a few ideas.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

The Tortoise and the Hare in Mixed Media

The Tortoise and the Hare

Hello Friends!

I decided that in addition to fairy tales, I want to also create mixed media works of Aesop’s fables! And my favorite has always been “The Tortoise and the Hare.”

I drew my design on paper in pencil first. Then I used a type of carbon paper to transfer the image to my canvas. 

Next I used acrylic inks to paint the sky, road, and animals. Then I decided to use my painted tracing papers to cut the pieces for the grasses, tree tops, plants and the sun.

To make the rocks I used three colors of my handmade papers. Then I used acrylics for the yellow flowers and acrylic inks for adding the dirt below the rocks and on the road. 

Lastly, for the clouds I put some molding paste on them to add texture, then painted them white with heavy body acrylics and added the other accents of clouds in the sky.

This painting took me about eight hours or so to complete. The thing that takes me the most time is cutting and gluing all of the pieces of tracing and handmade papers. But I enjoy this process very much! 

I haven’t decided which story I want to do next. Until next time…

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

“The Goose Girl” in Mixed Media

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Yesterday I painted this on canvas with acrylics. However, I used my pieces of my previously painted tracing paper for the tree tops and the sun. 

I think Grimm’s version of “The Goose Girl” fairy tale is well, rather grim, ha ha! So I didn’t include the horse’s head hanging on the wall like many other illustrations. I think she was happier before her horse was tragically killed! I know I would be. But I also decided not to include the horse while it was alive, because this canvas is tall and narrow, and I didn’t want to spend time figuring out how to draw and paint it. I wanted her and the geese front and center. 

I had a lot of fun creating this. It was a relaxing project for a Sunday! 

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

Wolf in Pencil on Toned Paper

Hello Friends!

Here is another wolf I drew in graphite pencil on toned paper. Lately, I have been reading and working out more than doing art. But I want to start on something new today. I hope you are all doing well.

Have a wonderful day! πŸ˜€

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