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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 attempted  any art again until I HAD TO 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! 😉

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,  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! 😀

 

 

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! 😀

 

 

Mr. C. Turtle Meets Hermie

Hello Friends, 

So this is my finished assignment for this week! It is an 11×17 watercolor of some characters I’ve been working on. Mr. C. Turtle is telling Hermie he needs a haircut! I hope you can see Hermie’s eyes well. I also did not sign it as it shouldn’t have anything on it. The facing page of the picture book would have their dialogue with some background color, etc., but I didn’t have time to get that done.

I worked so long and hard on this yesterday, but my phone camera is not doing the colors justice for some reason. To me it looks more washed out than it actually is. But this was the best picture I could get this morning.

I need to get my day started earlier than usual because I am meeting a friend in town today.

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

Pen and Pencil Double Spread Idea

Hello Friends!

Well, this is my assignment for this third week of my illustration class. Mr. C. Turtle is angry because everyone keeps saying “Hi Mr. sea turtle” but HE thinks they already know his name and he is very confused.

And that’s okay, because I am feeling very confused at the moment about exactly how I want to tell this story and whether kids would even understand it!

 

So it has been a very busy week. But some good news is I will have my car back now! Our daughter just bought a used car like ours but a different color. She put half the money down today and we are picking it up tomorrow morning. The seller lives a half hour’s drive away. It’s a 2002 Toyota Camry. Ours is a 2004. The difference is that hers has about 100K less miles on it than ours!  Ha, ha!

Well, I have not been able to do my friend’s cat painting yet, but when I am done with this class, I will have more time to do other art. I have some new materials that I am wanting to play around with! It has been fun so far.

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

My Character Sketches

 

Hello Friends!

It feels like it has been forever since I have had a chance to post! I am in my second week of my illustration class and it is really fast-paced! But I am learning a lot…I think! 😉

So our assignment this week was to do sketches of our character with different expressions and in different poses. Do you know how hard it is to figure out how to get a sea turtle to look like he is bowing?? (That’s the last one by the way.) In the one next to that, he is supposed to be looking smug, but I didn’t get his eyes exactly like I wanted them.

He is wearing a monocle and a top hat because he is supposed to be a very “proper” and sort of pompous sea turtle in the story I don’t have worked out yet. This is the same character from my story that I posted some of a long time ago and did the sketches in watercolor. Those include the little fish character, too. The post is probably in my Sea Turtle Stories. Anyway, I don’t have time to go find the link.

Well, I hope everyone is doing okay out there in the blogosphere! Our weather has been so cool here in the last few weeks that we have been able to leave the windows open at night! I don’t even turn the A/C on until late in the afternoon when it warms up a bit.

So…back to the drawing board as they say!

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

Elephants in Graphite

Hello Friends,

I wanted to share with you the drawing I have been working on here and there in the last week.  I drew from the cover of a magazine, National Geographic Kids, but I did not trace anything.  I had to “fill in” some spots on the adult elephant where other graphics were on top of it, though.

I did a lot of Spring cleaning this week, cleaning out closets, that is.  I had several very large bagfuls of “stuff” we didn’t need anymore and sent it off to town with my husband this afternoon to be dropped off at the Goodwill store.  But I don’t think I am quite done with that project.  I chip away at it a little at a time.

Now I am working on my first drawing of a Panda bear in graphite.  It is challenging!  I felt I needed a change of medium for a while.  I really love pencil work.

I hope everyone’s week is going well.  Mine has been pretty busy.  Aside from all of that I have been doing lots of reading and still working on my assignment that is due April 7th.

What have you been up to?  I would love to hear about you, too!

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

Model Mouse

Hello Friends, 

Today’s drawing came about in an interesting way.  Last week my husband saw a mouse lying on our garage floor…dead of course.  It didn’t look like it had been injured; it just looked like it died of natural causes!  He never picked it up and tossed it out into the field and forgot about it.  With the weather being so cold, it didn’t smell or anything either.

Well, I just remembered it this morning.  So I went out to the garage, grabbed a rag, and picked it up.  I brought it in so I could draw it.  It was so CUTE!!!  My husband walked in for his work break and said, “Well, I never thought I would see that!”  😉

I don’t often draw from “life” (or death in this case), but I just couldn’t resist.  I put it on the table, so I drew it from a weird angle.  Anyway, here is my ‘model mouse.’  I will probably draw it in a different pose from my imagination with my Prismacolor watercolor pencils.  Its coat had several shades of brown and white which was very pretty.

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

Drawing to Please?

Hello Friends,

Well, here’s something a little different.  Some of you may remember this drawing I did in a college art class several years ago.  I posted this here back in 2013.

This is the most frustrating piece of art I have ever done.  Doing this project almost turned me off from drawing for good!  In fact back then my right arm had been healing from an accident I had about 15 years ago.  Working on this drawing made it all flare up again so I ended up dropping the class.  Looking back I am glad I didn’t finish the class; I think I would have done too much damage to my arm if I had.

The thing that bothered me the most was when the teacher just kept on saying that parts of this drawing needed to be darker or reworked or whatever. I’ve never been so frustrated with a piece of work I was doing!!  But I finished it. However, I couldn’t do much drawing for quite a while after finishing this.

Well, I’m glad I didn’t stop drawing; it’s just too much fun!  If you’re feeling discouraged working on something for someone else right now, hang in there.  You will be done with it eventually.  Try not to hate it too much when you’re done like I hated this piece for a long time afterward.  I still don’t like it much really, so it was a lesson hard learned.

Since that class I have learned to draw because I enjoy it, it’s fun, and I honestly don’t NEED others to like it; nor does it bother me if someone hates my work or criticizes it.  I don’t do art to please others; I do it because I WANT to. It’s my choice to share it.  And this is all to say, I am definitely NOT needing anyone to “like” THIS one!  Ha, ha.

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

 

 

Watercolor of a Beloved Pet

Hello Friends,

This is Sparky, a Labrador retriever who passed away recently.  He belonged to some friends of mine whom I haven’t seen in many years but who are always going to be special to me, Tim, Maureen and Jamie Hatch.  I will be mailing it to them soon.  I just finished it last night.

The original photo I worked from was on Maureen’s Facebook page.  The lines in his form were difficult to see in some places but I printed it out and decided to try and paint Sparky anyway so they would have something special to hang up and remember him by in addition to their own pictures.  The photo came out a little bit lighter than it actually is, though.  It is in a black frame which really brings everything out nicely.  I added grass around him instead of what was in the photo which was the inside of their car.  I think they were on their way to the vet the day they took the photo.

It is always sad to say good-bye to our pets.  I have had to do it a few times with dogs and hamsters.  The good news is that their memory will always be in our hearts.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug, and give those beloved pets of yours some extra love!  🙂

 

SPARKY REMEMBERED

sparky

 

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