“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” ~Maya Angelou~
We have been snowed in since last Friday. It’s been very cold for Arkansas but I heard the temperatures will be on an upward trend by the middle of the week.
This piece is watercolor background on watercolor paper. I let it dry completely and did some pen work on it. I started to use Caran d’Ache crayons to highlight some areas but the pen and crayons didn’t mix very well. I had fun making circles
to see more details, click on the photo to enlarge it…
“If you want things to be different, perhaps the answer is to become different yourself.” ~Norman Vincent Peale~
I have a painting started but I haven’t worked on it lately. I’m fighting a sinus infection and haven’t felt up to par this past week. It’s been cold and damp in my little basement art room…so, I’ve been relying more and more on my sketchbooks for art. I can grab a pencil, pen, or marker and work while trying to stay toasty and warm. I’m fortunate that I don’t live in a really cold part of the country. The winter seems colder to me this year, or maybe, it’s bothering me more this year.
I used a Pilot permanent pen and a Blick Studio marker (basic gray 2) on this face. I think I drew it first with the pen and added the shadows of gray later.
This doodle piece was done with the same marker as above but this time I used a black ball point pen.
I did this last night. I tore out some interesting pieces from a magazine. I really had no set plan when I started.
Here are some little bits of some pages in my little sketchbook:
“Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.”
This was previously a background page in my altered book/ art journal that I couldn’t decide what to do next. I started doodling on the page. I knew that if I didn’t like it I could always gesso or paint over it and begin again. I used a black ball point pen and a Blick Studio marker (Basic Gray 2) for shadows.
The next four photos are from my little sketchbook:
The first one is a doodle collage. I divided the page into six smaller boxes and started filling in the boxes with drawings and collage bits from fashion magazines:
This is a doodle drawing with a Sharpie fine point marker:
The last two photos are just little snippets of experiments…magazine bits and my mechanical graphite pencil:
I’m sorry to say so, but sadly it’s true, that bang-ups and hang-ups can happen to YOU.”
Last week at this time, I was on the road back from San Antonio. I was fortunate to go with my daughter and son-in-law to attend my grandson’s graduation ceremony to honor the completion of his Combat Army Medic training. It was a long drive but I’m glad I got to be there for it.
I’ve been doodling and playing around in my sketchbooks. I hope to be able to finish a piece I have started on a wooden canvas. I have some of the background completed. I’m going to work on it some more today.
In this little snippet, I glued a dress collar upside down as a head piece. Here it is in blue tones:
Here are two doodle sketches I made with a blue and black ball point pen. I’ve been having lots of fun drawing with those.
…”none but ourselves can free our minds”—-Bob Marley
Another year is winding down, the season has changed, it makes for a time of reflection. As I get older, I find that I live more in the NOW. I hear some of the noise out there…just a little…but I refuse to watch the news. I used to listen to some alternative radio talk shows, but now, I’m not even doing that. For the rest of the time that God grants me, I’m going to make ART. I’m going to make art and be at peace with myself and all others who come across my path. That is my goal.
I’m taking another class. This one has really inspired me to start painting on canvas (or wood). The instructor is Kate Thompson over at “The Trodden Path.” Click on groups and classes to find her classes. The one I’m taking is called Painting and Composition: Mixed Media and Fabric Collage. For me, it’s been one of the best classes I’ve ever taken online.
“Yet even beyond the fartherest star God knows the way”
-from the Little Golden Book about God
I used this quote on a journal spread I did for Andria‘s journal. We exchanged journals (from the round robin group) again because we discovered we had gotten each other’s journals once instead of twice. I have already gotten my journal back from her. I finished her last spread yesterday. This spread has about four layers ….it wasn’t coming together for me. I finally got fearless and started spreading paint and gluing down magazine collage pieces. I wish I hadn’t put the doodles on it….too late now. Here it is:
This next spread features a stencil by Christy Tomlinson and some of my mark making. I didn’t write the quote correctly…I hate it when that happens
Here are some snippets from my sketchbook:
My hubby loved the comments about the frame he painted (see previous post). Art is our main job now that we have retired :) We don’t sell any of our work, it’s mainly for our own enjoyment. I have an Etsy shop but haven’t put any items in it (yet). Have an art-filled week!
Have you seen the television commercial about making a card from a Cheerios box? I’ve only seen it once. They cut out the word “cheer” from the word Cheerios and sent someone a cheer-ful card. I loved the idea. I made a hello card for our granddaughter and a birthday card for our grandson using the word “smile”, also, on the Cheerios box. I cut out standard postcards, size (4″x6″) from the box. I had to glue the word cheer on another piece of the cereal box to make that card standard size. I wrote with a Sharpie marker after trying a pen. Here’s how they turned out:
Here’s a random sketch drawn a mechanical pencil using my non-dom hand:
I do these type of doodles while watching TV at night…here are two I drew this week:
I noticed that Amazon has a newer version of their Kindle. I have the HD version of Kindle Fire and I love it! The new one is the Kindle HDX. I almost went with an Ipad instead of Kindle Fire but I really like Amazon and what they offer for a lot less money. If you have a Kindle and want to get emails telling about free books…check out this web address:
I was gone longer than I anticipated. I haven’t been getting a lot of art finished…I have some projects started. I have been scribbling/doodling in my sketchbook the past week. I’m slowly getting back into my art. I’m really missing visiting all my blog friends…I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone’s been doing.
We’ll see how it goes….I have a lot of house projects I need to do, also. I want to paint our little powder room and also our spare bedroom needs some cosmetic work…I’m thinking paint in there too. I’ll get my DH to help me with that. We have a new roof…I’m really grateful about that :) That was another thing that was distracting me from getting any art work accomplished.
I finished up a journaling class with Christy over at Gulfsprite’s Art Journal. It’s her 30 pages in 90 days class. I really enjoyed it. I recommend it to new or seasoned mixed media artists or journalers. So, it seems, I’ve been watching more art than doing art :) I also found a new (to me) art journaling person….Melissa Sauk. Check out one of her You Tube videos:
Here’s a collage scribble doodle I finished today:
A scribble drawing:
a quick sketch, there’s bleed through from the other side:
three scribble doodle faces:
pencil drawing- trying to capture a face in a magazine;
another scribble doodle, started by using my non-dominant hand and switching over the my dominant:
I hope you are having a great weekend!!! It’s cooler weather here now….love it!!!