Completed Portrait

Windsor and Newton watercolors, Arteza brush pens, Strathmore cold press paper

Day 35 – Raining Cats

A very rainy start. Decided to do what the cats do and curl up with a sketchbook and Netflix.

Commission in Progress

Finally making progress with a commissioned painting of two chickens. Acrylics on cold press #140. #chickenpainting #acrylic #animalart

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#the100DayProject – Cherries

Created this in my Sketchbook using a red Bic ballpoint pen. #the100dayproject

Cherries

#100dayproject

After recently moving to a new apartment I’m trying to still stay on task with creating a little every day with the #100dayproject.

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Watermelon

Playing catch-up on the challenges… #sick #artmustgoon

Flower Power

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Cup of Joe

A little ink work in the new sketchbook. I’m trying to take the suggestion from an article I read in a recent issue of Artist’s Magazine. Without looking up the quote, the artist interviewed essentially said to stop looking for inspiration in other people’s artwork, but instead create your own. How many wasted minutes have we scrolled through Pinterest looking for inspiration, only to lose sight of the real goal of seeking inspiration?  She feels that when we go searching like this, we are really seeking for artwork to copy, rather than create something original.  She also said to use a variety of materials and experiment with them; stop placing so much pressure on yourself to create a perfect piece every time… Or at all. What better advice? Don’t we place too much pressure to make everything perfect, especially the first go around, because we are all so short on time. 

In this sketch I drew my morning coffee cup, and I didn’t care that you could see all the lines I used to get the curves accurate. I also used several ink options, and made notes to the left to remember which pens I used. I placed a little anecdote in the corner about my dsncing boys, who were engrossed in their Lego playing, which allowed me time to focus on my art (I didn’t even mind the few interruptions from the boys asking me to pry those tiny Lego pieces from their counterparts). Ahhh another peaceful Monday morning. Let there be many more this year!

P.S. I would like to fill the rest of the “white space” in, and may do so later in the day. 

 

Breaking in the new sketchbook

New year means a new sketchbook, right? Not that I need an excuse. Spent a little while today sketching what I saw outside my window using a Micron 08 black pen. The Micron seems to be my go to for ink. I haven’t found anything comparable in my price range. The sketchbook is a $5 steal from Five Below. It is about 9×12 with a black hard cover, spiral bound on top, and the paper is a medium weight and smooth, which works for my method of sketching in ink. My goal for 2017 is to sketch everyday, no matter how small the sketch is. Even a doodle will suffice. I would like to fill this book over the next 365 days. What is your art resolution for 2017?

Cat Nap

I might have been the only mother in the world who just wanted a couple of hours alone on Mother’s Day. My husband took my boys to the playground for an hour or so, and I miraculously created this tiny painting. There’s a Member’s show coming up, and I desperately wanted something new to enter into it.

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So here is Cat Nap, acrylics on Masonite, 4.5″ x 4.5″. I have to finish up the edges, and maybe fix the ear that bugs me, but only if time allows. I will say, an hour alone with the radio and some paints certainly fixed my mood!