Friday, May 20, 2016

Paint Party Friday

My Sketches

One of the pencil sketches from last week became my entry for the theme of "Wonder" on Color Me Positive.
I used Inktense spray watercolor inks with a paint brush.  I love the way they apply and the colors are so much brighter than watercolor. 

 This one is still a WIP.  I finally found a way to use the solvent with colored pencils to eliminate the grainy effect resulting from the paper texture.  A very small paper stick made for pencil blending works great.  I have great hopes for this one.  Keep my fingers crossed.  Often my visions do not look as good on paper as they do in my imagination. Does that happen to anyone?


Blick Art Supplies is sponsoring a contest.  Draw a portrait of your pet. Check out the  Blick Portrait Contest.  I drew our little long haired Dashund that crossed the rainbow bridge several years ago.  She was a rescue after the terrible hurricane Ike which hit us in 2008. We named her T'Ike. (usually known as Tike)  My husband was retired but I was still working and she was his best buddy. 

Some bits from nature this week. These are not professional photos.  Feel free to use them for paintings.

Dandelions in the park

 ...and a basking lizard

...  grapes and ginger flowers in my back yard.

Be sure to check out all the goodies at  Paint Party Friday

Happy Friday  
Dr Who the tenth Doctor minion 
ATC card

Saturday, May 14, 2016

My Drawing Board This Week

Paint Party Friday 

 I finished finally.  Though I see some shading that still needs to be done, it is pretty much done. I had some great suggestions for names but I remembered a book I read as a kid.  "Brighty of the Grand Canyon.  Therefore I decided to call my burro "Brighty".

Another item I have been working on is this armadillo.  

My first background attempt was disappointing so I cut the armadillo and foreground away from the background...  

and made a new background that was better planned.
I think I like it better.

Some sketches.  Maybe they will go further, and maybe not

For the Mixed Media Monthly challenge of butterflies and blooms, this is an ATC card


My beautiful roses and cards  from Mother's Day last Sunday. My two adorable grand kids added some of their art work.

Thanks for viewing. Have a great weekend and new week.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Paint Party Friday

 WIP Friday

Everything on my desk this week is unfinished.  Two more drawings for my  alphabet series.   I made another "A" for the colorful alphabet - a colorful armadillo. I don't know what to do with the background yet.  And then I made a pencil drawing with a collage for the pencil and color alphabet. "D" for doll. This one was made from a photo I took at a flea market. There is something compelling and spooky about these old dolls. And then there is  my little burro still waiting for his body.

 This is what I have done for my colorful alphabet.  Some of these are older paintings and some are new.  Still need an "A" which is on my drawing table now.
  And this is my pencil drawing alpha.  I love pencil and color combined.  Maybe this will be my "style".  Need a B and C for this one.

But wait!  I finished the doll and made a couple of little "quickies". Quickies for me take a minimum of two hours.  The caterpillar had two versions but I was just not pleased with the first one.  I  threw it away.  I almost never throw anything away. There is almost always something that can be done though perhaps not according to the original plan. So, I dug it out of the trash, changed day to night and put in some fireflies.  There, I like it better.  Do you throw away disappointing work?

      The bottom one is a watercolor of my grand children in my backyard.  I made it for  a Mothers Day card for my sister in law.  She is like a third grand mother to them.  And a Happy Mothers Day to everyone.  Even if your babies have fur, you are a mother to someone.Linking to Paint Party Friday


Saturday, April 30, 2016

Texas and the Paint Party

Remember the Alamo!


Last week end Hubby and I went to the annual reenactment of the Battle of San Jacinto.  Every April Texas history buffs, horsemen and reenactors gather at the San Jacinto monument located near the Houston Ship Channel where the actual site of the battle that ended the Texas battle for freedom from Mexico took place on April 21, 1836.  Cannons boomed, horses galloped and grown men dressed in frontier gear fired pop guns.  

 It was an interesting day with square dancers, Native American dancers and lots of banjo music and at the end of the day, a cool margarita and some enchiladas.  Perfect.

Here is what is on my desk this week. What Is On Your Workdesk Wednesday and in my art studio I had a helper, or at least a watcher. See her there peeking over the edge of the table?  She does not let me pet her very much but she loves to watch and follows me throughout the house.

 On my table you can see  a curious object decorated with artistic swirls. I found this at a resale shop.  It is a beatifully worked leather folder decorated with colored stones, a brass snake and a leather strap to tie it up.  Inside are pages of really nice buff colored paper that feels almost hand made.  I have no idea what I will do with it.  It is just too nice to scribble in but I simply could not resist it.  Any suggestions?

Here are my contributions to Paint Party Friday    Ya'll come on over and check us out.

I am embarking on a project, 100 Day Project. This is a project I read about on The Great Discontent - 100 Days Project  Using the alphabet as inspiration and beginning of course with A, I plan to make 26 small drawings or paintings based on each letter of the alphabet. This is my own personal challenge, I did not officially enter the 100 Days Project. I did cheat somewhat for the letter "C".  My painting for that day was ...disappointingLooking through my archives I found the "catfish" which fits the theme nicely.  So I did follow my rules of a drawing a day.  We will see what happens with the other 74 drawings...

I am also working on a larger piece using graphite pencil and colored  pencils. 

A burro standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon.  I have not decided on a name.   Does anyone have any ideas?

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Ink for Paint Party Friday

Some Ink Work

 No I didn't get a tattoo, just trying some quick evening drawing sessions with ink.  I am really enjoying practicing various ink textures, especially those of Edward Corey.  These were done for a themed month of drawings on Color Me Positive


Inner Beauty


 Some other activities this week, a quick business trip to the coast. But I did manage to get a few photos.

 The alligater?  This is bayou and swamp country.
  There are a lot of them
 That's my week, aside from a face plant on a neighborhood sidewalk.  But fortunately my large nose and hands took the largest brunt of the impact.  I am wearing a lovely nose bandaid.

  Linking up with lots of other great artists at Paint Party Friday.

And for Kitty Par-Tay, I pulled this one out of my archives.
Blue Cat and the Mice

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Cat Art for Caterday Saturday

Funny Old Weasley

Weasley came to us as an almost new born.  My daughter found him in the parking lot at her school on a very rainy night.  His eyes were just barely open.  We nursed him with a baby bottle and he thrived in spite of a terrible infection which threatened to destroy his tail.  We nursed him through that with daily baths in antiseptic soap and his tail was saved.  He had a funny habit of resting with his elbows spread out to the side.

I made this drawing with ball point pens, challenging but fun.

Linking to Athena Cat Goddess Caterday
                    Kitty Par-TAY Feline art

Friday, April 15, 2016

It Was a Good Day

I am falling in love with my new little community, In the year 2000 an idea was born to encourage tourism by placing the Pelican Path Project was born.  Approximately 45 fiberglass penguins were placed around the area and artists were interviewed.  This is one charmingly painted like an artist.

One day this  past week hubby and I set off on a little adventure.  There are several intriguing little shops around town but they are  best explored with my daughter rather than hubby.  A story for another day.   So, we set off to stroll one of the many walking trails scattered throughout the town. This park had a beautiful little butterfly park, a huge ancient oak -( hi sweetie),  some wildlife and then some cool refreshment at our favorite pub at our favorite table with a great view. Yes it was a very good day.

I have been working on this piece off and on for the better part of a week.  I think now I can finally call it finished. These were both done for a challenge on "Color Me Positive"
 The first one is for the theme "Hope" and the second theme is "Brave".

Linking up with Paint Party Friday