Friday, February 12, 2016


Me and My Cuz

Kids, You can talk and talk til your face is blue.
Kids, but they still do just what they want to do.
Why can't they be like we were, perfect in every way. 
Oh what's the matter with kids today? 

Words of a verse from the song "Kids'
from  the musical Bye Bye Birdie.  

Playing again this week with faces for 29 Faces in February.
 I hope everyone is having as much fun with their month long challenge as I am.

 I drew Me and My Cuz using a Bic mechanical pencil on a small piece of 3.5 x 2.5" stained illustration board with an old family photo as my source.  My little cousin and I are both a bit older now, and we were of course perfect kids.  I am the grinning one with the curly hair.  The sun was in our eyes.  Photo rules way back when were that the sun must always be to the photographers back.  Thus the subjects were always grimacing.

My grand children visited last summer.  I bought a toy flute for them to play with.  However, the repeated toots drove us to sending them outside to play it.  I wanted to draw my grandson from a photo that I took but no matter how much I tweaked and corrected my drawing it never looked like him.  So it is just an imaginary little boy, "The Piper".  I am working in mechanical pencil with accents of color for this series.  This one is pencil with watercolor and colored pencil accents.


The eyes have it.  I found a couple of photos that really spoke to me.   The little girl had really striking blue eyes and an absolutely  fantastic smile.   I drew her in  pencil with watercolor and collage.  The little boy has such a serious expression, so opposite from the little girl.  Great expressions which I tried to reproduce with justice.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Mama Cactus and a Mystery


This week, I tied to combine two challenges in one piece of artwork.  Lazy?  Maybe but I work slowly and having just moved into a new house there are many other decorating projects to occupy my time.  Oh yes, and here in the south, spring is coming and planting to be done.  This place really needs some flowers for color.

But back to the subject at hand. Gypseefire's Weekly Challenge  posted a word challenge that was just too tempting to ignore.  From a list of words, the artist was to choose three or four of the words and create a piece of artwork incorporating those words.  I chose yellow, door, cactus and three.

  I immediately got the idea for my painting from this photo of a pot of my cacti.  Here was my mama cactus and her many little pups, but I just needed three. 

And here she is.  Lovely mother looking adoringly at her three little pups.  Aren't they sweet?  This painting was done with watercolor and acrylic on low texture watercolor paper.  Some of the shading and details were done with colored pencil. Using the pencils give the face a softer look.


In a totally different mood is number 4 for 29 Faces in February.  "Mystery" was all I could think of to call it.  I also used watercolor and acrylic for this one but I chose not to blend her face with colored pencil as I did on the other piece. 

So, there are four faces in "Mama Cactus" which can be faces number 5,6,7 and 8.  I will try to do as many faces as I can, but if I fall behind and do not make the 29, the little cactus baby cactus faces can make up the difference.  Right?

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Saturday, January 30, 2016



Portraits 1, 2 and 3 for 29 Faces in February

I was so in love with this photo of my grand daughter that I knew that I had to try to draw it.


 She and her brother were blowing bubbles in my backyard.  They were so engrossed in their  bubble fun that they were unaware of me and my camera.  When I called her name, she looked up and I captured her far away and slightly startled look. .. like a deer. 

Playing around with some digital cut outs.
I think this is my favorite.

My first watercolor portrait. 
I am afraid I lost my little girl along the way.
 Let's repeat that... it's my first.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Autumn Spirit

While I was busy packing for our move, my supplies were limited. I drew two detailed pieces during this time using materials available to me which were ball point pens and a few colored pencils.  Inspired by the 1986 movie "Legend", I used the image of Oona the fairy and the blood moon to create the magic mood of an autumn night. 

Winter is coming...uh oh.  It is here and with a vengeance.  I have seen so many photos of deep snow that many of you are experiencing.  I love snow, a little of it anyway and for a short period of time.  Stay warm friends, and safe.

Meanwhile here on the Texas Gulf coast, we are having our winter of 40 degrees.. Oh brrrr, you say.  Yes we are lucky, and how about that stunning full moon we had last night.   Oh my!  

That Old Devil Moon

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Sunday, January 17, 2016


Revenant - One who returns, a ghost 
For those who have followed my blog previously,  
glad you came back and welcome to newcomers.
 I have been gone for a long time, and now I have returned.
I moved late in the year 2015 and gave up most of my drawing and painting.  This drawing is one which I made during my hiatus.  The theme which I chose to follow was "first lines" from a Facebook site called  "Art From the Heart"
I chose to illustrate the first lines of  T,S. Elliot's Jellicle Cats.  Most of my materials were packed but I did have ball point pens, a few colored pencils and copy paper. Sometimes necessity produces new avenues.  I liked working with these limited materials.  Maybe I will do more. We all love our most recent drawing and this one is still my favorite.

Hope you enjoy viewing the Jellicles and if you do please take a moment to just say a word or two.  Suggestions are also welcome. Hope you will visit again.

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