Saturday, May 28, 2016

My Week in Review

Week Off

Only two offerings this week for Paint Party Friday.
This one for the theme of "Abundance" for Color Me Positive.
I used ball point pen and graphite pencil here except for her face.  Faces can be obtained with ball point but only in strong color.  I used oil pastels for her face and hand.

This is "Dawn".  She was made with Prismacolor pencils, gel pen and acrylic applied with a rubber stamp.
Linking today with Paint Party Friday



Very little work was accomplished this week.  I've been on vacation.  Yum, lunch at Mi Tierra in the old Market Square in San Antonio, Tx.  I love that city.  It has been one of my favorite places ever since I was a small child.  The heart of the city is the beautiful river walk and lush, green Brackenridge Park with its winding river, lush gardens and ancient oak trees.

Of course one must visit the Alamo no matter how many times one has seen it and I still love the zoo. 


San Antonio is a wonderful blend of the very old and the new.

I also accomplished one of my long time wishes, to go up in a helicopter.  It was just a short 45 second ride.  Left me wanting more.

Have a great and safe holiday weekend folks.  Come back next week.

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



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