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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Dreaming of Spring (Sunday Sketches)

This is not complete but I think if I don't post it now I won't get a chance to put it up for Sunday Sketches. I'll continue working on it tonight. The original flower was one I've seen online but when I took a screenshot I only saved it under flower...I know...anyway, I will look for the link and add the source to the post.

I am desperate for Spring to come. I'm just at the tail end of my second cold of this year...which I am blaming on the weather. It honestly knocked me on my back for the last few days. I don't usually nap when I'm sick because I'm always having to run with kids somewhere, but this week, I called people to help and if it was something I had to do I would set the timer on the stove and crash on the couch. Hubby and the kids were helpful but they fully enjoyed the fact that I had no voice (at all...nada) for 5 days.

So bring on sunshine and warm weather. I am truly done with this white stuff.

***ok, I've finished with the colours. Happy SS!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Tree WIP (Sunday Sketches)

I've been working on this tree but unfortunately I have to put it away for a bit this afternoon. I do plan on getting back to it tonight but right now real life is interrupting. There is still a lot of detail to add and maybe (most likely) there will be colour.  (The inspiration is on the Art with Mr. E blog)

There is so much gorgeous sunshine outside right now though it's still -14. It's funny how the sun can just make your day. Happy SS

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Jump In (Creative Tuesdays)

This year, for me artistically, has been about trying a lot of new things. I'm hoping to join some art communities like Creative Tuesdays so I can experiment, learn from other artists and have time goals to get a sketch done.

This drawing really isn't something I'd normally think to draw. I took the theme "Jump In" and drew something quite literal. My scale is off and I'm not sure if you can tell that the girl has her knees bent when she is jumping but it was fun to try this and realize that if I did take the time and keep trying, this could turn into something more. I've been so focused on using colour lately because I'm desperately craving it with all the white we've been living in for months... it was almost weird just to use a graphite pencil on this.

My hubby and oldest son both like some of the new pics I've done but have asked me when I'm going to start drawing something in my 'real' style. Maybe that's a compliment on my portrait style but I'm having too much fun trying new stuff right now to focus on one type of art. This was a good theme for me because I feel like I am 'jump[ing] in' to all sorts of new and good things.

Monday, March 17, 2014

So Nothing's Happening With My Room but...

I'm going to have plenty to put on the walls. :)

I may have mentioned how much I loved this lettering art. I drew 2 more pics yesterday, plus finished my drawing for next week's Creative Tuesday. It was a wonderful clearing out of the art room though. I just didn't want to put my sketch pad and markers/ pencil down.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Art and (lots of) Stuff (Sunday Sketches)

I have a spare room in my home where everyone stores a lot of stuff. Ugly, tall, brown bookshelves down one whole wall, full of books, games, knickknacks, both my kids hospital bracelets and release papers (my oldest is now 15), papers and things no one wants anymore. There is a huge desk with a corner middle part and 2 long sides, plus an extra storage section, taking up 2 other walls. The fourth wall is a closet. Then there is the floor, which is covered (and I mean walk carefully, covered) with more stuff. Baskets of old school work, toys that are now too young, Christmas wrap, bins of out of season clothes... lots of stuff.  Ironically, it's also called Mom's room. So hubby and I started talking about truly making this my room years ago. Part of me would just like to gut it but another part is always worried I'll throw out a treasure. So here I sit years later still working on art projects at a tiny little computer desk in my kitchen...very sad.

BUT...this week (March Break of course) I decided to start claiming my space. I started clearing stuff out a little bit at a time. It may take a while yet but I'm feeling positive that I will have my very own art space this year. So in the spirit of those positive feelings, I decided to create something that I could hang up on the wall when I finally get my space the way I want it. I found a pin on Pinterest by Olivia and Co. that does clip art. I absolutely love the style and decided to try it, to make my first art room sign.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Colour on a very white day

We had a blizzard here today so I sat down and worked on the Zentangle pic I started from the YouTube tutorial last week. It's not perfect but it was a lot of fun to do. I think I may have to do more of these.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Happy Colour Blobs

So yay! I finally got the type of watercolour blobs that I was looking for. I definitely have to keep working on it but at least I feel I'm headed in the right direction. My marker in this was a little too thick for the note to self: buy a fine tip marker. Right now, with no end to winter/snow in site, I'm desperate for colour and looking forward to trying more things with these paints. This was another pic I found on Pinterest (linking back to


Sunday, March 2, 2014


I was so excited to start this new drawing. I really think that zentangles look so cool and you can make them so colourful. I started this last week, following this YouTube tutorial. This woman is good at what she does. It's funny because the actual face, I think, is supposed to be such a minor part of the drawing with the focus on all the hair details. I'm so used to drawing portrait style that it was really hard for me to put such little effort and no shading into the facial features. I erased it so many times, then realized that no matter what I drew, it really isn't my drawing style and was never going to become what I thought it should be... so I took a deep breath and moved on.

Unfortunately, life does tend to change plans. My oldest son was in a drama festival this past week. Drama being a very accurate word. The stress levels and dramatic disorganization in our lives was through the roof. So of course, I got sick. I didn't actually realize I was getting sick until the day everything was over because honestly, who had time for that. I went to see his show and though I'm normally always freezing, I was so hot that my friend sitting with me said she could feel the heat coming off me. Should have been my first clue, but of course it wasn't until I could barely get out of bed the next day did I realize I had a fever.

So why all this rambling...well I'm not even close to done my picture but I'm just going to add what I've finished already, just to get me back on track with working on my art. I'm hoping now that I'm feeling a little better I can finish it today or tomorrow and get to use my new markers that I bought before all this started.