Friday, January 28, 2011

Water Lily

A fun time with markers produced this water lily. Even inexpensive markers can produce a nice piece. Just  make sure that the marker set you are using has several shades of  blues, greens and browns. The white of the paper did a lot of work for this piece.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Lemons Lemons

More crayon work. There are many layers of crayon in this piece and it is called burnishing. Layer upon layer eventually gives way to a smoothness. I have scratched away the veining for the leaves. I went through a crayon phase a few years ago and probably would enjoy opening the box again.

Saturday, January 15, 2011


I realized some years ago that my life is a series of cycles or phases, except for chocolate which is constant. I become engaged in wanting to learn about a specific subject and proceed to read, watch, experiment and strive to accomplish some part or all of it. Remember, I said they are phases or cycles so once I have had a week, month, year to play with it I am ready to move on. The watermelon slice is from a crazy craze with plain ol' crayons a little while back. Getting involved with the Sketchbook Challenge has me blog hopping all over the net and I have learned that I can take previous play and involve it in todays new page. So much to learn!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Cherry Trio

A small piece, Artist Trading Card size of 2 1/2' x 3 1/2" I did several of these cards a while back, mostly of cherries and pears which I love to draw and paint.  I like to do these small pieces with watercolor pencils. It is so easy to draw with the pencil, then add water to brush and viola' you have a painting. I use Derwent and Daler Rowney watercolor pencils.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Face Study 1

If nothing else the Sketchbook Challenge has reacquainted me with some of the things I have done in years past. I have always enjoyed drawing but had wanted to learn how to paint and so I did learn a method. I don't strive for perspective or composition, those elements weren't required for a method. And at this place in my life the most important thing is just to enjoy the doing. The simple sketches of faces in this study were done from photos of people in magazines and I was wanting to capture a feeling.
I did go off to Walmart to buy a new set of Crayola markers today, for I will do more of that.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Trumpet Vine

Well, the challenge has sent me scrambling around for some of my scribbles as I am not doing one sketch a day or even every few days. Don't even know if I can consider myself a sketcher. But, I am feeling some excitement from all this and want to dip into it. I remember the day of doing this Trumpet Vine, I had treated myself to a new box of markers at Walmart and came home and sat right down to play. I do think that many of us involved in this endeavor are untrained but we are possessors of talent and we do like to share and see what the rest are doing. We have painted trumpet vine in class and of course I have posted about this beautiful but invasive weed on the weedy acres home blog.

Friday, January 7, 2011

The Sketchbook Challenge is growing and so many talented people are giving and sharing in this endeavor. I want to get a habit, a habit of sketching, drawing and trying new things with art. Today I sorta cheated. I went to and did a word cloud of things associated with the challenge.  Some people would have sat down and did all of this with a pen, pencil or paint brush. This is not the actual one that I posted on the wordle site but I like it too. Anything that helps you create is good for the Sketchbook Challenge.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Sketchbook Challenge 2011

The Sketchbook Challenge begins today. I will be stumbling around with this as I have not kept sketchbooks in the past. I doodle and scribble and I do it on anything including bills that are due, even the counter tops in the kitchen don't escape the doodles. I do have files of these scribbles and doodles that I can't seem to part with and I am hoping the challenge will get me organized and focused with my scribbling. There are many wonderful artist and others that are sharing their knowledge to help those of us willing to try. You can access all the information by clicking on the Sketchbook Challenge Badge that I have placed on the left sidebar.