iHanna’s Postcard Swap

iHanna’s Postcard Swap was one of my major influences for starting the Artistic Road Trip (ART) Project. I found her blog last fall but that swap was full so this one is my first. I loved the process and the challenge! Yesterday I received my first postcard in the mail! I can’t describe how happy…

Long time coming…

It’s official. I’m changing my life. I gave notice at the job I’ve held for 11 years and my last day will be at the end of May. By mid-June I’ll be a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT), I have the summer off to be with my kids and to set up my teaching/open studio in…

Painting something

I’ve been all over the place today, not being able to settle on one thing to do for very long. It’s difficult when I don’t have something specific in mind. Feeling called to color though I decided to just put brush to canvas and see about blending. Perhaps once things are dry I’ll know what…

Owl

The other day a good friend and I went for a long walk, during which I found an almost perfectly round stone. I kept walking but decided it was too good to pass up so I went back and picked it up. For some reason I can’t quite explain I knew this rock was meant…

Alone

Derek took the kids to see his mom in AZ for a couple of days and I’ve had the house to myself. Alone. It has been lovely beyond expression. This is not a comment on my kids or Derek but it speaks loudly of me. How much I need time doing things for and by…

Charcoal

Part of today’s assignment had me playing with charcoal. I haven’t used it before and I liked it. Pictured below is the ‘try to capture the form of something in only a few strokes’ exercise. It continues to amaze me how having limits can be so freeing. It didn’t have to look like anything. Just…

Blobs

New challenges are great…right? The online class, Imaginary Creatures, I’m taking has a flickr site where anyone in the class can upload images of their completed homework. This is intimidating. I suspected it might be but now that I’m in it my old critic is taunting me by waving her big bright banner of ‘not…

Sidewalk Crack

I’m taking an online class from Carla Sonheim called Imaginary Creatures. The tagline on her website is ‘the art of silliness.’ I definitely need more of that. Here are some animals I liberated from a photo she sent of a sidewalk crack.

Splatter

Quinn and I were both cranky today and found ourselves cuddling together on the couch after school. “What would you like to do Quinn?” “I dunno. What do you wanna do?” “I want to draw.” I went to my studio space and went looking for a light sketch book and instead found one with sturdy…

Contour Drawing

Apparently blind contour drawing is a good way to loosen up the pencil, get rid of the fear of white space and remember how to play on the paper. I took a picture with my phone with bad lighting so the photo’s not great but these are some of mine from tonight. They’re kind of…

Bread and Knobs

The other day I assisted Quinton as he made his first homemade bread. While we waited for it to rise, I pulled out a few doorknobs that I’d found on the side of the road awhile back and began painting them. Bread, painting, bread, painting. I pulled out a stick to paint the white dots…

Cat

The kids began the day with their aunt Heather and had to come home a few short hours later because of a fight that ended with Quinn getting twin fingernail gouges on his neck. They’ve been getting on each others last nerve so I wasn’t surprised to get the call to come get them. I…

Request from Quinn

Last night before going to bed Quinn cut little strips of paper and gave one to me, Aunt Heather, Isabella, and Derek. “I cut these so you could each draw on it or something. And that will be your bookmark. If you want.” When Heather was gathering her things to go home he made sure…

The Sea

I spent some time looking at the seahorse I’d drawn and the background I’d painted. I figured a quote would be good. I printed the quote onto tracing paper, ripped it out and then using a gel medium, glued it to the canvas. Then the seahorse followed. I’m not sure if I’m finished yet. I’ll…

No Map

I found myself with a few spare hours and I wandered into my studio space wanting to do something. It was drizzling outside so I didn’t feel like going to work on the stump. My studio was so clean, I knew where everything was but I had no idea what to do. After fumbling around…

More Garden Stakes

Today I did more garden stakes. I still need to label them but for the most part they’re done. The photo shows my progression from rough sketch to wood burning and I tried colored pencil this time around.

Practice Fairy Faces

It’s been awhile since I’ve tried sketching any faces and tonight felt like a good time for some reason. One of these days I’ll jump from fairies to people, although I’m guessing I’ll always make them have features larger than normal cuz it’s fun.

Flower – again

One of the nice things of having an art space for myself is the ability to leave things out. I’ve noticed I can walk into the room, spend a few minutes on something and then move back out of the room. Getting out my things is no longer a task which makes the act of…

Garden Stakes

Tomatoes are finally planted (thanks Kaitlyn)!! The little black monster keeps taking the tag that came with the plants and that made me remember the stake I made as a tester from a paint stir stick. So here are the first two that will actually get posted in the garden. (I never got around to…

Pencil Flower

Last week I saw a flower on my walk to work that caught my eye. I took a photo of it thinking I’d like to try recreating it somehow. Tonight I tried out a combination of colored and watercolor pencils. I’m not finished with it but here’s the progression from tonight.

Palette

I’m trying to get myself back in gear and I’ve been wanting to play with 2 new sets of colored pencils. One is a Prismacolor Premier and the other is Faber-Castell Watercolour. I love working with pencils and the set I’ve been working with I’ve had for years and has limited colors. I’ve been hesitant…

Part 2

Here’s day 2 of working on the painting. Today was very subtle work, darkening some areas and lighting others. I’m struggling with the process. It’s difficult to give myself the space to work through, what to me seems, a sophomoric painting. But I have to remind myself I have no techniques to lean on –…

Painting

There’s an image from while I was in Mexico that won’t leave my mind. The beach, ocean and sky. I began painting it tonight. One of the challenges for me is not finishing something in one sitting. Therefore, I’m forcing myself to be quick in short bursts. Begin and then let it rest for a…

Blending

For my birthday I got some new colored pencils as well as a colorless blending pencil. I played around with making wide swaths of colors and then tried blending. There’s no fine detail or anything on this but it gave me a good feel for how to use it for that in the future. I…

Stationary Bike

Almost a year ago I took this photo of a bike. I saw it often on my morning walks around the neighborhood and something about it always made me happy. An old rusty bike finding new life as a garden ornament holding flowers. Admittedly I wished they’d taken the idea further – brighter flowers, perhaps…

Egg

I’d hard boiled eggs on Sunday with every intention of decorating them with the kids. It didn’t happen. But who says Easter is the only day to decorate eggs? We’ll still do it, perhaps this weekend. But tonight I wanted to try out the idea that Isabella gave me last Sunday. The eggs were boiled…