I was experimenting with a different technique for the background on this painting...yuck! I was very disappointed in the result...so I kept painting and painting...so, to try to salvage the painting...I pulled out a pen and added some ink lines. I hate to throw a painting in the trash. Maybe I'll just cut this one up and create an abstract collage.
The two hardest flowers for me to draw and capture their 3-dimensional qualities are daffodils and lilies. Since daffodils are beginning to bloom...maybe this spring I'll make an effort to do more daffodil paintings. This is one I started last night...but did not finish the background.
I went to Wilmington Monday to visit the grandbabies...oh, how quickly they grow up. Here's a very serious looking picture of Charlie who is just five weeks old. We took him to IHOP on Pancake Day and he slept the whole thing while Ginger and I enjoyed our pancakes and crepes!
A quickie drawing yesterday while watching television...in pen and ink. I like to do a completely blind contour drawing around the outer edges of everything...then go back and finish the inside drawing of the objects.
I've had so much going on lately...that my drawings have taken a "back seat"...so hopefully today, I'll get back in the groove.
I love painting flowers, but I have no more to paint right...so I dug through my photos and found this barn picture that I liked...so I painted it. When I scanned it, the blue in the sky kind of faded away...so I see that it needs another layer of blues.
Last night, we had tuna patties for supper...delicious! So, while I was cooking, I decided to do a quick drawing in my small Moleskine. What a "small" drawing it ends up being. I'm just not used to drawing that small. I will buy a larger Moly next time...since that would be closer to the size that I'm used to using. But this size will be nice to carry in my purse so I will have it in the event I'm somewhere with nothing to do but wait...then I'll have something to draw on.
I was looking over some of paintings today and found this one that I had never completed...so I pulled it out and finished it up. When I painted it, there was something about it that bothered me...but right now, I can't remember what it was...maybe the leaves...but anyhow, it's finished now and I'm posting it.
I was sitting here and realized I hadn't done a drawing today. I had a tube of watercolor paint on the table right beside me...so I picked up my Moly and started drawing using pencil.
But then I remembered that I have been creative today...I made a Valentine card for my DH using "My Red Heart" pen and ink that I posted yesterday. I printed it from my computer onto greeting card stock using my Hallmark Card Studio program. I told him it was a piece of my art work...then he turned the card over...saw the word Hallmark on the back of the card and told me he didn't believe me. I insisted that it was MY drawing...showed him my sketchbook and my initials on the card. Then I had to explain about the Hallmark software and how you can insert your own artwork...and he thought that was amazing....and he liked the card. He bought me a Valentine card this year. He usually makes me one and writes me a poem...so I was surprised when he gave me the card...but it was very sweet.
This is second drawing in Moly sketchbook. I used watercolor pencils to add some color...and this time I drew across both pages. Seems a little strange to do that, but I guess it's something you get used to doing. After I scanned this...I added a bit of water to some of the areas...but I think in the future, I'll use my watercolor Moly for wet media. I was afraid the water would wrinkle my paper or maybe bleed through to the back...so I was very careful to only add a tiny bit of water.
I bought a very small Moleskine sketchbook...one that I can carry around with me all the time. I did my first drawing in it today. This book is 5.6" x 3.6" and I'm used to sketchbooks from 5" x 7" up to 9" x 12". It is definitely going to take getting used to drawing that small. I have a set of cups that I bought years ago because they had red flowers on them...but they are small and don't hold as much coffee as a mug...so they sit on a shelf just looking pretty. I choose to draw one of them to christen my new sketchbook. I used pencil, then a very fine Micron pen to go over the drawing...then used watercolor pencils to add a bit of color.
I just love Paint Shop Pro. I have Photoshop, too...but I always go back to Paint Shop Pro to play around my images. It was fun to play around with my Hibiscus from a previous post and create this new image.
Lately, I've been picking out popcorn pieces to draw...and after I finished the pencil drawing of this one and scanned it...it just seemed to say "FROG"...so I asked my friend, Annie, who's also on "Every Day Matters" what she thought about the drawing. She wrote back saying it looked like a frog to her...so I just had to turn it into a frog. What fun to play around in Paint Shop Pro...which is similar to Photoshop. I use both programs but always seem to end up going back to PSP.
I am an artist who enjoys drawing; painting; creating silver, enameled and beaded jewelry; photography; and digital art. I also enjoy playing a dulcimer.
In 2007, I discovered the mountain dulcimer and I've spent the last couple of years learning to play this instrument.