Wednesday, April 16, 2014

From the Pages of My Sketchbook

Yes, I'm back with even more bird sketches. I think they are my favorite subject to paint right now. On a side note, the birds outside our house were chirping like crazy this morning. I think the freak April snow confused them. Poor little birdies.

For this colorful fella I used Derwent Inktense Pencils blended with a water brush. I love how vibrant the colors are and that the pencils blend so well with water.

Since I started focusing on painting again, I have finally filled my first sketchbook. It might sound silly, but this is a big accomplishment for me right now. I'm sticking with it and, making time to make art almost every day now, which has been my intention for well over a year. I have several different sketchbooks that I'm currently using, but this is the first one with filled pages.  


My completed pocket Moleskine sketchbook. Started December 2013 and completed March 2014.

This little sketchbook will probably always hold a special place in my heart. Pages filled, a goal achieved, and hopefully the start of something much bigger.

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Out & About

We visited the butterflies at Fredrick Meijer Gardens again, and this time we brought the kids.

It was a gorgeous day, so after seeing the butterflies we took a walk outside. One of my favorite things about FMG is the art. They have a wonderful sculpture collection, mostly outside.

Siblings being siblings in front of this cool sculpture made out of letters. It's part of a trio titled, "I, you, she or he..." by Jaume Plensa.

Allan and Elijah especially like this one, "Neuron" by Roxy Paine.

The waterfall and koi pond is one of my favorite places at the gardens. If you ever get a chance to visit FMG you really should. It's such a fun and beautiful place. Moya and I have decided we'll be using our family membership to go for a walk here at least once a week this summer. I can't wait.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Art Journal Play

Interesting windows can be difficult to find, at least they are where I live, but so fun to paint! This window is from this lighthouse. I was there last summer and snapped the photo that inspired this painting, on the long climb up to the top.

Looking for interesting windows, that I can photograph and later paint, will definitely be on my agenda this summer.

Supplies: Art Journal (handmade using a variety of Arches watercolor paper), Golden Fluid Acrylics, Koi Watercolors.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

From the Pages of My Sketchbook

This morning I awoke to birds chirping. What a welcome sound it was!

Soon it will be warm enough to get outside and do some sketching. Yay for spring!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Art Journal Play

I'm already putting the photos from my recent trip to Fredrick Meijer Gardens to good use.

This art journal spread was all about layers. 

Layers of handwriting in waterproof ink, layers of fluid acrylics and layers of watercolors. I'm still not super comfortable using the fluid acrylics. I need to watch some online videos about how to use them. If you know of any good ones, please share a link in the comments. Thanks!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Out & About

Butterflies. Lots and lots of gorgeous butterflies. That is what we saw on our date at Fredrick Meijer Gardens recently. It has been years since we visited the gardens. Way too long

I decided several months ago that we'd purchase a membership this year. Now that I'm painting, I'm always looking for inspiration, and this place is brimming with it! I also need to walk a lot to help with my breathing problems, and they have some pretty great much more scenic than our subdivision. So I expect we'll have many more visits to the gardens over the next year. It's going to be awesome.

I think this one was my favorite. Gorgeous. As you might have guessed, I love it's bright colors. I'm sure this little beauty will be showing up in my sketchbook sometime soon.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Art Journal Play

Impressionism has always been my favorite style of painting. I loved learning about all the great impressionists in college. My favorite painters are impressionists, but I find this style extremely challenging to achieve myself.

I used a pencil eraser and q-tips to create this acrylic, pointillism portrait. I doubt that Georges Seurat would've been very impressed, but I'm fairly happy with it. The process was a bit challenging, and I did not like this piece during most of the process. In the end though, after some outlining and adding the bright background, I kind of, sort of like it.

The texture that you can achieve with this technique is pretty awesome.

Would I try this technique again? Maybe. Part of me wants to keep trying until I feel I've sort of mastered it, and part of me wants to just run away screaming. ;-)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Hand Warmers

The hand warmers that I mentioned in this post are finally complete. Just in time for spring. Yes, my timing on these could have been a little better. At least they're ready for the fall, and honestly, it's still pretty cold here, so I may get some use out of them yet this season.

I used this pattern from the Purl Bee, with Knit Picks Comfy fingering weight yarn in White, Whisker, Sea Foam and Semolina. The fit is a little loose, but they are super comfy and not at all cumbersome. I can actually draw while wearing them.

Let me know if you have any questions.

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