Friday, May 27, 2016

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Daily art journal pages and two rabbits

A couple of days ago I completely filled my second daily art journal.  Next up, a new journal - the blank page - uh oh.  To conquer the first mark/blank page trepidation, I make it a practice to open the journal and "sign" my name; that's the end of the angst :-)

From my just completed art journal this is how I signed the blank page:

Ink, gel pens, Sharpie markers.

And my new art journal sign in:

Ink, Copic markers.

Signing my name is a simple strategy to just get going :-)

As promised, two rabbits :-)

Brush pen.

Monday, May 23, 2016

A man, a mouse, and A MOO

These three "M"'s are from my current art journal.  I have one more page to complete and then this second journal will be full and done- more about that in the future.

A man:

A mouse:

Drawn with a brush pen.


Friday, May 20, 2016

Art journal doodling - MOO and word art

I have a MOO and a couple of word art words from my art journal :-)

First, the MOO:

Word art number 1:

Kind of a funny one.

Word art number 2:


Doodling... so much fun :-)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Remy and a MOOdle

Remy was larking about in the backyard this afternoon:

He loves the cool, green grass.

He's looking at Michael - "Maybe a game of fetch?"

An appropriate MOOdle, don't you think?

Copic markers, ink

Monday, May 16, 2016

Bird Monday

Despite the chilly, rainy weather we've been experiencing,  birds have been singing and chirping to bring joy to my day.  I really enjoy the birds that perch at the very tippy top of our neighbor's pine tree and just broadcast their news :-)

It's therefore no surprise that birds make their appearance in my art journal.

Flying -
Graphite sketch

And imaginary -
Mixed media

Friday, May 13, 2016

Word play and an out of control pattern :-)

I love to write words and phrases.  Sometimes the words have special meaning to me; or the way the letters come together of the sound of the words themselves are appealing.  These words and phrases often comprise my doodles.

I thought I would share some recent ones:

Not a terrific character trait, but pretty perky visually :-)

I like the simplicity of this one.

I sometimes think memory isn't such a great thing.

Might be the cover of an art journal...

This last one is a pattern from my art journal that overtook the entire "Draw" section (!):


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Art journal entries - a sketch, and a MOO, and some word art :-)

This sketch of a bear's head and the following MOO are from an art journal page from a few days ago:


I like to capture expression in a quick sketch :-)

This is how a MOO (My Own Opinion) begins - a thought roughly written out, usually with some color:

Ink, Copic markers

And some just-for-fun word art, this:

Ink, Sharpie markers

I think it's funny given how wary I am of most flying insects :-)

Monday, May 9, 2016

Making the first mark... easily :-)

I've been making a daily entry in my art journal since early November 2015.  I love having a lot of random thoughts and images gathered in one place.

Every day when I open up my art journal I begin a ritual to make the first marks on the page easily.  I use a black 02 Pigma Micron pen to create the four corner marks (a random shape) and then draw horizontal and vertical lines to connect them.  From there I divide the page into specific sections of "Draw", "Misc", "Ideas/To Dos", and an area for journaling some thoughts.  Boom, I am on my way :-)

These are straight out of my daily journal:

word art -

Copic markers, ink

Acrylic line art -



Copic markers, ink

Friday, May 6, 2016

Jackdaw and a MOO

I have drawn ravens and jays but never a jackdaw... until now :-)


And more from my art journal, this MOO:

Copic markers, ink

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

CRD - no stress, just fun

I love creating patterns and also this kind of thing:

Reds Oranges Magentas

I describe it as a Controlled Random Doodle :-)

Here is another one from my daily art journal:

Moody Cabernet

Creating a CRD is involving and freeing at the same time.  No stress, judgment, or concern for the outcome.  How fabulous is that :-)

Monday, May 2, 2016

Two tree paintings

I love trees; they are so varied and beautiful.  Late last year Carla Sonheim offered Diane Culhane's online class, "For the Love of a Tree".  I signed up immediately :-)

One of Diane's assignments was to create two small 5" x 5" paintings focusing on value. 

The first painting began with a warm base color to which was added its complementary color:

Blue-violet overlaying Yellow-orange

After much layering of opaque and transparent colors, the finished painting:

The second painting began with a cool color which was overlaid by its complementary color:

Vat orange overlaid with cobalt blue.

Final painting:

I enjoy the spontaneity of this approach.  I have to suspend judgment and to go along with what happens, respond to the previous mark or color, allow for accidents - very liberating :-)