Wakey Wakey, Rise and Shakey!

Who needs caffeine when you can wake up to this?! I ask you.   This painting from my art journal is brought to you by M. Graham watercolor pigments (cadmium yellow, phthalo blue and quinacridone violet), Neocolor water-soluble crayons, and Polychromos colored pencils.   And a good old Pitt artist pen, superfine nib.


I enjoy drawing realistically, but I’m really enjoying working abstract lately, I think, because I find art to be very therapeutic.   This type of artwork in particular seems to have a direct connection to my mind and emotions. It is so much more expressive for me right now, and freeing. And it feels good.

Just like Friday feels good! I hope you all are dancing like you mean it today! Peace.

56 thoughts on “Wakey Wakey, Rise and Shakey!

    1. Thank you, I’m so glad you like it! I started it Tuesday and I knew it needed something, but wasn’t sure what….finally picked it up again last night and thought I might have overdone it a bit by the time I called it done. Anyway, loving these abstracts. πŸ’›

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  1. Color is never too much! the DB experience was fun. And, they gave us a bag filled with art supplies. I’ll post the picture of the supplies on Monday. I decided not to get the watercolor crayons…I bought more paper and a few more Tombows instead.

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    1. Yay, looking forward to seeing your bag! You’re a wizard with those Tombow markers; glad you added a few more to your arsenal. I’m so glad Blick isn’t local to me; I’d be bankrupt lol! Glad you had a good time, Sharon. And I’m glad you like my colors today! πŸ’›

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    1. I’m really glad you like it! I’m also glad you explained how your eye moves through it, because I’m trying to learn more about composition so that I can direct the viewer’s eye with intent. It feels like I’m miles from that now, but nice to have a goal to reach toward! I think maybe the lighter colors at the bottom may have been what drew your eye there to start.

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  2. I cannot stand how much I love this!!!😝😍😜. I have been visiting so many little art galleries this week in the French quarter and muses in NOLA, and I can totally see this on one of the walls – large – with a spotlight shining on it – and a contemplating bench in front of it. Oh Laura! You’ve knocked my socks off (and strangely the first thing I saw was bare feet). haha!

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    1. Thank you, Jodi! You are a joy-flinger, lady. What a nice comment, made my day! I’m planning to go up to my 9×12″ journal of the same paper with this work, especially after your comment re the size. I’d like to try something like this but larger and see if I can pull it off. Who knows, it may throw off my mojo, but it figure it’s worth checking to see, at any rate. Thanks again for your encouragement, my friend, and I hope we see lots of photos from your journey! πŸ’›πŸ’œπŸ’›

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  3. WOWSA Laura! LOVE the colors!!! And the dots really gives movement and interest to your painting. Looks like the party has already started on your paint palette! WhooooHoooo! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜„πŸŽ¨πŸŒŸ Wishing you a weekend of paint splashing!🎨🌟🌈

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            1. Ooh teal, that’s a really good one Jill! I like the complementary colors together but I always wanna throw in more for fun. What about magenta with orange and teal? Too much? What would you put with orange and teal, or would you say those two together are enough? You have a great color sense. I just love color!!

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              1. Oh, I like magenta with orange and teal – that sounds yummy together! LOL! I love color too! I finished my pea doodle – lots of color – will post it on Sunday! Look forward to hearing what you think! πŸ™‚

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                1. Oh yay!!! :)))))) Looking forward to it, Jill! I’m so glad you like those three colors hehe! About ten years ago I’d have been afraid of so much vibrant color together but the older I get, the more I just love it. Can’t get enough!! I really enjoy when you throw so many brights together, because you always get something beautiful. That art journal suggestion was so the best; I might not have decided to play without it. What a perfect place to play, and decide what you’d like to develop into a full-blown painting, maybe. πŸŽ¨πŸ™€πŸ‘πŸ˜Š

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  4. Beautiful, bright and colorful. I found myself tilting my head, this way and that, studying it from all angles. I really like viewing this composition from the left side as though the left side of the paper was the base. I see figures facing a sunset. It seems spiritual.

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