Mara, What Lovely EYES You Have (#43): 100 Face Challenge

I recently discovered a fabulous place here at WP called Gold Hearts Blog. There are so many amazing artists and photographers here, and some people are lucky to be called both. Brianna is such a person, and when I saw this photo of her cat, Mara, I just couldn’t resist!


I hope you enjoy. Oh, so struck by her eyes! That 2B graphite pencil is starting to become a favorite! This one was done in my Strathmore mixed media journal.

Are we ready for the Friday/Valentine’s/President’s Day weekend dance?! Are the paints, papers, pigment poised and ready? hehe. *cue the music*

66 thoughts on “Mara, What Lovely EYES You Have (#43): 100 Face Challenge

    1. Lol, he already got me a dozen bottles of ink! Very vibrant colors, dying to try them…..maybe this weekend. Yes, the cat does look very alert! Thanks for stopping by, Kathy. I hope you and your husband have a wonderful Valentine’s! ❤️


    1. Thanks so much, Charlie! You’re so kind! I love that name; it’s very sweet. I love color as much as the next guy, but there is something about pencil that just draws me (no pun intended). It’s a sensuous thing, the act of a pencil drawing against a paper with a bit of tooth. It feels and smells good. Blending with the finger, the whole thing; it’s just fun. Really enjoying it, more than I ever thought I would. So glad you are liking these. I really value your opinion very highly! You have lots of skills & knowledge that I don’t have. I’m still a baby artist, learning the ropes. Glad I have a good brother that boosts my ego a lot! ((((((Charlie))))))) I hope you have a terrific weekend. ❤

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      1. Awww you’re too sweet sis! ❤️ I agree about drawing…I don’t consider myself a painter at all. I’m a sketch artist and love it! I tried just painting watercolor but I always return to my pens!! (I love the sound of my extra fine point Lamy on paper!!) And I don’t really have any more skills or knowledge… I just tend to be either fearless or dumb or a bit of both, so I kind of just go for it! lol That’s my big secret! And why I didn’t make mine a teaching blog! “Just go for it” is a pretty short lesson so I just put that in my manifesto instead “do the hard stuff before you think you’re ready”! 😊Hehe Hope you have a terrific weekend as well!

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        1. You make a great point, Charlie. That saying “What would you attempt to do if you KNEW you could not fail?” comes to mind. That question led me to quit my job and start a business many years ago. I think what holds people back, in art and in life (and it’s interesting to see the parallels between art and life), is that they don’t just go for it, as you say! My mom always said “Here goes nothing” and she taught herself to do countless things, and do them well! So, every time I think I’m attempting something I don’t have the skills, experience, etc to do, I just say “Here goes nothing” and do it anyhow. Who cares if it’s junk, it is in a sketchbook. No one has to see it. I’ve learned that the less pressure I put on myself, the better things turn out. I think if people could come to art fearlessly, like little kids do, we would have a lot more beautiful work out there. In my experience, people with the most fear have also the most talent! They just need something to happen in their lives that pushes them to say “What the heck, I’ll try it!” 💙💙💙

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          1. Here here! That’s why I started Doodlewash…I was seeing blogs with do’s and don’ts so I figured it was time to champion “DO’s” hehe… Rules are terrifying…that means there’s a wrong way. There isn’t. Ever! It’s just about having fun and making things! And the best part…when approached this way….the work is always more beautiful!! 😉👍🏻

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