Phone Call Doodle in Watercolor: May Madness Day 17

Sometimes life happens, the day (and then the night) gets away from you, you wind up on the phone…..and yet…..still haven’t got that painting ready. This was one of those days.

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This is another of those 4×4″ Aquabord squares. I’m going to use this one as an experiment to see if I can rinse it off and begin again a whole day later. Will I still be able to rinse back to the white surface? Or will quinacridone magenta and cobalt & ultramarine blue have left their calling cards forever engraved in the board? Tune in tomorrow and see!

Wasn’t that fun?! Aren’t you glad you stopped by today? Well, I am glad you stopped by. I hope you have a wonderful spring Tuesday. Enjoy your paint, pencils, paper, whatever the art fairy left in your supply box! Peace.

Painted Circles (and MM scraps)

I was experimenting with a technique I found on YouTube called painted circles.  I wasn’t overly thrilled with it, but I do think it has promise for another time.   When I was finished, I glued it into my humble Canson sketchbook and called it a night.

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This is the result.   It’s acrylic paint, Neocolor II crayons, a torn book page (I hate to tear books, but this one was reallllly bad, so it was actually gratifying)….and that’s about it.    There’s some scraps from the painting I just cut up in there too. I’ve been in a “play with color” place lately, but I’ll be picking up my faces challenge again soon!

Enjoy your Tuesday. I hope you find time to play today. It’s good for you. Peace.

Playful Color

Now that our friend Jonas has packed up and moved on, and the sun shines once again, I just felt the need to have a play with some color!   Let the sunshine in!

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This is Inktense blocks and Neocolor II crayons, with a little help from a white Gelly pen in my 9×12″ Strathmore mixed media journal.  I’d be very curious what Jill of Jill’s Art Journal and Lin at Breathing Space would do with something like this.    They are wonderful mixed media artists.    Maybe I need to just sit on it awhile?   I’m tempted to add large-ish circles.  In white.   I don’t know.   Would love to know what you all think.

I can’t believe it’s already Thursday.   The week is flying by!    Happy Friday eve, everyone…….I hope to roll out a raptor for tomorrow.   🙂

DIY Watercolor Journal

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I watched this YouTube video from artist Cathy Johnson a few weeks ago. It explains how to quickly make your own no-sew, inexpensive, yet high-quality watercolor journal using a sheet of watercolor paper (but you could use any paper you like). I finally had a chance to go ahead and make it yesterday.   This top image is the “cover” of my new journal, which will give me 32 pieces of 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ watercolor paper for my art journaling delight! Can’t beat it for the price of about $4/sheet at Blick (for Arches 140# cold-press).

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I did this ^^ painting in my store-bought art journal (which isn’t “real” watercolor paper) the night before last as kind of a warm-up to the top one.   I kind of think this one is better, with more empty space and no water-soluble crayons in the background.   A little cleaner, I guess.   Hub likes the busier one best.   Which do you like better?   Or maybe you prefer neither one.   hehe.

Looking forward to doing some plein air paintings this fall…..really gotta get my tree painting on. If anyone can recommend any books/videos on painting watercolor trees, they’d be most appreciated.

Eek!   I almost forgot Draw A Bird Day is tomorrow!    Better get flapping on that…..Happy Labor Day Monday, and peace to all.

Waiting and wondering…

…thinking and pondering. Welcome to my mind….and, once again, to a page in my art journal.

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Art is the best therapeutic exercise ever. Yoga and meditation are great too, and there are lots of other great ones, but art…..does it for me. I sit down with a question, and I usually come away with an answer. This was my journey last night, with the help of watercolor, colored pencils, and acrylic craft paint.

To those of you sending up prayers and good vibes for my kitty, Penny, please keep them coming.    I believe they are working!   Time will tell.   I definitely see improvement, so … there’s hope.

Happy Wonderful Weekend to you all, and may everyone’s art supplies have a chance to come out and play today. Peace.

Piece o’ my heart

I was thinking about something like this, maybe for a note card idea.   It came to me while I was working my “day job”, and I kinda liked it and didn’t wanna lose it, so I made it over dinner.

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I’m toying with the idea of opening an online shop to sell original watercolors, prints, cards, and hopefully some art quilts as well. I know some of you have thought about moving in this direction, and some of you already have.

Does anyone have any thoughts as to:

1. How crazy of an idea this is for me, considering I still know virtually nothing(!).   I do have one thing, and that’s a passion for creating “art”, if that’s what we’re calling what I make, lol.  And it’s not going away. I started last August.

2. Etsy, studio6, deviant art, art pal…..can anyone recommend any of these, or steer me away from any of these? What about Amazon or Ebay Marketplace? Has anyone tried those avenues?

I don’t know, I’ve been thinking about this for months, off and on. I know the competition is fierce though, and I’m very wet behind the ears.   Oh, and I know nothing about any of those online platforms, and I don’t have lots of time on my hands.

Any thoughts, comments are welcome. Peace, and Happy Thursday to everyone! We’re almost there!

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I tried to paint it.   With Inktense blocks and pencils!  My favorites!

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It didn’t work so well.   But at least I took pictures before I totally wrecked it!   All’s well that ends well, I guess.   There’s also acrylic paint and gesso in there somewhere.   I’ll save you the third stage photo, where it all went awry.  hehe.

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Happy Friday to All, and to All an Arty Weekend!  Peace.

Abstract…..And An Amazing…..

…Gluten free crabcake recipe! Hub and I were so pleased with the way these babies turned out!

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The recipe link is here:  http://taste.fourseasons.com/recipe/gluten-free-crab-cakes/

We are native Marylanders, and Hub said this is the best crab cake he’s ever had, with or without gluten!  Pretty high praise, coming from a guy who loves crab cakes, and has had his fair share over the years.   I only had a few bites myself (I prefer to pick the crabs and eat the meat right outta the shell), but man, I have to say…..these are definitely winners.

You can make this recipe as shown, but here are a few notes you might find helpful:

  1. This recipe calls for one cup of mayonnaise.    You can find gluten-free mayo out there, no problem.   However, I have to be gluten and corn free, so I follow the Paleo diet.  I’ve not been able to find a corn-free prepared mayo that I’m happy with, so I make my own.   Before I went gluten-free, just the thought of making my own mayo would have been enough to make me tremble.    But thanks to Elana Amsterdam of Elana’s Pantry, I have an extremely easy recipe for wonderful, inexpensive, gluten, corn and GMO (genetically modified organism) free mayonnaise.  And is it tasty!   This comes from Elana’s book “Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry”  (I did make one minor change):     In a high-powered blender or food processor, blend 1 egg, 1 T. lemon juice and 1/4 tsp. sea salt until smooth, about 10 seconds.   Place 1 cup of extra light olive oil (must be extra light, or the flavor will be too strong and the mayo will be bitter) in a liquid measuring cup with a spout.  With the blender/processor running, slowly pour the olive oil in a fine stream.  Continue blending until mixture thickens to the consistency of mayo.   Use right away, or store in a glass jar in the fridge for up to a couple of weeks.  Makes 1 cup of mayo.  (The expiration date of the egg you used is the exp. date of the mayo – but sometimes the mayo won’t last that long.  Two weeks is a pretty good guideline.   It doesn’t take long to use 1 c. of mayo.)
  2.  The recipe also calls for Gillian’s gluten-free breadcrumbs.   I did not have any on hand (I’ve never used it), so I checked out the ingredients.   It’s pretty much rice flour.   I used plain old white rice flour (Bob’s Red Mill is the brand I use) and it turned out great.
  3. We use J.O. Seasoning instead of Old Bay.    We used about a tablespoon instead of the teaspoon this recipe calls for.   I know, *gasp* coming from a native Marylander right?    When I started having lots of food sensitivity issues, we were asking at the seafood markets what they used to steam their seafood, and they all told us they use J.O.    It’s not as salty as Old Bay, and it’s much better, in our opinion.   But Old Bay is great too, particularly if you like more salt.   

Now for the artwork!  As it turned out, I did not have time for art today, but I had an abstract watercolor scene in my art journal (not on watercolor paper).   Here it is:

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Looking forward to a wonderful June week, and I hope all of you are too.   Peace and pure, painty goodness to you!   Bon appetit!  😀

 

You, Yourself…..and You

I’ve been keeping a daily art journal now for about six weeks (thank you again, Jill, for your wise suggestion)! I can’t tell you how gratifying it is to look back at my own little art history in this cool little book.

So, for the letter Y, I thought I would encourage all of you to do the same. I guess diaries are ok. But how many of us have tried and failed to keep one? I know I have, countless times. This is different. This is pure fun. It’s a great excuse to drag out the art supplies for a bit while watching the ball game, or before going to sleep at night.   Or whenever!

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Take this drawing, for example. I was very tired; it was time for bed. Then I realized that I almost forgot my art journal entry (egads)!   It’s messy; it was done in a hurry.   Ink can’t be erased, blah blah blah.  But it’ll make me smile every time I see this pretty flower.  Will it ever be framed? Of course not. But that’s what an art journal is about. It’s art without pressure. Art for pure fun. Art like a first grader, purely for the joy of doing it!

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 I’ve mentioned before that I love the Strathmore visual art journals.  You can find a selection of them here.   They take light watercolor washes, collage, Tombow markers and more, all without bleeding (and very little buckling, if any).  They’re inexpensive and portable.     They come in all sizes, with all different types of paper.   I promise you hours of fun and (hopefully) months and years of memories to look back on forever.   Something to pass down to your kids, friends, people who want to remember you!    Best of all, it’s for you.  No matter what your skill level, you will improve with a daily practice.  No one has to see it, so who cares if it looks good or not?   Just my two cents.

Happy Saturday, thanks for reading, and I wish YOU time for YOU today.   And I hope all of the dads have a wonderful Father’s Day weekend.   I’ll be making gluten free crabcakes with Maryland crab meat.  Looking forward to it!  😀   Peace, love, and lots of arty goodness to you and yours.