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!


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.   🙂

Little Dog Grieving (#23 & #24): 100 Face Challenge

Sometimes an image I find will grab me so hard that I must draw it immediately.   This image from Meg at Little Dogs Laughed was such a photo, for me.   I didn’t even make it through breakfast before drawing it once in colored pencil:

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and then again, this time in Copic 0.1 mm gray ink with Derwent Graphitint watercolor pencil overtop.

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Because what drew me to this photo so strongly was the expression on her dog, Hubble’s face. And I wanted to focus much more on it.  My goodness.    Such emotion!   Animals know so much more than we give them credit for.     And they can be much more intuitive than humans.   I want to thank you, Meg, for inspiring me with your lovely photo.   This one really knocked my socks off.

Peace, wags and whiskers to us all!  Enjoy your Wednesday.

Pine Warbler (#16): 100 Face Challenge

If you ever need a bright spot in January, just head over to Kathy’s place at Backyard Bird Nerd, where I was met with yet another stunner last week.

011316Birds were the first thing I became interested in drawing when I got started over a year ago, and I think they are still my favorite subjects.    I got help from Derwent’s Graphitint and Inktense lines of watercolor pencils with backup from a General’s Sketch and Wash watersoluble graphite pencil and a touch of Polychromos colored pencil to finish!    Not to mention an amazingly clear, crisp shot of a wing-ed masterpiece!

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a pine warbler in real life.   Isn’t he a beauty?    Thanks again, Kathy!   Happy Wednesday to all.   May yellow birds of happiness follow you everywhere you roam today!    Peace.

Birdies in my Reader: 100 Face Challenge (#14)

There are many photographers here on WP whose work I’m privileged to see daily, and one of my very favorites is Kathy at Backyard Bird Nerd. Her recent post of three stunning bird closeups had me itching to grab a sketchbook.


I’m focused on faces this year, but I really liked the perspective of the bird in Kathy’s photo, so I sketched a quick outline, then went back with Derwent’s Graphitint and Inktense watercolor pencils to liven it up a bit. I also used a General’s Sketch and Wash water soluble graphite pencil for a bit of depth in the eye and beak.   (I really like those pencils in particular just for sketching with Strathmore’s mixed media paper.   Lovely creamy feel to that pencil.)

I want to thank Kathy for her friendship and encouragement, and for helping me and many of the other artists here out with reference photos for Draw a Bird Day every month! So I’ll be featuring several of her photos this week.    I also want to thank my friends Kerfe and Nina at Method Two Madness for hosting January’s edition of Draw A Bird Day.   If you’d like your artwork to be included in the compilation this month, post a link to your work here.   We like to celebrate our winged friends on the eighth of every month!

Happy Monday, and just think…..the days are getting longer every time the sun rises and sets. Spring will be sprung before we know it! Peace and plumage to all.

Quick Roses

Just another quick one from my art journal. We had a couple of new little buds, one each on the red and pink bushes. So I decided to sketch them both in ink and go back in with my Cotman watercolor travel palette.


The other rose was my warm-up in Inktense pencil with a bit of watercolor paint added later. That ink definition adds so much!

Happy Thursday to all…..Anyone else looking forward to some fall-like temps?   Can’t wait. Peace.


The peace that passes understanding (Phil. 4:7). That’s what I carry in my heart tonight, for my precious love.

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God bless this little soul, who shared just about her entire life (16 years) with us. Thank you, my love. Thank you for sharing your light with us.


Forever love never dies; it only changes form. We will see you again, sweet child of my heart. Until then, walk in the light, and rest in His perfect peace.

Abstract Kitty Love

I’ve been doing tons of Penny-sketches lately, which has been slightly easier than normal with a kitty under the weather. They do move constantly, but a fraction less when they aren’t feeling so well.


I’ve grabbed a quiet moment here and there to sketch her with an Inktense pencil, and decided to paint this one with my Cotman travel palette later that night, adding a few whimsical interpretations that express my joy in sharing 16 years with my good old sassy girl.

Wishing everyone a wonderful Friday eve, some new dance moves …. and art supplies, too! (Kirk and Charlie, that was pour vous!)    Peace and paint puddles.

Seashell surprise

A quick watercolor sketch from my art journal, brought to you by the mighty Inktense pencil (outline) and my Cotman travel watercolor palette.


I’m enjoying the freedom of taking the color in whatever direction I choose. It feels more like creating to me, and allows me to be more expressive, something I’m reaching toward in my artwork.

I wish you a joyful September Wednesday. (Even just typing the word “September” makes me happy!) Peace.

Draw A Bird Day (September Rewind) Tues. 9/8!

Time flies. And so did WordPress, on August 8th, when so many artists honored our feathered friends in their favorite medium.


A little birdie wanted you to know that the eighth of September occurs the day after Labor Day here in the US. If you would like to help make WordPress fly once again for the monthly rebroadcast of Draw A Bird Day (brought to our attention in April by M. R. Emberson of A-Wing and A-Way), please post your contribution then. I’ll do a recap of all of the entries once again this month, so no one will miss out on the fun!

This little painting was brought to you by the good folks at Derwent and their Inktense line of pencils, along with my Cotman travel watercolor palette.   Fly high and free! Peace.