G is for Green!

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I’m celebrating the Sullivans and O’Briens in my heritage all this week here on createarteveryday.com!

I had fun painting the background for this picture with sap green, light olive and hooker’s green, then added a bit of leaf green Polychromos colored pencil and some Inktense green watercolor pencils, just to shake my tail feather a bit.  Experimenting with moving from the warm greens on the left to the cooler greens on the right was interesting.  I’m learning a lot about color in a non-pressure way with all of the fun abstract stuff I’ve been doing lately.

Monday is here, but so are the crocus!!  I’ve never been so glad to see them!   I hope to paint them soon….maybe even this week.   I hope all of my friends, Irish or not, have a terrific March Monday, and I’ll see you again tomorrow.

L is for Lantern

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This belonged to my great-grandfather, who used to work in Baltimore for the B&O Railroad.  It dates back to the late 1800s. Pretty cool, huh?

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I did this in graphite, as you can see.  I see lots of artists here and elsewhere who can make glass look effortless to do, but it isn’t.  At least not for me.  I tend to shy away from even trying it, although maybe I should think of it the same way I think of animal eyes?  Maybe that would make it easier to approach.  Anyway, I thought it might be fun to draw a thing that I have a special connection to. I wanted that soul connection I get from living things to flow into the picture here.  Which didn’t really happen, but my heart was in the right place, lol!

Feed your soul today, even if it’s just for a few minutes.  Do what makes you happy.  Life is short.  Time to grab the goodies!  See you tomorrow.