Smiling Man (#29): 100 Face Challenge

Watching TV the other night, inspiration hit me.  I decided it might be worth trying to capture this man using a still of his face, which I found quickly, thanks to the magic of Google images.


This was the result, with 2B graphite pencil in my Strathmore Mixed Media journal. I hope you enjoy!

To everyone affected by the snowstorm, I think after digging out, it’s time for paint, pencils, and splashes of happiness?   Everybody, let’s dance.    Peace and Happy Sunday to you.

Butterfly, beautiful dog: 100 Face Challenge (#15)

I was reading Rachel Mankowitz’s blog post the other day and was immediately struck by a terrific closeup shot of her adorable little dog, Butterfly. I just had to try drawing her.


I usually start with a preliminary sketch, but I was enjoying the subject and the sketching (and that Polychromos colored pencil) so much that I started adding more detail than I normally would. Then I realized there was a bit of an issue with the placement of one of the features, and decided to end the preliminary sketch.   This dog is so sweet, though, that I just had to share it. I hope to try a more complete sketch of this sweetie sometime soon. Thanks for sharing, Rachel! It’s clear you really love your dogs and you take wonderful photos of them. I hope you got a smile from this!

And I hope you did, too!    It’s a great feeling to be sketching faces this year.    I do believe I could do this every day and never tire of it!    I hope your Tuesday brings you wags, woofs and laughter.   Peace.


Draw A Bird Day (September encore)!

I want to once again acknowledge M. R. Emberson of A-Wing and A-Way for alerting the WordPress community to the holiday for drawing birds on April 8. A group of other artists and I have been carrying on the tradition monthly ever since, and it’s been lots of fun.


Unfortunately this weekend got a bit busy, and so I’ll be posting this month’s contribution in stages. I got the idea for this one from this earlier post, dubbed “The Yellow Bird of Happiness” by my husband. That bird was so full of joy that he makes me smile every time I flip back to that journal page.   I thought it might be fun to make him the central motif in an art quilt.   Working with fabric is certainly rewarding, but it was soooo much faster to do that quick watercolor sketch. hehe.

I think I’ll call this one “A New Song” (which reminds me of the Father Tim book series by Jan Karon, which started with “At Home in Mitford”.   Does anyone else love this series?   “A New Song” was the fifth installment).     I hope that the finished project will come somewhat close to the vision I have for it in my head.   🙂

I hope you’ll join me next week for the Draw A Bird Day recap, when I post a link to the artwork of all of the bloggers who joined us this month!  Peace, and I hope you all have a great week ahead.

August Avian Assembly (Draw A Bird Day recap)

Here it is: the long-awaited list of artwork from artists participating in the August reprise of Draw A Bird Day on the eighth! I hope you enjoy!    I enjoy following all of them, and I bet you would too!   Here they are, in no particular order….  *drum roll please*

Teresa at One Good Thing

Kerfe at Method Two Madness

Nicola at Artistic Adventures

Ann at Ann Christina

Tequihby at One Stumble at a Time

Kirk at Dumb Sketch Daily (we’ve not convinced him to change his blog title yet, but we’ll stay after him)

Beverly at The Art Prescription

Scribble Fiend at Dream of the Scribble Fiend

Sharon at Monday Tuesday Wednesday

Jill at Jill’s Art Journal

Charlie at Doodlewash

Myriam at Myr’s Bites

Since this is my first recap (I know, bad blogger, please forgive me), I also wanted to include links to some artwork from prior months for those who didn’t participate in August.   Oh, let’s not talk about my memory, so again, please let me know if I’ve missed anyone!   It’s so nice to celebrate our wing-ed (and legged) friends, isn’t it?   Can we get enough bird artwork??  Of course not!   Again, in no particular order:

Nina at Method Two Madness

BB at BB’s Art & Design

Cynthia at Sand Salt Moon

Lance at Weisser Watercolours

Jodi at Life in Between

Myriam at Myr’s Bites (who gets two mentions because this painting is extraordinary, in my opinion)

As some of you know, our four-legged daughter (Penny, our cat) has been under the weather, so I’ve not been as organized as I normally am (haha, which is not all that much, actually).   If I’ve missed you, I’ll quote George from Seinfeld:   “It’s not you, it’s me!”  Please let me know.   Thank you and congratulations to everyone who joined in!     Same time next month?   Tuesday, September 8th is the day after Labor Day here in the States.

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I couldn’t resist drawing another bird for today’s post!   Browsing through the blogs I follow yesterday, I came across this post from J. J. at Birding Ninja.   Something about it just called to me, and I had to grab the Polychromos and give it a go.   I’d like to give this one another go in watercolor some time.   Actually, I’d like to try it again in ink, too.   Thanks for a fantastic image, J. J.!

Peeps and Happy Creative Weekend to all!


Oh, I’m having fun flooding my paper with water and then setting off fireworks with color.   This painting was inspired by tutorials from Birgit O’Connor.    I’m very happy that many artists have paved the way before me, and are happy to share their techniques and inspiration.    As have many of you reading this right now!   I want to thank all of you so kindly for your advice and feedback as I continue sailing forward.

7 x 5″ Arches 140 lb. cold-pressed

I think I could work on skies all day, and never get tired of it.   I’ll probably never get the chance to find that out, but a little time at the end of the day will do for now.  🙂

Colors (all M. Graham):  Viridian, Ultramarine, Burnt Sienna.   This one was fun; I really enjoyed it!    Did it turn out like I thought?   Heck no, but I am learning to love what the medium gives me.   It’s hard to go wrong with that attitude.   Took awhile to get there, but it was worth the journey!

I wish all of you a most creative, enjoyable, relaxing and peaceful weekend ahead.   May paint puddles prevail!


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.