Sorry Charlie … Draw a Bird Day (the real one) is COMING!

So many things to celebrate! First of all, the real, official, annual Draw a Bird Day is this Friday, April 8! Thank you once again to M. R. Emberson at A-Wing and A-Way for letting us know about this last year! We are forever grateful! Kerfe and Nina over at Method Two Madness are once again the gracious hosts of Draw a Bird Day this time around, so if you’re interested in joining us, please visit their site on April 8 and post a link to your bird artwork in the comments section. They will do a round-up (flap-up??) of all of the participants once the dust settles.   I want to thank an amazing photographer, Kathy at Backyard Bird Nerd, for this incredible bluebird photo.   My mom is having her own celebration in a few days, and she loves bluebirds best of all, so even though my watercolor palette was a bit dusty from lack of use(!), I got up at oh-dark-30 to squeeze in a quick attempt at that beautiful birdie face.   Thanks again, Kathy!

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One of my fellow bloggers who is not only a talented artist, but just an all-around wonderful man and friend, Charlie O’Shields over at Doodlewash, is celebrating celebration days all month! Charlie, if I was anything but a tax accountant, you know I’d be tagging with you each and every day, but … duty (and procrastinating clients) calls. Howevah……what a way to celebrate Sorry Charlie day, huh? lol! Draw a Bird Day is lurking, pal! 😀 Although you rock at everything you paint, doodlewash, whatevah you wanna call it, you rock, guy. Thank you for being so supportive and encouraging to all of us here at WordPress. You are a wonderful cheerleader and we all love you so much!

I have to flap off, but I do hope you’ll help us make WordPress fly this Friday!

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.

Contented Dog (#35): 100 Face Challenge

When I saw this photo of my friend Jodi’s dog at Life in Between…do I have to finish this sentence? How could anyone resist this face?!

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There is nothing sweeter than the eyes of a dog. A challenging, foreshortened view that I’m still working on rendering just right, but every single time, such a joy to try and capture. Thank you, Jodi, for sharing your lovely photos. And thank you, Charlie, my partner in crime!   You both inspire me.

Saturdays are inspiring too! Beef stew will bubble in the crockpot, some kind of cool gluten-free chocolate chunk bars will be baking in the oven…..and then let the weekend dance continue with color galore! Happy almost February…..peace.

European Eagle Owl in Profile (#34): 100 Face Challenge

I came across an image that grabbed me by the throat recently at Paint My Photo. The photographer is Paul Sherman, and his wildlife images will wow you.

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This was a quick “I should really be sleeping” type of sketch, but wouldn’t it be amazing to sharpen a whole bunch of colored pencils and have a go at a detailed painting of this gorgeous photo? Here is a live link to the image. You will have to setup a free account at Paint My Photo to view it. If you’re an artist, it’s worthwhile. The photographers there graciously share their work with the art community, which is a beautiful thing indeed.

Who’s dancing? Time to splatter and splash in big splotches of paint this weekend! 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.   🙂

Same Face, First Try (#33): 100 Face Challenge

Here is the initial, whole head sketch of the “Eyes Without a Face” man from this morning.

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This is the most challenging face I’ve tried.   He is an actor, born in the UK, although I believe most of his films are American.   As far as I know, he now lives in the US.  I still don’t see him there, but thought I’d post this initial sketch of his whole head, in case anyone was curious.     This was done from a different reference photo than the one I posted this morning. Comments are all being held in moderation, so feel free to guess!

Hope you’re having a great Wednesday!   Peace.

Eyes Without a Face? (#32): 100 Face Challenge

I thought this face would be easy to draw, because it has so much character.

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It wasn’t. Because it has so much character(!)  Thus, a partial face! He is an actor from the UK who……is shall we say, north of 50? Not sure how old he was in my reference photo…..and he is still alive. If you can’t tell who he is, it honestly won’t surprise me much! hehe. I’ll hold all comments in moderation, so don’t hold back if you have a guess!

The fun thing (ok, it’s “fun” when I’m looking on the bright side) about art is that I never know what is going to happen when I sit down to draw. It may turn out, it may not, or it may turn out….in part. It’s what keeps it challenging and exciting. Peace and Happy Hump Day to you!