Happy Birthday, My Love! (#50): 100 Face Challenge

I want to celebrate one of the loves of my life today, and send Happy Birthday wishes down south to my sweet girl.

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Can’t wait to see you, my love! Keep making us proud! Your dad and I love you so much! Looking forward to giving you a big squeeze!

Today is Selfie Day, thanks to Teresa at One Good Thing. I can’t do a self-portrait to save my soul, and my girl is my husband made over….but she’s half me, after all, and way better looking!

Happy Thursday to all, and give someone special a big hug and kiss today. Let’s keep the love flowing. Peace.

Selfie Challenge, Take Two!

It was a loooong day at the office yesterday, but here is the self-portrait I promised; sorry it’s late! I hope you like it, Teresa and Kirk! 🙂

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Pan paints for eyes and a paintbrush clenched in my jaws. What a way to fly through life, huh? I should have drawn “Addicted to Colorrrrrr” right across my forehead. Would have made it complete! hehe!

Happy Creative Weekend to all!

“Selfie” Challenge

I want to thank Teresa of One Good Thing and Kirk of Dumb Sketch Daily, who are leading the charge for Selfie day, in which participants all agreed to draw a self-portrait. What a cool and fun challenge, and I really enjoy portraits, so I was looking forward to it!

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I tried twice to draw myself, once from a photo (which turned out badly) and once in the mirror yesterday (which turned out even worse), and so I decided to draw a recent photo of my daughter instead, as she is half me after all lol. Well, that one even bombed, so I decided to bring out an “oldie but goodie” I drew of my daughter as a toddler, from her birthday earlier this year, and post that one instead. I hope you all enjoy. 🙂

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I’m not sure if abstract portraits are allowed, but if my work schedule today permits, I will try and conjure up a quick abstract self-portrait later today. Looking forward to it! Peace and Happy Fall Friday to all!

B is for Big Toe….with Foot attached!

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I’ve always heard feet are as difficult to draw as hands, so one night when I was up much too late, I decided to draw a side view of my foot. The drawing was not very detailed, which may be why I didn’t find it as difficult as I’d thought it would be.

While sketching the sole of the foot, I used swooping, round lines with a 3H pencil, and kept re-swooping until I was happy with the line I’d drawn, then erased the others. When I was satisfied, I went over the pencil with a Micron pen so that it would show up a little better in the photograph.

One thing I’ve learned so far is that the human body is really beautiful.  If you stop and look at the world as lines rather than colors and shapes, the human body is as beautiful as birds, critters, flowers, or anything else I draw.   It’s refreshing to look out at the world through an artist’s eyes.  It makes everything look like a small miracle, really, as I notice the details, and so I start to see art as a useful exercise for anyone, whether you think you can draw or not, care about drawing, or not.  If the only thing it accomplishes is that it helps you to focus on the little miracles all around you, every minute of every day….think about what that adds to your life as a whole, over time.

Maybe I’m getting a bit too philosophical here, but this journey is about so much more than creating pretty pictures for me now.  It’s a whole new way of living, of seeing, of … being.  I’m glad to be sharing this journey with you all.

Remember, I’m taking requests now for future letters.  At this point, I need something for letters L through Z.  (For this cycle, letters C through K are spoken for.)  Have a wonderful weekend, and I hope you’ll stop by again tomorrow.