Got Color?

Then roll it out! Let us seeeee your beautiful colorssss (in my Gollum voice) 😀

022916You guessed it!   More fun with Neocolors.   You can always count on it:

1.   Pick up a crayon.

2.   Scribble to your heart’s content.

3.   Light it up with water.

4.   Repeat, until your heart sings and the flowers BLOOM!

My work here is done.   With art supplies at the ready, we can go anywhere.   We can create a beautiful reality in front of us, no matter how crazy life becomes.  Bloom, people!   Thank you.   March is almost here   *applause applause*!

Kaiko, Kitty (and Bookworm!) #51: 100 Face Challenge

I found Elisabet’s beautiful cat, Kaiko, one day when I was searching for cats in my WordPress Reader. Her photo really caught my eye, because Kaiko loves to read (and incidentally, so do I)!


I didn’t have time to include the book Kaiko was reading in my sketch, but if you visit Elisabet’s site at, you’ll find this dear kitty purrring along with a favorite book! I used to call my kitty with this phrase: “Is it time to read?” Wherever she was in the house, Penny would come running to snuggle and read with mama. There’s nothing like furry love, people, whether you prefer yours barking, meowing, or singing.    It’s all wonderful!

I hope everyone is having a peaceful and rejuvenating weekend. Purrs and wags to all!

Hey, You! Wanna Moo? (#49): 100 Face Challenge

Donna at Bay Photos by Donna recently shared some amazing photos she took in Florida while on vacation.   Normally, she focuses on birds…..but lately she’s thrown in alligators, and cows!


This is another image that keeps drawing me back for more abstract paintings with those Neocolors by Caran d’Ache.   It’s hard to describe how hooked I am on these things.   I used to love coloring with crayons as a little kid.    This is like that, but a million times better, because they’re water soluble!   Imagine vibrant, buttery smooth color with no fuss, no mess, and yes, lots of fun!

I hope you have a Super Happy Tuesday today and that you find time to play, in whatever way brings you the most joy.   Peace.

Cormorant, Take Two (#48): 100 Face Challenge

I want to once again thank Donna for the glorious image of a double-crested cormorant she captured and shared recently while in Florida on vacation. I tried this again in Polychromos colored pencil (here is the Neo image from yesterday)… and I may not be finished with this image yet!


I really was so taken with this bird on the brink of something beautiful, ready to lift off with its amazing wings and soar……it just grabbed the poet, the artist, the dreamer, everything in me and I had to give it another go.    I’m taking a lesson from Kerfe and some others here who use such expressive marks when they’re drawing.   Really trying to capture more expression in my work.

Happy Monday to you, wherever you are.   No snow in the forecast is a very happy thing!   Spring, you rascal!  I know you’re out there.  Peace.

Double-Crested Cormorant (#47): 100 Face Challenge

I saw this post from Donna at Bay Photos by Donna yesterday in my feed, and I knew right away I had to try and make artwork out of some of her fantastic images. Donna is a Maryland girl vacationing in Okeechobee, Florida, and she’s capturing some amazing birds inside her lens, and sharing them with all of us here at WordPress!


I was taken with this bird because it looks as though it’s getting ready to soar into the sky. It’s on the brink, hasn’t yet lifted off, and maybe that’s why this image grabbed hold of me hard.  So I’ve tried it now in Neocolor II water-soluble crayons (which is this image) and in Polychromos colored pencils.

I’ll post the colored pencil sketch tomorrow, and I’d like to get your thoughts as to which one is more appealing to you. I’m learning a lot about these Neocolor crayons, and I’m finding that they help me to quickly and without fuss or mess bring my feelings about a subject to the page. Til then, my friends! Peace.

Blue Jay, the Neo Version (#46): 100 Face Challenge

For some reason, this image makes me wanna sing: “Hey, hey Mr. Blue Jay, won’t you play for me all night long” Yeah, I may not be getting enough sleep.


Welcome to Blue Jay, Take Two, brought to you by Caran d’Ache’s fabulous Neocolor II water-soluble pastels. Thanks once again to Kathy at Backyard Bird Nerd for the wonderful reference image. I hope you enjoy.

Happy Friday! Hoping for some warm temps this weekend, how about you? Peace.

Flowers in February (inspired by Cathe)

I saw Cathe’s Valentine’s Day post over at Amaryllis Log recently and just had to try to capture the essence of her beautiful flowers in my art journal.

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Lately, I’ve been fascinated with Neocolor II water-soluble crayons.   I realized I’ve not done much realistic work with them, and thought I’d try to remedy that.   This ^^ is just the initial sketch on the page, before brushing with any water.   The nice thing about sketching with a water-soluble medium is that the drawing will be melting into the painting.

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Amazing what the water does to the initial sketch!   After liquefying the initial color, I did go back and add just a bit more to darken my dark values.     I was pleased with the end result.  I just can’t resist this medium!    The ease, control, buttery softness, and vibrancy of color all make them a real pleasure to work with.    I think what I love most is that they help me to quickly capture my feelings as I look at my subject.   I can easily lift out color after liquefying if I’ve gone a bit too heavy with the initial sketch, and in no time at all, I’m finished!   And at the end of a long day…..that’s often exactly what I’m looking for.   Thanks again, Cathe, for sharing your lovely photo!

Happy Tuesday, and I hope you have time to exercise your art muscles today!   Peace.

Blue Jay, Take One (#44)

Kathy at Backyard Bird Nerd never fails to inspire me with her amazingly sharp closeups. Lately, I’ve been working on getting my blue jay on, after seeing one of her recent posts…..


…and this was my first. I’ve sketched several since, but as sometimes happens, the first was my favorite so far. We’ll see what the week brings!   This was done with a Copic SP 0.1mm pen.   Love the dark markings on these guys.   Hope you enjoyed this!

Happy President’s Day! May you have a productive and satisfying week, and lots of time to bring out the paint and pencils. Peace.

Reaching for the Sun

Feeling like more warm colors on this blustery Valentine’s Day. This was brought to you by Inktense blocks, Neocolor II water-soluble crayons, and Liquitex soft body acrylic paint (just a touch).


I’m hoping to create a collage with this later. Also experimented with a Valentine’s gift from Hub, which is the Dr. Ph Martin’s Bombay inks. Woo, talk about saturated color! A little goes a loooooooong way. Will be cutting up both paintings and making a little who knows what! Having some mixed media fun this weekend.

I hope everyone in the northern hemisphere is staying warm and that everyone else is staying cool and….Happy Valentine’s Day to all! 😀