Phone Call Doodle in Watercolor: May Madness Day 17

Sometimes life happens, the day (and then the night) gets away from you, you wind up on the phone…..and yet…..still haven’t got that painting ready. This was one of those days.

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This is another of those 4×4″ Aquabord squares. I’m going to use this one as an experiment to see if I can rinse it off and begin again a whole day later. Will I still be able to rinse back to the white surface? Or will quinacridone magenta and cobalt & ultramarine blue have left their calling cards forever engraved in the board? Tune in tomorrow and see!

Wasn’t that fun?! Aren’t you glad you stopped by today? Well, I am glad you stopped by. I hope you have a wonderful spring Tuesday. Enjoy your paint, pencils, paper, whatever the art fairy left in your supply box! Peace.

Draw A Bird Day (November rewind) and October recap!

*drumroll please* Here comes the long-awaited October recap of Draw A Bird day, which we last celebrated on October 8!   I hope you enjoy the artwork of the artists who joined us in October to celebrate our free-wheeling flying friends.   (If you’d like to learn more about the official Draw A Bird day holiday, visit A-Wing and A-Way here.)

We had quite a few first-time participants, listed first:

Moses at Art by Moses shared his favorite bird artwork with me and I’m sharing it with you!   😀

Michael of A Certain Line

Kathy at Backyard Bird Nerd included a poem she wrote along with just a few of her amazing bird photos

Tree at Conversations Around the Tree

Haunani at Art and Moondreams

Surabhiakascarlette at The River in Me

Carol at Carol’s Creative Papers

Susan at Susan Feniak Art

And some old favorites who’ve joined us before, in random order:

Ann at AnnChristina.com

Kirk at Dumb Sketch December has two entries here and here

Charlie at Doodlewash

Catherine at www.catherinemjohnson.com

Sharon at Monday Tuesday Wednesday

Jill at Jill’s Art Journal

Jodi at Life in Between

Kerfe at Method Two Madness

Tequihby at One Stumble at a Time

Teresa at One Good Thing

Snehal at Snehal Kank

Beverly at Art Prescription

Cynthia at Sand Salt Moon

Myriam at Myr’s Bytes

Whew!   What a list!   If I missed anyone, trust me, it’s me not you…….please let me know and I’ll be sure to include you!

Hub made a new windowsill peanut feeder, which he installed recently, and the titmice have been using our deck railing as a runway ever since! They’re trying to fatten up for winter, I guess. 🙂  So for this month, I thought I’d post a recent page from my art journal in which I’ve been drawing birds from life. Talk about a challenge! They usually only give you a few seconds before flying off with peanut in beak, lol.   I like the two on the bottom best – I had a few more seconds on these poses, as the bird decided to start eating the peanut inside the feeder.    It’s lots of fun – I encourage you to get a windowsill feeder and try it!

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I also wanted to share with you a beautiful book I found recently called “The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds” by Julie Zickefoose.    If you love birds and bird artwork, you owe it to yourself to check this book out.   The author not only wrote but illustrated it, and even though I recently brought it home from the library and have not yet read it, I can tell you the writing and illustrations are both lovely.    The artwork alone is enough, really, but she has been fascinated with birds since she was young, has rehabilitated injured birds, etc. and I have a feeling this is going to be a wonderful read, filled with anecdotes from the author’s experiences.   I’m really looking forward to it!

I took a blogging break when we went on vacation in October, and I really want to thank everyone who emailed me, commented, etc. while I was away.   There is a great community of people here and it was nice to be missed!    Thank you so much for that.   I learned a few things from my break though, and the biggest surprise was how much time was freed up by not blogging!    I was spending lots more time on WP than I realized.   I’m still making art every day, and enjoying every minute of it, but I’m not feeling the need to return to blogging at this point.   I may pop in here and there, but if you don’t see me around for awhile, rest assured all is well.     Paintbrushes and pens are still flying over here…..I’ve learned I need to make art.   So, I will definitely continue!

Peace and purple paint puddles to you, and I hope you enjoy this beautiful Autumn season as much as I am!

That Time? (Draw A Bird Day, August reprise)

Can’t believe a whole month has gone by since the last Draw A Bird Day (reprise) was celebrated on July 8! I hope both participants and viewers enjoyed creating / checking out the bird art!   Here is the post from A-Wing and A-Way that informed us all of the official Draw A Bird Day holiday on April 8.

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This month, I plan to do a recap blog post in a couple of days with a link to everyone’s bird art work. I don’t want to miss anyone, so please add a comment on this blog post if you’d like to be included in that recap!

The photo I found for this drawing was very helpful, as I wanted to see how detailed I could get with my little bird this time.   Lyn Topinka of http://www.northwestbirding.com was kind enough to give me permission to use her photo, which can be found at this link.   The kindness and generosity of photographers and artists alike continues to amaze me.   Thank you so much, Lyn, for sharing your photos with the world on your site!   This photo shows so much detail that it became a road map for my pen lines.   It is a joy to draw with a photo such as this.

It’s Saturday, and summer is beginning to wind down.   Make the most of it in whatever way will refresh you best!   Peace and happy chirping to all today!

My Medium?

Firstly, I want to credit my blogging friend Steven at Ordinary Handsome for graciously giving me permission to paint this amazing photo. I’ve (very) loosely interpreted it, and I hope you all enjoy it. Thanks again, Steven! I also want to credit another blogging friend, Debi Riley, for her gracious words of wisdom on countless occasions. Her blog is chock full of watercolor lessons for beginners, and Debi, if you ever write an instructional book, I’ll be first in line to buy it! Thank you.

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“Flying Free” watercolor, 5 x 7″ Arches 140#

I think my July watercolor experiment was a success. I feel like I’m finally starting to find my style and my footing in the medium.   Loose and almost semi-abstract(?) is, I believe, where I fit, and how I’d like to interpret nature in my work.

My question to my artist friends out there is this: How do you know when you’ve found your medium? I’ve always felt that watercolor was mine, because I fell in love with it right away, but does one’s medium always come naturally and easily? If so, then I should keep looking, I guess lol. 🙂

I wish you and yours a joyful and peaceful weekend of buzzing around, or not…..as suits you best.   Peace.

Dawn? Dusk?

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Trying to work on my skies in watercolor.   And beach scenes.   This is the kind of thing I want to be painting.   Anything at all to do with the beach, water, skies….especially at this time of year, it’s pretty much the only thing I think about when I sit down to create art.

This is about 4×4″, and stars cobalt blue, quin rose, azo yellow, and a bit of ultramarine blue and indigo.   Touch of viridian green as well.  Didn’t have much time last night; this was rushed to presses!   Might have more time this weekend (I hope).

Speaking of which, the weekend is so close, I can smell it!  Happy Thursday!  Peace.

An Abstract Experiment

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I thought it might be fun to combine acrylic and watercolor paint, so I grabbed a few colors I enjoy, and just decided to play and have fun. I was happy with the result, but a few more catalogs came in the mail today, and they once again proved to be excellent collage fodder! So here I go again with another collage to share. Didn’t some of you warn me this was addictive?  I even added a few touches of Lumiere (metallic acrylic) paint at the end, in Emerald Green.  I really enjoyed this one.

Hub and I finally caught up and watched the Christmas episode of the last series of Downton last night, and this kept me busy through that and a couple episodes of Forensic Files besides. So, about three hours. It was loads of fun, though, and I highly recommend this to anyone looking to unwind at the end of the day. Put that recycle bin to good use!

I also want to thank all of you who inspire me with your beautiful works of art, and encourage me to try new things all of the time.  This is such a kick, and I’ve never enjoyed busy season so much as I have this year!  Art is helping work go more smoothly, and maybe even vice versa.  It’s an amazing thing, this art journey.  It’s a life journey, truly.   The waters run really deep.   It’s a cool feeling.  If I have time, I’ll try and crank out a portrait or two tomorrow for the workweek.  See you then.  Enjoy your Sunday!

WC colors:  Cobalt blue, azo yellow, veridian, turquoise, phthalo blue