Friday, February 27, 2015

A February Day



The sun has returned to my Northern home



and my daughter and I went out to enjoy it


We sat



on the ice


of the frozen lake



and enjoyed the perspective we  never get in the summer. 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Drawing Challenge - VEIN




Veronica has kindly hosted our drawing challenge this week
and has provided us the theme 'VEIN'.

As I have studied more botany then anatomy, 
I associated veins with leaves. 

"Veins provide support for the leaf 
and transport water, minerals and food energy 
through the leaf and on to the rest of the plant."



I created a miniature book 
with pages covered with paint and ink
and leaves covered with veins.









I hope to find the perfect quote
to write a few words
on each of the pages. 



To see more interpretations of 'VEIN' be sure to visit Veronica.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A New Book Just To Play In



In my last post I mentioned that I had a new sketchbook that I have been having fun with. 

It is a smallish book that I made, 
and is bursting with pages ready for creative play.


I tea stained the pages before putting the book together. 
I decorated a few pages a bit using my typewriter and some handcarved stamps.

I also decided to make some pages smaller then others.... this may have been a mistake. 


Some of the pages turned out so beautifully just as they are
that I may have a hard time adding to them.



My plan is to add little bits of paper or stamps or ink or paint
that I am using in different projects, 
or that are on my desk and I don't want to throw away.

Once the bits are added I will go back in
with pen or pencil or paint or paper to complete the page.


I never know who will come to play. 

This page has a small page on the right hand side. 


Which means I need to keep the colour and bits at the top and bottom
of the larger page in mind as I create the next page
..... this is okay, just a bit more difficult. 

This project has been inspired by many different creations I have seen online,
such as the amazing sketchbooks of Lynne Hoppe
and the whimsical work of Judy Shreve

And even though I have only completed four pages so far,
I can't believe how much fun I am having. 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Aqua




This weeks Drawing Challenge theme is 'Aqua'
So I found my supply of paper that I have decorated in that colour 
and started to play. 


I started tearing bits of paper and my bunny with a balloon emerged.





She looks like she is bundled up and patiently waiting for a party!

The little bits of left over aqua coloured paper ended up in my new sketchbook 
-a WIP (with another bunny!)

I will share more of this little book in my next post. 
I am having so much fun with it.  

To see more drawing challange Aqua visit  our host Veronica!


Friday, February 6, 2015

DC- Dinner Gala



This weeks drawing challenge is 'Dinner Gala'. 



I rarely (if ever) attend formal parties,
and therefore wasn't sure what would show up for my drawing challenge this week. 
 But  this little lady wanted to go, 
so I did her hair and put on some earrings
 and she was off to her fancy party ready to dine and dance the night away. 




I was then looking for things to draw for my (not quite) daily drawing exercise,
and with 'Dinner Gala' still on my mind,
 I decided to draw some of my jewelry. 



If I had drawn her on a bigger canvas, 
 I could have drawn her a nice necklace to wear as well. 

See more 'Dinner Gala' creations here.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Enjoyment



I have enjoyed my creative time this week. 
I made this new scarf dancer collage









and worked on some pen and watercolor drawings. 



I have especially enjoyed these as I am now able to not worry about their wonkiness
 as they still resemble each item I was trying to draw.
Which was just what I wanted - more looseness and lots of enjoyment!


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Collage Play



I love the work of Magaly Ohika, and last summer 
she posted a free tutorial on how she creates her lovely collage girls.
I finally had some play time and gave it a try.



My girl, of course looks nothing like hers - which is fine. 






And one girl lead to another 









which lead me to make a copy of the second girl
to which I added some lines, shading and some ink. 


I then decided to decorate some paper that I could use in future collages. 

I am pretty sure there are more to come!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Fixed!



This is an accordion book I made about a year ago.
I like the inside view..... I just never liked the cover.


Here you can see the old cover - the bird looking too dark and frightening. 



And so I fixed it ..... finally.


Now the whole book makes me happy. 


I have also been continuing on with my drawing/painting work
for the Sketchbookery online course I am taking with Mary Ann Moss. 


Most people are on the beginning of the 4th and final week
but I am still working on week 1 and slowly moving into week 2.
I have access to it for a whole year, and it may just take me that long to get through it!