>> Monday, July 19, 2010
>> Sunday, July 18, 2010
I am one of those that hates drawing trees. I think my limbs always look bad and leaves, forget about it! I would do many more buildings and landscape sketches if it weren't for having to draw the trees and bushes. lol. Somehow this one worked out very well and I am thrilled with it! Please also keep in mind that I worked on this at work in between all of the phone calls today. We were understaffed and somewhat busy, but I am grateful that there were no major catastrophes this weekend and I only received one call. A new girl didn't know she was on the schedule yesterday and I had to call her in. No biggie. :)
Baby bird seems to be doing a little better today. I had to splint her leg again, the first one fell off so I waited until my wonderful boyfriend was in bed so he didn't freak out ( I handle ers much better than he does, remind me to tell you about the day I cut off part of my fingertip with a rotary cutter.) I think she may have been in shock yesterday as she was very listless. Today she is back to her feisty self and biting us when we try to hold her. Have no fear, it's not because she is in pain, she always bites us when we try to hold her, except for yesterday. She still can't use her foot and she may never be able to but the fact that she's eating, preening, interacting with the other birds and moving around a little bit makes me think she's going to be ok in the long run. She's a very strong and brave little bird.
Don't forget to visit all of the wonderful artists participating in Sunday Sketches hosted by the wonderful Sophia over at Blue Chair Diary.
>> Saturday, July 17, 2010
>> Friday, July 16, 2010
>> Thursday, July 15, 2010
>> Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Anyway, I got the design idea from one of my Goodwill artbook finds. I used watercolor pencils and added watercolors where I thought it needed a little extra oomph. Now, if I could just get up enough nerve to try my acrylics!
Still having back problems but I am moving a little better. My right leg keeps going numb all the way to my toes so I think I'm going to have to go back to the doctor. She told me to give it two weeks and we're at about 1.5 right now. Somehow I don't see it getting miraculously better in the next few days. :( At least I'm back to drawing and painting! :)
>> Monday, July 12, 2010
Secondly, babies don't have thick, long eyelashes like this little one does. The reference photo is a girl baby and this looks more boyish except for the lashes to me. Finally, the head should have been longer. Overall, it doesn't look bad as a sort of illustrated, generic baby similar to the Gerber baby.
I'm learning new things with each sketch I produce. I have also noticed I make faces slimmer than they really are. Constructive criticism is always welcome. Please don't feel that you have to say, "Great sketch" every time I post something. I know I have produced some 'sketchy' pieces. Oh boy, meds kicking in. lol.
>> Sunday, July 11, 2010
>> Thursday, July 08, 2010
>> Wednesday, July 07, 2010
>> Tuesday, July 06, 2010
>> Monday, July 05, 2010
I do get to sketch at work sometimes though and this pretty little seal was one of the practice pieces I did while at work last week. I think it turned out kinda cute.
Hope you had a great weekend. I'm ready for the weekend already!
>> Sunday, July 04, 2010
If you haven't checked out Sunday Sketches hosted by Sophia from Blue Chair Diary, please do so today. She is very talented and wonderful enough to host Sunday Sketches each week without fail. Be sure to visit the other artists on the linky list!
I've been MIA for a few days because my back has been killing me. You really know you're getting old when you throw your back out by bending over to put pop in the fridge. lol Not really, I was diagnosed with Degenerative Disk Disease in my lower back about 10 years ago. I haven't had another MRI since then so I'm assuming like everything else, it's only gotten worse over time. I did see the doctor yesterday and she gave me some muscle relaxers, which thoroughly knocked me out last night. I also have ibuprophen for use in the day time. I'm feeling a little better now and hope to be back to daily posts! Thanks for dropping by and I hope you have a wonderful holiday!
>> Wednesday, June 30, 2010
>> Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Now I have to learn how to paint with acrylics. Yay!
>> Monday, June 28, 2010
>> Sunday, June 27, 2010
Pencil on Sketch Paper
>> Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I wanted to show emotion with my clown so I made him a sad clown. Why is he sad? Because he gets such a bad reputation. Raise your hands, how many of you readers are afraid of clowns? I thought so! lol. I'm not sure why so many people are afraid of clowns. Sure, there was John Wayne Gacy (for those of you that are too young or not from Illinois, click here to find out who he was.) There's also 'It' from Stephen King. But outside of those two, I really don't see what's so scary about them.
What do you think? Clowns: scary or not?
>> Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Here's my 10 Beautiful Blogger List
My Front Porch
Rose Hill Designs
Blue China Studio
Through the Eyes of an Artist
Here's My Story
The Wright Stuff
Ten things about myself...
1. I'm a huge tech geek. I love new technology of all kinds, phones, cameras, computers. If it's new, I want it!
2. I didn't start drawing until about two years ago. I started taking some online graphic design classes and we had to draw thumbnails. I couldn't draw so I bought a book and taught myself, well, I'm still learning.
3. I took three years of sewing in high school. I was entered in a citywide contest for all of the high school's in the Chicago district and won 2nd place for a dress I made.
4. I have taught myself to crochet, knit, quilt and draw by looking at books.
5. I have an Etsy shop but haven't done a lot with it. You can find me here.
6. I'm a huge Big Brother fan! Love that show!
7. I love anything to do with forensics, science, medical. I also love watching shows about prisons and jail. Too interesting!
8. I have 6 Parakeets. Which explains my love of birds and why they are so prevalent in my artwork. We have Gonzo (named after Hunter S Thompson), Bubbles (named after the Trailer Park Boys character), Chili, Tink (Tinkerbelle, my favorite fairy), Sunny and Lizzie.
9. I have three children. Ages 24, 22 and 18.
10. I lived in Texas for 3 years and Colorado for 6 months when my ex-husband was in the military.
>> Sunday, June 20, 2010
>> Thursday, June 17, 2010
>> Wednesday, June 16, 2010
>> Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Today's Prompt - 'Full Bodied'. I went with hair as I wish I had full bodied hair instead of baby fine and straight! lol.
Don't forget to check out my post below about Illustration Friday and Ripple. Thanks! XOXOXOXO
If you haven't heard of Illustration Friday and Ripple please take a minute to check them out. This week on IF the topic is 'Ripple'. Based on the topic you create a work of art in whatever your chosen medium is and submit it to their gallery. Ripple is a blog where you can find donated artwork to help save the animals affected by the oil spill. Each sketchcard on this blog is $10.00. The $10.00 is a donation to help the animal victims of the Deep Water Horizon Gulf Oil Spill. Every penny is donated. The two Non-Profits that are benefiting are The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies and The International Bird Rescue Research Center. You can purchase a card if you donate directly to one of the non-profits and email the confirmation and your address to firstname.lastname@example.org. The artist will mail you the signed card.
>> Monday, June 14, 2010
>> Sunday, June 13, 2010
>> Saturday, June 12, 2010
Bob Ross - 1942-1995 Don't laugh, you know you're lovin some 'happy little trees' yourself! Really, I could listen to this man all day long. He's just so laid back and fun to watch and he has a very soothing tone to him. Gotta love the 'fro' too!
Lee Hammond - She has been my inspiration for sketching right from the beginning. Her realistic sketches continue to amaze me on a daily basis. I have two of her books and have learned so much from her. In fact most of my sketches are practice pieces from her book. I owe just about everything I know to her!
John Jude Palancar - If you've seen the 'Eragon' books by Christopher Paolini you've seen his arwork. He's more of a fantasy artist but I love his work.
Claude Monet - 1840-1926 a French Impressionist that I simply adore. Love his 'Water Lily' series!
Raffaello Sanzio (Raphael) - 1483-1520 Italian High Rennaissance. What can I say about the beautiful angels and Madonna's that he produced. I did a study on him for my art history class. We had to choose a famous artist and write a paper along with our analogy of their artwork. Most people went with the normal favorites such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michaelangelo. Let me just say there are not as many books about Raphael and it was not an easy assignment to do. My teacher was impressed as she stated that very few of her students have picked him as an artist. Yay me! lol.
Albrecht Durer - 1471-1528 German Printmaker. If you've never seen his engravings you are really missing out. Imagine having to engrave your artwork into wood or thin metal and having to ink it and lay the paper on it to make a print! How innovative for the time frame!
I am a 45 year old mother of three now grown children. (sigh)
I am currently unemployed and have enjoyed the time I've recently had to practice my artwork. I am also very lucky to have a wonderful boyfriend that helps support me financially, emotionally and creatively.
I have always been told, "You're so talented." Don't get me wrong it's a wonderful compliment. Without sounding like a snob or conceited I have tried and succeeded at many different crafts including knitting, crocheting, quilting, sewing, floral arrangement, scrapbooking, graphic design, sketching, card making, cross stitching, etc. I have taught myself from books or looking online and pick things up extremely fast (get that from my father supposedly). However, the bad part is, I can't seem to focus on one particular thing. I'm not sure if it's a form of ADD or OCD but I'll get really focused on one medium for a few weeks, then get bored with it and move on something else. Doesn't seem like a bad problem to have except that I would really love to be able to use one as a form of extra income but it's hard to do that when you lose interest after a month or so. lol.
I'm currently into the sketching, water colors, oils and colored pencil sketches and hope that maybe I have found the one medium that I can focus all my attention on and eventually begin to sell. Only time will tell!
>> Saturday, March 27, 2010
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