Sketchbook Sunday: Faces

I’m working on some ideas for creating my next art class.  I did this face using a Sharpie marker and colored pencils. It’s not perfect, which is OK because I’m trying to get over striving for perfection. Instead I’m focusing on the process and learning.

What are you working on today? Leave a comment and share a link. I’d love to see.

Sketchbook Sunday: Red and green mandala

I’m really into these mandalas. They are so relaxing to create. Well, they are relaxing now that I’ve given up on trying to make them like the perfect ones that are created using math, rulers and compasses. I love and envy those, but I don’t seem to have the patience to create them. So I’ve developed my own approach using folded coffee filters and Sharpie markers. The possibilities are endlesss and it is always a nice surprise to open up the fold to see what I’ve designed.

What are you working on today? Leave a comment and a link to your blog. I would love to see.

Sketchbook Sunday: Coffee filter mandalas

Sketchbook Sunday: Coffee filter mandalas

I love coffee. So why not play with the accessories? I’m trying out art on coffee filters creating very “imperfect” mandalas. I love the way the thin filter paper soaks up markers. So far, I’ve been using colored pencil to fill in the spaces but I’ll try some watercolors next to see what happens.

What are you working on today? Leave a comment and a link to your blog. I’d love to see.

Sketchbook Sunday: Snow, no!

This work in my sketchbook expresses how I feel about the forecast for more snow just days after a previous storm. 🙂

I’m a southerner who has lived in New England for more than 25 years and yet I can’t seem to get used to freezing. Hmm. Shocking.

I’m loving working with heavy black marker lines and the softness of colored pencils. Can we ever have enough colored pencils? I think not because I seem to keep buying more every time I see them. Don’t even get me started on the love of coloring books. What are you working on today? Leave a comment and a link to your sketchbook.

Sketchbook Sunday

The weekends are so busy. Time just seems to fly by as I try to fit in everything—errands, appointments, cooking, exercise, preparations for teaching art classes, art making and more. So I’ve decided to make sure that Sunday is more of a day of relaxation and play via my sketchbook.

When I was studying art in college, daily sketching was a requirement. At the time, I felt that it was such a chore and would procrastinate so much that I had to pull all-nighters to fill my sketchbook to turn in the next day. (Shhhh) Ridiculous. What was I doing in those days that kept me from drawing in a sketchbook, for goodness sake?!

Now, of course, I crave the opportunity to just play with ideas in a non-intimidating space that doesn’t tempt my ever-present inclination to want to create “work” that is perfect or says something “important.”

The colored pencil and Sharpie marker drawing here was inspired by a one-hour walk in which I noticed a tangle of twisted vines stripped bare by winter. The growth was chaotic and unruly, yet beautiful and intriguing—just as it is in our lives.

Who wants to join me? Share your thoughts and a link to your sketchbook creations each Sunday by commenting. I’d love to see what everyone else is doing.

Zentangle Goddess of Love

Zentangle Goddess of Love

Winter layers

The theme for the Creative Every Day Challenge for December is winter. Winter is absolutely not my favorite month, even though I have lived in New England since 1989. That’s because I’m from the south–where black top pavement melts in the sun and a “cold” day requires a light sweater. I will never get used to the cold, the snow, the darkness of the New England winter. I will always rebel against wearing tights and socks. So as I thought about this theme I just kept thinking about how much I like warmth and sunshine. And the idea of these layers came to me. So, here, I give you “Layered Lady” (in Sharpie marker). She looks pretty but pissed that it’s winter, don’t you think? Maybe that would have been a better title “Pretty but Pissed.” Nah.

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