April 7, 2016

Block Letters.... I, B, Z

After nearly 2 years, I’ve completed this Alphabet Block Series.  I liked it and it was lots of fun.





If I had a scanner with me on the go, I would’ve scanned each letter at this stage.

But hence….I own no such on-the-go scanner.  Bummer.









And here’s the B…..I did two B’s, the first one back from this post, was a freehand B.  Early on I started using alphabet stencils.  Kept things consistent.












And to finish this series off, here is the Z.












Now….what to do with all these letters!!  Oh my, the options are limitless.  I cannot wait to get started!

January 21, 2016

Block Letters….P.V.Q.F



Here are a few more block letters for you.  The P…in it’s barest state.



Free hand circles to color in.







Shadowed this P with purple….fitting I’d say.



And then the V…






I was given this Pantone color palette from a Sherwin Williams decorator! Which makes that V pop!



And then the Q….



All freehand stripey doodles.



Super fun to color!



Love this Quirky Q !



It’s always best if I can remember to snap a picture of the letter in this coloring book stage.



This was just Fun to color.



Then I re-enforced the boundaries.



Haha...I just realized I didn’t Finish the F…ah well!

January 7, 2016

En Plein Air....Catch up

En plein air is a phrase borrowed from the French equivalent meaning "open (in full) air". It is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, or  ("painting of the object(s) or what the eye actually sees"), where a painter reproduces the actual visual conditions seen at the time of the painting. This method contrasts with studio painting or academic rules.




(picture from @jannerobinson on instagram)

And this “en plein air” is what I’ve been up to lately.  Putting my house on the market last fall didn’t leave much time, energy and space to work on big projects before the house sold.  And lets just say….space has become an issue since the the house sold.  But alas…..where there’s a will there’s a way.


Saw this girl on pinterest…and decided to draw off of the monitor.



That hair was just fun to color!!



Only used watercolor here.



Then one day I had some time to kill, so I hung out at Starbucks.  Easier to draw ppl when their back is to you and you know you won’t get caught!! Haha



And another day I went back to Starbucks…..



On this day in Starbucks…not many people present…so I attempted to draw the above scene.



Lots of repetition going on here.


Then I ran out of time….Fun exercise!



Later…I hung out at Barnes and Noble.  This guy was cool….cuz he stuck around awhile.



On another visit to Barnes and Noble I was inspired to draw the people sitting in the café with me.



But….they didn’t stay long.  Frustrating!





This child holding his water bottle had very nice features.  And, I should’ve let his mouth be what it was in the earlier stages…but I got to tinkering!! And I did a number on his lips!  Note-to-Self…”Less is More”

I’ve been posting so much on Instagram lately and forgetting to document my art here.  It’s always better to get those pictures off my phone and organized on my computer.  Blogging helped me to do that.  I need to get back into that habit.


Happy New Year friends!!

October 29, 2015

Block Letters…. U.K.J.Y

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Ahhh…..what’s there not to like about “U”.  Literally and figuratively!  You Rock!

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And this U Rocks too…why, cuz she’s not afraid to express herself and she uses all the colors.

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Then there’s this “K”.  I was good and remembered to scan this before coloring in.  Which has not been my habit.

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I went really swirly with this K.  Funny cuz the K is full of perpendicular lines.  They balance each other.

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And on to the “J”.  I like this J, everything about this J.  I liked they way she evolved.  Just simple parallel lines.

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This Jasmine background works too.

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And the last letter for today is the “Y”.  Just used a standard stencil shape for the interior flower, and grew it from there in freehand.

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I was looking for POP…..the pop that only white can bring in.  So I had to make the white noticeable….hence the black and white striped background.

I’m pretty stoked….I’ve only got 6 more letters to complete this Block Alphabet!!

Yahoo!

October 20, 2015

Block Letters….W.M.T.X

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Here are four more alphabet block letters I’ve recently completed.

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I’ve been better at posting my W.I.P. shots on instagram than on here. 

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I used watercolor for this one, and outlined the brick shapes with my micron pen.  Watercolor just makes things interesting.

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Unfortunately, I’ve lost a few of my progress shots.

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This one was done all in markers.

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Personally, I think this “T” looks Terrific Smile

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This was simple line work.  Just kept changing the direction of the parallel lines.

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And….that’s all folks!  Hopefully I’ll have some extra progress shots next time Smile

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