December 31, 2011

2011 Creative Accomplishments

I can’t think of a better time to review what I’ve done this year than on the last
day of the year.  I did a blog-review last year and was quite surprised with what it revealed.

I.  Drawing:

1. 10 Sketches
Sketch Comp

Dancer , Mime, Smiles, En Pointe, Sep 11, Diver, Tennis, Paddleboard, Prodigy, Swimmer.

I have no inclination to sketch animals!! Don’t know why, possibly I’m turned off by all that hair. Haha!

2.   19 Birds…plus personalities!!

Bird Comp

Zander, Zelda, Zach, Zamora, Louis, Alan, Fred, Henry, Donna, TV Tots, Keira, Judy, Rodgers, Goldie, Libby, Jen, Paris, Vicki, Patsy

3.  Two Gnomes

Gnome Comp

Gnoah and Gnick.  Fun ones that started as a gift for a friend.  At least they aren’t birds! Haha

II.  Art Journal:

4.   Art Journal Pages


Excited Art, Angel, Vegas, Shaped, Journal Jots, Who Says, Prep Page One, Prep Two, Marilyn Monroe, Prep Three

5.   Watercolor Marker Doodles


Waterdoodle One , Two, Three, Fabulous Flowers, Flower Power


6.   Doodle Directory
  • Set 4  (60 doodle squares)
  • Set 5 (60 doodle squares)

7.   Doodle Letters


I’ve done few more letters, but it would’ve made this Composition lop-sided. 


8.   17 Diptych Posts-

Partnered up with Chel at and we completed 17 weeks of dual dyptych posts.  Loved it and Thank You Chel!


I’ve realized you’ve got to have guts to be a photographer….especially if you want some decent shots….You have to put yourself out there…excuse the intrusion, smile, and pretend you know what you are doing!

9.   “He Who Must Not Be Named” travel shots


To get these shots….you really have to be in the mood!!  I try to totally ignore the strange looks and have some fun.

10.   Colorful Shots


These are my favorite type of shots…..Color….And Lots Of It!!

*pretty proud of the glass bottles pic, made the EXPLORE list on Flickr for Jan 5, 2011.


11.   123 Posts  (last year I did the Sketchbook project and I think that made me post more)

12.   12 Blog Banners (changed the banner each month)


13.   3 Blog Give-aways  (Jan, May, Sept)

14.   Etsy Shop Opened late January


15.   New Blog at squarespace



16.   Guest Room Prints from Blog Friend Rachel @

17.   Camera Bag Decorating

18.   Deck

19.   Study

I bet you guys would find that you’ve done a lot of creative stuff too.  I think documenting it helps keep me on track with my progress.  It also helps me remember something I haven’t yet done but would like to do in the future. 

Here’s to 2011 and I hope everyone has a Wonderful 2012!!

December 26, 2011

Alan…The Aries

I think you’ll like this bird.  I’m a bit fond on him myself!…Please click over to my new blog to read more.

New Blog:

December 23, 2011

Alphabet Doodles

It has been requested that I draw some coloring book style doodles……Please click over to my new blog to read more.

New Blog:

December 17, 2011

Dancer Pose…Complete

Well…she’s done…flaws and all!! Let me tell you what I learned! ….Please click over to my new blog to read more.

New Blog:

December 15, 2011

dancers Head…A Sketch

Ok….I’ve tried…I’ve really tried!  But faces are HARD!! ….Please click over to my new blog to read more.

New Blog:

December 14, 2011

Dancers Left Arm…A Sketch

I’m liking that this arm was pretty easy to sketch.  But what will I say about the hand?….Please click over to my new blog to read more.

New Blog:

December 13, 2011

Dancers Torso…A Sketch

Since I took this picture, I’ve made the thigh a little thicker….Please click over to my new blog to read the…rest…of…the…story.

New Blog:

December 11, 2011

Dancers Legs….A sketch

There are times when I wished I was a dancer!

I don’t want to lose any of you readers!! You’re just too darn good to me!! I love all your comments and encouragement. I’ve found “blogger” a little lacking in some areas…so I’ve moved my blog to SQUARESPACE, please jump over there to read the rest of this post!!

New Blog:

December 9, 2011

Journal Entry

I thought it would be fun to “Art Journal” a journal entry.  Haven’t done that in awhile.

I don’t want to lose any of you readers!! You’re just too darn good to me!! I love all your comments and encouragement. I’ve found “blogger” a little lacking in some areas…so I’ve moved my blog to SQUARESPACE, please jump over there to read the rest of this post!!

New Blog:

December 7, 2011

Vicki….the Virgo Bird

I don’t want to lose any of you readers!! You’re just too darn good to me!! I love all your comments and encouragement. I’ve found “blogger” a little lacking in some areas…so I’ve moved my blog to SQUARESPACE, please jump over there to read the rest of this post!!

December 4, 2011

Fabulous Flowers

I don’t want to lose any of you readers!!  You’re just too darn good to me!!  I love all your comments and encouragement.  I’ve found “blogger” a little lacking in some areas…so I’ve moved my blog to SQUARESPACE, please jump over there to read the rest of this post!!

November 29, 2011

Fred….the Farmer

I was asked about a year ago to draw a bird on a John Deere tractor.  I hesitated and I was stumped each time it was mentioned. 

You see….I don’t know anything about Farmers and I don’t see a whole lot of tractors where I live. 

Then… came to me…..the bird personality.  I really didn’t have to know how much land the farmer had, what he grew and when he planted his crops.  I didn’t have to know where he bought his fertilizer and what season he harvested…..I could describe a farmer without all the specifics!!  Whew!! I was off the hook! 

The easy part is the drawing….the hard part is the describing.

Fred-the-Farmer….He likes to do everything himself because he learned a long time ago, that if you want something done right you have to do it yourself.  He usually knows the best way to do the job, too.  Good thing he doesn’t need much sleep.

My hats are off to this hard-working breed!!  I’m a big fan of your corn, wheat, oranges, grapes and the like!

November 23, 2011

Libby….the Libra

It was time for another bird, so I thought I’d add to the birds I’ve drawn in the Zodiac Series.  Louis and Jen.

Since I was drawing a Libra, and they are all about truth, justice, fairness and balance.  The obvious choice would have been to draw a judge.  But….have you noticed how boring all the judges look?  Unless I drew an American Idol judge, but I’m not sure if they are all that fair….haha…just kidding!

Libby the Libra…..she didn’t foresee that a lot of her Law School training would come in so handy while raising her kids.  She has to stop what she’s doing, hear both sides to their story and then help those little guys negotiate the best solution to their problems.  Every now and then, it’s best to separate them.  Amazing how clear they can think after a brief time-out.

Siblings, I think it’s our first taste in how to get along in the real world.  It may seem like it’s just a battle over a toy or the remote control, but so much else is being learned under the surface!  God Bless our families!!  Happy Thanksgiving you guys!

November 19, 2011

My Favorite Blog Posts


Looking thru my external hard drive the other day, I realized I’ve done quite a bit of drawing these past couple of years.  If a fortune teller told me I’d like sketching some day, I would think she had me mistaken.  Here’s a collage of my favorite blog posts and art pieces that I’ve done over the last 2 years.  Some pieces were chosen because “at the time” it was a break through for me.

For those of you new to my blog, you may not have seen all of these images so I thought I’d share.

1. Senior Sketch- portrait sketch done of my daughter’s senior picture.  If only I could replicate wavy hair.

2. Gnome with No Gname- he has since been named.

3. Who Says- Fun with color and script in a peacock sort of way.

4. Teen Lingo- My AbSoLuTe favorite post of all

5. Dancing in Pointe Shoes- I was surprised that I could sketch these

6. Zelda Zany- just a fun zentangled bird to go with Zack, Zander and Zamora

7. Foot Fetish- one of my first contour drawings

8. Mural Drawing- done for the Sketchbook Project

9. Hippie Chick- I adore this birds outfit and really dig her purse.

10. Dance Line- lots of practice with contour drawing

11. Prep Pages- just a fun art journal page

12. Body-Mind-Spirit- done in 2009 for NaNoJouMo , where we were given a word prompt then we could draw anything we wanted from the prompt.

13. Artist’s Bird- here I talk about right brain vs. left brain thinking

14. Angel- recent Art Journal page

15. Rajasthani Dancer- a super fun figure to draw

16. Kokopelli Dancers- used stencils for these guys and slow-journaled between the figures

17. WaterDoodle Series- really fun to do if you like to zentangle and be exact with your work.

18. Jen the Gemini- trying to make my teen birds a little more appealing

19. Vogue- a word prompt for NaNoJouMo, one of my first drawn faces.

20. Celtic Knot- pretty cool video in the post teaches you how to make this…..(not my youtube).

21. Diver Girl- body sketch….need I say more.

22. College Bird- love her backpack

23. Purity- another NaNoJouMo word prompt

24. Matryoshka series- 5 dolls in all, loved creating these stacking dolls.

25. Sketch Parade- body sketch….need I say more.

November 18, 2011

Flower Power

I started this drawing last summer when someone suggested that I submit a jpg for a fabric contest.  I drew this out with the intent to copy my Floral Paisley drawing (see below).  Then I went on vacation and promptly forgot about it.

With the deadline to the contest way behind me, I thought I’d just have some fun with my watercolor pencils and markers for these flowers.  Plus, it’s just a great way to play!

As you can see I have some all-time favorite stencils that I’ve used many times for these flowers.

I added some words behind the flowers to add interest.

The words read “Just Do What Makes You Happy”….simple as that.


This is my Floral Paisley that I referred to in the opening paragraph.  Markers are pretty cool for this because the colors are so darn vibrant.  The watercolor pencils just don’t have this much punch.


Above is the second Floral drawing I’ve drawn with my stencils….just doesn’t appeal to me like that first one….Maybe it’s just too busy or just my personal opinion.

November 14, 2011

Art Journal….we are shaped

I was putzing around pinterest the other day and I spotted this picture.  It was in a post for 4th grade art ideas.  Yep, that’s where I am, 4th grade, 6th grade and pre-school art!  Haha. 

I adapted things a bit and used watercolor pencils instead of markers.  I wanted to journal on this page.  I was a little bummed that I made the lines so narrow.  Writing in these narrow spaces would’ve driven me crazy and it would’ve required actually writing something of interest….not of the innane that seems to fill my journals.

Limited my color palette to the oranges/reds/yellows.

Possibly I should’ve stated that “I am shaped”, instead of we are shaped….oh well!

Camaraderie, Purpose and Structure are what Dennis Prager talked about in his Happiness Hour on Friday. Thought I’d include them in this page.

Did you know that camaraderie is spelled 2 different ways? Comradery and camaraderie…..and YIKES!!...I just realized I spelled it wrong here.

November 10, 2011

My Mellow Mime….part 7

Wow! This has been a long series,  I’m at picture post 27 for my mimes. I think the only sketch to top that was the Remembering 9/11 sketch.

If you’ve followed along, you’ll remember that I made the female head too small.  So, erasing had to be done.  I thought I could get away with erasing the lower side of the head.  Then expand down and out from there.

I was able to enlarge the head a bit.  But then I couldn’t get that mouth right.  I was disappointed that I liked it in the previous version.  So, instead of drawing from the picture for the smile, I drew from the earlier sketch.  Hey, whatever works, right?

The other thing I have trouble duplicating is…..any head tilt or turn.  Again, I’ve drawn the face looking straight on.  Maybe someday, I’ll figure head angles out….but today was not the day.  I also needed to bring some of that hair puffiness down.


Looking at this now….right here…..I think I should’ve shaded much more around the eyes and mouth.  But I think some of the issue in the picture above may have to do with the camera not picking up all the minor shading details.

What fun!!….I just love sketching and I have no idea why (why must I always have a reason to like something?)  It’ll be nice to do something in color next.  I appreciate you guys stopping by and commenting when you can.  It really helps!!
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By day...I work in the Healthcare field, where every .. i.. has to be dotted and every ..t.. has to be crossed. This blog is the place where I can let myself go and have some fun. I am on a journey. A journey I started a long time ago, but it has been a bit sidetracked with Navy Wife relocations and raising kids. I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and I have got some time for me. No, I will not be one of those moms walking around the house with Empty Nest Syndrome, I have got way too much to do, to learn, to create. Sure, once the kids are gone I will miss them....but hey, there is always the phone, the email, the texting and the Plane tickets! I love my life and my family and It is fun moving into this new stage. I am into Digital Scrapbooking, photography, journaling, Art Journaling and Drawing. I am a do-it-yourselfer and I am trying to teach myself to draw. I am finding that it takes a lot of patience, lots of practice and a good eraser! And if you're really curious there's a 3 part Interview by Eileen: HERE All the best, Eden