February 17, 2014

Diver Drawing in Pike Position

I only started this Diver a month ago.

When I was all excited about watercolor and quite frustrated with my Ballerina due to my poor paper selection.

I’m learning that my watercolor application has it’s limits….had to continue on with colored pencils.

As much as I like the white background….I know I should start doing backgrounds.  Just applied a wash here of green & blue watercolors.

A close up view of the feet.

Some of that w/c pigment stains and is quite dark.  Trying to make this work for me.

Had to grab my graphite drawing b/c I was having a hard time figuring out those leg muscles.
And the other thing I need to figure out….is the suit.  I need to make it green, “it’s a team thing”.  Wish me luck Smile

February 13, 2014

Mandela Memory


The nice thing about making these mandelas is….you don’t have to have a memory.


All you need is a compass to draw the circles and many markers!


I forgot how much I relax and enjoy coloring in these mandelas.  The hardest part is deciding on the design.


I have to purposefully bring in the purples and the maroons cuz those aren’t my “go to” colors.



Just plain fun!  I reinforced the black lines to help define the shapes better.  I can’t believe it’s been a year since I did my mandela series
….not going to wait that long next time….Haha Smile

February 7, 2014

Caricature….Girls in a Pool

I was approached last week to do a commissioned caricature sketch of these five beautiful ladies.

The only problem was….the lady holding the camera is only half in the shot.

But I was given creative license to modify her in.   I then found out a little more about each lady and proceeded to draw.

Two blondes, three brunettes with distinct dressing styles which I was able to portray in the colorful swimsuits.

This was done 95% in watercolor.  Watercolor lends itself to more adaptability and I’m finally figuring that out! 

Thank you Miss Lynn for letting me caricature you and your friends Smile

If interested in your own sketch please go here.

February 4, 2014

My Creative Book Stash


They say….you can learn a lot about a person just by looking at the books she likes to read.  And that’s probably very true for me.


I’d have to put magazines in that book category too!  Any time I travel, I add to my magazine stash.  These are not cheap, but they are worth every penny in the inspiration and visual delight category.
  • Where Woman Create
  • Art Journaling & Artful Blogging (Stampington)
  • Cloth Paper Scissors

Then there are the more esoteric reads:
  • Artist’s Way
  • the War of Art
  • Art and Fear
And since I love textile design….I picked up a few to help me understand this field better:
  • Print and Pattern 1 & 2
  • A Field Guide to Fabric Design

And to help me figure out the body better:
  • Face Parts
  • The Big Book of the Human Anatomy
  • Lifelike Drawing
  • Creative Fashion Drawing
  • How to Draw People
  • Secrets to Drawing Realistic Faces

Since watercolor frustrates me so, I thought I might gain some insight from these books:
  • Watercolor Secrets
  • The Watercolor Bible
  • Watercolor Wisdom
  • Atmospheric Watercolours

Then there are my magazine subscriptions and various zines!  So many people in the spotlight!! So much talent!


Funny that there are so many books titled “Secrets to….”.  The real secret is applying…..put pen/pencil/brush to paper and play!  But when you aren’t in a class with an instructor hovering over you, reading helps tons!  It just takes a bit more time.

I’m probably a half-ass reader.  I don’t read every word written about every technique covered.  But I do look at all the pictures.  And when I’m stuck or blocked or frustrated….picking up one of these books gets me back on course. 

Where there’s a will there’s a way!  Amen Smile
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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