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.


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



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.


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!!


October 20, 2015

Block Letters….W.M.T.X


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

September 14, 2015

Block Letters…..O.G.S.H


Oh, I am so excited to show you my next series of Letters.


I got a new phone a couple of months ago and realized how unorganized I had become with my art digital files.


But…where there is a will there is a way and I was able to find and back up the my favorite pics of the following letters.


Unfortunately I don’t always remember to get a scan of the outlined image before I proceed to color.


Cuz it’s the coloring that really relaxes me.


I like the way this “G” turned out.  The stripes in the background were spontaneous.


The “S” was somewhat spontaneous too.  I just added a layer of different colors after each flower module.


Another favorite that I was surprised I liked so much.


And onto the “H”.  Lots of different doodling going on here…..without a theme.


Kind of like a patchwork quilt.


Finished this one back in February…..lots of color was needed to balance out the winter white of my world.  But then again….I need lots of color to balance out my world…period Smile

August 7, 2015


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(Doesn’t look a thing like me)
I came upon Francesco Lo Iacono on instagram (pinterest) and was immediately drawn to his watercolor illustrations.

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(I think I got the eyebrows, mouth and head shape right)
So, I tried to see what it’s like to watercolor people in a short time.

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(Only from the neck down did it replicate reality well)
Since, the people in my life have way more to do than pose for 30 minutes in front of me….

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(I liked a lot about this….and felt it resembled me pretty well)
I went to the next best thing……The mirror selfie.  She doesn’t’ roll her eyes at my incessant commands to sit still.

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(Doesn’t look anything like me….but very fun to write in reverse)
But I can only draw her straight-on or quartering.

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(Possibly the eyes should’ve been more wide set)
I like the way the clothes look in watercolor.

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(Tried the less is more technique)
Perspective is so important in these sketches.

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(This cracks me up cuz it looks like one of those Big Head caricatures)
I didn’t look in the mirror for this one, cuz I was tired of sitting on a stool in the bathroom.  So I looked on my monitor at a pic from a few years ago.


It’s funny that I drew each one of these from the same subject.  And each one of them carried something that was correct in the subject.  But the challenge is and will continue to be….to get those right pieces into one painting.

July 22, 2015

En Plein Air…..around town


This picture just represents SUMMER to me!!! Plus I bought 4 more bowls from anthropologie this month.


And this summer (for whatever reason) I decided it was time to try watercoloring on the spot…as I see it and with time restraints.  Above is a cute storefront in my town.


At the lab…..


At the mall, by the XBox One display.


At the house.


Out the back door.  Too funny, I can see that I made those tree house posts on the same level, which if I were paying attention to perspective I should’ve noticed!


At the mall in very hot weather.  I like it when I can go immediately to watercolor and not mess around with drawing in graphite first.


Speed painting at the mall…that same day.


A popular waterpark in my area.  These kids just refuse to sit still!!!  If I did this more often it would definitely help me capture people on paper better.


And my Art Supplies!!  Some of my favorite pictures are when artists draw their art supplies. 
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