Saturday, February 21, 2015

Drawing Challenge - VEIN

Veronica has kindly hosted our drawing challenge this week
and has provided us the theme 'VEIN'.

As I have studied more botany then anatomy, 
I associated veins with leaves. 

"Veins provide support for the leaf 
and transport water, minerals and food energy 
through the leaf and on to the rest of the plant."

I created a miniature book 
with pages covered with paint and ink
and leaves covered with veins.

I hope to find the perfect quote
to write a few words
on each of the pages. 

To see more interpretations of 'VEIN' be sure to visit Veronica.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A New Book Just To Play In

In my last post I mentioned that I had a new sketchbook that I have been having fun with. 

It is a smallish book that I made, 
and is bursting with pages ready for creative play.

I tea stained the pages before putting the book together. 
I decorated a few pages a bit using my typewriter and some handcarved stamps.

I also decided to make some pages smaller then others.... this may have been a mistake. 

Some of the pages turned out so beautifully just as they are
that I may have a hard time adding to them.

My plan is to add little bits of paper or stamps or ink or paint
that I am using in different projects, 
or that are on my desk and I don't want to throw away.

Once the bits are added I will go back in
with pen or pencil or paint or paper to complete the page.

I never know who will come to play. 

This page has a small page on the right hand side. 

Which means I need to keep the colour and bits at the top and bottom
of the larger page in mind as I create the next page
..... this is okay, just a bit more difficult. 

This project has been inspired by many different creations I have seen online,
such as the amazing sketchbooks of Lynne Hoppe
and the whimsical work of Judy Shreve

And even though I have only completed four pages so far,
I can't believe how much fun I am having. 

Saturday, February 14, 2015


This weeks Drawing Challenge theme is 'Aqua'
So I found my supply of paper that I have decorated in that colour 
and started to play. 

I started tearing bits of paper and my bunny with a balloon emerged.

She looks like she is bundled up and patiently waiting for a party!

The little bits of left over aqua coloured paper ended up in my new sketchbook 
-a WIP (with another bunny!)

I will share more of this little book in my next post. 
I am having so much fun with it.  

To see more drawing challange Aqua visit  our host Veronica!

Friday, February 6, 2015

DC- Dinner Gala

This weeks drawing challenge is 'Dinner Gala'. 

I rarely (if ever) attend formal parties,
and therefore wasn't sure what would show up for my drawing challenge this week. 
 But  this little lady wanted to go, 
so I did her hair and put on some earrings
 and she was off to her fancy party ready to dine and dance the night away. 

I was then looking for things to draw for my (not quite) daily drawing exercise,
and with 'Dinner Gala' still on my mind,
 I decided to draw some of my jewelry. 

If I had drawn her on a bigger canvas, 
 I could have drawn her a nice necklace to wear as well. 

See more 'Dinner Gala' creations here.

Sunday, February 1, 2015


I have enjoyed my creative time this week. 
I made this new scarf dancer collage

and worked on some pen and watercolor drawings. 

I have especially enjoyed these as I am now able to not worry about their wonkiness
 as they still resemble each item I was trying to draw.
Which was just what I wanted - more looseness and lots of enjoyment!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Collage Play

I love the work of Magaly Ohika, and last summer 
she posted a free tutorial on how she creates her lovely collage girls.
I finally had some play time and gave it a try.

My girl, of course looks nothing like hers - which is fine. 

And one girl lead to another 

which lead me to make a copy of the second girl
to which I added some lines, shading and some ink. 

I then decided to decorate some paper that I could use in future collages. 

I am pretty sure there are more to come!

Sunday, January 18, 2015


This is an accordion book I made about a year ago.
I like the inside view..... I just never liked the cover.

Here you can see the old cover - the bird looking too dark and frightening. 

And so I fixed it ..... finally.

Now the whole book makes me happy. 

I have also been continuing on with my drawing/painting work
for the Sketchbookery online course I am taking with Mary Ann Moss. 

Most people are on the beginning of the 4th and final week
but I am still working on week 1 and slowly moving into week 2.
I have access to it for a whole year, and it may just take me that long to get through it!

Sunday, January 11, 2015


As I reflected on 2014, I decided it was a far too busy year for me, 
so therefore I am trying to make some changes so as not to have it repeated.  
2015 will be busy - I am always busy - I just don't want too busy.

I don't usually choose a word to focus on for the year, 
but for now I have chosen the word SELF.
I hope that it will help me focus on what I do want to do,
and where I am not willing to put my energy. 

I may only use SELF for a month or two, or then again I could use it for many years.

One of the things I decided that I did want to do  was to spend some time drawing. 
It was about 8 - 9 years ago that I decided that I wanted to learn to draw, 
and began spending time drawing.

To continue on with this goal,
I am taking an online course -  Sketchbookery by Mary Ann Moss
I am trying to learn to draw everyday items from around my house - and then add a bit of paint

Last year I was very focused on final outcome of creations
This year I hope there are some creations that are final outcome focused,
 but my plan is to spend more time practicing, learning and not worrying about the final product. 

So here are some of the drawings/paintings I have made this week. 

I am drawing in pen (no erasing)
and began on scrap pieces of paper - so it doesn't matter if they turn out or not. 

I want to learn to draw from real things rather than from images.
So I started with my tiny tea pot.

After I drew my wonky jug on scrap paper, I added some watercolours
but that paper doesn't hold up too well, so tried again on heavier paper.

I was just going to draw my little pine needle basket - but the paints were right there 
so they got added to the mix.

And after I painted these, they were delicious to eat!

I found the perspective on this little succulent difficult,
and I know I will have to try it again another day.

I drew these tulips on scrap paper early in the week, when they were fresh.
The painted tulip was from yesterday when it was ready to drop its petals. 

I am challenging myself to draw (and paint if I want) for a minimum of 15 minutes each day. 
Some days it may not happen - and that is okay.