Happy Hearts Valentine Themed Sketchbook

Ok, so I am a wee bit late posting these. This hand bound, hand painted, 20 page sketchbook was a little labor intensive and most of the postcards my mom received from this sketchbook were critters without page embellishments. I just finished all of the embellishments today.

Some of these may get bumped out by St Patrick’s Day but love is a daily activity anyway, right?

One of these days I need to get a new updated printer because the color of these postcards is quite intense in person and my printer does a “WTF is this?!” when I printed them out. I had to use color pencils after I printed them. I had used some metallic paint which scanned well but the printer didn’t do it justice. Yeah, I could have done these digitally, but there are some things that are best left to chance.

EVERY SINGLE ONE of these creatures came from a sketch in my morning pages which started out as a random shape, that I move around until I find something to work with in that shape, and pull a creature out of it.

I prepainted the pages before assembling the sketchbook. The colors are very bright and intense.

The media used was whatever I had within reach of my desk. Nothing has been tweaked digitally, I will be posting the raw sketchbook pages

Happy is a loyal friend who loves to run, chase squirrels and eat bacon. One day Happy chased a big raccoon out of his yard.

This happy fellow was actually just completed yesterday, #19, but because he’s the cover, he is first for the series. I will also be writing a short description of each….

Happy is a loyal friend who loves to run, chase squirrels and eat bacon. One day Happy chased a big raccoon out of his yard.

Hyacinth

This was drawn from life and is in that same 5×5 homemade toned paper sketchbook that I have used the past few days. I picked up this hyacinth at the local market. With all the beautiful flowers and plants that grow in my part of Florida, these do not and hyacinths have always been a favorite of mine. So for a short time, I will have this pretty pink (eventually) hyacinth growing in the house…

I have been limiting my sketches in this book to 25 min. These are raw and are untouched by any digital process but could be used at a later time for something.

Enjoy this taste of Spring

Parsley

Here’s another sketch of an item I usually don’t consider high on my list of subject matter to draw or paint. Sketched with an opaque watercolor and ink on toned Stonehenge paper in my homemade sketchbook. The sketch hasn’t been retouched digitally…..yet.

Parsley.

Parsley is one of the herbs that I have growing in pots on my lanai. We tried planting it in a garden in the yard, but it seems that we have super slugs down here that can obliterate a plant over night. HA! They can’t get in the screen house though, and now that the screech owls are back for another nesting season, the slugs are high on the gourmet snack list. Poetic justice. Good birdies!

How do I know that the screech owls are back? The snitches. The feathered blue tattle tales with the big mouths. Aka Blue Jays. Nothing is safe from the preying eyes of these feathered informants. One of the screech owls was sleeping in one of our palms and the Blue Vigilantes raised quite a ruckus which of course alerted the Red Squad, aka Cardinals, along with a few mockingbirds. They let up a bit when I went out there to walk the perimeter of the yard, found the poor abused owl and when I went back in the house, they flew away and let him sleep. I could hear his mate trilling gently from another tree. I guess the fact that I didn’t react sent the birds off to harass the other raptors in the neighborhood (and we have plenty.)

A little while later, another hit squad showed up, the Palm Warblers, aka ELVES WITH ATTITUDE. I could hear them while I was cooking, And they were doing everything BUT warbling. They were just about taunting him, hopping from branch to branch almost like they were playing “chicken”. Hootie had moved and was hiding his face in a different palm, trying to catch some Zzzz’s. If he had a pillow it would have been pulled over his head. I thought the Tiny Hit Squad had some nerve because they would have been an entree for the owls. I promised Hootie that we would build him an owl box this week to replace their palm that fell down from rot.

I noticed that the lizard population seems to be slightly dented. I haven’t seen as many hanging out on the screens but now that the owls are back, I realized the herd is being culled. It’s nice to hear the owls at night. They trill, then look at you like, “I didn’t do it and if I did I wouldn’t admit it.” They hang out in our yard and poach whatever moves. They like the frogs, too. Last year a slug did get in the screen house on one evening, and I tossed it in the air towards the nest. It got snapped outta the air before it hit the ground! That’ll learn the slugs! I was impressed.

This whole post about owls from a sprig of parsley…..

Garlic

I don’t think I ever actually dedicated a sketch page to a garlic bulb. Ever. I popped open my fridge and the bulb that was in there was a wild thing. It’s fresh but the ones I have been finding at the store are more loose-y goose-y like the one in the fridge with huge cloves of garlic. Yum.

So I sat at my desk and quickly sketched one from memory. Then I pulled out some paint and painted my garlic. Then I just started pulling out random materials for the hell of it and here we are; a mixed media garlic bulb.

Damn that was fun!

PS. This is in a homemade square sketchbook using mixed colors of toned Stonehenge paper.

Garlic

AEDM Days 24 – 30

I haven’t posted anything for the week because of the holiday. Even when I am busy with holiday activities, I still create every day. I have also added writing to my routine. Nothing earth shattering, but I am learning some tricks and plan to add that to my daily routine. I have been doing it for a week now and I may incorporate into my blog as well.

To catch up with my AEDM in one post….here are the daily portraits that I do every morning. These are in a new journal and I don’t remember where it came from. I originally tried to use it for International Fake Journal month but the paper sucks for drawing/watercolor and ink so I had put it aside. I am on a mission now to fill every sketchbook I had abandoned and this was one of them. It’s being used for my daily portraits and my writing to expedite filling it.

11/24/20
11/25/20
11/26/20
I made biscuits for Thanksgiving
And pumpkin pie
11/27/20

The one above, Ethan S, I had posted on Sktchy when I completed it but never got around to posting on my blog.

11/27/20
11/28/20
11/29/20
11/30/20

AEDM Days 14/15

I zonked out early yesterday and I forgot to post. I was working on some sketches yesterday that I don’t want to share yet, but I thought of a new themed sketchbook that I will probably start after I finish my Christmas cards.

Another task that I tackled yesterday, in my bullet journal, was my Thanksgiving shopping list. I have tried regular planners for years, but I have had the most success with bullet journaling. The nice thing about a non formatted planner like bullet journaling is that I can track things like Thanksgiving shopping lists from previous years. It takes the guess work out of holiday planning and has been a valuable tool for me. It also reminds me of what worked and what didn’t.

You can find out more about Bullet Journaling here:

https://bulletjournal.com

Today I finished up my week long daily doodles and I also tried out a new sketchbook to see what media it will handle.

The daily doodles are in a Strathmore 400 series softcover Drawing sketchbook. I love this whole line of journal type sketchbooks. The paper is awesome and you can get different weights for various media, they open flat and I like the 7.75 x 9.75 size. It’s perfect for my dailies.

Strathmore Series 400 Drawing Journal

This was done in a new sketchbook that I haven’t tried yet, but I have two of them. This is the first page and I tried watercolor and ink. It’s a square format and I love square sketchbooks but I am not sure how I feel about this one yet. More to come on this sketchbook….

AEDM Day 2

I have had a busy day today. It was a gorgeous day here by Jensen Beach. It’s been windy all day and the wind brought in cooler weather. We opened all the windows. It won’t last long. In a couple of days it will probably be around 80 again but we’ll take what we can get.

Here are my morning sketches, if you saw yesterday’s post, you’ll see how I filled the first daily box from yesterday. I was outside when I did the daily box and my uniball spit some ink. It does that once in a while. I also did my Sktchy portraits, one is a timed 5 minute and the other is a Cheater Blind Contour. Those are my warm up sketches for the day and I don’t worry if they are perfect. I used to worry about perfectionism until I realized that from an illustrator point of view, my best character potential came from the imperfect and spontaneous sketches.

Also today, I started a little holiday project. I pulled out my scented Daniel Smith holiday colors. The red is peppermint. The yellow is mulled cider and they smell good. However, the green is pine or Christmas tree, but it smells like Pine Sol. Oh well, two outta three isn’t bad.

Last but not least is my sample spread below for a story that John and I are putting together. I signed up for a Children’s book writing course this time last year but it actually didn’t start until October 12, 2020. There are lots of good tips and John and I came up with a story together while were taking our morning walk. More to come on that.

Art Every Day Month

It’s November, again. Last November we were packing to move to Florida so anything that I regularly did this time of year went right out the window. Usually I followed Inktober with Art Every Day Month. I didn’t last year.

I am settled at the moment in our garage. We had plans to build a studio in our backyard but after much discussion, I suggested we wait. I don’t like creating in the garage but I guess it’s better than the kitchen table.

Where did the Dragon go? He’s around. I think he’s digging a hole out back.

OK, so what is Art Every Day Month? AEDM was created by Leah Kolidas. I found out about AEDM from Kelly Rae Roberts, many years ago. In a nutshell, all you have to do is create every day. It’s very simple. You don’t have to finish something every day; you use this month to focus on a project. It can be ANYTHING. It can be sewing, or crocheting. It can be a painting or drawing. You can write poetry or write a story. The idea is in this busy time leading into the holidays, you take the time to do something creative, for you. It’s actually liberating to create for the sake of creating. There’s no popularity contest like some of these on line challenges, there is just you and whatever you decided to tackle. Each day, you post what you did either on Facebook or you post it to your blog, if you have one, and link to Leah’s AEDM blog.

If you decide to participate, you can find out more here:

http://creativeeveryday.com

So what did I do today? I prepped by daily page for the week and I added today’s entry for last week. I work Monday through Sunday so today ends the previous week.

Here is my two page spread with last week and this week…

That’s it. Easy Breezy. No fanfare. No competition. I created something.

This isn’t the only thing I did today, but this is an excellent example of what AEDM is.

Try it. Create.