Flower lady

Not everything I “find” on a page is an animal. The other day I found a rose, and on this page, I found a lady with flowers, her expression showing us that maybe stopping to smell the flowers and taking that moment for a quick meditation, just may be what the “doctor” ordered.

Long beaked Cardinal

Another Imaginary Creature pulled out from the page. I drew the beak long and almost erased it, but left it because it isn’t supposed to be representational anyway.

There’s a lot of angles to this guy. He uses them to hide in oak and elm trees.

I also included what the page looked like before I painted him so you can see where I got the idea for him.

Georgie is about to have a bad day

I have a few “prepped” homemade sketchbooks with patterned backgrounds that I use for characters. Sort of like a staged background. Today I used the background to randomly “find” a character.

This guy almost jumped off the page. But then he looks very terrier-ish so that would be normal for a terrier.

Georgie is a happy guy. Everyone loves him except……

The Cat Bully….

Final Inchie Day

The final prompt is “DETAIL.”

One of the things that Amy Maricle encourages during the challenge is to do multiple versions and then see if they can be part of a larger piece. I played with acrylic paint and created a bunch of blue blocks and then followed the brush strokes to find a pattern. This was a surprisingly inspiring process and I found that it’s a good way to create patterns. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it.

Overall, if you are stuck creatively, Inchies are helpful. The small size makes doing the art less time consuming and intimidating, while also being portable and a little addicting.

I have quite the little stack after 12 days.

Inchies – Swirling

The theme for Day 11 was “swirling.” Instead of drawing something that swirls, I opted for a completely different idea and grabbed some old art

(see previous post: https://ginalento.com/2021/08/25/i-have-done-something-horrible/ )

and I cut it up into the 2×2 squares. I sprayed the squares with spray Ink and sealed them after they dried so they wouldn’t reactivate. They reflect the light a little and my scanner wasn’t handy so this is just an iPhone photo of the 4.

Inky Inchies

Day 9 and the post was “ink.” I got a little carried away again. Each square was done independently but I tied them together with laying them out on my desk and turning them to see how well they would work together as a group.

The bottom two were separate pieces done with crayon and ink washes.

Inchie Challenge Continued…

Days 4-6 prompts:

Day 4 – Yellow – I was totally spontaneous and I used two Tombow Markers and a waterbrush to create this one. Simple designs like this can grow into something else…

Day 5 – Wood – They Draw had sent out an email about typography so wood became wooden letters.

Day 6 – Sea

I kinda went berserk on the prompt for Sea. I am also doing Carla Sonheim’s Year Long class and the lesson came up for working with crayons and melting them. I made a bunch with crayon and used other media over top over the crayons. I created many Inchies for the prompt “sea.”

Prompts 4-6
Sea- Two melted crayon with silver gel pen
Sea – layered melted crayon with gel pen
Sea – watercolor and gel pen

I have done something horrible

Or maybe I didn’t

It depends on how I look at it…

With fresh eyes….

I’ve hacked up a bunch of my art

😱

I have a bin of unframed art and I needed a new project. I had put the art in a bin for a later time when I might touch it up. An idea came to me for how to permanently seal my pastels. Why not repurpose some of this half baked art?

Hack Girl came into being…

Most of the art I was Ok with hacking it into smaller sizes or sealing the pastels that were done on paper and then hacked them!

All but one.

One didn’t seal up nicely and it wrecked an image I liked and I was like …

“WTF did I just do?!! What was I thinking?”

Oh well, too late now.

It actually doesn’t look that bad and I will probably paint over it to pull it out. And make it better.

But it still left a pit in my stomach.

One piece seriously was Sh-t and now I’m like…

“Ooo cool idea for Halloween!”

So here is most of the hacked up art.

Onwards and upwards, right?

Ooops

I forgot to post this bunny. Lol. I thought I had and scrolled through and yup, no post. So one more bunny, coming up!

Gigi practices for the cheerleading tryouts every day. She wants it to become an Olympic Sport and wants to get the first Gold medal.

(I had to check to ensure it wasn’t a sport yet, lol.)