Shoes

Today’s prompt is shoes. When I first sat down to draw shoes, which I have done many times before…I realized that my wardrobe now consisted of various flip flops. I rarely wear shoes anymore except for the few rare evenings when it’s cool here or when I go for my walk. Otherwise I’m holding it in flip flops. This thought prompted me to draw my flip flops and that morphed into playing with some digital colors and textures…

This was a lot of fun and it gave me lots of ideas for more patterns.

Square Flowers

I love working in Square sketchbooks. This one is actually a square Moleskine I found somewhere. I don’t remember where I purchased it. The paper isn’t the best for wet media so I only use the one side but that’s ok because I have been able to do some surprising projects in it, most of the using techniques from Carla Sonheim’s classes, which can be pretty messy.

This one is actually a Pam Garrison exercise but Joanne Sharpe does something similar. I went rogue by using a brush fountain pen.

Flowers and Ink

Another small sketch with watercolor and random flowers….original is 4×6.

One of the splashes of paint reminded me of the pink lady orchids that I saw in the wild in New York many years ago. One of those unexpected gifts that Karma gives you….

Haphazard Flowers

I was on a Zoom this evening with Carla Sonheim and a few other artists. Carla had some flowers that she encouraged us to draw via blind contours and I randomly placed them around the page. We were encouraged to use whatever media we wanted. I used a Caran D’Ache Neocolor II black water-soluble crayon.

I then colored them in with watercolor and used ultramarine blue washed around them. I just played with the various mediums, adding paint pens and other media. Then I scanned it in and tweaked it some more on Procreate. I did this all while making homemade candy for Easter. It was quite full day.

And yep, I printed it out on a 4×6 postcard to mail to my mom. No kitties today, just flowers.

3×3 Design Challenge #1

I like doing Shannon McNab’s design challenges. This is last Friday’s submission but my posts are a little backed up right now from last month’s St Patrick’s Sketchbook. I am also working on ideas for Easter which should start on April 1.

The Challenge for Week 1 was Folksy Florals are something folk arty so being born a Pennsylvanian, the first idea that popped into my head was Amish hexes so I incorporated some flowers I did in one sketchbook and one of the birds from last month to come up with this submission.

Figment

Figment is another imaginary creature, so for you model horse folks that follow me, Figment isn’t meant to be anatomically correct….she’s just another of the many creatures that wander the pages of my sketchbooks….and started as a random mark on the page….

Figment is a small stocky pony that lives on the Emerald Isle. She can go places that larger horses can’t and can climb steep hillsides.

Valentine Birds

The Pink Heart bird delivers Valentine’s greetings on Valentine’s Day. However, one year, because of a strong wind, the deliveries didn’t go as planned.

Scarlet lives in a field of flowers. Her bedroom is built on an old sunflower, decorated with pink flower hearts and has a great view.