Found

Hubby and I were out walking and came upon a tree that looked like it had washed out avocados hanging from it. Turns out, it was a mahogany tree. We were awed at the beauty of the tree and the rarity of its wood.

An older woman gave us cuttings from the tree and told us to root them. She told us how old her tree was. I secretly thanked the tree for the cuttings.

I found one of the pods on the ground and it popped open this afternoon, seeds spilling out.

I’ll try planting the seeds, as well.

Skates

Ellie dreams of being an Olympic figure skater. She practices every day and loves skating in the snow. The creek near her house freezes over in the winter and it is her favorite place to skate. She and her friends create a rink and a track on the frozen creek and they do pretend Olympic Winter Games all season long. Winter is fun where Ellie lives.

Today’s carved stamp is an abstract design and I carved it without a sketch. I drew in pencil right on the stamp.

Puffin

This prompt was easy because I made a pamphlet book for my grandkids a few years ago that was about Arctic animals, puffins being one of them. I have not shown this book outside the family so this is the first time that I can remember actually posting one of the illustrations on my blog and social media. The book has a wintery Arctic feel to it and I really enjoyed doing this book. I should probably pull the entire book into Procreate and update it submit it to publishers. I did it to create awareness of the animals that would be negatively impacted by a warming planet.

Today’s stamp is also included below. It’s a stylized poinsettia. New blades came from Amazon which made a significant improvement in my cutting skills, LOL.

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….

Bunnies are back

I am working on my spring sketchbook again after a little hiatus. Yeah I know, it’s high summer. As I am typing this, a shelf cloud crawls across the sky covering us with a thunderstorm blanket. The palms look like tall thin ladies with their hair blowing behind them. Two sandhill cranes walked by my window with two fuzzy babies. I ran out to take their photo before they are gone. They don’t seem to mind the rain.

Back to the bunnies….These bunnies came from random blobs in my morning pages. I don’t always see bunnies in the blobs but I have a bunch that I can use to finish the sketchbook…though a stray bird or other animal may pop in.

Snowball spotted a juicy patch of dandelions from her favorite tanning rock, but Sandy the fox has her burrow over there. Decisions decisions.

The last is actually the first…

Today is my final 50 Friendly Faces post. I started this challenge the second day and got caught up doing the other days that I didn’t fo backwards to do Day 1 until last week.

50 Friendly Days Day 1 – “Famous face”

Quite frankly, this prompt held me up. What face should I choose? It was the choice that delayed the sketch so long but in the end, I chose an actor who was a Hollywood Legend.

I remember watching his movies on TV with my mom. He was a pretty big deal. My Uncle Joe always resembled him, and still does. Maybe a distant relative.

This legend had some issues in his personal life, which is sad. Hollywood wasn’t gold behind the scenes, especially then. It was dirty and tarnished but the movies they made were stuff of legends, including this fellow, who was a favorite of mine, for all his flaws. I liked him because he made me laugh with his dry wit.

I’ll let you guess. We’ll see how well I did….

Reference Photo used was from an issue of Motion Picture magazine.

This is sketch is in a personal sketchbook for personal use.

Friendly Faces -Day 50

This is the last official day of the 50 Friendly Faces Challenge. (I have two days that I missed that I will be posting the next two days)

The challenge was intended for illustrators to have some “people” in various expressions for their portfolio but for me it was much more. I wanted to experiment more with traditional gouache. I wanted to fill up another themed sketchbook. (I have a goal of six for the year and this is the third one I filled up.) And, I wanted reference sketches for expressions for my portfolio, as well. This was a 5×5 square sketchbook so I was also working in a restricted space and I had to adapt to that space.

This sketchbook and the sketches in it will be something that I can refer back to as fodder or a guide. None if these were touched up digitally and I guess the next step could be to tweak these with software.

In the meantime, the last prompt is wavy and I winged this character, just playing with color and seeing who this person could be and this was the most fun part of the 50 days. The ones I made up. She could be a faerie or elf.