Monday, September 12, 2016

Drawing a Day for 31 Days

Draw a Tree




Draw a Chair



Draw a Leaf



Draw a Rose



Draw a Sneaker



Draw a Pitcher



Draw a Cat



Draw a Bird



Draw a Mushroom



Draw a Broom

I am participating in a drawing a day with Lisa Congdon at Creative Bug. The idea is to draw the subject, but let your style show. All that is required is to draw the subject in B&W. They asked for personal style so I have chosen to add an illustration in color incorporating each subject of the day. So you probably guessed Zebra would be starring in many of them. This challenge/contest is for 31 days of September, so stop back for more.

Cheers-
Darlene

Spring Cleaning Cartoon

"Spring Cleaning. Fall Cleaning. Dumpster Day...whatever. It works."

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Family




Ah, the change of seasons...especially the sense of Fall around the corner, always reminds me of family. Maybe it's the holidays of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas that help define this for me. Fall seems to be a time for reflection. A time to re-energize for a new season and yet to slow down and ponder a bit on the front porch with a cup of herbal tea.

This is the time of year I want Sunday suppers with family, walks in nature, quiet days at the beach right before sunset, and night walks with my camera (the kind with real film).

If I could take a leave from the day job any time during the year I'd choose September through December. I love the smell in the air, the celebrations, the idea of Fall bursting with color and light and then quieting into winter with a neutral- subdued color palette; yet promising a lovely, peaceful sense of solitude and rest while the snow sparkles under the moonlight. (Which by the way is the perfect time for a walk).

I often fantasize about how wonderful and magical it would be to take a four month art/writing retreat September through December. If I figure out how to do this I'll let you know.

What time of year would you do a retreat?

Cheers-
Darlene

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Monday, August 8, 2016

A Pig in Disguise Doodle


This is the seventh doodle I have entered for the Doodle Theory Club Contest. I can enter eight. Come back tomorrow to see number eight.

Cheers-
Darlene

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Doodle Theory Doodle #6

It's almost a wrap with the Doodle Theory Club contest. This Doodle is number six. Thank you for following along. Stop back to see if I complete all eight by Wednesday, August 10th.

Cheers-
Darlene

Bosom Buddies


This doodle is my fifth entry in the Doodle Theory Club contest. I can enter eight doodles by August 10th. Hoping I roll into the finish line with all eight doodles submitted.

Cheers-
Darlene

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Another Doodle Theory Doodle


I'm working to submit eight doodles to Doodle Theory Club contest by August 10th. This is number 4!

Cheers-
Darlene

Sketchbook Skool w/Jonathan Twingley


Jonathan Twingley is teaching in Sketchbook Skool for the "Stretching" klass. He is a powerful and imaginative artist. The homework was to draw objects...anything your imagination came up with, onto a large sheet of paper. Cut them out, and build an image on another piece of paper. I'm working in an 11x14 sketchbook. I have layers of collage paper, gesso, paint, oil pastels, acrylics and ink. The image is pieced together from different drawings. As I was working these words came to mind so I quickly scrawled them on scrap paper then wrote it onto the finished piece with a dip pen and india ink.

Image 1 text: "Every evening I go outside to stand under the night sky, the influence of the moon visits me in my dreams. I hope the power of the sky and everything beyond touches my soul and at least humbles me a bit so I don't get in my way...so I don't hurt anyone thinking I'm bigger or grander than they are. It is a constant practice to let go of that me image."

 Image 2 text: "The other day I noticed a spider on the kitchen window ledge. Although it creeps me out I can't kill it. I carry it outside so it can crawl back inside tomorrow and say hello again."