Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Hand*Book Sketchbook/Working Twenty Minutes a Day

I'm working in a Hand*Book sketchbook (5.5 x 5.5) by Global Art Materials Inc.

I'm creating a two-page spread every day of July. I'm a day behind...but as artist and author  Michael Nobbs, at Sustainably Creative, advises ... be kind and gentle to yourself...and work in twenty minute sessions every day. Set a timer and have a go at it.

Buy a fun timer here Amazon  (I'm becoming a bit of a novelty timer junkie).

Putting in twenty minutes of creative work a day produces more work at the end of the month than one would think.

The character in these illustrations is a dear friend of mine whom I've dedicated this book to.

Cheers-
Darlene









Saturday, July 8, 2017

Creative Play With Carla Sonheim










More creative play with Carla Sonheim's "365 Phew Year Long" class. I am so grateful to participate in her year long classes. I am always reminded to use my "hoarded" art supplies in different ways and to play and have fun experiences.

Click here to see what juicy on-line classes Carla has to offer!

Cheers-
Darlene

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Map Art

My theme map "The Wizard of Oz" is published over at Nate Padavick's "They Draw and Travel" website.

I just finished taking Sketchbook Skool's klass "Make a Map" taught by Nate Padavick. Nate is an illustrator and specializes in making map art. Visit They Draw and Travel (TDAT) to see his maps and books. TDAT publishes map art from artists all over the world.

WANT TO SEE THE MAP?  CLICK here


Cheers-
Darlene

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Stop, Cease, Look


Leo Tolstoy had it right with, "Stop a moment, Cease your work, Look around you." I thought of Leo yesterday when my 17 month old granddaughter Primrose visited. Nothing mattered except for what was going on moment to moment. We simply played. I laughed with her. I sang with her. We spoke in sign language and one to two word sentances. We investigated, discovered, and explored whatever caught our attention at the moment. I experienced the heightened sense of joy and discovery for birds in the sky or the stick with the peeling bark just as Primrose had. Today as I venture in and out of my day I will Stop, Cease, and Look around me. I'll PLAY through my day.

Cheers-

Monday, March 20, 2017

Heirloom Novels Honor Grandmother

I like to order from Saturn Booksellers. Purchased autographed copies and had them gift wrapped to myself.

Get your copy now. Releases March 21st!

Snap a photo of your charm bracelet and post it on Viola Shipman's Facebook page.

I took my first writing workshop with author Wade Rouse. It was a writing retreat held at a lovely country bed and breakfast in Granville, Ohio. Part of the writing retreat focused on participants reading aloud from their novels. I read a chapter from my book, "No Bra, No Teeth, No Service" which is a humorous memoir based on my job as a convenience store clerk while balancing the creative life. I'll never forget hearing the laughter from Wade and the other participants. (Oh so this is funny to other people and not just in my own head.) I showed illustrations to compliment my book. Wade was very excited about my work. His immediate reaction was to write this as a graphic novel. And he was right. I left that retreat knowing I had purpose for writing and drawing. He was the single force who gave me the courage to continue with this work.

I knew Wade Rouse previously through his books. I found a book of his while browsing a small college bookstore, "At Least in the City Someone Would Hear me Scream." I started to read it and found myself laughing out loud in the store. I sat down in an over stuffed chair near the window with the sun warming my back and read a chapter. Then I read the next. I laughed so hard people started to stare. I read the entire book there that day. Purchased it. Hurried home and got on the computer to get the titles of his other books

America's Boy
It's All Relative
Confessions of a Prep School Mommy Handler

Currently Wade is writing his heirloom novels under the pen name Viola Shipman 
Wade is an award-winning memoirist. He chose his grandmother's name, Viola Shipman, to honor the woman whose stories inspired him to write these novels. The first in the heirloom novels is, "The Charm Bracelet" and the second is to be released March 21st, "The Hope Chest."  A third novel will be released in 2018.

I hope you will read Wade Rouse and Viola Shipman. If you belong to a book club the heirloom novels would be excellent choices. Perfect gifts for sisters, mothers and dear friends. The Charm Bracelet was only 700 copies away from being on the New York Times Bestseller list. I'd love to see The Hope Chest make it to this list. Don't wait. Buy a copy now.

Wade Rouse
Viola Shipman Heirloom Novels
Saturn Booksellers  (Their S/H is only $1.99 for one book or a hundred)

Cheers,
Darlene

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Creative Adventures in 365 Phew Sketchbook

Create a Headline for Your Day

Draw Floor Plans for Your Homes

Shadow Drawing

Poking Holes in Paper

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Glue Stick Resist


Spreading color is always fun. The glue stick adds an uneven texture that I like. Great background technique. Added the lines and swirls with Martha Stewart Glitter Pens.

Cheers-
Darlene

Wednesday, March 8, 2017