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Splashy Modified Contour Drawings

My friend, a lovely neighbor and ikebana artist, was lamenting her drawing skills so I was all “Do the exercises in “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain”* and then realized I haven’t done it myself in a long time. Since I’ve been feeling an urge to do something more free form and direct and after telling her that, I had to take my own advice! Continue reading Splashy Modified Contour Drawings

Two Blue Jays – Which do You Prefer?

It’s been a while since a post – again! Let’s face it, time spent at the computer is time NOT spent painting or drawing or writing. Well, a lot of writing is at the computer, but you get what I mean. Time spent creating is not the same as time spent telling about creating.

On to today’s good stuff! Here are two watercolors of a blue jay. Same format, same colors – Cerulean Blue, Manganese Blue and Mars Black –worked at the same time. One is much better to my eye, what do you think? Do you like #1 or #2, this one or that one?

I’m curious which one is more appealing to you. The winner will become a greeting card in my Etsy shop so please comment!

Drawings! Cardinals! In Colored Pencil!

OK, so that’s a lot of excitement up there in the title. But, it’s been such a long while since I posted and almost as long since drawing and painting that I got kind of wound up.

This is the first drawing after being away for while and I could sure tell in my rusty hands and eyes. It’s sketched lightly on Champagne Mi Tientes and then the color is worked in with Prismacolor colored pencils. In trying to stick with limited colors, I chose Tuscan Red, Scarlet, Poppy Red, White and Black.

Overall, it’s OK but I didn’t like the texture of the paper – too mechanical. Nor am I happy with the stiffness and lack of life in the bird; perhaps it’s a bit overworked.

So, I did another drawing exactly the same- sort of.

Here’s Cardinal #2, same paper (except on the smooth side), same size (5×7), and the same colors. To me, it seems fresher even if there’s less detail. This one was much easier to draw and complete; I could feel myself loosening up as it progressed.

Colored pencils are a big draw for me, but I’m still getting comfortable with how I want to use them in a less precise manner. I’m enjoying exploring these small drawings and am trying to do some everyday. I’ve got another couple to show very soon.

Thanks for looking and any thoughts and comments are always appreciated.

A Bird of Different Sort: Watercolor Rooster


This is an older painting from several months ago that was never posted. He’s actually the first bird of the sort that I’ve been doing lately. I was so pleased with him; it gave me the push to try the other birds.

He’s a little larger than 5 x 7 and painted only with Quinacridone Gold, Indigo, and Quinacridone Red. The green in the tail is from the Quin. Gold and Indigo mixed – I love that color every time it appears!

His face is sharpened with a touch of Prismacolor colored pencil that looks like Tuscan Red and Goldenrod. I didn’t write them down and don’t remember now which ones they were.

I hope you like him – he was a first of a kind!