Monday, October 6, 2014

Sunday, October 5, 2014

#Inktober #Love Giraffes

The month of October in the art world is known as Inktober, it is a 31 day drawing challenge created by Jake Parker

Anybody can participate. Here are the rules:

1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).

2) Post it on your blog (or tumblr, instagram, twitter, facebook, flickr, Pinterest or just pin it on your wall.)

3) Hashtag it with #inktober

4) Repeat

I have been wanting to work on some ink drawings to create greeting cards for my Etsy shop, so this challenge comes at the perfect time for me. It is time to get off of my butt and ink some pictures! I don't know that I will have the time to create one drawing a day but I will do my best to ink at least one drawing a week. 

But if my Midnight love doesn't give me some room, I'm not sure I will be able to complete much of anything. He is too sweet. :)

Love Giraffes is my first drawing for the first week of October ♥

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sharing is caring is love.

I'm not sure if you can tell what has changed in my drawing studio. 
Can you see it? 

I will give you a clue. Ready? 
I drew a big heart around it because it is my new favorite thing in the room (besides Teddy and my cat, Midnight).
That's right! It's my handsome husband. :)

I have a large room and it gets lonely hanging out in here all by myself, so I asked Mark if he would move in and he said Yes!

This is going to be great fun! 
Working side by side, talking with each other, and thinking about one another. I'm a very lucky girl. 

Our 7 year old son took this picture of us. I think he did a pretty good job.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Working on...

I'm still working on this guy...but I'm thinking of switching gears to sort of reboot my creative flow, cuz' I haven't had one. :)

So, I started sketching out this...

I realize these sketches are very rough, my frog needs much improvement. They're more about getting a vibe to see if it is something I want to pursue. I'm thinking a steampunk style to the drawing. The top sketch is the one that I'm leaning toward.

What do you think?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Weathering the Storm

Wow! Where has the time gone? I am sorry that I have been absent for so long, I have been dealing with personal issues...nothing that I can't handle though. ;-)

Let's see, back on July 29th I wrote a post about following your inspiration, but I never followed up with the finished painting to that post. 

This painting is dedicated to my husband, Mark. 
Together, we can weather any storm.

It's a moment defined by a feeling. That moment of happiness, sadness, hurt, joy, pain, surprise, anger. It is that minute of uncertainty, that hour of doubt, that year of struggle. It can be fleeting, and other times it decides to settle in and stay for a while. Some moments we can see approaching on the horizon, other moments strike quickly and wildly on a random Thursday. However the moment arrives or why, slow down, take solace in each other, and be still. Storms will come and go, there will always be bright days and dark days, the one constant will be love. Embrace the love and hold on. 

Share your most memorable moment in the comments. I would love to hear about it. 

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Following your inspiration

So often I wake up in the morning and I have this great desire to draw or paint, and so often I put it off feeling obligated to get the chores done first.  The problem is that when I do my "other" work first, by the time I have the opportunity to be creative, the inspiration has vanished.

It has been this way for as long as I can remember. I blame the fable The Ant and the Grasshopper. That story terrified me when I was a child. I don't want to starve to death!  

Don't get me wrong, there isn't anything wrong with "work before play". It is a good lesson to teach and to live by, but once in a while you need to break the rules and chase after that inspiration. It is good for the soul. :) Sort of like having pancakes or cereal for dinner.

Starting today, I'm going to change the way I prioritize my time. I am going to "give in" more often to my whims and follow my inspiration.


I haven't done a watercolor in almost four years. I woke up this morning and all I could think about was coffee painting with watercolor. The dishes aren't done, the cats and my son are hungry <-I'm kidding, what kind of monster do you think I am? I fed the cats! :-P, the laundry isn't folded, and that's okay. ♥ I'm too busy giving in to my inspiration. ♥