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Sunny Flower

I love to plant surprises throughout my home, my life, my work.  I like to look at things more than once and find those surprises; things I missed before.  Look closely when you’re in my life.

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A Good Read

A Good ReadI have shared my progress on this painting with you.  The painting is done.  I am still inspired when I look at it.  What will become of it – that is the question on my mind now.  Will it hang in my studio for the duration of my life?  Is it meant for someone?  Will they find it?  Will it inspire anyone else?  Will anyone find what they’re looking for when they see it?

What do you see in it?

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New Day, New Way

This was the best Christmas ever.

I got a brand new iPad Pro for Christmas. Got the iPad, an Apple pencil, a keyboard, and an awesome set of headphones.  Tonight I downloaded a new software called Astropad.  It lets me see the screen of my iMac right there on my iPad.  I can bring up any app and use it from the iPad, but I can use all of my Adobe products that way.  So I brought up Photoshop and used the iPad and Apple pencil to do this first (very rough and crude) drawing.  I see a LOT of potential with this.  I love the way the pencil works.  No more trying to draw my lines with a mouse.  I can work as if I’m using a pencil or paintbrush on paper.

Even though this first painting is indeed crude, I want to share it with you so that we can both see my progress as the days march forward.  I’ve got BIG ideas swimming around in my creative brain.  Lets see where it goes from here.

Man Bear with Stubble

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Fifteen Minutes a Day – day one and a half

Day One and a HalfDid more than 15 minutes yesterday (day one).  In fact I worked on this for more than an hour.  I was teaching a class last evening and we worked on a drawing of a small book.  Then we got out colored pencils and that made it a lot of fun, so I worked longer than 15 minutes.  Here is is that project, at this moment.  Still needs much more work, but shows promise.  The project is being done with Rembrandt oil based colored pencils.  Just like with watercolor, you start light and work to dark.  Also like watercolor, you begin by coloring lightly in the darker areas of the image and with each layer the colors build upon one another.

In this case. I started with a yellow pencil and covered the entire object.  I felt that even under the red of the book cover, there is a golden color.  So I started with that.  I did tiny, light circles of yellow over the whole thing.  After that first layer, I began with some red, doing the same thing – small light pressure circles.  My goal was that I not see any “lines” in the drawing.  I wanted a smooth look.  Funny thing, that.  When I was a little girl, my dad taught me to draw and he used the little circular motion on the paper as well.

Right now I’m working on the right end of the book.  The golden gilded edges of the paper are very dark after all these decades.  To get my drawing that dark will take many layers.  I have to work with a light pressure or else the paper take on a shine that won’t take any further layers.  Paper has a grain that you might only see with a microscope or perhaps a magnifying glass.  If you draw with the colored pencil in strokes across the paper, the pigment will not go down into the tiny little dips of texture.  I have to hold the pencil more upright and keep the tip very sharp – almost needle sharp – with an electric pencil sharpener.  By working in tiny circles and keeping the pencil upright, I can get the pigment even down into those little tiny holes in the surface of the paper.

So we’ll see how it goes.


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Charcoal (black and white) on Mi Tientes paper

I’m launching a new 15 minutes a day for artwork.  Hold me accountable for it, will you?

This (below) is not a 15 minute a day item, but I came across it and still like it.  It’s black charcoal pencil and white charcoal pencil (highlights) on gray Mi Tiente paper.  I want to do more.  PLLLLLLEEEEAAAAASSSSEEEE


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Book Cover

Quiet Place to Work

A Time to Write

Dan and I met twice in recent days and reviewed our past progress on the new book series.  We laid out the storyboard for the first book and handed out assignments.  My part is to design the book cover and to buy the domain name for the new website.  We’ll reconvene the end of May to see what we came up with and plan out the next step and individual assignments.  This is the year.

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Surprise! Huh?

Life is such an adventure.  You never know what’s behind the door.