My Journey Into Art

Thursday, June 30, 2011


My Moleskine has been sitting neglected for what seems like the longest time. I use it when I want to experiment or get messy with mixed media. I decided to give it some attention in the last week. I started off with a watercolor wash and salt. Then I added the mandala in black acrylic paint with the white details in gelly roll pen. Making mandalas is such a peaceful process for me. I don't really think about how it will evolve, it just comes organically when I'm in flow.


The other night before bed, I brought up my watercolor sketchbook, watercolor pencils, watercolor crayons and PITT pen to the bedroom. My bedtime routine usually consists of reading a book or doodling before I fall asleep. Both clear my mind and relax me enough to easily fall asleep. Sometimes though, the doodling actually fires me up and I lose my window of falling asleep at a decent hour because I have too much creative energy and want to do more, more, more.

I had watched a video by Alisa Burke right before bed, so my inspiration came from her work.

Sketchbook doodles

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Blue Parrot

So I didn't work on the cat painting like I said. I don't know why but the clean up from acrylics holds me back from using them when it's so easy with watercolors. I will get to that cat painting soon.

Instead, I tried out my new larger size Strathmore Visual Journal in the 9 X 12 size.

This bird's face was huge to paint. I'm not sure I will do another bird this size. I felt like I couldn't control the watercolors. I used watersoluble markers to help with details.

Blue Parrot

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


I started this painting last month and put it aside until last night. I want to get all my unfinished paintings completed. It felt good to get this one done. Next up is an unfinished acrylic painting of one of my cats.


Monday, June 20, 2011


When I first started playing with watercolors, I went to the library and took out whatever books they had on the subject. One of the books that I really liked was Watercolor for the first time by Kory Fluckiger. At the point I took the book out from the library it seemed too advanced for me. I loved his work though. He's very talented. I took this book out again for the third time and this time I did a painting from the book. He pretty much walks you through the process which is really great. I couldn't get the depth of the center of the daisy like he did, but overall I'm very happy with the way mine turned out.


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Zendoodle Handprints

This was a gift for my husband for Father's Day. He's not big into the whole gift buying/receiving fanfare, so handcrafted is always preferred. My boys had fun dipping their hands in paint.

This was done with acrylic paint on an 8 X 10 canvas. The white detailing was done with gelly roll pen.

Friday, June 17, 2011


This is a card that I made for my daughter. She is really into giraffes right now. Her birthday was yesterday and the card put a big smile on her face. It was worth the time and effort just for that big smile.


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Bright and Bold

I've been in a funk lately. I haven't made any real art in weeks. I still have several unfinished pieces that I have yet to touch. However, I'm still working on the Index Card A Day. I have a bunch I need to photograph and post. But since I'm in a funk, taking photos has been put aside too. I think part of my problem is adjusting to school being out. I haven't been able to get a good schedule going of activities for the kids and my usual routine is out the window. I need to work on that.

Today I really had the urge to play with paint. I took out the watercolor sketchbook and doodled. I wanted to paint with bright, bold colors. I love how uplifted I felt by them. I love color!

Bright and Bold

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Keeping Busy

I haven't posted to the blog lately because I didn't have any completed work to show. I have a few things still in progress and I seem to be jumping from one to the other. I have a two page spread going in my Moleskine that has collage and a lot of layers, I have a cat portrait on canvas in acrylics that is half done and I have a red cardinal in watercolor half done.

Then I saw a new challenge by Tammy of Daisy Yellow that interested me. She is doing an Index Card A Day challenge for the months of June, July and August. You can get details here.

I asked my 8 year old if he would be interested in doing it with me and he said yes. I don't know that he will do one a day, but I think he will do several a week when he sees me working on them. I bought a pack of blank index cards for this challenge.

Here's some cards the I worked on and the last one is one that my son did.

ICAD Day 1


ICAD Day 1 by my 8 yr old son

And here is a couple of sketches from my small sketchbook that I carry with me.

Mini Sketchbook