Apr 30, 2010

Beaded Bracelet, Spring Colors

Years ago I began beading this bracelet. 
To this day the colors thrill me. 

Have you ever thought about colors, 
how they move you, 
how they inspire you, 
how they sooth
or excite you?

I consider jewelry
of clothing
to be medicinal.

They support and inspire,
heal and nurture. 

Not just an adornment for the sake of decoration.
I am so happy that tonight I finished this piece
and can wear it!
I love the little dolphin clasps too~

Many of my artful friends took a peak at Anne's blog:
that I shared in my last post.
I decided to support her blog and explore the experience of doing a self portrait. 
If you would like to visit that post, please visit: Unconventional Beauties.
You may even like to join us with a post of your own. 
Who knows what gifts will be revealed in the process. 

Apr 24, 2010


Looking at my many of  my recent drawings, the ones I make up as I go along,
no photo or person to portray,
I am seeing a persona that lies under a personality.
It reminds me of photographic self portraits.
At least mine, I often will show a bit of myself that is not engaged with anyone else. 
Something quiet, personal and unadorned.

My friend Anne is experimenting with self portraits
on her new blog, Not Your Usual Model
I love the exploration of who we are as women in the middle years of our lives, and sense that self portraits can inspire new awareness about ourselves.

Anne also just opened a new blog: Unconventional Beauties
It is a self portrait photo challenge blog: "For any woman who no longer feels fresh nor firm nor fair: Instead of receding from the public view, take your own picture; take as many as you need; find a vision of yourself that you like, and share it here; make it your pubic image."

You may enjoy a peak or join in the project.
Please visit Sophia's Sunday Sketches to enjoy the sketches of other artists.

Apr 17, 2010

Young Lady~

my enthusiasm for learning to draw continues daily,
this drawing started with another eye tutorial.
After the eye was drawn I drew a face around the eye.
I forgot to use the guide lines for making a face look balanced. 
Perhaps the eyes are too high, 
but I don't mind.
Also I feel it is good to draw two eyes at once
they might look like they belong together more than these two do.

If you watch it, you will see this hair looks very little like he shows. 
Still it was wonderful to see one persons way to detail hair.

Visit Sunday Sketches to enjoy other peoples sketches

Apr 13, 2010

Dreaming of Summer

recently a friend emailed a photo he took of me last summer
memories of:
the warmth of that day
the smell of the grass and clovers
our outdoor potluck
a stroll through the garden
inspired dreams of summer

also, to bath in the memory 
of that delicious feeling of laying on the earth
I sat down to make a drawing
surrounded my the music of my friends (Barnyard Riot) having band practice

today is gray
even snowflakes float by from time to time
plants attempt to grow
yet days are not warm enough
we are still in the tango between winter and spring
wishing you a lovely Spring!

photo by: Bill Boggs

Apr 10, 2010

Wee Young Lad

This sketch reminds me of my son when he was a wee young lad.
In the past few days I had fun drawing men and now this boy. 
If you were looking over my shoulder you would find a mess on my paper for a while. 
I start with an oval and it is NOT oval, then I begin erasing and drawing and erasing
and slowly a face begins to emerge.
It is a surprising and fun process for me.

I discovered that You Tube has many drawing tutorials!
I did one called eye drawing tutorial, 
now what to do with a single eye drawing:

It is helpful to watch other people as they draw.

 To enjoy other peoples sketches, visit: Sunday Sketches, hosted by Sophia.

Apr 4, 2010


With two drawing lessons recently and those drawings being in pencil and shaded
for highlights and shape,
I thought it would be interesting to sketch.
Something fast and
from my imagination to see what I have learned.
In less than an hour this is what I drew. 
I can see that guidance and lessons have been valuable for me,
and sense that if I continue to practice I will have tools to express myself
and have more fun that frustration.

Enjoy other artists Sketches at: Blue Chair Diary

Wishing all a wonderful Sunday and Easter~

Apr 2, 2010

Drawing Lessons

My dear friend Abigail gave me drawing lessons for my birthday! 
Lovingly and with patience she showed me the basics of drawing an oval and then a line down the center and another line across and a couple more for the nose and mouth. Showing me how to shade with a pencil and erase for highlights. I was amazed that when following some basic guidelines a face appears on the paper!
We have had two lessons.
drawing number one:

well, her eyes look a bit odd
and I don't care for her hair
the shading is too much
but I am amazed that with one lesson and a few hours of time
that a face comes to life
with the help of my dear friend Abigail!

Part of me wants to go back and change things
but for now I think I will just learn on a new drawing

drawing and lesson two:
(we used a photo of a woman for this drawing, the last one we made up as we went along)

I am much happier with this drawing.
I must say that as I begin, the drawing can look mighty terrible. 
With the use of an eraser and looking at details over and over again
a face slowly comes into (a certain amount of) balance. 

Drawing number three,
this one I did alone and looking at a photo.
My lovely art teacher has not seen this one yet:

I am having so much fun!

A couple of years ago I drew Little Miss Tipi
I would like to use her as a character for a children's book,
but for the life of me I can not recreate her. 
I am thinking that if i learn some basics like I am in these drawings, 
I might be able to draw Little Miss Tipi doing all the different things she does through out her day. 
Time will tell.
The good news is: Everyone can learn to draw!

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter weekend!