Sunday, January 29, 2017

Notebook Playtime

I have been playing with my color crayons, colored pencils, and pencils, while I watch television, at night.  It calms me and allows me to sit through the new.  

At present, I am knitting pink caps at night, so my scribbling (and you will see that some of it is really scribbling)has been left to late afternoon.  I have been experimenting with crayons, and then going in with colored pencils on top of the crayon.  It has been partially effective, but it definitely casts a slight haze on my creation.

Also, I am taking an online class from one of my favorite Teachers, Susan Rubin, on Craftsy.  If you are interested in taking an online class on Colored Pencil Essentials, this is definitely the place to go. 

So, here is what I have been up to this month.

Every Artist needs to practice.  This is my practice sheet.
Since I have some issues with my dominant hand, this practice
was challenging for me.  Still, I learned quite a bit by doing it.

Hey, not all of what I do is good.  Some is simply playing.
It can turn out quite badly, but I am practicing some skills
or just noodling.  It's all fun

I was just scribbling on this one as well.  Nothing specific,
just playing around with pine tree needles in another way.

My friend gave me the sketch book that I have been using.  When I showed her
what I was doing, she fell in love with this particular piece.  This is a sketch from a
photo that I took, years ago.  It is in colored pencil and I have been playing with it for months.
I just continue to go back and add a bit here and there.
I think that this piece will end up in Canada, with my friend.

So, that is it for this month.  I just wanted to share what I am doing on a daily basis.  Nothing is screaming at me to do right now, and company is coming, so playtime will be limited.  However, I will share more goodies next month.

Until then, make it the best day that you can.  I have been getting quite worked up over political issues in the past few weeks, but I have faith, that Karma will do it's work and some of the craziness will come to a halt.  I am always for good change, but not hateful change.  So, think kind thoughts, and try to extend a hand of friendship, where ever you can.  We don't know each others stories, but a smile goes a long way in this world.   See you soon.  

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

In the Pinkish for February!

The color combination of white and red becomes pink.  This color seems appropriate after picking White & Red in the past two blog posts.  It also seems to be just the right combination for this month, as we head into Valentines.  

My heart goes out to all the women in Pink this month.  Politics are not a part of this blog, but to see so many women standing together, made my heart leap.  It is a good thing, when we stand together in peace and harmony.  It is a good thing when we are out in this universe, with our art and blogs and working quietly to change the world for the be noticed and heard.  It is a comfort.

So, with that in mind, I hope that you have family, friends and "loves" around the universe, that you can shower with love this month, and going forward.  Don't wait to tell them....let them know with Valentines, e-mails, phone calls, and letters. Yes, let them know just what they mean to you and your life.

I am also going to share a bit of a trip that we took before the Holidays, to Cuba.  I had no idea what to expect, but it far exceeded my expectations.  That is not to say that it is a perfect place.  No, it is in it's imperfections, that it touched my soul.  With it's infrastructure crumbling and struggles of survival, the people are vibrant, talented, individuals.  The art...the buildings....the warmth of the breezes and yes, the cars, brought delight.

So, without further ado, I will share a mixture of Cuba and Pink.

As for some art, I will tuck in a photo of one of my pink pieces.  I have more work completed, but have not transferred the photos to my computer.  I may just pop in twice this month, if I get lucky.

Happy Valentines Day! 


The Cubans take great pride in their Automobiles.
This one was perfect in Pink!

Of course, there were other colors, if you had a preference!

Entering the port of Havana, in the early morning.

Art in the Central Square - one of my favorite sculptures.

We had the pleasure of hearing many outstanding, choral groups.
Much of our day was spent with Government guides,
wanting to show us the best of Cuba.
With our own eyes, we could see between the lines.

A view as entered Havana. 

The National Ballet Company.

Behind many buildings, there was simply nothing....
This building was being restored with Unesco funds, as it is a fine
example of the original and historic, Spanish Architecture.

With some exceptions, much of the art was political.
(Castro died about a week after our visit.)

A change of direction,  after Cuba
These are bougainvillea, planted in our outdoor pots.
Just a hint of pink in this delicate flower.

A birthday gift; this Cactus just started to flower !

Our Hibiscus bush is always happy and full of pink blooms!


I believe that this is a Japanese dogwood.
I completed two of these from the same cartoon.
One is in Watercolor and one in Colored Pencil.
Can you guess which one this is?

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

For New Year, the Color White!!

Christmas tree on our favorite beach

Winter days bring bitterly cold weather in the Northern U.S..  Everything is white and cold and bare in it's beauty.    Down here in Florida, we are also thinking white, as we walk the beach and enjoy weather in the 80's.  It has been unusual here, with lots of beautiful weather.  We will catch a bit of the cold, as that Polar Vortex dips down here, but only into the 50's & 60's.  It provides a nice change of pace, from the very hot summer.  

So, this month, I am exploring the color white (or a very light beige).  I have gone through the past year's photos and come up with some of my favorite whites. Hope you enjoy! 

Siesta Key provides us with sand castles every year.  The creativity is quite amazing, as they produce these sculptures in about 24 hours.  The sand beach is so fine that it is fun to walk barefoot through the Sculptures.  Sadly, after the festival, the castles are knocked down and smoothed out to re-create the #1 beach (2014, I believe) in America.

We walk the beach often.  This was on New Years eve!  The birds had gathered to celebrate with us.
We were on our favorite beach, where the shelling is great and there are celebrations with drums twice a week.  It is a great way to usher in the new year!

Part of our family joined us for the Holidays.  We spent every extra minute on the beach;  shelling, walking and enjoying people and families, celebrating together.


Right before the Holidays started, we made a very special trip
to a very special place.

I will talk more about it next month.  
Can you guess where we went?
The upper photo is a BIG hint, as the country
is known for these things.

I hope that the New Year brings you a few rainbows.
I am nervous for what comes in our future, but one thing I know for certain...
I will use my gifts every day to find the joy and the rainbows.

I cannot change the world, but I can be the best me, I have learned how to be,
and give my best efforts to this world of ours.
That is my resolution this year, and every year.

Lastly, I thought you might enjoy this 'out of season' sketch.
I was in front of the television and doodling away, when I started playing
with my #2 pencil.  

I like to throw a little art in to the world, every month.
See you next time!