I have a sunny floral to share with you today. These little yellow flowers make me so happy. I hope you enjoy them too. 💛
I had some fun playing in my sketchbook and started with a light pencil sketch. I used my Tombow dual tip brush pens for some bright color.
The small tip of the pen worked well to draw the lavender. I used dark purple and blue to sketch the little petals. Then I used a damp brush with clean water to wet and blend the lavender a little in some areas.
The yellow flowers were a combination of different shades of yellow, light gold, and pale orange. I tried to keep it all very simple here just blending on the page with a little clean water.
When the flowers were dry, I used a blue brush pen to make a bunch of very tiny lines and dots in the center of the flowers. I think yellow always looks so pretty next to blue and purple.
I hope you are making time to do things you enjoy. Until next time, share a smile and sprinkle kindness everywhere.
It was a very difficult start to Spring this year with the unexpected loss of my beloved brother. Although I try to keep my personal life and struggles out of my art blog, this is where I am and what I’ve been going through. I just thought I should let you all know.
Today I have some pretty pictures of the daffodils in my garden and a few other paintings to share.
The daffodils this year did not disappoint. They’ve since faded but I did manage to get some nice photos when they were at their peak.
I really love this close up view.
Once again no luck with tulips this year. The critters outside have enjoyed snacking on them. I think I will just plant something else in the fall.
I painted some pretty pink and red tulips in my sketchbook. These playful loose watercolor flowers are so cheerful.
I also filled a page in my sketchbook with butterflies. I used watercolor brush pens for this and really like how it turned out.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do something you love. Creating art has always been very therapeutic for me. I shall continue to lean into my art and give myself time and space to heal.
Until next time share a smile and sprinkle kindness everywhere.
I left space for more flowers to be added later. I should have taken more photos but I’m glad I have this one to share.
I strengthened the buds with darker color and loose shapes. I love how the pretty purple flowers and leaves at the bottom guide your eye up into the painting.
There was enough space for a large flower at the top. It worked out well and became the focal point that this painting needed. The center of the flower turned out really nice. The little bit of dark color that bled into the petals from the center really makes my heart sing. The best part was that I didn’t overwork it. Yay!
It’s important to remember that showing up and having fun really makes a difference. Some paintings will work out better than others. While I may showcase some of my favorite paintings here, I have many that aren’t successful. I do my best to keep in mind that each painting is a step forward and an opportunity to learn and grow.
Let’s take a stroll through my sketchbook today and I’ll show you a few of my recent #Inktober sketches.
Happy Thursday, friends! 💚
There are sketching prompts for each day of the month. Many people like to use the daily prompts but I like to sketch whatever inspires me at the moment.
Floral pattern play
This was the first page in my new sketchbook. I didn’t know what to sketch so I decided to just play and see what happened. I love this type of sketching because it often helps me develop ideas that I can use in future sketches or paintings.
I worked on a quirky cityscape in my small sketchbook. Something very different for me but kind of fun.
One more flower to finish off our tour.
I hope you grab a pen and some paper and join in on the sketching fun. Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent.
A quick post today sharing a few recent ink sketches.
Happy Thursday, friends! 💚
I used Sepia micron pens in this one. Just sketching different types of trees and adding some imaginary fun. This sketch makes me think of changing seasons.
Trying something different with an underwater scene. It was a lot of fun, I think I will try a few more of these.
I couldn’t get away from flowers for long. 😉 This was a very quick doodle sketch. I might try another one in a larger size later and take my time with it. I ended up some messy lines in this one but I love it anyway.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. I will be taking a little blogging break and will be back in a week or so.
Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!
I have more tulips to share with you today. I can’t seem to get enough of them lately.
Happy Mother’s Day, friends! 🌷
I was excited when my tulips started coming up this Spring. A short time later though, I found that something had dined on all of the buds. My beautiful daffodils nearby survived so I was thankful for that.
I thought I would have to wait until next year to see the tulips I planted last fall but luckily, a few survived. Oh happy day!!
I snapped this pic last weekend. This little beauty made my day…
What a gorgeous color! That’s a #colorcrush for sure 😀
I played with coffee again and painted a few tulips. After the painting dried, I sketched on top with a sepia micron pen.
Always fun playing with design ideas
and splashing around some paint.
Adding color on top of an ink sketch as I did with this one, is a challenge for me. I feel this internal struggle with where to start and how much color to add.
Tulip bunch – 9 x 12 inch Arches hot press watercolor paper
A loose watercolor painting with a large round brush. Direct paint to paper with no sketching first. I like this simple composition and was happy that I walked away before I had time to overwork it. Knowing when to stop is often the hardest part.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do what more of what you love.