Thursday, August 26, 2021

Cats in the Garden

Drew and colored this card for my Mom's birthday.  Inspired by some art I saw on Pinterest.  I used Indian ink pens and markers, as well as colored pencils.   I like how bright and cheerful it is.  I hope my Mom feels happy when she sees it.

Another Art-athon is happening now at - it starts today and runs through Monday.  Join in if you feel like it - or just pop by to see what everyone is making or trading.


Friday, August 6, 2021

Recent Art

I doodled this fish, and made it into a card for my sister's birthday.  Doodled with Indian ink pens and colored with water based markers.  I sealed the finished card with a sparkly glaze.  This type of doodle is my "go to" art when I need something relaxing.  I really enjoy drawing repetitive fill patterns.

I saw a swap on for a postcard swap with hand colored postcards.  I haven't swapped for quite a long time, but I was inspired to color a postcard & hope to join in on the swap.  I colored this with colored pencils, and added a little sparkly gel pen to the red areas.

I hope to post more art soon.  I have been dealing with a lot the past few years, but art is always great therapy & an escape from my troubles.

Monday, July 12, 2021

Making Comics with Lynda Barry : Son of Character Jam

I'm having fun doing the exercises and assignments in the book "Making Comics" by Lynda Barry.  On page 116, there are 16 characters that were created during a character jam exercise in one of Lynda's classes.  On page 119, there is an assignment to draw a 4 panel comic using character jam characters.

I selected 4 characters from page 116 and made 4 panel comics from each.  I didn't add any extra details, but I had fun thinking about the characters and "what happens next?"

I am trying to draw every day and fill up my composition notebook - which gives me some happiness every time I look through it.



Monday, September 14, 2020

More Composition Book Art

Circle Grid Tree Art

I made this little piece of art in my composition notebook.  I used Indian ink pens and markers.  
Face Jam
Also in my comp book is this little 'face jam", inspired by this Lynda Barry video:


Stained Glass Butterfly


Stained Glass Butterfly Art
I drew and colored this "stained glass" butterfly on a blank greeting card.  Drawn with Indian ink and colored with colored pencils. 

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Art-a-thon July 26th through 29th

Shy Octopus Comes to Visit
There is an Art-a-Thon going on right now at!  The Art-a-Thon will be running through July 29th.   You do need to be a member of the website to participate (free free always free).  The members are all very nice and happy to help you get started.

This is a "Challenge Art-a-thon", which means that there is a list of challenges to do (themes and such), and points are awarded - so it is a little competitive.  

The ATC above was drawn in pen and markers.  I had a challenge to depict the words octopus, shy, and to visit on the project.  I think it turned out pretty cute. 

Next I made this 4" x 4" chunky page using some blind drawing of cats, acrylic paint, Indian ink pen, glitter gel pen, washi tape, paper and fabric flowers, and fibers.  

I hope I am able to find the time to participate a bit more before the Art-a-thon ends.

Friday, July 24, 2020

More Lynda Barry Exercises & Stuff

More fun with the Lynda Barry group.  The group has moved from FB to "Butt Island", where you can find challenges, a forum and fun!  You can even collect "badges" for completing exercises and stuff.

Above is a "blind draw" exercise.  You can access the list of prompts here, and there is a random number generator to select a few for you to try. 

This is a skeleton drawn blind 3 times in yellow, then orange, and then blue marker.

 We also had a scribble monster draw.  Here are my scribbles:
And here are my monsters, matched with prompted sayings:

Looking forward to drawing jams and comic creation with this crazy group of #1 Groovers!