Doodle Diversions…

So, I took another class on-line called Doodle Flowers  from Joanne Sharpe. What I love about taking her classes is that it draws me into a new place with my own artwork. So while the class was about flowers, these are some of my results… flowers ? um I have only done one or two..

I imagine the ‘next’ generation of this series will include some collaged element(s)….

These originals are 11x 14 or 14 x 11 and are $125.00 , unframed if you are so inclined, and as usual I can do your animals. The final one is of a dear friend’s two dogs !

Snap the Alligator

Snap

Cat illustration

A Cat called Patches ? argh.

cat and bunny

Everybuddy loves some Bunny

Cat and dog Hug

The Hug

chicken

Chick filled-in

A Piggy named Pork

Just Pork

Susan's Doggies at Nap

Susan’s Doggies at Nap

lizard

Karma, the lizard

Brilliant Little Birdies – the beginning of a collection

Brilliant Birdies

Brilliant Birdies

here are my ‘morning’ sketches from this week. I was trying to NOT be symmetrical & I think I achieved that . It’s making me a little uncomfortable – but that’s the entire point – to stretch your ideas.  I find them silly – and whimsical. I am always going for whimsical and I am pretty sure no one ever was chastised for silly – they are definitely ‘raw’ at best.

Usually i will not share my sketches because they stink. But as part of the goals that I have set for myself, artistically, over the next few months I would like to try to discover some grounds for collections. Those of you who currently license work know why this is vital- I am having a problem sticking to one idea long enough to complete the collection. ADD.  This time, I am taking a different course, after the sketches, they are getting scanned an given potential placement in a series, with a name. I figure that like the children or the cat we adopted, once they have a name, we can’t give ’em up – so they will need tending too and that means COMPLETION !

I have hundreds if not thousands of ideas like this. fish, birds, raccoons, lighthouses, starfish, sea shells – you name it – it will be interesting to see if this tactic/plan works.

Hope you are having a fabulous weekend !

Beach Life

I just can’t get the sea off my mind – when I was young we went to Maine a lot . Recently a couple of my college buddies did a mini tour of New England (maybe more like New England Pubs) and posted pictures of the coast in RI – I couldn’t go due to kids activities – but I did manage to squeeze in a painting – (and a couple of cocktails) so I was almost there.

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Flight and doodling

Doodling is many things- relaxation, art form, unconscious entertainment and for me a flight mechanism . If i want to leave the present – just for a few minutes- i let the pen take over .

seeing that Butterflies are the essence of flight , they seem to make an appropriate subject matter !

Hope your day is filled with a moment or two of flight – even if its just a martini in the backyard with your bestest buddy.

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Back to work….

Vacation is usually a time to relax and let go. For us, it was a time to repair- and I don’t mean our bodies- I mean water pump for the well $900; sailboat bridle $55.00; porch furniture with pretty pillows $ 940 (because it was on sale and because the 3 pound kitty fell through the seat) . At any rate I continued to enjoy my art classes with Joanne Sharpe even though I had to watch them on the iPhone – and technically couldn’t see them it was comforting to listen to hear instructions.
At the end if the two weeks of work , I had managed to fit in this:

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A little marker, a little water color and some acrylic paint too. Who knew work could generate such fun results.

And now , back to the vacation laundry pile.