Perfectly Imperfect Lines

I used to be afraid to use markers or ink pens. The black lines were so permanent compared to pencil lines I could easily erase and fix. I thought the lines had to be perfectly straight, circles had to be perfect curves. That’s not easy to do! Even though I was afraid of ruining myContinue reading “Perfectly Imperfect Lines”

Back to Daily Creative Habits

For the past couple of weeks I’ve done minimal drawing and painting. Periods like this seem to be a pattern for me. I think about doing creative work all the time, but I put everything before it – even binge watching shows on Netflix. It’s not creative block. I have tons of ideas. I just can’tContinue reading “Back to Daily Creative Habits”

Creative prompts Advent Calendar

I’ve been on a roll the last 2 months creating everyday. In October I participated in InkTober, drawing in ink in my sketchbook. By the end of October I was adding watercolor to my sketches. This month I followed the World Watercolor Group’s November prompts which were all food. I was so happy to beContinue reading “Creative prompts Advent Calendar”

To add ink or not to add ink? That is the question.

I have to admit, I sometimes don’t know the right answer to this question. Most often my style is to work in watercolor and add details in ink. But sometimes I hesitate to add the ink details. When I think about, the occasions where I question adding ink, are when I’ve added a lot ofContinue reading “To add ink or not to add ink? That is the question.”

InkTober recap

Participating in InkTober was a great motivator. I got into the habit of working daily which was great. I didn’t follow the prompts but worked on what inspired me. I held off on adding Watercolor to my ink sketches, but towards the end I gave in. And purely by chance I got to meet theContinue reading “InkTober recap”

The story behind a painting

I’m participating in World Watercolor Group’s November daily painting prompts. I worked in my sketchbook all through October for InkTober, so I thought the prompts would motivate me to continue. As I posted my “croissants” on November 1st, I thought about Charlie O’Shields’ (the founder of World Watercolor Group) posts. Charlie seems to always tell aContinue reading “The story behind a painting”

Happy Halloween!

I remember when the kids were so little, I worried they would wobble off the porch when someone opened the door for them. After 15 years of trick or treating, this was the first year that even the youngest didn’t need me to tag along. Not only did I stay home, but it was my oldestContinue reading “Happy Halloween!”

What are you going to be for Halloween?

This sketch (for InkTober) was done using as reference a photo of my kids from several Halloweens ago. When I was a kid I loved dressing up. “What are you going to be?” we asked each other. Looking back I loved the creativity of a handmade costume or hand “pieced” together costume – I didn’t sew. We didn’tContinue reading “What are you going to be for Halloween?”

You never really know how a drawing will turn out

As you put your pen to the page to make that first mark, you never really know how things will turn out. At least I don’t know. Sure I have a vision in my head, but that doesn’t mean it will turn out that way. Personally, I don’t really plan much, I get an ideaContinue reading “You never really know how a drawing will turn out”