Photo Phriday (revisited)


Here comes the sun!

Just a little morning wake up.  Still trying to figure out how to transfer pictures taken on an Android device to my iPad?  Meanwhile, I will sit on my porch, drink coffee and watch the morning bloom.

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Outta My Head…

imageThese crazy faces came right outta my head.  That’s true because I drew them with my eyes closed–no photo reference–no model in front of me–not even imagining a face I know or have seen!  (Disclaimer:  Any resemblance to anyone living or dead is purely coincidental, blah, blah, blah.)

Index cards are the substrate of choice and a Sharpie fine point for the drawing.  Mostly they are drawn in one continuous line while thinking to myself,….”side of the forehead, loop in for an eye, loop for the iris and eyebrow and back to the cheek, rounded, some curvy shapes for a mouth, down and around the chin and back up, etc., etc.”!  I’ve started at different points and don’t always do the features in the same order.  Occasionally I forget a nose and just close my eyes again and add one.  I think the faces are so much more interesting with their off-kilter wonkiness than if everything falls in the right place!!

The finishing is super fun.  For these six I used Inktense Pencils. They are water-soluble and the colors just explode when touched with a wet brush.  I may use a little ultra fine Sharpie to add a bit of detail or define a spot but really less is more with these wild Mamas and Papas.  Add a little background and a slim black border and they’re ready to face the World!

Pick a favorite and give them a name!

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Backgrounds for Breakfast

Cereal boxes make great substrates for postcards and it makes me feel like Mother  Earth when I’m being green and finding a use for a throwaway!  (Actually, I would recycle but this even feels better). Plus–free art stuff!


Start by opening up the box to lay flat.  Then I put a light layer of gesso over the section I plan to use.  This is optional depending on what you’d like to put on next–if you’re going straight to paint or drawing materials you’ll probably need the toothy surface.  An all over collage works fine without the gesso.  I kind of like some of the text and design from the box to show through the layers.  Next is whatever and how much until you get to that surface that says, “I’m ready”.  Just play–paint, collage, textures, stamping, spray inks–no rules, have fun, after all, it’s just a cereal box!

I can get three postcards (about 4 x 6) from the front of a cereal box or you can use your awesome new background for any number of creative projects.  A cover for a handmade book would be an excellent choice.

Here are some of the postcard backgrounds that are good to go.  Just a few add ons to finish off each card and a postage stamp to send them out into the world!


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Riding Back to My Blog

Hoping to hop on this bicycle and ride back into the blog world after being absent for a very lo-o-o-ong time.  This little contour drawing was embellished with a bit of extra marker and watercolor.  It was one of my index card a day (ICAD) from the Daisy Yellow challenge in June and July.  Although I’ve attempted this for several years this is the first year I’ve actually completed all 61 cards plus some–yea, me!!

Now to get busy re-learning how to use all the features of WordPress….and creating more art, of course!


Playing with a one liner drawing of a bicycle .

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Photo Phriday #5

Afternoon Shadows

Afternoon Shadows

If you’re having a bad day or feeling down there’s nothing like a good walk in the woods to improve your outlook.  The rustle of the leaves, the earthy smell and the sun streaming through the branches reminds me that whatever obstacles we place in the way the light will find a way to reach us.

Get out there and go for a walk!

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Photo Phriday #4

I have a thing for standing close to the trunk of the tree and taking a picture looking straight up.  Have gotten some great shots this way, however, looks like this is a tree you need be careful under or wear a helmet!

A lovely bunch of coconuts!

A lovely bunch of coconuts!

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Photo Phriday

In keeping with the nature theme I seem to have going here I’ve reached back into my photo archives from a trip in a warmer climate.  We’ve had some chillier than normal days and nights and I find myself missing the summer which seemed to slip away too quickly.

This is some sort of succulent–do not know the name.  It grew near the place we were staying and I loved the combination of shades of green and rosy pink.  Think warm!!

Warm weather dreaming!

Warm weather dreaming!

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Photo Phriday!

Something about pulling nature up close and marveling at the tiny details lost in the big picture.  And I do mean big!  This leaf  was gigantic and could easily have been used for shelter on a rainy day but the fascinating details on the underside of the leaf are what drew me in.  Nature is the natural world’s most creative abstract painter.

Road map for a leaf.

Road map for a leaf.

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Photo Phriday!

Cluster of Toad Lilies.  Each flower is only the size of a half dollar--no bigger!  Fall bloomers.

Cluster of Toad Lilies. Each flower is only the size of a half dollar–no bigger! Fall bloomers.

Wanting to play more with my camera and have been thinking about this for a while. What better way to create a little incentive–commit to posting at least once a week. Let’s see where this will take me!?

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Birds, birds, birds.

Nine birds down; ninety-two to go!  Joined the 101 Bird Challenge started by Corinne Bekker with a group over on Flickr.     Here’s my flock so far 😉 —


Collage birds "Put a beak on it"

Collage birds
“Put a beak on it”


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