Growing as an artist


Leaf 2

I love to create new and exciting things as well as work on something that is simple like this drawing. Its just a branch, but I tried to create something that was whimsical and yet realistic. I like the way the whole thing turned out and I hope to work on more organic things in my art in the future.

With saying all this, I’ve looked at some of my own drawings from the beginning (09/2015), and I have found that even though it has been a whole year, I can see the changes that I have made as an artist. A lot of things are the same, but better. However, I have learned so much and I know that the more that I work on my drawing, the better it will be.

I am excited at where I am going in the next year and would love for you to continue the journey with me. Make creativity a way of life!

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Diva’s Weekly Challenge #286


Diva - 286

This challenge can be found here. Essentially it was to create something using only straight lines. Well, this proved to be harder than I thought it would be, but I came up with a few patterns that used only straight lines.

Oh… when children want to help.


So what can I say about this except, my 2 year old felt like I was doing it wrong. She, in all her glory, decided to “help” me with my project I had already spent 2 hours on. At the moment, in which I noticed, she looked up at me, pen in hand, proud of her accomplishments. Me, on the other hand, wanting to scream.

This teaches us all a lesson. Our kids watch us and want to mimic us. So make sure what you are teaching your kids, is how you want them to grow up. They will learn by example.

My workspace


I have finally had a moment to go downstairs into my office to work on some things. As you can tell, I have a rather large desk and many things that help me be more successful at everything that I do. This desk is amazing because I got it for $50.00 from a swap shop.

Below you will see some pretty cool containers. They are formula containers that I wrapped with Scrapbook paper. The center one on the bottom I actually drew on with some permanent markers.

Having a space to call my own and to be able to actually hang out down here is so important to me. I’ve been working on the arm of my couch for too long and I need to focus on my space. The only thing that is missing from my space is a nice comfy chair. Right now, I am using a metal folding chair, which leaves little to be desired on my back when I’m done with some projects.

Sacred Geometry -Seeds of Life


Sacred Geometry. This is something I just recently came across. I thought it would be something I could use to give me some awesome shapes for my mandalas. 

This one is called Flower of Life. It is created using a sequence of circles, branching out from a center point. It is also know as “seed of life”. Starting on the center designs was interesting. I put a lot of though into how I wanted each flower to be intertwined, but I also wanted the center flower to be slightly different from the outer ones. 

Branching out from the flowers forced me to use some designs I haven’t ever used. It also allowed me to tweak designs I have used in the past.  Choosing the right designs was something I didn’t take lightly. I wanted to keep the flower petals around the outer circle. I wanted to bring the name to life. 

The final probject is so visually stimulating that I was, maybe more proud than I’ve been with a project. It was relaxing and easy to complete once I figured out exactly which designs I was going to use. 

This is a closer look at some of the details that you might miss by looking at the picture as a whole. 

Overall, I am very pleased with how this turned out. I used Staedtler triplus fineliner for the whole project. The completed Mandala is about 14″×14″. 

Green


Leaf 1

Oh the seasons are changing and the leaves are turning. Before long it will be all about pumpkin spice and then peppermint EVERYTHING! So before time flies past, I wanted to take a minute to appreciate the green leaves and the flowers and everything in the summer we are soon going to be without.

For some reason, I thought that each art piece leaves a impression, a thumbprint on our hearts. While I was drawing this, I thought the swirls looked like fingerprints. Just made me realize that everything we think and feel goes into our artwork.

Thank you for taking time to allow my art to leave an impression on your heart. I can only hope that it inpires.