Getting back into sketching

Seeing all these amazing summer scenes sketches from our friends, I figured it was high time to bring back our own “sketch a day” challenge. Bee and I attempted this a few years ago, but life got busy …and it fizzled out.

It was a great bonding time for us, sitting and talking about what was memorable in our day, and usually laughing so hard neither of us could actually draw anything. It kept my brain organized too .. or maybe it was the designated creative time…

We started with doodlers anonymous contest to sketch a portrait. This was a HUGE challenge for me (gosh darn noses!) in skill and confidence. I had to find something good about my face – and not draw it like a beastly alien girl – which is what I see sometimes. Bee did a great job, so quick and easy. I love that she’s so proud of herself.

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Mine… After many attempts

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Now that its done of course, I can breathe and … I actually like the pic. Well, its not hideous and all scratchy like a cat drew it with their eyes closed.

All in all, this time, if I can get my calendar in order, I hope bee will have an opportunity to meet some great artists at the kw urban sketch meetups, rather than my lessons based on faint memories of high school art class.

So hopefully this is the first of many for us.

My sketch of a berry tree (crabapple?)

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Bees closeup sketch of the tree

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doodley-do

Being in a doodley mood seems to be contagious. Not only did I hear stories this weekend of two new little friends who doodled their hearts out thanks to my works, but my very own kid wanted to get into the latest project.

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After seeing my own Christmas tags, my dear friend joked if I could make her some. Of course I did, and tonight in the workshop we are colouring …

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Doodling Christmas

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I love to shop, its painfully true. I am energized by the long tedious searching and hunting … looking at every store, comparing prices til you know your intended will be overjoyed at the perfect gift … but even more, I love to wrap them.

This year, since purchasing that doodle book, I was inspired to doodle something in my everyday life. Short of taking a million years doodling the paper itself, I kept it easy and made my own tags. Since its just the three of us – mama, daddy, kid – it was easy to make simple tags using the first letter of our names. At first I painted them ..
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But tonight I figured why not doodle more?!

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… And yes, now they are all wrapped… And now I don’t have anything left to do. Perhaps its time to put up the tree???

Doodle bags are back! and so much fun …

i had a thing for leather bags. ok. i still have a thing for leather bags. Mostly because i tend to spill everything i touch, and leather (or pleather) is easier to clean. for this reason they will usually stay looking fresh and new longer than a cloth bag in my possession. today  i was super tired, dizzy and plain out of it as i may or may not be getting sick. all i could handle doing was a little gentle cleaning, which i also like to call “organizing this tiny area right here in front of me until i can move to the next area”.  for most of the day this area was infront of my closet where i store my collection of handbags. and yes, this is officially a collection because most i have still yet to use.

as i silently counted the number of bags i have not used the little voice in my head screamed “get rid of them already!!” then in a wink of an eye, i found sharpie in hand and a half a dozen bags doodled upon and surrounding me on the floor. well well… isn’t that better.









these lovely bags, and perhaps a few of their friends, will be for sale at the craft show this weekend. come see me to get your favorite or … drop me a line if you just cant wait 🙂

Sometimes new is better

Usually I’m a stickler for the “use what you have; make it work” philosophy in all areas of my life. Coat ripped – fix it. Dress doesn’t fit me anymore – reshape for the kid. Plate broken – turn it into something else. No vanilla extract – flavor with something else. Make it work!

But just this once, I’m glad my shopaholic personality took over my body for the day, splurged a whole ten dollars (compared to $2) and bought me a new watercolour set.

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I never realized just how bad my old set was until I started working with this new set… So bright and vibrant … and premixed variations of colours. That’s a big one because I could never keep the bright colour when I mixed it myself. They all came out kinda gray 😦

But now … Wow

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Granted the old set was from the dollar store, and all chalky to touch before I even started painting … could be the reason it sucked. Could be … But I hope all those worries are gone as this new set feels beautiful just swirling the wet brush around in the little pod of paint. Be-eee-a-utiful!