• Cat Doodle Challenge,  Challenges,  Drawings,  Painting,  Watercolors

    January’s Cat Doodle Challenge

    Last month I participated in the Cat Doodle Challenge hosted by Adele.Art on instagram. The theme was Space.

    I created all the prompts using Mozart Komorebi watercolors, Faber Castell Pitt pens and Uniball Signo White Gel Pens.

    Below is a video of all the drawings I created during the challenge. You can watch it on here or on YouTube.

  • Birthday Advent Challenge,  Challenges,  Painting,  Watercolors

    Birthday Advent Challenge

    Back in December I saw a video by HulloAlice where she showed a watercolor advent calendar by Schmincke. The advent calendar contained 23 Schmincke Akademie Aquarell half pans and 1 Shcmincke Horadam Aquarell full pan. For years I searched for an advent calendar with art supplies but never had any luck. Last year I didn’t even bother looking since they didn’t seem to exist. Once I saw the video I immediately went to purchase it. At the time the only site I could find that had it was the Society for All Artists which is in the UK. I figured I’d have to play catch up when it arrived since I’ve had items shipped from the UK before and they’ve only taken about a week to a week and a half. However I should have known that since it was the holiday season it would most likely not get here till around or after Christmas. It arrived after Christmas so rather than opening all the watercolors at once which wouldn’t have been any fun I decided instead to wait till February to open it.

    I decided to have a Birthday Advent Challenge. Every Friday I would create a watercolor piece with all the colors I had opened up during the week. Since my birthday was the 22nd I would have 2 extra watercolors to open up on my birthday. It was fun opening up the day’s watercolor and at the end of the week creating something from all of that weeks color. If Schmincke came out with a new advent calendar for this year I think I will purchase it and create another challenge around it. I would just need to purchase it well before December.

    Below are all the pieces I created during the challenge.

    The first week only had 1 watercolor. The color was Naples Yellow. At first I wasn’t sure what I would create with just one color but I decided since the color was a little peachy I would create a naked mole rat.

    The second week I had a full 7 colors to play with. The colors were Brilliant Green, Ultramarine, Indian Yellow, Permanent Green, Yellow Ochre, Prussian Blue & Burnt Brown. I had a much easier time coming up with something to create with the colors. I decided on a cat skull filled with flowers.

    The third week the colors reminded me of Karla Magaña’s art so I created a piece inspired by her art. The colors were Indigo, Orange, May Green, Opaque White, Black, Carmine & Magenta.

    For the last week I had 9 colors to work with. The colors were Cadmium Yellow Hue, Sepia, Cadmium Red Hue, Cyan, English Red, Violet, Olive Green Yellowish, Light Lemon Yellow & Yellow Gold (Special Edition). My husband said I should do a birthday cake since it was my birthday.

  • Challenges,  Doodle,  Drawings,  ICAD Challenge,  Index Cards,  Painting,  Slideshow

    ICAD Challenge Slideshow

    This is just a quick post. I’ve been trying to create this slideshow for a while but was having trouble completing it since it would get stuck uploading the photos. Then I had art-a-thon responsibilities so it got pushed aside. I finally had a chance today to see what the problem was and determined it was due to some bad picture files. I deleted them and voilà no more issues.

    This summer I participated in Daisy Yellow’s ICAD Challenge where you create art everyday on index cards during June & July. It was my first time participating in the challenge. I enjoyed the challenge and may participate again next year. Though I might get standard sized index cards as an added challenge since the space is smaller and not my preferred size of about 6 x 9.

    Below is a slideshow of all the art I created during the challenge. Eventually they will go into the portfolio section.

    Created using Slidely Slideshow

  • Alice in Wonderland Series,  Canvas,  Painting

    “White Rabbit” Canvas Painting

    I’ve always wanted to create my own interpretations of the Alice in Wonderland characters on canvas but I wasn’t sure I could do them well with my bad hands.  I finally decided I would stop worrying and just try my best.  I’m glad I did because I really like how the white rabbit turned out.



    For the whiskers I used jewelry wire and painted them white. I didn’t want the whiskers to be perfect so I bent and twisted a few.



    Close up of the texture created with one of my favorite stencils and modeling paste.



    For some reason on these canvases I purchased a while ago they stapled on the sides rather than on the back.  They were an eyesore so I decided to cover all the sides with modeling paste.  I just used my finger to spread it rather than a tool since I wanted it to be rough so it would add more texture.

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    Now that the “White Rabbit” is complete my goal is to create another character from the series before the year is over.  I’m not sure who it will be.  Maybe the Cheshire Cat or Alice herself.  What character would you like me to paint next?