Category Archives: Art

Creative Juice #202

Creative Juice #202


Wow! Creative stuff this week.

Video of the Week #: A Carpet of Flowers


Index-Card-a-Day and World Watercolor Month Wrap Up


I’ve been participating in the Index-Card-a-Day challenge, and World Watercolor Month, which ended yesterday. Here are my final cards.

The ICAD Day 54 prompt was outline. This is my interpretation:


Day 55’s prompt was paisley. I painted a wet-on-wet watercolor background and drew on top of it.


World Watercolor Month’s prompt for Day 27 was shine:


ICAD’s Day 58 prompt was tea set:


Day 29’s prompt for World Watercolor Month was yesterday. My response is based on the Lennon-McCartney song. This is the most liked post on my Instagram page this week:


For Day 30, I decided to fiddle with an idea for a logo for ARHtistic License:


I went off-prompt for the final day of both challenges. Months ago I tore a page out of a magazine that had a picture of paper plates printed with folk-art florals, which inspired this. It’s my personal favorite of the week and possibly of the entire challenge.


All in all, I completed 54 cards. Technically I only participated on 51 of the 61 days, but one day I painted 4 cards.


I love doing challenges because it stretches me, encourages me to try new things, learn things I didn’t know before. I hope you’ll join me next year.

Creative Juice #201

Creative Juice #201


Lots of artistic stuff.

In the Meme Time: Get Unstuck


Morning pages 2

Index-Card-a-Day Week 8; World Watercolor Month Week 4


I’m participating in the Index-Card-a-Day challenge, and World Watercolor Month. I completed six cards this week.

The ICAD day 47 prompt was pencil:


Day 48 I went off-prompt. Of course, you know, I’d have to fit in a unicorn at some point during the challenge.


The prompt for day 49 was orchard. For day 19 of World Watercolor Month it was favorite scent. A blooming cherry tree fits both. I copied this tree from Anna Koliadych’s book, 15-Minute Watercolor Masterpieces. This card got the most likes this week on my Instagram page.


Day 50 I went off-prompt. I’m working on a book of poems for children, which I plan to illustrate myself. The illustrations will be black-and-white line drawings, but this is World Watercolor Month, so I painted this one accordingly. The poem is about a boy learning to write a thank you note for a sweater knitted by his grandmother.


Day 51’s prompt of blue (my favorite color) reminded me how much I loved “sky blue” popsicles from the Good Humor man when I was a child.


Day 52 I also went off-prompt. This is an illustration for a poem about a boy who is disappointed with his new haircut. I think this is my favorite card of the week.



Creative Juice #200

Creative Juice #200

Beautiful stuff to look at:

  1. Zenbutton technique.
  2. Awesome murals.
  3. Drawing ideas for kids of any age.
  4. Dads at their daughters’ weddings.
  5. The hardest part of writing. Yep.
  6. Have you always wanted to paint a mural in downtown Phoenix? Here’s your chance.
  7. It’s never too late to learn to paint.
  8. Things to see (from a distance) in Austin.
  9. My friend, artist Vesna Taneva-Miller, has one of the most eclectic Instagram pages I’ve ever seen.
  10. Who says you have to use a pen or pencil to draw?
  11. A reading list of classics by Black authors.
  12. Go to Egypt and tour Ramesses VI’s tomb—virtually.

Video of the Week #263: Tour of The Cloisters


One of my favorite places on earth. You may know I’m obsessed with the Unicorn Tapestries. . .

Index-Card-a-Day Week 7; World Watercolor Month Week 3


I’m participating in the Index-Card-a-Day challenge, and World Watercolor Month. I completed six cards this week.

ICAD Day 40’s prompt was gradient. I’ve never painted a gradient before. I watched a how-to video that seemed counter-intuitive to me. (I meant to include it in this post, but I can’t find it again.) Anyway, it started with a saturated section on top and then dipping your brush in water and drawing the pigment down, tilting your board so that gravity works with you, and repeating the dipping and drawing. I would have thought that you start with a wash and then build up the pigment little by little with layering. Anyhow, it was more challenging than I would have thought. Here are four tries:


Day 41’s prompt was cinnamon or spice, which made me think of my favorite tea, Constant Comment. When I was teaching, as soon as I got to school in the morning, I’d go brew a cup of tea in my favorite mug.

Favorite mug

Here is my watercolor version:


Day 42’s prompt was knot, so I tried some Celtic knots:


On Day 44 I didn’t like the prompt, so I did another try of my character, Fenton, the fairy prince. I think this is my best portrait of him so far. It’s also my favorite card this week.


All my Fentons still look like different people. I’m not yet able to draw him consistently.

Amy Cowen, an artist who I follow on Instagram, draws a face almost every day. I think that’s what I’m going to have to do. Maybe I’ll do it for ICAD next year.

On Day 45 I went off-prompt and did a Zentangle string instead. First I painted a wet-on-wet swirl design as a background, then when it dried, I drew on top of it. The patterns used are stoic, orlique, quipple, and wadical. This was my most-liked card on my Instagram page this week.


Day 47 I went off-prompt again and painted a platypus:


Creative Juice #199

Creative Juice #199

All sorts of ideas to enhance your creativity, plus things that are just plain beautiful.