Some interesting stuff; some funny stuff; some deep stuff.
- This one’s a little hard to look at. A sculptor made prosthetic masks for soldiers disfigured in World War I.
- Can you stand any more Covid-19 jokes?
- Many variations on the tangle Printemps.
- How to machine-quilt a border with an S-curve ruler.
- A prayer from 1968 that is so timely today.
- Do you have books you read and reread multiple times? Me, too.
- What if they had texting in Medieval times?
- The truth about Meissen porcelain.
- A professional watercolorist’s life.
- Spiritual director Marsha Crockett’s journal provides guided meditations and contemplative helps. You can also follow her on Instagram.
- One of my favorite artists painted a lovely portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsberg and paired it with a poetic tribute.
- I’ve read some of these books (and they were great) and seen rave reviews of others. Anyway, if you don’t know what to read next, maybe pick something off this list.
The sublime and the ridiculous, all worthy of your consideration:
Lots of pretty stuff here.
- Do you love hamsters? Then you must follow this artist on Instagram.
- If 100 of you each want to chip in $4 to buy me this dragon, I won’t stop you.
- Beautiful star quilt.
- Books have the power to change people; people have the power to change the world. As for me, The Hate U Give woke me up to white privilege, something I thought didn’t apply to me.
- Super-realistic drawings done in colored pencil.
- I love every one of these reading nooks, but my favorites are the ones where you can look out the window at a beautiful view.
- Interesting zentangle project.
- Award-winning photos people took with their iPhones.
- This free mandala-drawing class looks like it will be fun.
- This article is especially for elementary general music teachers, but if you like music, you might find it very enjoyable.
- I know I should be doing this. But, somehow, I’m not.
- This watercolor artist was in her fifties before she began taking her art seriously.
Wow! Creative stuff this week.
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.
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.
Beautiful stuff to look at:
- Zenbutton technique.
- Awesome murals.
- Drawing ideas for kids of any age.
- Dads at their daughters’ weddings.
- The hardest part of writing. Yep.
- Have you always wanted to paint a mural in downtown Phoenix? Here’s your chance.
- It’s never too late to learn to paint.
- Things to see (from a distance) in Austin.
- My friend, artist Vesna Taneva-Miller, has one of the most eclectic Instagram pages I’ve ever seen.
- Who says you have to use a pen or pencil to draw?
- A reading list of classics by Black authors.
- Go to Egypt and tour Ramesses VI’s tomb—virtually.
This week’s offering is heavy on reading lists. You’re welcome.
I am participating in the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge, making a daily artwork on a 3″ x 5″ card.
On Day 12 I decided to create an illustration for a fairy tale I’m writing. This is my first try at drawing Fenton, who is a fairy prince.
Day 13’s prompt was kite. Stabilo pens on watercolor background.
Day 14’s prompt was chamomile. I drew it with Stabilo pens. This is my favorite card this week. (It was also my most liked card on Instagram this week.) It was fun to do. Because of the repetitiveness of it, I entered a mindful state; I’m counting this as a Zentangle pattern.
Day 15’s prompt was dandelion. Stabilo pens and white gelly roll pen on watercolor background.
Day 16 was a busy day for me; no card.
One of the themes for week 3 is collage, so I that’s what I did for Days 17 and 18. The College of New Jersey, where I did my Masters degree, has the most beautiful alumni magazine; I cut up the latest issue to make these:
I’m participating in Daisy Yellow’s Index-Card-a-Day challenge, in which we make a piece of art every day on a 3″ x 5″ card. This week I ignored the prompt most days.
I love the creative work of illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi, including her found object art, so on Day 5 I tried one myself.
My most popular card on Instagram this week was my Day 6 card, prompt: dreamcatcher.
Toward my ongoing goal of drawing people, on Day 7 I made some emojis, trying to figure out how to change the facial features to portray the different emotions.
One of the benefits of participating in challenges is sometimes you have to learn something new. The prompt for Day 8 was suzani pattern. I didn’t know what that was.
It turns out suzani is a colorful embroidered textile from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan. I looked at pictures of some, and drew a pattern based on them. I used Stabilo pens on a watercolor background. This is my personal favorite this week.
Day 9 I found a reference drawing on my art inspiration board, and I copied it, except I changed the hands and feet.
On Day 10 I watched a video about drawing children’s faces.
This is my try:
For Day 11 I attempted to draw the same boy again, but with four different expressions. But they ended up being four different boys. I suspect I’ll have to draw this boy a few hundred times before I can draw him consistently. I like the surprised boy best.