The Joy of Painting

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I got to watch an episode of Bob Ross’s “The Joy of Painting” a few days ago, and as silly as it sounds, I came away so incredibly inspired. The man’s enthusiasm for what he did┬áis infectious. So I painted this little beach path┬áto celebrate. We are such lucky ducks to do what we do.

#SelfieArt for DNA Day!

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April 25th is DNA Day, and Teresa Robeson of One Good Thing has challenged WordPress artists to celebrate their DNA on the 25th of every month with a self portrait. So here’s a picture of my face!

I’ve always had a tough time with self portraits, or with portraits of real people in general. It’s always much easier to design a character from scratch than it is to try and capture the look┬áof a real person, especially when that person is yourself. The day I drew it I kept coming back and fixing, tweaking, messing around with it, but I’m pretty happy with the end product.

Happy Shakespeare Day!

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April 23rd is the day traditionally celebrated as William Shakespeare’s birthday! (And also the 400th anniversary of his death, but that’s not as happy). Shakespeare has been a huge part of my life for many years. My mom is┬áan English major and former teacher, and she brought us up on Shakespeare’s plays from a young age. We read them┬átogether, write about them, go┬áto see them, and occasionally even perform in them. Because of that, it was hard to pick just one image to celebrate the amazing Bard of Stratford.

Ultimately, I chose to do a poster-like painting of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It was the first Shakespeare play that I ever read, the first one I saw live, and my sister played Helena in a Shakespeare workshop with our theatre group. This story of fairies, enchanted forests, and the rocky road of love has a very special place in my heart. ­čÖé

Sketchy Clock Tower

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A rough little sketch I did of a clock tower while sitting outside and waiting for my sister’s class to start. A reminder that I need to have something better than a pencil and a notebook with me when I’m out and about. ­čśŤ

That leads me to a question for you guys. Do any of you have a specific “kit” that you carry with you for on location sketching? What are your staples for drawing on the go?

Happy Bird-Day!

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April 8th is Draw a Picture of a Bird Day! Charlie at Doodlewash, Laura at Create Art Everyday, and Kerfe and Nina at Method Two Madness┬áhave all put out the challenge to draw a fine feathered friend, so this is my contribution. I’ll also be putting out a few more drawings to commemorate little-known national holidays throughout the month of April for Charlie’s #doodlewashaday challenge, so keep an eye out for those. ­čÖé

For some reason it took me a really long time to decide what bird I wanted to draw. I finally decided on my state bird, the cardinal. These feisty little red guys always make me feel at home. ­čÖé Reference.