Ooh, shiny

Something shiny’s lurking in the back of that drawer.  Buried treasure?  Or just a key to a house I once lived in, an earring I can no longer find the mate to, a beautiful bit of ribbon too small for any purpose I can think of?

I’ve been thinking a lot about the things I’m hanging on to, both physical and emotional.

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It’s time to do some spring cleaning!

(For the Illustration Friday theme, “sparkle.”)

Trying something new

The Illustration Friday theme is “dragon,” so I did a couple of quick sketches:

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Since these little dragons were trying out new skills, I decided I should, too.  I dug out some woodless colored pencils I got as a gift a while back, and used them to color the sketches.

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The pencils don’t have a brand name on the barrel, so I’m not sure who made them. They’re really shiny and pretty (and heavy!), and it’s a pleasure to hold them.  Now, if I can just figure out how to use them…

 

We all wear a lot of hats

Since it can be hard to remember who you are, as opposed to what roles you’re playing, I’ve always liked this advice:

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For Illustration Friday’s “hat” theme.  The original’s watercolor and colored pencil in a Canson Montval watercolor field book; I cleaned up and reworked the scan a bit in Photoshop.

 

One of life’s mysteries…

is why so many of us have a drawer, box, or bag filled with random, generally unnecessary, and usually inexplicable things.  Mine’s in my kitchen, and I drew a bit of it after reading about the Dormant Things project on Lynne Chapman’s blog.

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(Lynne Chapman’s a children’s book illustrator with a  wonderful, chatty, informative blog, by the way.  I took her class on creating children’s books characters on Craftsy, and really enjoyed it.  I’d never been to the Craftsy site before,  and was impressed by the wide array of classes and supplies they offer for artists, knitters, quilters, and all sorts of crafters.)

Besides slips of paper, multiple tape dispensers, and bits of ribbon, my junk drawer also contains a hiker’s bear bell — a small black mesh bag housing a few jangling bells, to keep bears away.  (You can see it in the lower left corner.)  I’m not sure how well it would work on a hiking trail, but my kitchen is definitely bear-free.

Ink and Nouvel Carre pastel in a Strathmore toned (tan)sketchbook, for the Illustration Friday theme, “mystery.”

 

 

Good advice

This one counts both as “smart” (for this week’s Illustration Friday theme) and exciting:

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Why “exciting”?  This is an adaptation of a piece I did for a magazine article on my art journaling.  The magazine is the beautiful Colored Pencil Magazine, and the issue with my work just came out!

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(The cover art’s by Morgan Davidson.  Isn’t it amazing?)

My art is watercolor, ink and colored pencil on 7″ x 10″ Canson Montval paper.  I scanned, cropped, and added the text in PhotoShop.

Well, this gets February off to a good start!  Now, if the groundhog would just cooperate…

ETA:  I’m afraid I don’t have a source for the quote — it was the answer to a Cryptoquote puzzle I did last year.

Blue skies and warm breezes

Well, actually, the sky’s gray and it’s in the 40s (F) here.  The Illustration Friday theme is “tropical,” though, so…

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Even a polar bear can use a vacation now and then!

Watercolor, ink, and Faber-Castell colored pencils in a Canson Monval field watercolor book.

Edited to add this work-in-progress pic, courtesy of Michael:

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