Decisions, decisions

A quick (and somewhat old) entry for last week’s Illustration Friday theme, “mind.”

 

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Posting at a snail’s pace

The Illustration Friday theme this week is “snail.”

I was going to write something about how we all carry “home” with us, for better or worse, or yet another version of “the race is not to the swift,” but hey, this is better:

A snail shell is an example of a logarithmic spiral, which means the overall shape stays the same even when the spiral increases.  (This unique mathematical property is called self-similarity, if you’re interested.)  Logarithmic spirals  are also called miraculous or marvelous spirals, and how lovely is *that*?  They occur throughout nature, and can be seen — according to a couple of online sources —  in the growth pattern of sunflower heads, in tropical cyclones, in mollusk shells, and in the arms of spiral galaxies.

These snails (which, by the way, are not logarithmic, or even drawn from reference) are watercolor and Verithin colored pencil on Canson Montval paper.

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.

Random Things 2j

 

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:

Dragon 1Dragon 2

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:

Small ClothesJ2

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.

 

Good advice

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

Drama Card-72

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.