Happy Holidays

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Here’s to good things in 2017…

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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.”

 

 

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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