Archive | February, 2011

One Quote; Two Collages

21 Feb

I’ve always loved this CS Lewis quote:

Indeed when we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the gospels it would seem that our Lord finds our desires not to strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy has been offered us like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot understand what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.

So I decided a couple of days ago that I’d like to create a collage to showcase this particular quotation. It turned out that the first text I printed off was too large for me to use as I had intended, so I reprinted it. Later someone suggested a circular arrangement for the text, so I decided to make a second collage with the larger text. I’m not sure which I like better; they’re very different from one another. Here they are — what do you think?

Shadow Land

Far Too Easily Pleased

Mischevous Grin

15 Feb

This little girl’s portrait was given as a challenge in the sketching group at idraw&paint, and she was so cute I couldn’t resist though I’ve never entered that challenge before. I didn’t have a lot of time to get all the elements in the right places, so I confess; I printed off the photo at the size I wanted and traced, using graphite paper. Having done that, the rest was pretty simple although I did struggle with her adorable impish expression.

Impish Grin

Strathmore 140 lb cold press watercolor paper 5 x 6″, 6B, 4B, 4H drawing pencils with a few touches of white charcoal pencil.

House ATC Swap (Part 2)

15 Feb

And here are the rest of my artist trading cards in the theme of “houses.” I sent them off today, and they are on their merry way. (sorry)  😉


13 Feb

Now here’s a concept. Got no time for creative expression (aka: art)? How about a twinchie — a 2″ x 2″ postage stamp of a painting/collage/sketch/whatever-you-like which is perfect for attaching to a home-made greeting card, a magnet for a fridge or anyplace else that a teeny-tiny work of art would be welcome. Here are a set of them that I made yesterday evening and this morning for a swap event. The theme of the swap is “Local Flavor,” and the guideline was to make your twinchies reflect some aspect of your area of residence. People often visit western South Dakota (USA) for the sake of our wildlife, so I chose to illustrate a few local denizens.


Stargazing Whitetail Deer

Running Deer

American Bison 2

American Bison 1

Cow Pony

House ATC Swap (Part 1)

11 Feb

Have you heard of Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)? I thought they sounded so silly until I actually made one, then I was in love. ATCs can be any medium, any style, any anything at all. They’re 3.5″ x 2.5″ cards of any material; miniature art works intended for trading with other artists. The first one I ever did was a requested donation for a plein air event I participated in, and it was so much fun I went right out and bought myself a pack of Strathmore watercolor cards. You can get the cards in all sorts of papers, canvas, etc., but you can also easily cut your own and have an even wider selection.

Here are a couple I just made for a “swap” at another website. The theme for the swap is “houses,” or I would never have thought to do a house. But I figured it would stretch me, and these houses were so much fun to do. I have two more, but I haven’t scanned them yet and one is still a little tacky, so I’ll post them later.


This one is ink and watercolor wash done using Inktense watercolor pencils. There are also a few touches with a white gel pen. I wish I was here, but the next picture looks more like where I am right now. 😦 I am ready for springtime and little birds and rain and stuff!

Christmas Snow

And this one I started by painting on some left-over acrylic paint from a project on which I didn’t use it all. Hated to waste it, you know. The trees and other details are Faber Castelle Pitt Artist Pens (the gray set of brush pens and a black super-fine).

I didn’t know it was going to be snowing until I decided to try a thin gesso wash over everything. That was also when some funny scratches suggested the roof lines of the barn-style house. 😉 Lots of fun to paint.

If you haven’t done already, go cut something up and make yourself a couple of these amazingly fun little gems. You’ll be so glad you did!

Cosmic Doodles

8 Feb

You may have heard of Zentangles. Well, these aren’t quite zentangles so I have named them cosmic doodles. They’re all made with Faber Castelle Pitt Artists’ Pens; some on drawing paper and some on Strathmore Bristol board. Some I have shaded with the gray pen set and others haven’t been. On some of them I’ve used a white gel pen. They’re monstrously fun to do. Give it a try!

Wine Country

Stowed Away

Moon Garden

Stealth Glider

Secret Door

These are all between 3 x 3″ and 3.5 x 3.5″ but of course you can do any size. Have Fun!