Speedball Elegant Writer Pen and Watercolor

This little elephant was my first time playing with a Speedball Elegant Writer Pen to do my line drawing for a watercolor painting. The pen bleeds and shifts colors nicely. It's so easy to use. I'll definitely get a lot of use out of it. 

Pen and Watercolor, Elephant
Watercolor with Elegant Writer pen

Welcome to the World

Momma finch's fledglings hatched! They look like little disgruntled fuzzballs. Watering the fern is definitely a challenge these days. Hopefully, I'm not giving them an unwanted shower each time. 😨
Baby birds
Baby finches

Out to Sea

Below is my first attempt at using pastels. Hopefully, you can tell it's a seascape. 😉 Pastels are difficult for me because I can't quite get the detail I like, and everything looks soft and unfocused. I'm going to need lots of practice.

Seascape in pastels

The Eyes Have It

I've been practicing different facial features, starting with the eyes. These sketches were done in colored pencils. I'm using Prismacolor and Derwent brand pencils. 

Derwent Colored Pencil
Colored Pencil Sketch - Eyes

Random Sketches

The following two sketches are pretty random. I was flipping through the book "Drawing Using the Right Side of Your Brain" and decided to try a couple of them. We had terrible weather yesterday, so it was nice to curl up in a comfortable spot and spend the afternoon drawing.

Sketch of Knight on Horse

Portrait sketch of random man

Beautiful spring

Spring is here in a big way. We are having wonderful weather today. Mild and sunny. Everyone seems to be enjoying it. It's the sort of day that makes you take your shoes off and sink your toes into the grass. I'm sitting on the back deck with a cup of coffee, living life. 

Lizard on deck
Wee lizard friend

flower, weed
Tiny weed in backyard

Unripe dewberries

Unopened geranium blossom
Geranium bud

pink flower, green leaves
Impatien bud beginning to open

Roxie Part Two

Here's the finished sketch of Roxie. Also shown is Roxie as a Impressionist print.

Graphite drawing, Zebra
Finished Sketch

Zebra Print
Print of Sketch

Roxie (WIP)

My latest project is a sketch that I hope to develop into a larger canvas for either pastels or watercolors. I call her "Roxie". She's coming along, but I almost burned the family dinner working on her stripes. Oops.

Zebra sketch, art
"Roxie" in progress


Whenever I need to quiet my mind, I love to sketch with graphite pencil. Here's a recent one:

Pencil sketch of lovebirds
Graphite pencil

Pot of Gold

Rainbow in clouds
After the storm

Wabi Sabi

Lately, I've been interested in Wabi Sabi or "The Art of Imperfection". It's a Japanese concept of finding beauty of the imperfect. An acceptance of transience and imperfection. What's old and worn, tattered and torn, can be beautiful and inspiring. 

On the Way to the Park . . .

It was another busy Saturday. A list of chores in my hand to get done before a quick trip to the park with Mercedes, the loudmouthed dachshund. I wasn't in the mood for a walk, but the weather was beautiful. Sunlight sparkled in a clear blue sky. As I headed out the door, I grabbed my camera on a whim. So glad that I did.

As I made a point to take a deep breath and look around, (fortunately, Mercedes is a bit of an ambler, herself) here are some of the tiny treasures that waited for me.