My Early Days of Drawing and Some Party Animals

I wish I had some of my drawings from the early days pictured here. Judging from the expressions on my face, I was deep in concentration and did not want to be disturbed. Some things never change.

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And now for some more recent work…

 

party-raccoon

Materials: pencil, colored pencil, watercolor pencil, acrylic paint, Washi tape, paint marker

party-giraffe

Materials: watercolor pencil, cardstock, ribbon bow, paint marker

party-panda

Materials: watercolor pencil, Washi tape, foam embellishment, acrylic paint, cardstock

 

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Furry Friend Friday

I’ve been practicing drawing some more animals and wanted to share Mr. Fox and this gentlemanly bunny with you. I’ve been experimenting with a variety of media. Happy Furry Friend Friday!

mr-fox

Materials: acrylic paint: colored pencil, crayon, soft pastel, pencil, patterned paper

party-bunny

Materials: patterned paper, colored pencil, pencil, ribbon bow embellishment, crayon, soft pastel

Throwback Thursday

The impatient dripping of melting snow from the roof sounds as restless as I feel as it taps the slushy wonderland that is our back yard. It is as if I’ve had a double shot espresso right before a test I haven’t studied for. My stomach churns and my hand shake. I can’t find comfort or rest in my own skin. This anxiety is a result of some big changes occurring in my life and the lives of people I care about.I’m afraid that I’m going to have to remain ambiguous on this matter. Perhaps a little pacing around the room and anti-anxiety meds will calm me down a bit.  Anyway, amidst this state of restlessness I looked through some albums to distract myself and found a few things to share for Throwback Thursday.

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Rock Star Barbie 

The photo and drawing date back to when drawing was still carefree and fun. I believe you can see this spirit captured in the drawing of Rocker Barbie onstage with in front of her adoring fans. She is holding a Popple, so I’m guessing this photo is from 1989-1990, around the time I moved from Finland to the United States with my mother and stepfather. We lived in Farmington, New Mexico for over a year. The photograph shows me during the winter of those years, holding Sisu, one of my cats. Because introducing the cats to snow seemed like a great idea. hahaha This was Stage 2 of my Crazy Cat Girl adventures, with Stage 1 dating back to 1987 Saudi Arabia.

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Self Portraits

puzzled-me

Materials: photo printed on cardstock, acrylic paints, buttons, puzzle pieces, flower embellishment, buttons

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(from 2007)Materials: cardstock cutouts, googly eyes, arrow embellishment

self-portrait

Materials: glasses embellishment, patterned paper

self-portrait

Materials: acrylic paint, patterned paper, chipboard shape, glasses embellishment, bow embellishment

 

Winter and Art

Went to town to pick up prescription meds etc. With a gust of wind our car slid and spun and swirled on the icy road and ended up in the ditch. Fortunately, we were on a busy road and people stopped to check to make sure we were okay. No injuries. No damage to the car. We only had to wait about an hour for the tow truck to come to our rescue. Okay winter, I’m getting a little weary of you. Looking forward to spring.

Yesterday I blogged about creative fear. Drawing is probably the most creative-anxiety-producing area for me personally, so I though I’d share a couple of drawings in order to promote the idea that it is okay  to feel vulnerable and to put your work out there, for better or worse. I’ve also adopted a new perfectionism-reducing mantra:

“Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.”

-Robert Schuller

bunny-in-moonlight

“Bunny in Moonlight” Materials: soft pastels, paint marker, pencil, Sharpie, cardstock

fox-in-moonlight

“Fox in Moonlight” Materials: soft pastels, Sharpie, cardstock, paint market