Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sketching Challenge - Every Day in May

101 - Draw a bar of soap
102 - Draw a power plug
103 - Draw some exercise equipment - what you use to stay fit.
104 - Draw some salt and pepper shakers
105 - Draw some scissors
106 - Draw something tart or sour
107 - Draw how you get your news - at a newsstand, vending box or on your porch
108 - Draw a light bulb
109 - Draw a clock you have around your house
110 - Draw something with a flame or flames
111 - Draw a bowl
112 - Draw something fresh
113 - Draw or paint a fence
114 - Draw something ugly you love and keep for sentimental reasons. Journal about it, too.
115 - Draw a shopping cart or basket
116 - Draw something green
117 - Draw something round
118 - Draw some hair
119 - Draw some rocks
120 - Draw a flashlight
121 - Draw a coin or some coins and journal about memories about coins from your childhood.
122 - Draw something where shade is a prominent part of the subject
123 - Draw a bell
124 - Draw something yellow
125 - Draw a bird
126 - Draw a sponge
127 - Draw a skyscape
128 - Draw a view through a doorway from one interior room to another.
129 - Draw people doing something.
130 - Draw some school supplies.
131 - Draw a spray bottle

Join us in drawing every day in May.
Start on 1st May with number 101 and draw one item on the list every day in May until you finish on 31st May with number 131.
Don’t stress if you miss a day - just go on to the next one and catch up if you can. It is ok to combine a few, or to jump around if it suits...but the ideal is to do the right one on the day like everyone else....but most importantly have fun!
To join our online Flickr group, upload your own sketches and see everyone else’s sketches, go to this address on
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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Our Calligraphy Guild "Playdate" Meeting - featuring Sherry Woolgar

Dear Sherry! She made our night offering to share her knowledge about painting on Arches Black Cover with Bleach. We used automatic pens, dip pens, reeds, brushes, doll-house shingles, to apply the bleach to our paper. Then we added colour by applying washes of Chalk pastel. I love the look you get when this project is done.

I couldn't resist trying a few things:
Drawing in shapes
Writing in shapes
Adding glitter with gelly roller pens

I also wanted to try some of the other mediums I have in my studio!

I know I'll have a lot of joy working with these tools more!

Here's what I came away with!

Oh, and of course, thanks goes to Judy Melvin for teaching Sherry and Bev how this works at the ABC Calligraphy Conference in Red Deer last August. We all want to buy Judy's book now!

Happy Creating!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

More Photos....

Paintings in the New Tumbleweed Coffee House - Nanton

My dear friends Leslie and Dave opened a new coffee house in Nanton, Alberta, on March 12. Leslie asked if I would like to put some of my work in there, and I said I was delighted to.

If you were ever looking for a reason to take a little road trip, a drive down to their coffee shop in Nanton would be a good reason to head out of town.

Here are a few photo's I have taken from their shop, as well as a few shots of the view heading down there.


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Strathmore Online Workshop

Today I started Week 2's class that Lynn is teaching! If you join me, please post a link to your blog and show me what you've created!!!!

Note: I am not sure why my links will not come up where you can click on them. I have tried the link feature on blogger, but when I post it, the link doesn't even show up! So, just copy and paste the above url and visit the site that way.

Can it be....... SPRING?!!!!

Oh! I do so love chinooks! Today, it got up to a wonderful +8C, and I did some errands with a vest on, but just t-shirt sleeves. If this keeps up, I will be less desperate to leave to go somewhere warm! I can almost hear the robins now!!!!

In the meantime, next weekend the Gallery will be hosting a theme show called, "The Theme is Green". Today I picked up two different bouquets that hopefully will inspire me to capture their wonderful spring essence on paper. A bouquet of white stargazer lilies, and a mixed bunch featuring hydrangea (purple) and a type of allium flower. Combine that with white daisies, carnations and mini green mums, and ta-dah! Beauty. We'll see if my muse is with me in the next couple of days.

I'll try to post my works in progress.

In the meantime, it's back to catching up on my Strathmore Papers Journaling class. Lynn Blinn is the guest instructor this month, and I am really enjoying her ideas!

Here's a link to the free workshops that Strathmore Papers is hosting:

Ok, it's time for me to go and "create". Hope you are working on something interesting as well!

Saturday, January 29, 2011