Enchanted

I had no clue where to go with this prompt. After “build” I decided to work in knots and mandalas if at all possible. Without that caveat, I would have maybe tried a princess or something from a fairy tale. But plenty of fairy tales have roses, so this works, too.

In our school, we always have a book of fairy tales going. We just finished some Hans Christian Andersen. Currently working on Arabian Nights. Fairy Tales are good for a great many reasons.

Art wise, on this piece, I got to experiment more with letting the ink blend when wet. Still lots to learn there, but it was fun watching the darker ink spread.

Husky

Today’s prompt was easy in the sense that I knew exactly what I wanted to draw. One of my goals was to use this pretty cyan ink if i used color at all, so a pretty husky eye had to be it.

Unfortunately, ink doesn’t dry the same way as watercolor so I didn’t get the blending the way I wanted. It’s finished, not perfect, and that’s ok. It was fun to try to copy a picture somewhat realistically.

Shout out to my parents’ dog Sasha as well. She’s a good husky.

Freeze

Originally for this prompt I drew a single snowman. Then as the days went on, I found more ways to turn the prompts into circles of one type or another. So I went back and changed the single snowman into seven.

I particularly like this one because I was able to make it into an odd number of snowmen. Usually my circles/mandalas/knots end up with even numbers.

This prompt was kind of unfair, however, because I’m in Texas, two weeks into fall, and it’s still in the 90’s. There is no freezing here.

Stay cool, you guys.

Bait

Here’s some bait.

You guy, I did not like this prompt. I could not think of anything except either a worm or one of these things I’ve seen other people use. I had to look up several pictures to see where the hook and line are meant to be.

Although, because it was my least inspired prompt, this is the day I’m most looking forward to what everyone else did. So much creativity out there.

Mindless

I had a smart cat a few years ago.

Our current cat, although well-loved, is not a smart cat. We have a joke that whatever is happening, our cat is only thinking, “I’m a cat. I’m a cat. I’m a cat. Food.”

Dear Snowball happened to walk by while I was pondering what to draw for the “mindless” prompt, so here we are: an Inktober Ode to Snowball.

I predict we will see alot of brains today. I’m interested to see what else folks come up with.

Ring

Happy Inktober!

The first prompt is “ring,” and really, my first thought was something related to Lord of the Rings or an engagement ring.

But somehow my mind landed on the idea of a ring of trees, and here we are. Inspired by the prettiest place in Texas, Mission Tejas State Park, this is meant to show the towering pines seemingly bending over you while you stare into the sky. That place is beautiful and does not have good cell phone service. If I were the type of person who camped, I would camp at Mission Tejas.

It’s really fun to see how everyone else interprets each prompt. I’ve only seen one LOTR drawing and one engagement ring so far. I wonder what else will pop up…

Family Tree Celtic Knot

Celtic knots have long been one of my favorite things to draw, although I don’t always have the time an patience needed to complete them…

I love the idea that so many elements can come together to make one complicated image, like in a symphony with all the musicians make something beautiful. With Celtic knots, you can see the unity – and that brings us to family. It made perfect sense to bring family into this picture of harmony and unity. (Not that our family is always harmonious, but it’s a goal worth putting on the wall.)

Trying New Things

White Mandala4 on Blue Dots-for web

It started with an idea to practice hand lettering by making pretty signs with the names of my favorite hymns. In the background of one of those attempts, I tried to draw a mandala freehand with no compass or ruler, which obviously went terribly.

That got me started intentionally practicing mandalas – and here we are. I can combine them digitally with some watercolors I’ve done, and I really like the results.