Build

Build! This one was fun to do. I kept trying to work Legos into my idea but this felt better.

See the sheep? And the alligator?

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.

Where I’ve been

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Felt Pen – Hue Scatter turned “up to 11”. This reminds me of an embroidered Mexican dress.

Good Evening Bloggy Friends,

2013 has officially been the weirdest year of my life.  I’ll have to get into all the hows and whys later.  The short version of the story is that in March I had some interesting medical issues that made me need to take some time to rest and take care of myself.  Most of my art, and certainly all my blogging, had to take a backseat for a time.

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Felt Pen – Hue Scatter turned down a bit.

While I’m not completely “out of the woods,” I’m back to a place, for a while anyway, where I should have time to create and post a bit more.  To get myself back into practice with my tablet, I worked on some creative doodles in Sketchbook Pro.

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Felt Pen – first all drawn with black lines, then added a “screen” layer of greens and blues.

I hope to be back soon.  Happy creating!

Les Misérables: More Volume One Revelations

I’m really making some progress reading Les Mis.  Here are five facts about the book.  The first three don’t spoil any plot points.  The last two may.:

1. Les Mis is very long because Victor Hugo included lots and lots of historical facts.  There are entire chapters of historical facts with maybe one line of character development.

2. While Les Mis is long, Hugo broke it down into small chunks.  It consists of 5 volumes.  Each volume contains 8 to 15 books.  Each book contains 2 to 24 chapters.  On the new Kindle, it will gauge how fast you read and tell you about how much time you have left in each chapter.  It’s the best feature ever.  I can read most chapters in about 5 minutes and when you chip away at it like that, it goes quickly.

3. The free Kindle edition is abridged.  Abridged is lame.  Read the Unabridged version and skim the bits that you don’t care to read. On Kindle, it cost $3.  Hapgood is the translator I’m reading and honestly, the writing is interesting enough that even the historical bits with no character development are still good to read.

Spoiler Alert:

4. Valjean’s backstory is pretty much the same in the book and the musical.  We learn a bit more about his sister in the book.  When they lived together, she had lots of kids and he was helping raise them.  While in prison, Valjean learns that she only has one child with her and no one knows what happened to the others.  The little boy that’s left has to wait outside for an hour every day waiting for his school to open, even in the rain.  Even in the tiny stories and asides in the novel, everyone’s life is miserable.

5. The biggest shocker of the novel so far: Fantine is blonde!  Hugo mentions it more than once.  And after you read about Fantine’s back story, her fate is even sadder.  I can’t explain the whole story here because I’m in the middle of it.  More later, perhaps.

CurlyBlondwebIn honor of blonde Fantine, here is a new blonde girl, drawn on my tablet.  This is not meant to be Fantine.  I just like drawing curly hair and wanted to try it out digitally.