April 22, 2014



It just dawned on me I haven’t told you guys I’m on Instagram.  I think this is a really cool app.  It seems to work better for me than facebook and I am finding so many talented and inspiring artists, art-journalers, zentanglers, photographers, “you name it” on instagram. 

If you’d like to follow me there please do.  If you are on instagram too and you’d like some support for your artsy gallery please leave a comment here with your “@instaname”.

April 20, 2014

Sunglass Series Two

Since I have two big drawings pending (dancer & diver) and I seem to be stuck on the hair in both…..

I needed to complete a smaller drawing to boost my confidence.  I thought these sunglass girls might help.


This sunglass series was the first time I combined my marker-doodle-love with my color sketches.

I wasn’t sure how well they’d play together.  But they seemed to get along just fine.


I’m not one to sketch a practice piece, because I know I won’t put the focus into it like I should if it “counted”.  And I need hair help.

What I found out by my limited research on drawing hair….is to keep the line directions in the way that the hair should go.  Even though there are many shadows.  Also to use at least 4 different colors…..Highlight….a bunch of mid-tones…then bring in your darkest color to really help things take shape. 

This is drawn from a picture of my daughter taken a few years ago.  I was not pleased with my previous Warhol-style drawing of her so I’m glad I can now replace it.

Happy Easter Everyone Smile

April 16, 2014

Sunglass Series One


I got inspired to draw girls in sunglasses last week….probably because I went south and knew I’d need mine.


Drew her in, and did a light watercolor wash.  Then proceeded to color pencil sketch the rest of the face.


Bringing my two favorite things together (markers and colored pencils) I experimented with using the markers only for the sunglasses. 


Just doodled the heck out of them.

Then the fun began with my markers.

Kind of a different look.  A Pretty wild look to pull off and not for the timid. Too bad I can’t do this to my own sunglasses, haha!

April 3, 2014

Ring Bling


Ring Bling…I’d love to have all this bling on my hands as long as it doesn’t catch, snag or bug me…..so the easier thing to do, is just draw some.


Just drew the contour of my hand, and proceeded to color it in.  No photo reference, but when I was stumped I just held out my hand.


Another hand with cool nails.

All those different colored pencils were used.  The green ones help to neutralize the skin tones.  Watercolor for the rings and markers for the nail art.


Just a fun little sketch.

March 28, 2014



Being in mandela mode and not wanting to repeat the previous patterns.  When I spotted this mandela doodle I thought I’d try something similar.


Graphed out my patterns.


Then I got to bring the colors in.


So simple and so fun!

March 20, 2014

Flower Overgrowth


After doing 4 different Mandelas I needed to focus on something different.  I like my mandelas, but for now, they all started to look the same to me.  I enjoyed my Floral Fauna a lot…it was different and it was colorful.  In sticking to the flower theme I thought I’d try a single flower…..but keep enlarging it.


I came across this mandela on pinterest and I loved the color theme.  So, I thought
I’d try to stick with the blues/purples/greens (the cooler colors).

But I can’t make those colors POP!! I had to bring in the rest of the wheel.  Had to replace some sharpies….Sharpie gets product placement endorsements here!! Haha!  I’m hoping I’ll gets some guts and grab a few of those unpopular colors.


….Applying the pigment….


I didn’t give too much thought to the background, just something graphic.

March 10, 2014

Diver Drawing….going green


It’s a good thing that I have wireless earphones because I’ve been in mode #3 since yesterday afternoon, enjoying this song from Despicable Me and doing my thing drawing!


I’m past the days of clearing off the dining room table each night before dinner and cooking.  This type of upheaval lasts for weeks!

You’d think that this type of sketching would be easier…..I like to draw people and it’s not like this is unfamiliar territory.  But I’m finding the same problem I had with my Horse Racing sketch with the main body of the horse.  Ya gotta keep that color consistent in a large area. And drop or add color so slightly to create the correct illusions.

Added yellow watercolor over the blue.  Then when it was dry continued on with green colored pencils to change the suit color to green.


Still much more to do, but at least she’s looking more the way I want her.

March 3, 2014

Floral Fauna


I wanted to do another marker design similar to my mandelas but with flowers.


The ideal portable project using my 8x11 watercolor moleskine.


I got the design down first, using rulers, stencils and freehand lines.


Fine point sharpies, faber-castell markers and bic markers are my favorites and used throughout.


I try to use all the colors.

Flowers get to be any color they want in these drawings!


I ended up finishing up the background in a parallel line pattern.  Lots of other options I would like to try: watercolor, gray/black patterned background.  But this worked at the time.

February 17, 2014

Diver Drawing in Pike Position

I only started this Diver a month ago.

When I was all excited about watercolor and quite frustrated with my Ballerina due to my poor paper selection.

I’m learning that my watercolor application has it’s limits….had to continue on with colored pencils.

As much as I like the white background….I know I should start doing backgrounds.  Just applied a wash here of green & blue watercolors.

A close up view of the feet.

Some of that w/c pigment stains and is quite dark.  Trying to make this work for me.

Had to grab my graphite drawing b/c I was having a hard time figuring out those leg muscles.
And the other thing I need to figure out….is the suit.  I need to make it green, “it’s a team thing”.  Wish me luck Smile
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By day...I work in the Healthcare field, where every .. i.. has to be dotted and every ..t.. has to be crossed. This blog is the place where I can let myself go and have some fun. I am on a journey. A journey I started a long time ago, but it has been a bit sidetracked with Navy Wife relocations and raising kids. I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and I have got some time for me. No, I will not be one of those moms walking around the house with Empty Nest Syndrome, I have got way too much to do, to learn, to create. Sure, once the kids are gone I will miss them....but hey, there is always the phone, the email, the texting and the Plane tickets! I love my life and my family and It is fun moving into this new stage. I am into Digital Scrapbooking, photography, journaling, Art Journaling and Drawing. I am a do-it-yourselfer and I am trying to teach myself to draw. I am finding that it takes a lot of patience, lots of practice and a good eraser! And if you're really curious there's a 3 part Interview by Eileen: HERE All the best, Eden