Giraffes & Waffles?

Time keeps on tickin’, tickin’, tickin’ into the future! It sure is flying by and I can’t seem to find the time to get everything done! I started a new job doing landscaping so I’ve been spending a lot of time in the sunshine! …..I wasn’t able to draw much this week but I did manage to get a sketch done.

My husband inspired me to do this sketch. He will blurt out random phrases for absolutely no reason. I don’t know how he comes up with some of the the things he says. One that has stuck for a while is “giraffes and waffles”. It is completely random and it makes me smile everytime I think about it. I was trying out a new calligraphy set I have and did the entire drawing with it. I figured a calligraphy pen could produce some pretty neat designs for a zentangle related piece so I wanted to mess around with it.

And there you have….Giraffes and Waffles!

Thanks for stopping by this week! I hope you enjoy some randomness this weekend! 

Until next time,

“How long is forever?…Sometimes just one second.” 

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Tanglepedia

I was able to take a trip to the art shop yesterday and picked up a little sketch book and a pen cloth to keep my zentangles supplies in. 

In my newest bible, The Joy of Zentangle, there is a lot of tangles to learn. The authors of the book suggest to have a key ring of cards with all your tangles. This way you can easily flip through them and find the patterns you want. 

I thought it was a great idea and it would be better than having to lug my book around with me when I draw. I’m approaching it a bit differently and making a “tanglepedia”. The beautiful colors of the hand-sized sketchbooks caught my eye, at the art shop. I decided to go with the blue, one of my favorite colors. 

I have a few pages done so far and will continue to add to it until it’s completely filled with tangles. Each page has a tangle, the name, and the person who created it. That’s how you make a tanglepedia! 

Inktober Challenge

As some of you may know I have an obsession with instagram! I check my account daily and surf the photos on there of other artists and friends. I had noticed that many of the artists I follow were posting ink drawings with a related hashtag, Inktober. I became curious…What does Inktober mean?

I found out Inktober began in 2009 with Jake Parker. Jake Parker is a cartoonist, animator and illustrator from Utah. As a way to improve his drawing skill, he decided to do an ink drawing everyday through the month of October. Others took notice and soon it became a worldwide practice for artists to share.

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This year, I joined in and took part in the challenge. I discovered it half way through the month so I only have thirteen sketches for 2016. I will have to wait until next year to attempt the entire month. This challenge was a lot of fun. Besides the fact of practicing my skills, it was also a nice way to mix it up a bit. I was able to draw a lot of things that I have always wanted to and never did. In doing so, I am coming up with more questions on how to achieve better results. This is the next step in becoming a better artist! Also, I studied about many animals I normally wouldn’t have.

Thanks for reading this week and I hope you enjoyed the sketches!

Until next time,

“The train is nothing; the will is everything.”

Let’s Sea What’s New

This month has been quite an adventure! Things are changing rapidly and and new opportunities beginning! Now I know what the hummingbird moth was trying to tell me! I’ve been spinning in circles trying to get everything done.

One project I will be finishing this week is a surprise! I don’t want to give away to many details but I was commissioned to do a piece involving seahorses! I have always wanted to do a piece with seahorses and now I finally get a chance to. This one is a painting with some great colors! I’m really  excited to “sea” how it will turn out!

Until next time,

“Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.”

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Scribbles & Scores

It’s amazing to see how a few scribbles and scratches on paper can create an image. I’ve been using a pen lately to prevent erasing. All my lines are permanent so therefore I don’t have the option of a second attempt to get a line perfect. I’ve been practicing many different pen and ink techniques that include hatching, cross-hatching, contour hatching and scumbling.

Hatching is using parallel lines to create different shades and tones. More space between lines leaves room for highlights. Every line is straight but various in length and placement to create depth. The more lines on top of each other the darker it is for shading. Contour hatching also deals with parallel lines but instead of staying straight they curve.

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Hatching, demonstrated with the sea floor
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Contour-hatching

Cross-hatching is using straight lines that criss-cross to create shading.

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Cross-hatching

Scumbling, in my opinion, has always been the craziest technique. It is basically controlled scribbling.

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Scumbling

There are many more techniques to try and I intend to try them all. I also personally enjoy pointilism which is just a series of dots repeating. This takes patience and I love doing natural sceneries with pointilism. Perhaps a near future project?

All in good time. For now I’m focusing on some more dog portraits, an equine piece and a painting with seahorses! Stay tuned for that and more! Hope your having a great summer!

Until next time,

“Not all who wander are aimless. Especially not those who seek truth beyond tradition; beyond definition; beyond the image.”

 

 

 

Free Spirit WIP II

I am on to my next piece. I’m working on another dog portrait to be displayed at a local  “Dogcare”. I have four pieces already finished, this will be the fifth. I am a little behind as far as matting and framing them all. These drawings are odd sizes so I have to custom cut all the mats. What a pain! When my son took me to the art shop on Mother’s Day, I bought a new pad of paper that is a standard size. Therefore, I can just get pre-cut mats and make my life much easier from now on!

Also, I’ve decided to start streaming as I work on my projects. The site I am using is PicartoTv. If your not familiar with streaming, it’s basically my own online art channel. I’ll work on my projects in front of a camera, live for all to see! While I work I can answer questions and chat with my viewers. I did a trial run last night. I’m still new to the streaming scene, so it will take me some time to learn the ropes. I’m very excited! I do not have a set streaming schedule at this time but for now I will mostly be streaming at night. Once I mess around with it a little more, I’ll do a separate post to go more in depth about my channel.

Well, that about wraps up my midweek updates. Hope your enjoying some sunshine where you are!

Until next time…

“Our lives are defined by opportunities,  even the ones we miss.”

Free Spirit WIP

Spring came and then the snow followed! At least where I am! I’m scratching my head confused as to how this happened. Two days ago I was thinking about wearing shorts. Today I have two pairs of pants and three shirts on, struggling to stay warm! Baffling!

Well, enough about weather. Let’s talk art! I’ve had a lot going on and don’t have any completed pieces to share this week so I decided to share a WIP (work in progress). I am working on another dog portrait. By the image you can probably guess the breed. With every wrinkle I add to this image the more it makes me laugh. I am having a lot of fun with this one! I can’t wait to finish it.


I also have a few sketches I would like to do. I know too many people who have lost pets recently and I would like to do something in their memory.

I have many more ideas but let’s not get to far ahead! If I get too ambitious I’ll get overwhelmed!

Stay tuned for my next post featuring my completed piece.

Until next time,

“I’ll be back.”

Childish Chalk Talk

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

-Pablo Picasso

I came across a video of an artist, Ruth Oosterman, painting a picture using her toddler’s doodle as her layout. You can check out the video at the bottom of this post. I thought it was a really cool idea. I have a son of my own and I love his drawings and watching him grow as an artist from the very beginning. He loves to draw and paint, so naturally I encourage it. When he was a toddler, and even now, I would give him my sketchbooks so he could doodle in them. While I was sketching the other day, I came to one of the pages he had gotten his crayons on when he was about three years old. IMG_2746

I had thought of the video I had watched and wanted to try the same thing that Ruth did. I studied my son’s artwork for a while and starting seeing a waterfall. I began drawing water and the more I added, the more my son’s sketch guided me to the next piece of the scenery. By the end, it became a place I would definitely like to take him. I showed my son the sketch and he gave it his approval.

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Art is one of our favorite things to share with each other. He likes to grab his “How-to-Draw” books and pick a drawing we can do together.

It really got me thinking about how I truly believe we are all born artists. In one way or another we were born to create and explore the depths of our art. Whether it’s drawing, painting, music or even dancing. Art cannot be limited and each of us begins life with a great desire to be creative and make something beautiful. But as Picasso said, the problem is remaining an artist as we grow up. Everyone is so overwhelmed and stressed out nowadays. People are depressed and they don’t know what to do about it. Yet, when we pay more attention to the inner child we all have, we get a little self-encouragement. When we feed our youthful selves and remember what we loved to do as children and incorporate that in our day-to-day, life seems a lot simpler. I read something online the other day and it said, “What would the child you once were think of the adult you have become?” Food for thought.

To make a long story short, stay young and fuel your art. Your insides will feel better.

How do you let your inner child express themselves? Share a comment or a picture below.

Until next time,

“Your never too old to be young.”

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 “Art is as natural as sunshine and as vital as nourishment.”

-Mary Anne F. Kohl

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“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

-Albert Einstein

“You can’t use up creativity, the more you use it the more you have.”

-Maya Angelou

Transsssformation

Just a sketch for today’s post. Snakes and other reptiles have always fascinated me. The great anaconda is an earthly wonder! I marvel at their size. The snake in Native American teachings represents transformation. In “shedding your skin” you can tie up loose ends and create room for new beginnings. If a snake slithers across your path, do not fear. New opportunities are near.

Do snakes give you the willies? Or do you find them fascinating? There are all kinds; from water snakes to tree snakes, poisonous to constrictors. Which ones do you enjoy or despise? Share a comment below!

Until next time,

“Why’d it have to be snakes?”

Free Spirit Flashback

I came across a bunch of old sketchbooks and school projects the other day. It’s really funny to look back and see the drawings you did as a kid and compare them through the years. I thought it would be neat to do a timeline of my work for my latest post. I wasn’t able to find something for every year but this is what I have right now. Here is a blast into the past of Free Spirit Meg.

1992

(5 years old)

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It was my favorite movie at the time.
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Just in case it wasn’t clear.

1998

(10-11 years)

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My home state.
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I won a school contest in 5th grade with this drawing.

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Well…That is not what happened at all. I did however move to Tennessee right after my 20th birthday. We lived right on the border of TN/KY. So that was eerily close. I never did get to race in the Kentucky Derby. I never got that brand new Dodge. I did, however, drive a ’98 Ranger. (Horse trailer not included.) I don’t own 100 horses, nor do I own 100 acres. Both are still a dream yet to be seen in reality. I am not an author though I did start this blog after all. I also have a million journals lying around the house and books out the wazoo. I haven’t talked to Ashley Smith probably since the year I wrote this. She is actually a body builder now. She looks completely different. I’m not traveling the world with her either. Although since I turned 20 I have been to Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, Vermont, and Massachusetts. I have lived in three of those states. So the traveling is the same and I plan on doing more! The best part about that project is the last sentence. “At least I can experience being a kid again.” Even though my life as an adult was spectacular I still wanted to be a kid a little longer. I had my priorities straight!

1999

(12 years)

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Yes, I still have all my beanies. I’m a 90’s child, what can I say.

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2000

(13 years)

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2002

(15 years)

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2004

(17 years)

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2005

(17-18 years)

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We had to replicate a famous painting on a piece of furniture. This use to be a stool. The piece I chose was Andy Warhol’s “Close Cover Before Striking” 1962
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This was when I first started dabbling with colored pencils on a serious level. This was Goldie, my cat at the time.

2006

(19 years)

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One of the first original pieces I put up for consignment at a shop in Swanton, OH.

2007

(19- 20 years)

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“Quincy” – I started offering commissioned work this year.

2009

(21 years)

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“Leo” – This was the year I completed my first series. It was of the Astrological Zodiac. I am thinking about redoing it in the near future.

2010

(23 years)

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“Faith” -My first sale from consignment in a shop in Schodack, NY. It was bought for a bride by her groom.

2011

(24 years)

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“King” -I started doing a lot of art shows this year and showcasing my work. I joined Art ‘n’ Soul Inc. after my sale the previous year and worked with agent Janet Tanguay.
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“The Eyes Have It” -Little did I know, this piece would give me the exposure I never expected. This piece was a turning point in my career.

2012

(25 years)

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“Mother’s Comfort” -I did this for a Mother’s Day art show I was a part of.

2013

(26 years)

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“Tyler” -Because of all the attention from “The Eyes Have It”, I was receiving requests to do the same style with family pets.

2015

(27-28 years)

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2016

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So here we are. I have come a long way since the first time I “drawed” a picture. I guess I was just born to do it! I can’t wait for what future years may bring!

Until next time,

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”