I have to figure out a better title, it's hard because I want to document what number I'm on! 97/366 2/100 too many numbers!!!! So much counting!!! Ha ha but really too much to keep track of! I'm not sure what I'm going to be able to do tomorrow because I am FINALLY having my wrist surgery. Hopefully I can at least paint some super simple flowers, but I don't know because of the drugs, last time I had no idea what was happening. I think it's a legitimate reason to make up the day if I need to but maybe I will have a drug induced brilliant moment! So this whole 30 min thing is hard, I did a few paintings today this is the only one I liked. But I'm doing this to free up my painting and improve my brush control so I just have to keep doing it. Sharing is hard, art is hard but it's worth it.
I'm joining #the100dayproject starting today! This is 96/366 and 1/100 for my theme #100daysofflowersbykatiek. I'm planning on doing watercolor flowers in 30 min or less without sketching first for 100 days. I will probably be sick of flowers by the end but since I love all things botanical I think it will be ok. The 100 day project images here are by @elleluna follow her on instagram she is the brains and talent behind the 100 day project. I'm excited and nervous, it took me a while to decide what my theme would be, 100 days of anything is significant and I was afraid I would get sick of most things. I am doing a draw/paint everyday for a year project but within that project I have only committed to 30 day themed projects with prompts and 100 days is a lot more than that! I'm excited to commit to not sketching first and only spending 30 minutes, I don't want this to become stressful but I'm sure inevitably at some point it will. I'm hoping the 30 minute thing will help keep the stress at bay.
I'm super excited that a bunch of my Instafriends group are going to be participating as well. Everyone is so talented, inspiring and supportive in that group which I think helps. I've wanted to work on both my lettering and my patterns but I was afraid I would spend way, way too much time on both those subjects. I can include lettering with my flowers when I want and make them into patterns later. I also fear I will run out of flowers to paint but really that's silly, nature inspires me more than anything else I just have to walk outside or find some images. So here it goes 100 days, wish me luck! So many journey's this year!
Want to join? it's not too late the rules are simple here they are again art by @elleluna
My laptop means a lot to me. I'm a designer and artist and without my computer I couldn't do what I do. About 8 years ago I had to sell my Macbook pro to pay rent and use a really crappy PC. It took years for me to gather enough funds to buy a new one so this baby is important to me. Having to use outdated software on an inferior laptop suuuuuuucked. It sucked so hard. I could have gotten a better PC laptop but I wanted to save for another Mac, I love mac's for design work I feel like there is nothing better. I treat my computer very gingerly and clean it often. I'm glad I am in a better place and don't have to consider selling my computer anymore to pay bills. You gotta do what you gotta do to get by, sometimes that involves selling things that you love.
OMG you guys I got The Force Awakens this weekend YAY!!!!!! It made me so freaking happy!!! I am a huge nerd and watching the original Star Wars changed my life as a child and after the prequels..........no comment I didn't want to get my hopes up but I LOVE this movie!! Popcorn with olive oil spray and Nooch or Nutritional yeast is one of my favorite snacks and since I spent most of the weekend watching and listening to the whole Star Wars series and commentary/bonus features (I told you I was a nerd) it was the perfect choice. I can't believe this film has brought me so much joy but I kinda can because I'm aware of how big a nerd I am! I can't believe I have to wait until 2017 for the next one!!!!!! ACK!!! So long!!! But there is a one off coming out this December, Rebel One, so maybe it will be cool, it's about how they steal the plans for the death star. I have high hopes so I hope it doesn't disappoint! At least that will tide me over while I impatiently wait. Anyone else this excited???
This is a catch up post from the past week for the Creative Bug draw a day challenge. I need to catch up on 1 more after this! This was inspired by an amazing photo a friend took, nature!!! It's so freaking amazing! I wasn't sure how this would turn out but I'm pretty happy with it, I think it's really similar to the effect of the sunset in the photo.
I used a previous drawing for my Creative Bug drawing challenge topic today because I finished this painting also and had a really long exhausting day. Kind of obsessed with the citrus, this has been a really fun prompt. I'm thinking the leaves need more shading though... It's nice that my post about comparison and a painting block seems to have resonated with many of you. I think it's really important to talk about the imperfect parts of our art practice, nothing is perfect and I'm not they type of person who wants to pretend it is. I'm not going to bombard you with personal stuff but every now and then a reminder that you struggle to is nice in this overly curated online world that makes everyone feel like they aren't ___________ enough.
Today's piece is for my #ifdrawaweek group the prompt is citrus which is really fun. I love drawing food and from nature! I have to catch up on the #cbdrawaday, I missed one this week and I still have to do today's which is sunset, but I did two paintings today and I'm too tired.
I wanted to talk a little about how I've progressed with being stuck with my painting. For awhile there I hated everything I painted and I was super overworking everything and having small panic attacks about messing up my painting before I started and as I inevitably did that (who wouldn't under such self-induced pressure?) it only made that spiral worse and worse. So I started taking a watercolor class, I never have before I'm completely self taught and I thought it might help loosen me up. I started taking Yao Cheng's watercolor class on Creative Bug, which is fantastic and it did start to help. I think especially Yao's free style was extremely helpful she really tries to paint in the moment, it's amazing. While doing that class I just started setting up multiple stretched paper to paint on so I could just go from next to next to next and keep it going. Having so many paintings going at once helped me a lot because I felt like if I messed this one up oh well I have like 3 more. I'm not 100% recovered from my painting block but, I just keep pushing through it and I am feeling better and better about it.
I still make lots of stuff I don't like and I don't share as well. Which is kind of what I wanted to talk about because the pressure of having to share something everyday for this project really got to me. What if I mess it up? What if it's ugly it will be so embarrassing to share it! I was inspired by my friend Meighan o'Toole www.meighanotoole.com who is so honest sharing her journey as new watercolor artist and has shared paintings she's not happy with to just share what I had even if I hated it. If you aren't familiar with Meighan stop reading now and follow her everywhere and sign up for her wonderful newsletter! You can see her beautiful watercolor work on Instagram she is @meigs. I couldn't stay up all night trying to get the perfect drawing or painting to share everyday, that's ridiculous. Some days I'm super busy, some days I'm super exhausted, lots of days I don't really like what I share but I keep showing up and doing it. I think I look at a lot of the artists instagram feeds I admire and I'm like ah everything they do is beautiful and perfect! I came to the realization that's actually impossible and obviously not true, they just aren't sharing the stuff they aren't happy with. Which is fine, of course you want your feed to be beautiful but it was a good reminder that it's not 100% real. Everything looks perfect from what I can see in that one photo but who knows what I can't see. My new strategy is that I work on 2-3 paintings at a time and that takes a ton of pressure off me, I feel like if I mess up one I have another. Just taking that pressure off has improved my painting and how I feel about it most importantly. I just wanted to share about my journey, maybe you have experienced some of the same things and the comparison game. Sharing everyday is tough people, it just is, but I'm determined to make it through this year and come out the other side a stronger and more confident artist (at least some of the time because...I'm and artist...so...insecurity spirals abound.).
This one was hard I loved so many of my toys!!! I ended up doing 2 my little thinker tapes and one of my favorite He Man action figures. Does anyone else remember the little thinker tapes? They were so magical for me, I loved putting them on and having a whole imaginary adventure and drawing what I was "seeing"! Probably one of the coolest things ever. My brother and I were pretty obsessed with He Man, the He Man toys were technically his but we played together all the time. So thankful I had a brother because let's face it "boys" toys are way cooler than "girl" toys. I had She Ra and some She Ra action figures but in comparison to the He Man toys they kinda blew. She Ra was this total badass and then the toys were so disappointing. I was actually totally frustrated by it. They were like here boys, here is this cool cyclops with a rotating eye and here girls here is a comb to go with your strong female role model............AH LAME! It made me very angry as a child, total bullshit. What was your favorite childhood toy? Do you remember these? I went on an 80's toy nostalgia tour yesterday, I found so many toys I remembered, I miss 80's toys!
Today's prompt from Creative Bug was to draw your favorite flower. I have a lot of favorite flowers but lately I'm loving painting peonies! I've also been doing Yao Cheng's intermediate watercolors on Creative Bug which has me trying to paint more without sketching first. I'm really loving the loose kind of messy look of it but it's so hard to let go of my perfectionism and desire to control everything!!! But it's so fun and free if I just let it happen! Art is a process and a struggle, in a constant fight with your brain!
The prompt for today, which I'm posting late was to draw using only your favorite color. My favorite color forever is purple, although I don't paint with it as much as some other colors, maybe I do lol! I used to have purple hair and then it got all popular and everyone had it and I couldn't look like everyone else lol! This is also for #12monthsofpaint the theme this month is kitchen. I actually made a big mistake on this, I smeared one of the pea pods like a dummy and made a 4th pea pod to cover it up. It worked out ok I think.
This weeks instafriends topic was birdhouses. I wasn't too pumped on that topic but this ended up being really fun. Some mid-century modern bird houses! If you want to join our weekly group you are welcome, a topic is posted 1x a week on Sunday and you can do 1 or several entries. #ifdrawaweek on instagram!
This is my painted finished "Cityscape" that is really more like a streetscape but oh well. I'm going to revisit this prompt and do San Francisco. I'll have to post my Creative Bug challenge entry tomorrow. I drew it today but am painting it tomorrow because I'm not at home. I really need one of those travel watercolor kits for such occasions!
Well I did 2 birds today I was too inspired to do just one. One is a Robin and the other is a lilac breasted roller bird! I found so many amazing birds to draw!! Nature is the most inspiring thing to me.
What I'm wearing is almost always, exercise clothes or cut offs. I work as a dog walker and pet sitter mainly and I will always end up covered in fur and slobber and dirt! So I don't wear nice things!
So this kind of turned out more like a streetscape, I'm going to try to re-visit this topic again though. This is from a photo of an adorable brightly colored street in London.
I almost always wake up to this guys face, anxiously awaiting my eyes opening!
ah I over worked this but oh well this is Albie one of my two insanely adorable dogs! I got bad news today on my wrist, I was referred to a hand specialist after my CT Scan because apparently I've lost blood flow and now need a bone graft and will loose some range of motion. All I can say is thank god it wasn't my drawing hand. I'll have surgery in 2-3 weeks and then a splint for another 6 weeks and then I can start to use my hand again. It continues to be very inconvenient for absolutely everything and painful. I really just want this to be over. I'm exhausted by all of it.
This kind of looks like space but it's dark, night skyish lol! Back is sore today but it's been a little less painful lately which is great!
What can I say other than I LOVE rainbows!!! Too much fun with this one!
This is for my Instafriends group from CBDRAWADAY this weeks prompt is exotic animals, I really love drawing snakes and scales so much! I also found out today that Creative Bug is doing a challenge for April a drawing challenge just not a class so I will have prompts to use and won't have to rely on my own brain daily. Some days it's fine, I draw and paint a bunch of stuff but other days I'm like oh god what am I going to draw!!! Ha ha!