Spring Flower Girl in Mixed Media

Mixed Media Spring Flower Girl

Happy spring? I wish! It’s snowing here today and spring is on Tuesday. Grrrrrr. But in honour of the upcoming spring, I painted a pretty flower girl. I am anticipating the warm weather, spring rains and my garden. I can’t wait to get back to it. The girl above is painted in watercolours with coloured pencils over top. I used plenty of collage flower elements as well except the flowers I used I actually painted too. They’re all from my various clipart sets. I used acrylics and markers for the big flowers over top. Lots of media in this one! It’s for sale too. Send me a note if you’re interested. It’s 9″ x 12″ on watercolour paper.

I won’t be bikini ready (OMG, that will never EVER happen again) but I’m doing another fast this week and am hungry in my mind, lol. I know I’m not actually hungry. I switched to a ketogenic diet just over a year ago for health reasons and had been intermittent fasting as well but I hit a plateau over Christmas and stayed at the same weight for about three months. I thought I’d shake things up this month and add in fasting days again and it has totally dislodged that plateau. WOO! I don’t ever get hungry eating keto so it’s super easy to fast but overcoming the mind tricks is another thing.  My mind wants a big spinach salad loaded with cheese but my tummy is like, “meh, I can wait.” I love keto. Seriously. Best thing I ever did for my health.

I have a lot of art on the go this weekend so hope to fill the blog with new stuff over the next few weeks. Hope you all have a happy weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

Classic Horror Artist Trading Cards + Magic Stuff!

You are magic.

Above is a fun bit of mixed media art though I’m not sure if it’s finished or not. I thought I might paint the background since it seems like so much white. Too much white. I’ll have to weigh the work involved with my laziness level this weekend. I’m not sure which one will win. I saw the quote somewhere online but I don’t know who wrote it and Google didn’t bring any author joy. I like it! Once in a while I feel magic, figuratively, LOL.

Classic Horror Monsters

I had so much fun working on this set of classic horror cards today. I’ve drawn and painted these characters so many times so it was a joy to find someone who had them on their trading list. Lucky me to get to draw and paint them again. These ATCs are watercolour with marker over top. I loved the show Penny Dreadful with the classic horror monsters, mostly especially John Clare (aka Frankenstein’s monster). He was such a brilliant character on that show, a poet in a monster’s skin. I was sad to see it go from my TV screen. My Frankenstein monster looks nothing like him but I’d hope he has the poet’s soul of John Clare.

Hope you all have a great weekend and week to come! Happy arting 🙂

Stuff you put in art journals

Underwear

I’m not much of a writer as my regular visitors will know. It’s usually a struggle to put together enough words for a blog post so you can imagine my distress when it comes to writing stuff in an art journal. I’m not exactly big on pouring my inner thoughts on a page either and this is usually why my art journals are mostly filled with pictures rather than pretty words and quotes. I just like to draw and an art journal is more like a bigger, better sketchbook to me than a diary. The text above isn’t even part of the journal image above. I added it in Photoshop. Maybe I’ll call it an enhanced painting book from now on rather than a journal. Anyway, here’s to lonely socks! This post is dedicated to them.

More journal art! This time with a few words! The art comes from the wonderful Moonshine program with Effy Wild. Lots of pagan, witchy art stuff if that’s your thing. If not, it’s a super fun course anyway. Effy is such a great teacher of technique and a wonderful source of art supply knowledge.

 

Hope the weather is being kind to everyone! Spring is almost here! Sort of!

 

Mermaids, Dryads & Space Adventures. And Barflies too.

Bar flies or flies at the bar

It’s been a busy week! Lots of art happening and a flurry of ATC trading and swapping. I barely managed to get any actual work out. And who needs work when you can trade art? LOL. I wish.

Above are a set of bar flies, or flies at the bar. This is me as a fly. Actually, I usually just sit at a table rather than the bar. These were made for an insect swap. I had to be extra and humanize them but seriously, drawing insects is pretty gross. They have a lot of ugly bits. No one wants to draw those bits. It was fun though – something other than human is always good for practice now and then. Also below are some mermaids and a pair of dryads for a trading friend in Germany. I love to make curvy mermaids with flowing hair. All of those curves are fun! And space adventures too! I went for a vintage vibe in space with these ones.

Space Adventures

Dryads and mermaids

And a journal bit from one of my art journals. This one is from Book of Days with Effy Wild (highly recommend any of Effy’s art programs). The figure is a continuous line drawing though you can’t tell anymore since she’s covered in paint and ink now but I did do the exercise properly! The list is a list of wonders – things that make you happy on a bad day. I had so many more things to add but couldn’t fit them all in.

Book of Days

Happy weekend everyone!

 

Hand art! Featuring sloths and pandas!

Animals hands

I don’t make a lot of animal art but I really enjoyed making these art hands for a trading buddy on one of my swap sites. Pandas and sloths are really my faves to draw because they’re both so ridiculously cute! The hands are my hands traced and that’s part of the joy of trading this sort of art. Not only is it wonderful art from friends, it’s literally their hands and I love that. I collect art on hands and once I have them displayed on my wall, I’ll take a pic and show everyone. These hands are watercolor and markers.

My second youngest daughter moved out this week and it was a little sad. Honestly,  I’m not really the type to be upset at kids leaving home. I love them all dearly but I also totally love it when they move out and get on with their own lives and adventures. They love it too. Freedom! This daughter has her first apartment all on her own and it’s pretty exciting for her. It’s a cute little place and she has her adorable cat for company. She’s bringing her laundry round on the weekend though so some things haven’t changed much, LOL.  Kids, right? I only have one kiddo left at home now though she’s only 11 so she’ll be here for a while. Yay! It’s getting to be a much quieter house now.

 

Watercolor Clipart - Peonies and butterflies

 

In other news, I have a new graphic set out – this one featuring pretty pink peonies and butterflies. It’s almost time for spring, right? I’ll probably end up using this set myself in some art. I love peonies so much but they’re a bit of a pain to paint!

Happy weekend, everyone!

 

 

Artist Trading Cards & Coloring Bundles

Artist Trading Cards Rainbow Hair

I’ve been trying to catch up on my ATC making this week. I’ve been a bit hampered by an extremely busy work time this month but I’ve managed to pull off a few for various trades. Most of these are for illustratedATCs.com. These are all watercolour and ink. And below are a couple of creepy cute girls for a travelling trade. I think this has become my favourite new way to trade. An envelope of 6 ATCs is passed on from friend to friend and you take out 1 – 4 cards and replace them with 1 – 4 of your own and send on to the next person. I’ve received some truly gorgeous art from these easy trades!

 

Creepy Cute Artist Trading Cards

 

I’ve also been back at work making new graphic sets for my creative design clients and customers. I just released a new Clouds & Rainbows set on Etsy as well as a few bundles of my older digital stamp / lineart pages. If you’re interested in colouring, then this might be a bit of fun! I just released a package of Naughty! pieces, one of pretty girl portraits and another featuring fairies and fantasy. They’re all available at Etsy.

Diigital stamp bundle fairies and fantasy

 

Rainbow Breath… and love

Rainbow Breath

An art journal spread featuring rainbow breath and a bit of love. This one is pencil and watercolor with coloured pencil and paint pens for the flowers. I’m not really big on quotes and words in my art journals and it was nice to make use of the whiteness of the page for a change. I’m usually a filler of all four corners. I might turn this one into prints with a quote though. I’ll have to see if it works out in the editing.

Happy Monday 🙂

 

 

 

Game character design with maps

Zombie Marie Antoinette and Frida

It’s been a busy week for me so I’m looking forward to hanging out and being mellow this weekend. Maybe get a little art journal time in there too, when I’m not lounging. I have some catching up to do with the multiple online courses I’m taking this year so I hope I can squeeze a bit of that in there too. And if the weather holds, it might be nice to go for a walk since a lot of snow has melted. It’s seriously difficult to walk in deep snow, LOL.

Above are some artist trading cards featuring the lovely zombified Marie Antoinette and Frida. These are both watercolours and ink and were lots of fun to make. I love character art the most.

And below is some game art I made for my husband for his current campaign in Apocalypse World. We play a lot of independent RPGs like Fiasco, Psi*Run, Monster of the Week, etc. I’m not involved in this particular game but I did get to do the art for all of the NPCs (non-player characters) as well as some maps. These are my first game maps and it might be an area I want to further develop. I used to love my big atlas as a kid and maps in particular so game map making really appeals to me. Any game art really.

 

Game Art: Characters and maps

 

Hope everyone has a super weekend!

Reading: Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive, #3) by Brandon Sanderson
Watching: Peaky Blinders! Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy are so good in this
Learning: About the moon in my new Moonshine art course with Effy Wild
Loving: Working on my new large watercolour series, so fun

Snow plows… and art too

Picasso inspired Artist Trading Cards

I love Picasso. Not all of his art but I do love his crazy surrealism with bold and vibrant colours. Love that stuff! I saw a Picasso inspired swap open on ATCsForAll.com so I had to join. And these are my artist trading cards for the swap. These were done with markers though. Acrylic paint takes far too long for me but the markers worked out well I think. Really had fun with this set. And I love the Picasso boobs. It’s like a half melon on the chest.

On a less happy note… I live in Canada and it obviously snows a lot here, at least where I live. And today I was helping to shovel our driveway. We were down to the last couple of shovel fulls and the snow plow came. Anyone who knows about snow dreads the snow plow guy coming when they are shovelling. Seriously. We had already cleaned one massive snow plow dump and he shows up again! And he was smiling too. ARGH! Now it could have been a sheepish sympathy smile (probably was) but I did not like him in that moment so I’m thinking it was a “HA HA, you snow losers” smirk. Minor work out for the day done!

Please look away if swearing is going to upset you! 

I know the art below is a bit rude for some of you. But I think sometimes a good swear word really works to ease some stress and I like to add them occasionally to my artwork. Ok, in real life I am a swear bear. I admit it. I do swear a fair amount.

Fuck no smokers

 

Rainbow horns and bees

Rainbow horns and bees

I have a thing for a lot of colour. Some of you may have noticed that. So rainbow horns is totally my thing and I can’t wait to do another one of these mixed media paintings. The more colour, the better. I think I’ll be filling my next few journal pages with rainbow horned ladies and men just because I love bold colour. And rainbow horns. And smiling people. That is my new journal adventure this month – extreme colour!

I started a new art journal for 2018 and already I’m wracking my brain trying to come up with a theme to paint that doesn’t make me feel like a Stuart Smalley affirmation. I’m not especially into themes like “dream” or “thankful.” Not that there’s anything wrong with themes like that. They’re meaningful and pretty to many people. I get it! I just have a stupid sense of humour and if someone gives me a theme like “dream” you know I’m going to paint a surreal half nightmare featuring Chuckie dancing with cute forest fairies. I should consult my own list and give one a whirl. I have a long list of art prompts and themes here on my blog if you’re ever stuck for a journal theme. Be warned though – some of the themes are utterly ridiculous, some light, some educational and some really dark. I think I might go with What’s at the end of my rainbow?” for my next spread. It’s fitting my colour love this week.

I made an art trade recently with Jennifer McLean from justaddwatersilly.com and just received her package a few days ago. WOWZA! She sent me the most brilliant cherry painting! If you’ve ever seen Jennifer’s art, then you know what a master she is with the watercolours. MASTER. I love the painting and am going to frame it and hang in my kitchen! I forgot to ask her permission to post it here but I’m sure it will appear on her blog at some point. She hasn’t received my art yet so I can’t post it. But such a fun trade!

Reading: Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive, #3) by Brandon Sanderson
Watching: Just finished La Mante, a French myster thriller on Netflix. Creepy!
Learning: I’m still working my way through LifeBook 2017. So many lessons!
Loving: My new set of Golden Fluid Acrylics! I was a heavy body girl. WAS.

I borrowed the above blog bit from Jennifer. I like seeing personal info on other blogs so I’m going to add it to mine too! It’s a bit of fun. 🙂

Happy weekend everyone! Linking to PPF and Art Journal Journey for my new adventures in ridiculous colour spread. LOL.