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June 28, 2012

playing with pencils...

I have mainly been doing only pencil and ink art lately as I have not had access or a place for my paints and other stuff.

I started off using a regular pencil...you know, the #2 lead pencils to start my drawings. They work okay but as all of us find out, there is always something better.
So I traded in my #2 and got this pretty Primsacolor Turquoise 2262 (375) HB. I have no idea what any of that means but it was a step up and I really liked the color of the pencil :)

Then there was the problem with going over my pencil drawings with ink. I had to erase my pencil lines and was having a hard time erasing the lines with my #2 pencil eraser. Back to the local news stand/art supply.store. I purchased one of those square beige-y colored erasers and that worked a little better but not much.

I was then told that I need a different pencil. Something about the lead. Now I really should have taken notes if I planned on sharing this info but I was just too excited to find something that was going to make drawing "better". The saleslady failed to mention it would not IMPROVE my drawing however.
So here is my new pencil that I love!

This pencil is a 19 Derwent Graphic 6B, and again I have no idea what that means however I like and it doesn't seem to leave scratches in the paper once its erased.

I was also told to start using this gummy grey eraser. It was a skinny rectangle shaped eraser that felt a little soft in the package. I gave it a try and soon found that not only did it erase great, it morphed into what reminded me of Silly Putty.

As for the colored pencils I have been using for coloring in the drawings after outlining them in ink, I originally started with Crayola colored pencils...I can hear you laughing probably as hard as I was when I bought them at WalMart. I soon got some Prismacolor wood colored pencils to add to my collection. 

Then I found wood-less colored pencils and fell in love. 

No more sharpening with the lead breaking and shading is amazing.

I will post the drawing above in a couple days once I have completed her.

PLEASE leave any tips, tricks, advice, critiquing or anything else you know about pencils.
I would love to hear your experiences.

Now something really exciting I want to share!
I entered several of my paintings and drawings into our local El Dorado Art Council exhibit.
The judging was done earlier this week and I found out that TWO of my paintings made it in!
I am so excited, not just because my artwork was chosen...I gathered up my courage at one of the lowest points in my life and entered!
I am going to the ArtSpace today to take pictures and will post them tomorrow.

I also will be out visiting all my blogger friends very soon! I can't wait to see what everyone is up to. Its amazing how much can happen in just a few short months.

Have a wonderful day! 

June 18, 2012

it's monday...

Purple Fairy in ink and colored pencil

Happy Monday!
I am so excited about today because it's a brand new week!
That may sound a little silly however each day brings new opportunities and new life!

Today I am grateful for this day...hope you are too!

June 15, 2012

Orange Flowered Girl done in ink & colored pencil
I am reading this awesome book called
"A New Kind of Normal" by Carol Kent. 
The first chapter started with a quote
by Charles Colson that resonated within me:

"Life isn't like a book.
Life isn't logical or sensible or orderly.
Life is a mess most of the time.
And theology must be lived
in the midst of that mess."

Hope you have a Fabulous Friday!

June 13, 2012

one of those surprise messages...

I woke up this morning wondering what I was going to post about.
I had two drawings I did yesterday.
I updated my resume (again).
And I have realized GRATITUDE for what I DO HAVE is one of the best ways to start every day.
Then I opened my email to find one of my friends sent me a forward on lessons for living life.
I knew it was no coincidence. I needed to read this!
I decided to share this great message written by Regina Brett in 2006 for anyone else who might need to read these great words of wisdom:

Originally published in The Plain Dealer on Sunday, May 28, 2006

To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.
It is the most-requested column I've ever written. My odometer rolls over to 50 this week, so here's an update:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?"
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
36. Growing old beats the alternative - dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
42. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
45. The best is yet to come.
46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
48. If you don't ask, you don't get.
49. Yield.
50. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.
To reach this Plain Dealer columnist:
rbrett@plaind.com, 216-999-6328

Here are a couple drawings I did yesterday:

This is charcoal and colored pencil only.

Here is ink and colored pencil.

I think I like the mix of ink and pencil. It gives a more dramatic look.
I am such a new beginner when it comes to art and especially drawing.
I would really appreciate any feedback.

By the way, I have no idea why I am drawing basically the same thing over and over. It started with flowers, then flowers and dragonflies and now women or faries with dragonflies or dragonflies and flowers.

Has anyone else just drawn the same thing over and over and not understood why?

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!!!

June 11, 2012

road to rebuilding my life...

Although I would have never imagined my life to look like this by the time I was 50 years old, I have to face the reality that this is where I am at.
I have no idea how to climb out of this hole.
I am grateful to my wonderful friend Cindy who has opened her heart, her home and her couch to me.
I am grateful to have my boys nearby.
I know that I will find a job that will accomidate my health issues.
I know that I will find an affordable place to rent.
I know that this will all take time.
But the reality of it all is that I am SCARED!
All the "what-ifs" and the ugly negative tapes playing in my head outweigh trying to be positive.
Its so much easier to see the way out or the positive side when helping others.
I'm really having a hard time doing that for myself.

So for part of my "rebuilding my life" is to keep doing art.
Although I do not have a place to paint or do any mixed media, I can do ink and pen drawings and that is what I will do, everyday, to stay connected to what brings me happiness and peace.

Have a wonderful Monday and find something to be grateful for!