Autumn Pretties

Yep, I’m feeling better than I was during my last post.

And then I had only three days of school this week and now its already the weekend again.  Say what?! Pretty awesome. I feel like I don’t even deserve the weekend, but I’m not complaining.

So last week I started a new drawing with this..

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Then I played around with it on Pixelmator and created this.

I am a fan of asymmetry, so I prefer the original drawing, but I’m happy with both of them. And both are available at my shop. For instance…

And since then, I’ve been adding to the original flower.  Here is the work in progress ..

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I also wanted to share a pumpkin. Because there are a lot of pumpkins going on in my life right now…
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And speaking of pumpkins. Here are my 1st graders’ finished pumpkins (I showed an in-process photo a bit ago). They are so adorable! (Click on the image to make it bigger.)
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They are hanging up next to some kindergarten fall trees. The fall trees have finger-painted leaves.  Lots of teachers have told me how much they love the pumpkins. You know, that really means a lot to an art teacher–complimenting students’ artwork.  So, if you have the thought, you should tell them (and of course that goes with any compliment–if you think it, you should say it).

My 6th graders are also working on some beautiful Southwest Landscapes in chalk pastel. Once I upload some photos I will have to share.

So much wonderful eye candy in this post.   Here is one more, by an illustrator I like named Tegan White.  It’s called “The Last Acorn of Autumn.”

Cheers.

Mind Blown

Finished my second “Collaboration” piece. It started as a drawing by a toddler friend of mine…
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And then I finished it off.
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After scanning and editing the original drawing on Pixelmator (really just enhancing the colors and removing a food smudge), I started playing around with some of the other effects. Like inverting the colors.
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And like taking this drawing
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And turing it into this.
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Mind blown.

And that was just me messing around for like 5 minutes.

I’ve often wondered how some of the people I follow on Society 6 can post so much art, so often. I think I know now.

Collaboration

A few months ago, some of our good friends visited. They have two precious babes, and one of them–who is about 2 1/2 I think– occupied himself by drawing for a few minutes. At the time, I had just gotten into Zentangle, and so I saved the drawings, thinking they would be great starting points for a zentangle piece. First I worked on this one.
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Which I recently completed.
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I call it “Collaboration.” And I’ve started working on the second one.

Meanwhile, my students and I are getting excited about fall. 1st graders are drawing and painting pumpkins, mixing red and yellow to make orange.
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Next week they are going to cut out the pumpkins and leaves and glue them to a black paper and draw stars. Night time pumpkins. Got the idea from Deep Space Sparkle.

4th graders are making some beautiful moonlit pumpkins, learning about making tints and shades (making a color lighter or darker depending on the light). I forgot to take pictures, but can share some next week. Kinders are making fall trees and finger-painting the leaves. Again, forgot to take pictures.

I feel like I share more 1st grade projects than anything else. I guess I really like 1st grade.

And I like my job.

I'm thinking/hoping that by "live" she meant "leave"...

I’m thinking/hoping that by “live” she meant “leave”…

Cute

First, here is the cutest frog ever. Perhaps you have already seen this, but if you haven’t, now’s your chance…

It’s the Desert Rain Frog, found in South Africa. Akon got really excited when we were watching this video. He likes all things squeaky.

He also likes to cuddle with our feet.

He also likes to cuddle with our feet.

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I was commissioned by my cousin to make a drawing for her sweet son’s pirate-themed bedroom.  Here is the finished piece.

I’m pleased with out it turned out. When people ask me to draw things for them, it gets me out of what I would normally draw and stretches me. She will get the original, but it’s available in my store if you like it too.

Lots of fun things to look at.

I drew another “zendala” doodle..
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And I stold a “Lamppost” framed print. Thanks whoever you are!

(AND there is free shipping, worldwide, at my shop through tomorrow, just saying. You have to click this link though to access it.)

My first graders talked about how the primary colors are SUPER because they make all the other colors on the rainbow, so we made primary colored SUPER HEROES.
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And I’m working on a pirate ship..
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Using micron pens and watercolor pencils.  Watercolor pencils are so fun!  They are like magic. Art magic

This is what happens when I don’t blog in awhile. I have to hit you with a lot of little things at once.


I found the above on Society 6, by artist Bianca Green. I also like this one.

No Worries

It about time for a now post! (I meant to say new post, but I think “a now post” might work for me too)

I got this fun book recently with lots of great ideas.

And then drew this.

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(And of course it is available at my shop).

I’m working on another one also, but things are moving much more slowly now that school has started. It is going great so far by the way.
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It’s so great to be in my 2nd year and not my 1st anymore! There are still good days and bad days–but I am sleeping much better than I did this time last year!

New Things

I have three new prints available in my shop. Two are drawings done while traveling around/from the U.K.

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The third was drawn before we left. It is inspired by that music video I posted a few posts back by Paper Bird. I’ll repost the video below, in case you missed it or just want to watch it again.

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Ever since I opened my shop I’ve been forced to learn more about how to capture high resolution, good-looking images of my drawings. That’s been good for me. When I used to post pictures of my drawings they would look more like this.
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Now they look more like this.

And a special thank you to my first customers! You know who you are. Thank you for always being so encouraging!

Also, if you ever see something in the shop that you would like to be made available as something else (a tshirt, pillow, notecard, etc) just let me know and I can make it happen.

Traveling

People watching is at its best at airports, especially at Heathrow in London. Not just people watching, but also people listening. Some many different accents and languages all around.

Ryan and I are here, waiting for a flight to Glasgow. We just got off of an overnight flight from Dallas.

I actually was able to sleep some, which is a big deal for me. Hopefully that means I won’t be too jet lagged.

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I doodled some on the plane. Not finished.

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Watched movies and was in and out of sleep. I feel gross and smelly, but excited.