Sketch Tuesday ~ Q

This week’s Sketch Tuesday theme was ~

Sketch Something Beginning with Q

Here is my 12-year-old’s sketch representing ~

“Q for Quest”

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She used a photo for reference and sketched with amazing detail and shading!  I was very impressed … and she was happily delighted with her sketch.

We join Barb of  Harmony Art Fine Arts.org who posts a new Sketch Tuesday sketch topic each week.  Will you join us this week?

Blessings,

Sketch Tuesday ~ Lake

This week’s Sketch Tuesday theme is

Sketch something at a lake

Here are our sketches ~

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Both of us looked at pictures for our inspiration.  Lara’s lake idea came from her Beatrix Potter books, while I looked for ‘Lady of the Lake’ ideas on Pinterest.  Our pictures were tiny … her teeny, tiny Peter Rabbit books are just a few centimeters big, while my image was small, just big enough to fill my smart phone screen.

Small images, but big ideas!

I encourage you and your kids to join Sketch Tuesday for Barb’s new weekly theme and slideshow.

It has motivated and inspired us to be more creative and to sketch often!

Blessings,

Sketch Tuesday ~ Upside Down

This week’s Sketch Tuesday theme is

Upside Down

Isn’t this ‘hanging upside down’ sketch just wonderful?

I noticed that Lara sketched the girl’s necklace hanging down toward her ear and I knew that she remembered exactly how her silver necklace felt when she last hung upside down!

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Sloths hang upside down … so I looked at sloths on Pinterest and discovered my latest, most favorite, cute animal in the world!  I never knew they were so adorable!

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I encourage you and your kids to join Sketch Tuesday for Barb’s new weekly theme and slideshow.

It is a gift to be creative!

Blessings,

Sketch Tuesday ~ Deli

This week’s Sketch Tuesday theme is ~

Deli

Here are our sketches ~

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We enjoy sketching and daily drawing!

I encourage you and your kids to join Sketch Tuesday for Barb’s new weekly theme and slideshow.

Sketching regularly awakens one’s creativity and artistic sensitivity!

Blessings,

Sketch Tuesday ~ Frozen

This week’s Sketch Tuesday theme is

Frozen

Here is my sketch ~

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My youngest daughter, who normally always submits a sketch, started her own 25-day Drawing Challenge, and was so busy sketching and painting that she completely forgot about her Sketch Tuesday contribution!  But, she is determined to contribute to this coming week’s topic.

I encourage you and your kids to join Sketch Tuesday for Barb’s new weekly theme and slideshow.

It has motivated and inspired us to be more creative and to sketch often!

Blessings,

Sketching Daily Delights

We have sketched regularly with Barb’s Sketch Tuesday for years and years and I shared of the advantages of sketching regularly.

But this year I felt led to sketch more than once a week.  

Looking in Pinterest, I found a 30 Day Doodle Challenge,  made my own little sketchbook and started!

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I made no laws or rules … simply try sketch daily and use different media and methods now and then.

My pages are small, A5, and so the sketch should take 30 minutes or so.

I had a blast!

Some days I spent an hour or more totally absorbed.

Some days I just had to do another sketch …

and another …

My creativity levels just blossomed and bloomed.

I discovered the joy of new techniques, using water-soluble color pencils and my water-brush instead of my water paints.

 Sketching daily stimulated me!

I felt alive.

Somehow, I could calmly think, pray, plan and dream as I doodled.

It relaxed me.

This was “Mother Culture” … investing time in daily nurture and creativity.

It was delightful!

I’m off to start my next 30-day sketch challenge, and my youngest daughter has just made her own sketch book to join me.  We are going to have fun!

Will you also join us?

Blessings,

Sketch Tuesday ~ Hat

This week’s Sketch Tuesday theme is

Sketch something with a hat

Here are our sketches ~

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I encourage you and your kids to join Sketch Tuesday for Barb’s new weekly theme and slideshow.

It has motivated and inspired us to be more creative and to sketch often!

Blessings,

Alisa Burke Art Inspiration

Each month I try to introduce my children to a new contemporary artist for new ideas, new techniques or approaches to art.  (Pop over to my Art Page for all my art posts.)

Although I have recently shared about Jane Davenport and her “Beautiful Faces”, this post is about an artist I discovered last year and who profoundly influenced me …

Alisa Burke is an awesome contemporary artist!  Alisa Burke

She is a prolific artist, creating art and posting her sketchbook pages, her art processes and designs, studio updates, tips, fabulous tutorials and art ideas on her blog almost daily.

Anyone who knows me personally will have noticed the impact of her art, style and fashion in my life. In fact, I literally remodeled my wardrobe according to an “Alisa Burke Look”!  Here’s a page I put together from her Fashion Friday posts ~

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Clothes4I even figured out her style “formula” = Crisp white or black + geometric patterns / polka dots / stripes +  a pop of bold, clear color = I am a serious fan!

Of course, we have done quite a lot of Alisa Burke-inspired art here at home ~

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She and her hubby and little 3-year-old often do collaborative art, which is really amazing.

 

Kate recently created these painting based on Alisa’s and her hubby’s latest collaboration ~

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And here’s Kate’s art inspired by Alisa’s beautiful portrait above ~

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Another stunning Alisa-inspired portrait done by Kate ~

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And here’s my doodle page of art inspired by Alisa Burke ~

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Expand your artistic wings and use some contemporary artist inspiration and fly!  It is wonderful to learn and experience art through someone else’s discoveries and creativity!

Blessings,

Sketch Tuesday ~ Door

This week’s Sketch Tuesday theme is ~

Sketch something with a door

Here are our sketches~

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Cosy little Hobbit doors

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Lara painted our schoolroom door which is actually our art gallery! She faithfully reproduced 10 paintings!

I encourage you and your kids to join Sketch Tuesday for Barb’s new weekly theme and slideshow.

It has motivated and inspired us to be more creative and to sketch often!

Blessings,

Beautiful Face Tutorial Inspiration

For our general weekly art lessons, I love to discover a new contemporary artist each month.

Studying their art, techniques, mediums and their personal artistic approaches inspires us to create too!

This week we looked at Jane Davenport and her “Beautiful Faces”

We watched her video tutorial and came away utterly inspired!

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Jane uses a face stencil to create an outline and then created a double-spread art journal page using a picture collage that she incorporated into her lady’s hair.  She uses her own range of art markers and paint pens.    She demonstrates and explains several techniques which include pencils, paints, overlaying pencil, face proportions, making an eye “sparkle” and her journaling experiences.  She made it seem to easy and creative!

Here are our “Beautiful Faces”

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Kate created her collage background with stuff from her stash of pressed flowers, pictures and a handwritten poem that she tore into bits. She was completely focused and motivated!

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Kate’s “Beautiful Face”

Lara started with a burnt paper and created a lady with flaming hair

Lara started her collage with a burnt paper and created a lady with flaming hair.  She really enjoyed creating all the flowing bright colors and layers in the hair.  Then she wrote out 2 poems that she felt expressed something of her painting.  A few splatters of paint and she was happy!

Lara's Beautiful Face

Lara’s “Beautiful Face”

I found a soap advert that inspired me.  I loved the purple color and the rose in her hair.  I layered old sewing pattern paper on my background.  I realized that the pattern paper spoke of my constant "measuring up" and trying too hard ... and it seemed perfectly natural to surrender to the Lord and find peace ...

I found a magazine picture that inspired me. I loved the purple color and the rose in the sleeping lady’s hair. I layered old sewing pattern paper on my background. I realized that the pattern paper spoke of my constant “measuring up” and trying too hard … and it seemed perfectly natural to surrender to the Lord and find peace …  wonderful how art speaks to our souls … I wrote in a scripture that come to mind and finished my painting with some lace.

Nad's "Beautiful Face"

Nad’s “Beautiful Face”

Despite living on an extremely remote farm, high up in the mountains, we are so grateful for our WiFi and our Internet connection to the world’s great artists and creative inspiration!

Why don’t you give this tutorial a try?

Blessings,