Wednesday, February 11, 2015

more collaborative art

Here is M's watercolor with a little of mom's hand in there as well….

…and after the ink was added.  Started this one at lunch and finished last night.  I do have to say these are lots of fun.

Went to lunch the other day with an artist friend and showed her the first collaborative piece and we both saw a space creature in this one right away….

….and sure enough there he was!

5" x 7" Robert Bateman sketchbook
Watercolor and Pen

Monday, February 9, 2015

a little collaboration art……

One night while out to dinner with the family I dug out my sketchbook, small watercolor palette and a Niji watercolor brush and handed them to my 2 1/2 yr. old grandson.  He loved it and did a few pages.  A few weeks later as I was looking at them I decided to get out my pen and play around with his colors….and this is where it went!  Not sure what it is exactly but don't care.  I didn't think to do a before picture but I for have the next pages so I can show you the before and after of our little collaborations.

Robert Bateman 5" x 7" sketchbook
Watercolor and Pen

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Colorful Circuits

A little more play with some abstracts.  I just put my pen to paper and came up with some connected shapes and lines.  It looks like some type of whimsical circuit board to me.  Don't all circuit boards have a few flowers in them?

This one is approx. 6" x 8"
Micron pen and watercolor

As I drew each line I went back over it quickly to make a double line and then I added watercolor.  Where there was a space between the two lines I add a little accent color to give the pieces some dimension.

These two are a little smaller approx. 4" x 5"

Okay, these just make me happy!

Monday, January 12, 2015

More Playing Around

Amoeba? Jellyfish?

It is so funny sometimes when a zentangle becomes something else.  It is kind of like looking at clouds and finding something.  I really like the movement of this one.

5" x 5" Handbook

This one started out as a Sharla exercise at our monthly ZenFriends meeting.  I like the cross hatched background which came about because I was too lazy to fill it in solid black.  Being lazy can be a good thing!

5" x 5" Handbook

I played a little more with the colorful ropes using the Zentangle "hollibaugh" as the pattern for this one.  Playing with these has a very zen quality very similar to the calming "zen" of Zentangles.

5" x 7" in my sketchbook

Monday, January 5, 2015

A Little Abstract Fun

One day while I was visiting one of my favorite blogs, Kathleen Pequignot, I came across a great set of step photos on this idea.  I loved the patterns, colors and depth and thought it would be a great lesson for Sruthi and myself.

This one belongs to Sruthi…….

and this one is mine.

We had a great time chatting and getting lost in the process of coloring and shading, keeping the center light to help boost the dimension.
These are somewhere in the 6" to 7" range done in our sketchbooks with pen and color pencils.

Check out  Kathleen Pequignot, you can link to her site from my blog friends list.  She is a wonderful artist and I love her sense of whimsey.  Her daughter is a wonderful musician as well.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Get Your Zen On

Are you are looking for a little Zen after the holidays? Join me in San Clemente for a one day workshop on Zentangles.   This is a beginning class and no art experience is needed.  A beginning Starter Kit is included so all you need is your sense of fun and adventure.

San Clemente Art Supply
1531 N. El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Art Day with Sruthi

Today my neighbor girl, Sruthi and I played at being loose with our artwork.  First we drew some flowers with Generals water soluable pencils. Then we painted the background working around the outsides of the flowers.  I went back in with my micron 05 pen and Sruthie just added a few accents with her pen.

Next we played with some abstracts.  I used the Micron 05 permanent pen and Sruthie used a gel pen that moved a little when she added the watercolors.  As you can see as I drew my abstract, she was coping mine but making it her own.  Funny, she was across the table from me so her is reversed from mine.  I think I like hers better, I so struggle with abstracts.
These were done in our 3" x 5" Strathmore Bristol books.  I think they are both way cool.
Great afternoon and Great work Sruthi!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Happy Holidays!!

Happy Holidays to you all!
I hope you enjoy all the festivities with your families and friends.  Don't forget to have a cup of cheer for me…or some cookies….or some cake….oh and more of those great potatoes!

This a 5" x 7" card I made for our annual handmade card exchanged.  I found the image of the stocking and broke up the space into "windows" and then had some fun.  I decided to leave the bow without tangles and colored it red with a belly roll pen and then outlined the card with little red dots. It was chosen by Ede.

Wishing you all the best for the New Year!