Monday, May 26, 2014

May 25-26 More Nature Drawings

A flower from the top of Queen Anne's Lace was fascinating to draw, although I often wished I had made a stamp for the little heart shaped petals. Got to be pretty tiresome. The bloom was much more complicated than I could replicate.
Tulips abstracted. I used a combination of pencils and marker in this example. Loved the movement in the curving lines of the leaves and blooms.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

May 11-24: Playing Catch Up with Doodle Day Drawings

The drawing prompts this month 
from my facebook group,
Doodle Day are all nature based. 
Playing catch up with this post, had internet issues.
Here were these prompts and what I drew:
May 11 Cave
May 12 Dogwood
May 13 Cliff
May 14 Rocks
May 15 Forest
May 16th Desert
May 17th Daisy
May 18th (I chose a girl) Iris
May 19th Eucalyptus trees
May 20th Apple tree
May  21st Weeping willow
May 22nd Peach tree
May 23rd Rosemary
and May 24th Lemon, whew. 
I was pretty intimidated by some of the posts. 
I think a few of my colored pencil drawings 
might have been more effective in paint. 
I surprised myself with others, 
Who knew drawing a rock pile 
could be such fun?
Guess it doesn't matter what you draw,
as long as you keep at it. 
  AND keep challenging yourself!

Friday, May 9, 2014

May 10: Nature Month: Jack in the Pulpit

Jack in the Pulpit: colored pencil on textured paper

 I love these colors.  I was so excited about the shape and pattern of this plant I decided to create a radial design instead of just drawing one flower.

Nature Month: May 6,7,8 and 9

Beard Nest: black and white pencil on gray
 The prompts for these four drawings were: nest, oak tree, bird of paradise and elm tree.

The nest in the beard was done with black and white pencil on gray paper, inpsired by the book, The Bird in Santa's Beard.

 Live oak drawn with white pencil on black paper.

Bird of Paradise: colored pencil/gray paper
Camperdown Elm: brown pencil/tan paper

It's hard to capture the true colors of a Bird of Paradise. Their colors actually seem to glow.

The Camperdown Elm is an actual tree that grows in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. I kept thinking of Steven Speilburg's characters when I was drawing all the variations in the trunk.

Cinco De Mayo: May 5th

Happy Cinco De Mayo!
Fiesta Chihuahua dances to celebrate.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Nature Month: May 2-4: Lily, Birch Trees, Rose

Nature isn't second nature to me HOWEVER,
every mountain climbed yields a new reward in the learning process. So I carry on, pencils in hand. It may prove to be a long month unless I figure out a way to add more humor to my work. This is very ho-hum for me.