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Making myself “Art”–yes, it can be a verb!

After participating and flying through two art challenges that required that I produce something every single day, the moment they ended, so did my urge to create. Of course, I had my real job to rededicate myself to. However, after …

In the Flow Watercolor Reset

I took a break from painting after the two challenges I worked on (#icad2020 & #100dayproject). I thought about painting and what I want to do next. I’m still working on that list. However, I wasn’t committing to putting anything …

Doodling works on boredom, too…

Doodling works on boredom. Swear. Last night, I was bored with work, bored with TV. (Shhh, I know, but I watched the convention two days in a row already. I’ll catch the highlights on the news.) I wanted to paint …


Before I say goodbye to the #ICAD2020 challenge, here’s what I created over those 61 days. I’ll admit, the format annoyed me. I didn’t like the texture of the index cards, and no amount of texturizing ground or gesso would …

#icad2020 53/61

#icad2020 — 53/61
(Index Card a Day 2020)

I doodled on top of a “smoosh” card loaded with leftover gouache from my previous two paintings. I had the gouache in round wells and used a single paper towel, opening it …

#icad2020 48/61

#icad2020 — 48/61
(Index Card a Day 2020)

Just a water-doodle. Something quick to limber up my fingers.

#100dayproject Day 95 & #icad2020 39/61

#100dayproject — Day 95

A quick-ish watercolor. The tabletop was boring, so I added a little doodle. I think I need to finish the challenge and take a rest, because I’m burning out…

#icad2020 — 39/61
(Index Card a Day

#100dayproject Day 87 & #icad2020 31/61

#100dayproject — Day 87

A water-doodle. I have too much “empty space” (for me) above the flowers, but I’ll take some time and think about what I want there later.

#icad2020 — 31/61
(Index Card a Day 2020)

This is …

#100dayproject Day 86 & #icad2020 30/61

#100dayproject — Day 86

I was actually trying to do a simple landscape, but the colors moved more than I wanted (I know, too much water) and the plants I panted at the bottom looked like something out of a …

#100dayproject Day 85 & #icad2020 29/61

#100dayproject — Day 85

Back to water-doodles! I love them, even when they turn out kind of wonky. They are truly great for meditation. No thoughts. No stress. Just clearing the old gray matter of any problems from the day.…

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