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Art Room Playtime

I haven’t had a lot of time to spend with my paints and pastels. I have classes already paid for and lined up to begin, but I have writing to do that has to be my first priority.

So, what …

Just so you know I’m still here…

I broke a finger a couple of weeks ago, so it’s been challenging doing everything. Of course, my writing’s taken the biggest hit. Art I can manage, but I’m not feeling very motivated. An online class starts in a few …


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 58/61

#icad2020 — 58/61
(Index Card a Day 2020)

I watercolored the background then layered on soft pastels. It’s kind of boring, but I do miss the beach on a stormy day.

#icad2020 57/61, plus…

#icad2020 — 57/61
(Index Card a Day 2020)

Okay, so maybe I’m not the best at drawing animals…. This was taken from a photo of our goat Phil inside the goat pen. It’s done in pastels, which are hard to …

#icad2020 56/61

#icad2020 — 56/61
(Index Card a Day 2020)

This was fun! I used a paper towel to smoosh leftover black paint all over a card. I thought they looked like black roses. But I love color, so I then cut …

#icad2020 55/61

#icad2020 — 55/61
(Index Card a Day 2020)

I love this. I watercolored the top with swipes of Prussian blue, the bottom with green-gold. When it was dry, I brought out my NuPastels and rubbed the tiniest dots I could …

#icad2020 50/61

#icad2020 — 50/61
(Index Card a Day 2020)

I’m happy with this soft pastel pic. I used an eyeshadow applicator to smudge bits of the flowers, and it made them look almost translucent. Nice.

#icad2020 49/61

#icad2020 — 49/61
(Index Card a Day 2020)

Back to soft pastels! I love them so much, even though they’re messy and hard to protect once you’re finished! But they make me feel free! And, for me, it’s easy to …

#100dayproject Day 100

#100dayproject — Day 100

I took a break today from the #icad2020 challenge because the #100dayproject ends today. I’m sad about that because I’ve learned so much during this challenge. I’ve tried new things and produced something every darn day

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