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Happy 2.023 !

Hi folks!

I wish you a New Year plenty of fine beholdings and inspiration.

Thanks a million for your kind visits.

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Bitterns And Stripes

📏 📐SO TRUE, SUGARS! FORMAT IS ALSO PART OF THE ORIGINALITY OF A BEAUTIFUL WORK.

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Bittern 1

I think I’m falling for those crazy bitterns. I couldn’t take my eyes of them at a recent drawing day at Swansea Museum, they’re awesome…..

Bittern 2

I used my Issabey brushes and my home-made walnut ink into a Khadi sketchbook, using the double spread. I focussed on the shape of the group, doing a sort of negative silhouette and using those thick stripes to enhance the composition.

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foxy

🦊 HI HONEYS! THE SKETCHES MADE WITH A BALLPOINT PEN (AS GIACOMETTI LIKED THEM), ALLOW A QUICK AND FRESH EXPRESSION AS IN THIS GREAT WORK OF A FOX. TRY THIS TECHNIQUE!

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drawing of a fox figurine by Aletha Kuschan, blue ball point pen
drawing of a fox figurine, blue ball point pen, notebook 6.25 x 5 inch pages

The fox isn’t visible in the meadow painting that’s currently in the studio, but foxes are residents of meadows. A fox passed through the real meadow from time to time, so it’s nice to give the fox a thought. The figurine fox looks very different from a real one. He is an idea of fox — another artist’s idea. Anonymous artistry is everywhere.

The figurine fox has visual qualities, peculiar to its design. The artist formed it in planes with strong edges. They mimic the basic forms, but the fall of light is very different, creating edges where none would be on the animal. And these edges introduce abstract lines. The lines are fun to draw, as are the shadows they produce.

Figurine fox steps out of the woodland, ready to enter the dense meadow…

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Cat bell

😽 SINCE WE HAD A LOVING CAT AT HOME THAT ALREADY DIED, I LOVE EVERYTHING RELATED TO THIS BEAUTIFUL ANIMAL.

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Wooden cat ‘bell’ one of the weird things I’ve collected over the years…

I seem to collect cat ornaments and friends give them me as presents, so much so that they clutter up everywhere. I’ve got cheap cats and cheerful ones, a few expensive ones… What other collections? Books and paintings and indoor plants. It’s amazing what you can fit on hotizontal surfaces in a tiny terraced house!

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Life is like a landscape…..

👁️‍🗨️ HI LOVELIES! TODAY WE ARE LUCKY, BEHOLDING THE ART BY JANET. SHE IS LETTING SOME TEACHING TO US, THROUGH “SEEING OUR WORLD IN A MUCH BROADER SENSE”.

My Life as an Artist (2)

Life is like a landscape.   You live in the midst of it but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance.     Charles Lindbergh.

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The creative process is all about experimenting, letting go of the logical information that our brains have processed during our lifetimes, and embracing the concept of seeing our world in a much broader sense.          The Apple Exercise – Janet Weight Reed

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Or like a jigsaw puzzle – where all the pieces are interconnected.

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Observing details from the natural world, helps us to understand the bigger picture. 

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Have a Magical Hummingbird day.

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A Bientôt

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habibi

🌿 SO TRUE SISTERS. BEAUTY IS ALSO IN THE JUNGLE.

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watercolor 7/2021

We are Earth people on

a spiritual journey to

the stars. Our quest,

our Earth walk, is to

look within, to know

who we are, to see

that we are connected

to all things, that

there is no separation,

only in the mind.

……..Lakota seer

I have been fascinated by the Cheeta ever since I saw the film “Ashes in the Snow.” I periodically rewatch this film on YouTube because its beauty is mesmerizing. It takes you to another dimension…..the place that you are always seeking. A place of no separation. Gregory Colbert is the artist. Animals and humans interact in his art piece. No separation. If you are interested, urls are below….They seem to work????

https://gregorycolbert.com

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Flamboyant Fish

🐠 🌆 PERHAPS THIS WONDERFUL FISH IS REFLECTING THE COLOURS AND LIGHTS, THAT OUR EYES ARE GAZING THESE DAYS.

My Kawaii Quarter

Now resuming some on-line classes!  Today, sharing an abstract but whimsical painting I created whilst following Tracy Verdugo’s “Animal Antics”.  This is the second half of a warm-up phase in which we practice drawing animals and developing our creative minds.  And now, something really fishy is going on here!

The Start

Also an idea of Tracy’s, I decided to recycle a page from my sketchbook on which I had been, over time, wiping excess ink or paint or using as a mixing palette when working on another painting.  Great use of leftover art supplies, and nothing goes to waste!  Then as you can see, I sketched my fish on top.  Initially I was not sure what animal would suit my liking for this session.  Then I saw what appeared to by an incidental green eye amongst the chaos of colors.  Should I go for a bird?  I finally settled for…

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The Santa dog

🤶 ❤️ HI GALS! FEARGAL AND TIFFANY WERE THINKING ABOUT THESE SPECIAL DAYS, MAINLY LOVING YOU. THANKS AND CONGRATS TO THE AUTHOR.

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The Santa dog

Meet Feargal the Santa Dog. He will be helping Santa this year to bring some Christmas cheer. Woof.

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Lo que querría decirte

🌊🛶 HI HONEYS! I LOVE SO MUCH THIS ‘MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE’ AND THIS GENUINE SKETCH. GRACIAS, ISOLDA. GRACIAS, ERIKA.

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Erika Kuhn Erika Kuhn

Aun me duele el corte que me hice
cuando aventuré mis palabras
a tu pecho
y no me importa el dolor
ni me importa la sangre
me importa el espasmo que sentí
al contraer los músculos de la boca.

Helada mi saliva
trazó surcos en las encías
desprendió palabras rotas.

Y no habrá lengua
que pueda cerrar los surcos
ni aguja que pueda prender
las palabras
se quedarán todas perdidas.

Quizá alguien
en algún sitio
encuentre palabras sueltas
y las plante a la orilla del mar.

Quizá se metan en una botella
y lleguen de nuevo
al lugar donde yo quise dejarlas.

Isolda Leve

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Alice on Alice

💤💤💤 WELL SISTERS, THIS IS A VERY GREAT WORK. HERE INSPIRATION WAS PLACING SOME PENCIL STROKES, JUST IN THE PERFECT PLACE. CONGRATS TO ALICE, THE ARTIST!

Shari Blaukopf's Sketchbook

It’s been a busy week, with no time to draw at all. Lots of family stuff (it’s that time of year) plus a quick trip to New York City to see the Edward Hopper show at the Whitney Museum. (I will write more about the show in my upcoming newsletter — the December issue of The Wheelbarrow.) After a week like this, I realize how much I miss drawing when I haven’t done it for a few days. I went to New York with a sketchbook in my bag, and plenty of good intentions, but the weather was cold and rainy and not at all conducive to sketching. So this morning, after our walk, I sketched Alice in my studio, with the simplest of tools — just a pencil and my Hahnemuhle 100% cotton sketchbook. It took several changes of position for Alice to settle down, but that gave…

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