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Pinecone Drawing

Colored pencil drawing

Color pencils used

Prismacolor premier

Faber-castell polychromos colored pencils

Paper

Strathmore colored pencil 400series

“The Pinecone”

Happy Day

Caroline

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Color Pencil Drawing

Today was a relaxing day, I did not have to go into the office to work. I spent the morning drawing a few sketches. I might make these into larger drawings.

I have been interested to draw lately. There are some changes happening in my life and drawing is peaceful and helps me to slow down.

Tools Used:

  • Faber-Castell color pencils
  • Strathmore colored pencil paper
  • Gamsol mineral spirits
  • Paint brushes

Solvent

Gamsol-mineral spirits for color pencils

Color Pencil Drawings

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Happy Day

Caroline

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A Rooster Drawing

Today was extremely hot. I started my day off drawing and working. I have been working from home lately. In a few weeks I will no longer be going into the office and I will be starting a new job working from home. This is a really good decision as I’m noticing my artwork has been improving and I am enjoying it.

After I had breakfast I had to get measurements for compression socks. I am having swelling in my legs and have gone to a specialist. In 2 weeks I have testing scheduled to determine what could be going on with my legs. So in the meantime I have to wear compression socks and keep my legs elevated as much as possible.

But today it wasn’t elevating my legs it was keeping my head down and my eyes closed because I had a migraine all day. I was able to make my dinner but I took a nap afterwards. It has stormed but my head still is throbbing so it’s another few hours of resting. I tried drawing throughout the day but did not get as much done as I hoped.

My Dinner

My dinner was gluten free dairy free macaroni salad and a tomato and cucumber and radish salad with lemon dressing. I cooked chicken thighs in a crock pot to go along with a salads.

Rooster Drawing in Progress

The Finished Betta Fish Drawing

I’ll post an update soon.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Gladiolus Flower Drawing

Today I wanted to draw. I had a few minutes to sit down in my studio.

Inspiration Flower

Gladiolus

  • Comes from Latin word gladius
  • Gladius means sword
  • Associated with gladiators
  • Flower resembles a sword
  • Symbolizes strength, infatuation and passion
  • Used as a symbol of protection during the gladiator era

I really enjoyed this coloring illustration.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Thirty minutes of Art Journaling

Art journaling is a great way to let your create thoughts flow out into a page using art materials. During this pandemic an art journal can help to express your feelings, uncertainties and hope. Art skill and talent is not needed, simple supplies and trusting the process is all you need.

Supplies needed:

  • Art journal
  • Watercolor paints
  • Various sizes of brushes
  • Color pencils
  • Acrylic markers-optional

Start by brushing watercolors onto the paper. Any shape and line. Put a variety of colors and shaped into this first step.

Let it dry. Then take color pencils and start coloring in areas to give it a “pop.” Add acrylic markers to it for extra detail and depth. Layer the details. Just let yourself flow with it and not expect a specific painting at the end. Just have fun.

Happy journalling

Caroline

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Monday’s Art

I’m in my studio today. It’s a beautiful Autumn day, the tree outside of my art studio is glowing with golden leaves.

I started painting a lady bug to warm up my creativity, my arm and just to wake up to some color.

Lunch came so I walked my dog, are and talked to a neighbor then returned to the studio.

Originally watercolor was going to be my choice of medium, but color pencils prevailed.

This drawing took me an hour. My arm is tired but it felt great to color shapes. Most of my work is similar to this. Shapes and using lines in my art is part of my brand.

I’m satisfied with this drawing.

Caroline

art · art therapy

Mindful Drawing

A mindful drawing is a drawing that starts with a scribble shape and layers of shapes are added to it, until, you as the artist decide that the drawing is completed. Then you will take color pencils, pens or markers and color in the shapes as it pleases you. This is a drawing that has no right or wrong.

The purpose of mindful drawing:

  • keeps focus on present moment
  • helps to slow down
  • decreases anxiety

Steps to take before you start a mindful drawing

  • set an intention-is it to relax, want to decrease self-criticism, let go of judgment and resistance
  • meditate
  • listen to calming music to help relax
  • Follow your intuition

The supplies:

  • paper-I use paper from a 11″x14″ multi-media paper sketch book
  • color pencils
  • color pens
  • markers-thin and thick

First I start with a black pen and start making marks on paper, circles, lines, different shapes.

Then I start coloring in the shapes. You can pre-determine the colors, or you can chose colors based on what you want at the moment.

Below is the completed drawing. I moved it around and like all sides.

Give it a try.