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Peony Flower Drawing

I used Crayola color pencils.

Is this finished? I don’t think so. I have more ideas. There’s a lot of blank space on this paper.

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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30 Drawings of Mandalas

Drawing Challenge

This challenge is to doodle 30 mandalas. Why, you ask? Just for fun, and to get myself focused on art and creativity again.

I am working out of a hardback sketch book, 8″ x 11″ using a black pen and crayons, color pencils or gel pens. This is something I can do before I go to sleep. Resting my legs under my weighted blanket after a long day. With my work schedule, taking care of my pets and resting my body, I won’t be able to finish these in 30 days. The outcome will be having 30 doodle mandalas.

I started drawing this evening. Here is my rheumatoid arthritis hand. Swollen, puffy and joints are in pain from all the drawing.

The completed drawing will be posted later…

Happy Day

Caroline

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Bookmark Art

As I sit under many blankets plus the weighted blanket, coloring is calling me.

I grabbed some of my bookmarks and gel pens and headed to relax my legs.

It’s another night of my legs feeling swollen and achy. That’s what happens with rheumatoid arthritis and edema.

I must confess, I have been eating too much sugar and not enough fruits. Tomorrow back to my strict eating. (Gluten free dairy free and soy free, eliminate sugar.) And I need to buy melon as it helps to release fluid in my body.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Flower #5 flower doodle

Thank goodness it is Friday. Even though I work for a few hours tomorrow. I’m glad to have most of the day off. I really needed the break from the past few days.

It is raining with a nice breeze. I smell food from outside. It kinda smells like fried potatoes.

I spent the day watching movies and tv shows. And cross stitching. It’s been too long since I picked up my needle for stitching Derby.

Here is where I am at now…

What’s next?

At least one less column! I had to return to the fabric store to get more DMC colors. And I bought a new color of yarn…I want to knit an oversized wrap to use at my office. It gets cold in my office.

That will be another post in the future.

I did yoga and finished my doodle flower drawing. It done on a 9″x 6″ paper.

I will be concentrating on finishing my next painting.

And the rest of the month will be starting and completing a large flower painting. You will have to stay turned to more posts to see it. Sneak peak is coming soon.

(maybe I’ll add in some small flower paintings)

Etsy shop is open: 4pawsartstudio

Happy day

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

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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.

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Art Therapy Journal

I have been an art therapist for over 10 years. I work with all ages and types of diagnosis.

ART THERAPY

Art Therapy explores feelings through the creative process of making art. When making art it reduces stress and anxiety.

Benefits of Art Therapy:

  • Improve social skills
  • Process past trauma
  • Reduces stress
  • Improve self-awareness
  • Express emotions and thoughts
  • Recognizing own strengths and weaknesses
  • Increase creative skills
  • Learn coping mechanisms
  • Experience feels of empowerment

(This is only information, not in replacement of seeking therapy from a professional in your area)

ART JOURNAL

Most clients love the concept of an art journal. An art journal ling can take place of client’s writing. Some don’t like to write, words don’t come easy to them and others rather express their thoughts and emotions using other mediums.

The supplies needed are:

  • paint brushes
  • paint-acrylic or tempera/watercolor
  • crayons
  • colored pencils
  • oil pastels
  • soft pastels
  • art sketch book for a journal-8″x11″

Directive

  1. Choose the supplies you want to work with for the art journal entry.
  2. Close your eye, or look at a spot on the floor, take a few deep breaths.
  3. Relax your body and focus on your breathing.
  4. Think of a word that describes your day or your feeling.
  5. Once you have an idea of how to express your day or feelings using the creative process, open your eyes and begin creating.
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from my own art journal
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from my own art journal

 

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Valley of Houses

Let’s be inspired, do not steal art. Let’s be creative together.

This is drawn with color pencils. Prismacolor and Crayola color pencils.

I might color more on the grass and sky. But for now I’m going to rest and look at it again later.

Caroline