This, That, And The Other

 

Storm lifting, Mingus. SMD

Storm lifting, Mingus. SMD

Gray skies are gonna clear up
Put on a happy face
Brush off the clouds and cheer up
Put on a happy face
Spread sunshine all over the place
Oh put on a happy face

 

Last Light, Mingus. SMD

Last Light, Mingus. SMD

 

Both taken on the same day. Late afternoon and early evening. Loving the Arizona rain!

 

Work In Progress

 

Detail, WIP

Detail, WIP

 

Kids Art Week

Carla Sonheim hosted Kids Art Week 2017, for the young folks. She invited big kids to take part as well. It is a free class, and you can still sign up the kiddos!

Early Bird. Watercolor Pencil on paper. SMD

Early Bird. Watercolor Pencil on paper. SMD

The week started with “Blob Hunting”. Her video showed the kids running around looking for blob shapes, or cracks in cement. After drawing the shapes, the next step was to try to create creatures from them.

I found cracks in the sidewalk, that formed a triangle. The cracks became a bird with a worm.

 

 

Albrecht Dürer Bunny. oil pastels on paper. SMD

Albrecht Dürer Bunny. oil pastels on paper. SMD

Next was a fun attempt to duplicate “Young Hare” by Albrecht Dürer. This started with another blob shape, the outline of the rabbit. The entire shape was filled in with white oil pastel. We added light, and then mid tones. Next the darkest values.

The final touch was to scratch through the pastel, to create the illusion of fur. Fun!

 

 

 

Cubist Cat, marker and watercolor on paper. SMD

Cubist Cat, marker and watercolor on paper. SMD

A lesson from Picasso followed. Cubist cat. We drew an eye, then rotated the paper 90 degrees. Drew a larger eye, and rotated the paper again.

Draw and rotate. An ear. Whiskers. A tail. A paw. Nose and mouth.

The video’s were entertaining. The lessons, fun.

These were quick, late night activities for me. Led me to begin 12 x 12 piece. Larger than my usual.

Thank you Carla for the invite!

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 thoughts on “This, That, And The Other

    1. Sheila Post author

      Thanks so much Juana 🙂 So nice to here. I am always inspired by your work 🙂 So glad you enjoy the photos. Happy creating to you 🙂

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  1. laurie mueller

    Grab your coat and get your hat, leave your troubles on the doorstep, life can be so sweet, on the sunny side of the street…..
    Same era as your song I think- Thank you for that. I think I belong in that era- I love that music. Great colors in your WIP! Always a pleasure to visit your blog, Sheila!

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    1. Sheila Post author

      LOL, Thank you Laurie for adding to the music 🙂 A lot of great songs came from that time, happy songs. I love that music too 🙂
      Always a joy to hear from you 🙂

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    1. Sheila Post author

      I was inspired by a couple of wonderful paintings I have from Corinna Woodard. She makes birds from “blobs” in beautiful bright colors. They are so wonky and fun. You can visit her blog for a peek: http://cheerupandchillout.blogspot.com/search?q=birds
      she also does amazing felt work, and I am blessed to have one of her felt flowers.
      Happy creative weekend to you Val 🙂

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  2. christine brooks

    what fun. how creative. So glad you like the AZ Rains. I love how productive you are, impressive!

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    1. Sheila Post author

      LOL, well, almost. I did miss two lessons. 🙂 We are supposed to have thunderstorms this afternoon, can’t wait 🙂 Hope you get a chance to have fun creating this weekend Christine 🙂

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  3. dotty seiter

    “Storm Lifting, Mingus” has me wanting to walk directly to my studio and pick up a brush—MAGNIFICENT monochromatic magic!

    Thanks for the detail from your current WIP. You’ve got me eager to see more.

    And your Carla Sondheim inspired all-ages Kids Art? Woo hoo! Utterly delightful. What fun! The cartoony earlybird, the totally appealing scratched-in fur of the bunny, the improbabilities of the cubist cat—all so captivating. Hats off to you for your adventuring.

    Keep it all coming, Sheila!

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    1. Sheila Post author

      Do Dotty! Your interpretation of the mountains would be glorious 🙂 Carla is a delight, and I couldn’t resist a chance to learn from her. Always fun to play, right Dotty 🙂 Happy weekend my friend 🙂

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