A wonderful friend has visited once a month for many years, and always brings me a cappuccino. His beverage of choice is a Strong Long Black. Earlier this year he got a pet Staffy puppy called Scout and excitedly brought Scout to visit. Scout promptly peed on my couch, but other than that he was adorable! Scout's grown up a lot now, but I wanted to draw him from my photo of him in his youth. In my pic he's wearing a beret because my friend wore a beret to his formal!
I was recently browsing Pinterest and found a number of gorgeous line drawings by several artists, of women, of which I especially loved their hair. So I looked up a favourite hairstyle I used to love when I had longer hair, and drew it using that style. Beauty!
This is the second 'Thank You' card I finished on the 27th April. I love simplified birdies and used rainbow colours to bring them alive. Note the green one is resting and doing its own thing, backwards to all the other brightly alert birdies. No prizes for guessing which birdie I identify with!
I include the green resting birdie, who is cared for by all the other birds who let her join in, and note the rainbow wouldn't be complete without her. It's a thank you card for all who look after me and let me join in, and for all those other green birdies out there, you are an important part of the rainbow!
A friend asked me to draw an owl that looks grumpy to make a card for a friend with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). They joke around and call it 'Irritable Owl Syndrome' and she wanted me to make a card from it. I came up with this :)
You can buy prints, and products with this image and other artworks on them at my Redbubble site here.
I love the colours of a toucan! This image brings me much joy. You can buy prints and products from this and many other artworks on Redbubble here
Update: a friend asked how I made 'Tropical Toucan'. Here's a guide:
1) First I drew the outline in pencil, then traced it with white oil pastel, using a light box to make it easier. The light box also gave enough light to be able to see where the white oil pastel was on the white paper.
2) Then using bright watercolours, (I use the watercolour blocks, you can use tubes too) I filled in the colour. I used watercolour brush pens - I find them easier to control and use than ordinary brushes.
I find watercolour is a great medium as you don't have to press hard like pencils. And you are forced to 'pace' - I would sit up long enough to do one colour at a time, then lie down between colours, as if you do two colours at a time that are next to each other, they tend to run. So it takes some time and patience, but is less strenuous than sitting up and doing too much all at once.
In April I woke from a dream and scribbled this design in a pad of paper by my bed. I recently discovered it and thought it was cool! So I drew a good copy using pitt pens. I love the connection between black and white, night and day, sleepy and awake/healthy and tired. I like how the bottom, white, 'healthy' birdie seems to happily carry the snoozing black birdie. They help each other out and go together well. Yin and yang. I really like this one.