Tagged! Six Random Things

2.5" x 3.5" pen and markers
2.5" x 3.5" pen and markers

I was tagged by Mary at Artsy Musings and so to get back into the swing of things around here I thought I’d share six random things about myself:

  1. I hate to exercise, but I’ve found that I like using a hula-hoop.   I’m just so pleased that I can keep the thing going.
  2. We got rid of our car a few years back.   My husband pushes a wheelbarrow to the grocery store.  I walk along with him to keep him company.  I have been referred to as the “Wheelbarrow Lady.”  But not often, thank goodness.  I was worried that name might stick.
  3. I’m totally addicted to making and trading ATCs.  But then that is no secret.
  4. I just completed my first portrait commission!   My client loved it!
  5. I failed drawing in college.   I eventually ended up taking accounting.  It was really more about attitude (mine) than talent.   I’m glad I came back to drawing eventually.
  6. I really can’t think of six things, how sad is that?
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ATC: John Waters

2.5" x 3.5" pen and markers
2.5" x 3.5" pen and markers

I just did an atc trade with a lovely gentleman that I know as “Coop” on my atcsforall.com trading site.  We agreed to do a trade and asked me to draw the cult film director John Waters.    I had a hazy memory of a  guy with a big forehead and a cheesy little moustache.   It seemed like fun so I agreed and set to work right away.   I promptly fell in love with this face.   Characters like this can be so completely absorbing.   I loved building the eyes and working out the forehead.

My husband really loves this little card.  I think he was a little sad to see it go into the envelope when I sent it on its way.

ATCs: More Self-Portraits

2.5" x 3.5"  markers and colored pencil
2.5" x 3.5" markers and colored pencil

I’m finishing up my swaps for the year and that last one I completed was a self-portrait swap.   It’s sounds so strange and big-headed to say that I enjoy drawing myself.  But what can I say?  I do.

2.5" x 3.5" ink and watercolor
2.5" x 3.5" ink and watercolor

I had to pretty myself up here for this drawing.  I’ve been called sir far too often over the past few months.  Not often, but just enough to bug me.  Fortunately the culprits have all been women, so I’m not that worried.

Portrait Swap with Ujwala

Portrait Swap - Ujwala

I just completed my first portrait swap. Aside from a little nail biting it went great. My swap was with Ujwala from draw the line. We thought it would be fun to combine a portrait swap for the Portrait Party blog with an ATC exchange. Here is my entry. It took a lot of sketching to get what I thought was a good likeness from the photo that she forwarded to me. Then the challenge was drawing the final image on a 2.5″ x 3.5″ card and working out the tones on her face. I’m really proud of the result.

If you’ve followed Ujwala’s blog you know that she is all about trying new things and challenging herself. For her first ATC she made an acrylic painting. Wow! You can see her painting of me here. She’s inspired me to try painting a few cards myself, and to try a few new techniques to stretch myself more.

So thanks Ujwala! It will be so great to get my card. I’ll have another piece of art for my collection and a souvenir of a great experience.

I would love to do this again. If anyone would like to do a swap with me sometime, let me know.

Black and White in the Green Season

Here are the latest entries in my art card series. I’m getting pretty addicted to these. It does seem strange to do these black and white drawings when there is this riot of spring color outside.

My neighborhood’s gardens are erupting with new flowers. When I go about my daily walking, all the colors and smells put a spring in my step. It’s been raining like crazy, but the gray clouds just make all the lovely poppies, peonies, and roses stand out even more. So the rain doesn’t really bug me except for the grass growing way too quickly.

I have some outrageous tomato-red oriental poppies in my yard and I would love to draw them. I keep looking at them with the intention of trying to capture them in colored pencil or paint, but my confidence falters and I end up doing some weeding instead. Weeding instead of drawing? What the @!*# is wrong with me?

Meet Mitzi – Another Art Card

I’ve been having a wonderful time working on these little cards. I’ve decided to call this young woman Mitzi. I have no idea why. It just seems to be her name. She’s inspired by Louise Brooks and Clara Bow, two of my favorite silent film stars. Mitzi seems audacious and crafty. You know, the type of person who never gets into trouble no matter what they get into. She’s be fun to go out with, but you would never tell her any of your secrets.