EDM#201 – Draw a Stapler

watercolor on moleskine

I thought I would round out the week by posting an Everyday Matters challenge.   These are great for my watercolor practice.  I’m actually not doing too badly with my watercolor experiments.   I’m so proud of myself.  At the beginning of the year I swore that no one could ever convince me to try watercolor.  Now I’m just naturally attracted to it.  It must just be the right time…

Everyday Matters Challenge #34: Fall Leaf

2.5"x3.5"  watercolor
2.5" x 3.5" watercolor

It’s been so long since I’ve done one of these Everyday Matters challenges.  I really miss them.  I have been up to my ears in artist card trading (my own fault) and I haven’t had much time to draw for myself.  I had to ask myself, when was the last time I sat down with something and really connected to it through my drawing.  I realized it had been too long.  I grabbed my list and thought, hey, there are a few leaves out there, why not paint one.

It was time for something completely different, so I grabbed my watercolors.   I had some success with my crow done in ink and watercolor, so I wanted to try something splashy and colorful with no reliance on hard thin lines to make the image come together.  I wanted to stop coloring in the lines and get a little crazy.

Colors used:  Grumbacher Academy gamboge, raw sienna, scarlet lake, cadmium red medium, and ultramarine.  Cheap paints, but okay to practice with.  I’m going to get some Winsor & Newtons soon, when I find a good sale.

These were all applied in a haphazard fashion.  I did know enough to let my layers dry to avoid muddy color.  Being in a playful mood helped me to get over trying to control the outcome of the painting.  I think it’s pretty good for a start.  Please tell me what you think.  I sure could use some pointers.  What are your favorite instruction books or videos?  Are there any demos on Youtube you enjoy?

Back to it: EDM 182 Draw a truck

pitt artist pen sketch

It’s been a while since I’ve worked on my Everyday Matters challenges, but on one of our walks I saw an opportunity to do one.  I saw this 1954 GMC flatbed truck.  I remembered that drawing a truck was on the list and this was a lovely truck to draw.   It’s not really very rusty and appears to be in good condition.   I’m definitely going back soon to do a more detail drawing and then try applying color.

It was so nice to have a chance to recharge a little. My husband had himself a little “staycation” and we hung out and had fun around town.   What he liked  best was sitting in the sun and taking walks around town with me.  He claimed he was practicing for his retirement.  It’s nice that he knows how to relax because I can get pretty wound up about things sometimes.

EDM Challenge 185 – Draw a Cat

pen and colored pencils
pen and colored pencils

It’s been a while since I’ve done an Everyday Matters Challenge. To be honest, I didn’t do these specifically for the challenge. I was drawing cat cards for various swaps I had signed up for. So imagine my surprise when I went to check what the next EDM challenge would be. When I saw “draw a cat” on the list I just started laughing out loud. I had cats on the brain and I just couldn’t get away from them!

These are a combination of sketching some neighbor cats from life and some other sketches I had in my sketchbook

Here’s another one:

ink, watercolor, and colored pencil

EDM 23 – Draw Your Feet

edm23 - Draw your feet

After weeks of drawing tiny faces on tiny cards it felt good to get loose and do some simple sketching. I was shocked at how well these feet sketches turned out. If I had carefully tried to draw these they wouldn’t have come close to looking this good.

I have been neglecting my sketching lately. I have absolutely no excuse. I read this great post by Anita Davies about finding time to draw. This woman is busier than I will every be, but she always finds time. Check out the post. She will inspire you.

Throwing In the Sponge – EDM 126


This must be the most unromantic and uninteresting subject under the sun. Well, one of them anyway. I think that is why I chose this Everyday Matters Challenge 126 – Draw a Sponge. I just needed to draw something that I didn’t care about.

For a whole week I have been going around looking at things and wondering whether or not I could draw them. Now I don’t know why I was doing this since I have proved to myself that generally if I sit down and focus I can draw most things. But for some reason I decided to sit and stew about it. It’s like I get drawing amnesia and suddenly I’m in remedial drawing sitting in the back of the class and staring out the window. Then my inner critic starts chastising me about not drawing. Grrrrrrrr.

Fortunately, the marvelous Sarah gave me the nudge I needed and I am back! Thanks Sarah!

What is this inside of us, this silent observer,
Severe and speechless critic, who can terrorize us,
And urge us on to futile activity,
And in the end, judge us still more severely,
For errors into which his own reproaches drove us?
~T.S. Eliot

More Public Drawing: EDM 60-Draw an Auto

EDM Challenge - Draw an Automobile

Here is a sketch I did the other day while sitting outside of my favorite coffee shop. I’ve always had trouble drawing cars. I think it’s because I’m not really interested in them. But I realized that I could do this for Everyday Matters Challenge 60-draw an automobile, or part of one.

It was fun to do because I just started with a ballpoint pen and no plan at all. I was actually approached for the first time while drawing. He was a sweet little gray-haired man and he poked me in the shoulder ( I was wearing an mp3 player and was basically senseless at the time). I looked up and he was smiling so sweetly at me that I forgot to be annoyed. He said that he thought that it was a nice drawing and he really admired people who could draw, since he couldn’t draw a straight line. I thanked him and he told me a bit about his grandson who did computer graphic work. Funny, I was always worried about drawing in public, but the first time someone actually noticed me it turned out to be an extremely pleasant experience.