Saturday, October 31, 2015

Harvest foods in Tombow pen

Tombow dual tip pens on sketch paper

Last daily sketch of October, just decided to do a harvest theme from imagination and memory. I used my new Muted Palette set, think the pumpkin came out looking a bit cooked but otherwise reasonably happy with the rendering. Had fun with the wheat, really didn't want to do the cliche of putting corn with it. Tossed in cranberries and currants because I like them. Best item in the whole sketch is that knobbly gourd, really had fun doing that one.

Might play with some of these later or with a real setup next year when harvest decorations for Halloween are a thing from truck stops! But this completes a second month of daily sketching or drawing without missing even one. The 48 hour rule really works. I get lull days after doing something good sometimes, or just the weather catches me before I'm done. But if I just give it that extra day to catch up, I do it.

Now doing that while writing a Nanowrimo and editing a previous one is a huge challenge, so wish me luck! Might sketch for a warm-up, do a lot with these Tombow markers. Cooked Pumpkin color might work for Tawny Sabertooth fur.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Catching up!

White Horse pen and watercolor

Oops! Been keeping up daily sketching and/or painting with the 48 hour rule - if I miss a day, I catch up the day after. But toward the end of day too tired to post sometimes. So let's catch up everything we missed working backwards... above is today's White Horse done in my large Moleskine watercolor journal from my daughter's photo. She says the nearest, right side knee has a congenital deformity in my painting, so I'm still going to be working on perfecting horse anatomy. Maybe return to this reference more than once in different media till I get it right!

Broken Tree Demo

Yesterday's art for the 29th, a sketch from imagination as a demo for my email student on tree anatomy. Also to refine the memory of a couple of lightning-struck trees I saw at different times in my life. Memory sketching is fun!

Blue Rose - watercolor

Painting for the 28th, actually sketched in pencil on the 28th and painted on the 29th. Just a rose from my own photo painted blue because I felt like it. Still using up the three dabs of American Journey watercolor triad occupying my porcelain palette. It's a triad, it's got some possibilities.

Owl from Memory, tombow pens

Sketched on the 27th, think that was an extra for the day. I was making up for skipping a day but did a couple of others.

Cat "Teo" pen and watercolor

My favorite of the three pieces I did on the 27th, a cat portrait in Pentel Brush Pen and watercolor with a mixed-shaded loose watercolor background. Did use the American Journey watercolor triad for this one too, relying more on Quinacridone Alizarin Crimson and Ultramarine with Joe's Yellow only used in his green-gold eyes. Accurate cat portrait.

Candy Colored Playtime (Abstract)

Same large Moleskine watercolor journal as the previous, now using only the red and yellow in the triad plus some red and yellow Derwent ArtBars washed out. Experimental textures and shapes, goofing around doing an abstract. Was done to make up for the 25th when I didn't draw. Except started it then with the crimson spattering, then waited for paint to dry and went to bed. Ths is some of why the 48 hour rule is handy. If I don't finish whatever it is and chronic fatigue knocks me down first, I still finish within a day after. With that rule I haven't missed a day completely.

Now I'm all caught up! Will be posting tomorrow of course.

November posting may be intermittent though, as November is NaNoWriMo, as always I will be participating. This year I'm editing Elder's Pride, my sabertooths book, and writing a vampire novel. Rough drafts are easy after doing Nano every year since 2000 - the idea is to write a 50,000 word book in 30 days and I only failed once on account of pneumonia slowing me to a November 25 start in 2002. One year I did 500,000 words in five and a half novels and just totally overdid it. Most times I finish the book too. 

Editing is not that easy - but if it becomes so, I can start whipping out good readable books at a great prolific pace even if I don't bother going back to a lot of the ones I wrote in the past. Some have flaws I don't want to bother fixing. Some of them I don't like the theme any more. So the real challenge for me is the rewrite, which is mostly redoing each scene from scratch in its proper point of view and paying attention to suggestions from critiquers. In effect, writing with an outline and line edit, spell check when I'm done. That last pass is mechanical and not the problem, it's the changes that give me problems. 

So I've got a reward system. Edit my scene in Elder's Pride, then if I have energy write some in the vampire novel, if it's a good day also sketch. Vamp novel is very easy because backstory is all worked out in Raven Dance for how my vamps work, know them forwards and backwards except these characters, story idea has lots of inherent conflict and so does their point in "vampire history." It goes way back to the hominids and way forward into Raven Dance. 

Which in terms of writing novels means it's like sketching something very familiar, the backstory's all done and I don't have to work it out. Just do these ones. Like sketching cats, really. Not a romance novel if you're interested, more of a horror one, very contemporary. Not all vamps evil though, just as not all people evil, not really horror of good and evil so much as conflict and tragedy. I might be smashing genre a bit or maybe not, will have to see when it's done.

Kitten just sent me horse knee anatomy diagrams, so that error can be remedied. Going to do some anatomy drawings and have a go again in another similar medium, probably watercolor pencils or Neocolor II in the big journal.

None of these have to be perfect. It's final paintings that become wall art where I like to get it that accurate. See you tomorrow!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Tree in Mist in Tombow markers

Tree in Mist, 8 1/2" x 11" 
Tombow dual tip pens on sketch paper

Another tree demo for my email sudent. This time showing how to pull some branches forward and push others back with color and value. There's a bit of mist but still enough directional light for distinct shadows in this, also I was describing how grass under trees really gets when it's not on a golf course. Patchy with lots of bare spots and mud puddles, little clumps and hummocks of plants rather than smooth flat color as if perfect bright green sod just got laid.

That sod will yellow in close shade too, especially after the trees leaf out.

So often we learn to draw in kindergarten but are doing so in specific grade school symbols - a brown stick with a green ball or blob on top, maybe forked with a ball on top. Stick figures. Horizon line based on the lines you write on - all the drawings lined up on the horizon line. 

Accurate drawing means letting go of these things and finding new ways to simplify the ridiculous amount of detail in the real things. You can't paint every blade of grass but you can get the mower stripes on the lawn and people can see that's a lawn.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Sketches of Ari Cat and Tree Scene

Eleven Dots 1
Abstract Art Exercise in red and black pen on paper.

Yesterday I caught up for the day before by doing an abstract art exercise from an ebook I downloaded. It looked fun and came out surprisingly well, though completing it needed repeating it in a second color. Fun to just get creative without worrying about what it is.

Eleven Dots 2
Tombow pen on sketch paper

Did the exercise again this time playing differently with the line and forms created by the line. Resulted in a completely different abstract pattern that also worked. It surprised me how well this works as a starting point, doing it twice generated such completely different results.

Then I sketched my cat from life but didn't snap a photo or post it anywhere, was sort of doing ahead for today in case I was tired. Today I finished that page with another tree demo - this time a contour drawing to show more clearly that trees thicken toward the base and narrow toward the tips, always branching smaller and smaller without bulges. Unless the tree has a tumor like an oak gall or something, but those have a particular look and aren't an upside down gradual swelling. I threw in a couple of landscape elements and more roots this time because the same principle applies to tree roots except sometimes they dive into the ground and come up again. Played with very obvious perspective diminishing cloud sizes as they moved toward the horizon and dong the waves by the sea very small to show how high the crag the tree's on is.

Worked rater well, I think. Might rearrange it a little but it's a cool design. I'm starting to just make things up and I like that.

Tree Scene and Ari Cat Page
Tombow pen on 8 1/2" x 11" sketch paper.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Landscape with Tree

Tree on a Hillside
3 1/2" x 5 1/2" pen on paper

Went out today for my clinic visit, saw this beautiful tree as the van went past it. Sketched fast to block in its general shape in pencil, then started inking details and decided to create a background out in nature with some more distant trees over the edge of a hill. Put the smaller darker one behind it to give contrast to the pale trunk and foliage and liked that, inked it in.

Sometimes a drawing begins with a life drawing and everything else in the picture is composed from memory to set it off. That's what this one is. I like how it came out. Slopes like that are common in San Francisco so this is really a combination of several views.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Rooster and Rose Page

Rooster and Rose Page
pen and watercolor rooster, pen and wash rose

Finished the page with yesterday's rooster with a life sketch of a silk rose I have handy. This is the second time I've drawn from it, like this rendering a bit better. Found my Stabilo watersoluble fine point colored pens while looking for someone else and had a go to see if they were still good. They are!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Pen and Watercolor Rooster

Pen and Watercolor Rooster
3" x 5 1/2" in large Moleskine watercolor journal

Today's art is small and refined. I didn't draw till late and then answered an art game of "the next sketch is..." with him as a black and white animal. Yellow feet and red face decorations didn't seem to break that up. Very tricky doing his markings justice. 

This one was fun. I do like doing accurate animals and birds. I've been a little more interested in chickens for the past few years since my adopted daughter got hers. They're fascinating birds. Very close to the lineage of dinosaur-birds, so hers have the nickname of "back yard tyrannosaurs" and are doing a fine job of eliminating spiders, worms, bugs of all kinds out there.

When I move back there with her I'll have other farm critters to sketch. Horses, lots, she has rescue horses and I'll also be riding around on her horse shoeing adventures with sketch gear in hand. Also goats, ducks, dogs, rabbits, grand kids and many assorted cats besides my own! It'll be fun.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Cat Portrait and Crooked Tree

 "Croggers" memorial cat portrait
Derwent Graphitint pencils and wash on paper

Crooked Tree Demo 
8 1/2" x 11" pen on paper

Croggers the cat was beautiful and his photo was posted for this weekend's Weekend Drawing Event at WetCanvas. I felt for the little guy and did a portrait drawing, paying close attention to markings and exact features and expression. Successful portrait, and he has that sweet meditative look that well.

Derwent Graphitint are tinted graphite watersoluble pencils, very soft, 8B softness. They dissolve fast and color brightens with water. I used them on my large Moleskine watercolor journal.

Then did a promised lesson on tree anatomy and shadow direction for my new student. She'd done a scene with one bare tree in an autumn landscape.  I let this be a winter one and implied snow with the bushes bending and stark values of the black on white. Could have added blue shadows, didn't, just kept it simple. But I like the design and may develop it into a more refined painting or drawing.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Black Eyed Susans in soft pastel

Black Eyed Susans
9" x 12" pastel on paper

Good old workhorse Rembrandt pastels on Canson Mi-Tientes paper. This is my best Black Eyed Susans to date. These flowers confound me. I've done them many times and remember three frustrating oil paintings I did in Kansas where I got lost in background details but tilted all the flowers toward me. In my defense, the sun was at my back and they actually were all tilted toward the sun - but that doesn't really fly for artistic choices. They'd have been more interesting going in different directions and showing volume.

These three are more or less pointing in the same direction but at least they're at an angle giving them some depth!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Cat and Big Cat Sketches

Ari Cat from life and Ocelot face
Tombow dual tip pens on sketch paper 

Tiger skull and snarling face
black Tombow dual tip pen on sketch paper.

Caught up with yesterday's art, actually did four sketches today but not counting ahead. Three are exercises from a book: "How to Draw Animals" series by Franklin Watts UK, volume "Tigers and Other Big Cats." 

The snarling tiger was drawn from an interesting half and half example with a tiger's resting face and snarling face. I tried to mirror the snarling side just by hand, with some success but not well enough to satisfy me. That was surprisingly hard. I'm used to getting good symmetry on things like vases that demand it, but this time I really had a hard time mirroring the expression - and in my mind was also slightly disappointed in the drawing I copied, especially the nose expression and forehead wrinkling that were very simplified. No markings on the tiger in the example either, so I had to add a couple of oversimplified stripes.

Eh, they're just sketches off a book. Some days are about taking it easy and going back to basics - but it's easier to do big cats from a good reference than someone else's drawing! Not so used to copying any more!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Portrait of Ari Cat with White Whiskers

"White Whiskers" cat portrait
7" square pen and watercolor on paper

Still more Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and Daniel Smith watercolor on Stillman and Birn Delta journal. I turned to my favorite subject throughout the past fifteen years, Ari Cat, my color point long hair. Started penciling from my avatar photo on Google Hangout, got the general outline, did his face from memory.

He was in my lap at the time with his face pressed down to my leg, so I couldn't exactly check the real cat's features till he got up. Happily, I got it right on the penciling! Checked when he got up and then inked... and decided this time he needed his true white whiskers rather than my just flicking them in black with Pigma Micron pen.

Some time ago, a long tme ago actually, I bought an Alvin Ruling Pen from Dick Blick along with a lot of other stuff. Like many small supplies it got tucked in a drawer and forgotten, came with me on the move and today I got fed up with translucent white gel pens that skip and dry up, white watercolor that comes out transparent and makes thick brush lines, and remembered I had it. Took it out and tried it with liquefied Caran d'Ache Neocolor II white.

That did the trick! Clean straight fine lines in a strong opaque white that went right over inked black passages. I loved it. Now it's sitting right out with my pen ready to use any time and I know what white is opaque enough to use with it. Another triumph!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Pear and Paint Page pen and watercolor

Pear and Paint Page
7" square pen and watercolor

This is the facing page next to Bird and Pen Page, showing the tools I used except for painting the Niji round waterbrush I used for all the painting.

That irregular pear, more ovoid than pear shaped, turned up in my lunch. I love the way it looks and may turn it to sketch it again. It's a bit lopsided and crooked, the less perfect fruits are always the most interesting to paint! It also has a lovely color, a rosy side that's also the flatter side.

Then to fill the page I sketched my porcelain palette set up with a spectrum of American Journey Ultramarine (purple cast blue), Alizarin Crimson (quinacridone) and Joe's Yellow which is about a Cadmium Yellow Medium hue for actual color. Way too orange cast for my taste, the greens all come out olive or grayish. The center has palette mud brown-gray, which I throw bits of primary colors into to balance it more brownish or grayish.

Right now having tested the paints I'm trying to use them up and also come up with the right illustrations to write up the brand. The yellow really is quite a lot like a cadmium because it's also leaning opaque. I tend to prefer more transparent yellows. But that's okay. I may add to the triad later since this brand is reasonably priced and good quality, artist grade, just really needs a lemon yellow and a pthalo blue and maybe either a bright orange or a warm red.

Small Bird and Pen Sketch

Small Bird and Pen Sketch
7" square

A little self referential, but today's art I finished the page with the small bird from yesterday. Date is wrong under the signature, I actually sketched and painted this last night, then did the pen today. I penciled first carefully and then inked it with the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. Got a fairly smooth line and was very happy with how easily it fills large black areas. The photo faded out slightly but in person the blacks are very solid, not washed out at all.

Small Bird

Small bird
7" square, pen and watercolor

Still on with the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. I had some American Journey watercolors out in my porcelain palette so used those for the coloring. Green's very muted on purpose since I started from brown and then added still more red to get the brown in the bird.

That's what I get with Ultramarine, Alizarin and a warm orange cast Joe's Yellow - greens will be muted and violets intense. Better that than the other way around but I'd have liked it better with the clean secondaries of a lemon yellow. I'd still have used a muted green in this painting but being able to get bright greens would help with control and with other subjects.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Maisy Cat tabby point siamese

Maisy Cat Portrait
tabby point Siamese, photo by Lucylove on WC

Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and watercolor again for a cat portrait from a photo by Lucylove on - there are two references and I will probably also sketch Reclining Maisy too.

This was a little different in technique. I went for a smooth graceful line this time, went a little heavy and succeeded in getting almost a Disney or anime' look withot losing the likeness or her proportions. Much of that is her very young cat proportions, huge ears and big eyes. She looked dainty to me and I loved the stripes of her mask.

So let's see how she looks in another position tomorrow or Tuesday!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Winter Trees and Icy Creek

Winter Trees and Icy Creek
Monochrome Burnt Umber WN Watercolour Marker
Stillman & Birn 7" square Delta watercolour journal

I love these watercolor markers. The brush tip is bold and flexible, the colors are artist grade archival and pigmented, and they wash out easily with a water brush. Today's is mostly an exercise in tree shapes, snow by implication, negative space and ice around darker water. 

I attended the last session of Paint Along 21 with Johannes Vloothuis online and the creek isn't the same one as Jo's demo but was inspired by it. I remembered too many times as a kid seeing creeks and ponds partly iced over, the water looked dark but the ice was just pale and translucent. It'd crack if you trod on it or even leaned with your foot. Lot of puddle ice cracking actually, and fascinated looking at ice patterns in puddles and running water especially.

Played with tree shapes and atmospheric recession too, moving smaller ones into a misty distance by running the water brush over the tip of the marker and painting with that, then a dash of color into their tips while wet to strengthen them and let them gradate lighter at the base. Mist would come up or snow get blown along in breezes sometimes obscuring the bases of trees.

So this little sketch is just a design exploration from memory.  I can easily improve on that - but it's much easier to do when I see it on paper than if I just start without a clear idea.  More on this theme to come!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Velociraptor in Pen and Watercolor

7" square, pen and watercolor

Isn't he gaudy! Of course I had to create a colorful male Velociraptor, shaking his mane and showing off his bright teeth and hot red-pink wattle! I loved the new dinosaur revelations at every round, warm-blooded, feathered theropods fascinated me and made posing them a lot easier. 

The photo reference for the Emu looked so much like the most recent reconstructions of little feathered raptors that I went ahead and used it again to do my Velociraptor. They're little, about the size of a turkey, but make up for it with the switchblade claw and all those sharp teeth. Dinosaurs don't need to be gigantic to be cool!

And being sixty, no reason not to still get into them - now that I can finally draw and paint well enough to do them justice!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Pen Drawings

Leaves from Life in watercolor pencil and
Cat Gargoyle - imagination, brush pen 

Mother Bird and Ari Cat Portrait
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen

These are two facing pages in my pocket Moleskine watercolor journal. I did the page with the leaves sketch out in the clinic garden yesterday, washed that drawing at home and sketched the Cat Gargoyle directly with pen next to it. Also penciled hte mother bird from a video in the waiting room but changed her species from eagle to something less predatory and added a chick from memory. Penciled Ari from one of my recent photos in the waiting room.

Inked both of them today so this is my daily sketching - which may expand to more art later on, but if it doesn't, I'm still keeping up. Yesterday was extremely productive, the weather was just with me! Today, I'm a little slowed down. Pressure changes are what does that mostly, it can seem nice out or even the same but as weather systems move, wham, I suddenly lose most of my body energy. This gets frustrating as pain can reduce fine motor control on my hand. Sometimes I feel like painting or sketching yet know I'm not going to be able to control the tools. Worst part of the disability along with poor eyesight.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Emu and Hollyhocks

Emu - 7" square Pentel Brush Pen and watercolor 

7" x 9" Color Conte on black Canson Touch sanded pastel paper

Two for today, the Emu was something I conceived yesterday but didn't sketch till this morning. Minor breakthrough with that Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, I didn't pencil it first. Reference by hugashrimp for the October Watermedia Challenge. Watercolor is my Daniel Smith palette. 

Hollyhocks was the October Pastel Spotlight challenge and I expect to do a third or fourth piece today. Will be going out to the clinic this afternoon and depending on how I feel, go for some plein air sketching or photos or both. That and I'm going to have a go at a cat gargoyle from imagination.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Bird - Lion Cub - Rose in Pen and Ink

Great Tit, Annoyed Lion Cub and Rose
7" square, Pentel pocket brush pen on paper.

Used my Stillman & Birn Delta journal again for today's pen drawings. References by "skappy" aka Robert Rongier, posted for Weekend Drawing Event on I love Robert's photography and he has access to a big cats park, parc des felins or something like that where he often gets great reference photos of large and exotic cats.

Of course this time he outdid himself since both the black panther and the white lion cub were caught with their mouths open! Little Madiba looked very annoyed, her nose scrunched up, eyes squinted, like she's hissing or doing a baby snarl. Utterly adorable given her age and yes, her ears were sitting at that silly Mickey Mouse angle in the photo. You can't make up something like that. Cats just do cute and silly things by definition, because cat, and any species of kitten has inherent adorable cuteness.

I got her in first and then had a go at the dramatic bird in flight from below. Came up with some effective ways to get the feel of those flight feathers spreading. The rose was a challenge too. Fortunately, like cats, I've done roses many times. Started fiddling with shading it and then called a halt before overworking it.

I love the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen but it's still hard to control. I get an occasional shaky signature monogram or passage that gets a thick line because it went thick at the wrong point. Still, the more I use it, the easier I can manage to control the pressure. It's essential for me to pencil under this pen. With my familiar Pigma Microns I can casually sketch the way I would in ballpoint, with other brush pens that works, though penciling does tend to make for accuracy. With this one I am way off if I try sketching just with pen - either I focus on form or on the pen strokes and pressure control. If form's defined already I can just relax and do that, it works well. 

Used the labels to carve into the slightly too large negative space in the middle, not big enough to tuck in another sketch or small enough to ignore. Worked out well. Enjoy! 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Elmo the Cat in Watercolor Pencils

Elmo the Cat and yellow flowers
7" square watercolor pencils washed

Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils are a wonderful sketch medium. This was done as a cat proportions demo for a friend who's using her reference for a pastel still life. She got the setup just as she wanted it and then her cat Elmo walked up to take his place in it and pose for the camera!

Irresistible Elmo! Of course she's doing the version with the cat in. Who wouldn't? A fleeting moment of feline intervention and he's a very handsome cat. Got his proportions and markings well, so hope this helps her. Eye color was a little bit hard to discern but looked more green than gold. I went with greenish golden. 

Dawn Skyscape in Oil Pastels

Dawn Skyscape 5" x 7"
Neopastel on Dawn Pink Canson Mi-Tientes

This morning I started a landscape series just working scenes out in principle, using one of my favorite oil pastels brands. I love the Caran d'Ache Neopastels - they blend well, mix easily, have medium softness but a very high pigment load so they're good and opaque.

An email student showed me some works and I needed to demonstrate how to control the land area to make the sky predominate in a skyscape. I added a little water feature to reflect the sky and lead into it, played with various colors and cloud shapes and did this entirely by design and memory. Some things just work well that way and I've sketched this type of cloud from life many times!

That's the key to memory drawing. Do the same subject over and over, preferably many small easy sketches as opposed to a few careful ones. It'll get to become second nature and you can pull it out no matter when you want it.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Autumn Trees Watercolor

Autumn Trees
Watercolor, 7" square

Playing with some watercolor foliage techniques, I wound up creating this scene from imagination with design changes along the way. The first version was too pale and rather annoying, so I extended the path all the way to the front cutting through some vegetation that crossed the front of the painting.

Then I decided to give some bright autumn foliage to the bare trees after I strengthened them. That jazzed up the scene and made it work. So this went from a very annoying fail into something I like well enough to post it. I can still do better and will, but this isn't too bad!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Panther and Squirrel in pen and watercolor

Panther and Squirrel
7" square pen and watercolor

This weekend the host for the Weekend Drawing Event is skappy, Robert Rongier. He's French and has access to a wonderful big cats sanctuary where he gets some of the most amazing photos. He's posted Parisian scenes, a hawk, a white lion cub and this panther and the squirrel. I combined them because of the panther's expression. He was opening his mouth as if to say something and looking up, the squirrel looked cheeky, thought it was perfect.

So the subtitle is "Throw one more nut and I'm getting up."

Had fun with an illustration style using the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and still more interesting line effects with it. Then finished with Daniel Smith watercolors on my Stillman & Birn Delta journal. I'm really getting used to the pen now and love how this works! 

Whale Shark Sketch

Whale Shark
7" x 3 1/2"

Back to Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers. On the bottom of the page I added a detail sketch of the markings, which are simplified in the main sketch but if I develop this into a painting I can definitely get more detailed on markings. The bands of dots alternate between larger white ones and smaller pale blue ones that make an interesting almost a grid pattern on the animal.

I always liked whale sharks. Large krill grazers, they live a lot like whales and are very gentle. Most of the documentaries I've seen them, they let people ride them holding a fin and don't get alarmed at divers. But so very huge!

This was yesterday's daily sketch, today's will be a bit different. Haven't decided subject or medium yet but I'll post it!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Collage of September Daily Paintings

Collage of September 2015
30 Paintings in 30 Days (Not in order)

Not in order and not always with the right proportions, but better than last year's collage. Some of my subjects last year weren't recognizable.

I had to delete everything and start over on this one to get everything this well, but it's a big improvement. 

I plan to keep on with daily art and may post again later today with a new daily painting. But I wanted to post this just to share in the glow of completion. This year I did it. This year there are actually 30 paintings for 30 days.

From now on I'm keeping that 48 hour rule too - if I make it up the day after, it still counts. Some days get worse than others and that's a fact I have to live with. But I can still count a gesture sketch of a familiar subject and nothing about size, the idea is more to say hello to my art at least daily.

Purr at you! Ari Cat sheds his Cat Hairs of Inspiration in your direction!