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Draw what you see…

21 Jul

What I’m learning at Sketchbook Skool…

Parked in Jersey City

I’ve started carrying a sketchbook with me wherever I go, so when I found a prized parking space in Jersey City, NJ this morning I took some time to draw the scene in front of me. I sketched using a marker rather than a pencil, which is a new concept for me and added watercolor and some colored pencils when I got home. In the past, I would have found all the imperfections in my drawing, and there are plenty; I might even have torn it up and tossed it.  But I learned to silence my inner critic, to enjoy the process and know that I’m learning and challenging myself; and I’m really having fun. So this week, challenge yourself. Carry a sketchbook  or journal and draw (or write about) what you see.

Here’s a shoutout to http://www.sketchbookskool.com. Check ’em out!

Down time…

15 Jul

What do you do at the service center while waiting for your car to be repaired? Do your Sketchbook Skool homework, and draw the kitchenette…

Next time you find yourself having to wait,  draw something, write a poem or a song, or a story. Do something creative and the time will fly. This week my http://www.sketchbookskool.com homework this week was to “draw your kitchen.”  Mine’s a mess, so I borrowed this one.  Give it a whirl. Draw YOUR kitchen, or use your kitchen as a writing prompt.

Poetry month Haiku

13 Apr

April is poetry month and so I’ve challenged myself to write a Haiku a day. Haiku is a Japanese poem with a total of seventeen syllables in three line. The first line is 5 syllables, the second line is 7 and the 3rd line is 5.

Here’s today’s…

A gel manicure
and a visit with Harlene
retirement rocks!

 

How about trying one of your own, or join me in the challenge. I may even use some of them as art journal prompts.

The eagles have landed…

9 Apr

I’ve been watching the baby bald eagles on the live cam in Washington, DC, and telling everyone I know about them. I missed seeing them hatch by minutes but it’s been amazing to watch them as they grow. Right now they are alone in their nest and look so cute and “grown up” compared to a few days ago. Check them out, read their story, and use this as a visual prompt for your art and/or journaling…

http://www.eagles.org/dceaglecam/

 

Over the moon…

12 Mar
Pink sky march 2016

Neon pink sky…

The sky was pink
And so in a blink
I grabbed my camera
There was no time to think
The picture does no justice
It doesn’t quite show
The exquisite sky colors
The brightness, the glow
So go get your camera
And shoot something neat
Right in front of your eyes
Or even at your feet
Paste it in your journal
And use it to inspire
A poem or a writing
Before you retire.
If not today
Then tomorrow or soon
Just do it, I say,
You’ll feel over the moon.

Life Lessons…

23 Feb

45 Lessons Life Has Taught Me, written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland Ohio.  These are wonderful lessons, and make interesting journaling prompts. Write your own list of “Lessons Life Has Taught Me,”  or choose one of Regina Brett’s lessons that moves you and write about that.

http://www.cleveland.com/brett/blog/index.ssf/2006/05/regina_bretts_45_life_lessons.html

45 Lessons Life Has Taught Me

 

40 lessons