Friday, February 28, 2014

Fuzzy Vision

This face is cropped from a sheet of scribbles I did at a previous time. I had an appointment with my optometrist today and my pupils were dilated in order for a small bleed in my right eye to be checked. I think this face may convey how I feel now.

I have so enjoyed this challenge and already want another one. I have managed to visit every blog, some more than once and have been impressed everyday with the beautiful, funny and creative faces I have seen. I hope I'll see you all back for the next 29faces challenge.

Thursday, February 27, 2014


..some are like sketches...
others are fully realized works of art....
getting in my 'extra' face for the challenge
Pencil on paper.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Mini Pearl...

and a little jewel she is. A very small Australian Shepherd that ran down the driveway and into our lives five years ago. She has what is termed 'glass eyes' and they are a very pale blue and her nose is a pinkish brown, her coat is beautiful shades of tan, brown and white. I love her and the wildness of her 'hair' and she love us. 
Clicker pencil with colored pencil accents on an envelope.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

First and Possibly Last...

 She seems somewhat saddened by the prospect.

Years ago (think 15 maybe) I bought this set of Rembrandt soft pastels. It looks as though the only thing I did with them then was break a few. What I don't like about them is the mess and what I do like about them is the soft out-of-focus look they have. I used Q-tips and finger tips. Perhaps I would like the new soft pan pastels and their sponged tip applicators. 
Soft Pastels on envelope.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Mermaid ???

Only because I did this face with watercolor pencils. I really did over wet the surface and resorted to the iron to get rid of some wrinkles. If you use the iron, remember No Steam.

The beginning sketch. I did not put down enough color in the beginning and that is what lead to the over wetting. Derwent watercolor pencils on envelope.

Sunday, February 23, 2014


or my left hand. A section from a page of left hand art. I do like using my non-dominant hand as it requires a different focus to complete whatever I am giving a try, be it brushing my teeth, eating a meal, doing my hair or making marks on the page.

Saturday, February 22, 2014


as a the gills....with envy....going green
can you add another ??
Pitt Pen and acrylic paint on envelope.

Friday, February 21, 2014


 I don't think I have captured Dewy's true handsome-ness
but I have tried and being the cat he is means he will
forgive me. 

I am not a user of oil pastels. Nor am I a user of oil paints even though I would like to try. Only when I am near to finish of this project do I remember reading somewhere that they are best when warmed  a slight degree. I could have lain them in the window sill to capture some of today's sunshine. The back edge of the envelope creates the line through the work and an aggravation for me so I hope I remember to  place something inside the envelope to prevent this on the next project..

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Upside Down definitely a drawing challenge and a great one. It really helps you to 'see'.  My drawing talents did not give this marvelous skater the beauty she truly has.
Clicker pencil with colored pencil accents on an envelope.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Mouse Drawing

Did this 'scribble' with the computer mouse. Go here  to give it a try.
Will need to print and adhere it to an envelope.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Monitor

...that inner voice that reminds us
...'you said you would'.
We're past the halfway mark now and I am so impressed and amazed at all the wonderful faces being posted....I wish I had the computer smarts to do some of the fantastic art work I have seen...I really want to experience 'mixed media' with my hands and all the other 'fun' things that make that happen..I am so  glad there are many like myself...just doing what we do and wanting to improve on it.
Bienfang watercolor brush pen on envelope.

Monday, February 17, 2014

A Sweetie

A quick face today... isn't she sweet...
 Pitt Pen on envelope.

Sunday, February 16, 2014


Painted from a picture of an old photo of my Mother when she was young.  The black & white photo had some tints added but just to mom's lips and hair. Her amazing blue eyes are just grey in the photo and the lips a very dark red, her 'blondish' hair had also been darkened. I painted in colors of my choice... 

and then decided to add a layer of antique on the computer... I like this look....

Mom still has the amazing blue eyes and the mole in the center of her forehead.
She was 92 years old yesterday.
Craft grade acrylics on copy paper and yes... I am not happy that I painted this on paper.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Face From the Past

A 'scribble face' that I rediscovered today while looking for something else. I am accepting that I will Never be organized. This is not one that 'fell off the pencil', I saw this face somewhere and knew that I had to  draw it.

Friday, February 14, 2014


And so it was when I saw this little guy in a shop. He is made of sweater material and is about six inches tall. I paid the dollar and brought him home. I added the Be Mine for today.
Acrylic on envelope.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Suzi Blu Girl

I really prefer to do my own faces but I am captured by some of the beautiful faces being done in mixed media designs and I want to do them, too. To learn, I try and do it their way first and then I can do it mine. This beautiful angel is a Suzi Blu design,  Suzi does her faces with colored pencils and even though I have done some nice work in the past with colored pencils, I did this girl with craft grade acrylic paints and she is on a piece of copy paper. I was matching colors from colored pencil to paint and also trying to do them in the order that Suzi Blu was using and sometimes that differs from some painting techniques.

Suzi's Book, Mixed Media Girls comes with a DVD and I consider both excellent. Suzi is described by some as 'quirky' and that she may be but she is sooooo talented, who cares.

My work is changing due to the 'thumb'. Even the faces I have done for this challenge are making my thumb sing with a little pain. Working any pencils/markers/brushes has to be on a short time frame for the present. If I was young it might be termed 'gamers thumb' but as I am adding years at a very quick pace the word arthritic would be more of a fit.  

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

That Guy

Maybe he's your neighbor...plumber or the guy that rides the 'bike'. A simple face that drawn a hundred times will give you a hundred different guys. Always fun to do.
Marker on envelope.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Mucha Me

I like the art work of Mucha so I've used my face and a modified version of hat and hair.
Craft grade acrylics and marker.

Monday, February 10, 2014


It seemed like a good idea when I started.
 Markers on copy paper adhered to an envelope.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Self Portrait

Two quick sprays from the bottle of a fabric aging solution onto the envelope and a Pitt Pen. 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Edvard Munch

Today I downloaded a book about Expressionism to my Kindle. At the end of the first chapter was a self portrait done by Edvard Munch 1895.  Yes, that Edvard Munch of The Scream. I chose it as my challenge for today. It is not finished and it did do what I needed... provided the challenge. 
  Craft grade acrylics on an envelope.

Photo of the original on Kindle screen.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Strawberry 'Red'

This morning I wondered what I would do for todays face but things were busy and that thought was pushed aside. The words 'strawberry red' popped into my head this afternoon and I thought 'strawberry red hair' and that led to a face in a strawberry. Just never know how/why/when inspiration appears.

'Red' was done with colors from these two sets of Tombow markers. This is my first time to use this brand and I know they are favorites of many artists. I have not done a lot of marker art but it is fun. I did learn that I need to let the colors dry before adding the next color as I did get a couple of bleeds.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Louisville Slugger

Black gesso on envelope with white gel pen. Of course if you would like to know about the world famous Louisville Slugger baseball bat made right here in Kentucky go here.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Fish Kisses

Well, I do like fish in all ways but have not kissed one...yet. This gal is sporting sparkling lips but can't get that in the photo. Acrylics on an envelope. The envelope also has a pucker ...from a little too much water in the paint.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Being Difficult

That's what this look says but it is a cool difficult. I am surprised that she has made it to the post. I have drawn a lot of faces and think I've had the most frustration on being pleased with this one. I guess I could have used yesterday's crayons and been happy. Anyway, she's arrived. Done in Prismacolor pencils.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Crayola and Faces

Want to take the stress out of a doing a face ? Get out the crayolas. I am using discarded envelopes to do this challenge. Today I learned that the folded over flap will create a crease in my work when using crayons. You can see it on the left hand side of the face.  It could also happen with other mediums. Opening the flap doesn't matter because the back opening edge of the envelope does it , too. I chose to leave this face simple and in an unfinished state as it is just a good feeling to work the crayons on the features of the face.

Supplies...crayons...paper..and a tissue. Use the tissue
to lightly wipe the crayon bits from your work and also
to wipe the tip of the crayon as well. Just remember to 
wipe often.

The colors I used...Peach...Tumbleweed...Brown
...Melon...and White.

Don't try to 'draw' a face...just scribble on some 
of the peach color in an approximate egg shape.
Scribble on a little more under the face for the neck.

Use the Tumbleweed color to draw on the facial
features. Keep it simple. I didn't even put pupils 
in the eyes.

Now work with your colors, to shade and deepen the areas of the face. Use Tumbleweed for the fisrt and maybe second shadings. Use Brown to outline the eye lids, eyebrows, edges of pupils, shading on the nectk, etc. The Melon color is only used on the lip. White is used to highlight the nose. Try not to 'finish' the face shape or add lots of details. 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Resident Dug

It just seemed appropriate to do a sketch of Dug today. All of the groundhogs that reside here are named Dug. This sketch done from a photo (as all of the Dugs are snug in their dens) using a clicker pencil from Walmart.

Saturday, February 1, 2014


I'm ready to give time to my own growth as an artist. I'm starting more than one adventure to encourage growth in several directions.  The 29 faces challenge here is one I am going to do this month. I have not gotten linked up as yet but I have done a quick face for today. Drawn with a Faber-Castell PITT pen.