Wednesday, January 4, 2012


I follow a blog called The Sketchbook Challenge and love the encouragement and sense of community I see there.  This week, they posted a prompt called "doodling" which is a way to loosen up and practice art without getting all uptight and frenzied about the outcome.  The goal is just to doodle, set aside a few minutes and just let your fingers go.

I have a small art journal, and some pigment pens of different sizes, and sat while watching television the other night and just doodled.  These are the results, and I had fun and relaxed with it.  It also gets the ideas flowing in my head.  I encourage you all to give it a try.  You don't have to have a special art journal or pens, anything works.  Try it and let me know how it goes...
And yes, anyone can doodle, just like anyone can paint...honestly.  :D

Have fun!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

a cardinal in winter

Last month as I was trying to think about what to paint for January classes, I thought about the grayness of winter, and how drab it can be for those of us who love color.  What could I paint that would convey that?  I started looking through my photos and came upon this photo...

This was the little bit of color up close.  Doesn't that just draw your eye right in and distract you from all that gray drabness?  It did for me too.  I decided it would be a perfect way to celebrate the beginning of a new year.  Red is a symbol of luck for the Chinese, and this little fellow was about as red as they come.

I set up the Bloggie camera I purchased just to film the videos I post, and painted my version of a cardinal in winter to post.  Bob Rossi is in no danger of losing his throne as the king of the television art teachers, as you will see.  If you take the time to watch it, I think you will see that painting is fun, and interpretation of any subject will vary from artist to artist.  Don't fear the paint and canvas, they are your friends. :D  Join me as I try to take the mystery out of painting, and show you how easy it is to have fun.

And if you want some one on one attention in a relaxed atmosphere, then visit the Treasures by You website and make reservations to paint.  Be sure to bring friends and some wine or other beverage to sip...there is no better way to have fun than with friends.  I guarantee it.

I broke this up into two parts so you could have an intermission, coffee, or whatever.  Vix and I hope you all have a wonderful new year and take some time for you, grab a paintbrush, and Let's Paint!

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~cath xo