alice’s april art challenge…
On the first of this month, I received a box in the mail with a few art supplies and 20 sheets of 4×7 inch (10.16×17.78 cm) hot press finish watercolor paper in a little block. A block is when the paper is attached on two sides. In a usual tablet, the paper is attached on one side. The art supplies included a brown brush pen, a bottle of blue liquid watercolor, and three Spectrum Noir Tricolour aqua markers. The markers are very vivid and they are great for illustration. A link to a video also came with the art supplies. I watched the video and played with my fun new toys for a while.
How could I not include bears? I have been painting portraits of stuffed bears for some time. In fact, the theme of my bedroom is bears. I have paintings of bears and a ceramic light switch cover that I glazed with (what else?) drawings of bears? I am the Bear Lady so I have a reputation to live up to!
Since the comic strip character (Brim) that I created when I was nine years old, I had never returned to that theme. But, a few years ago, at an event celebrating International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, I made a few luminaria. The event is celebrated annually on or around August 9. Locally, it’s celebrated in and behind the Buffalo History museum. Behind the museum are the Japanese gardens and a beautiful manmade lake called Hoyt Lake. So the luminaria are made and floated in the water after darkness has fallen. I always struggled with a theme when I was trying to design a luminaria. But, that one year, I came up with the idea of “Cartoonie People for a Nuclear Free Future.” My new cartoon characters.
Sometimes, I look for something that stretches me, such as this silhouette and this flower with a butterfly, known as a gulf fritillery.
Well, that’s most of the images! One I can’t post online because it’s a freehand copy of a well-known cartoon character, and the copyright laws are unclear about posting such a picture. Because it’s freehand and it’s practice, it’s perfectly fine to make the drawing. But posting it on a website falls into some sort of gray area and, as I’m not an attorney, I’m not going there. I have one last sheet of this fun paper for another image.
The project has been so much fun. I’m really happy that I gave myself this challenge this month, especially since the combination of wacky weather and COVID-19 have kept me inside and unable to do all of the walks that I was hoping to do. Check out this website next month for my next art challenge, which will feature gouache paint. This is a completely new medium for me. It is an opaque, water-based pigment paint. So I am pretty excited about the upcoming adventure.
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Thank you for sharing your art, Alice! I have been smiling the entire time I’ve been reading this blog. What a lovely thing to do, bring smiles to those who visit your page. 🙂
Your comment made me smile!!! Thank you for that, Kimberly!
Hi Alice, love the art and the designs. The colors are very vivid and I like the bear motif 🙂 Look forward to seeing what the next adventure will be 🙂 Happy painting.
Alice, I lived back East until I was about 24, and I remember a lot of grey days. So the vivid colors of your project stand in contrast to the greyness of the environment. I love what you’re doing! Looking forward to seeing what you do with the gouache! Blessings to you–
Such bright and happy designs, I really like your gnome, he looks very jolly.
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I love that you have such a variety of designs here. You are very talented! Thank you for sharing and brightening up my day!
Alice, your creativity wows me!! Each and every piece is warm, whimsical, and wild, just like its creator!! 🙂