Sunday, April 16, 2017

Lenten Calendar 2017

It's been several years since my last Lenten calendar, and it felt very good to create one this year.   I used a cross template drawn by my friend Sybil, adding a few lines and a "Lent 2017" heading.

The drawing spaces are quite small, typically 3/4" - 1" wide, and in my post, the image will look a bit blurry, so please click on it for a better view.  Each day's space is very simple - a word or phrase chosen from the daily scriptures or prayers in a Lenten meditation booklet, with a simple drawing or just a bit of color.  I like the little icon spaces and the overall color and energy that emerged.

If you'd like to consider this for next year's Lent, click here for more info, including several templates.  Sybil posted her completed 2017 calendar here.  For all of my Lent and Easter drawings and calendars, click here.  For my Advent calendars, click here.
  • Copic markers
  • Pen: Copic multiliner 0.3, 0.5, and 1.0 black
  • Paper: Neenah
  • In filling in the template, I moved back and forth unevenly from the bottom, saving the spaces in the cross for Ash Wednesday and Holy Week.  So I'll list my words by row (row 1 is at the bottom) instead of by date.
  • Cross: (starting from bottom) Ash Wed. We are dust. And God loves us.; you welcomed me; entrusting; (Holy Saturday) no words; (Left to right) Love one another; good; how very good; Hosanna; (Top of cross: Easter Sunday) Risen!
  • Row 1: wilderness; connect us; bound by love; all things in common; our hope for healing
  • Row 2: mighty to save; fellowship in Jesus; love one another; we are God's field; where 2 or 3 are gathered
  • Row 3: humility; no words; if we satisfy others' needs, he will satisfy our needs; embrace and hold fast; he is our peace; revive my soul
  • Row 4: we are created in God's image; do not fear; show mercy; no words; keep us; your will be done
  • Row 5: in one spirit; serve one another; Christ the true bread; compassion; no words; that we may have life
  • Row 6: no words; do not be afraid; varieties of gifts; glorify; grace to love; persevere
  • Row 7: peace be with you; encourage one another; break every yoke; no words

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Yellow-Orange Flowers with Long Leaves

Many months ago, getting to know my then-new drawing software and tablet, I doodled this shape of flowers with long leaves.  Just the line drawing; no coloring.  My lines are very jagged, because I didn't adjust the line-smoothing properly, and at the time, I didn't like the drawing.

I didn't save the computer file, but I printed it out.  Recently I came across the printout in a pile of papers, and I decided to photocopy it onto Neenah paper and color it.  It's really much nicer than I thought.  The lines and shapes have a graceful flow that I'm very happy with.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

New Year 2017


For the start of a new year. a doodled green "New" in a beautiful verse from Isaiah.
  • Copic marker colors used: Y15 (airbrushed), G07,14,17, YG05
  • Pen: Copic multiliner 0.2 and 0.5 black
  • Paper: Neenah, cut down to 4.25 x 5.5"
  • Words: See, the former things have come to pass - and new things I now declare.  Isaiah 42:9a

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Advent Calendar 2016

My 2016 Advent calendar is finished. Always a good experience for me as I draw and color my way through Christmas.

Each drawing space is small (about 1-5/8" high) and it may look a bit fuzzy or faded above.  For a better view, click on the image.

With my daily drawings, I set aside a bit of space and time to reflect on the Advent season, and its message of hope and love.   If you might like to try something similar, click here for more information, including 2016 template links.  Or click here for my seven calendars from past years.

For a listing of words, sources of words, Copic colors, and other materials used,  see below (or click on "read more" to see it.)

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Advent Calendar Template 2016

Tomorrow is the first Sunday of Advent, and I'll start to draw my 8th annual Advent calendar.   I'll plan to post the drawings at least weekly. 

My first Advent calendar was drawn in 2008, and afterward I wrote about what I learned.  It's been a wonderful way for me to connect with the season and to meditate while I draw and color. 

To see my previous Advent calendar drawings, click as follows:
My friend Sybil also posts her yearly Advent calendars in her prayer-drawing blog, Praying in Color.  Click here for her 2014 calendar, here for 2013, here for 2012, here for 2011, or here for 2010.  I'll also link to her 2016 calendar as it appears.

If you'd like to try this activity for yourself, you're invited to click here for several different templates on Sybil's blog.  Along with my calendar grid I'll be using this year, she offers a wreath and two trees with different shapes for the days.  She also shows her finished calendars for 2015 at the end of her post.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Red, White, and Blue with Tan Frame

Some red, white, and blue for the Fourth of July.  I'm thankful for my country and those who protect our freedoms.

After I airbrushed the tan frame with E33 and 44, I drew a tan line with the E33 marker. 
  • Copic marker colors used: B24,26,39, R24,29,56, E33,44
  • Pen: Copic multiliner 0.5 black
  • Paper: Neenah, cut down to 4-1/4 x 5-1/2"
  • Words: Thankful - July 4, 2016

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Curls of Ribbon

Curving lines that flow like curls of ribbon.  Just a few colors, with narrow white borders.
  • Copic marker colors used: FV2, BG32, RV17
  • Pen: Copic multiliner 0.2 and 0.1 black
  • Paper: Neenah

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Daily Drawings - January 2016

Updated through January 23 (Final)

I've completed my four weeks of daily drawings for January 2016.  I tried the idea last January with objects around the house.  This year I wanted to keep it simple with a few lines and colors each day.

Added January 23:  I found it refreshing and relaxing to stay with the simple lines and coloring.   It felt like a "vocabulary review" of lines, shapes, and patterns that I enjoy using.  At the beginning, I made a list: Circles, squiggles, lace-like, v's and u's, landscapey lines, fill patterns, swooping curves, spiral, diamonds, zigzags, wavy lines, angles, dots, and stripes.  Looking back, I see them all except the spiral.  Overall, I really like the drawings (some more than others, of course) and I'm glad I tried this.

I'm using a computer-printed grid like my annual Advent calendars.  Each rectangle is 1-7/16" x 1-5/8".  The drawings can look blurry in the blog post, so please click on the image for a better view. 
  • Pen: Copic multiliner 0.5 black
  • Copic colors:  If you'd like to know the colors I used, please leave a comment here, and I'll be happy to add them to this post.
  • Paper: Neenah

Monday, December 28, 2015

Seven Years of Advent Candles

A friend was wondering how I draw candles for my Advent calendars.  Her question prompted me to think of all the candles together, and so I created this collage in PowerPoint.  It's seven years of Sunday candles, cropped from all my calendars.  I like the variety of shapes, colors, words, and styles -  realistic or abstract, simple or detailed. 

Each drawing space is small (about 1-5/8" high) and it may look a bit fuzzy above.  For a clearer view, click on the image.

The columns are years 2008-2012 and 2014-2015;  I didn't draw a calendar in 2013.  The rows are the four Sundays in Advent, with a candle added each week, somewhat like the traditional Advent wreath. 

For more about my calendars, including the words and the drawing materials, click here and here

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Advent Calendar 2015

I've finished my 2015 Advent calendar drawings.  As in the other years, it felt like time well spent.

This daily activity helps me reflect on the hope and joy of the season.  If you might like to try something similar, click here for more information, including template links and prior years' calendars.

Each drawing space is small (about 1-5/8" high) and it may look a bit fuzzy above.  For a better view, click on the image.

For a listing of words, sources of words, Copic colors, and other materials used,  see below (or click on "read more" to see it)

Friday, November 27, 2015

Advent Calendar Template 2015

The Advent season begins this Sunday, and I'll begin drawing my 7th annual Advent calendar.  I'll plan to post the drawings at least weekly. 

My first Advent calendar was drawn in 2008, and afterward I wrote about what I learned.  It explains why I've made the calendar an annual activity.

To see my previous Advent calendar drawings, click as follows:
My friend Sybil also posts her yearly Advent calendars in her prayer-drawing blog, Praying in Color.  Click here for her 2014 calendar, here for 2013, here for 2012, here for 2011, or here for 2010.  I'll also link to her 2015 calendar as it appears.

If you'd like to try this activity for yourself, you're invited to click here for several different templates on Sybil's blog.  Along with my calendar grid I'll be using this year, she offers a tree with different shapes for the days and two versions of a tree-lined pathway.  She also shows some finished examples, including mine.  You can also click here for a few more calendar ideas from Sybil.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Doodle with Green, Blue, and Purple

A doodle with curves and dots.  Tall flowers, maybe, or glass vases?
  • Copic marker colors used: G12,40, B000, BG53, V12,20, with "0" colorless blender to mottle top areas of shapes
  • Pen: Copic multiliner 0.5 black
  • Paper: Neenah, cut down to 4.25 x 5.5"

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Pineapple - Watercolor

One of our art group participants brought in a pineapple last week.  So I painted it.  I'm happy with it, except for the bottom edge of the fruit. 

  • Dr. Ph. Martin's radiant concentrated watercolor numbers 1A, 2A, 11A, 12A, 13A, 14A.  For more information about the watercolors, including my color chart, see this post.
  • Paper: Canson Montval watercolor block, 140 lb. cold press, 4x6"

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Blue Glass Pitcher - Watercolor

A friend asked me to draw her grandmother's blue glass pitcher.  After experimenting with my typical pen and markers, I felt that watercolor would have a better chance to capture the pitcher's lovely mixture of clear and milk glass.  But my post-childhood watercolor experience has been very limited - abstract wash backgrounds for my drawings - and this pitcher made a challenging subject for my first "real life" painting.

Fortunately though, a few months ago, I joined a weekly art group at our area's senior center.  It's led by a very good artist and educator, who was able to get me started and make suggestions along the way.  I'm happy with my finished painting, and even happier that my friend likes it too!
  • Dr. Ph. Martin's radiant concentrated watercolor numbers 8A, 9A, 14A.  For more information about the watercolors, including my color chart, see this post.
  • Lyra Aquacolor crayon numbers 5610001, 47, 76. For more information about the watercolor crayons, including my color chart, see this post.
  • Paper: Canson Aquarelle Arches, cold pressed, cut down to ~ 6 x 8".   The paper looks bluish gray in my image, but it's really a very light cream color.  

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Bright Tropical Blossoms

A pebbly pot with bright tropical blossoms.  Doubling the black lines made a big difference on the flowers and leaves. 
  • Copic marker colors used: Custom color YYR2000, R02,29,35, Y08, B32+"0" colorless blender+ G12 on alternate horizontal stripes, E84 + "0" and E81 for some pebbles, E87, W5, YG05, G07
  • Pen: Copic multiliner 0.3 black; white gel pen for highlights
  • Paper: Neenah, cut down to 4.25 x 5.5"

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Blue Vine Doodle

Just a few curving lines and rounded shapes. 
  • Copic marker colors used: B01,05, BG57
  • Pen: Copic multiliner 0.3 black
  • Paper: Neenah, drawing area about 3 x 4"

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Two Drawings for Friends


Two three-panel drawings from January.  The drawing above was inspired by three beautiful poems written by a friend, who included them with my birthday card.  I gave her my illustration with my thanks.

The one below was drawn for another friend who requested "snow on trees." 

  • Copic marker colors used: I didn't keep track of them
  • Pen: Copic multiliner 0.1, 0.2, and 0.3 black
  • White is the paper (top left, bottom right, large areas of bottom left) or Copic opaque white
  • Paper: Neenah, cut down to 4-1/4 x 5-12"
  • Words (top drawing): Blackbird sky, Paths of tears, Gingko gold

Thursday, January 8, 2015

January Daily Drawings - Completed

I'm trying a "daily drawing" idea for January and maybe beyond, with a computer-printed grid like my annual Advent calendars.  Each rectangle is 1-7/16" x 1-5/8".  The drawings can look blurry in the blog post, so please click on the image for a better view. 

The small spaces work well for me to focus, relax, and draw what I see.  My subjects are things inside our house.
Week 1: Garlic, a poinsettia center, blackberries, a shell, a tomato, a knit hat, a silver pin.
Week 2: Flat leafed parsley, a rug motif, a cup, spool of thread, crocheted lace edge, candle snuffer on ruffle edged dish, can of colored pencils.
Week 3: Layer cake, turtle necklace, ginger root, a radish, basket with mail, small gold-tone scissors with ribbon, pottery candlestick.
Week 4: Green onions, a leaflet of grape ivy, staple remover, folded cloth, a satin bow, slice of pie (apple-cranberry-raisin), part of a tea strainer
  • Copic markers and multiliners:  I don't plan to list them all, but if you'd like to know, please leave me a comment, and I'll be happy to add more details.  I used a Signo Uni-ball white gel pen to draw the lace for January 15 and to add some highlights on a few other days.  Also a Signo Uni-ball gold gel pen for January 19.
  • Paper: Neenah

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Landscape with Sepia Lines

A small watercolor landscape to start the new year.  I added some lines with sepia multiliner and a bit of shadow with brown marker.
  • Copic marker colors used: E44
  • Pen: Copic multiliner 0.3 sepia
  • Watercolor wash background: Lyra Aquacolor crayon numbers 1,5,47,48,70,75,76,83. For more information about the watercolor crayons, including my color chart, see this post.
  • Paper: Scrap of watercolor paper, approx. 2-1/2" square

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Advent Calendar 2014


My Advent calendar is complete for 2014 with today's Nativity drawing.  As with the other five years, I'm very glad that I did this activity.  At each Advent's beginning, I wonder how I'll ever have enough words and images to fill the page.  It's such a joyful discovery as I enter into the process and wind my way through the days.

My daily drawing spaces are small (about 1-5/8" high), so you may want to click on the image for a better view, especially if it looks a bit fuzzy above.

For more information including template links and prior years' calendars, click here.
For a listing of words, sources of words, Copic colors, and other materials used,  see below (or click on "read more" to see it)