Friday, July 31, 2009

PAINTING CHALLENGE Paint something I drew in my sketchbook..

Painted on a 10"x12" single wrap canvas. Acrylic.


Sorry I'm late posting the daily drawing challenge girls, I've had a very stressful day :(
I haven't finish the garden drawing yet either...

So, today draw something from under your kitchen sink! hehe!


I am back. This guy lives in my back patio garden. A4 sketchbook graphite.

Watercolour paintings of an almost 7 years old..

Amazing stuff, Kieron

New member

I have invited a friend of mine Linda to the blog. I have known Linda for around 4 or 5 years now from WC, she is doing what we are doing looking for inspiration. She will join our daily drawing and our weekly painting challenges too.

Looks Like...

...crap right now. lol Ok, so this is what I've been working on. I don't have it nearly even close to finished yet. Not even halfway. I was going to wait to show you all, but I got antsy. hehe
So, here's the first stage. It's a 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner..well, actually, it's only the front bumper and front shadow of a 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner. But once I'm done, it'll be the entire thing. :) I've only got a basic outline of most of the car so far (lines are too faint to show right now).
Once I get it much much further, I'll post it for you all to see. :)

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Weekly challenge

I kinda didn't do the challenge right as I have never drawn an orange before and I didn't paint it this time I pastel pencilled it!!!


Draw something from your garden.

This Weeks Paintting Challenge 30July - 7 August

A week ago JJ invited me to post this week's challenge on the 29th July. It is now the 30th and I for one did not meet last week's painting challenge.

Spring and Autumn are beautiful seasons, so this week select a flower/s or something leafy and paint it in any medium, any style.

Post it on Friday 7 August.

I tried ....

I tried ....I really did but it all went wrong ..... my kitchen roll drawing so I ended up so frustrated that I just drew a pencil ..... shoot me if you want to .....
am I a day late?

I painted

I am still sick, very sick, I slept on and off all day. I painted the background for this picture yesterday, and I painted the shoes tonight. The background in person is a pale pink and white colour and the shoes in person are a shiny cream colour. I have no idea why the picture is discoloured, like the yellow on the other shoes. I need to find the manual for my camera and recheck my settings.. 12"x16" acrylic

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Today's drawing challenge is an... onion!

Have fun girls!

PS...I'm still working on yesterday's, will post today, though... when I get a change to finish it! ;)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Painting under the influence of energy drink. Not for the faint hearted.....

That BHIP stuff is pretty powerful, if it can spark me up when I am sick, and I really am sick, imagine what it would do for someone not sick.. I painted these two paintings today both 12"x16" on double gallery wrap. I got a bargain last time I went to the Art Shed. I bought a box of 20 for less than the cost of the cheapies I was buying.. Pity I didn';t have enough money for two boxes..I should not have painted two picture, I am nuts as now I feel like death warmed up again. I didn't draw, as it is harder to draw than paint, I have to think to draw, and my brain was out to lunch....


As you all know, JJ’s on the sick list ATM, so she asked me to do the challenge for today.;)

So, here’s the drawing for today…:D

Take a piece of kitchen paper and scrunch it up, then pull it out slightly and draw the shapes you see.

Monday, July 27, 2009


You choose. Draw anything you like, just draw something :D


I did not draw anything..

I am sick. I went to the market yesterday, barely stayed awake for the whole day. I got home at 4.30pm and went to bed. Didn't get up until 9.00am this morning, and I still feel like death warmed up.

All the way from South Africa .....

I tried to draw an elephant! .....not at all as easy as I thought and I have not done that beautiful animal much justice I'm afraid ...... I am gonna try and do a painting of it next ....maybe I will do better then ....

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Garage Object

Found this tube of Dielectric Silicone Grease among my husband's car stuff in our garage. Have no idea what it's for, but I liked the shape and color of the item. This is Inktense and water soluble graphite.

I'm happy to share my interpretation of the "garage assignment" with you, but would prefer to not receive critiques. Thanks!

P.S. I've come to the conclusion it's not the photographs that are "off kilter," it's the photographer!

Slightly Behind!

I have already fallen slightly behind but I blame it on the time difference. I will be catching up shortly on the garage item (already selected and set up in a shadow box on my desk for the the morning) and the "anything my heart desires" drawing. Went into the city today for a 3 hour figure drawing session. It was lovely.


What are your favourite Art Books?

Mine are;


I will be back with more later..

Saturday, July 25, 2009


Today, you can choose to draw whatever your heart desires.

Todays paintings (3)

I painted 3 Frog Bookmarks today. I have photographed them all together, but since taking the photo, I have cut them into three and laminated them.. The frogs and the giraffes are most popular, I sell them for 6.00 each. They are about 9" x 3"

I am off to bed.. Later guys.. :-)))

DRAWING CHALLENGE DAY 44 (25-07-09) do you believe this was in the garage?

hahahaha, of course not. It is Anne's Birthday today, so I drew her a cupcake..:D
A4 sketchbook B's and H's graphite.

A bit late (Day 42)

I decided to draw this from the weekly drawing challenge. I'm off on the handle, though. I just couldn't get it right for anything. :( Oh well, I feel I did pretty well even though it took 3 days. ugh!! This is off of a picture, so I wasn't able to get the shadows under it. I think the light is coming from the front, so I'm thinking there wouldn't be much of a shadow, but I could be wrong.. It's happened once before. ;) hehe

Graphite, Canson Drawing paper, 9 x 12...ish. :)


DRAWSPACE is a great learning to draw website. You will find a heap of articles about technique and stuff there. Some good reading.

THIS ARTICLE is about 2 point perspective, we should learn it.

HERE is a complete list of all types of perspective, put together for WC by John Hagan. He is very generous to go to so much trouble and in such detail for out learning pleasure.



Lay the picture on the floor, in a good natural light source, open door way, or window, with no shadows or reflection covering the picture.

Stand over the picture, look straight down, and square it up with your view finder. Take the photo.


Place your picture straight on your easel. Have your easel vertical, not on an incline. Put your camera on a tripod and square up the photo in your view finder. Take the picture.

Transfer photo to your computer.

Crop it in the photo-editing software of your choice. There are some good free ones out there, if you care to google for them.

You can adjust the colour in your photo editing program.

For pencil drawings use the greyscale feature.

For paintings, use the histogram.

To straighten a crooked photo, and it wont be crooked, if you take the steps above, use the perspective distortion adjusting tool.


Draw something from your garage, by popular request from Janine. :-)

A Few Earlier Efforts

Just to catch up with you all a bit, here are a few of my pre-blog efforts. You may have seen them already on Wet Canvas, so sorry for the rerun.

The Kitchen Item - a Durkee Pepper Tin in water soluble graphite:

The Closet Item - a wooden hanger in water soluble graphite:

A Pot Scrubber in Derwent Inktense (Can't remember if I used "Brown Madder" or "Red Oxide," both yummy colors):

Living Room/Lounge - An Ikea Lamp

Hi! JJ invited me to join your Daily Drawing/Painting group, so here I am. Thanks so much for having me along.

My name is Janine (aka "Daily Object Draw-er") and I live in Northern California, near San Francisco. In January of this year, I started drawing again after a 20 year hiatus. I also love to play with watercolors, Daniel Smiths being my favorite.

This is my effort in progress for today, an Ikea lamp from my living room. It's done with Derwent Inktense pencil, dark brown called "Bark," on Strathmore Windpower watercolor paper, size 6x9. I have not added the water yet, so this is the "before" shot. I will post the "after" shot... after! Apologies in advance. I am the world's worst photographer.

A few hours later, after adding the wash:

DRAWING CHALLENGE DAY 43 (24-07-09) Wip..

I started this too late tonight. My excuse is I was painting this afternoon.. I worked on it for two hours, but need another two hours at least to finish it.. Sketchbook.

Todays paintings x 3

All painted on 4"x12" double wrap canvas Acrylic

Friday, July 24, 2009


Today draw something from your lounge room.

A little something from my kitchen ...... it's that dreaded tomato again!!

A llttle one .....just to keep the "boss" happy ....hahahahaha
3" X 2" pastel pencils
...sideways again!!!!!!!!!!!!!! dammit!!!!!!! ....not my fault!!!!!!

I fixed it for you, Anne, only problem the text is in the wrong place!!! LOL

DRAWING CHALLENGE DAY 42 (23-07-09) Cork

This is an old one, the bottle last night was a screw cap.. :p A4 sketch book H and B's graphite

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Todays Paintings 23/07/09

I am sorry the quality of the pictures is poor.. All paintings are 5"x7" I forgot to take a photo of the framed one before framing. I don't know why the pictures look distorted?? They look perfectly alright in person. They will all be matted and framed the same, in these delightful wooden frames I picked up yesterday while I was out shopping..

I need to tend to the giraffes teeth, they are a little dirty :D


That giraffe, looks cartoonish in this photo, he doesn't in person. Go figure.. Must be the colour change in uploading, and bad photo.


Draw something from your kitchen

Happy Piggy

Just so as you know that I have been doing something even if it wasn't drawing.
I needed to do another piggy and this is where I am with this one...
9" X 12" acrylic on block canvas

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

DRAWING CHALLENGE DAY 41(22-07-09) No I am not a closet drinker.....

Tania has 3 bottles of wine stashed on the top shelf of my wardrobe. She said they are special, to her, good year or something, and she doesn't want them touched. The stuff in the boxes down in the garage is fair game, but I keep forgetting it is there. Sheesh. Oh well, I don't drink alone anyway, so I will have to invite her around for a roast chook dinner, and wine.. :p

A4 sketchbook B's and H's graphite

Day 41-My pretty dress shoe

I go to my closet, and on my floor, I literally FALL across this I figured I'd draw it. Spent way too long on it, and the shadow on the toe part isn't right, but Smirnoff could be a contributing factor on that one. hahaha's my shoe..hey..that rhymed. :D

My Day 40.

Hope you guys don't mind, but I'm trying to catch myself up in classes, so I'd like to put this in as my day 40 drawing. Also, this is my first blending try.


Go to your wardrobe, have a look on the shelf, or the floor, and choose one thing to draw..

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

DRAWING CHALLENGE DAY 40(21-07-09) Apple revisited

A4 sketchbook H and B graphite

Giraffe II

I painted another giraffe. He is so cute, looking in the opposite direction as the first one. I will hang them together, and call them The Sentinels. 4"x 12" double wrap canvas acrylic.


Our weekly painting challenge, is, to go find one of our drawings, and paint it. Too easy..

Post paintings on Wednesday the 29th please.

Have fun..

Colleen, it is your turn next week, to pick the Challenge. I am turning over a new leaf, and letting you guys know a week in advance, so you can plan something really delicious for us.

Seriously, I am getting more organised.

First Revisit

Ok, so I really need to learn to work my photoshop thing. I'm horrible at it. This looks MUCH better on paper than it does here. Well, anyhow..I've drawn this 3 times now, and while this is the best of them, the letters are still off and I'm not sure how to fix them. I may have to draw this YET again. ugh..anyhow, this is from a class on Wet Canvas.
GAH!! The top is WAY off.. ~sigh~ One day I'll get better..promise. lol


Same again. Revisit a drawing you were not happy with.

Have fun!! Seriously.

For those of you who are busy and unwell, don't sweat it. No, not you Anne, get you pencils out woman.. hahahahahaha..

Monday, July 20, 2009

DRAWING CHALLENGE DAY 39 (20-07-09) Cake Fork revisited.

I was not happy with my cake fork drawing on day 31, 12/7/09 , so I took all the advisement I got from the Drawing and Sketching Forum folks, and I redrew it.

JJ painted today..

4 inches by 12 inches on canvas. There is a highlight in his eye, it just isn't showing in the low resolution of the photo.


Revisit time..

Go back over your past drawings and pick one that you were not happy with, and redraw it..

From my kitchen

Sorry I'm late on this. I haven't been feeling well. It's really hard to draw a straight line when your head is spinning. lol So, feeling a bit better today, so I figured I'd try a bit to catch up.

Something from outside my home ....

Weird that I kinda had the same idea as JJ ....I drew this at a carboot sale .....

Sunday, July 19, 2009

DRAWING CHALLENGE DAY 38 (19-07-09) I am watching you.... :)

I drew this guy at the market today. I used my pastel pencils for the first time. The reference photo was from a friend.. So, I drew it outside my house, and this is something Hey.. :D I am so tired I can't draw anything else today. I was up at 4.00am, and I didn't get home until 6.00pm. I am tired and sore. I did paint two little frog paintings, I will photograph them tomorrow and post them. I quite like them for a change..


I didn't realise until after I had photographed this, that there is a watermark on the edge of the paper. Just as well it is a practice drawing.. This pad must have gotten water damaged, the time I was caught in the rain storm at the market.


The highlights in his eyes. I could not for the life of me get the white pastel pencil to work on top of the darks. No way was it going to show up..:( I forgot to take a pencil sharpener too, so couldn't sharpen the darn pencil either.. (makes not to put sharpener in market bag)

....well it is somehing that was in my kitchen at one time bt thankfully not now ....I hope!!!!


Today, we will draw something from outside our house.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

This weeks challenge

Is coming....... I have had a week, where I absolutely haven't stopped, every day, all things not arty too, except for taking my paintings over to the RNA Exhibition.

I have an idea in mind, need to process it more. I will give it thought tomorrow at the markets, and post it tomorrow night..

Thank you for your patience..

DRAWING CHALLENGE DAY 37 (18-07-09) Shot...

It wasn't easy. Nothing is easy. sigh.... But it was fun, like a jigsaw puzzle putting in all the dark shapes and light shapes and lifting out the highlights..

A4 sketchbook.. Graphite

This IS in my Computer Room

Just clearing that up. haha I needed something somewhat easy tonight because I've been busy all day. It's actually a bit darker than it shows, but I guess my photos aren't that great yet..getting better though. :) I retried the cap, JJ...and refuse to post it because I got frustrated and threw the entire bottle away. lol So, here's one of the pencils that I use very rarely.


Go look in your kitchen cupboards. Choose one thing and draw it. :-))

The Thingy from my PC room ..... hahaha

Well ....actually it's not usually in my PC room but today it was .........and there it goes sideways again .....dammit!!

Edited by JJ. All fixed.. I turned it the same way as you have it on wc.. :)

Here kitty kitty

sketchbook graphite..

Friday, July 17, 2009


Draw something from your computer room :-))

Have fun

From the Laundry Room

Ok, so I don't have much of an imagination right now. So, here's my fabric softener. It took close to 3 hours and by the time I got to the lid, I was sick of it. lol I tried the blending thing this time, and I'm not sure that it turned out well, but that may be because I have absolutely no clue how to blend. hahaha But that's least I tried. Yes, it DOES have a bend in it on the left..oddly, they've decided to make bottles more interesting looking lately, I suppose.
Weird...for some reason, my darks aren't that dark on the photo..even after me 'fixing' it. So, apparently, everything is a bit darker in my sketchbook than it shows...sorry about that.

DRAWING CHALLENGE DAY 35 (16-07-09) From the laundry....

So I went down to my laundry two or three times, and nothing grabbed me. Tonight I went back down again, and the shape of my laundry detergent bottle excited me, so I brought it upstairs to my office, put it in my shadow box, and drew it.

A4 sketchbook and graphite.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Yellow ...especially for those of you who hate .... it hahaha

Color Yellow

The shade of yellow determines the meaning. Pure, bright and sunny yellow is the easiest color to see. People who are blind to other colors can usually see yellow. Yellow is full of creative and intellectual energy. Always use yellow note pads.

Yellow symbolizes wisdom. Yellow means joy and happiness. People of high intellect favor yellow. Yellow daffodils are a symbol of unrequited love. Sunday's color is yellow-gold.
Yellow Energy

Like the energy of a bright sunny day, yellow brings clarity and awareness. The shade of yellow determines its effect: Yellow-green can mean deceit, and creates a disoriented feeling. Orange-yellow imparts a sense of establishment. Clean light yellow clears the mind, making it active and alert.

Put some yellow in your life when you want:

* clarity for decision-making
* relief from 'burnout', panic, nervousness, exhaustion
* sharper memory and concentration skills
* protection from lethargy and depression during dull weather

Yellow gem stone properties

Carry or wear yellow gemstones to promote the ability to express yourself. They are excellent stones for writers and public speakers to increase eloquence. The yellow stones stimulate movement and mental awareness. They are used to enhance decision making skills.


By request, we shall go to our laundry today, and draw something from there. Thank Ree. :-))

Toilet related thing

So, I had to send hubby to the store since we were out of toilet paper. I figured that you all drew most of the stuff I had and I wasn't about to draw the nasty plunger we have, so I'd draw what was LEFT of the toilet paper. :) Well, here it is...all that's left. lol It's really fuzzy, and yes, the top was misshapen like that. My photo wasn't that great, but it's a photo. :) lol

Ree's Challenge

Ree, Here it is although I am not a happy lassie with this one. I was trying for yellow, red and blue all just one small shift clockwise on the colour wheel. I set it up in a light box as instructed outside on a table, then sat on a very low stool in order not to block the sunlight, and then had to paint very quickly before the light shifted too much. Hence, no times for cups of tea between drying of layers and it all became rather"wet and wild".

That Makes Me Second......

....right? lol Ok, so I spent waaaay too long on this. And the banana changed a couple of times (it tasted really good though). I actually got it all to fit into my small light box, but because the banana was too much to resist, I had to finish the picture (mainly the folds) from a ref pic. This was a ton of fun! :D

Am I first?

Can it be true that I am the first to post the challenge painting? ....I guess that's because I have been bad at doing the daily drawing ..... so shout at me if you want to .....
I'm not even sure if I have done the right thing but I had fun doing this little guy ...
6" X 6" on canvas