Days 23-27 {Daily Sketchbook}

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I totally geek out over birds. We had a parakeet for 11 yrs. and if we didn’t have a cat I would get another one. He was definitely my first “baby”.
Lately as I’m packing lunchboxes and cooking breakfast I’m also watching my bird feeder and marveling at my little feathered friends. Cardinals are one of my favorites. I had fun by the end of the five days and began making up birds. Enjoy your week. xo

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Mats Assignment Bootcamp January

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I signed up for Make Art That Sells Assignment Bootcamp course on a whim. I really was unsure of this ecourse. Would I be able to keep up? Would I be able to make a decent piece of art? Would I even enjoy making what we were asked to make? I knew all about Lilla Rogers and her wonderful reputation working with top notch artists. So far she has given a interesting assignment and lovely interview. All the other artists are so helpful. It’s truly a very supportive group.

My painted piece is above and as you can see it was for a journal cover. The theme was Edwardian Brooches. At first I wasn’t feeling very inspired by this subject but when I came upon the cameo brooches I got interested. I sketched out a few ideas and then worked with Lilla’s color palette to paint it up. I really love how imperfect she is and I’m happy I completed the assignment on time. On Tuesday 1/27 theĀ gallery goes live. Go have a look at all the talent out there. You will be blown away. xoxo

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Days 18-22 {Daily Sketchbook}

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I have a list of subjects for this project. I don’t even think houses made the list. I had been admiring the work of Grandma Moses and decided to give houses a try. Day 19 is very loosely based on our house and the rest are from ones in our village. I really enjoyed making wonky, imperfect houses. It as so much fun. I have a feeling I will revisit this subject this year.

Back to tossing ideas around for tomorrow. xo

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Joys and Blessings

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I’ve been mentally noting joys and blessing lately but Anne reminded me of writing it down in her most recent post. So here’s mine.

*Sunny skies
*A lunch date with my husband
*Delicious food eaten on that date
*Chocolate Mint Rooibos tea
*Birthday calls, messages and cards
*That cute cardinal above sitting right outside my window this morning
*Bowling with the family
*My amaryllis blooming
*A deep, dark chocolate cake waiting to be covered in candles and eaten later tonight

What about you? Would love to hear yours.

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Days 13-17 {Daily Sketchbook}

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I was dreaming of warm days when I set out to work with these shells. The air was cold and the ground white but I kept day dreaming of warm sand and a nice ocean breeze.

I broke out the gouache this week and it was nice. I began to get tired of shells and I’m thinking I need broader subject matter. It’s beginning to feel more like a habit. I’ve found that working in the morning is the best. I don’t have a set time to work on it but I aim to complete it by noon. Pam Garrison recently posted on her two daily creative projects this year. I really echo her sentiments about the commitment part and the overall feeling regarding her book so far.

Until next time. xo

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Days 11 and 12 {Daily Sketchbook}

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I’ve finished with creamers and sugar bowls for the time being. I’m going to be switching subjects every 5 days and I will share them here at the end of the five days. I’m on to a new subject and it has me thinking of warmer days.

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Days 7-10 {Daily Sketchbook}

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For day 7 I decided to work on the easel with a large pad. It was great to work loose by standing back and holding the pencil lightly. I then went and worked in my little book in a loose manner drawing my image from the day before and painting black ink around it.
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Day 8 was the start of a new theme. I have a small collection of vintage creamers and sugar bowls so these are my subject this week. I really like the addition of the bright yellow. It was cheery to paint in. The creamer does have flowers on it but I chose not to tackle those and stick with trying to get the shape.
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Day 9. Vintage Knowles creamer. I used my Koi brush pens and really enjoyed them. I also used two Sharpie markers but they bled through to the back. Not a big deal to me.
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Day 10. I have a very pretty little cut (molded?) glass creamer. This was challenging. A bit frustrating but I decided to turn it and try to capture different areas.

Already I’m feeling like it’s getting easier to show up and easier to screw up knowing that tomorrow is a new day.

I’m thinking to update the blog every few days with this project but I share every day over on Instagram. I’m @danabarbieri73 if you want to follow along. :)

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