Chloe x2


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My favorite “subject” to photograph and now draw, Chloe ~ our little Bichon Frise. She sat still enough for me to capture her … twice! Happy Father’s Day!

Watercolor, colored pencil, marker, and white chalk paint on tan toned paper.

Back to the drawing board

After a whole month of watercolor, I’m wanting to get back to some basic sketching. I need to do more, but this was good to get the kinks and cobwebs out. However, I do have some Dr. Phil Martin watercolor inks on their way …

What’s in front of me

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It’s the first day of summer. Yesterday, we celebrated Father’s Day with a trip to a local nursery and botanical garden. I took lots of photos to use as references for upcoming sketches and paintings, and I look forward to sharing them with you in the coming weeks. This is just a little doodle I did up in my Artist’s Loft. Sometimes when I don’t know what to draw or paint, I just draw or paint whatever’s in front of me. Literally.

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Me on Father’s Day at the nursery

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Walking Around The Yard

Walking around the Florida yard with my mini Moleskin, I quickly sketched a few of the plants I saw, enjoying the fine weather and sun. I came inside and added some color to my sketches, then photographed them outside, and here are my quick studies for your viewing pleasure.

Cactus flower – Moleskin sketch – pencil and marker
Oleander pod and cactus – pencil and marker
Aloe Vera – pencil, marker and pastels


Yellow Lane

Yellow Lane by Cynthia Maniglia
Yellow Lane – ink and marker sketch by Cynthia Maniglia

“Yellow Lane.” Yesterday was so dreary. Grey skies. Misty rain. Today, it’s sunny and breezy. In a week, I’m moving to the sunshine state, Florida. Looking forward to sunny days ahead …

Instead of buying a coloring book, I made my own coloring page with a Sharpie fine point pen and colored it in with Caryola markers. I call this “Yellow Lane.” I’m thinking of leaving one home and moving into another as we make the big move to Florida in one week. Counting the days now! That’s Chloe in the middle of the grass. You remember her from yesterday, right? (You may be wondering why I didn’t use my Faber-Castell PITT artist pens for this. Want to use up my Sharpie first! I noticed my Micron black ink fine line pen is running very low. They do wear out, don’t they? Don’t last forever. Good thing I have my new pens in the wings.) Enjoy your day!

Faber-Castell PITT artist pens

Chloe - my Bichon Frise - sketched using Faber-Castell PITT artist pens and colored in with watercolor and marker.
Chloe – my Bichon Frise – sketched using Faber-Castell PITT artist pens and colored in with watercolor and marker.
Sketching Chloe with Faber-Castell PITT artist pens
Sketching Chloe with Faber-Castell PITT artist pens
Chloe - my Bichon Frise - sketched using Faber-Castell PITT artist pens
Chloe – my Bichon Frise – sketched using Faber-Castell PITT artist pens

Yesterday, I bought neon pencils and tried them out with a simple geometric design. Unfortunately, the neon pencils were a big disappointment; they looked great in the package, but on paper, I had to press so hard and the color that came out was more of a chalky nature than neon bright. So I tried fooling around with the geographic image using my scanner. I got some fun results, but … those pencils had to go back! Barnes & Noble stood by their products and took the pencils back this morning. In exchange, I paid a little extra for a set of four Faber-Castell PITT artist pens. WP_20151112_001

I used two of the pens to create my little sketch of my dog on the chair, the thick brush for fat strokes in the eyes and nose, and then a finer tip for everything else. I like these pens – they are filled with Indian Ink and waterproof. Perfect for “doodlewashes.” My paper is pretty thin and can only handle light watercolor washes (very light!), so I finished up the coloring with markers.

I have lots more in mind for these pens. But it was nice trying them out on my dog.

Onto something else…

Have a creative, joyful day!

“Oh, look – a person!” ~ and a couple of patterns

Girl in Cape – I sketched this around dinner time, unusual for me; I don’t draw or paint many (I can count them on my right hand) people.

Girl in Cape | C. Maniglia
Girl in Cape | C. Maniglia
Pretty in Pink gouache flowers
Pretty in Pink gouache flowers | C. Maniglia
What All The Girls Like To Draw | C. Maniglia
What All The Girls Like To Draw | C. Maniglia

And these are two fabric designs I created using my paintings from this morning (they’re both available on products, like pillows and tote bags and more, over at my Society6 shop).

I’m super thrilled with how the two patterns above came out. I’d love to do more of this tomorrow. For “Pretty in Pink,” I merely scanned my artwork into the computer and rearranged the flowers on a background in the same color as the paper I drew on. For the second one called “What All The Girls Like to Draw,” I used black ink after I painted the flowers and shapes to add more interest, then scanned in the computer and rearranged, added a few more black dots here and there, as needed.