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The Art of Whimsy

Green Paint Brushes Horizontal

Pink Pencils Horizontal




Hello friend,

I hope the summer in your area hasn’t been as hot and humid as ours has been in the midwest!  It’s so steamy outside and just plain uncomfortable.  I’m a cool weather girl so I’m totally ready for fall to get here with colorful foliage and crisp temperatures.

I decided that I needed to do some drawing that was more playful in nature and a bit less controlled.  Sometimes I want to draw but I can’t decide what I want to work on. I started studying Andrea Joseph’s earlier works.  She is such an amazing illustrator!  She used to work only in ballpoint pen and in a single color.  I actually looked at each drawing on her website for inspiration.

I did these drawings with pen, marker and colored pencil.  I thought they would make nice illustrations for greeting cards.  I’d love to do more work like this and would love your input about what kind of drawings you’d like to see.  Do you like this whimsical style of art or drawings that are more realistic?

Blue Pencil & Paint Brush Horizontal

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Colored Pencil Wood Thrush

Wood Thrush

Hi!  I have to admit, I’m one of those crazy bird-watchers!  I love spying birds outside my window and watching them interact with one another.  I love looking at all the colors and markings and I especially love to see how each breed is so different.  Not just the way they look, but also the way they move and fly.

Wood Thrush Collage

Thoreau wrote of the wood thrush:  “Whenever a man hears it he is young, and nature is in her spring; whenever he hears it, it is a new world and a free country, and the gates of heaven are not shut against him.”

The wood thrush is the most familiar of or spotted brown thrushes and the only one that nests regularly in the vicinity of houses.  These birds are about 8 inches long.  They lay four greenish-blue eggs in their nests in a cup of grass and twigs, reinforced with mud and lined with fine grass and rootlets, placed in a bush or sapling.  They have four greenish-blue eggs.  And their song . . . oh my!  So very beautiful!

Am I the only cra-cra that is [contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"] intrigued with these lovely creatures?  Have you spotted any unique birds in your neck of the woods?  I’d love to hear from you!