Challenges Saved My Sanity

W15 JUNE CHALLENGE 015During this medical debacle, challenges saved my sanity.  When you just can’t think of anything to draw and
you are stuck looking at the same things day in and out, challenges can prompt giving you a drawing to do
without having to decide anything.

Also, while I usually an not a lover of prompts,
I enjoyed seeing what others did with the same prompt —
that was fun, and inventiveness was everywhere!

 I never tried Roz Stendahl’s suggestion to freeze your
tele screen and draw whatever is on it.  Good idea.

My stent (no pun intended) on my back is over,
and I am writing and on to other painting projects,
but wanted to finish up the month.

I didn’t just do the challenge from Every Day in June (Facebook challenge page, you are welcome to join — and they have one coming up, Every Day in July).

Gates from around the world, totally made up, quick sketch, above.

W15 JUNE CHALLENGE 011 W15 JUNE CHALLENGE 012Two views of a prompt.  I did try the prompts, but also,
I played with layout, seeing how to integrate my words into my drawings.
I also played with iridescent paints, which I rarely use.

W15 JUNE CHALLENGE 016 W15 JUNE CHALLENGE 026When depressed I doodle palm trees.  Home.  Waves.
I was supposed to do the latter in the style of Van Gogh.
I started that way by the architect in me took over . . .

W15 JUNE CHALLENGE 030Jai Jai Jai kept me company and amused me when we were not fighting for space.  He was named for Govinda Jai, and he lives up to his name always begging for creamy items.

And the line-up, in its entirety:

Drawn in a Pentalic Field Book (using it up, not that fond of them)
with Pentalic HB woodless pencil, LYRA watercolor graphite pencil,
various pens and with De Artramentis Document ink, Super5, Noodlers ink
and Daniel Smith, QoR, and Holbein watercolors.


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hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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14 Responses to Challenges Saved My Sanity

  1. Sammy D. says:

    Awesome, gorgeous and mesmerizing. Hard to tell you were in such physical discomfort and downright pain! Love love love that feather!!


  2. Beautiful, lively work! I’m glad things are getting better for you.


  3. Faye says:

    Katie, your art work is wonderful. I really enjoyed seeing the lovely watercolors. I hope you are feeling better each day.


  4. Erika N says:

    Fantastic sketches. I am glad you have something to help you through your medical tough time. And I agree with you, freezing the tv and sketching is a fabulous idea! Hope you are up on your feet soon.


  5. Clare says:

    Great illustrations. Happy PPF


  6. Gorgeous illustrations. Love them!!


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