Sunday, September 30, 2012

Day 274: At the Ball Park

     Welcome to PNC Park home of the Pittsburgh Pirates!   A couple of friends and I were able to make a game during the last weekend homestand of the season.  The first innings were pretty wet, but then it cleared up and turned into a beautiful fall day.  I've had this project idea in mind forever and couldn't wait to get to a game to try it out.   I'm pretty pleased with the result from my little point-and-shoot.  

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Day 273: Pastels

     I got out the pastels I bought way earlier this year, but not to draw with...

Friday, September 28, 2012

Day 272: Watercolored Pencil

     The drawing project I started, if you haven't noticed, has had a bit of influence on this one.   For instance, today I was doing a line drawing in what I thought was colored pencil, but I realized afterward that I had pulled out my watercolor colored pencils instead.  Whoops.  Anyway, I got two projects out of it again.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Day 271: Stamps and the Magic of Photoshop

     For your viewing pleasure, I give you... stamps!  And through the magic of Photoshop Elements (or any other program that can flip things horizontally,) the image is reversed so you can read it.  You're welcome.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Day 270: Fun with Crayons

     I'm over a week into another project I started where I have a book of drawing exercises and I try to do one a day to try to get back into drawing seriously.  Today, I picked an exercise that's an intro to the color chapter and it suggests something I've been suggesting all along.  Sometimes, you just need to color...

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Monday, September 24, 2012

Day 268: Trees and Things ATC

     I was drawing the leaves and branches I can see out the window from my desk.  It got me thinking about trees and things.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Day 267: Inspired by Famous Artwork Day

     That's right.  This makes it two days in a row I've worked from the Scalin book.  Today's prompt is to make something inspired by a famous work of art.   For some odd reason, I picked Broadway Boogie Woogie by Mondrian.  I think he would have liked the colors, but I doubt he would have approved of my use of diagonal lines.  Oh well. 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Day 266 Corrugated Cardboard Day

     I went back to the book today and today is Corrugated Cardboard Day.  I know you're just as excited about it as I am!   The only piece I saw at hand was the packaging for some photo prints and I tore it up pretty good to make this photo for you.  

Friday, September 21, 2012

Day 265: Brush Pen

     The book for my drawing project said to use a brush pen today.  I have some pens that say "brush" on them so I hope those count.  I also used them for this project today.  You can see why I prefer the Prismacolors, but these have an interesting texture digitally.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Day 264: Lunchbox Art

    We ended up with somewhat of a lunch break today and it was just long enough to make some art with my cooler and some sticky mat scraps.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Day 263: License Plate

     Okay okay. So it's not the real thing.  But I did try to to be realistic and only allow myself seven spaces.  Do you think that's enough to give the tailgater behind me the hint?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Day 262: Calligraphy Pen

     I bought a calligraphy pen set for my other drawing project a while ago and today was the day to use it to draw from a garden or garden-like still life.  I don't think I have handled a pen with nibs for a long time, but I started to get the hang of it after a while.  This set has ink cartridges that go inside the pen so you don't have to dip them in an open bottle of ink which was good.  Odds are I would have gotten it everywhere.  Anyway, I loaded two pens with two different color inks and made a bonus drawing on a bristol board ATC for today's project.  Enjoy.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Day 261: Sketched ATC

     I have to confess I've really been slacking on drawing this summer... perhaps even longer than that.  But now, I'm trying to get "back into shape."  I bought a book a while ago.  It's called One Drawing a Day by Veronica Lawlor and it has six weeks worth of drawing exercises in it.  So far, I've spread the first day's exercise and its variation over two days.  I've also been sketching with pens in my free time.  Just as in 365 projects where people post to blogs and websites as a way to be held accountable, I've been posting my drawings to my Facebook artist page as a way to keep myself accountable and to try to force myself to put more effort into the drawing.  So, anywho, today's project is inspired by my recent undertaking.  You can check out my drawings and other cool stuff at my page at:  Have a great week, everybody!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Day 260: Brown Day

      Welcome to Day 260 also known as Brown Day in the Scalin book.  That means all brown materials.  And no, that's not crayon or pastel... it's chocolate!  That's right.  I've drawn with some pretty strange materials in my time, now I can add chocolate chip to the list.  So, go, love yourself, and have some chocolate.   Doesn't chocolate release endorphins?  In other words, you'd be doing everyone else a favor by eating some chocolate.  (You're welcome.)

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Day 259: Erie Irish Fest

     This weekend marks the halfway point to St. Patrick's Day.  Yeah, it's that good a holiday that around here, we celebrate when we're halfway there at the Erie Irish Festival.  It's a small festival that's held every year about now and though wearing green isn't mandatory, it sure helps.  To get in the spirit I put on a green t-shirt and shamrock ball cap and headed out the door.  After spending some green at the arts and craft store, I had dinner all by my lonesome, but I got one of my favorite dishes at a certain Mexican restaurant and it involves chicken and green sauce.  (NOM!)  Then, I went over to the festival and watched a couple of Celtic rock bands.  I love me some Celtic rock.  I mean, what's not to like about a band who does an Irish version of Queen's Fat-Bottom Girl?  Or the parody, "Thank God I'm an Irish Boy?"  Finally, after a couple bands and watching the kids and the Guiness drinkers "dance" themselves out, I came home and doodled this little number on a menu from the program.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Day 258: Inspired by Seuss

     I took another page out of the drawing book today and it's in the section about inspired by famous artists.  I had to do my best to turn the reins over to my inner child on this one.  I don't know who Seuss like it is, but it was fun.  

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Day 257: 30 Minute One-Liner

     After one attempt, I was finally able to put pen to paper and keep one line going for a full half an hour.  Love is patient.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Day 256: Inspired by Klee

     Well, I worked from the book today... well, maybe not the book, but a book.  It's a book about drawing exercises and one of the exercises is do a drawing inspired by the artist Paul Klee.  Here's my result.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Day 254: Composition Book

     The new school year is in full swing.  Though graduation was many moons ago, due to the nature of my job, I still go to school everyday.  I go to a school everyday.  It's very rarely the same one twice in a row.  Anyway, it's been a while and it hasn't.   There's a lot of things the same such as kids and their love of free combs and there's a lot of new things we didn't really have to worry about in my day like a cell phone bulge in your pocket showing in your picture.  Another thing that is the same is you can still buy a good ol' fashioned composition book for all your notes and those essays you love to write.  

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Day 253: The Terrible Project

     If you're in the U.S., you're pretty much aware that today is virtually a national holiday: opening day for the NFL.  As a recent Steelers convert, I'd like to show my support in my version of the famous towel featuring my message of the year.  So go out and love one another... even Browns fans.  (They need all the love they can get!)

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Day 252: Smashed Journal

       I don't know if you've noticed these in stores yet, but K&C Company (please don't sue me!) makes these SMASH! Journals that are pretty cool.  Each page or spread has a different design or pattern and you pretty much just glue, tape, or stick your ephemera in it: photos, ticket stubs, etc.
     I was eyeing them for a while before a friend got me one for Christmas.  Unfortunately, I let myself get behind a bit,  A few weeks ago, I printed out a batch of pictures and tried to play catch up.  Today, for my project, I took a page from March and added some newly bought stickers to it.  Yes, that's Rory again and no, I'm not a crazy cat lady.  I've got about 29 more cats to go, but hey, if you look close you'll notice these photos were taken the day we all made cranes inspired by Ellen's crane project as part of Inspired by a Friend's blog.  Remix!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Day 251: Text Experiment

    Inspiration was definitely lacking today, but I hope you enjoy my little text experiment anyway!  

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Day 250: Hope and Love

     If you're paying any attention to American politics, you know that the Democratic National Convention is going on right now. I think and strongly feel that in this time of extreme partisanship, the message of love is more relevant than ever.  Constant polling shows that many people feel the country is "going in the wrong direction."  If this is true, than I don't believe the blame can be placed in any one place.  If the country is going in the wrong direction, it's because of a lack of love and people caring more about their parties, their success as a party, and making sure the guy/ gal from the other party fails than doing what's right for the most people.  It's really up to us as individuals to make really meaningful everyday changes.  Let's start with just showing a little love and helping each other out.  We're all on the same team after all.
    Tonight's project was made with the help of the folks over at Obamicon.Me and features my buddy Rory the cat who has made several appearances in may projects already, but he's so frickin' cute, I can't help myself!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Day 249: Inspired by Popcorn Day

     The other day I talked about going to a local fair, but I didn't mention one of the best parts: the kettle corn at the fair some of which I sacrificed for your viewing pleasure today.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Day 248: Random Drawer Day

     Took a page out of the book today, so to speak.  Today's prompt from the Scalin book is about picking a drawer and using what's found in it.  I found a few usable things including a magnifying glass, a red pen, wipes, and a portion of a pack of Team USA address labels.  So maybe you don't need high-priced art supplies, that junk in your junk drawer might be useful after all.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Day 247: Fair Time

     Over in my neck of the woods, county and community fairs are in full swing complete with ride-o-ramas and all the good junk food.  It would have been cool to get one of my projects in the show, but with all the "craziness," it didn't happen.  Had I happened to register on time and whatnot, the entry form might have looked something like this.  

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Day 246: Bouquet

     Still have weddings on the mind: one down, two (that I know of) to go!  It's great to see great couples tie the knot and on such a beautiful day, too, and you just hope for the best for people like that.  I also love to go to church and hear announcements congratulating older couples on their 30, 40, 50 plus wedding anniversaries.  That's how it should be, if you ask me.  I think of a couple I know in their 70s and they still hold hands and wish that for everybody who gets married.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Day 245: Always

     Today, I have weddings on the brain.  I've been to a few in my time, but I'm at the point where more and more people I know and grew up with are getting married and having families.  Today is one of those days and I'd like to dedicate today's project to a very special couple tying the knot today.  I'd also like to plug a fellow photographer that goes by penywise over at for the photo I incorporated today.