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Feb
07

April's Artbook: CATS

 I thought this week's prompt of cats would be fun and easy.  Well true to form, these kittys were difficult.  The face shape of cats is a particular challenge for me.  Challenge = not my favorite. :)  Well here's my three kitty cats.   

 

 

A cat sketch page.  All in pencil.  This one was my favorite.  It was fun capturing the different movements of the cat and it reminded me why they are so fascinating.

  

 

Another cat sketch in pencil.  This one was challenging as you can tell by all the eraser marks. 

 

 I loved making this one.  I sketched him out first in pencil and painted him in acrylic.  Acrylic is one of my favorite mediums so I enjoyed it very much. Well that's it for this week.  What did you think of my kitty cats?  Did you join me for this challenge?  Next week look for my weekly sketches on Instagram and Facebook and as always Stay Crafty!   

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Jan
31

April's Artbook: Still Life

 

 This week's challenge was still life.  I absolutely loved it.  I stuck with pencil because I was enjoying it so very much.  I think we may revisit this one again with paint!  I also enjoyed the beautiful unseasonably warm temperatures that lent themselves to outdoor sketching.  I drew some decorative corn cobs leftover from my fall decor, two outdoor pots and a pinecone and lastly my current bouquet of flowers dawning my table (jazzed up a bit)  It's been a long time since I did a still life and I think it may be my jam!  That's what I love about the weekly art challenge!  It's a chance to try out new mediums and new art forms and rediscover old favorites.  Here's my week.  Let's see yours! 

 

 

 

 

What do you think?  Did you take the still life challenge?  Was it a challenge or a joy like it was for me?  Next week's challenge is Cats!  No really! Come on and have some fun with me.  Share your pages with me and most of all Stay Crafty! 

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Jan
24

April's Artbook: Hand Painted Skies

 This week's artbook topic was skies.  I enjoyed this week. I got to look at lots of beautiful photography and I realized that the best inspiration was already inside me.  That's the kind of art I truly enjoy.  My favorite of the three I'm sharing was just that.  It was from a memory.  Which one is your favorite? 

 

 

You can see a tiny bit of the beach at the very bottom of the page.  This is watercolor which seems to be my current favorite medium.

  

 

A closeup of clouds and rays of sunlight.  Water color and acrylic. 

 

 

A night sky through the trees. Water color pencils, water color paint and acrylic. Did you join me this week?  Share your art with me,  Or join me next week.  Next week's topic is Still Life.  See you Friday for a Fast and Easy Recipe.  Stay Crafty!

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Jan
17

April's Artbook: Hand Drawn Patterns

 Patterns are everywhere!  From the digital and print sources to nature.  Anything can become a pattern.  What a broad topic! 

 I tried several patterns and media types.  I won't even include how many I made.  This was harder than I imagined.  I ended up prefering markers and geometic shapes.  I can't decide which one is my favorite.  What do you think? 

 

 

I was going for an aztec feel with this one. I really like triangles. Can you tell? 

 

 

I'm not in love with the way you can see all of the marker lines, but I do enjoy the colors and shapes of this one. It's like a honeycomb. 

 

 This one was fun but got a little sloppy at the end.  More triangles of course. Overall, I liked the patterns challenge.  It's definitely not my strong suit but sometimes that is fun.  What do you think about my doodles? Did you make some art with patterns?  Share it with me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I may feature it on the blog!   Next week the theme is SKIES.  Join me and share your art.  And as always, Stay Crafty!

April

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Jan
08

April's Artbook : Cacti

 

Each week I'll be sharing a page or pages from my art book on a certain theme.  I would love to see your art as well.  So each week I'll leave the theme for next week.  Lately I've been drawn to Cacti and succulents of all types so that's what I did this week in my art book.  What do you think?  Show me your art by tagging me on Instagram or Facebook. Use hashtag #aprildoesthat or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  I may feature your artwork.  Next week's art is: Patterns.  Enjoy and most of all Stay Crafty!

Top view of a Cactus. A mixed media piece with watercolor and acrylic. I had a hard time with this one looking more like a flower or as my husband observed some kind of sea life.  But it is what it is

A Collection of Cacti.  Mixed media in watercolor and acrylic. In true mom style a baby has ripped this page from my art book and it is hastily put back in

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This one was more fun for me.  Just some doodles in pencil.  Overall, I don't think Cacti are my cup of art tea.  How did your cacti art go?  I'm looking forward to next week.  Join me and capture some patterns in your art! Until then Stay Crafty!  

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