Day 22 of 30: Be Happy

I’m behind.  I’ve had a bad cold for several days and when I’m not at work, I’ve been sleeping.  No time to paint, so I just did a little doodle while eating dinner.  I’m always trying to remind myself to be happy.  It’s so easy to get down about little things, when in reality I am so blessed.

by Pam Schoessow

by Pam Schoessow

Smile and a Mishap

Wish I could redo the painting on this one.  I painted the letters blue, and then I wished I had left them white.  I had the “bright” idea that I could lighten them up with “Whiteout”–which happened to be handy.  BAD idea!  I used my watercolor brush and quickly found out that the “Whiteout” is oil based and sticks like glue!  I tried to wash the brush, but the white just got all over my fingers and won’t come off.  I guess I need turpentine.  And the brush is now in the garbage.  And now you know–Whiteout is NOT like watercolor!  And it didn’t even cover up the blue.

So even though this was a disaster, I learned from it and I still like my drawing–just don’t like how the painting came out.  Shows what an amateur I am!   I tried to spruce it up a bit with a border done in Picmonkey.  Hope you will “SMILE” anyway.

Smile by Pam Schoessow  pamelajeannestudio.com

Fun wIth Copic Markers

I have often read about Copic markers on various art blogs.  So when I was in an art supply store recently, I decided to make the investment in a new media to see what they were all about.  I love the saturated color.

Original Art by Pam Schoessow.   11x14 on paper

Original Art by Pam Schoessow. 11×14 on paper

Fun with Gel Pens

I’m in Las Vegas for a few weeks helping out my Mom.  I have a lot of down time so I have been filling up a sketchbook with doodles. Thought I would finally try out some gel pens I got for Christmas.  Having fun with color.  Adding words to my doodles seems to be my favorite thing lately.Faith Doodle by Pam SchoessowSpring Doodle by Pam Schoeesow

Thanks Doodle by Pam Schoessow

Day 30: Sing a Song

I was going to title this “Yay! I’m done!” , but this title is probably more appropriate.  I painted this quickly, and unfortunately, it shows.  But I am off to a three day quilt retreat this morning!  Fun!  I have put my paints away for another day.  So now I have completed 5 of Leslie’s 30 paintings in 30 day’s challenges, and I have been able to complete each one.  Granted, I am not doing fine art–so it’s much easier.  I have enjoyed all the other art, especially from Karin, Sandy, Sheila, Sea, Cindy, Susan and so many others.  And all the positive comments I received really kept me going, especially when I didn’t feel much like an artist at all.  THANK YOU SO MUCH for your support.

So today’s painting is really a doodle that I added some song lyrics to.  Sing was popularized by Karen Carpenter back in the 70’s, but I guess it’s really a Sesame Street song.  Though I was too old to have ever watched Sesame Street as a kid, I did acquire a SS songbook.  I love this song and especially the lyrics.  I truly believe there is joy to be had in the very act of singing.  It really doesn’t matter if you think you have a good voice or not.  Just SING!

Sing a Song watercolor on paper 7" x 7" by Pam Schoessow

Sing a Song watercolor on paper 7″ x 7″ by Pam Schoessow

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

Yes, it’s time for another painting challenge starting Monday, September 1st.  I will join 700 other artists and attempt to paint 30 paintings in 30 days.  Of course that means painting small.  Most of my little art is only 4″ x 4″ or 5″ x 7″.  I like to paint on Ampersand Aquabord with watercolors.  It is a sturdy panel with an absorbent surface.  I thought I would get ahead of the game and start to draw a few things.IMG_0610 These are still in the ink stage.  Next I will add color with watercolors.  Then I spray them with multiple coats of varnish to make the color permanent.  Before I start drawing on the aquabord, I sketch some ideas on paper.  I thought you would like to see some pages in one of my sketchbooks.  These are real rough sketches–and they all don’t become paintings.  I just kick the ideas around for awhile.  I am somewhat embarrassed to show these, but maybe you will see that I’m just doodling, really. IMG_0624  IMG_0626   IMG_0611 IMG_0612 IMG_0613 IMG_0614 IMG_0615 IMG_0616 IMG_0617 IMG_0618 IMG_0619  IMG_0621 IMG_0622 IMG_0623  IMG_0625  IMG_0627 IMG_0628 IMG_0629IMG_0620

 

Well now you have had a peek into the process of a “not so fine” artist!  I will start posting finished paintings on Monday, September 1st.  If you want to see daily art from hundreds of other (real) artists who have signed up for the challenge, check out artist Leslie Saeta’s blog at lesliesaeta.blogspot.com

Flowers and Fruit

I love fantasy flowers–I can conjure up anything I want.  Here is the lastest from my imagination.  I will probably spend tomorrow quilting, but I really should be planting some annuals.  Flowers of any kind just make me happy.Image