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

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Cat Collaboration

This cat duo looks surprised to be interrupted during their jam session.  Despite that, they make beautiful music together!

original watercolor 4 x4 mini art by Pam Schoessow

original watercolor 4 x4 mini art by Pam Schoessow

Day 31: Making Music Collages

The collages are so fun, I had to make more than one!

Making Music Collage by Pam Schoessow

Making Music Collage by Pam Schoessow

Just Cats Collage

Just Cats Collage by Pam Schoessow

Just Cats Collage by Pam Schoessow

Red Sax Collage

Red Sax Collage by Pam Schoessow

Red Sax Collage 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

Day 28: Acappella Birdies

These birds want to sing, but there’s no one to play!

Acappella Birdies by Pam Schoessow watercolor on paper

Acappella Birdies by Pam Schoessow watercolor on paper

a cap•pel•la

(ˌɑ kəˈpɛl ə)
adv., adj.

without instrumental accompaniment.

Day 27: Sax Serenade

Something different today.  I needed to take a little break from the animals, but we are still making music!

Sax Serenade 8" x 8" watercolor on board by Pam Schoessow

Sax Serenade 8″ x 8″ watercolor on board by Pam Schoessow

Day 26: Carl Makes Clarinet Magic

Even a skunk can make sweet sounds!

original watercolor on paper by Pam Schoessow

original watercolor on paper by Pam Schoessow

The clarinet was my first real instrument (I did dabble a little on piano and recorder before that, but does that count?) Anyway,  when I joined band in 4th grade (age 9) I originally wanted  to play the trumpet, but that only lasted a couple of weeks.  I was highly discouraged by the band director.  This was the 60’s and I guess girls did NOT play brass instruments!  So I took the trumpet back to the music store and they suggested a clarinet, so that’s was I learned to play.

I quite enjoyed the clarinet, but my 3 older brothers, for some reason, didn’t appreciate the “beautiful” sounds I was making.    They insisted that whenever I practiced, I had to go into my parents room and shut the door, go into their bathroom, shut the door and turn on the fan.  Then I was allowed to practice–sitting on the toilet!  But I stuck with it despite all that and played clarinet through elementary school, high school and college.

I still pull it out occasionally.  I even played a solo a couple of years ago in church.  Those things you begin in childhood just stick with you.