Possum Patty from Pencil-vania Illustrating Life

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Tree #150/10,000 Thanksgiving Travel Art: Over the river and through the woods...

Traveling in the car, drawing with an ultra fine Sharpie, adding colors with watercolors, and Prismacolor pencils in my Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Journal.

Over the Hudson River....

and through the New Jersey woods....
to the Thanksgiving feast in Connecticut.

Monday, December 11, 2017

October "What's on My Mind?" Journal Page: Birches (Tree #149/10,000)

Autumn colors, pale blue sky, and white birches.

The writing on the left belongs to the previous two pages! There was an empty space between the two paragraphs so I continued with the birch trunks across the spread.

In this close-up, you can see the texture from the collage background. Acrylics and collage in a Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Journal.

Heartstones, River Rocks, and Purple Pebbles

Take joy in painting a rock! Watercolor pencils and acrylic glazing medium in Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media.

Watch the video to see my process using watercolor pencils and acrylic glazing medium.

I have a habit of picking up stones and putting them in my pocket.

Wise Old Possum Woman says a rock with a white band that completely encircles it is called a Wishing Stone. If you find one you can make a wish, but for the wish to come true you must then throw the rock into a lake. Two white bands means two wishes!

The center concretion "Fairy Stone" comes from Canada. It was formed thousands of years ago from sand and clay in a large glacier lake. 

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Using Watercolor Pencils with Acrylic Glazing Medium to Paint Rocks

Sunday, December 10, 2017

September 11th "What's on my mind?" Journal Page: 2,996 Points of Light

Remembering 9-11 with collage, texture and somber colors.

2,996 points of lights. 

Collage, sand resin, acrylics, and glitter in Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Journal.

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October "What's on my mind?" Journal Page: Stack'em Pumpkins!

Pumpkins that are flat are where it's at. Cinderella pumpkins in orange, red, green, and white. 

Watercolors and ink in Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Journal.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Art Journal Flip #8

Narrated "flip through" of my Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Art Journal #8.

September "What's on my mind?" Journal Page: Hurricane Irma

September 9, 2017 Hurricane Irma aims for the Keys.

Gouache in Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Journal. Inspired by Bob Burridge.

August "What's on my mind?" Journal Page: Hurricane Harvey

August 24, 2017 Hurricane Harvey heads to Houston.

Gouache in Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Journal. Inspired by Bob Burridge.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Honeydew Picks a Pumpkin

Fun October journal page.

Honeydew inspired by the artwork of Mindy Lacefield. Watercolors and ink in Strathmore Series 500 Mixed Media Journal.

Doodle de Degenerative Discs

Working on a "surround" page for my "tunnel" pages. This doodle was inspired by the art work on the wall at the physical therapy office, spinal vertebrae, and degenerating discs.

Colors for the page inspired by wonderful heat therapy.

Watercolors, ink, and colored pencils technique after Paivi at Peony and Parakeet. 

Strathmore Series 500 Mixed Media Journal.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Art and Oatmeal: November Birds

Working on the "surround" while making a tunnel journal page. On this page I decided to start painting the birds of the season.

Art and Oatmeal with slices of Winesap Apple (Thank you, Carol!). I started the page by freely laying on and splashing the watercolors.

The first "bird" is a surprise sulfur butterfly that flew by me in the back yard on November 29th. (watercolor, ink, and colored pencil in Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Journal)

The next bird is a squawky backyard Blue Jay. Inspiration for the layers of watercolor, ink, and colored pencils comes from Paivi at Peony and Parakeet

The Snowbirds are back! 

A bright spot of color in the yard! Note the hole which will become part of the "tunnel" journal page.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Art and Oatmeal with inspiration from the inside of a Yogi brand tea box

Morning doodle while eating my oatmeal with Honeycrisp apple slices, cinnamon, and brown sugar.

First colorful splashes of watercolor.

Then ink doodles inspired by the design inside a box of Yogi brand tea. Can you find the dragonfly?

Blue flower doodle.

A fish and a snail.

Fun designs and...

Quirky characters.

Ignore the hole in the center! 
That will become part of my "tunnel" journal page.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Oil Pastels are like yummy crayons...

Looking at a book about Nicolai Fechin inspired me to play with some oil pastel crayons.

Sketching in the Kitchen with Kay.

Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Sketchbook.

Playing with earth on Earth Day...

First Sunday in April at Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center.

Layers of mud, yes, real mud, sand resin, acrylic paint, and just a touch of glitter paint.

"Petroglyphs" were carved with the handle of a paint brush. And, yes, this IS in my Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Sketchbook. 

Tree #148/10,000 Dogwood in spring...

Playing with watercolors in Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Sketchbook.

Dogwood blossoms created by sponging on white acrylic paint.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

August is Purple Mushroom Month

Abundant rainfall this summer has produced Basidiums of amazing size and color.

What we see as mushrooms are the "fruiting bodies" of the funnygus - Basidiomycota.

Underground the Basidiomycota are mycelium that run over large areas.

The "Hen of the Woods" mushroom tastes like chicken.

The "Old Man of the Woods" mushroom Strobilomyces Strobilaceus.

"...old men have grey beards, that their faces are wrinkled, their eyes purging thick amber or plum tree gun, and they have a plentiful lack of wit..."

These botanists exhibit Mycophobia.