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L.A.P. Dog

It’s not what you think, although if he jumped into my lap I’d allow him a short stay. It’s that I hate wasting paint, even a little bit. He is a Leftover Acrylic Paint dog.

The orange, blue, and red colors on his face are leftover acrylic paint smeared on a page, then folded — forming his somewhat symmetrical blotches. I looked at it from time to time just enjoying the blobs. Then I spotted him and drew him out.

This ‘Rorschach’ian method may say something about my personality type and emotional functioning. Do you think I have a thought disorder?

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(5 x 5″ mixed media in sketchbook)
Displayed artwork © 2017 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

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Happy Monday!

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(5″ x 4″  water-soluble pen on paper and watercolor)
Displayed artwork © 2016 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Happy Easter

Digital eggs and a bunny who sprang from a blotch of extra paint. Must be Easter.

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(4″ x 5″  digital art using Sketches® by Tayasui)


(4″ x 4″  mixed media acrylic and Micron pen)
Displayed artwork © 2016 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Hawaii Sketches 2016

Balmy Hawai’i is an irresistible  lure this time of year when I’ve about HAD it with the cold-wet-windy weather of Seattle. I easily took the bait again this year when my sweetie suggested, “So, for your BIG birthday, why don’t we go back?” And he treated me to two warm weeks on the Big Island. I know, I’m incredibly lucky, right? Spoiled is more like it.

No “sketch-a-day” like last year (sorry) but I have a good excuse. We were joined by dear friends who helped party me through the first celebratory week! I survived and had a great time. Here are a few sketches managed between the fun.

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BEAUTIFUL ARRANGEMENT GREETING US AT CONDO
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SHORE PALMS AND SURF
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BECAUSE I HAD TO…
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CHARMING LOCAL HOUSE
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FOREST IMPRESSIONS FROM OUR FINAL B&B
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CITY OF REFUGE
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(All approx. 5″ x 3″ micron pen on moleskine® sketch or watercolor paper)
Displayed artwork © 2016 Kim Reading.  All rights reserved.

Squiggly Treats

Have I introduced you to Squigglies yet? I don’t think so.

Squigglies are easy to make, and are purely for self-entertainment (ok, or when I’m sharing them on my blog), if I’m bored, or lacking creative inspiration. They’re a terrific springboard for being loose and silly with your arm and eye. They’re also a good way to ease into a day of art.

Take a pen (or pencil) to paper and draw loops, angles, lines, whatever marks you want in a continuous motion in a limited area. I like to do it blind, meaning no peeking until you pick up your pen (or pencil). Then stare at it and turn your squiggly around and around until you ‘see’ something pop out at you. Bring forward what you ‘see’ by adding color, other media, more lines, collage.

After a long day I only have time to create something quickly. So, I do one of these super fast and it really feels like a magical “treat” before I retire to bed.

Try it! You never know what you’ll find in your squigglies. They are magic. This exercise in one from the wonderful Carla Sonheim‘s bag of creative tricks.

Here are some of my recent squiggly “treats.”

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Uncle Fester’s Brother

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Sad Woman

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Puppet and Larva

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Curl Envy

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Bluebird

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Jumping Blue Schnozzola Dog

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Bluebee

(various sizes – all quite small)  water-soluble ink pen and water wash on basic sketchbook paper)

Displayed artwork © 2016 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Follow Me

Keeping it simple. Dabbling in black and red ink—applied using eyedroppers.

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(10″ x 7″ india ink on plain paper)
Displayed artwork © 2015 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Foam Fun Wake Up!

Gooooooooood Mooooooorning, Ticklers! Are you lumbering toward a hot caffeinated beverage of some sort right now?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gaze

into

your

cup

and

behold

its

goodness!

Have a doggone great week, everyone.

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Kids Art Week – ‘Picasso Dog’ Rabbit

Who turns down free stuff? I don’t. So I was thrilled to be one of the “kids” in a free 6-day Kids Art Week class. You can sign up anytime and take it yourself. Be a kid again! Even better: Recruit a younger (or older) kid to do it with you!

Here is my ‘Picasso Dog’ from lesson #1. The wonderful Carla Sonheim steps you through it.

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(5″ x 5″  acrylic on sketch paper)
Displayed artwork © 2015 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Rainbow Rabbit

(Doodle-turned-sketch-turned-rabbit) Jump on board with the rainbow rabbit. Seating is limited.

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(5″ x 5″  pen and watercolor on sketch paper)
Displayed artwork © 2015 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Guest Artist: Unknown

A brisk morning walk while it’s still fairly cool. Look what I found!

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(24″ x 36″  colored chalk on concrete driveway)