Sunday, May 8, 2016

5-8-16 ~ Sunday Sketches and A Mother’s Day Memory

This week the weather has been miserable so have had to spend a lot of time in bed with my back. There is something about the humidity and the fluid around the discs that can cause a bad situation even worse. With my little Koi, Van Gogh, and Windsor and Newton folding travel paint trays and my water brushes,  I am able to sketch and paint propped in bed. As you can see, I am having lots of trouble mastering the concept of "the wash", but maybe I will get it in time. I've just gotta persevere and try, try again and again.

Ever since I can remember I have been a lover and follower of Mary Engelbriet and her precious and child oriented paintings. I think I have every book she has written, and have collected her calendars for years along with picture frames, pocket books, pins, pot holders, fabric, wall hangings, note name it and I have it. One day this week I was looking at one of her pictures and loved the little house, her sun, and her apple tree. I added them to this, but they certainly do not look like hers. And to think that she started when she was only 10 years old. Amazing! Her life story is so inspiring.


 The "Follow Your Dreams" and "The Sky's the Limit" are two of my mantras for young and old alike. Unfortunately, I keep messing up my Micron pens and my special "waterproof" highlighter pen. Am thinking I may be pressing too hard, or maybe I have gotten paint into them. I am waiting until each painting is totally dry before going over my sketch lines with the inking, but I am still having problems. Wish I knew :-(


In Memory of My Mother on Mother’s Day 2016


  1. The dancing flowers and all the friends are so delightful in the first painting. Everything in it says "happy". I love the girl with the pink dress, the pink hat and her pink handbag and the bluebirds.
    And it's terrific how you have drawn and painted "flight" in the second.

    As for the Pigma pens, they are great to start off with , but I've found that the tip seems to wear fairly quickly.

  2. This is so very pretty and sweet! What wonderful mantras too.

  3. lovely Engelbreit inspired pieces! So sorry about your back, but at least you understand what causes it. I sometimes get headaches and all sorts of aches in the humidity, must be arthritis

  4. Such a gorgeous tribute to your Mother, so touching and heart-warming, truly wonderful and special!
    I love all of your art, fantastic works, especially love the "follow your dreams", very inspiring.
    Hope your back is feeling better!
    Wishing you a beautiful day

  5. Love your sketches and drawings. They are so happy and joyful. I sure hope you feel better soon!! no fun to be stuck in bed but at least you can still create while there!! Visiting from Sunday Sketches. Have a great new week!

  6. I love all of your art work ~ so delightful, colorful and creative ~ and glad you are able to sketch despite your back ~ Sending you lots of healing energy and hugs to heal or at least be more comfortable ~

    Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

  7. Aww...I'm so sorry to hear you've had to spend a lot of time in bed resting...and in pain, no less! Not good. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers. Wonderful journal pages. LOVE LOVE them and your bookmarks are oh so pretty. :)

  8. I love the sweet figures and images you painted, your pages are a joy to look at.
    Hope you will be feeling well again soon.
    Yvonne xx

  9. Hello Genie
    I love this naive drawings - fantastic.
    Greetings Sadie

  10. Oh these are so pretty and uplifting! I love them. I hope you are feeling better soon.

  11. the problems you are having might not be the pens or you pushing too hard but might be the paper you are using

  12. Trying to quickly catch up on what I have missed...I am liking what I see.