Drawing a Day Challenge: Day #12

Guys, I was SOOOO excited for today’s drawing!

I was going to be home, have tons of time to work, AND it was going to be an easier drawing as the subject is one I’m very familiar with by now. It couldn’t have been a better set up for drawing….

But life happened.

And my brain was all over the place, incapable of drawing properly.

So I give you my first flop of the challenge:

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Title: Funny Little Cardinal

Medium: Graphite pencil and ink on acid free paper

Size: 5×7

When I say “flop”, I just mean that he didn’t turn out how I wanted him to. He’s not baaaaad, just not up to my normal standards.

So yeah, I didn’t even photograph him properly, and this is the only picture I took.

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Drawing a Day Challenge: Day #9

I had so much energy today!

I’m not sure if it’s because everyone was back at school, the sun was out, or my office was freshly cleaned, but I got so much done! I guess it was really shocking that I got a lot done because when the boys got home, Kid #2 just stopped and said “Woooooowwww….”, and Kid #3 said “What happened? The house looks so weird!”.

Apparently I don’t clean a lot….

But anyway, back to art things. Number One on my list of course was the Drawing a Day Challenge, and today’s subject seemed daunting. It actually went fairly smoothly, and I really enjoyed working on it!

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Title: Falcon

Medium: Graphite pencil and ink on acid free paper

Size: 5×7

This subject was suggested by my friend, Lisa H. She mentioned a bird of prey, and I know my husband especially loves falcons, so it was a no-brainer as to which one I was going to choose.

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Drawing a Day Challenge: Day #5

When I woke up Sunday morning, I honestly thought that there would be no possible way that I would ever get the day’s drawing done if I even got a chance to start it. I had church from 8-9 in the morning, had to rush home to get Kid 3 ready for a birthday party, leave by 10 to get to the city by 11 to drop him off at the trampoline park, find something to do until 1 when I picked him up, then head over to the varsity swim team’s end of the season banquet (my husband was the head coach), and then come home and get ready for the week.


When your day has all these activities in it, and you’re missing an hour of sleep due to daylight saving’s time, you know that it is just not going to be a super productive kind of day.

I had hoped to spend the two hours while Kid 3 was at his birthday party sitting at Tim Horton’s, drawing while drinking a cup of hot tea. But, as the city still was trying to restore power and do clean up from the crazy wind storm, they were closed. I tried sitting in the car to draw, but couldn’t feel my fingers after a few minutes because it was just that cold.

Thankfully the mall was open and pretty much quiet. I found a corner of the food court with great lighting, and started to draw.


And somehow, I managed to finish with a few minutes to spare!

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Drawing A Day Challenge: Day #1

It’s FINALLY that time! Boathouse is in layout, and the Drawing a Day Challenge has officially begun! Woo hoo!

Day 1 was pretty challenging. Once I taped up my paper and got a pencil in hand, I realized something: I didn’t remember how to draw!

While that may be a slight exaggeration, it’s not too far off. I haven’t drawn in months. Yes, I’ve done Boathouse illustrations, but that’s a different kind of drawing. I needed the super detailed, realistic kind of drawing to happen. And my brain and hand did not want to communicate very well.

Once I started to get the hang of it (about an hour into the drawing), our power went out! Western New York had a crazy wind storm (think hurricane winds), and we were without power for about 9 hours.

However, I was able to complete my drawing within the day’s time limit, and here he is!

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Fan Friday: ‘Blue Jay’ Print

I was going to wait and share this another week to space out the Fan Fridays, but I just couldn’t wait! I’m surprised I was even able to wait a week without sharing this…

First, I need to get something off of my chest: I have a lot of fear with my business. Whenever someone orders or buys something from me, I’m afraid that they’ll come back, unhappy with the product and leaving a bad review either online or by word of mouth, I’ll lose all my customers, and have to go out of business forever.

I know, it’s bad and kind of pretty pathetic, but it’s true.

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Bird Series: Tufted Titmouse

The bird that started it all….

Title: Tufted Titmouse

Medium: Watercolor on paper

Size: 8″ x 10″

When: Fall 2014

Time to complete: A few hours

Thought process: This painting was….challenging yet enjoyable.

I remember I had been sitting at our dining room table trying to figure out what I was going to use as my inspiration for my next piece. Something outside our sliding glass door caught my eye, and it was my favorite bird, Spike. Spike is a Tufted Titmouse, which just happens to be my favorite kind of bird. They look like the just woke up and have bed hair and rolled around in some dust; they’re just adorable! As I watched him eat (he has a distinct way he eats, in which he will try to crack open seeds between his feet on the bird feeder, rather than fly away like the other titmice), I thought he’d be a fun subject to try and paint, and I got to work!

Problems I encountered: I was out of practice with watercolors and haven’t really attempted them before. It wasn’t super difficult, but just enough to make me really work for this piece to look nice!

Getting the proportion of chubby bird belly to the rest of the bird size was challenging 🙂

Favorite part: All of it! I think he’s super cute. And I think framing him made him even cuter:

Least favorite part: Letting him go. I would love to be able to keep this painting, but as I keep getting reminded, we’d have to build more walls or move to a bigger house if I kept all of the paintings and drawings that I fell in love with!

Fun tidbits:

I have a confession: I am really really really uncomfortable with watercolors.

At least I was.

Watercolor paints are intimidating to me. I like to take my time and go back and rework areas, but with watercolors, you have to move fast. If you make a mistake, you might be able to fix it, or you might just end up with it looking muddy and even worse than it was to begin with.

Questions about this piece:

What made you decide to attempt watercolors again? 

I had just signed up for the arts and crafts fair in December, and needed products quickly! I thought that I’d give these a try, and would either end up with something I loved or hated really quickly, and that if I hated it, I would still have a lot of time to try some other medium to create with.

Was starting out watercolors with a bird hard or easy?

I thought it would be harder than doing a group of trees, but actually doing Rain on the Lake was harder! This one was easy as the colors were soft and just very light washes of color. Getting the dark layers on Rain to look nice and even was super tricky!


Product availability: Available as the original, prints, in the Assorted Bird note cards, and he can also be his own set of note cards as well. If you would like him by himself as a set of 10 note cards, please email me at shawnaapps@gmail.com until I get each individual bird up as their own personal set.