Well Hello There, November

Wow, two months since my last post! I believe that is the longest I have gone since the first one back in May, 2011. If you’ve come to visit, welcome! If you’ve come BACK to visit, welcome and thank you!

Most recently, over at the trading site illustratedatcs.com, I’ve been doing tons of Halloween-themed art cards. Some of my faves:

Six Halloween Art Cards Pen, Pencil, Copic markers, gel pen

Six Halloween Art Cards, each 2.5″ x 3.5″
Pen, Pencil, Copic markers, gel pen

House listing:  Quaint fixer-upper in quiet neighborhood with the occasional homicidal ghost.

Also a little bare-breasted ghost, a dragon in mostly pen and pencil, a magic amulet, a scarecrow, and a teeny pumpkin house with some potted candy corn flowers. Sounds like Halloween to me! Mostly cute Halloween, admittedly.

So last time I was hinting about writing a book. I have not forgotten. Or gotten very far. Lots of life goes on while one is trying to, you know, do stuff. On the other hand, I have some new ideas! We’ll have to see how it goes. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy November!

Fancy Animals Make a Return Appearance

4 Fancy Aug 2015

Four Fancy Animals, August 2015
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″, Copics, fine liners, gel pen

From left to right: Sapphire Spaniel, Waldrich Wombat, Timothy Peppercorn, & Koala Princess.

I am just going to come right out and tell you, I have not found, let alone joined, a life drawing class. I did get a new easel and started a 12″ x 16″ canvas. It shall probably be a cat in fancy clothes. I will let you know!

Thanks for dropping in!

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Dr. Who, A Pack of Dogs, and Dick Blick

Sister of Plenitude, Clockwork Droid Bad Wolf Each 2.5" x 3.5" Copics and Prismacolor Pencils

Sister of Plenitude, Clockwork Droid Bad Wolf
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics and Prismacolor Pencils

I turned around and August was mostly gone. I did a variety of oddments this past few weeks. The Dr. Who themed swap, above, as well as a variety of dogs, some in an older style and some experiments with Prismacolor pencils.

3 Dogs Aug 2015

Jimmy Fluffball, Brother Cyril, Hap (with bird)
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, Prismacolor Pencils

I liked these a bit better.

Fennec Fox and Junebug Each 2.5" x 3.5" Prismacolor pencils, Copic markers

Fennec Fox and Junebug
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Prismacolor pencils, Copic markers

And I have made my second appearance in the Dick Blick catalog! I think they found me on Tumblr. Which reminds me, I haven’t posted there in ages. Keeping up is hard.

Blick Aug 2015

Thanks for dropping in! I know these posts are fewer and further between, but I hope to be working just a few fewer hours soon. Which should help. :)

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The Mushrooms Continue to Multiply

Recently I’ve been wondering whether I should stick with mushroom houses and make that my thing and do them for a couple years until I am making the coolest mushroom houses in the land. I do not know the answer but the production of mushroom houses continues unabated. (Also snuck in a pumpkin house a few months early for Halloween.)

Eight Mushroom, One Pumpkin House (click to embiggen)
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, gel pen

Row One: The Jolly Cot, Quilt Topped, Micro Units

Row Two: Blue Fae Cabin, House with Plant Monster, Unintentionally Suggestive Mushroom Home

Row Three: Daisy’s Fixer Upper, Mail Day!, Flower Top

And then I thought, let’s put them all together. Because large groups of tiny things are VERY NEAT. imo. Here’s twenty. (click to embiggen)

Twenty Mushroom Homes, woo!
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics. www.theslumberingherd.com

Thanks for dropping in! A few progress pics below.

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Hello August. I have Plans for you.

Happy August, fine visitor people! I had this plan that for July I would make certain changes and meet certain small goals. Most of that didn’t happen, but some did, and that was far better than none. Now it is August, and I am considering July a test run. I know that is all rather vague! But this is an art blog so here is some recent art. ;)

Skye, Lou Blue, Mistress of Ceremonies
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, gel pen

Two Cat Princesses and One Mushroom Princess
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, gel pen

Faces and more faces. One thing I am looking into this month is life drawing classes, which is I think the right thing to do for my art. Sal Schiebe continues to do life drawing and she already has crazy enviable figure drawing skills. I think it’s time!

Of course, I missed signups for the class at the local art center by two weeks and will have to wait until another starts. I haven’t yet found just a drop-in life drawing class, but I shall continue to search.

Thanks for stopping by! Some progress pics below. :D

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New Listings from the Fungus Architect

Nine More from the Renowned Fungus Architect
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners (one with Prismacolor pencils)

For those who want to know the names of these stylish abodes, row one: Mr. Big Feet’s House, The One with the Walkup, Sunflower House. Row 2: Home of the Newlywed Astronomers, The Quiet Place, The Red Bench. Row three: Pixie’s Place (Prismacolor pencils), Double-Wide with Rooftop Isolation Chamber, Threesome.

So many new ATCs, mostly due to the ATC (Artist Trading Card) art-athon over at illustratedatcs.com last weekend. Lots of art and lots of trading is a fine way to spend a weekend. (Making art at breakneck speeds does not allow much slowdown for progress shots, but there are a few.)

Thanks for dropping in! Hello to Paint Party Friday! The posting has been sporadic. I notice the same with other folks!

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Tiny Houses from Recent Days, Copic Art Cards

Six Tiny Houses, Mushroom and Otherwise
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, gel pen

From Left to right: Gnome Model Home; Home Office, Gnome Poetry Correspondence School; Yellow Single with Loft; Tonics Twenty-five Cents; Mrs. Parsley’s Getaway; and, The Blue One. Because, as I often say, I like to name things. :)

I believe I have a good idea for (at least a small) book, and it will involve many tiny houses. More details to follow eventually!

Thanks for stopping in! I appreciate everyone who stops in. You are a small but loyal lot, many of you, and it does not go unnoticed!

Not too many progress pics today. Sometimes I just barrel through without stopping. (Though the progress pics for several of these can be found in recent posts.)

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Nine New Cards, Mostly Pen and Ink with Copics

Paige, Jean with Tree, Maddie
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copic markers


Two Mad, One Surprised
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copic markers. Also Prismacolor pencils (far right)


Three Miscellaneous!
Each 3.5″ x 3.5″ Copic markers

Lots of progress pics! More for some than others. :)

I try not to post so many at once but I thought I would catch up after posting sporadically, recently. Still working on book ideas! And one day I’ll let you know if I get to the next step. :)

Thanks for dropping in! Hello again to Paint Party Friday, if you head this way from there.

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Colorful Girls, Goth Themed, Copic Markers

Four Goth Themed Girls
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, gel pen

Yet more art cards! I’ve been feeling recently, as I do sometimes but this time even more, that I really, REALLY ought to do bigger things. Like that book I keep mentioning.

Can you people believe it’s just about July already! Egad. Hello to Paint Party Friday people, if you happen to make it over. Lots of progress pics below. :)

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Tiny and Fancy Strikes Again (Strike Again?)

Three Fancy Women, One Treehouse
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners gel pen

Maybe “Tiny and Fancy” should be my alternate blog title. The one on the bottom is not quite done – it will probably get some more black pen and gel pen. These are (left to right): Prudence, Yara the Soothsayer, keva (in progess) and Tonics Twenty-Five Cents.

Despite my repeated insistence I want to start painting, actually making myself do it is proving maddeningly difficult. I should stop talking about it. (I’m not sure if that will make it more or less likely to happen.)

I have made book notes which are a very very preliminary stage of a book project. Perhaps I will have more to report next time!

Hello Paint Party Friday! It’s been a while!

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