Yellow Flower Love on Society6

Some of my followers will be happy to know that I’ve decided to set up shop on Society6. Society6 is a site that allows artists to upload their art to be sold on numerous consumer goods. Things like pillows, coffee mugs, wall clocks, shower curtains, etc. They will also sell prints and I like that feature as well. Continue reading “Yellow Flower Love on Society6”

Tiny Mixed Media Collages

I do love my tiny art. Mostly because I can create something in a relatively short amount of time. I still have to wait for layers to dry but it’s much easier to wait for a 3″ square to dry than a larger piece.

Another thing I like with smaller works is not having to worry about things like mixing up enough of a paint color. In fact I often have a little bit of leftover paint. Have you ever been painting something large and you’ve mixed the perfect color but you run out about 80% of the way along? I don’t enjoy that scramble to mix up some more of the same color. Continue reading “Tiny Mixed Media Collages”

October Art Challenge – #Inktober

On my personal art Instagram account I participated in the Inktober art challenge in October.  Inktober has been around for several years now – it was originally started in 2009 by artist Jake Parker.  I’ve seen a lot of people participate over the years but this was the first year I joined the challenge.

I decided I wanted to blend Zentangle patterns with ink drawings and for the most part I felt I was successful with that. Continue reading “October Art Challenge – #Inktober”

The Inchie Challenge

August Inchie Challenge
My absolute favorite piece of this set was day 6.  The prompt for the day was Stars and Galaxies and I had been wanting to do a sun and moon piece for a while and this piece was everything I wanted it to be.
Stars and Galaxies
This bug was of course the favorite on Instagram.  Day 10’s prompt was Tiny Creatures so you know I had to draw a beetle.  It was crazy popular – getting 199 likes in pretty short order.
Tiny Creatures
Day 2’s prompt was Underwater and these little guys popped out.  I think I wanted to see what I could actually do on a 1″ square.  I thought they turned out very cute.
In other news I’ve recently changed web hosting providers.  If you run into any issues with the site please feel free to let me know.  I think I’ve ironed out most of the hiccups.

#100TinyBugs – The Wrap Up

All 100 tiny bugs together

I was going to make a fun little video of all my bugs but that didn’t work out.  I was going to make a cool infographic about my bugs but that also hasn’t panned out.  Who needs that stuff for a post?  Not me – I can make this wrap up fun anyway right?  Well, fun if you like to see numbers.

Since it wouldn’t be much of a wrap up without some fun stats here are some numbers for you.  Out of the 100 tiny bugs 45 of them were beetles, 34 were butterflies and moths, and 21 were a variety of other insects and one arachnid.  In the end I wasn’t too surprised about almost half of my bugs being beetles.  I originally thought I would do a lot more butterflies but I enjoyed the variety and colors of the beetles more.

What about colors?  I did manage to use a good range of colors.  Oddly enough the color I used most was orange and/or yellow.  In so many cases the oranges and yellows were mixed together on the bugs so I just grouped them.  Blue came in at 20 and green was close behind at 18.  Those numbers don’t surprise me since I love those colors.  At times I had to stop myself from painting yet another blue bug.

One of the oddest things to me was my most popular bug post.  Instagram is a bit odd with it’s ever changing algorithms but for some reason my cicada post garnered 167 likes.

This little guy got the most likes

Some great things happened for me during this project.  I did gain a lot of great followers on my Instagram but the best part for me was how the daily process of drawing and painting a bug helped me to establish a daily art practice.  Since this project ended I’ve not only been creating and posting art daily I feel like I’ve upped my game.  My confidence in my technical drawing has grown and now I’m moving into other, more challenging areas.  My watercolor skills improved significantly as well.  I’m starting to realize that doing something every day for 3+ months will truly establish your skill base.  The whole learning by doing thing.

Anyway, this concludes my #100TinyBugs project.  If you missed any of my bugs or you just want to check them out you can always look at all of my bugs here.  I made a hashtag for them so they are all grouped together.  Thanks for sharing this adventure with me.  It’s been amazing.

#100TinyBugs – 61 through 80

I’ll be wrapping up my #100TinyBugs for The 100 Day Project shortly so I want to get all these bugs posted for everyone to see.  Here are bugs 61 through 80 for your enjoyment.

Bugs 61 to 80

Just to mix things up I’m breaking up the bugs this time by top down view vs. not top down view.  I really like the top down view for it’s symmetry but I also find that it’s a limited view.  It doesn’t show just how interesting some of the bug shapes are.  Usually the top down views are referencing specimen photos.  I think scientists and collectors really like to take top down specimen photos.  I certainly like it because there are literally thousands of them out there for me to use as a reference.

9 bugs in top down view

I did 11 bugs in various profile views.  I even did two from the front – the one and only spider out of all 100 bugs and one leaf hopper with a giant face.  One other unique “bug” out of this 20 was actually a chrysalis.  I just figured I’d give it a go.  Also, look at that adorable ladybug!

11 bugs in other poses

This set of 20 bugs included 3 bugs with distinctly pink color in them.  A lot of bugs hint at pink but the spider, beetle, and moth all had some serious pink hues going on.

Bugs with Pink

I hope you enjoyed these 20 bugs.  I’ll post 81 through 100 next week.  As always you can also view all of my bug pictures on my Instagram account.  Thanks for joining me on this fun adventure.