My second bear from Tam’s lesson.
I love that I was able to doodle…even if I didn’t paint everything out the way I wanted to (I am talking to you wing on top the middle wing on the left side there….) She’s cute. She’s sweet. She’s the background on my phone now…
A bonus lesson with Tam.
Here’s my first version:
She’s cute–but she’s a little tilty…and a bit big. I was actually disappointed to not be able to add all the doodles and whatever in the background.
Inspired by the fantastic Andrea Gomoll.
Here are my pieces:
I’ve talked about this one before, when she was just a sketch…
There ‘should’ be all sorts of doodles all over the place…and before I started to add paint and color, there were…it was quite chaotic. By the time I started to work on finishing the background, I decided I would feel better if it were all just painted over and left to lie beneath the paint.
My symbols here:
The Rabbit, which has been forcing its way into my life for about two years now…technically the love affair with bunnies started even longer ago…with Br’er Rabbit when I was a little kid…and moved into a pet bunny when I was a slightly older kid…and then a few years ago my angoras that I developed the allergy to their hay so I had to let them go (I placed them with a rabbit shelter–I didn’t just turn the poor boys out or anything).
The Peacock (that shape at the throat), this is another that has been here a long time and always seems to push itself forward in more recent years.
The Raven (that feather in the hair), half of my Totem animal team…where would I be without the Raven?
Mushrooms…do you see the name of my blog here? Alice in all things, even if it is my Alyce…but mushrooms are a big thing for me in and of themselves and really, other than Alice’s tale, because they aren’t really plants–they aren’t really animals–they are something else entirely (fungus)…the whole concept of mushroom…it grows on and consumes the dead–a necessary thing to keep the world revolving…they cross-over, between the worlds, they bridge the gaps between things…and that is why they call to me.
Her word is ‘homecoming’…which fits in with my own word of the year, ‘settle in’. With a bit of flowery flourish at the end.
This is the first one I drew, following Tam’s style and lead. The original plan was to draw things in Tam’s style and then do it again in my own style–but things have been so convoluted…it isn’t working out that way. All I can say though is…it is helping. The exercises, not the art, are really helping. The art solidifies the healing aspects (although, to be clear, you don’t have to do any of the healing bits if you are a part of any of Tam’s classes–it can be all about the art for you.)
So, I have already talked about this piece before.
I am a bit entertained that to me the inside of that circle sort of looks like the British flag, and it was supposed to be flower petals that didn’t really pan out as nice fat petals…and I had to stop messing with it before I totally screwed it up…
This was the making marks warm-up lesson of week 1. Nothing fancy or elaborate. I could have skipped it, but it felt disingenuine to do so. If I watched all the color theory videos and everything else again, there was no reason to skip the warm-up exercise.