New Character

mouse in cup wp     So I’ve decided to take a few digital art lessons during my time off work this winter. And I have to say…..I’m loving it.  Here is one I’ve been working on for the last 3 days. It’s going to change everything for me.

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Have a great New Years!

Ann

Last Day for sale!

Lily Ann wpQueen Lily Ann just wants to remind you that today is the last day to take advantage of the 15% off the cover price of Hideaway Hilda Learns to Share.

It’s been a very good week for us and we all hope you will stay tuned to see the upcoming adventures, art lessons, free drawing pages, and games. Be sure to sign up for the monthly newsletter for the full behind the scene stories, the progress on the creation of the fairy gardens and much, much more to come.

Thank you again!

Ann

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PS…..check out my other blog  http://secondglances.net/ and discover some ordinary images of ordinary things, that is, until you take that second glance. Another division of An Artist View

 

Will drawing with pencil and paper go extinct?

hand drawing As I sit here in front of my computer, using a tablet to draw out a few new coloring pages for my website, my mind wonders onto the question, “Will my grand kids learn to draw on paper? Will it become a thing of the past? In my lifetime will I see a shortage of drawing pencils and paints because not enough people want to purchase them?

A flash of memory just swarmed my head and made me laugh that fits perfectly into this subject. Not too many years ago when I was in college for my degree in graphic arts, I was forced to take a lettering class. I think they were just trying to keep the old guy busy until his retirement.  We actually had to draw the letters and all their serifs. Can you imagine? At that time I was thinking this was such a waste of time since computers can do this for us. Since those college years, I’ve learned to put away my airbrush, that I used to restore photographs as well as put away my dyes and brushes that I used to fix photographic negatives. I’ve seen the professional portrait photography business go out of business because we can all use our cell phones at wedding and graduations. What a shame but at the same time, photoshop has been a blessing and an adventure.

My mind battles that drawing with paper and pencil is such a sacred basic it can’t possibly be abandoned much like cursive writing. But as I sit here with the stylus in hand, I glance over to my art table where my pencils and paper are all laid out begging for my attention, I see I already have abandoned them myself.  Now I’m feeling bad about my old friends. I think I’ll go play with them today.

Don’ forget to download the free kids drawing lessons. I’m working on a few more so check back from time to time.  Whether you use them to guide the kids on the computer to draw or if you dare, give them a crayon, enjoy the creating time together.

Ann

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Inspiring a child’s imagination

IMG_2587   I begin this morning by telling you about writing for my grand kids. Let me begin by saying that I’m an artist first and the writing of the stories began because of playing with the kids. Being a grand parent is the perfect excuse to play once again without everyone thinking you just lost your mind.

It all started one day as we were playing with play doah. It was then that I realized that kids don’t really know what to do with the stuff until you actually show them. We started making little things and it grew into bigger things. It was amazing to see their little faces as they themselves realized they could make it into whatever their imaginations wanted. It was then that I began to push their imaginations. Making up stories and playing the “what if” game with them. It was so much fun, and not just for me. I had forgotten how much fun it was play, to imagine to dream without limits.

After they went home, the work began. I would create a world of fairies that would forever keep their imaginations growing. I created little clay fairies that held perfectly still if you looked at them. We began one day with a simple fairy trap. It was a box rigged with a string dangling from the inside from which a piece of jewelry hung. If a fairy came and tugged on the jewelry, the door would shut and the fairy trapped.  I had the kids set it up that night, lining the path with Skittles, cuz you know no one can refuse those colorful candies. Come sunrise those kids  were out the door before I knew it. They had trapped their first fairy. Then two.  And so the stories began and more fairies had to be made.

The fairies are the first things they look for when they come over now as the fairies never do seem to stay in one spot and the children always want to put them back into the aquarium village where they have there inside home. I wonder how long this wonderful game will last. Will the kids begin to make up there own stories? Will they still be looking for the fairies when they get older? And maybe not want to admit they are?  As for me, I know I’ll keep it up as long as they do. Maybe even let them weave the stories by the kid’s imaginations.  Will they eventually begin to write there own stories? Time will tell and I’ll be sure to let you know.

Have a creative day!

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