A New Year!

It just felt wrong not to draw or paint last night so I sketched out what I picked up at Ikea yesterday. Ha! That was fun and I may do more illustrated journal page-type drawings in the future. So I guess this is 1/366 (yep, it's a leap year).

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I've been thinking a lot about what I'd like to draw more of in the coming year (if I continued). I had the expectation last year that I would paint everyday and just magically discover my "thing" โ€“ that one subject matter that I wanted to paint all the time, every day. That just didn't happen. I feel like I'm no closer to discovering what it is that I want to draw all the time then I was one year ago. Boo! But I'm starting to think that's ok. I have a lot of interests. I now know some subjects come easier to me and some are more of a challenge. Some I enjoy and some are a chore. More things I want to do this year: portraits, food illustrations, get out of the house more/be more social, go to local galleries, figure out who I am as an artist or at least my taste and keep challenging myself.

I also kind of blew it when it came to posting every daily painting here on the blog. So here are a few of my favorite from the last 141 paintings that I didn't post here. All 365 are on Instagram.

So stay tuned for more art this year! Do you have any creative or other goals this year?

Instagram Giveaway!

I'm having an Instagram giveaway! I'm in the Christmassy spirit so I'm giving away this original 9x12" painting (below)! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Here's the deal: follow me and comment on this picture for one entry. If you already follow me and you comment, you'll get two entries. If you'd like a 3rd entry, repost this pic on your feed (make sure you tag me @drawingsarah and use the hashtag #drawingsarahgiveaway so I can find you). Comment and/or repost by 12 noon EST on Christmas Day. I'll put everyone's name(s) in a hat and draw a winner around 5ish on Christmas Day. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ„

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!!

Christmas Tags - Free Download

Since I can't believe it's already December, I thought I should give something away! I painted these wreaths last year and turned them into gift tags.

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Since you all probably have your shopping done, you'll need an arty tag for those special gifts. Feel free to download these. I set them up as an 8.5x11 so they are really easy to print and cut out. Just punch a hole in the top and attach to a gift for that special someone. Or you could print them on sticker paper, too!

drawingsarah.com | Christmas tags

Download them here!

Pet Portrait โ€“ Skylar

It was a pleasure to paint Skylar the dog last week. I've included a side by side of the picture they sent me, too. I had to paint her a little darker brown because she was a bit washed out in the photo. I may have to paint some more pets!

Skylar the dog in watercolor, 8"x10"

Skylar the dog in watercolor, 8"x10"

drawingsarah.com | Skylar - photo/painting side by side

Creative Week #32

More paintings this week and I decided to enter the Global Talent Search. Not that I'm expecting to win or even be a finalist but just that it will hopefully give me another fun portfolio piece. 

218/365 - Breeze

218/365 - Breeze

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220/365 - Forest

220/365 - Forest

221/365 - Rain

221/365 - Rain

222/365 - Fledgling

222/365 - Fledgling

223/365 - Moon & Stars

223/365 - Moon & Stars

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Creative Week #31

This week I decided to try out Craftsy.com's #AugustDrawingChallenge which has drawing/painting prompts for every day in the month of August.

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213/365 - Grow

213/365 - Grow

214/365 - In Bloom

214/365 - In Bloom

215/365 - Flutter

215/365 - Flutter

216/365 - Nest

216/365 - Nest

217/365 - Lush

217/365 - Lush

Creative Week #29

I finished up a sketchbook and had a new one on order. While I was waiting for it to arrive, I decided to use a small 4x6" watercolor block to practice some landscapes. Painting landscapes are not really my thing โ€“ but I've been enjoying stretching myself! If you follow me on Instagram you are probably sick of landscapes!

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Creative Month! (Creative Weeks #25-#28)

Whew! It's been a busy month! I can't believe how time has flown. Summer is in full swing. The family and I went to Disney World! I was so nervous it'd be so stressful traveling with three kids and all the crowds but we actually had a great time! I managed to keep up with my sketchbook, too. :)

Creative Week #25

Creative Week #26

Creative Week #27

Creative Week #28

Make Art That Sells Bootcamp โ€“ June Assignment

Just finished up the June assignment for Make Art That Sells Bootcamp. The assignment this month was for an editorial piece about digital nomads. Our "mini" was to sketch people and people using devices (iphone, laptops, headphones, etc.). I tried to get away from realism and focus more on characters.

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Next was to work on an editorial piece featuring our digital nomad. My concept was this cute, traveling girl, sitting at a cafรฉ doing her work. She's got all the essentials: laptop, iPhone, coffee, macarons and her sketchbook in her bag. Maybe she's blogging about all the fabulous places she's been to. They're still swirling around her head. Where do you think she is now?

drawingsarah.com | digital nomad

Bootcamp was a really great experience for me. It gave me a taste of what it would be like to get real world assignments and hopefully gave me some portfolio pieces. I loved the creative and supportive dynamic of the facebook group, too. The gallery of all class members artwork will be live tomorrow. I'll be sure to post a link if you'd like to take a look. I've gotten sneak peaks in the facebook group, but can't wait to see all the fantastic work that will be posted! 

Creative Weeks #23 and #24

Time is getting away from me lately! Summer is officially marching on and we managed to survive our first full week of summer vacation. It's been so tough trying to work, keep kids entertained and paint every day but I'm making it work! Below is the last two weeks of daily painting.

155/365 โ€“ Painting on a ceramic plate. This was a special request from my cousin for her son, Collin.

155/365 โ€“ Painting on a ceramic plate. This was a special request from my cousin for her son, Collin.

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157/365 - sketches at a baseball game

157/365 - sketches at a baseball game

158/365 - Finished Sammy up, watercolor.ย 

158/365 - Finished Sammy up, watercolor. 

Feather found on my walk.

Feather found on my walk.

160/365 - on my desk

160/365 - on my desk

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Creative Week #20

Kind of a mash up of ideas this week. I learned that sometimes, even when it works in my head, it really doesn't when I get it down on paper. I think that is why it's SO important to be making art every day or at least making a lot of art! It helps to get through the bad ideas and make way for the good ones!

134/365

134/365

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