Monday, September 29, 2014

Leaves Will Fall

She loves reassuring her leaf friends.  Later, she'll love seeing them flutter here and there down to the ground, and she will sing her Happy Fall Song to them.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Saturday Sketch

This is most definitely in my future... Happy Weekend!  a : )

Friday, September 26, 2014

Wild Card

Wishing you a lovely rainbow fox lightning bolt rain cloud fish weekend 
with hearts and flowers on the side!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

'Tis Fall

It's fall already. In a few minutes it will be winter (at least in my neck of the woods).
I didn't mean for this little bird to look melancholy. 
And I didn't mean to feel that way myself. 
I suppose more drawing will fix my mood...

Wheeeee! That's better.

-- Ruth McNally Barshaw

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Dangerous Fun!

Nothing beats climbing as high as you can, going out as far as you can, and worry about getting down later!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Day of Play Week!

It's about playing outside this week on the Sketchables! I wasn't outside, but with this illustration I "played" with some different brushes in Photoshop. These are from Kyle's Paintbox and they are the gouache set. It's always fun to explore and play with your art.

Have a great weekend and be sure to go out and play!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Worldwide Day of Play -- Week!

It's a special week here at Sketchables: Worldwide Day of Play is Sept 20. Get outside and play!
Here are some tips for sketching in nature, if you take your sketchbook outside with you:

For quiet play, here's a How To Draw A Tiger bookmark.

Personally, I am a games person (just like Ellie McDoodle). Here are some bookmarks that fold into triangle-shaped paper footballs, to play finger football with your friends:

Have fun out there! Play is serious business!
-- Ruth McNally Barshaw

Monday, September 15, 2014

World Wide Day of Play Week

When she grows up she will have at least 5 pets at the same time, but for now she has plenty of imagination to enjoy while she plays outside!

This week we are highlighting the Nickelodeon-sponsored "World Wide Day of Play" by posting printables for you!

For this 8 x 10 color printable, please right click to save image to your computer, and print out!

Hoping you enjoy some outside in the real air play this week, letting your imagination run wild!


Friday, September 12, 2014

The Witches

     "Come down out of that tree, little boy, " she said, "and I shall give you the most exciting present you've ever had."  Her voice had a curious rasping quality.  It made a sort of metallic sound, as though her throat was full of drawing-pins.
     Without taking her eyes from my face, she very slowly put one of those gloved hands into her purse and drew out a small green snake.  She held it up for me to see.
     "It's tame, " she said.

Roald Dahl, The Witches

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Roald Dahl Week

"I am at the maker of music, the dreamer of dreams." -Roald Dahl

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Shine - Roald Dahl Quote

Celebrating the wit, wisdom and beloved characters of Roald Dahl this week. I love this quote, and love it even more when read in context:

“If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it.
A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
(Roald Dahl, The Twits)

Friday, September 5, 2014

the joy of back to school!

This is going to be us next year :o/. Not sure if I'm ready or if he will be either, but it's all good, right?!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Back to school!

It's back to school time.
And *I* am going back to school -- I'm taking art lessons.
Here's an example of what I am working on.

(This character is based on my son who's a new daddy. Nicklas Patrick was born last Thursday.)
- Ruth McNally Barshaw

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Creative School Lunch

My Mom was creative...though creativity is not always appreciated at the time

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Back to School

Advice for the new school year:
Be a friend to everyone. 
Even little brothers.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Back To School Sketches

Poppy was happy to see that he was going back to school with Melinda.

~ Priscilla