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Finally… Some Art!


CIMG1481It has been far too long since I have produced something artistic and it was really great to let my creative juices flow.  I haven’t done a pencil sketch in ages and I also haven’t done a horse either, so this was just meant to be:)  It’s not my best, but I definitely felt a bit rusty.  It’s been such a while since I have had the time to paint or draw, it’s kind of depressing!

I plan on starting my next hubcap now though.  This was also the last page in my sketchbook which is a serious accomplishment.  Of the 50 pages, I would say I produced 14 quality sketches.  Given the fact I have never had any formal art training, I am very pleased with that.

So, on that note, enjoy the rest of your Monday and do something creative tomorrow.  If you don’t think you have time, make it just 15 minutes!  It definitely frees the mind.


Inspiration Australia


CIMG1272Changing things up in your life and living somewhere else for a while can really provide new ideas for inspiration.  I will be the first to admit that Australia was beyond a tame fountain of possibilities; it was like a nonstop, raging waterfall of images and ideas I wanted to capture and recreate!  One of the first things that struck me was the exotic birds.  This cockatoo is just a start of a little taste of down under.

This sketch took me a lot longer than I anticipated.  I always think working with pencil is so detail oriented and time consuming; it never receives the credit it deserves.  I hope everyone has a fantastic Friday!

July 2007 - sarah, fletcher, end 102

Some real-life inspiration:) How can you not want to draw these guys if they would sit on your back deck?!



Another craft discovery!  Quite some time ago, an old friend gave me a scrimshaw kit.  Sort of like what the sailors used to use to sketch on whale bones.  I definitely did not have the skill or appreciation for the kit when I received it, and like many other things, eventually made its way into the black hole of one of my closets.

Lost for years, rediscovery makes it all the more worth it.  Although I do not enjoy cleaning, going through a lot of my old things is like looking for treasure.  You just never know what you are going to find.  I had one little piece left to make a sketch on, so I am going for it.  Hopefully I will have it done by the end of the week, but I am really excited to get started on this one!

My 10-year-old self had already done one piece (Having a problem with the picture, so no pictures in this post) when I first received the kit.  It is a dolphin jumping out of the water during a full moon.  I don’t remember much from then, but I do remember being really proud of my work.  It is funny now, looking back on this rough, unrefined, and basic piece of artwork and think that I thought I was the next greatest artist when I finished it.

I look at a lot of my recent sketches, drawings, and paintings and as a whole; I am satisfied with what I create.  I am proud of my level of detail and how realistic I can make my pieces.  My biggest fear is that it really isn’t all that great.  I am biased by the hours I have put into the process.  Will I look back on what I have done now and be unimpressed?  I guess that will be a blog post for 10 years from now.  At the moment, I should just enjoy the process of creativity:)

Blogging Evolution


We all think about it; what to post next, how to have more likes, more followers, better content… The list goes on.  That is the beauty of a blog.  At least for me, it is an enjoyable hobby on the side that I really love updating.  I learned how to make a gallery today and you should check it out!  It is under my “Pencil Sketches” page.  I have a selection of the best of my sketches in one place:)  Much better than them just sitting in my sketchbook on my desk.  I always get nervous sharing my artwork, but there is no adventure in hiding it.  I hope you enjoy them and find a little inspiration yourself too.

My first sketch of a person - I learned it's easier to draw someone I don't know!

My first sketch of a person – I learned it’s easier to draw someone I don’t know!

Remember the Rhino Theory


Here’s a little start-to-your-weekend post.  I just finished my rhino pencil sketch.


This was a real challenge to sketch – rhinos are difficult! I’m ok with how it turned out, but definitely not my favorite. I won’t be doing anymore rhinos for a while.

Why a rhino you ask?  One of the best pieces of advice from my dad was the saying, “remember the rhino theory.” This is my motivational phrase.  When things were really tough, my dad always told me to remember the rhino theory.  It has a catchy ring to it too; it is my mantra.

To delve a little deeper, really think about the rhino.  It’s most well known feature is it’s horns.    When times get tough, put your head down and keep right on charging.  Like a rhino:). Hopefully this little saying gives you some motivation to plow through the tougher times.  Happy Saturday everyone – it’s the weekend!