Color: Part 2 – WARM & COOL colors

There are gazillions of colors Fortunately for us, they can be divided into just a few color families, and every color pretty much has just three main attributes: HUE = the name of the color like BLUE, ORANGE or GREEN. SATURATION =  is how sharp or dull the color appears. VALUE =  is the SHADE (darkness) or TINT (lightness) of …

Clowns & Robots

Here are a handful of sketches of some clowns and robots and graduates that I did somewhere in the 1980s…and still have them in sketchbooks and portfolio sleeves. Some I did for greeting cards and some were just for fun.   Try one with your kids today. Click here for a Drawing Page to download and print of a couple …

Drawing a Kitty

Here is a few steps of my colored pencil drawing of a kitty. I like to draw the outline and then add a light color over the entire canvas. …and go back over adding layer upon layer of more color. Until I have the shades that I want… and then I go finish by deepening the color. Here is a …

Draw A Seahorse

A number of years ago I did a handful of pieces for a kid’s story magazine called CONFETTI…and they did an article about SEAHORSES. Here is the first page of one of the stories, and the two spot illustrations that I did for them. Here is a Draw Page that you can print out and draw a seahorse with your …

Fun ABC Bugs!

Here’s an cockroach character I made way back in the 70s…there was a series for tee shirts for a group and this one of the sketches, this one in particular was not picked…but, I still thought it was fun. I recently made a series of ‘bug-illustrations’ and made an ABC poster. Here is a snap of my granddaughter saying her …

Draw A Chick

Remember the other day when I told you that I sent my grandsons magnifying glasses and a book? If not: see this post. And I said that I’d let you know how it worked out…whether they found it interesting or not. Well, it has been decided. It is a winner for the 6 year old. And well, the two younger …

Squares, Circles, Rectangles etc.

What can you do with squares, triangles, rectangles & circles? Well, lots & lots of things, but today a CASTLE… One of our favorite places to visit is between New York and Ontario, on the Saint Lawrence River:  Thousand Islands.  A few years ago we took an amazing boat ride from Gananoque, Ontario to see hundreds of islands and during that …

Can you name 26 bugs? Drawing a Northern Walking Stick

I have been working on The ABCs of Interesting Bugs! I drew & painted a not-quite-realistic bug (or insect) for every letter of the alphabet. Certainly nowhere near a scientific study…just a fun set of colorful whimsical bugs. Anyway, here is what the ABC poster looks like  (it is available sized for a nursery or classroom wall: 12”x 36”)  Whimsical …