Category Archives: Sketchbook

Day 4: Cranky

I’m Miss Cranky Pants today, so…

Excuse my bad mood. Hopefully this will soon be over.

Okay, thanks. Bye.

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Day 3: Hit my stride

I had anouther migraine and vertigo attack, so I kept quiet the past couple of days. This is technically day 5, but I’m not going to be finicky. It is what it is and I need to go with the flow. 😊

I got my Canson XL mix media sketchbook this morning. It’s huge!!

I wanted to test drive it right away! The paper is thick, flat, and, again, it’s gigantic. I had no idea what to draw or paint, so I chose my muse, Twister. You can’t go wrong with cats. 🐱

He was begging for merienda… okay, he’s too elegant to beg… He was gently suggesting that I give him an afternoon snack, so I drew and Disney-fied his feed-me-pretty-please face.

And finally…

I have to say, I had a lot of fun making this!!! I want to do more! 😊 Like I said, you can’t go wrong with cats. 🐱

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Day 2: Colors

Colors are overwhelming, but I’m breathing through this. It’s okay. You learn something new today.

Done with Miya / Himi jelly gouache

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Day 1: Blank page

I’m terrified. I stopped creating/ practicing art for about 3 years. I still haven’t talked about it here, about what happened and why I had to go on a voluntary sabbatical from art making, but now I feel the need to go back to it. I know I have to do this because I am slowly withering away. I feel dead inside. I need to find my voice again.

So, I’m starting from scratch. I’m giving myself permission to make a mess and to create bad art. I need to strengthen my sea legs and I know that this would take time, practice, dedication, commitment, and a lot of faith.

I received the Baohong watercolor sketchbook yesterday. I ordered it from Lazada about 5 days ago when it went on sale. It’s academy grade, 300 GSM, cold pressed, acid-free, and 100% cotton. Good specs, but quite affordable, so I’m don’t mind wrecking it. Purrrrfect. 😁

I started with a rough sketch. When was the last time I drew in pencil?? I had a reference from Pinterest, but quickly forgot about it once I started painting. In the picture, the woman’s hair was in a bun, but I wanted her hair untied. Maybe that’s why the proportions are a bit wonky… Go away, Inner Critic.

Anyway, my go-to paint is Windsor & Newton’s watercolor in Payne’s Grey. I love, love, love Payne’s Grey. It was a good medium and color to start with on my Sketchbook Wrecking Journey. I was literally shaking, 1) because I had new coffee beans and, boy, were they strong! And 2) I was terrified. So my brushstrokes were measured and everything felt tight and rigid. But I’ll take this over nothing. I’d rather have a sketchbook full of uruk-hais, gnomes, and blob fish than an untouched, pristine watercolor journal.

This is Day 1.

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Quarantine art

So this happened: My orange sweet potatoes started growing “hair,” so I am painting faces on them. Acryl gouache on root crop. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

That was fun! So I wanted to do more. 😁

I got a new set of paints online a couple of weeks ago, but I haven’t had the chance to use it. I’ve seen this all over the Internet, so I ordered it. It’s the Miya/Himi jelly gouache set of 24 colors. It’s the cutest thing! Look at this!

The ever-so-curious Diego Kumquat dunked his nose in the paint! Thank goodness it's non-toxic.

The ever-so-curious Diego Kumquat dunked his nose in the paint! Thank goodness it’s non-toxic.

I haven’t done anything with it yet except make swatches. I’ll label them tomorrow. I prefer natural light when I’m painting.

I’m excited to use them. Yay!!

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Twisted Tuesdays: beautiful lines


Last week I said Twister was the one who started it all, the one who put me on my path to Cat Ladyhood. πŸ™‚ I became a cat mama because of him, and he got me started on drawing felines. While I was working on my lesson plans yesterday, I looked up and saw him sitting like this. He was facing the wall across the room, but he turned his head to look at the chirping birds outside the window. He stayed in that pose in a while. No wonder artists like to have cats as their fur companions. They are fascinating, mysterious creatures! And look at those lines! Twister’s form was incredible—the shape of his body, the angles. Such a gorgeous creature. He’s always been my favorite to draw, not only because he’s beautiful, but he’s a willing subject as well. Let’s fill my journal, shall we, Twister? πŸ™‚


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Getting my groove back

I’ve been struggling to get my muse back for months now. No amount of pleading, heckling, and bribing could lure her back into my life. I feel spent and empty. Today I decided to take on a different approach: instead of hitting myself on the head, I followed the instructions I normally give to my students when they first start learning how to paint. I cleaned my room, set up my space, and tried my best to get into a creative mood.


I did watercolor exercises the whole day to try to loosen up my brain. I used watercolor artist Lorraine Watry’s videos as a guide.


Then I filled my Moleskine watercolor journal with images of my cat. I’ll share more when I feel more confident about them ;o)


I still have a long way to go, but I think I’m on the road to getting my groove back. πŸ™‚

Okay, break time is over! πŸ™‚

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Ink on masking tape. Brain fog is slowly dissipating, but headache seems sharper. At least it’s not migraine… yet!


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Sleeping cat

I’ve missed drawing my dear cat, my original muse, Twister. Good to do it again after a long, loooong time. πŸ™‚


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10 days

I’ve already filled 17 (maybe 18 by the end of the day) pages of my new journal in 10 days. So proud of myself for sticking to my promise to draw and/or write everyday. Yay me! πŸ™‚ It really does help clear the cobwebs in my head. πŸ™‚


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