#Inktober Showcase

Inktober was started in 2009 and is still going strong today.  Mr Jake Parker, the creator of the project, has assigned very few rules

Pick up a pen, draw, hashtag it #inktober, repeat.

Anyone can take part and it seems like artists from all over the world do. I posted a picture and within 2 min 100 more pictures had been posted!

The goal is to practice your drawing skills and develop the positive habit of doing it daily.

Below are a few examples of my own work and a few from others within my surface pattern design community. Click on the pictures below for direct links to their Instagram accounts.

Julie Hamilton for #inktober {artistically afflicted blog}

Julie Hamilton

Playing with light and dark. Flower shapes, some seeds and pods and an owl for good measure. When in doubt stick a bird on it.

Julie Hamilton for #inktober {artistically afflicted blog}

Julie Hamilton

Next we have Katy Halford.  I found it hard to choose between all of her lovely drawings. This one made me smile so here it is

Katy Halford for #inktober {artistically afflicted blog}

Katy Halford

Mary Tanana made some beautiful drawings on black paper with touches of gold, courtesy of uniball gelpens.

Mary Tanana for #inktober {artistically afflicted blog}

Mary Tanana

Heather Dutton spent her time illustrating every letter of the alphabet with beautiful patterns. Check out her instagram account to see more.

Heather Dutton for #inktober {artistically afflicted blog}

Heather Dutton

Amanda McGee  pretty much described all of us with her illustration. I am a big fan of her beautiful hand lettering!

Amanda McGee for #inktober {artistically afflicted blog}

Amanda McGee

Below is Flora Chang of Happy Doodle Land. Her name says it all. She loves to draw. Check out her new colouring book!

Flora Chang for #inktober {artistically afflicted blog}

Flora Chang

Inktober will be back again next year, but don’t let that stop you from picking up a pen and just busting loose. Until then, feel free to share it with the rest of us on hashtag #shareyoursketch – another fun community to share your creative process.

Ink on!


Inspired by..Creative Everyday (a community..)

Gotta love having an extra day to get things done. However, here I am still posting February’s challenge for Creative Everyday last minute…..

This months topic….Night.

A progression for you because it seems everyone likes to see the different stages a painting goes through…me included! (No intuitive painting here!)

Creative Everyday, birch, acrylic painting, trees,aspen,snow
reative Everyday, birch, acrylic painting, trees,aspen,snow
reative Everyday, birch, acrylic painting, trees,aspen,snow
reative Everyday, birch, acrylic painting, trees,aspen,snow
reative Everyday, birch, acrylic painting, trees,aspen,snow

Fascinated with snow…the painted kind.I especially love the contrast between the lights and darks. Hoping to work further with this in the future.

Short and sweet, but I have few other challenges to finish before the witching hour.

To check out other artists interpretation of “night”  ~ have a look here!

Adios my friends

Inspired by…my creative community

I am lovin’ my creative community. A group of like minded souls coming together. All age,shape, size, color and nationality. Many different forms of creative medium.

I am only three months in to this community of fliers and I already feel a connection with these women, part and parcel of a collective, creative journey. A community that constantly encourages one to push past boundaries, be brave and believe in themselves. Inspiration at its finest!

I was a little hesitant of joining an online creative group at first. Unsure of the rules and etiquette around blogging and online communities, I stood silently on the sidelines. I watched and listened as those around me reached out first with their creations,slowly added their stories and personal life and finally their souls.The enthusiasm and support I have witnessed has been overwhelming. There is so much LIFE going on within the group. I feel very special being a part of it all. I have to be honest, I also feel a wee bit guilty if I stay away for to long!

Big Blank Page of Possibility..

Have a little peek into their lives. Have a look at their creations and listen to their story.

I think you will like them as much as I do!

Amaranthine Violet http://magic-gypsy.blogspot.com/
Amy Hillenbrand http://amyhillenbrand.blogspot.com
Beatriz Peñas B. http://beatrizbepe.blogspot.com/
Beth Cougler Blom www.sobliss.wordpress.com
Carmen Patti – www.carmenpattistudio.com
Carol Bray http://theredpaintedcottage.blogspot.com
Christina Fajardo http://christinafajardo.blogspot.com/
Cindy Jones Lantier — http://www.lantier.org
Connie Rawlins – www.dabblinginlife.blogspot.com
Dana Brock – http://www.dzynbydana.blogspot.com
Deborah Velásquez-http://deborahvelasquez.blogspot.com
Elissa Brown- http://thefreckledarmy.blogspot.com
Hillary Courson — http://www.hillarycourson.com
Jacquie Williamson – www.jacquiewilliamson.blogspot.com
Jane Paynting http://inkspiredwings.wordpress.com
Janet Forrest http://tatterednworn.wordpress.com/
Jennifer DeVille http://jenniferdeville.com/blog
Jill Lambert – www.jill-lambert.blogspot.com
Julie Hamilton https://spaark.wordpress.com
Kanchan Mahon – http://Kanchan-Mahon.blogspot.com/
Karen Claverie http://giddyupletsride.blogspot.com
Kari DeSaulnier – http://karidesi.blogspot.com/
Kathleen Conard http://newfromoldcreations.blogspot.com/
Kathleen McKinnon- http://harmonyschoolhouse.com/expressions-blog.html
Kathy May-http://kathymaydesigns.org
Kelley Miller www.kelleymillerartworks.blogspot.com
Kelly Corso- http://birdinatreecreations.blogspot.com/
Kelly Hoernig – www.kellyhoernig.blogspot.com
Kim Hyer-http://www.apaperaddict.com/
Kris Lanae Binsfeld – http://cherishdesigns.wordpress.com
Lenore Angela –http://www.lenoreangela.blogspot.com/
Linda Barutha —http://lindabaruthadesigns.blogspot.com
Lisa Michele Products – http://www.lisamicheleproducts.blogspot.com/
Liza Zeni Baker – www.lizazeni.wordpress.com

Lori Leissner–http://leissnerart.blogspot.com
Lori Moon — http://lorimoonstudio.blogspot.com
Mary Sterk – http://justmarydesigns.wordpress.com
Megan Schmitt www.schmittenwithwords.blogspot.com
Melanie Douthit www.douthitgallery.blogspot.com
Michelle Dwyer http://www.magnetisedbylife.com/
Michelle Reynolds – http://shellsinthebush.blogspot.com/
Rachél Payne (Rae) http://collectingyourself.wordpress.com/
Rain Hannah – http://honeyandollie.com/
Rhiannon Connelly – http://www.starrybluesky.wordpress.com
Ruth-Mary Smith http://patchworkfamilieshub.blogspot.com
Sherry Richert Belul – http://simplycelebrate.net/cherry-blossom-soup
Shirley Ann http://leonardarenaissancewoman.blogspot.com/
Stacey Chadwick Brown – http://staceybrownarts.blogspot.com/
Susan M. Walls-Beverly – http://www.susanscharmingtrinkets.blogspot.com
Teresa Cash-Czech www.asmilemaker.com
Tina Carlborg – www.tinachicky.blogspot.com
Tonya Love – www.passport2creativity.com
Ursula Smith http://www.EasyScraps.com/blog
Zulma Cadena www.edustory.wordpress.com