Halloween Will Be Fun!

Pumpkin Spiced! Available on the PTnL Redbubble shop.
Pumkin Spiced Available on my RedBubble Shop

Halloween is nearly here. But, I am more excited than usual about Christmas. Would you believe I’ve already started buying gifts? It’s the prospect of 2021 being better or just getting a clean slate for all of us to begin rebuilding. Ok, I won’t talk about Christmas or New Years yet. Back to Halloween.

Halloween will be fun but, it is going to be different this year! These strange current circumstances have changed so many things around us so quickly. But we have to adapt to the times. Here is what I intend on doing and not doing on Halloween.

You all know I’m not into the scary stuff but, under normal circumstances handing out candy is where I’m at on Halloween night. This year is going to be different though. Sorry kids, don’t knock or ring the doorbell; the lights will be out and, I won’t be answering. That’s right! I won’t be handing out candy this year and, I’m positive your parents can explain why. Instead, I plan to roast pumpkin seeds, bake a homemade sweet potato pie. Drink apple cider or apple cinnamon tea. Eat Halloween candy and those small flavourful bags of chips. No virtual Halloween parties either since I’m not the dress up for Halloween type. If that’s what you want to do then, you should go for it! Especially if you have little ones.

Then, I will grab a warm blanket, hike up my lengthiest, warmest socks and, watch scary movies for the rest of the night with one eye open. Hey, have any of you done the Stay Awake Challenge with the family before? The Stay Awake Challenge is when the whole family stays awake, watches movies and, plays video games or board games all night together. The last person to fall asleep wins. And parents, no cheating by drinking coffee after dark. I have the ultimate unfair advantage here. If I watch enough scary movies, I won’t be able to sleep, haha!

While this probably sounds boring to those of you who are having your usual Halloween party, it’s not boring to me. I’m going to err on the side of caution. There might be nothing wrong with having a get-together but, check your areas’ restrictions. Police shutting down your party is not a good look.

Some areas have paused social circles all together for now. Meaning you are only supposed to be around those who live within your household. And, maintaining a distance of 2 metres between yourself and anyone else is recommended. Now, I don’t know how long your arms are but, unless your name is Elasti-Girl settling in for the night would be best. If you know you aren’t feeling well, it’s simple. Stay Home and away from others!

My point is find a way to enjoy the day with those you live with. I know I will.

Watch Me Sketch this Autumn Leaf on YouTube

By the way, if you need to relax, head over to my Youtube channel. I posted a new video or, if you’d prefer to join me on TikTok @palmtreesloyatlies that’s fine too.

There are plenty of ways to check in on your friends and family so be sure to do so. Stay well and stay safe!

Spice Jar Sketch

Spice Jar Sketch. This sketch is used to show people my final art work. And then send them to check out my YouTube Channel and TikTok.
Spice Jar Sketch

Have you ever reached for a particular spice or seasoning and found the jar sitting on the shelf way in the back of your cupboard empty? It makes me want to yell every time it happens to me. Maybe it was because I was looking for something to sketch but, this jar actually had something in it. I love using bay leaves when I’m making pasta sauce, lasagna, chilli…the list goes on. Can you tell, I’m a little bit hungry but, let’s get back to avoiding cooking by looking for things to sketch.

This particular bay leaf jar caught my eye. I picked it up, placed it on the kitchen table, and admired the shadow and reflections of the glass and aluminum. Lights, camera… and off I went into the serene, comfortable, world of creativity! Even if I don’t like what appears in this sketch, it can be fixed.

How I Sketched This Spice Jar:

I never showed you all this before. Here’s an image of the pencils I used for the last few sketches. They work well but, I promise practicing your art skills is far more important than the pencils you use. If you love to draw, or sketch just go for it! Don’t let anything stop you from creating. Sorry, no image of the eraser here but, it did manage to get into the video. I was slick with it in this video. You’ll only see it if you watch really carefully.

I started out by outlining the whole jar with the 2H pencil while taking into account the details that showed through the jar. I did this knowing there would inevitably be some trial and error. See, drawing glass is tricky for me. I think it’s because I have to decide if what I’m seeing is shadow, light, or reflections from the glass. It casts the brightest reflections depending on how much light is around you. Yeah, it’s just as hard to explain as it is to draw.

Once I finished sketching the outline of the jar, I began shading in the inside of the jar lightly and then deepening the shading using the 6B pencil. This pencil can be quite unforgiving. I always wait until I’m sure I like what I’ve drawn before using it. Then I used my 4B pencil to shade the circular indented sides. While drawing in the dried Bay Leaves I realized I had to make them look almost like imperfectly folded sheets of paper. In other words, each leaf had to have a little bit of space in between. Using the darker shading under each leaf helped guide me.

The bottom of the glass jar had little dots on it. I thought it was a nice detail so I added it in. It’s the little details that really bring art to life. My favourite part of this sketch was definitely the lid of the jar. It was a lot of fun shading it in to show how the light bounced off it. At times, I have a tendency of overshading but, erasing a little bit away and adjusting always helps.

From there, I touched up the glass reflections on the table. Which was how the finished product really came to life. Once again, I went over the whole sketch and shaded in all the darker areas of the spice jar. This was so that the lighter areas would pop more. Overall it gave the sketch even more depth.

We all have our own way of making realistic art. My question for you is, how do you make your art realistic?

Try it and see. It’s the objects that call you to sketch them that turn out the best so go for it! To watch this artwork come to life go to my YouTube Channel or if you’d prefer, I’ve recently joined TikTok.

Well, now that I’ve finished sketching and my belly is rumbling time to cook dinner! New post coming up on October 25th, Take care!

Water Bottle Sketch

Hey everyone! It was strange not writing last Sunday. This feeling that I was missing something kept coming over me. And then, I decided to sketch so I would be ready for this week’s blog post instead.

You all know by now that I find sketching inspiration in everyday things. I have completed another sketch video here. But wait! Don’t go there yet. Or, if you do, please remember to come back and read about my inspiration for this sketch.

This water bottle has inspired me to sketch it, not once but twice. My first sketch was in a notebook that I lost. I still remember the day I bought it ten years ago. At first glance, the first thought in my head was, “Now that’s nice, 27-ounces? two, three, maybe four bottles a day, it’s perfect for me!” The style of it was sleek and simple. It was made out of non-insulated stainless steel and had a black sport cap lid. There was a plastic holder attached to both the top of the bottle and the cap. I guess that was so that people don’t lose the cap. Which I never did. I always preferred holding it while I took a drink rather than putting it down. Wear and tear eventually broke the plastic attachment off. Oh well! I don’t think the company even makes them like that anymore.

While going to school, starting and leaving various jobs, this bottle has been by my side. It has fallen off countless tables, out of cars, and even off a bus. This bottle has been bumped, dented, and reshaped. Oh yeah, do not attempt to stand it up too quickly since it wobbles. I guess it takes time to find its bearings. My preference is to drink warm water. So there have been a few times where I almost scalded my fingers and the palm of my hand thinking the water wasn’t as hot as it was. That was a great reminder that the bottle is non-insulated, duh! Now I always have a paper towel handy when I refill it or, I use the sport cap to carry it instead, which always helps.

I won’t be getting rid of this one soon. It still holds water even after all of the bumps and scrapes. I have another one which I love too, but this one has that ripeness of sentimentality that I value so much more. The new one is getting to the ripe age of 4 and also has had some bumps and scrapes but, nothing could stop me from sketching the original.

Any who you see the finished product above. Let’s go over to YouTube and see how sketching the water bottle went. Here’s a spoiler, I have no issue using an eraser while filming.

Also, there are a few new creations added to my Redbubble page.

Have a great week and I’ll see you on October 4th.

Update

September has floated by. Its strange because I swear it just started but look at us now. I have some news for you all. Some of you may have noticed that my social media profiles have been updated. As part of that my news is that I will no longer be posting a weekly blog. I’m going to take a step back and post every other week instead. The reason for this change is that I need to focus on my art. I love writing too but my art is calling me and I have to answer. I’ll still be around though supporting my fellow bloggers so not to worry.

In the interest of putting my art first I will be doing more sketch or drawing posts. So you will notice more changes to the Palm Trees and Loyalties blog as 2020 comes to an end. I Hope that you all will stick with me in this new journey. If you have suggestions for things you’d like to see me draw let me know. Also, I have added a donate button at the bottom of my posts. You can now donate towards buying me art supplies. Or buy my art on Redbubble if you so choose.

Here goes, I’m off to add to my Redbubble and the Palm Trees and Loyalties Gallery.

By the way I have added another video to my YouTube Channel. Let me know what you think.

Thanks for joining me today and I will see you on September the 31st. Haha just kidding, see you on Sunday the 27th.

Pepper Sketch

Hi Everyone,

I have an announcement to make! For the first time ever, I’ve uploaded a You Tube video of myself sketching a pepper. Check it out, like, share. If you’re more comfortable leaving comments on my blog rather than on my Channel that’s great too.

I’m excited to let you know that there will be more of these coming soon.

Also, shout out to Matic Entertainment for the music!

Pepper Sketch Video

Have a great week!

3 Things Sketching Taught Me

Artist colouring in the word create
Artist colouring in the word create Photo by Lum3n on Pexels.com

I’ve been sketching since I was a child. I can’t tell you enough that it’s one of my favourite ways to relax. Concentrating on an object and breathing life into it helps me relax. I draw things as I see them and find the process to be restorative. The best thing about sketching is that there is no right or wrong. It’s entirely up to the artist to decide whether or not changes need to be made. Yes, you can make suggestions but ultimately change is up to the artist. Here’s what sketching has taught me:

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5 Things No One Will Tell You About Ladybugs

Ladybug, Art, Red, beetle, Ladybird beetle
Beautiful, shiny, red, lady bug. hand drawn and coloured.

I had decided to draw for Sunday’s blog post long before my technical difficulties. But we all know how that went. Sorry to disappoint but, real things sometimes happen to old computers. And no matter how many times you try to force quit nothing happens. Staring at an ever-churning spinning rainbow can make any patient person antsy. Hence the holder post I sent last night. Now let’s follow through with what this post is all about!

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My Artistic Process: 8 Steps to Becoming a Licensed Redbubble Art Seller

Nelson Mandela Quote used in Blog

Winning and acceptance are exhilarating. I love being accepted into things. It’s one of my favourite things. Do you know what I don’t like? Rejection and disappointment. Who does though right? I’m not a fan of participation trophies. I WANT TO WIN! I have something to tell you. Keep in mind that the best way to get rid of a participation trophy you don’t want is to try again. Here goes, the first time I submitted my artwork for the Schitt’s Creek Partner Program my artwork was rejected.
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My Artistic Process: The Cassette Tape

black and gray cassette tape leaned on wall
My Artistic Process: The Cassette Tape Photo by Ashutosh Sonwani on Pexels.com

Hi, Today’s post is different than any post I’ve done before. Last week I decided to draw a picture of a cassette. This is the picture. Continue reading “My Artistic Process: The Cassette Tape”