This post is in continuation of my method in the artistry of drawing clouds. There is something so magnificent about the colours of the sky as the sun sets. I captured a little piece of it in this artistic creation titled, Pastel Clouds. Pastel chalk is tricky to use but I’ll share some things you can look out for when using it.Continue reading “Pastel Clouds”
The marble, what a great opportunity to recreate a glass object! This post is a detailed guide on using water colour paint to create an image of a glass marble.
How’s your August going so far? Mine is going well. Since I was a kid I’ve been fascinated with marbles. Do you remember going through those small bags of 25 or 30 marbles? I took each one out of the bag and examined it. Looked at all the different colours, how they blended together or wondered how the colours all looked so separate from each other. And those Cat Eye marbles, what sorcery made them look that way? Why did they look like cat eyes? That lead me to creating this water-colour artwork.Continue reading “Marble Water-Colour Painting”
I’ve been focusing on my socials lately and updating the website with some of my latest sketch artworks. Lately I’ve been studying the clouds, this isn’t new though it began a few years back as me just taking pictures of the clouds and has now turned into sketches of clouds.Continue reading “Dark Clouds Sketch”
I’ve had a few questions about how I created the Whispy tree digital artwork. This post is all about how to make your own digital artwork.
Let’s get into the step by step process to learn how this piece was created. For the original whispy tree image I drew the background by hand. But, for these videos I downloaded a background image from Canva. The steps that are outlined here are for making this digital art on a Mac.Continue reading “Whispy Tree (How to)”
Working from home has brought out a need to change my surroundings. I can’t be the only one this is happening to. I mean, looking at the same things over and over again can make you want to yell! Before you yell, maybe redoing things might be called for.Continue reading “6 Reasons to Update Your Artwork”
How to get your Amazing World of Gumball artwork Licensed to sell on Redbubble
Those of you following me on social media probably heard that I had some big news for this post. Without delay, here it is! I got another one of my artwork’s officially licensed to sell on Redbubble. This one was licensed by Adult Swim/Cartoon Network. It’s for the Amazing World of Gumball!Continue reading “Organic Pizza:”
One of my favourite things as a child was finding a feather. If I caught a glimpse of one gently gliding to the grass, well, what a beautiful, magical day that would be. The brighter the colour of the feather, the better my day went. A red feather, I automatically knew it could only be from a parrot. Green, still a parrot! I was fascinated with parrots and all brightly coloured birds. Birds were everywhere, flying around or hanging out in trees with their friends.Continue reading “Fine Feathers”
Day 3 of the New Year, and I’m already hoping that I can turn over a new leaf.
I’m hoping that this is the year that I take control of my sleep habits. See, unlike some people who can easily dose off and stay asleep, I fall asleep but don’t stay asleep. Before you think this post will be brimming with slumber-related data, I don’t have any. This post is a comparison of the younger me to present me. I can’t believe I’m about to write about catching some Zs. Not something I would ever have done as the younger me.Continue reading “Just a Thought…”
I’ve been challenging myself to do more positive self talk lately. And as I was sketching this portrait of Mohammad Ali I was thinking about how he talked about himself. He was a prime example of how we should all talk about ourselves. Putting yourself out there and saying positive things about yourself might not be your thing but, negative self talk isn’t good for you.Continue reading “Who Are You Talking To?”
I have some news for you all. You may have noticed that my social media profiles are 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 blogging but my art is calling me and I have to answer. I’ll still be around supporting my fellow bloggers so, not to worry! I’m still here.
In the interest of putting my art first I will be renewing my sketch and drawing posts.
You will notice more changes to the Palm Trees and Loyalties blog as this year comes to an end. I Hope you stick with me in this new journey towards refreshing and renewing my artwork. 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 support my artistic journey by buying my art on Redbubble.
Here goes, I’m off to add to and refresh my Redbubble and the Palm Trees and Loyalties Gallery. There’s plenty to see especially since I’m constantly updating and sharing the changes with you all.
Also, I have added another video to my YouTube Channel.
It’s a sketch video of a spice jar with Bayleaves inside of it. I never know when or where inspiration will strike! It’s always good to have pencil and paper available. Let me know what you think.
Thanks for joining me today.
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:Continue reading “3 Things Sketching Taught Me”
Psst! Before you start singing along, do YOU know the lyrics to that Xmas Carol?
It’s 1 week before December 25th so you should know them by now. No really, what are you going to do if everyone spontaneously starts singing? if you’re not sure then this is your opportunity to brush up on your Xmas carol lyrics. If you think you already know the words to these festive songs, try the quiz anyway. Why? Because it’s fun! When you’re finished, go ahead and share the quiz with that person you stand next to in the choir. Let’s see how she does!
I get it, you might not feel like carolling with everything that’s happening.
But, singing might be the pick up that you need. You won’t know until you try. How about we work together to find that happy medium? You can even start out by humming instead of singing. See I can compromise. What’ve you got to lose? The way I see it by learning the words to these classic songs you would be ahead of the class. You can only gain by taking the quiz.
Everyone knows I make up the words to songs all the time.
To me, that’s how the song goes so, that’s it! Making this quiz was my opportunity to learn or ahem, remember how these songs actually go. So go ahead, learn with me and take the Xmas song quiz that I created below.
If you don’t pass the first time, go ahead and re-take the quiz. It took me a few tries too, I know you’ll get it right eventually.
I’m off to get some shopping done. Enjoy your week!
It’s been an extremely busy few months. I haven’t been around for a bit but still managed to sneak in time to create this pine tree artwork.
The season’s changed so quickly I can’t believe it’s already nearly the end of December. I’ve decided to show my appreciation for the pine trees with this artwork. After all, they do remind me that the trees and plants will eventually be green again. Also, one of my family members requested that I do a pine tree artwork way back in July. I promised to create a pine tree artwork closer to winter. Well, here we are, a few weeks into December and, I’m sharing my creation with everyone today!
While these aren’t your ordinary pine trees, I think they look pretty cool!
And they were relaxing to create. I just went with the flow, keeping in mind the overall shape of a pine tree. There were a few moments where I wondered if it would turn out the way I wanted it to. But I decided to stick with it! You should try it out, especially since it’s so fun to do. All you have to do is go with the flow. I also found that the wilder my scribbles were the more realistic the trees looked.
Here’s a shading tip:
Place an eraser or any small object on one corner of your paper. It will remind you where the sun would be shining from. Then all you have to do is darken the scribbles on the opposite side of your evergreen. I’m sure you can tell where the sun was shining from in my artwork. The best thing about trying this pine tree artwork is that you’ll have a picture to frame or give away to a loved one for this gift-giving season.
Here’s the video, watch and Enjoy!
Have a wonderful day, stay well and Season’s Greetings to you all!
Here’s a short time lapse video of me using watercolour pencil crayons for this Fruit Sketch.
I haven’t used watercolour pencil crayons and I haven’t drawn a cherry in years so this is a real novice video. It’s a learning process and we can learn together right?Continue reading “Cherries Sketch”
Hi Everyone, I hope everyone is holding up well. I want to brighten your day by giving you some lovely virtual treats! A lot has been going on and I’ve been busy drawing, doing time-lapse video’s so on and so forth. You gotta continue reading to get all the treats though so, don’t stop here, keep reading.Continue reading “3 Virtual Treats”
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!
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.
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!
Have a great week!
Hi, hope your day is going well.
Instead of my usual post I decided to share a sketch instead. I decided to name this one: Tomatoes. If you haven’t already checked it out, here’s a link to my Gallery.
Let me know what you think in the comments.
Join me next week.
Hi Everyone, Here’s a very short post for today. How many of you have looked around my website recently? If you haven’t or you just recently started following me, this post is for you. Those of you who have been following me thank you. But, in case you didn’t know either; the Palm Trees and Loyalties Gallery is also available in video format on my YouTube Channel Here.
Also, when’s the last time you checked out The Palm Trees and Loyalties Gallery? If you haven’t had the chance to there have been updates.
Let me know what you think in the comments. Have a great week and stay safe. 🙂
A while back one of my readers requested that I draw a firefly. Thank you for your request and here it is.
I had no idea that the firefly or lightening bug had so much symbolism or that they are in nearly every corner of the world except Antarctica. Apologies to those of you who wanted to go there to see the fireflies. You’ll have to find another reason to make the trip!
It was around November 2019 and all was well. It’s funny with the current state of things, everything really was fine. My friend Jannette noticed that she had made her first artwork sale. She waited for the website to update that the purchase had gone through. Fast forward to Christmas morning. It was one of Janette’s friends that had bought her artwork. He texted her wondering, why his order was taking so long.Continue reading “Why is My Order Taking So Long?”
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!
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.
Continue reading “My Artistic Process: 8 Steps to Becoming a Licensed Redbubble Art Seller”
Does anyone else sit around staring at their phone rather than doing the things they really enjoy? Or watching Netflix and focusing on what the characters say, do or live through? Often times thoughts and ideas pass through my mind without ever getting out. I don’t even draw anything for days on end. Continue reading “Stop Wasting Time and Go Create!”
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”
Breaking up isn’t easy to do. Unfortunately, things just aren’t working out between us anymore. I have tried my best. Calling you a few days after Christmas. Emailing you in hopes that we could get things back on track. But, there is only so much that I can do to try to work things out before I feel that our relationship is one-sided and call it quits. Continue reading “Breaking Up”
Hey Everyone, short post today. The other day, I decided to do a sketch. I don’t know about anyone else who sketches but for me sometimes I’m unsure of what or who I will be drawing. My process begins with me scrolling through many different images of famous people. This time after scrolling for a little too long I noticed that I kept going back to the same image. The person I needed to draw this week was Rami Malek. This sketch took me approximately 2 hours.
I could watch the movie Bohemian Rhapsody over and over again but alas I have to forego it to… “adult”. Also, I’m now on season 2 of Mr. Robot. Rami is such a great actor.
Take a look at the Gallery and let me know what you think. If you’d like to compare my sketch to the original Please go to my instagram page and take a look. linktr.ee/palmtreesandloyalties
Thank you and have a wonderful week!
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