Jack wanted to be a shark for Halloween, so we went online looking for a costume. We came across these kits,and J & I both liked the idea of the sweatsuit. He wanted something more detailed though, so I used that as a jumping off point for creating my own. Jack wanted eyes and a tail for his shark, and I thought he needed some gills and those little pelvic fins towards the tail. Then I got a little creative and stitched some triangles on the fins to give it a bit of visual interest.
By Nicole: Three By Sea on August 3, 2011
Remember those paper chains from the holidays? J and I made one to countdown our vacation. It’s been great for helping visualize how long we have until we leave, as well as reinforce our counting practice.
It also took about five minutes to make- perfect for a three-year-old’s attention span!
By Nicole: Three By Sea on July 12, 2011
A collaboration piece with J. He painted, I traced the outline of the bird I saw, and he added feathers and a tail (I know, it does kind of look like he’s pooping, doesn’t it?)
By Nicole: Three By Sea on June 17, 2011
Made this Mango Shrimp Cocktail recipe earlier this week and it was SO good. Perfect light meal on a hot summer night. The recipe is here, although I cut the recipe down to one-third (4 appetizer servings), used smaller shrimp, and served it as a dinner entree rather than a cocktail appetizer.
By Nicole: Three By Sea on May 24, 2011
I’m soooo behind on the Drawing Lab meetup that Angie is hosting. Ever since I started Carla Sonheim’s “The Art of Silliness 4″ online class, it’s just been harder and harder to keep up. One of these days I’ll get caught back up, but considering this is all supposed to be FOR FUN, it seems stupid to stress about it, no?
So Drawing Lab 6- Index Card Multiples (From Carla Sonheim’s Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists)
Assignment- Draw one dog, one pose, 20 times, using a black chisel-point marker & a stack of index cards.
Observations- So yeah… this kind of sucked. I never really felt like I got into a groove with these. Half the time they didn’t even seem to look like dogs! Each drawing felt more awkward than the last. I made dots in the top right corner of dogs that I didn’t totally hate, but even now, the ones I like have changed.
Conclusions- 1) This was an exercise in getting closer to developing your style. I think I need to draw about 100 more of these dogs- lol!
2) Carla offered some “Taking It Further” suggestions for things to do with your drawings. One was to “doodle it” up. I might try that to see if I can’t “rescue” one of these little doggies and turn it into something I actually like. I’ll post it if I find the time to do that.
By Nicole: Three By Sea on May 20, 2011
So April took a big hit as far as the Project 365 photos go. I missed not one, not two, but THREE days- EEK!!
But I have not quit. I WILL finish. Even though I’m disappointed that I won’t have all 365 days, I really do love making photography such a part of my daily life (most days!) Every time I create one of these photo mosaics, I relive that particular period of time and I’m grateful to have these visual reminders of moments I might have otherwise glossed over or forgotten altogether.
You can click on the links below each mosaic to see any of the photos in their full frames.
By Nicole: Three By Sea on May 16, 2011
I’m currently taking Carla Sonheim’s “The Art of Silliness 4″ online drawing class. It’s been great to spend time each day just drawing or doodling for FUN. No worries about whether something sucks or not, just experimenting and having fun. You know, like kids do when they draw. And the way it should be.
And while I wasn’t necessarily looking for new work/project ideas, this class seems to be generating them.
This is Appella.
And this is Dordle.
They were inspired by a one-line drawing exercise the other day. I don’t know where I’ll go with these floral critters, but I know I like making them.
By Nicole: Three By Sea on May 12, 2011
By Nicole: Three By Sea on May 2, 2011
Yes, I finally caught up on my Drawing Lab assignments! (Recap- Angie Allen’s Drawing Lab Weekly Meetup/Carla Sonheim’s book, Drawing Lab/spending time getting comfy drawing- any of this ringing a bell?)
Drawing Labs 4 and 5 both dealt with drawing animals at the zoo. I knew this assignment was coming up, as was a family trip to the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. I also knew that drawing at the zoo with my family and friends in tow wasn’t the most practical idea, so I shot some videos of critters to draw later.
Drawing Lab #4-
I’m not sure if drawing in public was part of this lesson here, but I’m not down for that just yet if it was. Watching and trying to catch the big shapes of the animals was where I focused my energy. I drew some stingrays that my son was fed and petted. I don’t know what it is about stingrays that I love so much, but I see a fabric collection based on them is in my future. Anyhow, the drawings-
Drawing Lab 5-
More zoo animals, only this time experimenting with different pencils.
I’ve always found myself drawn to the softer leads with their softer, more forgiving lines, although they do tend to smear easier.
Oh, and that freaky looking creature in the center? Is actually supposed to be an alligator drawn from above while he’s swimming. I’ll just go ahead and say, “You’re welcome!” because honestly, any misgivings you have about your own drawing skills should be laid to rest with that gem- lol!
Admittedly, I procrastinated like a mofo on these assignments. I don’t know if it was having to sit at my desk to watch the zoo videos while doing this assignment or something about the specific assignments that kept me from completing them on time, but I’m glad it’s over. And honestly, I probably spent more time thinking about NOT wanting to do the assignment, than doing the assignments.
So maybe that’s the lesson I learned here…
By Nicole: Three By Sea on May 2, 2011
Friday I bequeathed my old point and shoot camera to my three-year-old, and we headed off to the farmer’s market & my favorite little BBQ joint. Below are a few of the shots he took- some made me laugh, some impressed me…
Somehow I forgot my own camera, so I had to snapped pics with my camera phone-