Forgotten Sketches – What’s in your old sketchbooks?

Do you ever thumb through an old sketchbook, giggle a little, and wonder…what was I thinking when i drew this or that? or I had fun making this. or i’ve really improved since then, or maybe i should burn this. 🙂

I remember when i found this little critter and thought, I should totally burn thisBut first I’ll color it.  I photographed it and colored it on with an i-phone app.  Sometimes i do this.  It relaxes me.  🙂

Now i love this little purple guy! What’s in your old sketchbooks or journals?  Grab a cup of tea and find something that makes you smile.  Pick up some colored pencils or your favorite photo editing app (I like PicsArt) and give it new life with color or shading.  Did it make you smile?  Maybe it will make us smile.  Even if you do decide to burn it later.  🙂

Feel free to post about it on your blog, and add a link in the comments if you’d like to share!  I’d give away the original, but i seriously think i burned it.  🙂

xo skyblue

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Connecticut Folk Artist Skyblue is Erica Lubee (formerly Erica Moreland).  She writes this blog from her studio in CT to share her love of art, creativity, photography, nature and all creatures big and small, real and imagined.  Her passion is for mixed media, whimsical folkart, illustration and the feminine portrait.  Visit Skyblue’s gallery for more of her paintings and artworks.  Some prints available at Redbubble.  Original drawings, paintings, and more will become available soon!  Follow or subscribe here or on Facebook for updates and more artsy fun.  🙂

Mermaid with Daisies – progress

Hi! Didn’t get far this weekend, and it doesn’t show much in black and white… But I’m trying to do a little every chance I can.  Posting holds me accountable.   I will likely reveal the colors and final result by this weekend, hang around and follow if you’d like to see her🙂

Hope you enjoy and have a great week! 

Xo skyblue

Mermaids with Daisies Folk Art Timelapse in B&W

Mermaids have been on my mind a lot more than usual this year. I’ve always had a love affair with their images and mythologies, but not enough to study or create them in numbers.  Suddenly I can’t stop thinking about them.   And this summer I swam in the ocean for the first time in years… Twice!

Something Merm-ish is certainly going on.

Another summer season has come and almost gone, and yet again i failed to make my long-intended journey to Coney Island for the Mermaid Parade.  But lately I feel mermaids all around me. Here’s one I’ve been working on… She had me completely stuck where the first video begins.  When you’re stuck like that, eventually you either have to paint over everything in lime green (not that i have ever done that), or just commit to whatever is going to happen and start dipping your brush in some paint.  I started this mermaid a few weeks ago… the second in a set of two mermaid canvases, and i just could not get past her mushy stage.  Just when I was about to start rummaging for my juiciest tube of key lime, i decided she deserved more effort from me.    So for fun I started recording Instagram videos…  and then I just did stuff.  with paint.

img_6729I joke with my husband that whenever I’m stuck with a painting and feel like giving up, I just start adding daisies here and there until I can move on. This is half true, and half because I love 💛 daisies.  A lot.  I actually think they should be on everything. Seriously. 

I hope you’ll enjoy some time-lapse speed painting!  (Real time would be intensely painful to watch).  She got some daisies of course, and a bit more clothing than originally planned.  Follow along to see if she makes it all the way to her varnishing ceremony (and see her in color!), or if she is fated to meet a lime green demise.

So long for now, Summer

Happy September!

XO ~ skyblue

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Hashtag #MiVida #SelfieTime – Life Imitates Art

Weekly Photo Challenge: #LifeImitatesArt

I grew up before there was such a thing as a selfie.  But today, it’s a part of every day of our life.  Whether it is because we need validation in the form of likes and shares, or we simply want to capture a memory for friends or families, ourselves… it is a lovely medium that draws me in for whatever reason.  They come to us in the form of friends, family, strangers, celebrities… they are candid or staged, sometimes both.  I am not an art scholar.  But I believe they are a form of portraiture… however flat, sexy, creative, narcissistic, innocent,, annoying, ugly, pretty… I will be hated and booed for my opinion but i stand by it… in my eyes, these selfies are art.

So many questions form in my head when i see a selfie.  I have questions on everything from how they got those facial features to what they had for breakfast.  Selfies inspire a lot of my art.  Some of my faces are free form from a vision, others are loosely inspired by an photo i see. Then as the piece comes to life… i have even more questions.  How is that not art?

See also: Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie| Don’t Hate my Duck Face

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In a portrait, you have room to have a point of view. The image may not be literally what’s going on, but it’s representative.

                                                                            ~  Annie Leibovitz

xo, skyblue

 

#lovewins

Today was a good day. .  It was Friday.. not to mention, Casual Friday.  I had a maple frosted donut.  And a slice of pizza.  Don’t judge me.  I didn’t F up too badly at work for once.  The sun was holding hands with a perfect breeze. I did some yoga.  I listened to music. I did art.   Family.  Cats.  What more could I hope for?

And then there was that.  #lovewins

Seriously, I couldn’t be more grateful for a day like today. 

Fairies, Rainbows and Love are on top, as it should be.  

Today, this day, is my Muse.

Today was a good day.  

…and now i have stayed up so late drawing, today is yesterday and tomorrow is today…

today #lovewins

today #lovewins                                                                         skybluewithdaisies June 26 2015

xoxoxooo skyblue

Thoughts of Mom and the Matryoshka Dolls

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I am not sure why I keep thinking about them lately, but those little Russian nesting dolls have me captivated lately.  Their faces, colors, little aprons…  I have such a fond, but vague memory of them being in my life somehow when i was small… but i loved them then, and i am so glad to be revisiting my childhood through them.  They make me think of my mom, and that feeling of being little and safe in her care.  I am pretty sure we spent almost every day together until my first day of Kindergarten.  That was not easy… for either one of us.  But she got me on that bus and sent me out into the world, and it was great… Kindergarten had lots of crayons, and snacks!  But it still was never easy, leaving my mom.

me and my mum - sketch

It didn’t get much easier as I left her again and again, for school, life, and marriage… but we will always be part of each other, wherever we go.

That’s what the Matryoshkas remind me of.

xo skyblue

me and my mum.

me and my mum.

* artwork originally posted yesterday in my post: Art is my child. It’s a girl!

* Dolls photographed above can be purchased at worldmarket.com

 

Cheer! Happy New Year!

I never thought I would do a painting of a cheerleader. But there she was on my art table… she came out of nowhere.

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Cheer ~2013

… and the adorable note from the young girl who inspired her.

photo-2Since putting the finishing touches on Cheer in mid-December, I have not touched a paintbrush.  She made me super happy though while I made her, and looking at her brings back those butterflies.

What will 2014 bring?  And what will I bring to 2014?

Cheers!  Happy New Year!

xo skyblue

When the Gypsy first got all Zen. (and other gypsies!)

If you would like to know who won the Yoga Gypsy calendar, please have a look over at the Skyblue Facebook Page!  (you can go straight to the announcement post here.  You’ll enjoy my goofy video.)

…That whole contest thing was a little stressful.  Any time I do something new or outside of my comfort zone, I pretty much freak out.  Hives, burning ulcer, sleepless nights… it’s not easy being me.  But how terrifying, to put my art out for everyone to see, offering it for free! … and knowing only like 2 people would care.  But those are the type of thing I must do.  Hopefully you will be a witness from my humble beginnings to my wild success!  LOL

And art is one of the many things I do to combat the paralyzing anxiety i can get.  Anxiety, depression, blah, blah blah.  There… now you all know.  I’m a hot mess.  Besides the yoga, dance and all that jazz…the art has been some of my best medicine.  It’s helped me on my darkest days, and it definitely beats any prescriptions they put me on.

I’ve always been drawn to gypsies… specifically what I imagined they would wear, or what I would wear if I could be a gypsy of some sort. Coins, hip-scarves, long flowing skirts… and then I got to drawing these awkward figures, with their quirky belly dancer outfits and dangly jewelry, and well… the only thing I could think of that they were gypsies.  Anyway, I just found some photos of the original Yoga Gypsy drawing… before she got glued and painted into the painting seen on the December page of the calendar.

YG December

Also you’ll find some of the other gypsies from my sketchbooks.  I hope to get some of my other drawings out there and available for your collection.  🙂

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What would we find in your sketchbooks?

xo skyblue