It’s Seymour Time

More playing with Procreate! I just uploaded some new brushes and I cannot wait to give them a try. This Seymour painting was done with the original set. Although there’s a ton of brushes with the app purchase, I found that many are too specialized. I would like to move to a more illustration look. More exploring!

Hens & Chicks

Done in Procreate – I love the subtle hues of Sempervivum. Whenever I come across these, I usually take a picture. They are so pretty with their rosettes and the many blue and green hues.

I am officially acquiring the knack of Procreate. There’s so much to learn! I have also learned that I will need to get more brushes!

Rollerskates

More experimenting in Procreate. I am totally having fun with this app. My daughter just got herself a pair of rollerskates. I have the song “Brand New Key” stuck in my head. I LOVED that song back in the day. I hummed and sang that song when I put on my strap-on skates. I later advanced to real quads in a roller-rink. Lots of fun memories!

Procreate – Digital Art

Spent the weekend avoiding things like cleaning, finishing up my taxes and other non-enjoyable ventures. Instead, I watched a few Procreate videos to try to learn how to use this awesome app. Making circles! Layers! Gaussian Blur!! My mind is officially blown! If you have any Procreate tips, please feel free to share!

A day in the gardens

We celebrated father’s day at 2 lovely gardens in Walnut Creek – Ruth Bancroft and Heather Farms

Ruth Bancroft was amazing – full of succulents, drought-tolerant plants and lovely sculptures. It was a lovely escape and a beautiful tranquil setting. I hope to revisit when it is not so hot! There’s lots of creative inspiration here.

Heather farms was also lovely. We then went to downtown Walnut Creek and grabbed ice cream at San Francisco Creamery. Overall, a perfect day!

Don’t stop, BEE-liven’

Another bee painting to start the day off.

I love/hate that Journey song. Ugh, it is so darn catchy and you have to sing along to it. They play this song at the end of our high school football games. I love the ritual of attending these games. Sitting in the band parent section, cheering for our team (Go Dons!), being part of our community, then, carefully disembarking our crowded and flimsy bleachers hearing this song. As a band parent, I really am there for the marching band show and music.

I do not think that we will have a typical marching band season this coming year. It is my daughter’s senior year, so it is hitting us hard. I noticed that the school music program posted their schedule; practice days/hours; band camp, competitions…I hear that song…don’t stop, beliven!’

busy little bee

I took the day off from work and boy did I need that! I did not end up doing all (or most) of the things on my to-do list. Guess I just needed to chill.

I love bees – my morning ritual is to watch them and attempt to take photos of them. Most end up blurry – so I ended up using an image from Pixabay. Pixabay is a fun place to get inspired – tons of beautiful images there. Image by Anrita1705 from Pixabay

Ice pops

As always, doing art is my restorative practice. I have been painting ice pops – they are cheerful, and colorful. A moment of escape. Things are so heavy right now.

This one is my Amador Pop – my daughter’s high school colors – purple and gold, happen to be my favorite color combo. If you would like me to paint your school colors or favorite flavors, drop me a message. I’d be happy to do a custom artwork piece! This one is 5×7 inches. They make great gifts.