Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I Am A Wizard of Whimsy

My "Monkey Shine" drawing has won the "Wizard of Whimsy" award on the Web of Whimsy blog
A new whimsical piece of art is picked every week from the artists that submit to the blog.  Have a look and choose your favorite.


I drew this quite awhile ago and got the inspiration to give it a good coloring. It is modeled after the colorful Mexican Sugar skull art that I think is cool.  I used Prismacolor pencils and ink and it measures ATC size of 3.5" x 2.5 ".

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Just a Doodle

This is a small little pencil doodle I did today, it measures 3.5" x 2.5".  I keep a little stack of this size cardstock handy so when I have an idea I can sketch it out quick before I forget. That way I have a nice little collection of ideas when I want to do a bigger piece, plus it is just fun to do these.


I resolve to complete at least two art projects a week, not including doodling or sketchbook art. I also will complete many of the projects I have started and this is one of them that I had started several months ago. 
It is a collie pet portrait I just finished using Prisma color markers, 
colored pencils and ink, it measures 8" x 10".

Monday, January 10, 2011


I love using things from nature in my art and I had the inspiration to use beach stones that I collected from the shores of Lake Michigan and since I conveniently live only several blocks away from Lake Michigan I can do some beach-combing and find some really neat natural materials. I love how the action of the waves and sand makes for such a wonderfully smooth working art surface. After I collect the perfect stones I use my technique to solder the legs and head wire on.  Then I use colored pencil to add the design on the top and bottom of the stone and  seal it with a clear acrylic spray.  I add the beads for eyes and some wire antennae (which are movable) for the final touch.  Each bug has its own unique characteristics and no two are alike.
A penny next to the bug rock give you an idea of how big it is, the rock itself measures 3 inches long not including the head or antennae.

Bottom side of bug rock

Mixed Media Assemblage

I made this little assemblage from found objects.  The little guy looks like a robot to me and he is doing the "Running of the Pigs" event. It reminded me of the annual "Running of the Bulls" that is held in Spain so I named it after that :)

Homemade Christmas Gifts

These are some drink coasters I made as Christmas gifts. I drew them on stone tiles with prismacolor pencils and ink, then sprayed them with a clear satin acrylic sealer. The colors turned out very vibrant...a funky spot for your coffee or beverage of choice!!

2010 Christmas Card

This is the 2010 Christmas card I drew for this Holiday season.  It was done with Prisma color pencils and ink ©2010 Paula Radl