Give yourself permission; enjoy nature, explore and create.

Credit line and copyright, by Schick, 2013

“Hello Mr. Bee! Whatcha’ doing?”
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I slept in this morning (yes!). I’ve had a lot going on recently, nothing negative, just busy. But I haven’t been sleeping well. I’m rather a nut about staying balanced in my life so I’ve been frustrated over my inability to sleep soundly lately.

I did all the “tried and true” methods with no success and then a few days ago I sat quietly by myself and considered – everything! And then I moved the things on my agenda aside (those I could) and went completely into artistic mode.

I gave myself permission to enjoy being creative, by first spending some time in the world of nature (maybe not as close up as this amazing photo of a dog and bee (LOL), still I did really immerse myself and then I began to sketch and draw, the results to be shown soon on a forthcoming blog!

And guess what? I am now sleeping like a log. Giving myself over to art and nature and then some private artisitc time did the trick. Helped me balance the rest of my “have-to” activities!

This weekend, give yourself permission to be! Both relaxed and creative. Your mind, body and soul will thank you for it!

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend~

~ Penny

A Bee on a Dandelion – time out for art

Several weeks ago, Lisa, at Zebra Designs & Destinations (& playamart) started a delightful artistic activity – Time Out For Art – every Thursday. All who enjoy (or want to try their hand at this creative and relaxing activity) pick up a pencil and sketch, then share their pencil drawings by linking to her weekly Time Out For Art post. As a result of this gathering of artistic activity, I’ve decided to spend more time drawing. I’ve rediscovered just how much I enjoyed sketching, something I’ve done very little of, in recent years.

A few weeks ago there was a dandelion plant thriving in the lawn. Prior to it’s removal I sat down and sketched it. I sketched very quickly. There was a bee on one of the dandelion flowers.

dandelion sketch

I used just a few placement lines and circles for the the initial layout, the bee did not hang around long. Then I sketched in more details (the bee long gone by now), went inside to refine a little more of the detail and shading.

It was overly ambitious of me, afterwords I realized there was just too much detail for me to do it justice as a true pencil sketch (and too little time as well). So I shaded in various grasses and dandelion petals and bee and then to bring out a little more detail, I pen and inked in some of the sections and added a smidgen of color. So not truly a “pencil sketch”. Next week I’m going for a more stand alone object so I can really focus on the shading detail of a less complex subject!

So there you have it. To some a weed, to me a dandelion wildflower, to the bee, nourishment! p.s.- if you look real close, there is a dandy ‘lion’s’ face peaking out from the left upper most dandelion flower in the sketch! 

Thanks for stopping by, be sure to enjoy your day today!

~ Penny

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