Monday, January 25, 2016

Calendar Obsessions

Here is the progress (above) on 
my January calendar that has
a bit of drawing each day...

and a weekly page on which I decided
to write a few quotes.

"I have decided that I no longer want to 
be an adult...if anyone needs me, I'll
be in my blanket fort, coloring."

There have been several days
of snow showers, but not a lot
of accumulation that lasted.
The wood pile, or rather logs
lined up on end, make an interesting
subject in the snow. When I got
the bluish watercolor shadows a 
bit too bright, I stippled some
gesso on with a nearly dry brush
to resemble snow.

Some Artist Trading Card-sized
pieces, that will go in pockets in
my ring-binder calendar. The
quotes came out of a women's
health magazine, and I combined
them with my own watercolor
designs.  Below shows the back.

We visited a pub-style restaurant
this week, known for its huge burgers.
I used images from their web site to
sketch a version of one of their hamburgers.

We had a good time with some
wonderful friends, and it was fun to
try a place we'd never been before.
Such large portions are not something
I agree with, and we did our best not to
overdo it!  The gyro I had was very

In addition to my Art Journal Calendar,
(in a ring binder)
I also am using a Hobonichi Techo.
It is from Japan, with wonderful paper
in it, and I've been using it as an
"illustrated diary," although it can 
certainly be anything I choose to make
it. There is a whole page for each day,
and that gives me room for lots of
doodles! Above, some colorful
squiggles and circles, along with a 
sketch of the Rooibos Red Tea blossoms
drawn from my herbal tea packaging.
Also, I made Ginger Muffins after my
friend Elizabeth blogged about them!
Linking up with the T Tuesday blog hop,
and wishing you a creative week!


  1. Your calendar is wonderful. I adore it. It sure puts mine to shame. That Hobonichi Techo paper sounds wonderful. You were lucky to find it. I'd never heard of it.

    I like the idea of having those ATC type cards. They sound so positive and uplifting. We all certainly need that.

    Glad your snow wasn't severe. I like how you drew the logs.

    Speaking of drawing, that burger was HUGE. My mouth would never have fit. And at least I knew what gyro was, because I actually saw an entire rotisserie of the cone shaped gyro meat as it was coming out of a Lebanese restaurant's kitchen one time. It was a sight to behold.

    I hope your muffins turned out as moist as mine did. And those Rooibos tea blossoms are gorgeous.

    Thanks for sharing your calendar, your drawings, your muffins, and your Rooibos tea blossoms with us for T this Tuesday.

  2. Wonderful art journaling and quotes, love the one about not being an adult any more. Have a great week and a happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  3. i love how you put all this together! i´m also a quotes collector, but i´m afraid my drawing skills are rudimentary. and i can´t believe january is almost over. woosh...
    happy t-day!

  4. What a fun calendar and a great way to look back!

  5. Love your style... Especially the soft colors. Thanks for sharing your work!

  6. Beautiful work as always. I like the ring binder idea for your pages. So often bound journals won't open really flat and it feels uncomfortable to draw = and worse to paint - on the pages.

  7. what a fabulous collection of illustrations Dianne!! I especially LOVE that calendar page! I too made those muffins-twice already:) Aren't they just yummy? Happy T day!

  8. Your pages are also a delight to see--beautiful drawing, peaceful colors, and always, always inspirational. I find it hard being home nearly everyday fighting to stay out of the food closet & fridge--I guess keeping busy is the answer as I have manged to shed a few "holiday" pounds.

  9. Your calendar is so clever! I love the idea of just drawing a little bit in each square. My husband's mother used her calendar to note down everything that happened during that day.. no drawings but your calendar reminded me of that..

    I'm glad to hear you didn't get too much snow. We are on a warming trend all week to reach in the 60s by the weekend! Crazy! Your little stumps in the snow are beautiful! So good to see you this T day! Hugs! deb

  10. Happy T-day, thanks for the comment and visit.

    I always love to come by your blog and see all your wonderful sketches and water colors. A loose leaf calendar is really a great idea. I started, as in got it printed out, I need to do the same thing with mine. Thanks for sharing the idea.

    Your snowy picture is my favorite, and the gesso stippling made it more me anyway.

    With work being slow for DH, I find myself in my "fort" more often....LOL

  11. Love your calendar with the drawings and your little ATCs sound just right for little positive thinking sayings and quotes. Happy T Tuesday to you! Annette

  12. WOW your art calendars and journals must be a total delight to sit down with.
    Thank you for sharing another inspiring and yummy post.
    Happy T Day dear Dianne oxo

  13. I love seeing your art calendar pages - such an inspiration! I really must get to practice my lettering!! Love those quotes - I have started a quotes book but it is at the caravan - maybe I need one here too! Happy T Day! Chrisx

  14. OMGosh! I love them all! You are very talented.
    Happy T-Day! :)

  15. Wow! Your calendar is great! I love your drawings, especially the snow, which is difficult to draw. The burger looks (no offence meant) disgusting, because you have drawn it so well. The Japanese paper sounds wonderful, I had never heard of it either.

    Have a good week,

  16. Wonderful art this week ♡ I really like the ATC . Hopefully I'll be more productive this week :)

  17. Amazing artwork Dianne! WOW!
    Happy T-Day!

  18. Your calendar is amazing! Such a fun way to keep track of things.

  19. Love your calendar!The colors are amazing.Your artwork is a feast for my eyes.Thanks for your kind words.They mean a lot to me.Happy belated T day dear!


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