I enjoy creating art for the walls of my home, and I hope my website will give others inspiration to create artwork and decor on a budget. If you love to draw and paint, then you can easily make artwork for the walls of your home. People who prefer photography should invest in a digital camera so they can take pictures to frame. Beautiful frames can be purchased for a discount at places such as the second hand store, or even at crafting stores. Feel free to keep coming back to my website to see new ideas I will be posting about art projects and crafts. All artwork and photography on this site is the @copyright of Sweetbearies Art Tips 2008-2014, and no content may be used from this website without my permission.
Find out more about my art projects by looking at my posts and videos that I add to this blog. I am always working on a drawing, and at the moment I am mesmerized with creating colored pencil drawings of palm trees
Aug 272014
 

Do you ever wonder if fabric marker designs on shirts will last for a few years? I created a palm tree design on a purple shirt two years ago with a black marker, and my picture is still visible on this item of apparel. I wash this shirt inside out in cold water, which is probably one of the reason this palm tree silhouette has lasted.

Fabric Markers Were Used To Create This Palm Tree Design

Aug 192014
 

Today I came home and received an interesting comment on my YouTube video I created back in 2011.  A few years ago I used to get more page views with YouTube videos I created to go along with art projects I wrote about on Hubpages.  The last few years I get fewer page views for videos I create, and I suppose this has something to do with not have many subscribers.

I know I will never have a large number of subscribers on YouTube, and I have actually come to accept that.  I always wish I would get more comments on videos and my blog posts, but then today I received a comment that sort of threw me off.

Basically, the guy told me how he is a professional artist, and my video on demonstrating how to draw a cat using the grid method is not good, and that my drawing is not good.  However, he encouraged me to keep going.  Not sure what that is supposed to mean, but I did not find this comment helpful, so I deleted it. I suppose I could have kept it up, but I did not see the point because it only felt like it was made in provocation.

I see a lot of big time YouTubers getting harsh comments every day, and I am not sure how they put up with it.  Maybe my channel never grows because I delete such comments.  In the past Ij ust remember when I engaged with the negative commentators it did not go well,and the friction is not fun.  I concluded it was just feeding the trolls, and it was better to delete comments that I do not feel are conducive to my videos.

So perhaps I should have been a stronger cookie and kept the comment, but it just reminded me back when I wrote political stuff and I would get heated comments. I eased off of that, and I just do not feel like being challenged continuously at this point in my life.

There are people who say well if you put yourself out there you have to be open to criticism, and that is true to a certain degree, but this does not mean people have free license just to trash others.  If you cannot be supportive of someone, then what value does the comment have?

There are musicians and artists I do not care for, but I would never imagine going to their Youtube/Twitter pages or websites and saying “well this is not good, but you keep at it”.   I arrived at the conclusion I enjoy writing and creating art for myself, and that is cool if a few people like it.  I am not interested in people who tell me what great artists they are, but who do not have any videos demonstrating their talents. In the age of the Internet it is very easy to criticize others when you are not putting yourself out there.  I have noticed the most unhelpful critics boast about their prowess at this and that, but they do not have anything posted to demonstrate how their things are better than yours.

I am sure the man who told me he is a professional artist is all that, but telling me my art is not good is not going changing anything.  Gee, at least it would have been better if he had been the average spammer promoting his art website. At least he would have had something to back up what he was talking about.

My conclusion: what I create and post art wise is mine, and it is my choice to post it.  If you like it that is great, but if you do not, then keep moving along. No one is forcing you to look at anything you abhor so.

Aug 152014
 

I have created a colored pencil drawing of Irina the cat at the Pinnacles.

Irina The Cat Drawing


I finally completed my colored pencil drawing of Irina the cat with the Pinnacles as a backdrop. This is a special drawing which includes a place I love, and a cat I adore.  Irina the cat has never visited the Pinnacles, but this is an imagined drawing of her visiting this location on a spring day.

 

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I drew a picture of Irina on rough draft paper, and then used tracing paper to transfer the image on to more durable paper for the final colored pencil drawing.

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Drawing Irina The Cat

I drew a picture of Irina on rough draft paper, and then used tracing paper to transfer the image on to more durable paper for the final colored pencil drawing.

Drawing Irina The Cat

Drawing Irina The Cat

Drawing Irina The Cat

Drawing Irina The Cat

 

Jul 102014
 
Here is an illustrated guide on how I  made a palm tree inspired windsock.

Here is an illustrated guide on how I made a palm tree inspired windsock.

Windsocks are easy to make, and can be constructed out of paper. I love palm trees, so I decided to create this palm tree inspired windsock. The brown sock is supposed to be the palm tree trunk, and the streamers are reminiscent of palm fronds swaying in the wind.

I used a ruler to mark off the areas on the paper where I want to make the streamers. I used transparent tracing paper to create the streamers.

I used water paint to create alternating light and dark shades of green stripes on the transparent paer.  This will give the look of the different shades illuminated from sun drench palm fronds.

I used water paint to create alternating light and dark shades of green stripes on the transparent paper. This will give the look of the different shades illuminated from sun drench palm fronds.

I cut the streamers along the marks I had drawn on the paper.

I cut the streamers along the marks I had drawn on the paper.

I took a sheet of water color paper and painted it with black lines, and then painted over that with brown paint.  These was meant to mimic the ridges found on palm trees.

I took a sheet of water for water color paints, and painted it with black lines, and then painted over that with brown paint. These was meant to mimic the ridges found on palm trees.

Here I stapled the green streamers to what will be the sock portion of the decoration.

Here I stapled the green streamers to what will be the sock portion of the decoration.

I used the stapler to make cylinder out of the brown paper, which will mimic the trunk of a palm tree.

I used the stapler to make cylinder out of the brown paper, which will mimic the trunk of a palm tree.

I added brown yarn to the wind sock to hang it from the ceiling.

I added brown yarn to the wind sock to hang it from the ceiling.

This palm tree windsock is made entirely out of paper, and illustrates how crafts can be made on a budget.

This palm tree windsock is made entirely out of paper, and illustrates how crafts can be made on a budget.

So yes I have an upside down palm tree, but it looks like it is just bending in the wind when there is actual wind blowing through it. This is a palm tree inspired windsock, not a palm tree made out of paper. This is my take on the palm tree as a windsock, and you can see the video documents how I created this paper craft.

Jun 302014
 

I have painted a picture of Irina the cat with oil paint, which is a scene of her running out of the woods. It appears as if the she is mischievous little kitty who is finally coming home. Art can be quite a personal thing, and this composition tells a story about my cat Irina.

I drew a picture of Irina the cat on scratch paper.

Irina is my little black cat with coppery eyes, and she was the inspiration for my latest painting.

I used tracing paper to transfer the drawing of Irina.

I used a pencil to transfer the drawing of Irina onto the canvas.

I painted in the sky behind Irina.

I used several different shades of paint to create the grass and trees behind Irina. Also, several different colors of paint were used to create the hills in the distance.

Irina the cat looks like she is running along the path and out of the woods.

Jun 182014
 

My dad often recounts a story about how no one saved the last piece of blueberry pie for him, but there is just one problem, that was a pie was purchased from Marie Calendar’s back in 1973, and he has been mentioning it ever since. Of course I was born a few years later, so my entire life I remember hearing about this story. I never even understood what the allure was about Marie Calendar’s pies anyway, especially since I feel like my mom makes the best pies in the world.

I also enjoy making pies, so I do not feel I have to buy one from a store or restaurant. Lately I have been making fewer pies because I am just not eating baked goods like I used to, but I still have a penchant for talking about pie from time to time. There is something very therapeutic and soothing about making a pie crust from scratch, and crimping the dough around the edges once you place it in the pan. The act of cutting slits in the crust so the fruit filling can bubble through as it bakes is divine. My favorite type of pie is appe, but my dad’s obsession with the blueberry pie from 1973 has inspired my latest handmade card. The photos below illustrate how I created this card from start to finish.

Here I drew a little blueberry  pie.

Here I drew a little blueberry pie.

A grid was draw around the pie for creating the checkered table cloth.

A grid was draw around the pie for creating the checkered table cloth.

I colored in alternate squares on the grid to create the checkered table cloth.

I colored in alternate squares on the grid to create the checkered table cloth.

Here I am continuing to color in the alternating squares on the red and white checkered tablecloth.

Here I am continuing to color in the alternating squares on the red and white checkered tablecloth.

The completed blueberry card has a fun expression that I created with bronze colored pencil, and a black marker.  Who ate my dad's pie, he is still wondering all these years later.

The completed blueberry card has a fun expression that I created with bronze colored pencil, and a black marker. Who ate my dad’s pie, he is still wondering all these years later.

This video documents how I created the blueberry pie card illustration from start to finish.

Do you adore this blueberry pie card, and think the story my dad tells about pie is hilarious. If so, then you can purchase the card I created with my artwork over on Zazzle.

Jun 132014
 

Yesterday I finally finished by drawing of Lady dog.  Here were the final steps toward achieving the final result of my colored pencil drawing.

 

Coloring in Lady dog’s fur with a reddish-brown colored pencil.

 

Creating the grain on the wood background with a dark brown colored pencil.

I created the wood grain background for Lady dog by blending together white, sepia, and dark brown colored pencils.

Light brown and dark brown colored pencils were used to create the tiles on the floor.

Here is what the finished drawing of Lady dog looks like.

Here is a video that illustrates how I created the colored pencil drawing of Lady dog.