Joshua Tree is a place that is very near and dear to my heart. I grew up near this majestic national park, and I visited it quite often over the years. Last year I drew a picture of a cat lounging near the Joshua trees, and recently I have painted a picture of two cats kissing at Joshua Tree.
The video below explains how I used the tracing paper to trace over the drawing of the two cats, and then I used a pencil to go over the back of the traced drawing. The graphite tracing on the back of the paper is necessary for transferring the image to the canvas. In the final step, I taped the tracing paper to the canvas, and I went over the drawing with a terra cotta colored pencil, which demarcates which part of the image I was transferring. The image transferred to the canvas was quite light, so I darkened it up a bit. Tracing paper is conducive to transmitting images to sheets of paper or canvas if you do not want to invest in a light table.
Today I finished drawing a picture of Stripey the cat with a San Bernardino Mountains backdrop. The hills behind Stripey cat consists of the desert facing side of the mountains, which contain chaparral brush and boulders. There are also some daffodils planted directly behind the cat, which is an ode to spring and how many of these flowers bloom in the San Bernardino Mountains during the months of March and April. I enjoy creating cat art with a Southern California mountain theme since I grew up in this region.
During Christmas I did not have time to post this project, but the video below illustrates how I created an adult coloring page with loose change. All that was needed for this project was a pencil, a quarter, a dime, a penny, crayons, markers, oil pastels, and paper. Making your own coloring page is a simple and creative art project that people of all ages can enjoy.