The Completed Stripey Cat At Joshua Tree Drawing

The Stripey cat at Joshua Tree drawing is now finished since I have only worked on it a bit here and there.
I use several different shades of colored pencils to create the fur for Stripey cat.
I selected format frame to showcase the entire drawing of Stripey cat with the Joshua tree behind him and hills in the distance.

The video illustrates how I finished drawing the cat and put it in this simple but stylish frame.

Making The Who Ate My Pie Card

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.

Drawing A Palm Tree With Colored Pencils

The other day I decided to draw a palm tree with colored pencils, which is one of my favorite mediums to work with. This palm tree is based on my photograph of a tree that is near my house, and is thus a quintessential Southern California scene.

The video also illustrates how I created this palm tree illustration. I adore drawing and painting palm trees, so it was nice to get back into this again.

Drawing A Picture of The Sunset View

Yesterday I finished a colored pencil drawing I created of the sunset view of Mount Baldy as seen from the Inland Valley. I used colored pencils to create this composition, and it is now hanging on my wall.

Above is the completed colored pencil drawing of the Mount Baldy sunset.

This is a video slideshow showing how I created that sunset drawing from start to finish.

Drawing Marigolds: Part 1

This is part one of the process of drawing a few marigolds in a green container that I have in my small patio garden.

Here I am beginning to sketch the flowers inside the container from the angle of looking down on it.

In the photograph above I am adding more detail to the sketch of the marigolds.

In photograph above I was beginning to color in one of the yellow and orange flowers, as many marigold flowers multicolored.

Here I am coloring in another flower in the container of my sketch.

Video where I discuss drawing and coloring my marigold illustration.