Playing and Learning

I’ve been doing a lot of learning lately–in all aspects of my life, art included. I’ve also been doing a lot of playing, which results in inky fingers and smudgy results and some work I like a lot and other work that I don’t like at all. The important thing, for me, is to keep in mind that I’m learning…and playing. And both should be fun.

The reality is that art is imperfect–even if no one but the artist sees the flaws. And the beauty of that art lies in the imperfection. Art is one-of-a-kind. The imperfections–real or perceived–ensure that. So, here’s to learning and playing imperfectly!

I’ve been busy in my studio, even though I haven’t been posting here regularly…here’s some work to catch you up on what I’ve been doing!

First, two new faces…




Both of these new guys appear to be caught doing something they shouldn’t…maybe it’s the surprised eyes?

I’ve been playing with new supplies. Here’s some of the results. These are pan pastels (with ink on water color paper). Sorry for the blurry photo. The plus is that I take pictures with my phone. The minus is that sometimes they are blurry…


This is me playing with Ranger Dylusions spray inks…FUN STUFF. Although it does make your fingers inky and funny colors.

Here’s what happens when you play with alcohol inks and canned air! It’s got the silkiest, glossiest texture when it’s dry.

This pen and ink drawing has since been colored in with water color crayons (AMAZING things, they are), but it seems that I have not take a picture of it! Next week, perhaps? More detail has been added as well…

This one is for the Divine Miss N…truly an exceptional human being in every way.

This is “Believe” both in black and white ink/paper and then painted in with my new watercolors! I’m thinking of framing it…

Nothing like a reminder of the affirmative! Accept the good things that the Universe has in store for you!

This is a two-page spread from my art journal. Playing with spray inks again and Copic markers and silver Sharpie and all sort of stuff.

What have you been creating lately?

Wishing you blessings as we enter the crazy holiday season. Stay sane. Make art.


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3 Responses to Playing and Learning

  1. Terri says:

    This lettering is incredible!!!! I love lettering; it’s one of my favorite art forms. Geez, some people sure have the gift! I wish I had even a fraction of your talent!

    • Thanks Terri! I’m still learning, so your words mean a lot to me. I think we are always hardest on ourselves, you know? Worst critic and all that. Thanks for stopping by my blog…I hope you will visit again soon! Cheers! Rachel

  2. Nancy Rodenborg says:

    This is fabulous Rachel. Will you be selling copies of your “let go…” work? It has a nice message for social workers & other helping professionals who try to take on everything.


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