Sunday, 18 June 2017


"Try it on Tuesday" is asking for "Steampunk" or "Something Mechanical" and
"Art Journal Journey", hosted this month by Rosie, is asking for Circle Art.

I've painted a little train, it's powered by steam so it's mechanical and I also painted it with the computer mouse so that's sort of mechanical too, isn't it?


And there are plenty circles here - the two wheels on the right and the other wheels - these wheels must be circles too, don't you agree? - otherwise the train wouldn't travel very far.

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I'm also having a little experiment where the pens themselves choose the colours of each painting in a four-inch sketchbook.

All the pens are in this bag and I take out three pens without looking. 

If I like the three colours together I keep them, but if I don't (for example if the colours are too similar like two pale oranges) then I'm "allowed" to take out two more, but I can only use three of the five.
I also wanted the paintings to be abstract.

This is the very first one I made.

The pens chose two greens and a red.  The purple colour inside the circley thing was made by painting green over red.
What do you think?  Did the pens choose three good colours?

More experiments next blogpost - some good colour choices by the pens, others more questionable.

I'm also linking to "Mix It Monthly" where the theme is "Lyrics from a Song".
The song I've chosen is "The Night Train to Memphis" and if you want to be amused and cheered for a minute or so Roy Acuff is singing the song here.

Thursday, 8 June 2017


The uber-talented Rosie at "Art Journal Journey" is asking us to make art on the theme of circles. 

With the ordinary computer mouse and using the basic Windows Paint program I drew three circles and coloured them.  

Mouse drew a (rather wonky) vase for the circles which had turned into flowers.  I enjoy seeing the different way in which one can paint with the mouse which often has its own ideas about lines and direction.

A little caterpillar wandered by

followed by a new species of bird (new to Orange Esmeralda).

The new bird is very interested in the flowers.

I quite like this bird.  You might see him again (with his family).

Monday, 29 May 2017


Hello everyone.
I've been on holiday in a cottage with no wifi, no phone reception and no radio.
It was very relaxing.

At "Art Journal Journey" the theme chosen by Gill is "Elegance and Grunge".

I've always been fascinated by the quote
"In the country of the blind the one-eyed man is king"
and I hope you will agree that the one-eyed gardener with his very elegant hat and stylish outfit is the king of his garden.

I'm also entering this into a new interesting challenge called "Digitally made" where they are asking us to make a purely digital art piece.
Apart from the butterflies this was painted using the mouse and the digital colours.
The butterflies were painted with "real" paints and digitally transferred, and the text was printed using Photoshop.

I hope you had a good time while I was away, and I'm looking forward to visiting you again.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017


Every cat should wear a hat.

What do you think?
Should every cat wear a hat?

Linking to 
"Moo-Mania" where the theme is "Headgears" 
"Art Journal Journey" where Gill's theme is "Elegance and Grunge" and we should choose only one of these.

Which to choose - Elegance or Grunge?

Monday, 1 May 2017


Gill is hosting Susi's art challenge at "Art Journal Journey" this month with the fascinating theme "Elegance and Grunge" - but we can choose only one of these.
I choose "Grunge".

The Grunge lady visited my garden and found bright pink flowers.

Grunge lady doesn't like bright pink.

I made a pen and ink painting of Grunge lady's home.

Grunge is fun! 

Sunday, 23 April 2017


When Mr. E. goes away for a few days I have a solo Art Retreat at home.
I try to make art in a different way, for example larger than my normal sizes, maybe something large like this one below.
Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

This one would have gone straight in the fire but I kept it till the next day when it seemed to have matured overnight like a cheese, and now I quite like it. 

It's roughly 17 x 11 inches (43 x 28 cms.) and is painted with oil pastels and watercolours.

It's for "Art Journal Journey" where Susi and Hazel are asking us to make art on the fascinating theme "Magical Mystery Tour".  
The sweet creature on the right has just been let out of the tour bus and is wondering what to do now.

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Contrastingly "Moo-Mania" is asking us to make faces and although "Moo-Mania" no longer asks that the art is Moo size, I painted my face as a Moo card, that is measuring 1.1 x 2.8 inches (2.8 x 7 cms.).

I've only once painted a face and it spooked me out so much that after a week I had to set it on fire and delete all the photos of it, not forgetting to delete the deletions.

I've called this more friendly person the bearded lady, because for some reason known only to her, although she has pink hair she also seems to have a yellow beard, haha! 
I don't think she will be set on fire. 

Have a happy day!