Sunday, 2 October 2016


At "Art Journal Journey" this month Valerie has chosen the theme "Indian Summer".

We have had a beautiful Indian Summer this weekend so I went out into the garden to see what was about.
There were purple asters, marigolds, berries on bushes and so much else.

I got out some of my pens

and let them do it.

Painting the marigolds.

What happens next I wondered?

Painting the asters and the pond

and then a kitten wanders in.

Hey pens, it's looking bit wimphy.

I had to step in and do a bit of outlining.

Here's what I like about what the pens did.

I like the sweet kitten, the little pond, the garden towers and all the flowers.  I'm not too sure about the ploughed field and the forest at the top.

But it's not too bad.


Valerie-Jael said...

Now I know what your garden looks like in Autumn! A big thank you to you and your pens for joining us at Art Journal Journey with this lovely journal page. Have a good, new week, and enjoy the good weather. Hugs, Valerie

froebelsternchen Susi said...

It's just great what your pens did and you had just to outline what they did- that is the gift of making art! Wonders happen!
What a lovely painting ! Thank you so very much for creating for Valerie's October theme at AJJ Sheila!
Have a wonderful new week ahead - hopefully the Indian summer will stay with you - we had some wonderful warm days as well - but this Sunday we got rain and it is much colder than it was.
But it's also o.k. for me.. now I can bring the inspirations of the last days to paper!

oxo Susi

limmelon said...

Super little pen drawing, very creative ! The field and forest have come out fine. The kitty really makes it come alive. Love it, Awesome !!

Karin said...

love your little garden, it looks great!
Groetjes Karin

Anonymous said...

How fun is this...yes, Autumn is in full swing here...chilly and damp today. Your garden cheered me up...xox

Annie said...

Oh, please send me some magic art dust to sprinkle over my Tombows. They do not know how to play like yours do. I set them out with paper and they just lie there lazy, lazy, lazy. A sweet painting, Sheila. I so adore little kitty! She has a fabulous personality. She's also so lucky to live in this delightful setting. I want to pull up a chair to sit and read by the pond. Maybe kitty is headed to the pond to do a little fishing for lunch. I also love your aging fence back there.

Annette P. (aka LonettA) said...

So lovely and imaginative pen drawing! Nice to see the progress! Thank you for sharing!
Hugs, Annette

ULKAU said...

So nice to look over your shoulder, when you are drawing this picture. My favorite is your cute cat too - she is watching me!
Mixed-weather here, but this is ablolut normaly autumn. Ulrike

Meggymay said...

Your pens sure worked some magic to help create this fantastic page. Its a real fun happy scene.
Yvonne xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

What a joy to watch your pens at work. Of course, when you took over, the art became even more personal. I think the ploughed field shows the summer harvest is over and the field is now ready to accept winter seed. This is a beautiful entry from your colorful mind and inventive pens. It's a lovely AJJ entry and an adorable kitty, too.

Beo said...

Your pens have done a wonderful work. Just by themselves... :)
And it is amazing what you did just outlining them. That brings such a different
into the picture. I like the wood and the fields I think they look as if they have to be there.
Of course I love the sweet kitten and the flowers.
Did you paint it (you and your pens) into a handmade book? I saw the stiches on the left side.

My name is Erika. said...

What a cute little kitty and a fun garden. I bet it was a beautiful summer Indian summer day and that kitty just wanted to enjoy some sun before the evening chill. Hope you have a wonderful new week. Hugs-Erika

Giggles said...

Beautiful pens, I was trying to read Sugarloaf is it? Very sweet indian summer you created. I love the dimension you managed with the forest and fields! The outlining makes everything pop...such a fun piece!! The kitty almost looks like hes skulking in where he's not suppose to be! Adorable...brings a smile to my face!!

Hugs Giggles

SusuPetal said...

Your pens created a fairy tale!

johanna said...

i would not be surprised if Rapunzel will Show up on the Tower at the right;) i love the scenery and it was fun watching you along the creative process. you have quite a selection of These pens! happy autumn, sheila!

Pia Rom said...

What a nice lil garden the cat owns!! Bushes full of yummy berries and a beautiful castle to life in!! Also love the lil bloomin flowers on the gras! What a sweet world, someday I come in a take a bath in the pond, haha ♥ Conny

Tammie Lee said...

that is so much fun
i enjoyed hearing how you went about it
charming as can be

Margik said...

A super cute scene! Your pens work wonders. Loving the steps of how you created this fantastic page.
Mar xx

The Happy Whisk said...

Great toys you got there. Such a talent you are.

Rike said...

I like the way you built up this picture - or no, the pens did it :) Great job they have done! It is very interesting how the picture changed, when the outlines came to it. Only Kitty looks a little afraid about the outlines? The whole story makes me smile, thank you so much!

Let's Art Journal said...

I love the way your art work was created over the photos - fascinating! The ploughed fields and forest remind me of autumn and I like the way the background curves into the centre to draw your eye to the cute kitty cat, the little pond, the garden towers and all those flowers - magical! Happy Friday :-)

Gibby Frogett said...

Love the sweet scene you have created Sheila and the process of how you created it.
When I read about the ploughed field and forest at top, for some reason I could hear 'Time Teams' Tony Robinson in my head suggesting a good place to dig :)
Have a lovely weekend... Gill x

kat said...

This is sweet, I really love your creatures, they have a cosy warm feel to them, enjoying life in Esmeralda land! Th forest and fields have that rich Autumn tone to them setting off your scene so well below, a beautiful Indian Summer day for sweet kitty to enjoy!

janie said...

zhello Sheila
you have the most amazing pens ......are they from Diagon Alley? My pens never work like that and isnt it amazing how the picture comes alive after outling.....superb x

~*~Patty S said...

Not bad AT ALL!
Really charming and I rather like that field in the back.
It beckons and adds a bit of mystery (like what's out there anyway!)
Amazing how outlining brought your lovely sketches alive.
Happy October days to you in your magical garden

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

I love it all. I also like to use Tombow markers :) And I did think of you when I posted the doodle drawings. I've been doodling forever it seems and as you know I always enjoy your whimsical art. Take care, Shirleyxx

Sharon Fritchman said...

This is absolutely adorable, Sheila! I love, LOVE how you showed us your thought process, which is so wonderful - made me smile! I really like your finished work of art for AJJ this month!

Jackie said...

What an inspiration. It's fabulous. I'm sure I wouldn't be able to create such a wonderful scene with my pens.Jx