Put Your Heart in Your Art


These 3 paintings show how something started in Auryn Ink evolved into my favorite iPad painting. The Auryn App helped me achieve effects & areas I loved but there was no personal connection in the painting. I had nothing to risk by seeing what would happen if I changed the color & saturation.  Continue reading

Sometimes a Picture Paints Itself



Sometimes a picture paints itself. Last weekend we were in the CA central coast,  celebrating a friends 50th Wedding Anniversary. It was at Avila Beach which is such a beautiful area near the Central Coast Wineries. We visited the Kelsey Canyon Winery because I wanted to see the peacocks, which are so beautiful. At the winery there is a small vineyard with beautiful grapes where you can get up close and really enjoy how beautiful they are. I wanted to see how Auryn Ink could help me capture the beauty of the grapes.


Sketchbook Express Tool Bar cont.

IMG_3560Now that you understand the brush choices you can click the next icon and choose curved line, straight line, rectangles or circles. Play with the lines and shapes. Then choose different brushes and experiment. Just PLAY, PLAY, PLAY and you will LEARN, LEARN, LEARN. It’s that easy.

Now for my best trick ever – Go to the toolbar

The icon next to the curvy line creates a mirror image from the center of the page. As you draw on one side of the vase the app takes care of the other side.


Doesn’t matter if I do anything wrong because that arrow in the toolbar pointing left is the big UNDO .  And if that isn’t enough or you want to start all over click on  the  +  a box will come up with “don’t save” or “save.” Choose either & you will get a clear screen. Remember to choose save if you want to keep something you drew. It will be kept in the gallery.

Get Started with Sketchbook Express


Open up your Sketchbook Express and you will see a tool bar on the top of the screen. Next tap the brush icon. Its the one that looks like a paint brush. This is where all your supplies are kept. You have airbrush, pens, pencils, brushes and erasers and every color imaginable in one place. How easy is that? This is why I have a happy face today.

IMG_3558Now it’s time to explore all the brushes and see what they do. Don’t worry about a drawing we’ll get to that tomorrow. If you want to clear your page go to the toolbar and the second icon from the right is a + sign. Just click + and click “don’t save” (unless you like it) and your new page is there. To select a color just click in the big circle for the hue and click in the diamond for the value. There are 2 sliders above your brushes. The top one is for size of brushes and the second one is for opacity. So lucky there is a box that shows exactly what you have chosen.

Where do I begin?

IMG_3553Take a good look at my face. Kinda ugly! But if you look real close you will see I am just a few lines and shapes but together they make me an awesome cat. You don’t have to be an artist to have fun creating different images. A good app to start with is sketchbook express. #1 reason it is free and #2 it works on both iPad and Android. Check out my mouth.  Don’t you think Tish could have put a smile on my face.

I know its not Tuesday but an artist doesn’t care what day it is. I think we need to start at the very beginning with some easy tricks that will have you drawing in no time. Draw some lines,  make a few shapes, put them together and watch what can happen. In the meantime download Sketchbook Express, and we’ll go from there.


Art Resources are Everywhere

IMG_5276Art is all around us. Everywhere we look there is something unique and fascinating. I was so intrigued by the variations in this tree trunk. It looked like it was woven by an ancient tribe. The combination of textures layered on top of each other growing out of the ground, The contrast of the strong and the delicate, pushing the tree toward the sky. I am not sure how I am going to paint this but it is on my to paint list. Of course there are a lot of other images on my to paint list too. So easy to use your phone when you see something that speaks to you. Just click and you have a photo. It goes into your photo stream and comes up on your ipad. You don’t even need to get your photos developed.

Kids Turn – Draw Free

Draw Free is a children’s app that I downloaded a while ago for my grandkids. It has paint cans that fill shapes, brushes that paint, crayons that color, and pencils that draw.IMG_3519

My Grandkid’s were only 3 and 4 when I downloaded this app and they were more fascinated by the stickers. There are sounds that match the stickers and the stickers can be moved and resized to compose some very imaginative images. One of the crazy things is if you already have the app, when you go to the app store it will just say “get” meaning you have already purchased the app. There is no price either, I think it was free. Why else would they call it Draw FREE. If you search on a mobile device or computer that is not compatible the app doesn’t show up either, so I hope it is still available because we have had lots of fun with it. Its a great way to learn how to compose pictures and resize images in addition to drawing.


A Variety of Brush Shapes


Sometimes we just want to play. Brushes Redux has so many shaped brushes to choose from. Every brush can be edited and resized. You learn so much by just exploring and trying new things. Although Brushes is a painting program it seemed more like scrapbooking and paper craft when I created this picture. You can go around the edges and cut out shapes with the eraser tool. You can print designs over a color with a swirl brush like the pattern in this picture. I always think that the best way to learn and master an app is by exploring how each feature works.

Volunteering Pays More than a CEO can Earn

Volunteering really pays off big time. Today my first grandson had his graduation from kindergarten. I have been volunteering at his school, one morning a week, helping his classmates with reading. It wIMG_3493as a great experience for me seeing 5 & 6 year old children light up when they realized the relationship of letters and words. That moment when everything falls into place and they know they are reading words. But today I had the greatest moment, when my grandson’s teacher was thanking her volunteers. When she thanked me my little grandson stood up and started saying “Go Grandmom, go Grandmom,” and the other children joined him, shouting “Go Grandmom”.  My heart was full. Volunteering is priceless.  Share your talents and volunteer

Kids Turn on the iPad

Grandkids always want to play on the iPad.  I prefer for them to play with creative apps.

IMG_3485Koko is 4 and she loves to make faces both on and off the iPad. In “Faces I Make” Koko selects and moves objects forming images. Koko can save her images and send them to her Mom at work. After she finishes we find objects around the house that she can use to make funny faces. She is learning how to rotate, move and resize shapes to form an image, but most of all she is learning to use her imagination.

“The Faces I Make” is a great way to introduce making collages with everyday objects. It is also fun for big kids like Grandmom. Every time you move  or change the objects the funny face gets funnier 

The app comes with tutorials and demos on how to arrange the shapes. To learn more about  Hanoch Piven and his award winning app “Faces I Make”