Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Gosh Dang It!

Well... this blog did not go over like I though it would! I think that it may be because most artists are now using Facebook, Instagram... etc. Eventually I would like to get something going on one of the more popular platforms to get the old group back! Any suggestions or ideas?

Saturday, April 1, 2017


When the extension cable disconnected from the lightning rod at the top of the clock tower, Doc Brown could only exclaim, “Great Scott!”

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A fellow artist contacted me through my Facebook page and asked why I haven't been participating in the new Monday Artday. I explained that I have been otherwise occupied with my two other blogs and work-related activities, But, yesterday I had a day off from work and managed to knock out this homage to the greatest film ever made. I hope to contribute to Monday Artday on a more regular basis, but if I don't... you can always find me somewhere on the internet.

Monday, March 27, 2017


This is my entry for "Join" and I hope it conveys the message that all artists are welcome and will make this blog a successful platform to display our art.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Paint Mines in Colorado

Years ago I visited this spot.  It's so beautiful and multi colored but I chose to do a muted drawing for the theme "desert".


This week's theme is 'Join!'. Make a fantastic piece of art to display on your blog to let others now about Monday Artday... we need more members and participation!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


I listened to the radio and Karima El-Mahrough alias "Ruby", when asked about the sex scandal with the former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, answered something like: الجمل دائما يرى سنام شقيقه ولكنه لم بلده, that means: "The camel always sees the hump of his brother but never his own." "That", she said, "is a proverb from my home country Morocco!"


This weeks theme is 'Desert' just because I love it so much :)

Sunday, March 12, 2017


I recently painted some sunflowers and I think they fit to this week´s theme "Nature". Have a nice week everyone! 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017


'Nature' is this week's theme. It's almost spring and all my favorite gifts of nature will start appearing again... flowers, green grass, and my favorite of all.. prairie dogs!!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Loosely formed pattern

I hope this fits the criteria for a pattern.  This turned out okay but I had a hard time.  I have severe neuropathy in my hands from my cancer treatment.  So it makes it very difficult to work on my art.  It's such good therapy for me so I keep trying. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


This is my submission for "Pattern"! Its not a repeating pattern but it has a nice pattern to it that pleases the eyes.... I feel like if you can balance an art piece with a pattern then it improves it greatly!

Monday, February 27, 2017


Wouldn´t this be perfect for a Hawaiian shirt?


This weeks theme is 'Pattern'. Google "illustration pattern" in images for inspirations!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Folk Art

I tried to do a portrait of Vincent van Gogh in a colorful, naive style. I hope it fulfills the requirements of Folk Art. Have a nice week everyone!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Folk Art with a medium I don't use much at all!

Okay, so this looks like a kids coloring book but I did take a sketch that I did in my typical style and translated it to folk art.   I used crayons.  I forgot that crayons have those nasty little crumbs that smear!  It took me a while to learn what to do about that.  It was very tempting to start over with something I'm used to but I toughed it out and here it is.   

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

MAD Progress

Hello MAD members! I am not changing the theme due to a lack of submissions. I know we have had a pretty slow start but I'm not going to give up on Monday Artday! My work hours are changing very soon which will give me more time to invite more artists. In the mean time... invite your friends! Lets make Monday Artday the magical blog it used to be! :D

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

This Weeks Theme: Folk Art

Folk art defined: artistic works, as paintings, sculpture, basketry, and utensils, produced typically in cultural isolation by untrained often anonymous artists or by artisans of varying degrees of skill and marked by such attributes as highly decorative design, bright bold colors, flattened perspective, strong forms in simple arrangements, and immediacy of meaning.

Saturday, February 11, 2017


Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Her attempt to do the same across the Pacific didn’t work out quite as well.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017

Honoré de Balzac

Normally, I use my soft woodless graphite pencils only for my nude drawings to emphasize the line drawing before applying the watercolor. When I portrait someone, I just do a thin line drawing that you nearly cannot see anymore on the finished watercolor painting. So here I changed my habit and did a slightly different portrait using my 2B woodless graphite pencil.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Mix it up!

Ok, so here at Monday Artday we like to mix things up a bit! Which means instead of a theme for this week's challenge I am going to challenge you with a new technique! I want you to create something using a different medium than what you are used to. For example, if you are a digital artist, try using paints or pencil etc. If you always use paints, try digital, or oil paints instead of acrylics, or my favorite... mixed media!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Crimson-eyed Rose Mallow

Crimson-eyed Rose Mallow
Sorry I haven't been participating--I'm going into the hospital for surgery (hip replacement)--busy getting ready.  This is a new botanical.

Friday, January 27, 2017


So, here is my approach to the theme: The light green surrounding "Henri Matisse and his cat" (an old black and white photo was my model) brings light and some glow to my painting...

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


The Mills Brothers began singing in their church choir, branching out to street performances outside their father’s barbershop. A win on a local talent show got them a gig at May’s Opera House in their hometown of Piqua, Ohio. They sang in between showings of Rin Tin Tin. Famed pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington saw the group while on tour in nearby Cincinnati. He was so impressed, he called a representative at Okeh Records and signed the young quartet to a recording contract. They were brought to New York where stardom awaited. 

Monday, January 23, 2017


I love to use dark colors as a background and add some bright yellow behind my subject to make it glow :) The one on the right is a night scene which I feel does better with bringing attention to the lighting. The one on the left is a day scene and was a bit more difficult to bring a glow to.


This week's challenge is to make your art GLOW! Play around with lighting and make the glow really stand out!

NOTE: weekly winner's will not be announced until we get more members! Invite your friends!

Saturday, January 21, 2017


I was a fan of the progressive rock band Renaissance when I was in high school. The band, originally forming from former members of The Yardbirds, evolved into a band combining a rock base with medieval touches and mystical lyrics. They were fronted by the angelic voiced Annie Haslam. Haslam was trained as an opera singer and her soaring vocals became the focus of the Renaissance sound.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


"DAVID"Watercolour and pencil, 21 x 29,7 cm

For this week´s theme, I made a drawing of David, the masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture created between 1501 and 1504 by Michelangelo.

Monday, January 16, 2017


This week's Challenge is 'Renaissance'. Challenge yourself and stretch your creativity by trying out a different style other than your own.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Here is my submission for the 'Sun' challenge. I love the sun... it brings life, light and warmth! I especially love swimming when its nice and sunny! I combined acrylics and colored pencils for this one.

Thursday, January 12, 2017


I started watching CBS Sunday Morning years ago, when Charles Kuralt was the host. The show, conceived as the television equivalent to the Sunday newspaper magazine, set an easy pace with gentle stories that were the perfect accompaniment to a bagel and a cup of coffee. Kuralt, the veteran newsman, delivered the introduction to each segment in a friendly manner as he stood on the sparse studio stage, graced only by a chair and the subtly smiling sun icon. His calm demeanor was so beloved that, after his retirement in 1994, fans were shocked by scandalous tales of the avuncular Kuralt’s double life as a philandering playboy with two separate, but simultaneous, families.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


I like cats, I like the sea, the sun and I like to swim. So I drew this picture where I combined all of it.

Monday, January 9, 2017

This Weeks Challenge:


It's January. It's dark, cloudy, dreary and COLD. To me, January is the hardest time of the year. It involves a lot of wood hauling, snow shoveling and staying inside. I find myself missing the blue sky and most of all the warmth from the sun. This week's theme is 'Sun' because we all need a reminder that it will be back! The spin: add what you plan to do this Summer in the sun whether it be gardening, swimming, bicycling or even just laying out enjoying the sun.

Last weeks winner is: Pascal Kirchmair. Congratulations :) Here is your trophy to proudly display:

Saturday, January 7, 2017

frida kahlo

After a long absence and an awkward "passing of the baton," the Monday Artday blog has resurfaced like the Phoenix (the mythical bird, not the city in Arizona).  I received an email from the original host and I have accepted the invitation to participate. So, here's the deal: much like the venerable Illustration Friday, Monday Artday will present a topic each Monday and illustrations to fit the theme will be posted throughout the week until the next topic is offered. A weekly winner will be chosen and lavish cash prizes will be awarded. (I may have imagined that last part.)

So, here we go, my first entry for the eagerly anticipated return of Monday Artday...
The first inspirational suggestion is the work of Mexican surrealist Frida Kahlo. Since I haven't picked up a paintbrush in years, I offer a tribute to the late painter in my artistic tool of choice - Photoshop. Hopefully, Monday Artday will continue to grow, thrive and attract a new group of participants, as well as those who previously submitted their fine examples of creativity.


Thursday, January 5, 2017

The First Challenge

Make a Frida Kahlo portrait! She was a famous painter from Mexico City best known for her self portraits. Let's make them COLORFUL! Remember to make it fun. All Monday Artday challenges are an intuitive style of painting/art. Meaning don't be critical of your work and just let it flow. If its not fun, then what's the point? Here is my Frida example for some inspiration to get you started:

Welcome to the group! Monday Artday is BACK! Every Monday a new challenge whether it be a technique, project or simply a subject will be posted to get your creativity juices flowing.