Whimsical Wonder

illustration of cone flowerAs I’ve mentioned before, I enjoy photography.  I especially love to take photos of small things…. little bugs, tiny flowers, an unusual leaf… the kind of things many people walk right by without a notice.

If you’ve traveled much, you may have seen me. I’m the photographer crouched down snapping a picture of a small, barely noticeable flower while standing at the edge of the majestic Grand Canyon! My husband thinks I’m a little nuts… and I suppose he’s right. But what fun is it to shoot pictures of what everyone else is looking at? Of course I’ll take a photo of the canyon. But what I really want to do is capture what others miss. Our Creator has given us so much more to enjoy if we take the time to look beyond the obvious.

Drawing with Inkscape is just another way for me to express what I see everyday. There are times when I want to illustrate the obvious… like photographing the Grand Canyon. But I’ve found that what I enjoy most is drawing things the way eye see them… with a sense of “Whimsical Wonder”!

If you’d like an SVG file of my Cone Flower shown here, click here. I have begun a small collection of free clip art that can be downloaded for your personal use. This particular illustration was drawn in such a way that it would be appropriate to cut and use for scrapbooking or card making.  However, you are free to edit it in any way you like for your own purposes. If you enjoy any of my clipart, please let me know how you are using it.

Happy drawing!


A Whimsical Robin

I realize the official start of summer is right around the corner, but up here in the north country it is just beginning to feel springlike. I am thrilled about this…. really I am…. except for one thing. I have a LOT of weeding to do in my flower gardens and I don’t look forward to battling the mosquitoes that often accompany the warm weather.

I’m not sure what signifies spring in the rest of the country, but in southern Michigan where I grew up, I always watched for the first Robin. Seeing that first red breasted bird after what seemed like a never-ending winter, somehow gave me hope. I suppose that’s why someone decided to make it Michigan’s state bird.

So…. in honor of this little host of spring, I’ve drawn a whimsical illustration of a Robin to use for my first tutorial.  (This little guy can also be found in My Free Clipart over on the Open Clipart website.) The simple tutorial will cover using lines and shapes in Inkscape. Click here to take a look at it.
Vector drawing of whimsical birdHappy drawing!