Category Archives: Challenges and Contests

Fussy Little Bits

On September 12, 1962, John F. Kennedy spoke these famous words: We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard… And that’s precisely why

Fussy Little Bits

On September 12, 1962, John F. Kennedy spoke these famous words: We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard… And that’s precisely why

Zen and the Japanese Maple Tree

I’ve written before of zen and drawing. For me, it seems to occur most often when I’m drawing something from nature, especially trees and leaves. When I’m focused on such beauty, it’s easy for me to let go and get into that

Zen and the Japanese Maple Tree

I’ve written before of zen and drawing. For me, it seems to occur most often when I’m drawing something from nature, especially trees and leaves. When I’m focused on such beauty, it’s easy for me to let go and get into that

A Learning Experience

There is a road my husband and I often drive down, and each year in the spring, we admire the beautiful pear trees bursting with blooms. Seeing those trees always makes me marvel at the beauty of Mother Nature. I

A Learning Experience

There is a road my husband and I often drive down, and each year in the spring, we admire the beautiful pear trees bursting with blooms. Seeing those trees always makes me marvel at the beauty of Mother Nature. I

Making Choices

Today’s Inktober drawing — from the prompt words battle, graceful, swollen, ornament, tree — is definitely the messiest drawing I’ve done so far this month, and hopefully no other drawing will take that title away from it. As with most

Making Choices

Today’s Inktober drawing — from the prompt words battle, graceful, swollen, ornament, tree — is definitely the messiest drawing I’ve done so far this month, and hopefully no other drawing will take that title away from it. As with most

Anatomy of a Tree

Oh, so much to say about today’s drawing. As I worked on this, I realized that this drawing represents the midpoint of Inktober. Fifteen ink drawings completed, and after this one, fifteen more to go, and then the month —

Anatomy of a Tree

Oh, so much to say about today’s drawing. As I worked on this, I realized that this drawing represents the midpoint of Inktober. Fifteen ink drawings completed, and after this one, fifteen more to go, and then the month —

I Had to Try This

So, where did today’s prompt words take Cheeky Monkey Mind and me? Those words — relax, mysterious, weak, legend, tree — took us on a whirlwind tour of the world, for they led us to the ubiquitous yew tree, which

I Had to Try This

So, where did today’s prompt words take Cheeky Monkey Mind and me? Those words — relax, mysterious, weak, legend, tree — took us on a whirlwind tour of the world, for they led us to the ubiquitous yew tree, which

Loose and Laid Back

TODAY’S SILLY SEARCH WORDS: Tree, fierce, clock, overgrown. Cheeky Monkey Mind and I ended up sunning ourselves today in the southeastern part of the US, courtesy of the prompt words above. I’ve never really been to Florida, Georgia, or South

Loose and Laid Back

TODAY’S SILLY SEARCH WORDS: Tree, fierce, clock, overgrown. Cheeky Monkey Mind and I ended up sunning ourselves today in the southeastern part of the US, courtesy of the prompt words above. I’ve never really been to Florida, Georgia, or South