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#AtoZChallenge Art Sketching Through the Alphabet Reflections

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A word to the A2Z Team…

Before I get started, let me say one thing. Many people didn’t like that there was no linky and felt lost doing so in comments. I was right there with them but I did not allow that to get in the way. I did what I could and maintained a routine of visiting a few before or after me (if interested) and made sure to revisit all those who visited me. This kept me plenty busy.

Here’s a tip for the A2Z team, instead of one big linky like you’ve done for years until now, you may want to consider having a similar link up for each alphabet prompt with theme code key. I think this will help others to not only see who actually is playing along each day but it offers a clear idea to the players of what each blogger is blogging about in the challenge. This is my suggestion to you and regardless of what you choose to do next year, I plan to join the fun. 😉

My A to Z Reflections

It all began in February when I started thinking about the April challenge. At first, I thought I’d continue with last year’s theme on All Things Vintage but my heart just wasn’t into it and I began to second guess joining this round.  But, then just like that, an idea sparked my enthusiasm to make the journey through the alphabet with art sketching as my theme.

My plan

With my theme in mind, I began my illustrations immediately. I didn’t want my art sketches to appear like a drawing class. I’m neither qualified or skilled to do that sort of thing. I decided to share my finished inspired illustrations for each daily alpha-prompt offering reference sites or images for others. My artwork included people, animals, and things. Whatever moved me, I sketched it.

Sketching new pictures each day didn’t need any motivation, I became enthralled with my project completely all 26 letters in the alphabet before April 1st with images uploaded and posts created, an accomplishment I’m proudly achieved in my 4th year of the A to Z Challenge for the first time.

 

What I learned

Following the step-by-step instructions, I felt like a diamond in the rough and the potential I had only needed polishing. Why I couldn’t see this in me years ago is beyond me but I honestly believed it had everything to do with low self-esteem.  Luckily, DH brings out the best in me and over the years I’ve gone to that girl with no confidence to a girl who can go anything! Isn’t it amazing what you can do when you believe in yourself?

Future goals

Every day of the challenge I saw the possibilities of where my new art passion can lead.  One thing I hope to do is to finish a children’s story inspired by my late brother when he was a little boy and to complete the story with my illustrations.  I shelved the idea years ago because it needed pictures and I didn’t feel comfortable to draw them. Pushing myself to sketch for the A to Z Challenge gave me the confidence needed and I’m ready to step my game up.

 

Conclusion

I have plans to continue drawing and experimenting various techniques and mediums. The free resources available online to learn how to draw is amazing.  I will share the good and not-so-good with you.  This will be an experience we can share together because if it weren’t for you folks and DH then I don’t know if I’d be taking this bold step. Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, I’ll see you in 2018 for the April A to Z Challenge! 😉

Did you follow my month-long art sketching journey?  Any last suggestions for my next sketch project?

 

Leave your signature (include your theme, too) in comments for easy follow-up and I invite you to check out any or all of my A2Z Art Sketching Through the Alphabet posts:

  1. “A” for Angels
  2. “B” for Boys, little
  3. “C” is for Cows, Chicken & Chicks, and Big Cats
  4. “D” for Dog
  5. “E” is for Elephant, Eagle, & Elk
  6. “F” is for Fence, Fox, & Frog
  7. “G” is for Girls
  8. “H” is for Horses
  9. “I” is for Iris
  10. “J” is for Jack & Jill
  11. “K” is for Kanga & Roo
  12. “L” is for Lighthouse
  13. “M” is for Mermaids
  14. “N” is for Nightingale
  15. “O” is for Owl
  16. “P” is for Princess & Prince
  17. “Q” is for Queen (Evil)
  18. “R” is for Rabbit & Roadrunner
  19. “S” is for Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
  20. “T” is for Treehouse
  21. “U” is for Unicorn
  22. “V” is for Violin & Victorian Women
  23. “W” is for Walking Dead & Waves
  24. “X” is for X-ray & Xena
  25. “Y” is for Yawn
  26. “Z” is for Zebras

 

 


I won’t leave you, heartbroken Kittens & Dawgs, you’ll find more of my artwork on Curious as a Cathy soon! 😉  I hope to see you on the dance floor (theme: Singers/Mewsicians celebrating birthdays on this day) for Monday Mewsic Moves Me!

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Hall & Oates #music #AprilA2Z #halloates

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I interrupt the regular program post to bring you this special announcement…. I preëmpt all routine posts to bring you my contributions to this month’s largest blogging event. Don’t worry, normal posting will resume next month like clockwork (I hope). Meanwhile, I invite you to stick around to enjoy the #AprilA2Z fun!

The American rock duo from the City of Brotherly Love wrote/performed some of the today’s classic hits from the late 70s to the mid-80s era.

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In my opinion, this is one of the best early years’ photos of the duo,

1976 Top 10 hit Sara Smile gave me my first taste of Hall & Oats and it made me hungry for more ever since. Get to your feet and shimmy your hips to some of their greatest hits!

 

Hall & Oates’ filled our marriage in the early years and when I hear one of their hits I get a warm feeling thinking about our sweet beginning. What do you think of when you hear a Hall & Oates classic?

Did you know?

  • Billboard magazine named Hall & Oates the most successful twosome in the rock era since The Everly Brothers.
  • Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003.
  • What some consider the pentacle of a musician’s career, Hall & Oates became the newest inductee to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.
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Visit Hall & Oates official website!

Which is your favorite Hall & Oates hit song?

Follow me while I visit more sweetHearts taking part in this hefty blog challenge!

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80s Rapture with #4M

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Welcome to Monday’s Music Moves Me with our head conductor,  Marie from Xmas Dolly!  Helping out on the Love Train to make sure things run smoothly are co-conductors:  Lorie of The Shewbridges of Central, Florida, LARRY (incidentally is experiencing computer problems) from CakeblastCALLIE from JAmericanSpice,  and Stacy from Stacy Uncorked!

I love rockin’ on Mondays!  I just love it when we can share the tunes rolling around inside our noggins, don’t you? There’s always a lot of music locked away just screaming to get out. 

This week’s theme is “The 80s“.

“How do I get on board of this Love Train?”

Admission to ride is totally doable for anyone.  Are you ready to rock n’ roll with all the other passengers? Then here’s what you do….

  1. Go to YouTube insert your music video of choice.
  2. Grab the “Monday’s Music Moves Me” Button.
  3. Sign the linky, follow Marie & her co-conductors, grab their blog buttons, & leave a comment letting them know you’re a new follower.
  4. Shake your bootie with your fellow rockin’ bloggers on the linky (below) or invite some of your rocker blogger buds to join us.

And the winners of this week’s featured couple spotlight is….drum roll, please…

1. Simply Christina

2. Mike’s Place


 

Now dance your way over and be sure to let them know how very happy you are for them by leaving them a comment.

Holy cow, the 80s totally soared with musical hits! However, will I narrow my picks down? Eeny, meanie, mi nee, moe… Okay, here’s are the tunes I’m grooving to this Monday morning….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whoo-hoo, what a deliciously sweet era for music! Wow, these really brought down the house as I danced along memory lane to each heart thumping beat! Are you ready to get dancing this week?  Then, link your 4M blog post URL below to join the party and then bee-bop your way across the net to visit on those on the Love Train this Monday.


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Thanks for hosting, Dolly!


What music is moving you?

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