Collectif Creativity: 22Dec2022

by Susan Irving

I’m practicing my line drawing using a mouse on the Fresh paint app. 

West Highland Terrier.  I have been asked by a friend to paint a portrait of her recently deceased Westie,  Scotia, on the wooden urn.  I do not wish to mess it up so have been practicing before I commence. I figure if I can at least do a line drawing with an app–using a mouse–then the actual portrait may go a bit more smoothly. 

West Highland Terrier, created with Microsoft Fresh Paint

[Some days later.] Here is the Westie portrait on the urn, finished, and approved by the person who commissioned it. I was worried about ruining the  wooden surface of the urn so I ended up sanding  it several times before I was able to get a “tooth”.  I used a combination of acrylics and Posca markers. Now that it has been approved, I shall have to letter the dog’s name on it and then varnish it and it will be ready to go. 

West, almost final image

Collectif clan, share your creative activities — no effort too small! Send JPG image(s) to with up to 100 words per image describing some or all of: what you did, materials used, inspiration, challenges, mindset, etc. Share how/if creativity affects (controls?) your life. Please include size (height by width), title & media for each image.

Writers – we want to hear from you! Send poetry, lyrics, an excerpt. Try to include an image of some sort because that’s the media world we live in. 

Everyone, share informative, inspiring Show & Tell demonstrating the creative mind.


    • Thank you, Lynne. I don’t like commissions much either, as I find doing them is quite stressful, but in this case it was for a good friend.


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