Friday, April 28, 2006

The ever-moving profile

Capturing the subtle contours and shapes of the cat's head constantly challenges me. He sleeps soundly to lure me in, but as soon as I draw a cheek and ear, he moves.

I start again, he moves. Again and again. It's a dance. He's teaching me to draw very fast.

This is one quick-step of the waltz (no, jitterbug!) we do. The pen is a Force 8 cheapie I bought in France. It washes nicely. I added a bit of w/c for a shadow, just to anchor the image.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Tea, anyone?

Drawing with a brush and India ink is a move into ominous territory--making permanent marks that can't be changed (or cleaned out of fabric). But I like the intensity of the black and the variability of the brush line.

Tiny brush and ink on an absorbent, hard journal page. Some pen lines indicated wire mesh.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Rocks and floating

Yesterday and today the images that emerge have a theme of rocks and levitation/floating. I've been reading an art therapy book, must go analyze this!

May all our weights be lifted. W/c on Aquarius II paper.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Aquarian Angel

This captures an metal angel I have on the wall--I can't do her quirky beauty justice. She's got such Attitude!

Tech pen and w/c on Strathmore's Aquarius II w/c paper--the synthetic/cotton blend.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Lifting off

This image came up after several events today. May all your weighty problems rise up and flitter away lightly.

Penstix permanent pen and w/c on Aquarius II paper.

Basket and shadows

Painted while looking down at the basket by my chair. The double shadow was an unusual event, so I tried to capture it.

Tech pen and w/c on Canson field journal paper.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Cooling the flames

After the fire cools, you can see blue sky through the blackened tree trunks.

Though perhaps this is better upside down or sideways. We all see it differently.

Gel pen and w/c on Canson.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Fire remnant

Done with leftover paint from the fire abstract. Who else has a real need to use up the paint on the palette?

W/c on 140# Strathmore (smoother than Canson)

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Hill on fire

Appreciating the colors, before the black ash takes over.

W/c on 140# Canson.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Morning sketch

Knitting isn't so interesting to draw, so here's a broader view of what's needed. A bag to keep the project clean, a lamp to see the stitches clearly, water and tea to hydrate the knitter.

Tech pen and w/c on 140# Canson paper.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Color tornado

Less precise than the one below. Same media, but wet-on-wet instead of wet-on-dry.

The scan seems fuzzy, or is it the tornado effect?

More dabbling

I see a yarn image here, after posting. Between knitting and spring events, I'm just swirling pure color as a break from precise stitches and being out in the Warm.

W/c on Canson 140#

Friday, April 07, 2006

Reaching out

When only the crocus (croci?) are up and the predominant color outside is still brown, my refuge is painting blobs and swirls of intense color.

This reaches out for spring in several ways, but I chose this orientation as uncommon.

W/c and ink on Canson 140# paper.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Red bead bracelet

Imaginary here, but real in other places. W/c on Aquabee super deluxe paper.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Catching the cat

Whenever I feel the craving to draw, I grab a card and sketch a cat. Both are always close by.

Gel pen and w/c on cardstock.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Reduced to Doodling

Quick and simple doodles are all I've been doing (but they count as drawing, I say) because I've been knitting instead.

I've finished two pairs of socks (with lots of learning-techniques experiments), 2 hats, a small bowl, wrist warmers, and now have started a black cardigan, all since I posted knitting pictures in February.

The yarn-god demands obedience, offerings, and hours of time!