Monday, April 30, 2007
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
I like to draw a glass, then see if the paint mixed on the page can indicate the translucent effects. I should work in layers (drying in between) for more realism, but like the sponteneity of quick wash.
While watching the movie Proof (very good), I doodled this glass from different angles. The colors worked best on this one.
Noodler's ink (fountain pen), w/c on 90# Strathmore
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
Two scarves just finished, my (simple) patterns: burgundy cables and green checkerboard. Photos are washed out, but I'm not patient with fixing or retaking.
The blue scarf is still on the needles--candle flame pattern by Chauntel.
(Scroll down that page for the candle flame pattern.)
I used Debby Bliss Baby Cashmerino on size 6 needles for the candle flame and checkerboard. Soft Peruvian wool on size 10s for the cabled scarf.
Blocking yet to be done. Suddenly the weather is wonderfully warm. I won't need these for a few months!
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Pencil today, to really capture those subtle angles and curves that mean the difference between an impression and the actual form.
But ink scans so much better!
2b pencil and w/c on a new journal volume from Lulu--sturdy paper for all media.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Drawing a tableful of objects is such a challenge for me. I drew this standing up, holding the paper.
I start with one object (here, the paintbox) and move around the scene, trying to get proportions and placement to come out somewhat accurately.
By the time I got to the last thing, the lamp, I have to resize something to make it all fit on the tabletop. I had made the phone machine too big, so the lamp base is too small.
Oh, well. I make this image as a bookmark for what I felt, heard, and thought during a short span of focused attention. No higher ambition is necessary for me.
The paintbox is Sennelier's travel kit, painted with my Winsor & Newton paints.
Fountain pen (Noodler's ink) on Winsor & Newton 90# paper.
Friday, April 20, 2007
The rain has stopped! There's hope for a partly warm day!
Faces are my constant challenge to draw--the slightest line or shadow turns them into cartoons, confused lighting, or makes the model unrecognizable.
My top goal is doing them in pen, but for now, pencil brings less frustration.
Pencil and w/c on Canson drawing paper.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Drawing with my eyes is another angle to mindfulness practice. I suddenly saw the puzzle-piece shapes in the cat's form and had to capture them on the back of the closest paper at hand.
The grayed lines of type showing through look a bit like wind he's hunched against.
#2 pencil on printer paper.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Filling space, I drew in my lined journal, then painted on the back of the page (always moving on).
I wasn't going to post this hand but, rushed for time today, used it to keep up my daily postings. The red/blue leak-through (a cat drawn on the back) is an indication of my wabi-sabi** attitude toward drawing and the usual paint/ink splotches on my fingers.
I don't really have jaundice. It's always interesting (dismaying) to me to see how the slightest contour line adds such wrinkly age to body drawings!
Tech pen and w/c on thin journal paper.
**Wabi-sabi is the Japanese philosophy that embraces a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is a beauty of things modest and humble.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Monday, April 16, 2007
I prefer smoother paper (like hot press) for my style of doodling ink and w/c. No snags for the tech pen and a different surface for the waterflow. Here I did the background first.
I finally got around to reinstalling my Flickr Badge. I decided to go with the non-flash to get a better view of the images and reduce download speed.
Refresh your screen to see a new batch, or click any image to see the uncropped Flickr collection. I only put the (slightly) better things there.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Saturday, April 14, 2007
I often see shapes emerge from my random doodles and strokes.
In this piece I was staring at the lines of purple and red and suddenly saw the legs and tail of a cat grooming herself.
So I fit in the rest (a back, head, and tongue) to bring her out on the page.
W/c and ink on 90# paper.
Friday, April 13, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
The watercolor version shows more true colors--gray cat in a green chair, painted on a pre-blotted yellow/blue page.
Then after Fen moved, I played the scene with a gray chair and orange cat, using dissolvable graphite and w/c pencil.
Color is relative in my art!
Cachet 65# sketchbook paper, which is entirely too thin for this much water.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
My rainbow kettle calls me more strongly than the stainless and black original. And the colors reflect the heat of each part.
Natalie Goldberg, author of the inspiring writing book "Writing Down the Bones," also paints. She published "Living Color: A Writer Paints Her World" about her painting circumstances and process.
Goldberg's paintings are fascinating. She uses bright colors on everything, ignoring their true hues. A dynamic, energizing path to explore. Create outside the safe-palette box!
W/c on 90# Strathmore Wet Media.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Famous illustrator Peter de Seve has this amazing frog on his website and the cover of his sketchbook.
Playing with w/c pencils, I did a version of his frog. I changed the head and lips, took out the glass, to avoid doing a straight copy. Peter, your frog is clearly better!
I had intended to wash the pencil, but decided to leave the frog dry so layered shadings wouldn't wash into mud.
Colored pencil in a Cachet Studio sketchbook, 65# paper.
Monday, April 09, 2007
This may be a purple-ish road between hedgerows, along a bloody river and yellow fields under a blue sky.
Or maybe it's just brush strokes.
W/c and salt on 90# Strathmore. The scan distorted the colors of the red and yellow quite a lot. But you get the idea.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Friday, April 06, 2007
Thursday, April 05, 2007
The only colors out the windows are white and brown. We got 4 inches of very heavy, wet snow last night. Every single branch and horizontal surface has a white layer.
This is an impressionistic rendition of the amaryllis bulb that's blooming in my kitchen.
Somewhere people are wearing sandals and lounging on green grass. Maybe we can do that here in July.
W/c and colored pencil on 90# Strathmore.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
It's a chilly damp week, probably the last week I'll burn wood to provide that toasty feeling. We bring in logs using our handy Brookstone canvas carrier.
The gray tin antique boiler holds kindling. The squared gray flat thing on the right is a burn barrier for the wood floor.
W/c on 90# Strathmore paper.
Monday, April 02, 2007
Crystal said "draw a tree" so this image evolved on a loose piece of 90# paper.
I did the yellow first, random blotting of leftover paint included some unplanned blue dots.
A quick tree in pen and painted trunk. Then a bit of blue wash at the top and pink pastel at the bottom.
Suddenly this tree had a story (distant forest fire at dawn). Fiddling around brings out the unexpected!
Sunday, April 01, 2007
Here's the "sturdy and solid" bear model. My drawing has him looking forward more than he really does.
When you don't like reality, draw a better one.
And don't his fists look clenched? He's tense all over. It's tough to be a wooden bear.