Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Waiting to meet a friend for lunch, I had time to actually draw buildings in town.
Not at all like the bloggers who draw San Francisco or New York, but then I have no patience to draw all those little windows in skyscrapers.
Tech pen and w/c on Strathmore drawing paper
Thursday, July 24, 2008
The same bubbly prep (as yesterday's post) on another sketchbook cover, but I did 2 coats of gesso to make it a whiter surface.
Then strokes of w/c paint as a background to a still life drawn with brushtip marker.
This one is the Handmade Artist Journal, ready for filling.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Playing with gesso. I shook the jar (which creates bubbles), then rolled a thin layer onto a sketchbook cover. The texture is pebbly with tiny smashed bubbles.
Perfect background for the malevolent mug! I'm liking how the w/c flows and lifts.
Working on gesso is my new experiment with mixed media.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
With pencil I make a more accurate depiction of the viewed item.
But the energy and attraction of a fast wash of color, mixing paint on the paper, always makes me happier with the page, no matter how wonky the drawing is, or how unrealistic my color choices are.
My philosophy is to go for creative joy over artistic excellence.
On Cachet Studio paper.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Saturday we went to the Microcar and Minicar Show. Dozens of real, but tiny, cars from as far back as 1939: Messerschmidts, Fiats, Alpha Romeos, MiniCoopers, Smartcars (new), and many others with less familiar names.
Pictures from previous shows.
Many had 3 wheels, some had bubble-top opening doors, or front-opening doors where the steering wheel was double-jointed, attached to the opening door.
At one point the owners drove the cars around to pick up visitors for a short ride. As they moved past, I practiced fast sketching.
Sharpie pen (not marker) on Strathmore drawing paper
Sunday, July 13, 2008
I had to post another closeup of wildlife, though this guy was in the fabulous 1000-acre Stanley Park in Vancouver, where we spent 2 days after the ship portion of the trip ended.
He was hopeful in spite of the many "do not feed raccoons" signs around this lookout point.
I was glad to see that no one gave in to his pleading looks, at least while we were there. His existence would be cut short if he became a danger to visitors.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
A lot of food was available 24/7, but Carnival charges for alcohol, soda, pizza, and a few other things like freshly baked cookies on the Lido Deck.
Writing showed through this paper, from the postcard pasted on the other side.
Tech pen and w/c in the Handbook Artist journal--which is usually thick enough.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Knowing nothing about going on a cruise, I didn't know about the creativity of the room stewards. Every day they made a towel animal and put it in the room with the next day's schedule of activities.
We had a rabbit, elephant, dinosaur, and frog left on the bed. But the best was this monkey hanging from the trim over the lights--made of one large towel and a hand towel.
Tech pen and w/c in the Artist Handbook, my scrapbook/sketchbook/journal for the 2 weeks.
Monday, July 07, 2008
Pardon my newness to cruising, but the whole time we explored this luxurious ship, I thought of how ships were like for long ago passengers, from Vikings to Columbus to Pilgrims.
How amazed they'd be to see ship travel like this, with hot showers, flushing, and very steady floors!
Sunday, July 06, 2008
This man never noticed I was drawing him, even though he was seeing my movements. The group was talking as we waited to get in line for yet another event.
I painted it later, and THEN noticed that I'd never finished his other leg. Missing completely in my drawing, but he DID have two!
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Friday, July 04, 2008
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Every day a trio of violin, cello and piano played somewhere on the ship, areas where people roamed and reclined.
Like other performers on the ship, they practice and perform for a few hours a day and get a cruise out of it. I wonder if this is a popular entertainment job to apply for.
Tech pen and w/c in the Handbook Artist journal.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
The Carnival Spirit, and apparently Whittier's weather is nearly always like this.
The ship alternates Alaskan trips with ones to Baja and Hawaii. Nice variety for the crew; the cruise director said he was happy to get off the Caribbean-only trips.