Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
We have chunks of granite *everywhere*--rising through the ground continually, always needing to be piled up somewhere for storage.
This is a section of the jumbled rock wall that borders our yard. Lots of chipmunks live there.
Tech pen on Strathmore drawing paper.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
I'm trying out Winsor & Newton oil bars, sticks of oil paint. I've never worked with oils before--setting up, then cleaning the brushes is such a pain for my hit-and-run style of drawing.
These sticks are a way to focus on drawing with oils in the simplest way. I'm impatient with the long drying time, though.
I filled the center of the flower digitally, picking up colors from the background. Too flat and bland, a strange mix with the liveliness of the blue and yellow.
On bristol board.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I dipped a big bottle cap and a coarse-toothed comb in Noodler's Nile Ebony ink. After that, I lost control.
The solid black circles are from where a skim of ink stayed stretched over the bottle cap just as I stamped it down. Catching a bubble in the moment of its break!
On Strathmore drawing paper.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Two weeks ago I was using the woodstove to keep warm; yesterday it was warm enough to wear shorts and sandals, and draw one.
I guided a friend through the first steps of "how to draw." One of our exercises was drawing a sandal profile--commemoration of the exciting warmth, because I wear socks any time it's under 70.
Tech pen and w/c on Strathmore Windpower recycled drawing paper, which takes fluid quite well.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
This is a stretched paper drum made of linen rag. You'd never guess it's not a skin; the drum has a great sound. It's painted, much better than this impression of it.
The bell is the one we use to call people to dinner.
W/c on Handbook Artist paper.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
I found a conte pencil--haven't drawn with those in years. So here's one of the new faucets looming over the new sink in the new countertop. The bathroom renovation is nearing completion.
Lots of painting left to do, on walls, not in the sketchbook.
Conte (please forgive the missing accent, the code "alt 0233" isn't working for me in Blogger) and w/c on Handbook Artist paper.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
In any moment you can focus on the sensation of your breath and feel the peace that lives beneath all the mania that the mind creates.
Check out Eckhardt Tolle's books, especially The Power of Now and A New Earth. They're the non-religious, non-dogmatic explanation of this practice.
W/c and Noodler's Ink on Handbook artist paper.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Idle improvisation with paint and a brush turned into instruments of a sort. Don't look for accuracy, my left brain doesn't know the details of instrument construction.
W/c on Raffine paper, then some digital color-dropping in the middle that didn't work.
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
This isn't much of a drawing, but the experiment was in the coloring. I wet the paper, then used the green Tombow marker for painting. Worked better than I expected.
In the Handbook Artist Journal. This paper is very like the w/c Moleskine paper, but in a portrait format.
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Monday, April 07, 2008
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Friday, April 04, 2008
A much bigger scene than I usually do. I grabbed a blue ballpoint to catch the cat from the top view and ended up filling the double-page, then painting it all.
I never know where the first line will take me. I love that!
In a 5 x 8 Hand Book Artist's Journal. I love the paper, even a sharpie doesn't penetrate to ruin the other side, yet it doesn't feel super thick and has a nice tooth.
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Chaucer does have that splotch of white on the side of his neck. For once *some* of my colors simulate reality. But the sofa isn't purple.
Playing with an iridescent watercolor, mixed with a regular purple w/c. Weird sparkly effect, but it doesn't show in the scan.
Tech pen and w/c on Canson sketchpaper.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
It's a popular thing among visual journalers to draw a meal before they eat, but this is the "back view."
Tech pen and w/c on Canson sketch paper.
April 1st! Ulike yesterday and Friday and oh, so many days, it's not snowing! It's actually (whisper) warmish!