Thursday, July 30, 2009

the beaky guy

Like my other beak mug, this guy is a constant delight to draw.

4B, 8B Derwent watersoluble graphite sticks on 70# sketch paper.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

thatched cottage

And in the same video, Frank showed how to do bits and pieces to add to the landscape. This cottage came out rather randomly.

Acrylic on 140# w/c paper.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

acrylic mountains

I watched a "How to Paint with Acrylics" DVD by a Scottish painter, Frank Clarke. Very generic, but I was absurdly pleased with the result.

Paint fast with a big brush and it will be ok, is his general motto. I was amazed at how the various terrain textures worked out here with that method!

Acrylic on a canvas panel. The painting is 11x14. This is the majority of the portion that fit on the scanner.

Monday, July 27, 2009

cat TV

Whenever he hears me slide a window up, Chaucer runs to settle in for some street viewing.

Fountain pen (Noodler's ink) on journal paper (Paperblanks now).

Sunday, July 26, 2009

anemone ephemera

I randomly painted a small piece of paper, then unexpectedly found a dried flower that worked with the colors.

It looks like the anemones we saw from an underwater sub window in Alaska.

Friday, July 24, 2009

clunky comfort

These are my ginormous sandals with super thick straps and fastenings. For when it's too hot for socks and hiking boots.

Gel pen and w/c crayon in the journal, while watching The Daily Show. Can't beat Jon Stewart's honesty in news coverage!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

lenses and lines

Randomly turning my glasses and getting all angles.

Tech pen on prepainted journal page.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Swedish proverb

My roots are half Swedish, but I seldom see a Swedish proverb. Just heard this one.

By the end of every day there's something surprising and unexpected, be it a birth, death, loss, new find, a crash, or a gift.

Acrylic on journal paper.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

filling space another way

Doodling and painting inside the lines.

Pen and w/c on 90# paper.

Monday, July 20, 2009

and black gesso!

Wow, black gesso is the most dense black I've seen. After I spread it on the page, just to experment with the stuff, I looked around for something to fill the void.

The black here isn't a digital fill. It's the actual scan of the gesso, with paper glued on top.

Pen and w/c.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

ephemera--great word!

I took a break from the (to me) drag of scanning, scaling, and posting, but have been creating nonstop. Posting resumes NOW!

I don't collect ephemera, but all these bits turned up on the same day, so I took the opportunity to stick them in the journal.

Having discovered the true joy of gel medium and acrylic smooshing, I'm a convert to this way of filling a page.

Friday, July 03, 2009

so many feet

Capturing my sofa companion.

Pencil on Aquabee SuperDeluxe