Thursday, June 30, 2011

flat cat

Very rare--Chaucer stayed in this position for my entire drawing effort. It's hot and he's lethargic.

Pencil in a Canson sketchbook.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Old Weavers Restaurant

Sketching before lunch in Canterbury, one of many pilgrims to journey to the Cathedral. The restaurant was an inn back in the 1500s.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Nusa Dua, London

I seldom take the time to draw a meal in a restaurant because I hate eating food that has gone cold. But this was a basket of Indonesian rice cracker-things that came before my meal.

Perfect for drawing. Pencil in a Cass Art sketchbook.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Feet in the lotus

I was looking for an unusual gift for a friend with an interest in spiritual/expanded Consciousness. I found this, something I'd never seen before among the stores carrying crystals, minerals, Buddha statues, etc.

The clerk at Watkins Bookstore in London told me it represents Buddha standing in the heart of the lotus. It's made of black chert. My friend loved it!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

not bored here

Chaucer loves summer because he can sit in the windows, feel the breeze or relax in the sun, and keep an eye on the wild things.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

the disgusted, bored model

Will you stop staring at me?
W/c pencil on 90# paper.

Monday, June 20, 2011

better pencil colors

Bare feet and sandals are much more interesting to draw than winter shoes and socks.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

green and orange pencil

Make my feet more interesting.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

hands and Hercule

The new Hercule Poirot, and hands, while I watched the new PBS production of Murder on the Orient Express.

Pencil in the journal.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

black sandal

Fibertip pen on the soft paper doesn't work so well.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

sandal season, finally

Warning, lots of foot-in-sandal sketches coming.

In the soft paper journal, pencil.

Monday, June 13, 2011

amorphous brown

Wet on wet w/c, 90# paper.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Appaloosa bells

I dabbed on some acrylic, then drew the bells in ink, shaded it all with pastels. A strange but intriguing effect.

In the new journal volume. I'm getting used to the paper.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

journal cover

I can't find that I ever posted this. The cover of my pre-May journal, an abstract on w/c that I put on the cover of a Bienfang sketchbook.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

writing as texture

This soft journal paper scans as very yellow here. Too much writing shows through, but overall it makes the standard theme slightly more interesting.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

table light

Charcoal pencil in the journal. The shadow came out more like a twin.

I Gimped the background to make it slightly different. That hid some of the laid texture.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

living room

Trying an interior scene, colors not so accurate, but fun.

Watersoluble fiber tip and w/c on 90# paper.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

chocolate mint

The man who demonstrates pot making (bean pots, chamber pots, pitchers) at Old Sturbridge Village is also an herb gardener. And he works his own farm.

Here he's planting some chocolate mint herb in a mini-pot. Very yummy stuff!

Saturday, June 04, 2011


He left soon after I started drawing, so this is a bare depiction.

His co-demonstrator said he was in a bad mood, after someone in the group said he'd thrown his demo piece out the window. But he was the Master, so he could do whatever he wanted to.

Friday, June 03, 2011

before the dyeing and the carding

Is the gathering of the fiber. This woman was plucking bits of angora from the bunny on her lap, and spinning a very thin yarn.

Same pen, same paper.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

carding wool on a machine

A demonstration of a pre-1830 carding machine. Very efficient!

And still running, carefully, for demonstrations.

Pen on paper, nothing simpler than that. The harder part is drawing amongst the crowd of tourists.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

iron pots

I went to Old Sturbridge Village for the Wool Festival. These were the iron pots boiling sage leaves in preparation for dying wool.

A hot day and a smoky wood fire make drawing more challenging.

Gray fibertip.