Tuesday, January 31, 2012


I went to a figure drawing session of people in costume. Because they were volunteering as drop-in models, none were professional, they only held the pose for 10 minutes. I worked fast!

Pencil in the Handbook journal.

Monday, January 30, 2012

folds and ruffles

Two more ten-minute models. I skipped the heads to get more of the costume done.
Pencil in the Handbook journal. I gimped out the more obvious gutterline here, not well, but it helps a bit.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

cabled, this time

Using the cabled strips I first showed on January 22 I made a new ball.

(Two views--terrible photos, I know, but I'm moving on. I'm not crippled by perfectionism.)

Though the strips are more interesting to knit, I don't think the cables add enough interest to make them worthwhile.

These strips are 10 stitches wide, 8 inches long in a DK yarn. The cable flattens the strip compared to a stockinette-curled strip, so the finished assembly is more cubish.

Friday, January 27, 2012

3 heads

I went to a talk by an artist (drawn here) who had written and illustrated a graphic novel about a cat named Loki (this cat).

The large head is of an audience member.

Pencil in the Handbook journal.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

golden girl

I preblotched the page, then drew this costumed girl sitting in front of me.

Ink and acrylic in the Handbook journal.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

the audience

Pen and ink in a Handbook journal

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

double cat head

It's been awhile for posting, but I never stop drawing the cat.

Pen and w/c in the journal.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

another braided ball

A bit blurry, but here's my second braided ball. 6 colors, with DK weight yarn on size 4 needles.
A size comparison.

I've already started the next set of strips with a small cable running down the center for the smaller size ball. They go so fast, I'm obsessed!

Saturday, January 21, 2012


Falling back on flat design to fill some space.

Pen and w/c in the journal.

Friday, January 20, 2012

another man

at a table.

Pencil on Strathmore drawing paper.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

blue dots

are in there somewhere.

Acrylic in the journal. Scan is dark, unfortunately.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

time for color!

One green hand.

Pen and w/c in the journal.

Monday, January 16, 2012

one lone tree

In the parking lot while I waited for my husband to get a haircut. Pencil on Strathmore drawing paper.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

knitting a braided ball

I found a pattern for this on Ravelry (search for braided ball) and had to make one. This one is about 6 inches in diameter with a big hollow center.

It's easy, mindless knitting of 6 strips that curl into tubes, then just a simple braiding and stitching job to form the strips into a ball. Directions are on the Ravelry site.

Today's accomplishment!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

sketching one person at a time

Going through the several sketchbooks scattered around, I see a few things I've not posted yet.

From early December.

Pen on Strathmore drawing paper and a whitened background with Gimp.

Friday, January 13, 2012

collage with hearts

I pasted thin text pages over a journal page, painted, scratched away, then stamped and stenciled with a heart cutout.

It's shiny with iridescent gold paint.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

my faithful Isotoners

Or the copycat brands, I don't remember which pair is which. I usually lose the left ones and have lots of right ones around.

Pen and w/c pencil in the journal.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Primary day in NH

The noise and commotion of the NH primary is like none other.

I've done other things than follow election mania in preparation for today's vote, but it was a bit quieter in NH this year. And now they all leave town to continue the battle elsewhere.

Stamping and acrylics in the journal.

Monday, January 09, 2012

reaching for something

I don't know what Chaucer was seeing in the wood pile, but I think I caught the motion.

Pen and w/c in the journal.

Sunday, January 08, 2012

don't have a name for this one

And then there's actual painting on canvas. An abstract on 18" stretched canvas. The photo from my phone doesn't catch all the subtlties of color, but you get the idea.


Friday, January 06, 2012

splotching and dabbing

Just making a colorful page in the journal. Amid pages of writing, these pop out and make me smile.


Thursday, January 05, 2012

snacking on Popcorners

These triangle-shaped chips are made from popcorn, perfect for gluten-free crunch.

Capturing the sharp angles and curves of the plastic bag is tough. Charcoal on Strathmore drawing paper

A different perspective on the bag, turned into an abstract collection of shapes. Pen and w/c in the journal.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

what's that?!

Chaucer was just getting up from a nap when he heard a distant loud sound.

Strangely, he held the pose long enough for me to capture it (as I was already drawing him napping).

W/c in the journal

Monday, January 02, 2012

glowing green glass

I didn't do the translucent glow anywhere near reality.

This salt shaker was originally part of a wind chime. It had hanging green glass shards that tinkled.

After the whole thing fell and those shards broke even more, I rescued the shaker and put it in the window to radiate green beams in the sun.

W/c in the journal.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

road on Loon Mountain

For the new year, may your road go up, in spite of snow, ice, and bare trees.

Eventually we'll find Spring again.

W/c on site, but from inside where it was warm, 140# w/c paper.

Happy 2012!