Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sketch Skool

Here is the first page in my new Moleskin journal of work inspired by /Andrea Joseph. This paper seems best for using the many new ballpoint and Micron pens that I have purchased. Oh boy, so many more pages to fill!!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Seeing the Figure

Friday morning figure drawing sessions have begun again after our summer break. I joined this group because of inspiration from members of the Everyday Matters group. Slowly I can see progress and its so relaxing to sit with other artists. Being around some very talented artists helps me to set goals.

Now I'm accepting the idea that it is OK to draw from images in magazines. Onward!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sketchbook Skool

My life has been on slow down for a few weeks. The upside is that I sit and draw, sew, read and take naps. Pretty nice. So I've done some self portraits and will continue to do them as I learn so much with each attempt.

Flowers are always a nice subject, so I've done these with Inktense pencils. I'm  beginning to appreciate their qualities. I can draw the shape and have it gently disappear with a touch of water.

The last picture is of a mug as I don't have any pretty teacups, a subject that Liz Steel loves. But, her guidelines certainly help in understand the subject!

Finally, I seem to be enjoying the process and feel better about my understanding of the art of drawing.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Guest Sketcher

Recently I had a dear friend, my "sister", come to help me. There was time to sit and draw. Isn't that the dream of all of us sketchers? Barbara Parke-Wolff creates her own journals and had participated in Danny Gregory's Retreat in Rowe, Mass. She is also taking part in Sketch Skool. Barbara, on the left, a mutual friend, Judi Sullivan, joined us today. Judi left before I could get a picture of her drawing. Most important was the comfort of friendship. Oh, that is Cody, keeping guard.

My backyard has never looked so good!

The following is of a bush that is called "Lion's Tail" and if fun to watch grow.

Last is a drawing from some quiet time in and out of the house.

Tomorrow she will be leaving. I was so blessed to have her here, but now she will return to her home where her sweet husband has been patiently awaiting her return. Thanks, Gary.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fabric Art

Painting and dyeing on silk has been one of my latest interests. The colorful squares are from fabric that I dyed and the purple background is hand dyed silk that was a pair of pants.

This is a close up that shows the beadwork that I added.

My latest piece is one that I painted, lettered, quilted and beaded. I'm just learning this technique, so there is lots of experimenting to try. The few beads are on the rose petals.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Gift for Hole in One

A dear friend sent my husband a plant for his Hole-in-One. Encouraged by Sketchbook School I took the time to sit and focus on this gift. Intense pencils and my Lamy pen were used.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Small mandala

This freehand zentangle was meaningful as it did help to center me.  I would pause trying to balance the lights and darks. Maybe it was better just in black and white, but this is what I've produced as a finished project. It measures about 4.5 inches.
 I have a series of mandalas that are on 10" paper and each is seven inches.
Think that it is time to go back and create some more. 

My philosophy with quilting is that each quilt prepares you for the next. 
Certainly that holds true for each drawing and/or mandala.