Friday, August 28, 2015

Figure Drawing

Figure drawing sessions have started again for the 2015-16 year. This was my attempt using a Derwent sketching pencil and a water brush. The journey continues.


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Zentangle Play

This piece was done in my 9 x 12 sketchbook with pens and spots of inktense pencils.






By the way, I do live in California and it does seem as though the whole state is on fire. We can see smoke on the horizon, but the air is still OK for daily activity here in Sacramento. It's only August and, unfortunately, the conditions will only get dryer until the rain comes.

Friday, July 31, 2015

CELEBRATION

Decided that Celebration is the name for this wall hanging. I've used some hand dyed fabrics as well as commercial material. There is machine and hand quilting and sewn bead work. Although this is certainly not a drawing, the lessons learned by drawing and painting are applied to this medium.







It was fun watching this piece unfold. Oh yes, I added a multi colored yarn.
                                                         There was joy in the making.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

LEARNING mandala

Wow! I have so much to learn. I wanted to do a pastel piece and play with the french curves and circles templates. I did it, but there is just too much going on for my liking. To me a piece works best if there is a place to rest your eyes and it just doesn't happen here. There should be peace, unity and calm for my liking. Thus: a learning mandala.



Micron pens, Inkstense and colored pencils, patience!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

I'm on a roll

Oh my, another mandala completed. Since I'm fighting a rash caused by a run in with poison ivy, I have to remain quiet and cool. Oh darn, an excuse to sit and draw. :)


Done with Micron pens, a Sharpie and Inkstense pencils.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Cover Page

This is the first page of my new 9x12 sketchbook. Yes, it wasn't a quick sketch, but I certainly enjoyed the process. Finished it as I was watching the women win the World Cup. Congrats to them!!

 
Micron and intense pencils were the tools of choice.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Hand dyed silk pieces

Lately I've been lucky enough to go to a friends house and play with fabric dyeing. The first piece is all cotton with various techniques for dyeing plus a couple of pieces done using a Gelli Plate. This wall hanging is about 20 by 25". To me it called for hand quilting.


The next piece is hand dyed silk. The mandala was a watercolor that I transferred to fabric via my printer. Yes, each bead is sewn on and there is a bit of hand quilting. A few lines were emphasized with fabric markers. Size is 9x12. A friend made the frame for me.


Here is a somewhat fuzzy closeup.