I have spent the past three weeks visiting my family south of San Francisco. My parents have been married for 61years and have lived in the same California ranch house for 56. My 86 year old dad isn't doing so well so we are all gathering around to help the patriarch. It clearly takes a village so sketching has taken a backseat to the caring for my dad.
The other night, while he held my hand, I did a quick sketch on pre-painted paper and finished it after he had gone to sleep. We take it one day at a time...
Happy New Year everyone.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Friday, December 7, 2012
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
I don't oil paint much anymore, though I do really enjoy it. It just seems more complicated than other mediums. So when I still get periodic requests for dog portraits, I get the opportunity to create with wonderful buttery oil paint. So in between a commercial project I did this portrait of Hazel for someone to give as a Christmas gift. I would go from the oil palette and the easel to InDesign on my computer and back again. The dog portrait is done...brochure is not...
Get back to work!!!
Get back to work!!!
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Over the years I have experimented with digital drawing. I never had success with a Wacom tablet and ended up returning it. But when my iPad mini arrived on Monday, I couldn't resist trying the Procreate drawing app. Holding the iPad mini in my left hand I grabbed a stylus and quickly sketched Howard. I then decided to try posting from my new beloved iPad mini. It worked!
Monday, November 12, 2012
I had never been to New Orleans and was lucky enough to recently spend four wonderful days sketching in the French Quarter. Such amazingly colorful people, musicians everywhere, interesting architecture and delicious food. I enjoyed filling my folding sketchbook with all that I saw and experienced.
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Friday, October 12, 2012
|Lamy Joy fountain pen and watercolor|
Bundled up in my parka (and my flip flops), I quickly sketched and painted noticing how dramatically different the light was and how much the colors of the leaves had changed from my last sketch two weeks ago. I had assistance from a guy who introduced himself as "Cowboy". It is amazing how many different people one meets when sketching in public.
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Spring Point Lighthouse in South Portland sits across the harbor from Portland. This was just before sunset on a cool clear evening.
My hands—Sepia Pitt Pen and watercolor
Practice, practice, practice—a quick wash on the paper and then drawing my hands.
|pen, brush pen and watercolor|
Pencil, watercolor and colored pencil
I enjoy living amongst the seagulls. I am awakened by their loud cries as they circle the lobster boats heading out of the harbor in the morning. I watch them as they perch on the roof tops looking around planning their next wily seagull moves, I'm fascinated by the precarious places the make nests and raise the chicks and often we stare at one another when they land on the skylight.
|Staedler pen, Pentel brush pen and watercolor|
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Friday, September 28, 2012
|Dip pen, ink and watercolor|
|Sunset gathering spot—Munjoy Hill overlooking the Back Cove in Portland Maine|
There is usually a flurry of activity for the 30 minutes I am drawing and painting the changes in light and color that are happening so quickly. The decision to choose and place colors comes with water splashing and paint flying. I do not always make the best choice, but I just keep painting until the sun has set. Sometimes the colors bleed and then I get mud and then I get mad and then I exclaim...sometimes under my breath and sometimes a little louder...
It is always so much fun and I look forward to the next one.
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Thursday, September 27, 2012
|Dip pen, brush pen and watercolor|
My good friend Patti and I took a 10 mile walk along the bluffs and beaches in Scarborough Maine. At the end of Scarborough Beach (the 5 mile halfway point) was this wonderful found object beach sculpture shack.
|Dip pen, ink and watercolor|
Another evening of sunset watching/sketching. I clearly do not enjoy the quickly changing beauty as much as the rest of the people that are just watching—I'm painting as fast as I can. Trying to keep up with the changes in light and color, realizing the paint is too wet and blending together and then, oh my god it has set! After the sun is gone and it is getting dark, I sometimes reflect...did I really see it?
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Friday, September 21, 2012
|Dip pen and ink, watercolor, the sun and the moon|
I'm painting as fast as I can!
A friend called to catch the sunset last night. As I hesitated, I was reminded that in a few months from now the sun will be setting a 4:15 pm and it will be bitter cold.
A big crowd of people were enjoying watching the sun go from bright yellow to blood orange to hot pink as it dipped below the horizon over the western mountains of Maine and New Hampshire. Not quite as relaxing for me...paint was flying everywhere as I frantically tried to capture it before it set.
After the sun disappeared behind the mountains and I put my sketchbook on the ground to dry, the sky turned cerulean blue with big pale pink clouds. The almost first quarter moon was heading east across the sky and glowing bright white from the light of the sun. The beauty unfolding before me took my breath away!!!
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Monday, September 3, 2012
Sadly, summer in Maine is waning. The light is changing and the shadows getting longer. On this morning's Sophie walk along the waterfront, I needed a jacket.
Lately my sketchbook gets stuffed into my bag only to to lay unopened at the bottom...never seems to be any time as we enjoy the last of these wonderful warm summer days.
Sunflower bouquet from the market down the street.
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Sunday, August 26, 2012
Once again I attended a Dalvero Academy DisneyWorld Reportage Workshop Aug/1-Aug/10, 2012. Eight, long, hot, wonderful days drawing in the Disney parks alongside a group of very talented artists and our brilliant leaders Veronica Lawler and Margaret Hurst.
There is so much to see and draw there never seems like enough time to get it all in. With Ronnie and Marg it is thunmbnail, thumbnail, thumbnail to get the most out of the days. We are all required to sketch every parade that comes through the parks. There is always a bit of "high anxiety" as these parades are moving fast.
Along the pathways in Asia at Animal Kingdom. Dip pen, colored pencil and watercolor.
East African Drummers at Animal Kingdom's Harambe Village. Pen and brush pen.
Mickey's Jungle Jammin' parade—colored pencil.
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It's the most magical place on earth.
Cinderella's castle—dip pen, Neo-color II and colored pencil. Midday—very hot!!! Sitting in very small shade amount of shade under a popcorn stand...until they made me move for Celebrate a Dream Come True parade. A parade I love and sing the song everytime it comes through while I try capture sketch it on paper...
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Saturday, August 25, 2012
Walt Disney created EPCOT the "Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow". We sketched at Epcot on day 1 and day 6.
Morroco Pavillion at Epcot—dip pen and watercolor.
China Pavillion—colored pencil.
China Pavillion—ink and watercolor
It's exhausting going to Disney. I know exactly how this guy felt.
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Friday, July 20, 2012
I attended the 3rd Annual International Urban Sketchers Symposium in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic July 12-14. It was my second USK symposium having gone to Lisbon, Portugal last year. It is an amazing opportunity to meet other sketchers and to "see the world one drawing at a time".
The cathedral at Parque Colon sketched at the 36th Annual SketchCrawl on the last day of the Symposium.
The statue of Critobal Colon at the SketchCrawl.
The work shop "Improvising with Lines and Colors. The Urban Sketcher as a storyteller." was taught by Inma Serrano and Orling Dominguez. Both great teachers and artists, it was a very special treat to take a workshop from them. Our first assignment was to create a story at the Parque Colon using lines, color and improvisation. Playing with line weights and using color to emphsize focal points.
I came me to Santo Domingo with a very banged up bruised and swollen leg from my fall washing windows. Standing and sketching for three days in 90° heat just made it worse. I thankfully threw my red cotton Chinese shoes in my luggage at the last minute. They were the only shoes that fit my poor swollen foot. Besides hiding my hideous black and blue foot they were comfortable and cute!!! They definately deserved to be part of my first sketch on the square.
The second exercise was to use the same elements of the first but to add typography or handwriting to the composition. By this time my leg was killing me so I sat on a bench at the corner of the park and sketched. The workshop went by so quickly, I never had a chance to fihish this sketch.
I had an amazing experience in Santo Domingo. So much talent, creativity and inpiration.
Thank you all for a wonderful event.
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Thursday, July 19, 2012
The "Mercado Merengue" workshop was taught by Melanie Reim and Nathalie Ramirez. A busy place where they sell everything from handicrafts to fruit. Noisy and frenetic with lots of traffic and people. The object was to capture people in motion. Assignments were tumbnails, quick gesture studies and mark-making and patterns.
Using patterns and marks to define space.
The workshop "The Decisive Moment" was taught by Veronica Lawler and Jonathan Schmidt, both accomplished reportage artists. Assigment was to walk along Calle El Conde and create quick studies and thumbnails of the lively feel of the streets of Santo Domingo.
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Nina Johansson's workshop "Challenge Through Limitations" forced us out of our comfort zones by trying different techniques and using tools we may not normally use.
Getting over the fear of the white page. Taking some white paper we had to rub it against the ground, paint watercolors on a pattern such as a manhole cover then press the paper to ceate an impression, splash paint or scribble with pencil. Anything to rough up the paper so we were not faced with pristene white paper. We then had to trade with some one and use a tool we wouldn't normaly use to sketch. The above was a portion of the ruins of oldest hospital in the Americas done with a bamboo pen and ink on a piece of paper that Jorge created and traded with me.
Sketched with jumbo multi-color swirl colored pencil.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
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Friday, July 6, 2012
I have been back in the USA for a little over a week. The weather has been perfect for those wonderful long days of summer on the Maine coast. Lots of time catching up with friends and getting outdoors. Not much sketching...and I'm heading to Santo Domingo for the 3rd Annual Urban Sketchers Symposium in a few days...
4th of July at the beach started out with this delicoius cheese and fruit platter along with a lovely bottle of champagne.
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