Saturday, April 15, 2017

A Happy Easter Mini


 Holidays, such a lovely excuse 
to make cards & decorations!
I'm grateful that this holiday tradition 
started for me in childhood.
A Mini, I LOVE Mini's, with cutouts
glued on (with Yes paste) 
onto a small folded strip.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Home and Color Play


Playing with layers:
1. yellow tones of watercolor washes  
2. glazing, wet over dry  
3. pastel pencil marks
Close up.

It evolved from simple color play 
to a theme of "Home" (Title: "Home Schema Home") 
for a local group show at Waterfall Arts. 
I so loved the schema for home when I drew as a young child.  
And I still do as an adult sketcher. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Sketching Through Meetings

Sketching gets me through meetings, 
that agitate or bore me...
I re-did some images from a meeting 
I attended in February, 
to make them a bit more presentable... 
Subject of the meeting? Politics.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Simple Travel Sketching


Simply, one sketchbook & one or several pens
while traveling.
Grab & Go, a little scribbly image 
to remember the moment for always...
In Boston, everywhere, EVERYwhere, 
lots of people (the majority?) with "Devices", 
tuned into electronic worlds,
maybe oblivious to their physical surroundings? 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Abstracting with Negative Sapce

In the Sketchers group I presented a mini lesson on perceiving negative space, 
à la Drawing On the Right Side of the Brain
A fantastic approach for seeing & drawing!

I had observed some tree branches out of a café window
on one gray & dreary day. During the group, which took place
on another gray & dreary day, 
armed with the concept of "Point of Departure", 
I dropped & mixed colors into the spaces of a quick ink sketch. 

Here in the Northeast, in the last days of March, 
we have a limited time to observe 
the beautiful interweavings that tree branches up above make.
Oh the twisted, jagged lines & beautiful shapes of sky! 
Behold the layers of skeletal branches crissing & crossing! 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Mountaintop in February


 The mountaintop to which I return often...
"Where the mountains meet the sea..."

Two sketches from the same spot,
but on two different February mornings.
I went there to breathe....
Now I go back to celebrate.
Spring has more meaning this year.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Color Wandering Close to Home

A friend asks: What are your "prompts"?
Perhaps that is synonymous with" inspirations". "Points of departure". What launches me? 

Yesterday it was experimenting with a new "professional" brush
 that was on sale at Rockport Blueprint 

I also was inspired by some fused, wild, quilted pieces that my friend Beth gave me. 
They got me going on some color combinations that I would not normally use.
I did not copy her assembled colors, but they sparked some new explorations.
Making cards for friends, always a nice spark.

I continue to Sketchbook Wander, & it is still my favorite art practice, 
sketches prompted by what is in front of me.. 

But FINALLY being allowed back  into my home, makes me want to stay here for awhile.
I am reunited with some paints & brushes that I have missed.

What launches YOU into a zone of creating with art materials or with writing tools?

Monday, February 20, 2017

Works for the Language Exchange Show

I have been away but where I have NOT been during this time
 is at the pleasant Petits Déjeuners at Portland's Language Exchange. (1st image) 
And not out hiking like the randonneur in the 2nd sketch.
 Nor on vacation in Paris, as in the 3rd.
I have been in some high stress times in relation to home repairs. 
I did manage to frame up some work for a show at The Language Exchange.
What most of the little works in the show have in common is that they have
French language text integrated into the sketches,
or English language descriptions related to my travels in France.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Morning City Café Sketching

It's been a long while since I've been able to 
do my early morning city café sketching. 
Saturday I started as a sketcher,
but ended up as part of the group's happy energy,
as one of them caught me, 
and came over to see what I had drawn...Very fun!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Back From Where I Came

This was my very first post...my old home grounds.

Destiny brings me back there often these days...

La vie est imprévisible....

I am sorry that lately I'm not able to leave notes on your blogs, 
Dear Correspondents.

For now, I leave you with this image which is very dear to me...