Friday, December 2, 2022

Winter 2022 Update. Still Art, A Daily Practice

 It's been 6 months since I posted! I don't think anyone 
will come to read this, but, I was thinking of you all.
If you do stop by, I hope you'll leave me a little message.
I miss all the wonderful blogs I used to visit.

I still practice my art, daily. That's me at an impromptu workshop
that an artist gave at a natural food store in a small
town where I was vacationing! Serendipity!

In September I had my 3rd art show at my library called 
Locally Grown, featuring local farmers & gardeners & their gardens.
It was a wonderful long term project as the planning had begun 
more than 6 months before.
 I presented a slide show & talk, a wonderful experience involving stories 
I collected from joyful interviews with local folks. 
This show had more written text than my others, & I loved the integration
of words & drawings in my typical journaling style.

Right now I'm focusing on developing Christmas/winter imagery
that will end up as a greeting card. This has been my 
November/December tradition for many years, going back to childhood.
Here is a winter image from a previous year. We'll see what's to come...
Happy creating, you all! Thank you, Rita


Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Dancing Drawings

How I love to draw. 
How I love to dance.
How I love to draw & dance.


Sunday, June 19, 2022

Farmer's Market

One of my favorite places to sketch: The Farmer's Market.

In May I took a intense course that gave me tools 
for developing a practice of daily sketching & art making.  
Lots going on for me now that the covid restrictions are off.
I appreciate being out & about more than ever before. 

Thank you for stopping by. It's been awhile.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Paper Dolls Who Love Going to Their Library

Some of my little paper dolls went to 
an accordion book group art show 
at the Camden Library. 
All of them 
love their public libraries! 


Friday, March 18, 2022

Italian Language Study Wandering

Sketchbook Wandering is studying languages again. 
I'm taking a beginning Italian language class for travelers as well as an advanced French conversation class. 
Fountain pens, journals & colored pencils are a big part 
of my arsenal for studying. 
Missing my sketchbook wandering, but I'm loving this! 
My brain & spirit are happy.

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Sharing A Bit of What I've Been Up To

I miss the blog world that I was so 
involved with. So I thought I'd share 
just a little of what I've been up to. 
I still journal with sketches
 in fact, I have several journals going. 
But they are more private 
than the old drawings I used to post here.

Here is a sample.

I've been studying beginning Italian for Travelers,
as well as advanced French.
If the world will permit me, I hope to go to Europe
one more time.

I make little flashcards & study aids for the Italian.
It's a beautiful language, but it's new.
I recognize words, but I'm not memorizing them 
as quickly as I would like.
I've been playing around with my watercolors & colored pencils, 
creating postcards for friends. Valentine's Day.

Some one introduced paper weaving to my art group. 
It was fun to play with my painted papers, like a kid in a grade school art class.

Lately, I'm reading books about art & making notes in my Art Learning Journal. A friend & I have formed a mini study group, we give ourselves assignments. This reading in Affirmations for Artists sparked some good personal writing. 

With spring on the way, going sketching outdoors is moving into the forefront again. With Covid maybe out of the way I'm hoping for some new adventures out in the world.I hope your lives are getting back to normal & that adventures await you!

PS I wasn't able to leave comments on your posts today. I will try again though...

Friday, December 24, 2021

Little Landscape Painted for a Friend

A cheer up gift for a friend...
From the collection of Maine coast sketches 
that live in my mind. 

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Sketching While Waiting in the Car


 Sketching is my favorite  way to pass time
while waiting. My doctor lets me wait in my car, 
this was the view. But, drawing this car 
didn't come easily. So this is version #4,
done with the assist of an online photo.
Why was I persistent?
Just for the exercise of drawing.
The training & development of this skill is ongoing. 

Friday, December 17, 2021



I'm grateful to be able to eat highly nutritious, organic food, 
bought at our coop & especially bought from nearby farmers. 
Yesterday I baked butternut squash for the 1st time
in a long time. I was blown away by the vibrant taste 
and juicy texture, 
all the better knowing that I was absorbing
so many vitamins & nutrients. 

I buy fresh rosemary, just for the scent!
Once it's dry enough, I put it in an air tight container.
Now I'm wondering how to use it in my cooking...

Microgreens & pea shoots are divine!
Local apples are still available & delicious!

This was my first vegetarian meal this week 
after picking up the farm produce.

I got some vegetarian cookbooks from the library recently
& am enjoying exploring some new meal ideas...
(I am not a gourmet cook, haha!)
Why am I attracted to vegetarian cuisine?
I just read The Omnivore's Dilemma. It influenced me
in the way that Diet for a Small Planet did years ago.

Monday, December 13, 2021

Fountain Pens & Ink

 I spend a good deal of time in the company of fountain pens. 
Writing in my journal/s, writing anything & everything 
that needs recording or processing.
I'm old fashioned. As much as I love word processing,
it is pen, pencil, ink, & paint that I adore using
(and scissors & glue).
This was a photo that I posted on a fountain pen site. 
It's interesting to be among fellow pen enthusiasts.
I am not the collector that many of them are,
but I do have, well, more than one pen (ahem).
Something new is to draw & paint using inks,
inspired by some of the artists on the site.
Goulet Pens sells small vials of ink samples, 
a great way to try out luscious colors & various brands. 

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

More Card Making Process

I have fiber artist friends
who experiment wildly with mark-making, 
 media & formats. 
I love their work 
& love learning from them, trying some of their techniques.
But in the end, I come back to drawing
&  "coloring" (Gasp!!) as my favorite mode.
These days I use watercolors & Prismacolors, 
but I'm still connected to the childhood pleasure 
I had with Crayola crayons.

I pulled an image from an older journal sketch for
December greeting cards.

In the end, what I love most is 
that I be authentically expressing myself
& finding pleasure in my process,
ignoring that old inner critic.

Recently I did a jigsaw puzzle of an illustration
by my favorite illustrator, the French Sempé.
 I found great joy in learning more about how he uses
ink line & paint & felt affirmed in my way of working.

I am fascinated by grids & boxes lately. 
In the end, my idea for Christmas cards, 
(in the above photo)
evolved to these trees without the boxes.


Monday, December 6, 2021

Christmas Cards

Each year at this time I enjoy making cards.
These are for my art group postcard exchange.
I scanned & printed multiples of  the black & white image.
Then I hand colored each with Prismacolors.

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Clearing Away November 2021

A great sunny morning for doing home tasks: 
Early morning grocery.
Dishes. Laundry. Accounts. Tidying.
It's time to clear away November,
 and to make a space for December. 
The tractor pumpkin farm drawing is by Nora McPhail,
whose work I adore. She has a blog here.
Two post cards are from a fellow Art Grouper. 
The lady behind the candle 
who is cooking a stew in a giant pumpkin, 
she is someone I created some years ago. 
The embroidered pumpkin pillow was made
by a fellow French Grouper, also some years ago.

Things are different again this fall (pandemic), 
but I still love this time of year! 

I'm leaving replies to your comments, 
so please leave one & come back & check.

Monday, November 22, 2021

Still Sketching After All These Years


I've been away from Sketchbook Wandering for awhile 
& I'm sorry. I've missed the camaraderie I enjoyed here.
This covid thing, the climate thing, & the unstable world thing have shaken up a lot of our lives. 
Sketching & recording in my paper journals continue to bring pleasure & meaning. 
I don't go out sketching as often as I used to 
(there is the tick thing & the not being around people thing.) 
but I do play with art materials here at home more.
 I'd be leading some sort of art gathering at my library, 
but gatherings aren't allowed for now. 
I attend a library art Zoom gathering, & love it,
 but I'm wanting it to be in person again.

I wonder how you all are doing? If you stop by here, 
I hope you'll leave me a little note. 

And now, I'm off to read some of your blogs. 

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Artist Trading Cards

I continue to sketch, but recently I got into 
playing with media & designs on Artists' Trading Cards.

Have a pre-cut 2.5" X 3.5" pile of heavier weight paper handy,
& as the mood strikes, Play!  I've been enjoying
some shimmering watercolor gold paint &
a white Sogno pen along with my usual Daniel Smiths.


Artist Trading Cards are 2.5" by 3.5", 
You never sell them, you trade them, says the originator
of this format/tradition.
They remind me of baseball cards, or,
the  "Funny Valentines" in my childhood that 
we collected & traded.

They fit nicely in my Chic Sparrow mini "Nano" journal cover,
so I can carry them around & give them away as 
I run into people.

I miss communicating with you all here...
I will try to post & read posts more often...