Monday, October 30, 2017

A Tiny Pumpkin

Today, it was like that nursery rhyme I used to do with the kids:
"Oooooooo went the wind, and out went the light,
and the 5 little pumpkins rolled out of sight." 

A lot of homes in the state are still without light...
And, without computer. Maybe that is the real horror of the day!

But I enjoyed my early morning, writing with my fountain pen
by candlelight.

The mini card above is the size of a business card. 
I'm selling them with various popped on images.
Will show more soon.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

At the Scenic Train Ride Station

Field trip with the group to the local scenic train ride station.
Instead of focusing on the trains,
I was attracted to the scene across the street. 

Colors are fading, but the big old pine showed her vibrant greens. 
I heard that when she sheds her needles (leaves), 
they are from last year's batch.
 So wonderful to be with the other sketchers.
Each of their sketches, very different from mine,
taught me something, & each pleased me.
Diverse comments about each work enriched my viewing.
From seeing their art work 
I thought maybe we had shrunk down 
found ourselves to be figures 
in a miniature toy train station.
This place is designed for us kids, young & old!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Autumn Sketching in Maine

Our local sketch group goes out twice a week to beautiful spots in our area. 
They/we are like school kids on a field trip.
But often I'm not able to go.  
 Yesterday I went to a place they visited without me,
an unknown cove along the coast.
Tourists and boats are gone now.
I sketched from the car, instead of from my folding chair. 
It was a bit clumsy, but it worked. 

 Previous week, quick sketches from the shore of a pond, 
on smaller, non-water color paper. 
Another place that one of the Sketchers found for us.
The 2nd sketch was about feeling linear rhythms.  
Adding color masked what my ink lines expressed. 
I learn from this.
Don't always be seduced by color, even in Autumn!
 Same view in my larger watercolor book. 
This time I worked without my ink lines.

They say the leaves weren't as intense this year.
Many dropped before reaching full color, due to dryness
& warm temperatures. 
Still, I found Autumn out there
when I went looking.

PS Someone asked me if she could copy my sketches 
& post them online. I say, No, don't do that. 
Explore on your own, I say, however you want, but in private. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

More Books from Bits

More little blank books from.... 
 my newly organized bits and pieces.
These guys are waiting for their turn.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Sketchbook Candy

I'm continuing to use existing materials, including small drawings
and designs that had been sitting in various boxes. 
(They are happy to be out in the world.)
And my Mom's buttons. They seem like candy.

Coptic stitch does get easier & better with practice.
I'm using a non-adhesive book cover technique.
Glue and I are not BFF's (slurp, smudge).
 Some watercolor play sheets turned book covers...
It's all feeling quite yummy...