The beautiful St. Croix River, Stillwater MN

The beautiful St. Croix River, Stillwater MN

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Print of the week

Things have been slow at the art desk around here...
I'm trying to get more depth and complexity. In prints that have big cheerios as subjects. 
Hmm. 


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Sketchbookery Meetup at Naz

I met Angie and Emie for the first time today, for a sketch session. We started with blind contour portraits of each other, which of course cracked us up. 


Then we got serious, sort of, and drew the architecture of the GAC.




We sat near the labyrinth, and the madonna kept her eye on us.




Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Cookie Label

My friend, Shizuka, is always bringing treats to work. I pasted the cookie label on the page and copied the lettering.

From a Field Trip to Genesee Country Village

I was not being very patient sketching these little objects. And, I'm not such a fan of antiques. New note to self: draw things you LIKE!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

If you like it, put a bird on it.

From a wine label I liked. Bully Hill Winery, here in western NY has nice wines with artsy labels.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Trying out negative space


I'm not sure why, but I'm having a mental resistance to inking and painting letters. I'm pushing through it, but it's bugging me.
I was focusing on the negative space and shadows on this page, but the only thing I like is my cotton stitching thread showing through in the gutter!
My inner Brat is doing a lot of yakking, and I'm covering my ears and saying: lalalalalalala.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

If you give a chimp a cherry...


Have you ever read the children's book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, by Laura Joffe Numeroff?  Well, it's adorable (along with her others, If You Give a Moose a Muffin, among the faves) and it reminds me of what happens when you take a Mary Ann Moss class.
First, you watch her video and you have to go to the store to buy some strawberries to draw.


  
While you're there you notice the cherries, and raspberries, and some cute Italian cookies, and cream puffs, which would also be great to draw. So, you buy them,  and as you're walking to the car, you see the liquor store, and you think !! Strawberry-cherry-berry daiquiri!! That would also be a wonderful thing to draw, right?
So, you go into the store and you get the rum and you happen to see some really artistic wine labels, so you buy a few bottles of wine, too. For drawing purposes. Naturally. On the ride home, you feel hungry, so you eat all the cookies, and a cream puff. (Note to self: wear clothes that match your food.)

When you get home and put the wine in the fridge, you notice some root beer in there. So, you go to your neighbor and 'borrow' a big scoop of vanilla ice cream so you can make a root beer float. While you're at your neighbor's, she says,  "I have something for you! It's a box of fresh picked strawberries."
I love art.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Contour drawing: Little flowers in Lincoln Park Woods


 Any idea what these are? I'm clueless.

Contour drawing: when you don't know what the heck to draw.

Yeah, so, feet and hands are always handy things to have around when your assignment is to do a contour drawing. PS: My toenails aren't really hot pink. Right this moment.

I Woke Up!

Mostly because I'm taking an online class with Mary Ann Moss, about keeping a sketchbook, so I wanted to share what I'm doing with the other students. We bloggers are sharers, doncha know.
So, here are some watercolor messing-around pages, and some of my journal/sketchbooks.
Anyhow, I'm not being at all serious about this art stuff, just playing with the materials, and letting the process be much more important than the product. Sometimes it's a mess, and that's fine.