Inktober Challenge, Day 19. A very hasty sketch of the pup. I began it with a newish pen that is hard to control, dry scratches one stroke and bold the next. Cleaned it up with a finer pen. My mom used to call anything with its head on one side and its tail end on the other a mugwump. Cracked me up as a kid.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Friday, October 13, 2017
Inktober Challenge, Day 12. Our little Billie, who won't be little for long. She's just 13 weeks now and as I sketched her, I took note of what will be some impressive musculature. She's a pit bull and already bigger than her fully grown brother, a Boston Terrier.
Monday, October 9, 2017
Inktober Challenge, Day 9. Had a wonderful time with my kids and granddoggies at Hoyt Arboreturm today. I haven't done a lot of plein air drawing or painting since I moved back to the mainland, so it was a treat to sit on a rock in the sun on this beautiful, sunny fall day with my favorite ink pen and sketchbook. A truly perfect day.
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Inktober Challenge, Day 7. I took a workshop many years ago with watercolor legend Irving Shapiro, who taught "Fail to plan, or plan to fail." It's so important, yet I so often just plunge in, like I did today. Although you may not notice at first glance, these are my two grandoggies battling over a stuffed toy. I ran out of page before Billie showed up. Oh well, next time.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Inktober Challenge, Day 3. This little guy was camped out on a nearby chair while the cat and I enjoyed the early fall sunshine on the patio this afternoon. The photo I snapped was pretty poor quality so I did a lot of guessing. I just googled it and see that I missed his mouth parts completely. Woops. Left off an antenna too. Then I ran out of ink. Done.
Monday, October 2, 2017
Inktober Challenge, day 2. Cringing inwardly as I post this, but I do want to post whatever daily sketch I come up with on this challenge, good bad or ugly. A perfect sketch isn’t really the point. So, here goes. On this day, we awoke to the gut wrenching news that a deranged shooter murdered 59 people in Las Vegas and injured another 527. I wanted my drawing to reflect the somberness of the day. The attitude in this old cowboy speaks of reflection and heavy thoughts to me.
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Today is day 1 of the Inktober Challenge, which I'll try to do, but no promises to myself or anyone else. It coincides with my brother's birthday and since I had dug out a picture of him from small kid time to tease him on Facebook, I decided to try a quick sketch of it. Such a goofball, sitting on our old kitchen counter in his homemade pirate regalia. The skull and crossbones flag and the torn, raggedy jeans were a nice touch but I really love the mustache and sideburn, penciled in with Mom's eyebrow pencil. He has a grandchild about this age now. Hard to believe how quickly the years have passed. He may be a grampa, but he's still the same ol' goofball.
Saturday, September 30, 2017
The photo for this painting was taken earlier this summer and is of my daughter at her favorite waterfalls located in the Eagle Creek vicinity. Not long after it was taken, a wildfire devastated the area, burning close to 50,000 acres (and still less than 50% contained). It will be some time before we can get back to her falls to see what remains but in the meantime, I made this small painting to remind her of happier times.
It's Saturday, so I'm playing. This was supposed to be a fox but I messed up his nose. So I chopped it off! Now he kind of looks like a bear to me.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Time does fly when you're having a good time. Maybe with summer coming to a close, I'll find more time to paint. Here's a beach scene for this month's Virtual Paintout in Florida. May its natural beauty be soon restored and life return quickly to normalcy for those effected by the hurricane.
Monday, August 21, 2017
Thursday, March 23, 2017
This sketch drawn with water soluble markers in my sketchbook refused to dissolve with water as it should have so was washed over with watercolor. Even the watercolor sunk into the paper so blending/moving the paint was impossible. Oh well, I kind of like its graphic nature.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Haven't felt like painting for what seems like quite awhile, but happy I broke out the brushes today to paint this lady from Ghana via google street view. Usually street view images are blurred out for privacy but I was able to see her features just enough. The bright colors of her garments gave me a jolt I have been needing this long and grey winter.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Another model from the Sktchy app. It has been many years since I sketched or painted from the model so I am delighted my old skills are getting a workout again. There are so many interesting people to choose from there too; it's a veritable candybox of choices to draw from.
Monday, February 13, 2017
Saturday, January 28, 2017
My heart is so sickened by the actions being taken on a daily basis by the newly elected president. How can it ever be right for the United States to turn its back on immigrants? It's unthinkable. Meanwhile, I paint and paint and paint, trying to make myself less miserable about it but it's helping less and less as the injustices pile up.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Sktchy, if you haven't heard of it, is an online gallery of reference photos for artists to draw from and then share the drawings. I'm fairly new to it and wasn't sure if drawing a stranger from a photo would be fun or weird, but I'm happy to report it was fun. And no worries about having the family/friends chime in on whether the nose is too big or the eyes the wrong color. In fact, I didn't try too hard for an exact likeness, although I think it is pretty close. I stopped at an early stage in the painting because I felt I captured the essence of the expression and didn't need to go beyond it.