Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sketchbook page - Doll

I found my daughters doll
in a box while cleaning out the attic
- one of her collectables
So, while I was watching TV, catching up on Downton Abbey,
I drew the doll with my trusty ball point pen.
I like these pens so much better than markers
because I can get a halftone with them -
and I like them better than pencils,
because they don't smear under my left hand.
 I understand Leonardo daVinci had the same problem!

I had not drawn a doll since our trip to New Orleans

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Sketchbook page - Christmas Reindeer

We took the Christmas Tree down in January
If it had been left up to me -
the tree would still be there.
I love the lights and the sparkle.

Like every other year,
I forgot to put away a few ornaments.

This year it was a reindeer - gold and shiny.
The legs are strings of beads
and jiggly when he is moved.

I'm kinda glad he was left out.

I will immortalize him in my sketchbook
and then I will kill the white space . . .

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Sketchbook Lamb & Wolf

What to do with this little lamb.
He's tugging at me, he demands - "put me in a painting", !
And I wonder - what kind of painting

a portrait that would hang in a child's room?

a poem to accompany his cute little face?

I'm not much good at doing CUTE.

So, I took the idea of a Wolf in Sheep's clothing
and added
a Sheep in Wolf's clothing.

I call them Cross Dressers

It turns out there are plenty of
Sheep/Wolf cross dressers on the Internet.
Not surprised - nothing is ever original.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Sketchbook page Lambs

This lovely little lamb was a gift from my parents.
You might think a gift when I was young,
but no, they gave it to me just last year because I admired it.
At my age - it's still fun to have a stuffed animal -
and even better when someone gives it to you.
He has a quaint crocked smile, who wouldn't love him?
I'm not sure what to do with him. He lends himself very well to the ball point pen.
I wonder how he would look on canvas.
Until then, he will be safe and sound in this sketchbook.
My attempt at drawing animals pales horribly in comparison to
Jeri Landers

She draws all her critters from real life - they all live with her on her farmette.
I'd really be a starving artist if I had to provide room and board to a host of farmette critters! Even if they were the most adorable drawing subjects ever! 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Kewpie Dolls
Their name, often shortened to "Kewpies", is derived from "cupid",] the Roman god of beauty and – as Eros is the Greek version of Cupid – erotic love. The early dolls, especially signed or bisque, are highly collectible and worth thousands of dollars
 Kewpie dolls are based on  comic-strip-like illustrations by 
Rose O'Neill that appeared in Ladies' Home Journal in 1909.
 The small  dolls were extremely popular in the early twentieth century.
I've always been attracted to these dolls
so pink
so fun
so surreal
I like this colored pencil drawing, as you can see,
I've choses not to embellish it with any more doodles.
In fact, I'm picturing Kewpie Dolls in a painting . . .

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Journal Sketchbook - Flower Garden

I was yearning for some color -
colored pencils are my color weapon of choice.
A Flower Garden - you can never go wrong with flowers.
I needed a kick start to get back in the studio and paint
paint something
paint anything
paint flowers
At first this drawing really inspired me.
I wanted to paint this garden.
I even went so fat as to buy a large canvas.
But . . .
eventually this drawing became boring
it's not even finished
and the new canvas
is still in the box . . .
I seem to be consumed with this sketchbook
instead of painting,
I turned the page from the flower garden
and moved on.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

journal sketchbook

I collect pictures of paintings that inspire me.
Unusaual subject matter always makes the book.
This still-life by John Morra is a fabulous collection of unusual objects.
And Brenda York's interpretation of the human form is fasinating.
I won't show you all the pages of art that I glued and taped into my sketchbook,
 this is just a samplimg.

And - again the ball point pen embellishments!

I even went so far as to create a few crazy faces myself!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Sketchbook - Pumpkin Thanksgiving page

Fall Colors and decorations.
When Thanksgiving is upon us you are
absolutely forced to use orange and brown in your work.
It's a rule in Nature.
Pumpkins and falling leaves say Autumn,
no text is needed,
no words will enhance the description.
Some colors just speak for themselves.
Here are some pumkin oldies but goodies . . .


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Journal Sketchbbok - Halloween Witch

It's October
time for Witches, and cats and bats . . .

Of course my sketchbook must have a Halloween page.
The witch was drawn with a marker and the background
was drawn with the ball point pen.
You can see the difference in the mediums -
the marker pen is much darker and
the ballpoint pen is grayer but makes a nice half-tone.


Here are a few oldies but goodies . . . 


   Merry Christmas