Monday, September 21, 2015

Yikes- where does the time go? boi/den/boi/dfw/hou/boi

i somehow missed posting last week- after doing so well.
went to denver and diligently drew on my trip- helpful breaking it up into 4 pieces. also helpful using a small book with text on the pages (which helps with fear of blank page). it's nice to work on my art even though i'm not actively making art when i'm traveling.
there was studio sunday
next up: texas- first ft worth

then a drive to houston


dinner with a friend and another hotel room

long flight home with beautiful cloudscapes

and more drawing practice- finished w/ color at home.

home to fall weather. i'm a sucker for light through flower petals- especially low light through glowy yellow flowers- here's a shot from saturday's hike. love this time of year.

then we celebrated lynn's birthday with a journaling party- started this yesterday, finished in the studio today-
and off to a block party. this sketchbook is a swedish/english dictionary that my friend gave me. it was her grandmother's. the party was at my friend's house, and I took the book to show her how it was being used now. and drew the spread below while I was at it.
i'm rather pleased with all of the drawing i've done. glad that i am pulling out the books and pens and doing it. glad that i can look and say- you might work on that perspective, but you drew and captured the feel, so it's good. just start.
lastly- dave and phil alvin and wonderful live music tonight. it's all about the guitar for me

i don't mean for these posts to be "here's what I did this week", tho they often end up that way. i do know that all of these things inform my art somehow. i'm not introspective but I  believe that everything is connected and know that i'm influenced by so many things that may not even occur to me until much later, if at all.
the value of writing this blog is thinking stuff through. and seeing progress. or looking at years of backlit flowers and deciding that's OK.
chicago this week, will try to keep up the drawing-


Monday, September 7, 2015

i did it!

and back on the road this week- well, in the air
 and I made myself draw on the plane- the flight between Denver & Lubbock. I was good, packed light- just took sepia pens & the book.

so of course I decided it would be much better with color....and stopped in my favorite art supply store and picked up a travel watercolor kit- which now resides in my computer bag. I have one in my mobile journaling kit, but I know that if I try to move it back & forth I will never have it when and where I need it....this solves that problem.
Also picked up a vellum sketchbook- interesting surface to work on. it's fairly transparent, and I'm not sure how that's going to work, but it's a good size and I'll play with it some. Drew this at dinner, then colored & painted when I got back to the room. Drawing the flowers was interesting- I keep forgetting to do the front first- am going to try to draw the negative space on the next one, see if that works better.
then back home for the long weekend.

fall is definitely in the air- my favorite time of year.

It was chilly- as you can tell from how fluffed out this guy is. It was good to shoot my camera, even if it wasn't much.

 then back into the studio for Sunday studio night- got to catch up with the artistas, drink some wine & prep some journal backgrounds.

off to Denver next week, challenging myself to just one drawing there too.....
have a great week!