Wednesday, November 30, 2016

daily drawings 11.28 and 11.30.16

missed the 29th- i gave myself permission. we went to see "beautiful" the musical and it was great fun. home and tired, didn't draw.

lisa came to the studio tonight. always a treat to spend time with good friends in the studio, and i haven't seen her for a while. i had a hard time starting, so i drew my journals. feels good to be able to spend time out there, changing gears from sketching to painting didn't happen tonight, but will. good to just hang out.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

daily drawing 11.20.16

daily drawing 11.19.16

 in the studio- mm in the stillman birn the the studio finishing a page started previously- too much. too fucking much

Friday, November 18, 2016

filling the well

 i am so tired. i am tired of people being nasty to each other, of divisiveness and hatefulness and us against them. i am tired of not being home and not making art and not seeing my husband and dogs and friends. tired of uncertainty. i have a nasty cold and just want to curl up in front of a fire with hot toddies and a stack of books until spring.

i'm usually pollyanna, annoyingly so, i suspect. but right now, i need a minute.

my company is reorganizing and i don't know if i will still have a job with them next year. i know that i have good friends who will be affected. we all understand that's part of how it goes when working for a large corporation, and i have faith that it will work out for the best, but it remains unsettling.

without going all gloom and doom and hand wringing i am just amazed that my country elected a man who is about to stand trial for corruption and for rape (a 15 year old, no less); a man supported by the KKK; a man who brags about not paying taxes and not paying people who do work for him because he's so smart, president. i am trying to figure out what positive steps i need to make to stand up. i know plenty of really good people who voted for this man, i need to remember that and remain on that common ground with them while standing in the light.

i have been drawing, but i haven't really gone into any of this in journal pages or in my art. i haven't really wanted to. constant motion makes it easier to avoid going deep, and focusing on what must be done keeps me going forward. 

after 3 night business trip and one night at home i headed to florida to celebrate a friend's birthday. arrived with a nasty cold. got to spend 3 days with my dear friend just hanging out, enjoying the sun, helping her get some things done. slow down, decompress, good for the soul. time to think about what's important and be grateful for what life has brought me and remember commonalities. open to possibilities. we never know what's in the future, but i do trust myself to take care of myself and to decide to be happy.

and now, home. less travel til the end of the year. family coming for thanksgiving and a dinner planned with them and friends. studio time. time to slow down and think. time to figure out how to give back and in what ways i can make a difference. 

time to make art. looking forward to seeing what the muse has to say-

Thursday, November 10, 2016

11.10.16- dogs make everything better

daily drawing in my stillman & birn epsilon. daler rowney wc pencils and ws graphite, stadtler liner pen.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

daily drawings 11.6_9.16

staedtler pen in the stillman & birn journal with watercolor pencils and w/s graphite.

I may not be so glad to look back on this.......

Monday, November 7, 2016


daily drawing 11.7.16

lubbock, tx

Sunday, November 6, 2016

daily drawing 11.6.16

on another plane.....

koh i noor radiograph. which i so far love except for the exploding ink part. lucky i had some wet ones to clean my hands.

daler rowney wc pencils in the bottom drawing

daily drawing 11.5.16

yeah. i went there. then i had a nice evening again. alone. in my studio. oh well. i yam what i yam. and i vote.

Friday, November 4, 2016

daily drawing 11.4.16

jack evidently doesn't find mockingjay any more exciting than baseball! staedtler liner pen, water soluble graphite and watercolor pencils.

and the first page in the  stillman & birn zeta journal that i bought in san francisco is done. i like the heavier paper in this one- it stands up to more media and wetter applications than the epsilon, but has the same nice smooth white paper that works so well with's a snapshot of my last week. this one doesn't go on the road with me, hence the break in dates.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

daily drawing 11.3.16

not pretty, but done.....

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

daily drawing 11.2.16, updated

back home, back to drawing jack...... this was my attempt at staying chill.

it's now 6-6, going into overtime with a rain delay. i'm going to bed. 

jack is drawn with a staedtler liner and colored with derwent watercolor pencils & art graf w/s graphite.

well- I didn't go to bed, AND THEY WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016