Musings on the Creamery Art Center

August 27, 2008Drawings, Sketchbooks

Gerrie asked about the motivation behind this new series “Wish You Were Hair” and it’s true it’s inspired by my collection of vintage postcards. Also my fascination with travel and world monuments and landmarks… But the real motivation — I can’t get out of mind the kids who come through the Creamery Arts Center. I’ve … Read More

Why I like drawing with pens

August 16, 2008Drawings, Process, Sketchbooks

Guess where I drew this? Yup, when I was getting my hair highlighted! Since much of the summer has been spent away from the studio, I have been working a lot in my sketchbooks. I can easily stick a sketchbook and a pen into my purse or backpack and am good to go. I like … Read More

We’re talking Really Big Hair

July 28, 2008Drawings, Sketchbooks

Another drawing for my new series, Wish You Were Hair. I don’t know why, but I’ve always had a fascination with monuments of the world — written about them in my term papers, constructed clay monuments in ceramics, traveled to see them in person. Now these world monuments are starting to appear in my quilts. … Read More

No, I haven’t taken up smoking…

July 7, 2008Journeys, Painting, Process, Sketchbooks

…but I’ve been collecting retro melamine ashtrays that make great brush/water holders for painting. And they come in great colors (I have bigger yellow and green ones at my studio.) This is a small one, which is good for travel, especially on a boat where your brushes might roll overboard. The watercolor pencils roll also, … Read More

Creative To Do Lists

May 22, 2008Mixed Media, Sketchbooks

Since recently I’ve had little time to make art, I got the idea to make creative to-do lists in my moleskine. The idea was to do an experimental page each morning, and since it was only a to-do list, I felt no inhibitions about creating a great work of art. It was merely a chance … Read More

Drawing from Life

November 19, 2007Drawings, Inspiration, Sketchbooks

This is a terrific book that I picked up in Seattle and since have been slowly relishing each page. Unlike many survey books that devote little more than a superficial paragraph and single photo for each subject, there are many photos from each journal featured, along with Jennifer New’s in-depth profile of each journal-keeper’s motivation, … Read More

Moleskine Tour (detour)

October 20, 2007Drawings, Other Artists, Sketchbooks, Videos

When I travel I carry a little Moleskine sketchbook –these are sketches of some Cameroon masks I saw in the Portland Musuem of Art last year. Invariably, mine gets stuffed with scratchy notes, phone numbers, to-do lists…. Not these folk though. These YouTube video tours of artist’s Moleskines is one of the coolest things I’ve … Read More