Sketchbook Mania

March 20, 2009Drawings, Mixed Media, Sketchbooks 37 Comments

It’s kind of embarrassing how many half-filled sketchbooks of all shapes and sizes that I have laying around. As I’ve gotten more in the habit drawing, I tend to pick one up and carry it around in my purse for a while, then lose it in a stack of books. Then start another. Before now, I … Read More

Drawing people at dinner

March 10, 2009Drawings, Mixed Media, Sketchbooks 6 Comments

These are some drawings of people we traveled with or met on the trip. They’re character sketches, so don’t look exactly like the real people. At dinner people sort of sit in one place, but don’t pose. These are my composite impressions of people as they move and talk naturally. It’s a challenge to do … Read More

Musings on the Creamery Art Center

August 27, 2008Drawings, Sketchbooks 11 Comments

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 9 Comments

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 14 Comments

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 9 Comments

…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 8 Comments

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 7 Comments

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