Sunday, December 07, 2008

Graphite Sketches in Large Moleskine

I wanted to preserve this sketchbook for pen, but as you will see it isn't working out that way.

Waiting room sketch...decorations

Tribal masks in graphite, unfinished

Another waiting room sketch seasonal decorations Halloween, Autumn
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Saturday, December 06, 2008

Waiting room sketches & EDM challenge 199

I know I must seem obsessed with Madonna since I went to the concert. I thought I was jaded, after all, I had been to big concerts before, Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, and, back in the day, Barbra Streisand in Central Park. So I was somewhat surprised that the concert has had such an effect on me. I really enjoyed it, I could have done without the pelvic thrusts and simulations of sex, but all in all, it was a great experience.


I was just settling into a nice sketching session when I was called in for my examination. This was not what I had planned, but I finished it when I got home.
EDM #199 was fun, but again, I am struggling with pen drawing. I hope I start to see some improvement soon.


This is a little local restaurant, we usually don't have to wait to be seated, but our timing was off and we were at the dinner rush. This was done looking through the window while we waited outside for a table. Finished at home with w/c
A little story about this restaurant. The owner had advertised in the local churches, supermarkets and had a sign on his door for several days that he was giving Thanksgiving dinners away for free all day Thanksgiving. He cooked 43 turkeys, and all of the fixings....he had a handful of people come in to take advantage of the opportunity. This poor guy froze as much as he could, I don't know what he did with the rest of the leftover food. You wouldn't think in these tough economic times that you would have trouble giving away a Thanksgiving dinner. It is so ironic.

This sketch represents decorations in the waiting room of a facility where my husband was having a PET scan done. I experimented with stippling for shading, and cross hatching. I put the w/c in at home, and used water soluble graphite pencils for the shadows. I am struggling with pen, but I keep at it hoping to see some improvement.
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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Sketching in public

The sketchbook postings below were started in the stadium waiting for Madonna to take the stage. While waiting, I attempted to sketch the stage, and the polarized scoreboard icons of Madonna. The young lady seated next to me, asked me if I was writing a book when she saw my moleskine. I told her no, just trying to sketch what I was seeing. Thank goodness she was not more curious to see just exactly what I had done so far.
I never considered myself a big Madonna fan, but I have to tell you, when she finally arrived (2 hrs late) she performed non-stop. No intermission, no real costume changes, she was on the stage for the whole 2 hours, and was either dancing, jumping, jumping rope, alone and double dutch, working out like a boxer, playing electric guitar, all the while singing live. No lip synch, this was the real thing. Her body is incredibly toned and shaped. Her arms, legs and hands are sinewy. There is not one ounce of fat on her (I could hate her for that alone)! This woman is 50, and performs like a teenager as far as energy. She amazed me. I wasn't all that familiar with some of her songs, but she managed to work in some of her old hits, and the whole show was thoroughly entertaining. I may just have to download the new album "Hard Candy".

What I did the day before Thanksgiving




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Sunday, November 23, 2008

EveryDayMatters Challenges #198&194

i just wanted to add, I have been trying to learn to draw in graphite for the last couple of years, so posting in my journal with Pen and watercolor is very new to me.


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Friday, November 14, 2008

I jumped in ...finally

I finally did it. I posted some of my drawings from my journal. I hope this is the beginning of something that occurs on a regular basis, if not daily.

Recent days journals and EDM challenges



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Friday, October 31, 2008

ATC I made for "under the sea" trade

ATC I made for "under the sea" trade

ATC I made for "under the sea" trade

tropical fish

moray eel


Weedy sea dragon
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ATC I made for "under the sea" trade

Dropped in to see what happened

Well here it is Halloween, just got back from the dog groomer with Peppi, he looks mahvelous! I noticed kids were out trick or treating and here we sit with nothing to give out! If we are lucky, no one will come. I have been visiting several different blogs lately and it has given me the incentive to blog more regularly.
Lately I have been doing a lot of drawing. I just participated in my first ATC trade, the theme was "under the sea" so it was fun to do and very interesting to see people's different takes on the subject. The cards I made are posted here. Other than that, I participate in the weekly drawing challenges on Drawspace but usually finish too late to post in the forum so I just add them to my gallery. I will try to add some of those here as well.
I am looking forward to our daughter coming home this weekend, she just seems to brighten up the house. We have plans to go to Epcot for the Food and Wine festival. I am looking forward to it and will bring my camera and hopefully take lots of pictures.

Saturday, September 27, 2008


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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

What has been keeping me busy lately

It seems I still have to get into a routine to regularly post to this blog, here goes.
I have recently joined some on line art instruction groups, and posted some of my paintings and drawings. I am a decorative artist (tole/folk art) and have been trying to learn to draw from various books. These pictures are of my work done over the past two-three years.