Sunday, April 9, 2017

A somewhat sunny day

This was supposed to be our sunny day...we did eventually see the sun and it wasn't raining, so no complaints. We walked in town, I came home and planted lettuce and carrots, did a little weeding (not that it doesn't need major weeding, just that I am trying to take it easy) and discovered the primroses that come up every year (hidden in the grass). I did a sketch of that, along with a sketch of a friend's beautiful baby granddaughter. A good day.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Recording art

Not doing such a good job of keeping up with things. Yesterday I took a glass plate to the gallery (Liberty Bay Gallery in Poulsbo, WA) and I forgot to take a picture of it! Today I have been playing around with photos and apps  per Ivy Newport's Mobile Art Magic class on the Jeanne Oliver ning network....and came up with this one of my niece and her boyfriend. I'm posting without her permission but she doesn't look at this so I think I'm safe!

Also made a big pot of chicken soup (unsalted) for our neighbors up the road. He is in the final stages of congestive heart failure and can't have any sodium. I'm afraid I spiced it up a lot  to make up for the lack of salt. I think it's okay...hope they can eat it!

Friday, April 7, 2017

A red headed boy

I love Sktchy!! A readily available supply of interesting faces to sketch...sometimes have to weed through them but I can always find someone interesting. This was a little red headed boy, probably around 18-24 months. And his expression was pure red head. I may have over done it a little, but it was a pretty cute picture from Taylor Robbins.

Thursday, April 6, 2017


Okay, I did this one for I'm done!

Only one today

But I went to lunch with friends, did some errands (including taking a piece of glass to the gallery), put another glass face in the kiln to slump, and walked a mile. All without taking a nap....I must be getting better!

This is the sketch of a friend's grandson---he's got attitude!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

One more for today

This is a sketch of a Facebook photo, I think it's Maxine Waters. I don't know that the sketch conveys the sense of personal power the photo does.

One year ago

Was my last post on this blog. I guess I've been neglecting it! But I have been drawing and painting, just not much. I took a couple of great drawing classes with Paula Ensign on Bainbridge Island which I think has helped my drawing skills. Due to some rehab time off work I'm going to try to get more painting drawn and posted. In reading A Pacific Northwest Sketchbook I realize that watercolor sketching was and is my first love. I have a lot of acrylic and oil painting supplies and I want to get back into using those but want to emphasize developing my sketching. So here are a couple I did today, not particularly great. Meh! I'm not evaluating, just posting.  A quick sketch from Kristina Howard's photo on Sktchy

And another sketch of our neighbor's dog, Oly, who comes to visit during the day.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Happiness and money plants

On the way back from my Texas trip I started reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I tried reading it last year but for some reason it didn't quite click. This time, maybe due to the enforced down time on planes and in air ports, I really got into it. I've decided one of my happy habits is going to sketch and post to this blog. After a morning walk and laundry and dishes I did a quick sketch of my prolific money plant blooms and painted it sketchily, too.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Orchids, a first time for everything!

But I was feeling like my first times were mostly done! At any rate, our neighbor Lisa brought these beautiful orchids over last night....and now I am tasked with keeping them alive!! But getting good advice about it on Facebook.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March 1

Spring is all around us! The boys'n'girls plant that usually blooms in May has blooms on it today! I think we're in for  a hot summer! Meanwhile, it's March 1, my birthday, and I'm going to aim for daily sketching this month. Here's the first one, tulips I bought for the weekend. They still look good!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Weekend art

I was getting pretty frustrated about painting....and then did this one. Nothing outstanding about it, but I like it! I really loved the underpainting and had thought I'd leave more of it showing, but ended up not. I wish I could find a style of painting that fits...but maybe, as my husband reminds me, it has to be about fun first!

The other thing I did was to try a pot melt with scraps of the fusible glass I have. It made this really cool one of a kind design...I will slump it into a plate, probably, although it still has some bumps from the second fusing....I am so hooked on the process that I've got another one in the kiln now....If it has enough clear in it I might make a face underneath it, looking through all the layers. The dimensionality is what is so cool, and you may not be able to see unless you enlarge the photo.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Saturday artin'

I have four more glass coasters fusing in the kiln but didn't get pictures before I put them in. Then I worked more on the third painting for the online painting abstraction class I'm taking. This was fun and hard  ....I had so much stuff going on it was hard to unite it....but I do love all the layers....

Friday, February 12, 2016

fused glass coasters

Over the last week I've made 4 fused glass coasters to go to the Liberty Bay Gallery in Poulsbo. I need to make a few more, and a couple of big faces....but I also want to do another abstract for the online class I'm taking. Well, I do have the next four days to get things done.....ah! The beginning of the weekend, when time looks so expansive!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Abstract Painting

These are two paintings I did from Betsy Dillard Stroud's online class on Abstract Painting through Artist's Network University. I first read the lesson when it came out and wasn't all that interested...but I was also getting ready for an out of town trip. Today, however, I read the lesson, cut some stamps, and had a blast doing these two paintings. I don't think I left enough room for your eye to rest...but I was loving the texture!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Losing control...

in a controlled kind of way. I did Diana Trout's exercise with India ink, dropped, drawn, and blown around with a straw. I did it on a large sheet of watercolor paper and once the ink was dry I added glazes of acrylic paint....then I cut it into 5 cards, postcard size for another project I'm doing. The idea was to just lose control, paint with your eyes closed, etc., but I saw a cat in one of the cards and I had to let it out.....