Friday, August 28, 2015

little princesses

I am making some birthday cards for my nieces. They are all princesses!!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

kid speak!

I made these drawings for my daughter. When she was little, she always called overalls “over y’alls.” It was cute because she wasn’t even a “Southern” girl!!

These two are for my grandson. He always called eyebrows “bi-brows” … which sort of makes sense if you think about it!



Tuesday, August 25, 2015

ink faces

Did a couple more faces over the weekend.

What I like about doodling faces like these is that I never have to sit down to a blank sheet of paper.

Drawings like this take me a couple days to complete. I just start adding ink to a different section of the drawing and keep going.

I don’t like this “face” as well as some of the others. I got the perspective off a bit but I do like some of the patterns going on.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

this week

I finally managed to finish two more drawings for my Joey story. I painted these two at the same time so I could make the colors match on the desks and the walls.

Even though I make notes about colors I mix, they don’t always come out the same.

Browns are hard. Most times I mix Sap Green and Alizarin Crimson. Then I throw in some Quin Gold or maybe a touch of blue. A little of this and that. Pretty soon, I have the perfect shade of brown but I forgot how I made it!

Of course, I could just buy “brown” paint!! But I like to do things the hard way ☺

These two photos are from an assignment we did at Year of the Spark. They are called Threaded Thoughts. I made a list of “things” I do in my studio.

The example we were shown in class was machine stitched together. I have two sewing machines but neither is in good working condition. Every time I sew anything, there is lots of swearing involved!

So I found a different solution to piece them together.

Monday, August 17, 2015

ink faces

I don’t know what’s up lately but I just haven’t been spending much time in the studio.

I make a doodle. Meh. I throw it away.

I haven’t felt like painting. I don’t know what’s up.

Probably because I’ve been drawing lots for work. I’ve been drawing tons and tons of characters for an animation. Maybe that’s why I don’t feel like making art in the evening. Do you think?

I did these two faces yesterday while watching TV.

I do enjoy working with just ink. It’s so relaxing. I fix myself something to drink and start drawing. The next thing I know, an hour has gone by and my drink is now all watered down. That’s how absorbed I get when I’m drawing.

I’m going to enjoy some time outside. Today it’s finally cool enough to sit outside after dinner. I’ve missed that.

Friday, August 14, 2015

painting BIG, thinking small

This was my latest assignment in Carla Sonheim’s Year of the Spark class.

It’s a BIG painting in that it measures 11x17. Thinking small refers to thinking/painting as your inner child.

I painted a picture of me. My birthday is in May. Every year on my birthday, I would get a new swimsuit for summer. We always called it my Birthday Suit!!

I still don’t know if I like acrylics. They never work the way I want them to. I think it’s the brushes I’m using.

Yeah, I’m going to blame the brushes!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Monday, August 10, 2015

black-eyed susans and zinnias

I drew these flowers on some scrap paper … not watercolor paper. So I decided to paint them in Photoshop.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

speed bumps

I tried to capture what it’s like during the night at our house.

Luna has a spot in the window. She sits and watches the neighborhood most of the night.

Lily runs back and forth between the two windows.

All. Night. Long.

I told my husband that I feel like we’re just in her way most of the time. Just a couple of speed bumps in the bed.

Monday, August 3, 2015

playing with ink


I didn’t mean to be away for so long. We had visitors for the past 3 weekends so I didn’t have much time to play in the studio. Between cleaning and entertaining, there’s not much time for anything else.

But it was good to get away for a bit. I feel recharged.

I haven’t painted much lately. Mainly I’ve just been doodling things. I took a pen and ink class and tried to keep up with those assignments.

So I do have something to show for my absence.

Here are 3 ladies. You might recognize them from last February. I did them as one-liners then.