Wednesday, January 28, 2015

assignment for spark!

We had an interesting assignment at Year of the Spark. The end product was to create 3 collage cards (birthday, valentine, whatever).

Now anyone who is familiar with Lynn Whipple knows she has a very distinct style. It’s so playful and well, just wonderful, I think.

This is the hard part of taking workshops and classes for me … to do an assignment LIKE someone else but to MAKE IT MY OWN. It’s really tough.

I don’t have a stash of black and white photos. Or so I thought. Then I remembered a book I had purchased a while back called “Grandma’s Scrapbook of Silent Movie Stars.” I thought they were really great poses to practice face drawing someday. All the old movie stars were so glamorous!

So here are my three cards. All very different. Not as classy as Lynn’s. But I had fun playing around with scissors and a glue stick!

Bird Walker


My Valentine

Monday, January 26, 2015

bad hair days

I’ve had quite a few bad hair days lately.

What with laying around on the couch. Then getting up so I can go to bed. You can’t help but have bad hair days.

But today was a good day. I am getting around so much better now. My knee is definitely on the mend!

I set the timer on my phone and every 45 minutes I get out of my chair and do my knee exercises. It’s a good practice actually. If I had done this BEFORE my knee surgery, I probably wouldn’t have had to get knee surgery.

So take it from me … get out of your chairs now and then. Move!! It’s good for you!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

couch potato doodles

I started back to work this week as well as doing Physical Therapy for my knee. I never thought walking and bending my knee could wear me out!! But it does.

I don’t get “sick” often but when I do, I’m a whiny baby!!

By the end of the day, I find myself on the couch in front of the TV instead of hanging out in my studio.

Still, I’m getting something accomplished. I’ve been working on some flower doodles. This doodle is large -- 11x15 inch -- 300 lb watercolor paper.

I can’t wait until this weekend to start adding paint.

Sorry for the dark images ... it's a dreary day here.

Monday, January 19, 2015


I had grand dreams of doing hundreds of drawings as I recuperated from knee surgery. Yeah. Just resting on the couch with pen and sketchpad in hand. Filling up sketchpad after sketchpad with my brilliant doodles.

What happens is I doze off.

A lot.

I did accomplish this one-liner … an assignment for Year of the Spark course. One-liners are fun because they never turn out like you expect them to. I like how his eyes are sort of wonky. Makes him look quite sinister, don’t you think?

Today’s list:

  • I am feeling a little better. At least I am sleeping better at night.
  • Down to taking only one pain pill a day.
  • I start physical therapy tomorrow and am hoping that helps.
  • I’ve noticed that my other knee is starting to hurt. Probably because it is overworked??
  • My husband is a saint. He’s done all the cooking and cleaning lately.
  • And he did my laundry. His mother raised him right!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

ice pack and a sleeping dog

I had knee arthroscopy last Wednesday (a.k.a. scope and scrape).

Yeah. It hurts.

They tell me it will feel better than it did before. I’m hoping sooner rather than later.

For now: lots of tea and meds and ice packs and sleeping dogs to comfort me.

The one positive thing is that I got to shower today!! That always helps make me feel normal ☺

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

buried treasure

Cleaned off my desk and found all sorts of fun things!

Monday, January 12, 2015

room with a view

I wanted to get outside and sketch over the weekend but that didn’t happen. It was too cold, too rainy, too sleety…just plain yucky!

Instead I drew the view from my studio. It’s not much…just a view of our side yard. I do like having a window though.

Sometimes a squirrel runs along the top of the fence. In spring and summer, the trees are so pretty.

But this time of year, I like the patterns and lines that I see when I look out.

Now back to hibernating ☺

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

it started with a dog…

…then it sort of grew from there.

I try to draw everyday. Usually I only have pockets of time. 10 minutes here or there.

Most days I don’t finish a drawing.

Some days I just doodle…nothing that will ever become a “finished” piece. You know?

This is a drawing that spanned about 5 days. It’s important to me to do drawings like this to take the stress off of CREATING something. Not everything will be a masterpiece!

Monday, January 5, 2015

SBS assignment

Just a quick look at an assignment for Sketchbook Skool. I signed up for Beginnings because of all the good things I have heard about it.

This is a doodle (on gouache) of something that has meaning to me. I inherited my Grandma’s old sewing kit.

It is full of thread on wooden spools. They don’t make those anymore. Also, some of the price tags are 10 cent or 15 cents. Now, I haven’t bought thread in a long time…but I would guess that it costs more than 15 cents!!

It also has a bunch of old keys in it. I probably hold the keys to the family treasure and don’t even know it!!

But I doubt it!

Friday, January 2, 2015

starting 2015 with a bang

Here are two paintings I submitted last month to a competition. The theme was Spring or Summer….so, of course, that means FLOWERS to me!

I didn’t win anything. Oh, well. There’s always next time!

I’m working on some drawings for the new assignment as Sketchbook Skool. I’m taking “Beginnings” this time around.

And Year of the Spark! officially kicked off yesterday.

It’s going to be a fun, busy, creative year ‘round here!!