Saturday, August 20, 2011

Summer Saturday

It's summer, it's a Saturday, here's something fun and bright, a cheerful doodle. Pen, watercolor and watersoluble crayon, 5 1/2" x 8".

Friday, August 19, 2011

Embroidery Thread Duo

Embroidery threads come in hundreds of colors. I pulled these complementary threads out of one of my needlework project boxes, and it was a fun challenge for me to duplicate them in 20 minutes. I have 12 colors of paint in my watercolor set, about half of which I use regularly. But I've been told the combinations of those colors can be nearly infinite - with a lot of patience and practice. Practice: I'm doing, patience: I'm still learning. Pen and watercolor, 5" x 7".

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Painting of Painting

The '90s called and wanted their peach-colored, sponge-painted and ivy-stenciled bathroom walls back, so that left me with no choice but to pick a fresh modern color (a very pale lilac) to replace them with. Much improved! This 20 minute sketch gives you the idea. Pen and watercolor, 5 1/2" x 8".

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A Loved Lovey

It's sweet when kids have toys they love so much to the point of needing repair. Seems like this little bear had been pulled, tugged, and chewed on quite a bit in the course of his "loving." But before I stitched him up, I just had to sketch him for 20 minutes. Pen and watercolor, 5" x 7".

I really enjoy creating and reading journal-style sketches like this. I've been inspired by some new ideas in a couple books and now I can't wait to do more.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

People, Gestures

I draw still lifes and abstracts regularly, but feel the need to work on my figure drawing skills too. The human form is always interesting, both to draw and to look at in art. This 20 minute sketching endeavor aimed to get some different gestures and facial expressions down quickly. I like how this turned out to resemble a gathering of somewhat mischievous sprites that moved too fast for me to capture them in my sketch. Pen, 5" x 7".