Sunday, June 27, 2010


Here's some more sketches from my year of drawing... um, thing? Series? Whatever.

Day 5

I had this dream about a teeny tiny butler's pantry with vividly green cabinetry, dramatic Art Nouveau-ish flourishes, and gilt details all over. This is just a vague sketch of it, just to capture the flavor. I don't have the patience to draw all the teeny details. I don't like drawing details, but I love looking at photos and paintings with lots of details. Go figure.

Day 6

Day 7

Pen and ink in the sketchbook. Actually, these are all in my sketchbook.

Day 8

This summer has been so hot and muggy so far---no fun at all. Day before yesterday was a nice respite, though: high of 85 and so dry that it felt like early fall. After work Ricky and I and the kids walked down to the park and played before dinner and it was just so pleasant to be out and moving around without feeling as if someone has wrapped you in a smothering hot wet woolen blanket. Bleagh.

We'll be taking our yearly trips to Texas and California later this summer and it's going to be so good to have a change of scenery. Ian's first plane trips, oh boy! Esther was 9 months old on her first plane ride and screamed her head off pretty much the entire time. I've learned a trick or two about flying with babies since then.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

More Sketches

It's funny that it seems like such a big deal to me to just draw for a few minutes every day, but my days are so full now with everything else, that it's all I can do to manage these. But it makes me feel good, like I'm making an effort to do something beneficial for myself.

Day 2

No, not a drawing, but it IS a sketch. I was watching footage of the Flagstaff wildfire on the news and they showed a brief clip of cars on the highway, with a brilliantly green field and fiery clouds of smoke beyond. The colors were so violent and saturated I grabbed one of my aceo blanks and did a quick 60 second watercolor sketch.

Day 3

This is ballpoint pen in my sketchbook--she's really pretty large, about 14 inches tall. She loses something shrunk down this small...

Day 4

And this is just pencil in the sketchbook; an apprehensive girl with slightly bowed legs, wondering whether or not to leave the yard.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

365 Drawings

I've decided that even though I don't have much painting time, I CAN do some drawing here and there. So I'm going to try to do a drawing a day for a year. It might just be a thumbnail or a messy sketch, but I'll try my best. I may not be able to post them daily, but I'm hoping for at least once a week updates. So here's today's sketch!

Day 1

It's a pencil drawing in one of my big old sketchbooks. She's holding a terrarium filled with magical things, because I would LOVE to have a terrarium filled with magic stuff!

I swear it took almost as long to scan and upload the dumb thing as it did to draw it.