Saturday, April 26, 2014

Line drawing of my niece

My nieces likes to watch PBS on her iPad. Thank goodness for things that keep kids still while I draw them. Glad she likes PBS - she will fit in with the rest of us.
She seems to sit in yoga positions- I think it's good to get an early start on pigeon!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

St Mary's church

Inspired by the movement to document urban landscapes, I sketched this church and Dominican friary.

Sunday, April 20, 2014


Here is a sketch before I get back on the road to go home.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Stockbridge Bowl

Here is a landscape from today showing the Berkshires.

These are some of the birds I saw yesterday in my aunt's yard.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Grid journal

Recently I've been taking Cathy Johnson's art journaling workshop. She talks about different ideas for spreads, and one that particularly appealed to me was making a grid.  Here's my grid for today:
For Sketchbook Skool this week, Koosje Koene had us draw with color pencils. I threw in a line drawing, too, for good measure.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Waterfall sketch

One of our homework assignments in Sketchbook School was to get over the fear of drawing in public. I drew this waterfall and braved the crowds and silly comments!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

New York line drawings

Recently I started taking Danny Gregory's wonderful Sketchbook Skool.  If you can get over the somewhat excessive use of "k," it is a great, six-week course taught by different artists. Best of all, you have to post your work online which means this blog will be updated more regularly (she says).

Gregory says to draw everywhere, so I started on the train to New York.  Here is a passenger.
Next I drew a small, historic house wedged in among the brownstones in Gramercy. I was taken with its quaint appearance against the normal urban backdrop of fire escapes, tall buildings and the like.

Finally as I waited for my family to make their way over to the East Village and environs, I sketched St. George's Episcopal church in Stuyvesant Square.  We had attended service on Christmas Eve here many years ago, and I recall being surprised when there was a German Shepherd in the live nativity.
It's a gorgeous church, as is the other church in the parish, Calvary Church on Park Avenus South.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Quilt frenzy

This week I am finishing a quilt commission that I wrote about in February, and visited my local quilt shop to get some ideas -and of course fabric- to get the job done.

Here is the central panel with my appliqué blocks.
This photo shows what will likely happen to the borders, using another embroidered tablecloth.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Last sketch in Guatemala book

This is San Pedro La Laguna on the shore of Lake Atitlan.  I decided to make it my last sketch for the book since we had quite an adventure there.
I also wanted to make sure Atitlan was well represented in my book.  Since we caught the last boat back to Panajachel, it's fitting that it is the center of interest in this sketch.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Argentine Tango Festival

I spent last weekend at an Argentine Tango festival -
Here are my sketches of the dancers: