The next sketch is of a peregrine falcon. I photographed my pencil sketch before painting it because I liked it.
Friday, May 30, 2014
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Monday, May 26, 2014
I just finished a baby quilt for the daughter of my French penpal.
I used the last of my Lily & Will charm squares for it and made a striped binding cut on the bias for it. Here's a close up of the binding.
This is my favorite square.
The pattern is inspired by Jenny Doan's Quilting Quickly class for Craftsy. One down, three more to go this summer!
Friday, May 23, 2014
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Monday, May 19, 2014
This weekend I took a boat cruise to an uninhabited island with some birders. I made a sketch of the Goodspeed Opera House while waiting for the boat to depart.
The island was farmed for many generations and has stone walls all over it. Here was my quick sketch of the foundation of one of the barns.
Friday, May 16, 2014
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Cathy Johnson buys vintage paint boxes and repurposes them as sketch kits. This weekend my great aunt let me have these two beautiful old school watercolor palettes.
Inside, the paint was old and the wells were rusty.
I dumped the paints, painted white gesso over the mixing areas, and added implements I've seen Cathy put in her kits, such as paint pans, pens, mini sponges and erasers, pens and pencils. Some of the paints featured are some Holbein pans I got as a gift in Japan. I need to purchase some empty wells for the other palette.
Next to the kits is a small, perfectly sized screw topped water container I also got from my aunt.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
One artist I met said he drew people in church as a way to keep interested during the service! Here are some people from my great aunt's church.
You can see where the choir moved and I didn't finish one person.
After taking Sketchbook Skool, courses from Cathy Johnson and now reading the wonderful Drawing from Within, I am carrying a sketchbook and drawing people surreptitiously. It helps that I draw quickly and look innocent for the most part.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Here are some photos of what I sketched during a life drawing session this evening.
I tried approaches from Charles Reid's book The Natural Way to Paint, which may be my favorite book on life drawing and painting.
Here is a portrait, my last painting of the evening.
Thursday, May 1, 2014
I didn't realize I painted rhyming subjects until I titled this post. Here is a goat I drew from an old photo.
I went to Storm King Art Center last weekend and loved the boat by Roy Lichenstein. It was crewed by the New Zealand team in a race. I liked it so much I included it in a letter to friends.
Storm King is great! You can also see the chop I had made with my name in Chinese.