Thursday, December 31, 2009
Children's Fairyland, Oakland Taken with Nikon D40 March 30, 2009
I can't say you have been all that good to me. In fact maybe a little too harsh. We did have a lot of good times, eh? But all-in-all, I think we need to come to an end. Sorry to have to do it this way.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
I ramped up my blogging in October when I began the Everyday Matters challenges which led to other challenges and online workshops.
I began the blog and the year with continuing my addition to sock knitting. Though I have slowed down with my knitting considerably I did finish 42 projects. Not bad as only four projects were completed in the last four months.
Belly Dancing and the troupe I belong to, Rising Stars, are still important to me. We had our last performance of the year for a private party at the Falkirk Mansion. We danced in the main parlor. It was different and very fun. I like to perform for people who are not familiar with belly dance.
Mostly my focus has been to regain my actual drawing and painting skills. I was looking over the pieces I created this year. For several years I have been using a distress, vintage look. My color palette primarily was in the brown, orange and yellow range.
6 in x 8 in Canvas panel, acrylic and clip art
Around April I started painted more acrylic backgrounds using muted shades of pink, green and blue. Around July I began to get more in to various painting backgrounds.
9 in x 12 in Canson 90 lbs watercolor paper, acrylic, scrapbook papers
My color palette became much brighter as I started using heavy body acrylics and oil pastels.
8 in x 5.5 in Canson 90 lbs watercolor paper, acrylic and Sharpie Poster Paints
I had a few false starts with art journaling as the books/journals I was using or creating just wasn't work.
In the last two weeks I found I needed a larger sketchbook (9 in x 12 in), a smaller sketchbook (6 in x 6 in), and a journal (purchased several years ago, forgotten and unused). The sketchbooks allow me to work on sketches in pencil, pen and ink as well as acrylic paint. The journal is now for my everyday lists (grocery, errands), lists of books I want to read, quotes I like, doodle pad, remainder calendar and ephemera/articles I want to keep.
Bottom - 9 in x 12 in Canson 90 lbs watercolor sketchbook, Middle - Nick Bantock Journal, Top- 6 in x 6 in Canson Sketchbook
Left - Large sketchbook, Center - Nick Bantock Journal, Right - Small Sketchbook
Friday, December 25, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Last night I was up late again (very late, very very late) working on holiday and gift cards. I always try to make these cards. I don't measure just do. I created a fairly simple method to customize envelope to any card size (I have to post a video).
Only have to address the envelopes and create the greetings in the cards - (gift cards are done inside). Only three days to Christmas Eve - no problem. Oops still have to wrap gifts and buy one.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
9 in x 12 in Canson 90 lbs watercolor paper, brewed coffee grounds, PITT Pen #175 Dark Sepia
I painted a piece of watercolor paper using the brewed grounds of a French Roast (either Peet's or Starbuck's). I simply took the grounds from the strainer and put them in a paper towel and "painted" the surface of the water color paper. I let it dry a few minutes and then dropped half of the grounds on the paper. I let it dry then wiped the grounds off using a paper towel until no grains of the coffee grounds were left. This made some interesting patterns similar to using salt on watercolor.
I hadn't done cross-hatching in a very long time. I still need practice.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
6 in x 6 in Canson 65 lb sketchbook paper, Stabilo Woody, Graphite Pencil
Friday, December 18, 2009
Earlier in the year a new company took over this shopping center. With the intent to drive in more business, they are working on some renovations. Oddly enough their vision is pretty darn similar to the original one that was there in the late 70s and early 80s when they tore down the original Hutchinson's Rock Quarry. The final scene from Dirty Harry was filmed here.
However, I was quite dismayed when we went for a coffee break to see some men demolishing the fountain. I love the fountain. I think they are going to put a children's play area there.
To commemorate the occasion, I sketched this (with my new watercolor graphite pencil):
DH took over and sketched this.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
6in x 12in Canson 90lbs watercolor paper, PITT pen, Copic marker, Cretacolor Graphit Aquarell and Aqua Monolith
Another submission for December 2009 Virtual Paintout.
Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juarez, Terminal 2, Puerta 3. And yes, the Google Map people went inside the terminals. I used Cretacolor Graphit Aquarell and Aqua Monolith for the first time. I previously had not used a Copic marker in a drawing. I wanted a bright color for the taxis as I planned the rest of the drawing to be in gray. The Cretacolors and Copic were an experiment I extremely happy with.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I normally don't have more than one work in process with my knitting. The multi-color yarn at left was a last minute purchase to make yet another of Brooklyn Tweed's Noro scarf. A possible last minute gift. I like to have some knitted items on hand just in case. For this project I am using Malabrigo in Novembre and Cinnamon. The striping is much more subtle. The middle project has been on the needles since the beginning of September. A bit of a love-hate relationship. Loved the yarn (Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool #53), but the pattern, despite beginning very easy, got to me. Hence the hate portion. Will finish knitting it tonight as I only have five garter stitch rows and a bind off row left. The third project(right) is Dreams in Color Classy in Cool Fire. Love the color, love the pattern.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
9 in x 12 in Canson 90lbs Cold Press Watercolor paper. Various pieces from magazines. Sharpie Poster Paint, Portfolio Pastels
Submission for this week's Mixed Media Monday.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
The second of my submissions for Monthly Sketch Project. The picture was provided by Martine. The link to her website is just for her sketch of this water feature, but please check out the rest of her blog. She does some amazing work.
Off to Papa's Taverna's to perform tonight in this year's Christmas show. This is my favorite show to perform in. Muddy parking lot (and it is raining hard today), dressing rooms in the upstairs seating with a view of the kitchen, low ceiling, big Christmas ornaments that we always manage to hit and the dip in the floor next to the stage. Love it.
Solo at last year's Christmas show.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
After Belfast and Nova Scotia as monthly subjects for Virtual Paintout, similar in landscape and had lovely windswept vistas, Mexico City was a nice change. I found colorful building everywhere and some surprising modern architecture. One of the first locations I visited with Google maps was the Mercado de Plantas y Flores or the Flower Market. Buildings and stalls filled with merchandise and plants all in vibrant colors. It was difficult to choose a location to paint. So much color and so much merchandise it would take weeks to complete the details. I decided to draw the building roof structure with more detail and very loosely paint the stalls and merchandise.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
This week's submission to Mixed Media Monday.
Immediately upon seeing this week's challenge topic I did pencil sketch in about two minutes in my 5 in x 5 in Canson sketchbook. I then gessoed some 9in x 12in watercolor paper and painted it with some lovely creepy green acrylic wash I created. I pulled out a bunch of papers to make paper collage quilt, pillow and window/night sky.
Then I got artist's block.
Then I hurt my arm.
Wanting to get the collage done, I decided to ink and watercolor in the original sketch. The lines on the window aren't straight - arm still hurts just enough .
Only it didn't look dark enough, plus it wasn't mixed media enough (though I think technically ink and watercolor are mixed media).
I found a sheet of woven scrapbook paper. So I just put it under the ink/watercolor sketch in the scanner:
Pattern from Mark Thrailkill
Leftover bits of Brown Sheep Yarn Lamb's Pride in Silver and Black. Originally intended for DH who is an Oakland Raiders fan but he decided he doesn't like hats.
Lamb's Pride has been one of my favorite yarns to use for many years. Brown Sheep still makes it and doesn't discontinue it. I have had so many favorite yarns disappear (Ballybrae, please come back).
As for DH, he asked for this hat. It will get cold enough for him to wear it. Or maybe it's the Raiders colors he doesn't want to wear - really 3-8 (as of this writing).
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monthly Sketch Project
Photo credit: chrissymaries.blogspot.com/
Monday, November 30, 2009
I was attempting to fill the space with the smoke from the flame. Yes, smoke usually goes up, but with my test strike the smoke went sideways while the flame remained upright. I thought it would work. The whole time I was sketching this the song "The Flame" by Cheap Trick kept going thru my mind.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Down the street from where I live there is the wonderful oak tree. The original developer of the area, Niels Schultz, wanted to keep the integity of the oak trees in the area with all of the building he with the property. Recently one of its sister oak trees had to be cut down.
I couldn't do this tree justice as it is so gorgeous. I only had a short time today to capture this sketch and ran out of water in my Niji water pen before I finished.
Here is the Google Map picture of the tree (center):