Random Sketches of Happiness

lantern and book

This sketch is a little old, but was done from the first camping trip back in July.  On our picnic table was the usual camping items… lantern, citronella candle, a book, other random doo-dads that you need, but didn’t need just then.  I had the brief opportunity to draw, and for once, liked where it was going.  Obviously I didn’t finish, and never got a chance to get back to this sketch.  There is a lot of rendering undone, and coloring that needs to be added, so I think we’ll call this one a WIP (i.e. work in progress.  This was done as usual, Micron black pen in my moleskin sketchbook.

Camping Sketch: Water Bottle

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Here is a sketch I did this past weekend while camping with my family.  By some chance I actually had time to sketch twice (a miracle, believe me!).  I enjoyed sketching this bottle, and would have liked to have completed the scene.  The bottle was placed at the end of our picnic table among an identical bottle, and several other items (bug spray, sunscreen, etc).  But, alas, time is short with twin three year old boys, so I stuck to the single bottle.  This was drawn with a Micron 03 black ink in my Moleskin sketchbook, about 5×7, a little longer I think.  Enjoy!

bottle 8-29-15

Portrait in Plaid

Here is a pencil portrait from a photograph of my son.  It looks nothing like my son, naturally.  However, I was pleased with the results for the most part.  Done in my moleskin sketchbook with a basic Ticonderoga #2 pencil.  For the life of me I couldn’t get the nose right.  I’m just amazed that I had 20 minutes or so to work on a sketch today.  My boys are particularly lazy today, maybe due to the 90+ degree weather outside.  Enjoy.


Umbrella Girl

This is a quick drawing from an old photograph of a girl with an umbrella walking down Avenue of Americas in NYC.  This is done in a tiny 3×5 Strathmore sketchbook with a black #5 Micron pen.

umbrella girl

ADK Chair

child chair

We took our first camping trip of the year last weekend to beautiful Woodford, Vermont.  I (attempted) to draw (between interruptions from twin crazy boys) one of my child’s Adirondack Chairs.  It’s a little messed up, but I don’t care.  I often like smallish mistakes in drawings.  One more addition to the Moleskin sketchbook, done with Micron black ink pens in a #5.  Never mind the bizarre “rock” formation to the right…

Old Blue

This car has a history, a short one.  When my husband was in the military, he found this car in some Northwestern state and bought it.  He drove it all the way across country to his mom as a gift.  This was at least two decades ago, and sadly, his mom never drove it or used it, and so it sits.  We’ve had people offer to take it off of her hands, but she refuses.  Odd, right?  It’s a robin’s egg blue color and is starting to rust pretty good.  It would probably be an easy fix up for someone who has the love for it.  Sad.  I’ve photographed it many times, and drawn it a couple as well.  Here it is in my moleskin sketchbook, first done in pencil, then in Micron black pen.  Enjoy.

old car 7:15

By the Beach

Here is a quick sketch I did last week while my boys were playing on the beach.  This little boy was drinking from the coveted juice box while standing in the water.  He moved quickly, so this was a little challenging to capture him.  It was a really hot and sunny day, and the beach was packed, which is to say stuffed since our beach is uber tiny.  This sketch was done in my moleskin sketchbook with a Micron #3 black ink pen.  Enjoy!

boy on beach 7:2015

Random Portraits to Pass the Time

I recently took a leap of faith and left a job I’ve had for the past eleven years for a new one.  A totally different, hopefully more rewarding, job working with people with disabilities.  A far cry from retail, I know.  To the point of this post… I had the opportunity to sketch a little during the week long orientation.  I know I started a quest for 365 portraits awhile back, which i admit failed miserably, but there wasn’t much to sketch in the room we were in except people, so I went for it.  These couple of sketches were done with ballpoint ink in a tiny little sketchbook I only recently rediscovered in my workshop, and have thus started carrying it around in my handbag.  I guess it finally came in handy.  Enjoy.

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Portraits… of the furry kind

Just thought I would share some of the portraits that I have done in the past.  I’ve gotten some crazy requests actually, hence the new header image of Bella, a custom portrait done for a friend of mine’s previous employer.

bella dog cp

I’ve also done another of Chase for a friend at a local gallery.  I have to say that this is by far my favorite.

candice dog cp

Then there is Grace, another custom portrait done in the realist style.  All of these portraits are done in Prismacolor colored pencils on Strathmore Bristole board.  I think I enjoy doing the zany ones a bit more than the realistic, only because there is more freedom with color and design.  (p.s. I also do cats)

gracie portrait cp