A Chicken and a Duck

FINALLY had a free night, to myself, no kids running through, no dog, no husband.  So what did I do?  Caught up on something I’ve been dreading, starting a Christmas gift (which was admittedly, my own idea).  I had decided last year that I was going to make a triptych of two chickens and a duck for my step-mom (she has chickens and ducks).  Small paintings, I told myself.  Mind you, I have never been a confident painter.  I am the type of artist that seeks immediate satisfaction or at times, I give up.  This is probably due to the fact that I am a mother, and my “spare” time is slim.  That said, it has to be right the first time, because who knows when I’ll get a second time.

So, I got to it, and I have to say, I’m sort of proud.  I only got two of the three done, but I love them.  So here is Duck and Mad Chicken, in acrylic, on masonite panel (about 4.5×4.5 square).  Enjoy!

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Man on the train

I recently went to NYC on the Amtrak train to help my boss set up his new Hi-Fi showroom.  On the way there, this business man snoozed in the seat across the aisle, and I couldn’t resist sketching him.  He hardly moved at all, so it was pretty easy to draw him, but I still worked quickly just in case he jolted awake.  His likeness has been captured in Micron pen in my moleskin sketchbook.  I hope you like him as much as I do.

man on train 11-10-15

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Screw it…

Okay so the pun is overused, BUT, I have been trying to finish this tiny little drawing for months, and still have not finished it.  This is drawn using a basic Ticonderoga pencil in my moleskin sketchbook (it’s about 5×7-ish).  This actually is a large carriage bolt, not a screw, but I just couldn’t resist the title.  I am attempting to render it in a realistic fashion, if I ever get the time and patience (and focus) to do so.

drawing of a carriage bolt

drawing of a carriage bolt

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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.

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Camping Sketch: Water Bottle

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

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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.


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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

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