Crusher

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This is a sketch called Crusher, done with a basic #2 pencil in my moleskin sketchbook, of one of my boys’ favorite toys.  There are obvious flaws, but I just went with it since I had a rare amount of time where my boys were entertained and busy and weren’t interrupting me for this and that. Actually the part I love the most is the foremost wheel on the right side.  I’m not sure why.  I’ve always enjoyed circular forms, and explored them quite a bit in my undergraduate art program.

I started this with a prompt from a book I picked up from the library, titled The Sketchbook Challenge by Sue Bleiweiss.  I sort of intended on picking up books here and there and experimenting with them, starting a thread on my blog reviewing the book.  The first prompt was to draw circles, or look for circles around you for inspiration.  Can you find the circles in this sketch?  The book itself I feel is less for the schooled artist, and more for those who enjoy it as a hobby and form of craft over fine art.  That’s just my thoughts so far.  I will attempt a few more prompts from the book before divulging a formal review.

Just a Peak

Sorry for the belatedness in posting. I’m going to blame it all on the holidays. Here’s a small sketch of a my office drawer open a few inches. I don’t feel that it’s finished just yet, but haven’t has a moment to revisit. It was impromptu using a pocket sketchbook I keep in my handbag, along with a Micron black pen. Happy 2016!

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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!

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.

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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

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.