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A snippet of my bulletin board at work. Kind of loving this little sketch.

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Blast from the Past

During some Spring cleaning I discovered this sketchbook from college. If my memory serves correctly, I found this book. The first few pages have the barely legible writing of someone at odds with a situation and a broken heart. I chose to flip the book over and begin sketching from the other side. Here is a sketch of a lamp with a scarf tied around it, circa 2006. I look back and wonder what happened to this artist? We are one and the same, and yet I struggle to recognize her. This drawing is nothing like my style today, which feels rushed and chaotic. I miss this version of me I think. I wonder if she is tucked away somewhere.

Self-Portrait

I am working on a self-portrait with the intent to enter a contest with Jerry’s Artarama, and of course, to improve my abability to draw faces. I always seem to have trouble making the face look like the reference. This is myself drawn in a basic pencil in my sketchbook. As you can see, I left my original mistakes present, choosing not to erase the first incorrect placements of the nose. The reference photo is of me in a low pushup hold. Fitness is my other passion.

Breaking in the new sketchbook

New year means a new sketchbook, right? Not that I need an excuse. Spent a little while today sketching what I saw outside my window using a Micron 08 black pen. The Micron seems to be my go to for ink. I haven’t found anything comparable in my price range. The sketchbook is a $5 steal from Five Below. It is about 9×12 with a black hard cover, spiral bound on top, and the paper is a medium weight and smooth, which works for my method of sketching in ink. My goal for 2017 is to sketch everyday, no matter how small the sketch is. Even a doodle will suffice. I would like to fill this book over the next 365 days. What is your art resolution for 2017?

Fun in the Sun

I finally found ten minutes of (relatively) uninterrupted time to lounge in the shade and sketch some summer fun. Here I drew my one son with his water squirter. He’s standing in the former turtle sandbox made water hole, placed beneath our slide. As you can imagine, the slide and splash action was quite fun.

I used a Micron black ink pen in size 03 with Faber-Castell PITT artist pens (their landscape series) in my moleskin sketchbook. 

Quick City Sketch

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Here’s a sketch from the window view of a local library. Done in ballpoint ink and an H graphite pencil in my moleskin sketch book.

Old-school

Here is a painting that I unearthed from my college days, circa 2002. Done in acrylics on a paper called folio, this is my dorm room scene from the vantage point of my desk. I attended Pratt Institute, the first two years being at it’s satellite campus in Utica, NY. The first two years were the best college experience I could have asked for. The professors were amazing, and I even held onto a couple of friendships all this time. I guess that’s what I see when I view this painting.  Enjoy!

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Stacked (WIP)

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Good morning! Started a little drawing this morning while fending off the kiddos. This was done in my moleskin sketchbook with Micron 03 black ink pen. The reference photo was from stockphotos.com. I’m not sure how I will finish it, either in all ink or with colored pencil?

I’m actually surprised at how well it came out considering the boys were bouncing all around on the couch next to me.  Can you say frustrating?  Of course, I guess I’m the silly one for not getting up and moving to a more “stable” location to draw.

PB&J Painting

Here is an older painting done in oils on canvas board.  It’s 4×6, and was done last year in 2015.  It’s been staring at me as a constant reminder of my tug of war with painting.  Most days I consider myself a horrible painter, and then when I finally paint, I’m reminded that I’m not really all that bad.  Enjoy this little treasure that I look at everyday.

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Binder Clip

Today I took about 20-30 minutes of completely interrupted time to draw this binder clip.  I think that I was stopped every 2 minutes.  I’m quite fond of the results actually!  This was done in my moleskin sketchbook with a  02 Micron black pen.

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Binder Clip, ink, 2016

I used Sue Bleiweiss’ The Sketchbook Challenge to prompt this drawing.  She has a chapter devoted to drawing the inanimate object, or tools we use daily, as inspiration for sketching.  In fact this particular chapter is what grabbed my attention when I saw this book at the library.  I will most likely use another chapter from her book as inspiration in my next drawing.  Current rating of the book: B, best for mixed media artists looking for creative daily inspiration.  More for the “crafty artist” than a traditional fine artist.