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?

Time Out

Captured one of my little ones still snoozing after a car ride home. He was successfully transfered from car to couch, and is sunken down into his coat. Done with #FaberCastell PITT pen in size B in black in my moleskin sketchbook. 

Chillin’

Today was sort of a lazy day around our house, which does not come often. The sight of my moccasined feet up on our reclined couch? Rare! So I thought I’d sketch while I had the chance. This is done in Micron black ink in my Moleskin sketchbook, roughly 5×8.

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. 

Yellow Eyes

Here is an ink drawing of a cat that is up for adoption with the ASPCA. A local nonprofit asked selected artists to create a portrait of an animal available for adoption. Whomever adopts this gray and white feline will also get a portrait of the same animal. Here I drew the cat in ink, using Micron black pen. I used Prismacolor colored pencils to add color to the eyes. I may add a bit more ink for detail,but overall this piece is done and it needs to get to the gallery to be in display with the other works. Enjoy!

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Summer time

Later, I’ve been a little distracted. My art, yet again, has taken a back seat on this wonderfully unpredictable trip we call life. I don’t often expose my “other” life on my blog, but decided to share with you the reason I am otherwise detained from the creation of art. My twin boys.

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Ah motherhood. A full time gig with unusual rewards and very few thank yous. My little men are 4 years old this year, and eager to be even more hands on than usual. The are at reach other’s throats one minute, and inseparable the next. Now that the weather is nice, we are outside constantly soaking up the rays and the dirt.

In January we made out 2016 Bucket List of things we wanted to do and experience this year. As you can imagine, the list is long, and still growing. I too made a list of my own (admittedly most are solo activities), because life is too short to not experience… Well, life. So, this blog might be on a hiatus, or I might be posting quick sketches and doodles. Who knows. I will be back though, when time allows for new artwork. Maybe on a rainy day. 😉

Cat Nap

I might have been the only mother in the world who just wanted a couple of hours alone on Mother’s Day. My husband took my boys to the playground for an hour or so, and I miraculously created this tiny painting. There’s a Member’s show coming up, and I desperately wanted something new to enter into it.

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So here is Cat Nap, acrylics on Masonite, 4.5″ x 4.5″. I have to finish up the edges, and maybe fix the ear that bugs me, but only if time allows. I will say, an hour alone with the radio and some paints certainly fixed my mood!

Morning Muffin

While kids were still asleep, I opted to squeeze in a sketch as I ate. Here is Morning Muffin, done in plain #2 pencil in my moleskin sketch book. Enjoy! 😊

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Work in Progress “Late Night Snack”

For a long time I have loved to draw cluttered spaces. This is my fridge, drawn in Micron black ink pen on a cheap sketchbook.

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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