Sit Pretty

Prismacolor premier colored pencils on Strathmore Bristol Board and Arteza brush pens, 5×7

Claim Check

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

#passthetime #lovethis #sketch #draw #amuseyourself #stilllife

Thumbnails

Sometimes the presence of a blank page can be daunting as hell. Breaking it up into small “thumbnail” squares somehow makes the task more approachable. It’s also fun to catch just a snippet of what you see inside a little box. It’s quick, it’s satisfying, and it doesn’t need to be perfect. You can cover a lot of ground, fill a lot of squares with a variety of perspectives. Sketch in a square while waiting at the doctor’s, while on hold on the phone, while the dinner cooks. There’s no excuse not to fit in a little drawing a day.

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.

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.

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.

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Still Life Sketch

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So if you want to get technical, this COULD qualify for part of my 365 portraits challenge to myself.  (It could, honest!).  This is really a still life though of my sketchbook on top of a fitness magazine with the box of markers to the right and an empty bowl to the left, all on top of our outdoor patio table.  It was breezy and cool the other day, but my boys just kept begging to go outside.  The sun was shining and they were occupied for the most part, so who am I to say no.

After finishing this, my one son decided to draw repeating “egg” shapes on the opposite page.  I of course was covering up this sketch with my hands while he played.  I’m sure if I turned my head even for a few seconds, this sketch too would be adorned with purple “egg” shapes.