Saturday, January 24, 2015

Pen and Ink Drawings

I mentioned in my last post that I try to work on art every day, even if only for an hour. I did some pencil sketches but I've also done some pen & ink sketches, of which these are a few.

I use mostly Pitt pens in size XS and S with some accents in size B, and a few touches with white gel pens. As you may have seen from a post earlier this week, I liked the pig walker enough that I later did a small watercolor that was similar. Click on any of these images for a closer view.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Pencil Sketches

I have been trying to draw or paint every day this year, if only for a few minutes. I've managed it probably 90% of days so far. Tbese are a few sketches done with mechanical pencil. The 1st one has some watercolor and gel pen over top.

The quotes are:
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
--Leonard Cohen

“Solitude is the soil in which genius is planted, creativity grows, and legends bloom; faith in oneself is the rain that cultivates a hero to endure the storm, and bare the genesis of a new world, a new forest.”
― Mike Norton

The last one says "things which enclose me" which is a reference to an EE Cummings poem, though not a direct quote.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Schnauzer Portrait

For Christmas my mother requested a painting of their beloved rescue Schnauzer, Taser. (He came with the name. I am not sure he answers to it unless there is food involved but he likes people paying attention to him.) He's 16 now. They have had him since he was 3. I painted him looking a bit more like his younger self. The last time he got groomed my mother had the groomer cut off his little beard - he's not such a tidy eater any more. Now he has been immortalized in paint.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Upcoming Events & New Monsters!

Hello folks! I hope you had a good holiday. It was really nice to have a few days off work to regroup and think about what art I want to work on for 2015. I've got a few upcoming events to tell you about, too. So without further ado:

1) This Saturday. January 24th I have a piece in a group show featuring the Artists of Ballard Sketch Team at Push Pull Gallery, in Greenwood, Seattle, from 3pm to 7pm.

2) I will be participating in Exterminator City 3, February 21st from 3pm to 7pm, also in Greenwood, Seattle. Exterminator City is an independent comic artist event, and I will have a new zine premiering there, Stories and Dreams #2. Unless I change the name between now and then, I am still working on it.

3) I will have work(s) in another group show at Push / Pull gallery in Greenwood, Seattle, in March, more information on that will be forthcoming. This show will feature women artists.

4) I will also have a solo show at Miro Tea Shop in Ballard, Seattle, in March 2015. Artwalk is 2nd Saturday. I will post more info on that soon!

& I have some new stuff in my Etsy Shop.

Here are a couple of peeks at things I have been working on recently...

Friday, November 28, 2014

Orange Friday and Keeper of Mystery

How about if instead of braving the masses you stay at home in your PJs eating leftover pie and doing a little shopping on Etsy? Support independent artists!

Now through Nov 30th use coupon code THANKYOU to save 20% in my etsy shop!

This is my latest mini monster, The Keeper of Mystery.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Mini Monsters

In time for the holidays I have added some more mini paintings to my Etsy shop. I call them monsters... I suppose some of them are more creatures, or imps, or some sort of Forest Creature. They are not scary monsters, I don't really do scary art! Most of these are around 2x3 or 3x3" or so and they all come with the frames shown. You can see them in my Etsy Shop.

And here is a peek at a few of them:

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Snippits and Monsters

I want to share a few snippits from Ray Bradbury that have amused me. These are from Zen in the Art of Writing, published in 1994. It is a collection of essays written at various times over his career.

"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you" -- I think this can apply to any creative endeavor.

"I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows, or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room."

"Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don't they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers."

I am not done with the book yet. I will probably have some more snippits to share. I find the very best books on writing could probably equally well apply to drawing or painting - okay, maybe not Elements of Style, but certainly Bird by Bird and Writing Down the Bones.

Here are some more of my imaginary lands, inhabited by imaginary creatures, places I hope to visit one day.

In other news, I have added a few new listings to my Etsy Shop this weekend, just in time for holiday shopping.