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January 22, 2019

Random Sketchbook Pages

We gave 4 of our grandchildren new art supplies for Christmas.  Each of them enjoys drawing and painting and I put together a set of NeocolorII watercolor crayons, Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils, a Pelikan opaque paint set, two waterbrushes, and drawing and painting sketchbooks.   These all fit in a plastic Art Bin so they can keep all their own supplies together in their room.

I spent several mornings with them making sure they knew how to use the sets. While they drew and painted, I sketched and painted with them and then forgot that I had these two pages in my sketchbook.   

Cornelius Wishspinner:   Cornelius is also known as the Sandman according to the legend that came with the pattern.  This is a sculpture I made more than 30 years ago.  It is about 8 " tall and is brought out every Christmas for our fireplace mantle.  The clothes are all made of fabrics.  He has a pack of toys on his shoulder and a leather pouch around his waste.

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After artist Giorgio Morandi:  I grabbed some jars and bottles from one of our dining room shelves and painted them, thinking about Morandi.

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January 18, 2019

Art After Breakfast: Early January 2019

I am not doing as much drawing this month while I catch up with sewing projects.  But it is easy to do my quick gesture morning figure drawings, and I collaged another group of drawings, sketched on paper, into my sketchbook.  I usually try to do more drawing and painting each week, but volunteer activities and some hibernation due to cold weather and sewing makes these quick figure drawings perfect when time is limited. 

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January 15, 2019

C Street Washington DC

We took our Granddaughter back to Washington DC on New Year's day and spent two days there as the Government shutdown spread to the Museums - our usual happy places when we visit.  But my favorite place is Capitol Hills Books, a used bookstore across from Eastern Market in Capitol Hill.  I've sketched/painted it once from the front, and this time sketched the 3 buildings on that side of C Street.  It takes me several hours to pick out books, and I never return to NYC with fewer than 4.

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C Street Banner design and there was one on every lamppost on one block.  I keep a separate sketchbook for my DC grandchildren, which I started when our first DC grandchild was born.  I am now on Sketchbook #2 and this was the page I did for this trip. 

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January 11, 2019

Threads, Not Paper, This Week

I have multiple creative passions and I decided that this month I was going to enjoy sewing things that were on my "To Do List" for too long.  I still did quick daily drawings after breakfast, but when I came home from my morning volunteer sessions, I dedicated myself to my sewing machine.  

Sewing was my first real passion and I made clothes for myself and my children, with household and gift items beginning in my high school days.  In 1980 I started quilting and fell in love with hand stitching patchwork, applique, and the final quilting.  After many hours at work, I loved the slow pace of stitching in the evenings.  I even carried around a small plastic bag with fabric pieces, needle, thread and scissors and made a lap size scrap quilt for myself while watching my childrens' competitive swim practices.  This is my favorite of many quilts because of the hours spent hand quilting it, and my husband insisted that we hang it in our apartment.  I have a "Threads" category on my blog for the occasional textile entries.

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So far this week I made 5 pillows.  The middle one was made from a piece of Mario Fortuny fabric purchased in Venice during our 50th wedding anniversary visit there.  Twenty five years earlier I bought another Fortuny fabric in Venice and wanted another pillow to remember our visits.  

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I also finally made a quilted piece for our dining room table with 3 small pieces of aboriginal fabric that my friend Bunny brought back for us from her trip to Australia and New Zealand.  I loved how they looked cut and reassembled, and just did simple machine quilting on the seamlines. 

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January 8, 2019

December 2018 Art After Breakfast

More of my "after breakfast" line of action drawings.  My models are photo images from The Human Form in Action and Repose by Phil Brodatz and Dori Watson (1966).  I use one-quarter of a page of scrap copy paper, draw a quick line of the gesture/action in pencil, and then draw the full figure with ink and a gel pen.  I cut out the painted figures and collage them in my sketchbook.  The pencil lines are visible in the closeups in the final two images. 

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Left Page of Spread

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Right Page of Spread

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