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June 9, 2015

Beach Sketchbook - Part 2

We are still at the beach, for the 7th annual beach visit with two other couples.  Our husbands met in 1965, so they are friends of 50 years!  We love early morning beach walks on these wonderful wide, and almost empty beaches (at that hour).  Two of us collect all sorts of things on the beach and we regularly see types of shells, and unknown marine life washed up which generates lots of questions and Google image searches.  Sometimes my friend Sara and I sketch at the beach.  Other times we wait until we're home and paint the landscape.  Here are two beach photos that I love and my 2 most recent landscape "at-home" sketchbook pages.





View From the Sunroom:



View at the End of the Pool: 



June 5, 2015

Vacation at the Beach


These are two of the sketchbook pages that I did since our arrival at the beach. 

We have many little rabbits and one Mom running around the backyard.  I collect shells on the beach, but never saw a sand dollar before today.  Over the years I've taken many photos of the gulls for sketches, but today my friend gave me this great photo that she took for my drawing.




June 2, 2015

Drawings From My Imagination With My Alien

I posted this Fabio Consoli Sketchbook Skool homework assignment previously.  My grandson Zach sketched the blue figure on the right, and then I collaged it in my sketchbook, using it as inspiration to complete a drawing from my imagination - always remembering that this was supposed to be "child's play." 


I liked my little alien and now I draw him all the time in my 100 day project "drawings from my imagination."  Here are a series of quick drawings in which my little alien appears. 














May 29, 2015

Last Drawing Class at Fashion Institute of Technology

Last Class at FIT:  I continued to use a dip pen and ink through the remainder of my class and loved using various dilutions of the India ink as washes.  These are my last two still life drawings and several faces done only with ink from magazine illustrations as inspiration.





Pencil Free Faces Inspired by Magazine Photos:  I almost always do a quick pencil sketch when drawing and use it as a guide for an ink drawing - making corrections as I go.  For these drawings, I ended my class time with very quick, ink only, sketches.



May 25, 2015

Gouache Painting Inspired by Mary Blair

I am participating in Jeanne Oliver's second Studying Under the Masters online course.  Contemporary artists select a master artist and become their apprentice, researching their life, their art, their materials and methods.  They then copy one of their paintings to learn more about their style and use what they learn in a painting of their own.  Mary Blair (1911-1978) was an early 20th Century illustrator who worked for Disney and or was a freelance illustrator who was commissioned by Disney among others.  Parents the world over, will remember her Disneyland "Small World" exhibit.  

I copied one of her gouache paintings and posted it recently.

It took me awhile to finish Part 2 - my painting inspired by the work and style of Mary Blair.  My main goal was to again use gouache for the painting to get more experience with this medium, using bold colors, crisp edges and black outlines.  I chose to work from a photo that I took on New Year's Eve.