I nearly lost my book of treasures when I moved a few months back! Luckily we are together again and since it is so hot and icky outside in the Phoenix sun, it’s the perfect time of year to catch up on drawing some of my favorite tiny treasures.
Now if only I knew of a way to get a book this teeny to stay open when I open it…. It can be a little challenging to draw and write in this book and it is really challenging to photograph or scan. Still, totally worth it to have a little sketchbook small enough to actually carry in my wallet!!
Gave up my pens for a day to paint my garlic roaster and a couple of cloves of garlic I had.
It is about 4×6 and I think I will hang it up in the kitchen, to remind me to roast garlic more often! It made me so hungry painting this just before lunch yesterday…
I am host to some foster kittens who’s feral mother kindly brought them to my back patio to take care of. All. Six. Of them! (Thanks, Casper!)
This is in addition to the two kittens I just fostered and re-homed, and the half-dead one my husband found in the garage and nursed back to life, so I have been up to my eyeballs in cuteness (and litter!!) these days.
In between feedings I am trying to capture them all in my sketchbook. They don’t hold still much, so I drew these from photos I took of them.
Cute little buggers, aren’t they?
This sweet pair was relaxing at the zoo earlier this year when I visited.
I’ve been taking a lot of photos lately and using those for my drawing and painting references. I am really loving the process of it, I have read that photography can better your painting and painting can better your photography so I hope that’s true! I still have a lot to learn about my camera though, and it has been a challenge to photograph animals, especially the ones I have running around the house. Kittens! They move so fast, it’s hard to keep them in focus, and no matter how many times I read about apertures and f-stops, I still get confused…
These are mini mixed media paintings for an artist trading cards swap I’m doing right now with a Southwest folk art theme.
Please excuse my dining room photography. Ever since I moved a few months ago, the connection to my scanner has been iffy and it’s been a little tougher to post my artwork, so I’ll be working on my art photography skills a bit since I’d almost always prefer to have my hands on a camera than on a scanner!
It’s been awhile since I posted here and I really hope to get into the habit once again. I’ve been keeping very busy in my sketchbook and I’m starting to work on a few more ambitious (aka bigger!) pieces in addition to the small ATC size works I’ve been doing.
I’m also writing again and I’m excited to say that an essay I wrote will be published in an upcoming anthology, so stay tuned for more info on that later this year.
Perfectly themed Artist Trading Card swap for me to join now, as I’m collecting a wall of Mexican and Central American inspired artwork, so I am looking to do artwork trades on this theme to help fill my mini gallery.
I used art markers, watercolor paints and watercolor pencils on these 2.5″x3.5″ cards. I will send them off to trade this week and await for my swap returns next month, can’t wait to see what I get!
I thought these gourds would be perfect practice to try to learn more about my watercolors, and it was getting time to decorate for Christmas, so I had to get them out of the way.
These were done with a limited pallet of colors of different brands, I inherited a lovely box of lightly-used artist quality watercolor paint tubes from my mom’s many art classes, so I got to pick & choose.
I took a some pix in progress while I played with the paint:
I erased some pencil after this to lighten it all, probably more erasing than is healthy for the paper but the initial drawing to me is the scariest/most important part.
Took a break to let it dry here, now I wished I had a larger brush when I painted this so I bought a #10 round yesterday but haven’t got to use it yet.
Then things got chaotic around the house & I came back about a week later to finish it.
I had to move everything because I had guests over in the meantime, so I may have set it up a little off the second time, I’m a bit unhappy with how the gourds come together in the center.
But I did like playing with the paints and I feel like I learned a lot doing this exercise!
This sketchbook is so much fun to work in, especially when I’m busy with work and other general life busy-ness, it is a lot of fun to be able to come in and do one tiny art project to help me relax.
It’s also kind of fun to collect all my “tiny treasures” in this journal – I have always loved to collect small things ever since I was little and used to collect miniatures with my grandma. Here I have a picture frame and mirror about an 2″ high, teeny potted cacti, a 6″ elephant figurine, and a little birdie pendant made by a jewelry artist working at Cactus Joe’s, an awesome little cactus nursery outside Las Vegas.
Last weekend I was excited to take a charcoal drawing class from my old friend Steve Plichta, an artist I worked with years ago in Chicago at my first “real job” after college. It was a 6 hour workshop, almost all the time spent drawing, and I created this portrait of the newest addition to my family, my sweet tomcat 3-PO.
I have quite a few sets of charcoal and other soft drawing mediums that I’ve collected over the years but I’ve always been a little intimidated by these “messy” tools, afraid of smearing them and unsure how to work with them. I felt really clueless getting started and had to borrow a bunch of materials because I just didn’t know what to use with charcoal, but he gave me a lot of help in class. The workshop put me at ease and gave me a lot of great tips, now I want to get out and add more tools to my collection so I can try to do this stuff at home too.
I am absolutely in love with Day of the Dead stuff. I love this holiday, the bright colors, goofy skeletons, celebratory sentiment…I love the whole idea of it and often wish I grew up celebrating this day, even if just for the food!
I did these cards a couple months back but I had to post them today, my own white-person way of celebrating this holiday I suppose…
I am starting to get a nice collection of Mexican and Central American folk art, including stuff I’ve bought over the years, some of my own art, and artist trading cards I’ve gotten in swaps. In fact I decided to go ahead and gather it all together to decorate a wall in my house recently, so I’ve been looking to do lots of art projects and swaps like this to fill the space and get a huge collage of the stuff on my wall. It’s starting to look like a cantina in here!