Let In Some Light

Last Friday evening, I was pleased to show some of my work in a local First Friday festivity.  One of the most popular pieces which was quickly purchased by one of my most faithful patrons was a work in charcoal.  I had created the piece with a technique I’ve loved since college which involves taping off the paper or canvas, filling the entire area with as much charcoal as you can manage and then working with a trusty kneaded eraser to pull away the charcoal and reveal an image.  In the end, you have an image created by an eager...

Number 5

Sketching over evening cabernet tonight and I thought this one was worth a post.  There have been so many wonderful compliments and thoughts shared not only on the blog but through the shop and over email.  You have all been so very kind and generous.  To an artist trying to find her voice again, your words of encouragement have been very dear to me over the last few months and I thank you.  Of all the pieces I’ve shared, there has been no greater response than to the crouching woman I posted last week.  She has brought more questions than...

Garden Visitor

I‘m up bright and early this morning with a quiet house and no sign of the sun yet.  Everyone is still asleep including my usual morning companions Dudley and Lola.  The coffee is extra strong but I’ve cut back on the sugar and truth be told, it was that magical third scoop that I loved the most. I am thankful for the quiet.  This house and my schedule have both been buzzing with activity lately and the peacefulness of 5:30am is a welcome change. Autumn is one of my favorite times of year despite there being a mad rush around...

Unfinished Series of Seven

Finally, I’m back to drawing this morning.  Huge cup of coffee, three sugars and the house is silent.  I suppose my mind and my hands are taking a break from rocket propelled turtles because it seems that I have my unfinished series of seven on the brain.  As mentioned previously with the posting of a self portrait I had completed years and years ago, there were supposed to be eight pieces but only the colorful hair ever saw the light of day.  The other seven have only ever turned into sketches and figures in notebook margins.  I suppose that’s because...

Litte Red Bird Continued

So, where did I leave off?  Oh yes.  The “little bird” part of the Little Red Bird category in the shop dedicated to all creations with Scarlette in mind.  When I was pregnant with Scarlette and looking into different classes and approaches to natural childbirth, hypnobirthing came very highly recommended and so Mark and I took the class.  Before you roll your eyes, it’s not hypnosis but more of a relaxation technique for pain management.  My labor ended up being barely manageable and there was no relaxation to be had but that’s a story for another day.  I would still...

Little Red Bird

If you hadn’t already guessed, Scarlette is the Little Red Bird but I’m certain that you don’t know the reason as only a few people in the world know the whole story.  As I had mentioned in my previous post, one of the categories that I have created in my online shop is titled Little Red Bird and it is dedicated all creations that come about with Scarlette in mind.  What I did not mention is how the name came about and so I have found the most ridiculously oversized cup in the cabinet.  I have coffee in hand and...

Sand In My Toes

I‘m back in town after a few days of rest and relaxation.  The sun and sand have left me still in vacation mode today with loads of laundry and a very confused two year old.  Scarlette is pretty sure that if she’s a good girl she should get to go to the beach today.  “Good girls go beach?  Good girls go rides?,” she says in the sweetest little voice you can imagine.   She has a point.  It’s a good point to which I have a longwinded explanation about Daddy’s limited vacation days and the cost of tickets and beach...

Hello September

After a month of daily sketches, I have to say I’m a bit relaxed this morning with a fabulously strong cup of coffee, three sugars for extra happiness and no actual timeline for anything.  That being said, I’m ready for another post!   At the urging of my husband Mark, I’ve been dusting off some of my old works from ages and ages ago, in a galaxy far far away, once upon a time.  You get the idea.  Amongst dozens of art class exercises in proportion and scale and color and line, there are a few pieces that might be worth...

Eye Digress

Between the dogs antics, my two year old, a house of horrors, a husband with an unpredictable work schedule and, let’s see, an earthquake and a hurricane, I was certain I wouldn’t make it to sketch 31.  But here we are, the final sketch of the August 2011 series.  Does that countdown actually say 0 sketches?  Unbelievable.  I feel incredibly renewed this morning and a bit exhausted to be honest.  What a lovely sense of accomplishment though, all be it a small accomplishment but a finish line all the same.  So, what’s next?  Well, if you’ve been reading along you...