Tuesday, September 1, 2015

ink face

Every February, I love, love, love to make faces with Ayala Art and her 29 Faces challenges. For some reason, I never can participate in September.

This is no exception. It’s been very busy at work and I have chores that are nagging at me. I’ll be taking a few days off from blogging…but I’ll be back soon.

I worked on this face over the weekend. You might remember him from February. Same guy, different media. He was a one-liner then. Now he’s a many-liner!

Monday, August 31, 2015


I’ve been forgetting to post my “inchies” at the end of each month.

Every month, I draw a bunch of squares in my sketchbook and give myself a topic.

Sometimes, the little doodles lead to bigger doodles. Sometimes not.

Anyway, here is May, June, July and August.

Friday, August 28, 2015

little princesses

I am making some birthday cards for my nieces. They are all princesses!!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

kid speak!

I made these drawings for my daughter. When she was little, she always called overalls “over y’alls.” It was cute because she wasn’t even a “Southern” girl!!

These two are for my grandson. He always called eyebrows “bi-brows” … which sort of makes sense if you think about it!



Tuesday, August 25, 2015

ink faces

Did a couple more faces over the weekend.

What I like about doodling faces like these is that I never have to sit down to a blank sheet of paper.

Drawings like this take me a couple days to complete. I just start adding ink to a different section of the drawing and keep going.

I don’t like this “face” as well as some of the others. I got the perspective off a bit but I do like some of the patterns going on.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

this week

I finally managed to finish two more drawings for my Joey story. I painted these two at the same time so I could make the colors match on the desks and the walls.

Even though I make notes about colors I mix, they don’t always come out the same.

Browns are hard. Most times I mix Sap Green and Alizarin Crimson. Then I throw in some Quin Gold or maybe a touch of blue. A little of this and that. Pretty soon, I have the perfect shade of brown but I forgot how I made it!

Of course, I could just buy “brown” paint!! But I like to do things the hard way ☺

These two photos are from an assignment we did at Year of the Spark. They are called Threaded Thoughts. I made a list of “things” I do in my studio.

The example we were shown in class was machine stitched together. I have two sewing machines but neither is in good working condition. Every time I sew anything, there is lots of swearing involved!

So I found a different solution to piece them together.

Monday, August 17, 2015

ink faces

I don’t know what’s up lately but I just haven’t been spending much time in the studio.

I make a doodle. Meh. I throw it away.

I haven’t felt like painting. I don’t know what’s up.

Probably because I’ve been drawing lots for work. I’ve been drawing tons and tons of characters for an animation. Maybe that’s why I don’t feel like making art in the evening. Do you think?

I did these two faces yesterday while watching TV.

I do enjoy working with just ink. It’s so relaxing. I fix myself something to drink and start drawing. The next thing I know, an hour has gone by and my drink is now all watered down. That’s how absorbed I get when I’m drawing.

I’m going to enjoy some time outside. Today it’s finally cool enough to sit outside after dinner. I’ve missed that.

Friday, August 14, 2015

painting BIG, thinking small

This was my latest assignment in Carla Sonheim’s Year of the Spark class.

It’s a BIG painting in that it measures 11x17. Thinking small refers to thinking/painting as your inner child.

I painted a picture of me. My birthday is in May. Every year on my birthday, I would get a new swimsuit for summer. We always called it my Birthday Suit!!

I still don’t know if I like acrylics. They never work the way I want them to. I think it’s the brushes I’m using.

Yeah, I’m going to blame the brushes!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Monday, August 10, 2015

black-eyed susans and zinnias

I drew these flowers on some scrap paper … not watercolor paper. So I decided to paint them in Photoshop.