Watch Me Draw!

Lday_of_Baths_EtsyLast time I was setting up to work on a drawing I set up the web cam too. I recorded two drawing sessions of about 2 hours each and then compressed the whole thing down to about 9 minutes. You can watch how one of my drawings comes together, getting all the fun parts of watching the art evolve without the boring part of sitting around for hours.

This drawing is available for purchase as an original or a print! Check it out here:

For this video I created the drawing Lady of the Baths. Enjoy.


Inspiration Pinterest Board

Inspiration comes to me in many forms but once it strikes I sometimes use Pinterest as a tool to keep it alive. I’m not a huge social media buff mostly because I lose patience. However, I have found Pinterest to be a little more my cup of tea. Lately, I have been thinking about bones, foxes, birds, octopuses and branches. You can see this reflected in my Art Inspiration Board. Still nothing beats going out and studying what inspires you in person too. I’m planning a trip to the zoo and museums.

Check out my board here:


Practice with the Human Form

Lately, I have been more interested in using the human form in my art. I am not really sure why as of yet but hey I go with it. When the muse speaks I listen. In light of that, I decided I could use a little practice for I have grown rather rusty! Thanks to an old high school buddy Izzy who posted a very cool youtube video I was able to use the internet to further my painting ambition.

Enjoy the fruits of my labor! Oh yeah, I’m not much for pencil or charcoal, these were done with gouache. These were all about 30 minutes except the last one which was more like 45. Stay tuned for a much longer drawing!




Here is the Youtube site for those of you who want to give it a try yourself:

Like my work? Check me out at my Etsy site to purchase original art for your home or business!


Know Thyself pt. 2

WhitePaint_1Another attempt at a self portrait. I feel I got a little closer this time with some obvious proportion and shape problems. I love the white paint pen, as I noted in an earlier post, and it helped me a lot with this. I think my next portrait will be of one of my friends next time I can snap some high contrast photos of one of them. Just to take a break from my own face for a while.


Here is a progress image and the original photo.








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Playing with New Media … White Paint Pen!

IrisI recently was introduced to this nifty medium by an illustrator friend of mine. I love to sit around drawing all the time… I am never bored when waiting for things! My usual media for this is ball point pens my husband brings home for me from work and Steadler pens. I have a white Strathmore sketch pad and a lined notebook. I saw the images my talented friend made with his paint pen and fell in love… with the pen that is. I ordered it on Dick Blick: a Sakura Pen Touch white paint pen and a Bee Paper (made local!) recycled brown paper drawing pad. Here is my first drawing, learning how to use the pen. My irises were in bloom so I chose one of them as my subject.








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Know Thyself Pt.1

It has been a busy and a bit crazy autumn for me this year. A few things have changed with me including my perspective on being an artist.

I have been creating and showing art for a little over ten years now. The last two years I have been attending school to finish my art degree, taking advantage of the bad situation of being laid off to better myself. I have been taking all the core classes required for a state level university because the first time around in college I went to a private college. Recently, I have come up against a brick wall. Math. They want me to have college level algebra and they won’t let me just take the class. So long story short I would have to take another year at least of math classes to continue or somehow test up to algebra level ability.

The other challenge I have been facing is the reality that art just isn’t selling right now. It could be argued that people need to focus on paying their bills in this bad economy. It could be argued our culture just doesn’t appreciate art enough to actually pay for it. Arguments could be made that my art style isn’t popular. And arguments can be made that I am going about selling the wrong way. All those could be right and all those could be wrong, to a degree anyway. It doesn’t matter because the fact is: I’m not selling.

So in an attempt to better understand myself and what is going on with me and to understand where I want to go with my life I am starting a project. Drawing has always been pretty meditative for me. I don’t have to focus so much on what I am doing so my brain is allowed to wander. Perhaps, as I draw my portraits working to get to that point where I actually make an accurate representation of myself on paper I will find in myself an accurate revelation of who I am and what I really want to do. It should be noted that my skills have never lain in portraiture.

Here is my first attempt. They will all be ballpoint pen on paper drawn from photo.

Here is the original photo. Looks like I have a lot of practice to do.

Sketch it out

Usually when I get struck with an idea for a painting I have a general mental image of what I want. Yet, when I go to paint it out generally the details start to bog down the whole and I can get very caught up in solving those issues to the detriment of the entire piece. A winning solution I came up to deal with these issues is making a rough sketch before I put brush to canvas. I will often use ball point pen on paper, colored pen on paper or gouache on paper. Some of these have evolved past rough sketch and others seem stopped halfway through because I decided it was time to move full scale.

Here are some sketches I made of recent paintings. If you compare them to the originals you can see where I changed my mind about ideas or completely repeated the sketch:

Sometimes I make sketches based on images I want to use and incorporate in the future. It’s good practice for my painting skills as well as for learning how different surfaces or places react with light or color. Here are some I have been working on while thinking about my current series “contrasts”

I put that last ‘wine glass’ in there to show how badly wrong a sketch can go, but you can still pull something from it that you might like. In this case I liked the crisscrossing light and the dark contrasting with the white. However, the glass itself looks like its been super heated and melted a bit! The first two are only two out of five sketches I did for “Over Flow” the current oil painting I am working on. It’s gone from a plastic bottle to a tea kettle and from square to a tall orientation. My next post will be about Over flow as I progress through the painting.